Offering creative, alternative approaches to confronting textile waste, Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse presents the work of three designers who put sustainability at the heart of the design process: Luisa Cevese, founder of Riedzioni in Milan; Christina Kim, founder of dosa, inc., in Los Angeles; and Reiko Sudo, managing director at NUNO in Tokyo. Each designer’s practice involves innovative and sophisticated reuse of textile materials and resources, while engaging in preservation of local craft traditions. Through more than forty works, the exhibition explores key facets of sustainability, such as the efficient use of materials and resources, the preservation of local craft traditions and the integration of new technologies in the recycling process.

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Textile Waste Comes in Many Forms
What defines pre-consumer textile waste?
Infographic: Environmental Impacts of the Textile Industry
The fashion and textile industry is an intricate business. Do you know how it works?
Green Glossary: B for Biodegradable
While natural and synthetic fibers are nearly 100% recyclable as long as they are not blended, not all textiles are 100% biodegradable.
Boro and Other Japanese Recycled Wonders
Textile expert Stephen Szczepanek, owner of the textile gallery Sri, shares his knowledge about the remarkable recycling practices that were deeply embedded in Japanese folk culture.
Infographic: Global Apparel and Textile Insights
Infographic: what you need to know about the fashion industry. In the past forty years, the scale and the geographical distribution of production of the textile, clothing and footwear industries have changed dramatically.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: How to Minimize Waste
Reduce, recycle, and reuse are the three words to live by when thinking of how to limit waste generation and the human footprint on the environment.
Design Solutions for Curbing Textile Waste
Panel discussion presenting three Scraps designers’ approaches to the shockingly high human and environmental costs of textile and apparel production.
A poetic transformation of industrial waste
From the archives, a past collaboration of design firm Nendo and designer Issey Miyake.
Three Dimensions of Plastic Upcycling
An Issey Miyake collection uses textiles made from recycled plastic bottles.