The Rag Project

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Team members
Angus Clifford
Textiles Re-Breathing Preventing Re-circulate Universal Sewing.

Short Description

Producing bags from waste trousers, preventing valuable textiles from being burnt in landfills.

Detailed Description

The system of rag bags in charity shops is in severe decline with fewer products being sent back into use and instead, ending in landfills.

This project demonstrates the valuable functional and aesthetical attributes these waste textiles still have.

Through deconstructing a set of waste trousers as a batch and dissecting functional elements and utilising as much fabric as possible

By creating a universal sewing pattern for these bags I will be distributing the means to produce the same products I have made as well as inspiring others to create their own unique upcycled textile products.

To redirect charity shop waste away from landfills in order to recirculate waste textiles.

Project Details

Does your design support sustainable production, embodying circular or regenerative design practices?

By reclaiming value in waste textiles in order to uphold the original standard of function they originally were produced for. Through sourcing and fabricating textiles on a local scale adding as few virgin materials as possible.

Does your design use principles of distribution and open source?

By creating a universal pattern as well as a strategy to source waste textiles sustainably, this project demonstrates and teaches the user what exciting things can be done with these materials in a none intimidating, simple way. Particularly in the case of using a sewing machine for the first time.

Does your design promote awareness of responsible design and consumption?

The project demonstrates the unsustainable practice of rag bags entering landfills from charity shops and sheds light on the huge amount of potential these textiles still have. It encourages people to question what is really happening to their old clothes once they are out of sight and mind at a charity shop or recycling centre



Social Media Accounts

Instagram: @angusclifford