Bennett fabric samples
(Image credit: Miranda Bennett Studio video)

From spinning and weaving fabric to shipping garments around the globe, the clothing industry creates a lot of carbon pollution.

It’s a problem made worse by the sheer volume that the industry produces and wastes.

So Austin, Texas-based fashion designer Miranda Bennett wants to reduce her company’s waste – starting with the fabric it uses to make new items. Rather than throwing out leftover scraps of material, her company retains the fabric remnants that are left after the apparel is cut.

“And we design products that specifically are created to utilize those textile remnants,” she says.

Bennett also wants to cut back on the amount of clothing that ends up in landfills at the end of its lifespan.

“So much clothing ends up in landfills because there’s such a diminished perception of value around the goods that people are buying, particularly from fast fashion retailers,” she says. “Often goods are only worn one to two times before they’re discarded, and more goods are then purchased in their place.”

She strives to produce high-quality clothing that will last. And when her customers are ready to get rid of her garments, Bennett offers a discount for sending them back to the company. The items are then either donated or recycled for use in new products.

So by reducing waste throughout the life of her products, she can reduce carbon pollution.

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.

Sarah Wesseler is a Brooklyn-based writer focusing on cities, culture, and climate change.