Manifesto


 

What we do

Resource Exchange

We strive to emulate mother nature's resourcefulness, where all discarded materials are designed to be used by others. What may have become waste is instead exchanged. By exchanging textiles leftovers we encourage collaboration, interconnectedness, cycles and offer opportunity...

 

What we use

Remnant, short end

Remnants are the leftovers on a roll of cloth after our contributors have used what they need. These leftover fabrics are generally available in small lengths from approximately 0.5 to 3 meters.

Deadstock 

 

Deadstock fabrics are essentially leftovers and refer to rolls of fabric that are left unsold by fabric mills or leftover from production runs, films and furniture makers.

Offcut, Scrap

Offcuts are the fabric scraps that are lost to the cutting room floor. As the pattern blocks are laid out and cut, the negative space of fabric around the pattern pieces is discarded. We give these offcuts new life!

 

 

What we practice

At happy-scrappie we employ the most common waste management strategy when tackling textiles waste, which is widely known as the 3 R'S REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE.

 

Reduce

Reducing waste involves considered consumption, care, repair & replacement, to ultimately prolong the life cycle of everything you buy. It encourages more thoughtful purchasing habits by selecting fewer products and opting for products that are made to last. And once an item has been purchased it means practicing care, repair & reconditioning like the generations before us did so well. Keeping it old school!

Reuse, Repurpose 

 

Collecting the textile leftovers that are no longer of use to our industry contributors and reinventing them into something different to what was originally intended.  

This stems from our eagerness to explore cyclical living and our desire to divert surplus materials from ending up in landfill.
Recycled, reloved

Recycled is the term used when products have been made from a previously existing item, when it has reached the end of its usable life. It is also the physical or chemical conversion of end-of-life textiles into raw materials.

 

 

We avoid

Landfill

Landfills are the default destination for unwanted textile waste in New Zealand & don't support circular systems. Textiles sent to landfill sadly produce methane emissions and pollute groundwater through toxic leachate. Yuck!

 

We accept

Limitations

We are eager to bring about positive change, but recognise that there are imperfections and limitations to our approach. For example when purchasing fabric second-hand and exchanging resources, there is often limited supply chain traceability & fabric composition information.

We acknowledge that while we help divert waste from landfills, containing and limiting its negative effects, we don't stop it from being produced in the first place.
 

We aim to

Vision

Happy-scrappie support Kate Fletchers vision for reusing and recycling, where people intuitively think circular – where waste is elevated to a thing of purpose and beauty. Where the processes and practices of repurposing enhance a product's perceived value, quality, and design. Encouraging us to appreciate the uniqueness of bespoke production and the scarcity and preciousness of materials. It inspires us to transition to a new type of society where we embrace material resourcefulness & where untapped assets are fully recaptured.

 

Book Reference - 'Sustainable Fashion & Textiles' Kate Fletcher