Fashion designer Daniel Silverstein creates virtually zero-waste couture using fabric scraps.
Earth911 featured a great article about Daniel Silverstein in their style section a few days ago. They included a story Daniel wrote on his website not long ago about a surprising experience he had recently with at a factory owner in the Garment District.
'I am so distraught,' he writes. 'I just left a meeting where I wanted to have garments cut out, and the factory owner could not understand why I would save my fabric scraps. She also did not understand they were artfully laid out to be appliquéd on to the dresses after the pieces had been cut.
'She told me she pays more than $500 per month to have her scraps removed, and thrown into landfills because her business is so wasteful.
This is not the only factory in the Garment District creating waste like this, and this is not only an acceptable practice to the industry, this is the only practice.’
It’s important to remember how far the industry has come, but we must all remember how much more it needs to improve.