Pre-consumer fabric waste comes to us mainly from the suppliers or manufacturers. Products that have quality defects, products that are not sold off the shelves, unused fabrics from retailers & boutiques make up a major chunk of material we use.
This massive amount of fabric, if not upcycled, is usually shredded and that fabric waste is turned into rags or burnt.
Post-consumer fabric waste is what you and I produce as a part of our ever-changing lifestyle. Sourced mostly from individuals and households, it is generated when people de-clutter their wardrobes and homes. Items like old garments, curtains, bed spreads and many other things are given away for upcycling.
Some of these are as good as new, whereas some have small defects like a tear or a stain which make the items unsuitable for use in their current form… but are perfect for upcycling to newer products.
Post-consumer fabric waste may not serve a purpose in its original form, but is a valuable resource that we at Rimagined can repurpose and pull it back into consumption.
But before we start using it, this sourced fabric goes through a series of cleaning & sanitizing processes.
After a thorough sanitization, the creative minds on our team ideate the end products that can be made from it. We especially love to work with old cotton & synthetic sarees; our team converts them into long-lasting cotton durries & bright sturdy ropes. These ropes eventually get transformed to fabric rope furniture, colorful trays, beautiful quilts & classy bags.
You may be surprised to find that all brand new pairs of jeans on the retail shelf aren’t always sold. Every pair of jeans has a limited shelf life in terms of fashion & trends, and with a new line of product coming every season, the older jeans whose “shelf life” is over are often discarded.
Bigger retailers sell it to the roadside vendors at lower prices, who eventually rip off the labels and sell the denim away at a throwaway price.
The products that are not sold eventually reach the shredder and end up becoming a part of landfills.
Can you imagine the sheer amount of energy that went into making a pair of jeans is now futile and unproductive! And this happens with thousands of pieces with every season, all over the world!
Rimagined pulls back tons of this material from the last leg of the discarding journey, right before the denim is shredded and burnt. Our expert team at Kolkata transforms this denim into classy totes, laptop bags, beautiful patchwork furnishings, really cute pet beds for the furry kids. And each piece is beautifully handcrafted by our artisan with a lot of precision and love.
It takes years and years for a tree to grow, tall and strong, only to be cut later and made into a household item. Even during the time that a product is made, the wood from trees is not utilized completely or optimally, leading to a lot of wood waste. A lot of pre-consumer wood waste comes to us straight from the manufacturers of furniture or wooden products, especially ones who have an expertise in making bigger pieces of furniture.
Like all other waste products, wood is also shredded to either burn, perhaps like firewood or end up at a landfill. Oh, the irony! Of taking years of growth and disposing it, only to be decomposed incorrectly at landfills or set up in flames and turned to ash!
We at Rimagined feel strongly about upcycling wood, and that is exactly why we choose to repurpose this solid wood scrap into beautiful, sturdy, and really cool furniture and decor pieces.
Our most creative challenges are working with wood wastes since it takes a different perspective to visualize small pieces into something of utility, which is also long-lasting. The high-quality wood is transformed into something very beautiful in a labor-intensive process, and our trained carpenters end up making the best upcycled products.
You may wonder why glass needs upcycling, right?
It is one of those materials that can easily be recycled and the recycling process does not harm the environment. This holds true only for plain, uncolored glass.
Coloured glass does not get recycled, and it is a material that takes millions of years to decompose in landfills.
Thus upcycling coloured glass is a very effective way to handle this waste !
We at Rimagined look at ways to repurpose this coloured glass from discarded bottles into quirky decor pieces that can adorn your homes
Over 1 billion tyres are manufactured globally every year and this number has been increasing constantly, which means that an equal number of tyres are being discarded as waste. Considering the number of vehicles in India, the amount of rubber waste from these tyres is humongous.
Tyres are a complex mix of natural rubber, synthetic rubber & many chemical additives, and their recycling is almost impossible. A lot of countries end up dumping all the rubber waste into the sea or in landfills which causes huge environmental and health risks.
Rimagined source rubber waste (tyres, tubes) from local aggregators. The material then undergoes a thorough cleaning and scrubbing to become eligible for our upcycling work. This is a completely manual process, and our teams are trained to handle the waste carefully. After this cleaning process, the rubber waste is upcycled to a wide range of accessories, lighting fixtures, decor, furniture & so many more things.
We are sure you have visited handloom centers and care about sustainability. Have you noticed the piles of yarn that is dumped in the corners..well those are the trimmed off edges of fabric woven on the loom. It is usually treated as a residue waste.
When creating sampling fabric, the weavers use plain yarn in its natural color. The waste yarn produced during weaving is used as rags, but at Rimagined, we R(e)imagine them into gorgeous sarees and stoles.
The discarded yarn is collected straight from the weavers, sorted as per the thickness, and created into a full yarn using handspun Charkha ! This yarn is then dyed and goes up on the handloom where our expert team of weavers transform the pre-production waste into beautiful sarees, stoles etc.
We also get tons of Woollen yarn and Jute yarn waste from carpet factories. These are woven into beautiful handloom carpets by our weavers. The Jute yarn is transformed by our women into stools, boxes and also becomes part of our weave along with cotton yarn waste adding beautiful texture and pattern in our stoles and sarees.