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In our world today, we realize the benefits and necessity of being eco-conscious, but who ever thought of recycling clothing scraps? A clothing company called Tonlé is doing precisely this. This particular fashion brand makes their dresses, shirts and pants out of the leftover scraps of material left behind by bigger companies. The designers who work for Tonlé said that they get the fabrics from “remnant” markets in Cambodia. There, people sell textiles that were retrieved from clothing factories, who thought the fabric was now scraps or trash. Furthermore, the Tonlé founder Rachel Faller, stated that their goal is to “fight” back against some of the large industries problems, such as fabric/textile waste.

As for the company’s location, it is based in Cambodia, there they hire Cambodian women and pay them a fair wage. In addition, they are allowed to work reasonable hours, which are spent making the brand’s clothing without sending a single scrap into a landfill. Another positive aspect is that their designs are sold internationally.

The local remnant markets in Cambodia make arrangements to be able to collect the scraps from the large fashion factories. So, when the Tonlé staff members go to the markets, they search for fabrics that will be easy to sew together, but also fabrics that will not look like they came from a variety of sources. After the fabric shopping has been completed, the Tonlé workers then use the largest pieces of material and cut them into strips, and begin to make garments. On the other hand, for the smaller strips of fabric, they are knit into yarn, and then knit into new fabrics. Also, when making their clothing tags, the workers mix the tiniest scraps of fabrics with recycled paper.

Tonlé, founded in 2008, has been completely “zero-waste” since 2014, which signifies that none of the materials used to make the garments, have been thrown in the trash. Although, the prices are slightly more expensive than your average clothing store, but won’t you feel better wearing something stylish and good for the environment?

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