Students at Vogue Institute of Art and Design undertake up-cycling projects during lockdown
Interior Design and Fashion Design students make use of apparel waste to create artistic and functional products
The apparel waste was collected from industrial enterprise Shahi Exports Pvt. Ltd. and was given to the students prior to the lockdown. The faculty members connected with the students on virtual platforms to discuss design strategy ideas, challenges and solutions to undertake the up-cycling project. The students were given the option to utilize their own waste products at home as well.
Vogue Institute of Art and Design introduced this initiative as a platform for the students to think and create innovative sustainable plans. Vogue Institute of Art and Design plans to emphasize on the importance of sustainability by introducing classes on design principles and strategies that can build a circular economy. The apparel industry generates a lot of waste and this initiative can highlight the need for up-cycling measures.
According to the World Resources Institute, 1 garbage truck of clothes are burned or landfilled every second. It is enough to fill 1.5 empire state buildings every day. It takes 80 years for clothes to break down in the landfills. 3 out of 4 garments will end up in landfills or be incinerated. The industry manufactures apparel as per the demand; and if households make more conscious choices, it will have a relative impact on the supply. Hence, this initiative also attempts to build more conscious households that can adopt sustainable practices at home.
Now, even industries across the globe are exploring alternatives to standardize manufacturing processes and materials with more sustainable substitutes that are innovative and re-engineered to reduce energy consumption, pollution and waste generation.
Speaking about this initiative, Dr Vijaya Kumar, Principal, Vogue Institute of Art and Design said “Vogue Institute of Art and Design aims at building the right value system and foundation for the students to take meaningful steps that are ecological friendly. The up-cycling project is a step to give the students more exposure and boost their confidence to convert their ideas into tangible assets. We aim to ensure that the future leaders of the industry adopt environmental friendly practices.”