With any type of production, there is always some waste – we try to keep ours to a minimum by designing a little more cleverly. Each and every Kuwaii garment is designed and considered incredibly carefully before the cutting process begins, to ensure that our production wastage is kept to the most minimal amount we can. We will often switch the fabric and cutting direction of our pattern pieces to ensure maximum use of the fabric, and working with our local manufacturers who share our low-waste philosophy means they work hard to reduce cutting waste on every style they produce.
We keep off-cuts and end of season’s fabric and, instead of discarding them, turn them into garments which are sold at our charity sample sales. By doing this, we minimise our waste, create garments for our customers to love, as well as helping the community. It’s a win, win and win. When we can’t use the leftover fabric ourselves, we donate it to local craft groups, schools and kindergartens. We have given fabric to the Brotherhood of St Laurence, who use it in art therapy and sewing classes, or we donate it to Resource Rescue Inc, amongst many others. Our fabric sample swatches are dismantled and donated to a local kindergarten for their craft projects. We have also had fabric sales to sell our smaller lengths of fabric that we can’t use in production. This has been incredibly popular with our customers, who love to find a special length of Kuwaii fabric for their own projects.
We were also able to launch our amazing garment and textile recycling program in April 2020, despite the uncertainty that came with the pandemic. Our dedicated head office team worked really hard to make this happen. Read more about this incredible program here.