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We're here to increase recycling AND to save women from uncomfortable underwear.

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Sam S

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About this project

You know what gets out panties in twist? 

Sending perfectly good materials to landfill. Do you know what else we hate? Uncomfortable underwear. It’s hard to be an effective Eco-Warrior if your elastic’s making you squirm. These are two big problems for society. We can’t change them on our own. But YOU can help.

Ladies (or Gents) - we want your thongs. These highly uncomfortable undies were a 90s fad. Despite the uncomfortable sensation of buttock-flossing, the muffin top effect and the fact that they rarely provide effective coverage we know that most women have one or two at the back of the knicker draw.  

Reuse options for undies are limited. Frankly - nobody wants to wear anything second-hand which is quite this personal. You won’t see worn panties in thrift stores or charity shops. We've done some research, and at the moment, lucky second-hand pants get torn up into rags or shredded and reconstituted into low-grade felts. Unlucky pants just end up in landfill sites. Not a great fate for something once designed to be the final word in desire.

None of your pants want to end up as unloved waste.
None of your pants want to end up as unloved waste.

We have a better plan. 

Thongs are the perfect shape and size for bunting flags. They are colourful, durable and unique. Up-cycling heaven. 

Happy day - glorious undies basking in the sun
Happy day - glorious undies basking in the sun

To make this Kickstarter happen, we don’t just want a financial donation. We also want those undies you’re not ever going to use. We aim to make 50 meters of upycled bunting. To make this we’ll need an estimated 150-200 thongs. PLEASE POST US YOUR PANTS! 

We’ll collect them up and give them a new and happy life. You can send nice clean thongs to us at this address: Knickers to Waste c/o Sew at the new Sewing Box, 48 Wharf St, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire HX6 2AE 

If you include an email address and we’ll send you project updates and a picture of our final bunting. Your anonymity is assured: we won't’ be revealing where any of our supplies came from. We’ll be using the envelopes and packaging which deliveries arrive in to send rewards out to our backers. 

Here's another recycling feature: our bunting is simply stitched together. Should there be some kind of future post-apocalyptic pants crisis; you could un-stitch a string of bunting and once again have functional (if uncomfortable) thongs. 

Project Timeline

Week 1: we’ll be busy promoting this project! Press releases, social media posts and appeals to friends and family are all lined up.

Week 2: we should know if this project will be popular from the results of our PR. We also hope we’ll start to receive some thongs. We’ll share updates, images and videos of what is coming in with our backers (without naming and shaming anyone, we promise).

Week 3: we should have enough pants to start manufacturing. How many meters will we be able to make? We’ll do another update for our backers, and start working on or bunting tutorial for backers. If we’re on track to hit our goals we will arrange our photoshoot.

Week 4: our last week! We’ll do a final PR frenzy and be counting like crazy to see if we’ve hit our target of collecting 150+ pairs of pants to make our bunting.

Weeks 5 & 6: once the project closes, we’ll move on to manufacturing and start prepping envelopes for dispatch. We’ll run our photoshoot and put images together for rewards.

We’ll dispatch items to backers ASAP. We’re aiming for electronic rewards to go out in week 6. Funds should clear with us 2 weeks after project finish - once we have this to pay the postman, mailout of physical items is scheduled in (week 8). We’ll let you know how it’s going! :)

Risks and challenges

1. What will you do if you don’t get enough usable thongs?

Our first plan will be to speak to our friends at local social enterprise Re-Considered (http://re-considered.co.uk/) who are experts in recycling and in finding materiel for creative projects. Together we'll contact local clothes reprocessors (there are a few in West Yorkshire) and charity / thrift stores to see what they can donate. If this fails, we can easily source damaged clothes which are scheduled for shredding and rescue them for upcycling instead. We’ll intersperse pants with other colourful fabrics for a mix-n-match effect. We'll keep all of our backers updated on what materials we've got coming in so you know what to expect. If some of the thongs are a bit dull, we will do a bit of batch dying (with eco-friendly dye) or add a few spare sequins or oddments bits of lace to spice things up.

