Knickers to Waste
Knickers to Waste
We're here to increase recycling AND to save women from uncomfortable underwear.
We're here to increase recycling AND to save women from uncomfortable underwear. Read more
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.
We have a better plan.
Thongs are the perfect shape and size for bunting flags. They are colourful, durable and unique. Up-cycling heaven.
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.
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?Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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