Textile Waste Criteria


The EcoChic Design Award committee classifies ‘textile waste’ as: end-of-roll textiles; damaged textiles; textile scraps; textile swatches and sampling yardage; clothing samples; finished clothing waste or secondhand clothing waste.

Applicants are required to provide information and documentation of the type and source of their chosen textile waste in order for their application to be successful.

For a zero-waste design

Applicants are encouraged to use textile waste or other sustainable textiles but this is not a requirement.

For an up-cycling design

Applicants can use the following types of textile waste:

Damaged textiles: textiles that have been damaged, for example colour or print defects.

End-of-roll textiles: factory surplus textiles that have been leftover from garment manufacturing.

Textile scraps: cut-and-sew waste from garment manufacturing.

Textile swatches: leftover textile sample swatches.

Sampling Yardage: factory surplus sample textiles that have been leftover from sample manufacturing.

For a reconstruction design:

Applicants can use the following types of textile waste:

Clothing samples: samples from the design and production of clothing.

Finished clothing waste: unsold finished clothing waste that has not yet been worn.

Secondhand clothing: clothing that has been used and discarded by consumers.

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