Uist designers awarded funding to help reduce textile waste from fashion industry

A Uist-based company with fantastic ideas to create more sustainable clothing has been announced as a successful recipients of funding from Zero Waste Scotland at the Scottish Textile and Leather Association’s annual conference last week.

Zero Waste Scotland’s circular economy fund for textile and apparel designers is the first of its kind in Scotland, and will help designers adopt new innovative methods for a circular economy, where materials are kept in high-value use for as long as possible, rather than being used once and discarded.

Diggory Brown will be designing a range of practical workwear garments and accessories made from Yarnover wool, a by-product from Uist Wool’s spinning mill. Sword Maclean, a Glasgow based luxury fashion and lifestyle start-up brand with Uist roots will also be using locally sourced materials including Scottish deer skin which would otherwise go to waste, and Hebridean black sheep wool which is spun on reburbished vintage machinery at Uist Wool Mill.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said: “I congratulate these designers from Uist, who have been successful in applying for support through our circular economy textiles fund. It was a challenging field, with some great application, and the successful designers have submitted unique and exciting suggestions for more sustainable fashion, which uses resources in a much smarter way.

“Scotland’s textile industry has a long and proud history. We know from recent research that the industry is well placed to make the most of the transition to a circular economy, but that there are currently no truly circular textiles products or services in Scotland.

“Zero Waste Scotland is on hand to help the industry to take advantage of the opportunities that a circular economy offers, and this funding aims to encourage designers to do just this. I’m pleased to announce the funding of these projects in Uist which are all great examples of how the sector can grow sustainably, and I look forward to seeing them progress.”