These Patchwork HandBags
Believe it or not, fashion/textiles is the second most polluting industry in the world, second to oil! And this pollution comes from every stage of a textiles' lifecycle; to produce textiles, more than 20,000 litres of water is needed for just 1kg of cotton, and about 8,000 different chemicals are used to dye the fabrics (source). Let's not even get into the water and soil pollution that's caused by these chemicals during this dyeing process.
And how about when the clothes are being made? Not every part of the material is used. Nigerians are familiar with visiting tailoring shops and seeing shreds of different fabric all over floors, waiting to be packed up and binned. I had a short stint myself, when I tried to learn how to sew, so I know that the amount of material wasted during cutting is.a.lot!
Which is why I absolutely love the idea of these patchwork handbags. They were created by an artisan in Arusha, Tanzania using African fabrics that have been cut out and thrown away during tailoring. It's great that we can take waste from one product (finished outfits) and use it to make a new product (in this case, handbags) which you can sell and make money out of!
How about you? Do you like these?