Unwanted Tents Become High Fashion

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 27th January, 2014


We get a number of enquiries every day regarding the how, what, when and where around recycling of all outdoor gear. A category that we struggle to help with is recycling of tents.

So when we do get enquiries about reusing and recycling tents our ears go up.

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This was the case with Jess, who contacted us recently.  A fashion student in London creating her final collection based around the idea of mountaineering using recycled fabrics. She is hoping to make jackets out of recycled tents. So guess what she needs tents!

We asked her for some more details on her project and back came Jess’s own explanation on her motivation for her project…

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The collection follows the happenings of a group of girl guides and their activities. All forced to wear the same uniform they make a statement, even if they don’t realise they’re making one. Though uniform should enforce utility and sameness the standard size only helps to make the silhouette more varied and pronounced, exploring the idea of clothes being too big, leaving room to grow in to them, or too short, having grown out of them too quickly. More interested in creating their own adventures than those planned for them their imaginations and habitat begin to shape their aesthetic, merging starched silhouettes with bagginess and dishevelment. The collection also draws inspiration from the images taken from the first ascent of Mount Everest, which adds key details to the collection, and an idea of practical clothing being created in an imaginative way.

The idea of utility combined with playful imagination and adventure sees the coming together of practical details, such as drawstrings and boxy pockets, with recycled fabrics. Space blankets and climbing ropes lose their functionality with their purpose altered through the imagination of the gang. Recycled tents are reinvented to create oversized anoraks and parka coats.

The focus of the collection is to promote the idea of reuse and recycling within the fashion industry but in a way that isn’t too obvious. A garment appeals to the customer because it is beautiful, not because it is ethical. Therefore the garment should be exquisitely made and then cherished because it stands for something greater than just aesthetics.

If you have any unwanted tents please contact Recycle Outdoor Gear.

If you know of any tent upcycling, recycling or reuse projects please let us know.

These are the other projects that have expressed interest on the subject in the past:

Tent Recycling, Sheep and The Lookerers

Clothing with intent

Never has reuse looked so good

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 31st August, 2012

Never has reuse looked so good

Speedo got together with From Somewhere, a sustainable fashion brand, to create the “Unity” dress. A one-off ballgown made from the surplus fabric of Speedo’s Fastskin Super Elite Swimsuit.The dress caused quite a splash.

From Somewhere’s Orsola de Castro had the idea for the dress, which was conceived with Falmouth University graduate Rebecca Jayne Taylor.

The gown is a traditional evening gown that uses the unique flow and handle of swim wear fabric to create something kind of wonderful.

They have teamed up again to produce another truly unique piece of upcycled fashion. The different colours of the sponsored international swim teams have produced another stunning dress.

This really is a stunning example of what can be done with upcycling outdoor and sports gear. Lets see more examples.

Well done From Somewhere and Speedo looks lovely.

Clothing with intent

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 3rd January, 2012

Standing in the rain at Glastonbury Festival 2009, Kate Benton had a revelation.

WiTHiNTENT uses fabric from the tonnes of broken and damaged tents that are left behind at the end of music festivals, to create shower-proof clothing and accessories for the festival market. Each item is designed and made in the UK. This is the story of how it all started…

Whilst leafing through her slightly soggy copy of The Glastonbury Paper, Kate was astounded to read that thousands of tents are left behind at this festival alone every year – with the majority ending up in landfill. Inspired by Glastonbury’s environmental responsibility, Kate decided that something had to be done to help break the disposable nature of our society. And so the idea for WiTHiNTENT was born. Tents that are left behind by naughty boys and girls are up-cycled to make beautiful, functional, ethically made shower proof clothing and accessories. Ever-mindful

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