A Session On Waste-Free Garments With ‘Use Me Works’

Indian Institute of Art and Design organized a session with Use Me Works organization to introduced the students to the idea of creating biodegradable, waste-free garments focusing on the concept of waste management, reduce, reuse and up cycle, zero waste and eco-craft.


Taking a cue from the fact that Fashion is only second to the oil industry in the list of ‘most polluting industries’, students of the Fashion Design Programme at Indian Institute of Art and Design interacted with Use Me Works, an organization focused on propagating upcycled solutions. The team from Use Me Works touched upon the aspects of zero waste, minimal waste, upcycling and eco-crafts.

The session Use Me Works was founded by Meenakshi Sharma in 2011 with an aim to achieve zero waste through design. The organisation offers a quirky range of upcycled products to choose from such as bags, packaging and home decor. They provide eco-friendly daily use lifestyle alternatives like bamboo toothbrushes, metal straws, reusable cutlery and bin liners amongst other upcycled products. Meenakshi believes that there is a need to educate corporates, schools and the general public about managing their own waste and taking responsibility for it. She spreads the word around by organising workshops and seminars on the subject. In fact, currently Use Me Works is associated with a number of factories and helps them upcycle their scrap into packaging material that can be used as an alternative to plastic bags.

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