Dutch design duo Wintervacht is giving new life to textiles that have otherwise lost their purpose by using old blankets to make coats and jackets that are stylish and high-quality.

Wintervacht designs and makes coats from 30- to 40-year-old blankets, which are handpicked and sourced from local sorting facilities. Thus, their coats require no new textiles in the production process. The company uses smart cutting techniques, ensuring maximum usage of the blankets and minimizing waste cut-offs. The remaining fabric is used for creating hair bands and other accessories. The pockets of the coats are lined with recycled vintage curtains, making their coats and jackets 100% upcycled. With no bleach, dyeing or finishing applied in the process, the products are a good example of designers turning old textiles into stylish new clothing.

Why you should care

Upcycling disused fabric and textiles into new fashion collections helps to address some of the major issues concerning excessive resource use and textile waste in the global fashion industry. Water and energy consumption in the creation of new garments are also largely reduced by upcycling initiatives like Wintervacht.

How the Global Goals are addressed

Decent work and economic growth
Upcycling initiatives can create local and sustainable jobs. In addition, by not using bleach and other chemicals, safety at Wintervacht is ensured.

Responsible consumption and production
Upcycling pre-used fabrics in production saves energy, chemicals, water and raw materials, and it encourages circular consumption behaviors.