We collect our fabric scraps to make paper !
At Miljours Studio, it is nothing new that we are optimizing our practices with a view to reducing the waste of raw materials as much as possible. In this sense, we are always full of creativity, initiative and innovation to create products from existing materials such as our Miljours Mini collection as well as our leather earrings made from our leather scraps.
With the arrival of the pandemic in March 2020, we have started, like several companies in the fashion industry, to make our own fabric face masks in order to meet the growing demand of the population. First we had to source the fabrics, design and make the face masks, and then, decided on the outcome of the scraps produced. Garment waste being a real problem in the clothing industry, we did not want to leave our production scraps to chance. Indeed, according to Greenpeace, half of the clothes we buy are thrown away after a year and two-thirds of them end up in the landfill. In addition, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2,625 kilograms of clothing is thrown or burned every second in the world.
Knowing all this, Miljours donates its fabric scraps which become paste and then sheets that we use to make our greeting cards, thus participating in a circular economy model. The big changes lie in the little things.
Step 1 : The fabrics are shredded into pieces of more or less equal sizes and then placed in water where they will soften and soften for several days or weeks.
Step 2 : Tissues are mechanically beaten with water in a Dutch pile.
Step 3 : Scrolling then allows the fibers to be separated from each other.
Step 4 : The mixture is then worked to obtain paper pulp.
Step 5 : The pulp is mixed with a glue that will make the paper waterproof, this is the sizing step.
The material is then distributed over the canvas in a frame where it solidifies. Then, this material is pressed and then spread in order to proceed to drying.