How Upcycling Works?
We r(e)imagine the way waste products can be repurposed & give them a new life. Here are the material we work with. Know how we Upcycle different materials.
Pre-consumerPre-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-consumerPost-consumer fabric waste is what you and I discard post use. Predominantly includes items like old garments, curtains, bedspreads and other things. Some of these could be good as new, whereas others have small defects which make them unusable in their current form.As a part of the fabric recycling process, we ideate and design new products from both materials, produce samples and get feedback from consumers before embarking on large-scale production.Once sourced, the fabric goes through a series of cleaning & sanitizing processes. After a thorough sanitization, the design leads identify what end-use products can the material be used for and then the conversion process begins. For eg: We especially love to work with old cotton & synthetic sarees; our team converts the material into either cotton durries or into bright sturdy ropes, depending upon the characteristics of the incoming material . These ropes eventually get transformed to fabric-rope furniture, colorful trays, beautiful quilts & classy bags.
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. After this cleaning process, the rubber waste is segregated based on its appropriateness for specific designs, and upcycled to a wide range of fashion accessories, home decor.
We are sure you have visited handloom centers. Have you noticed the piles of yarn that is dumped in the corners, the trimmed off edges of fabric woven on the loom? this is usually treated as residue waste and is used as rags.
We R(e)imagine cotton yarn into gorgeous sarees and stoles and woollen and jute yarn waste as carpets and other decor products.
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 or beautiful carpets/floor rugs.
We have started blending different yarn waste to evolve beautiful textures and patterns into our unique stoles and sarees as a part of our process of creating upcycled products.