2. What will you do if you get too many thongs?

We’ll make more bunting! We might experiment in other thong-based products (Patchwork? Lampshades? Send us your ideas!). Anything which is absolutely unusable will go to our local textiles reprocessors - they will be made into rags or shredded for felt.

Our questions for YOU...

1. Can you send us your pants?

2. We need a photoshoot venue somewhere in West Yorkshire. Where should we go? And how can we make it interesting?

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FAQ

  • Yes.

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  • No. We’re asking people to send in well-washed pants ONLY - and we’ll be putting things through a second good scrub before manufacturing commences, with a critical eye to keeping quality good - greying, saggy elastic won’t be a feature. Our experience to date is that most thongs have barely been worn. Each pair is different. There is a wide range of colours, designs and finishes - making for some very unique bunting.

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  • No. We’re asking people to send in well-washed pants ONLY - and we’ll be putting things through a second good scrub before manufacturing commences, with a critical eye to keeping quality good - greying, saggy elastic won’t be a feature. Our experience to date is that most thongs have barely been worn. Each pair is different. There is a wide range of colours, designs and finishes - making for some very unique bunting.

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  • I'm doing this for the love of recycling and for fun. The project goal is quite bare-bones and is just set to cover anticipated costs. These will vary depending on which rewards are chosen - but my rough guide is

    Photography £100
    Printing 40 postcards £33.8
    Workshop Costs (4ppl) £160
    Materiels (thread, odds and ends) £5
    Postage £51
    Sewing Machine Hire £49

    Total £398.8

    Total Costs Excluding Course Cost £238.8

    So; assuming a couple of people want to do a course, costs will be around £300.

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  • We've had some more 'normal' knickers - and after a bit of playing around we've decided that they would work well. So - "normal" knickers are now acceptable! Please send in those pants you know you won't wear any more - be they neon nylons, lacy lingerie that no longer laces-up or satin bloomers.

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  • I had a quick think and I've decided to say yes. If they don't fit with the thong/knicker themed bunting I'll come up with another reuse concept. Check back for updates - I'll let you know how it goes.

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    A big thank-you from us! Access to our backers’ project updates so you can see what we get posted (this is a big experiment - we have no idea of what’s going to turn up!). You’ll also get a warm, fuzzy feeling inside because you are helping us to divert waste from landfill and create something cool.

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    £3 The rewards at the £1 level below PLUS an e-postcard set of images from our final photoshoot. Your chance to see the bunting you helped to create in all its glory.

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    1 backer

    All the rewards mentioned below plus a set of 3 printed art postcards to commemorate the bunting you made happen. Shipping outside the UK is a bit extra.

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    1 backer

    All the rewards mentioned below plus a set of electronic (or printed) instructions on how you can make your own upcycled bunting from pants, old clothing, sheets, towels or anything else you might have needing a new life. This will include detailed photos on steps in the making process and tips. Again, shipping outside the UK is a little extra.

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    The rewards mentioned below plus a one-meter stretch of finished thong bunting. It would definitely make a unique gift or talking point for your bohemian home or shop. LIMITED! ONLY 10 AVAILABLE. Shipping outside the UK a little extra.

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    All the rewards up to £15 plus a 5 meter section of upcycled bunting. This is a good chunk of bunting which would make a noticeable feature - perfect for a party venue, for the committed eco-warrior in your life or the underwear enthusiast. LIMITED! ONLY 5 AVAILABLE. Shipping outside the UK extra.

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    ALTERNATIVE £50 Rewards up to and including the £15 value PLUS attend a 2-hour class where you can learn to make bunting. Bring items you’d like to upcycle or we can provide materials for you to use. The class will be in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK. Travel and food not included (sorry!)

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    £300 All the rewards up to £15 plus a 10 meter section of upcycled bunting. LIMITED! ONLY 2 AVAILABLE. We can applique a short message (20-30 characters - TBC when we know how many knickers are in the stretch) on to the pants. You’ll also get an invite to the bunting photoshoot (travel not included) so you can have your picture taken with the full 50m and the opportunity to choose your stretch of bunting from the string. If you come, we will buy you a cup of tea and a cake to say thanks. Shipping outside the UK extra.

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Funding period

- (30 days)