By  on December 20, 2018

They say you can tell a lot about someone by looking at their trash. After a trip to Brazil, where she discovered how locals gave a second life to discarded plastic, French fashion designer Anaïs Dautais Warmel decided the best way to judge the extent of fashion’s waste problem was by joining a recycling plant in Paris. “That’s when I realized how big the problem was: People were getting rid of 1 ton of stuff per day, sometimes 2 tons between seasons, and 30 percent of the waste was textiles,” Dautais Warmel said. Amazed at the treasures people would throw away, she opened a secondhand store at the recycling plant, where she discovered she could use the vast amount of linens to transform them into clothes. Born in 2016, Les Récupérables (“The Recoverable”) uses old curtains, tablecloths and various household textiles to make an elegant line of upcycled silhouettes.

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