HOW TO CREATE LESS WASTE

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Can we create less waste? We think so and believe we have a chance to create new jobs in the process. Scotland can lead the way!

What has become abundantly clear through our research is that the UK doesn’t deal with its textile waste. We ship it away, anywhere really, as long as it’s away from these shores. Christmas rush, January sales, then add Black Friday into the mix we are consistently buying so, instead of that ask; how to create less waste?

If we don’t buy what happens? 

Consumer confidence

Well, jobs will go. It’s always the same answer. Consumer confidence means a buoyant high street, which means market confidence, meaning the government looks good, which means we have a job to buy more stuff. 

Market confidence is conditional on not having a conscience. There has to be a fall guy at the end of all this; there always is.

Europe and the US are the worst offenders for fast fashion buying.

Where does it all go?

We strip the resources from Asia (mainly), underpay their workers, pollute their water and land, destroy their ecosystem and usually all so we can impulse buy.

When the impulse has gone, we throw it away. It ends up getting shipped to Africa, with all the other impulse buys and gets dumped on their land. There it can lie and rot, just as long as we don’t see it.

Yes, market confidence keeps us in jobs with money to keep this madness going.

There has to be a better way.

Take ownership of our mess

Arkdefo are in discussions with various public bodies at the moment as we don’t think this is right. We make the mess, we deal with it ourselves. On OUR land. We see this as an opportunity and believe that if this country is to move towards a circular economy, we must take ownership of our mess and find a way to do something positive.

We want to create a new textiles collection and sorting infrastructure. This would utilise the existing structure but create a new sorting plant, therefore employing staff. Jobs that we desperately need.

Sorting would split into separate categories and purposes, some of which would previously have been landfill. It can be downcycled and given a new life with many items saved and upcycled, which would give them a new, usable purpose and keep them in the system.

Creating industry and jobs

We see the potential for a new upcycled fashion industry that will use the material in Scotland, saved from landfill.

Damaged items will be shredded, then woven back to fabric for use within the textile industry.

The textile industry is the 7th largest industry in Scotland, worth just under £1billion a year. Expanding this industry will provide more jobs. 

Each stage of this will require investment, thus providing jobs and a future.

It’s time we took the lead and took responsibility for our own mess, by asking “how to create less waste?”

Maybe something great will come out of it.

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