Textile upcycling – So, what’s it all about, Scatty?

Scatty knits started out of the wonderful textile upcycling and recycling businesses that I was lucky enough to come in contact with during 2017. I said at the start that it usually starts with a dog. In this case the marvellous Vera led to Bev aka Veloculture ( fab upcycled products from bicycle inner tubes – genius) which led to Sue aka the Woolly pedlar.  The Woolly Pedlar upcycled fabulous kat wise style coats, ponchos and gorgeous waterfall scarves from felted knitwear.

Vera – Velocuture

Their businesses planted a seed, I starting making dog snoods and bandanas. But realised that I didn’t want to make just one or two types of products. This had the potential to create the very thing I wanted to avoid – textile waste. So the “use every scrap” adventure was started. It’s like the eco friendly version of the army – no scrap gets left behind. 🤦🏻‍♀️

The aim is to produce as little waste as possible and be creative in product design and production. Scatty knits is a one person business but that doesn’t mean that I don’t dream big!

I’m no expert on textile waste, sustainability and the impact of fast fashion on the economy and the climate. But in its own little way I want scatty knits to reflect the big concepts of a circular economy and circular fashion. 

This journey is a huge learning curve, in terms of making, marketing and running my own business. As well as understanding the concerns, issues and solutions of the fashion industry and textile waste. I’d always thought I was a pretty savvy recycler but it turns out I’ve not even scratched the surface of knowing what I should.

So I’ll be learning every day and posting my musings as I go. 

Fancy coming along on the textile upcycling adventure?

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