The average American throws away 81 lbs of textiles every year!
700,000 tons of these textiles are sent to Africa, Asia, and Central America to be re-sold there.
Although valuable for markets in developing countries, this waste has become a huge problem, as in many cases we are simply sending them trash.
Our seamstresses go to their local markets and purchase these textiles to be recycled into new garments.
Over the past ten years we have recycled over 8 tons of textile waste - this is something like 50,000 garments that are given a new life!
For every piece you purchase made with recycled textiles, you have a hand in recycling about 5 lbs of textiles!
Ethics in the sewing process is so important to us, but it is equally important for us to source textiles that were created fairly and mindfully because of this 100% of the textiles we use are one of the three: handwoven, natural, or recycled.
Many rural villages have a rich history of traditional textile production. Designing collections with these textiles not only gives us the opportunity to give more women meaningful work, but it helps preserve some of these techniques that are being forgotten as most fabric production is shifting to mass production in large factories.
Over the past ten years Liz Alig has become known for our innovative use of recycled textiles in our designs. Our first collection was made entirely out of recycled textiles and over the past ten years incorporating recycled fabrics in our clothing is important to us as it is such a sustainable way to produce clothing. Over the past ten years we have recycled over 8 tons of textile waste! Some of our favorites textiles to use are recycled t-shirts, recycled button down shirts, excess rolls of fabric from large factories, and pre-consumer denim and cotton waste. These textiles are purchased at local markets in developing countries, thoroughly cleaned, then sewn into new garments.
Other fibers used in our clothing are natural textiles. The main benefits of natural textiles vs. man-made fabrics is these biodegradable fibers are higher quality and they last for years. Buying fewer, higher quality pieces is the most sustainable way to dress (besides of course buying second hand). Our favorite natural textiles are baby alpaca sourced from small farms in the andes, super high quality Pima Cotton, hand spun and hand dyed wool from Nepal, hand dyed and hand block printed silk from Cambodia and India.
Natural dyed cotton in Guatemala