Denim items are the most basic element of the fashion industry.
They were first produced in 1873 and since then have shown no sign of going out of style.
Today most of the jeans we wear are woven from natural cotton fibers combined with synthetic fibers to provide elasticity. This combination of fibers does not allow recycling,
That is why most discarded jeans end their life in landfills
or textile incinerators, polluting the air and soil.
About 2,286,000 kilometers of jeans are produced each year.
The demand keeps growing and so does the turnover.
I realized that around me there are piles of potential raw material.
I developed a method for reusing all types of jeans, regardless of the fiber composition.
First I got rid of all the hard accessories, zippers, and buttons.
Next, I shred the material into pulp,
in a similar way that wood is shredded to produce paper.
The pulp can then be used to create sheets. By mixing it with different types of glue it can be pressed into materials with a variety of features.
From the material I created, which I named Redenim,
I designed two bags, a carry-on bag, and a small backpack.
The bottom of the bags is made from a hard Redenim material
that was pressed in a mold.
The top part is a soft Redenim material sewn together.
Inspiration & Sketches