Waste not, want not: that’s the philosophy Hoyan Ip, a London-based designer, subscribes to. Her latest collection, dubbed “Bio-trimmings,” is a selection of buttons and buckles derived from food waste. Even the production off-cuts are put to good use. Instead of tossing them into the trash, Ip turns leftover bits into sequin-like embellishments. “This is an innovative forward-fashion idea to replace standard metal and plastic trims that are not only expensive to make but [also] have environmental impacts,” she tells Ecouterre.
Ip sees a link between the excesses of fashion with those of the food industry. “Bio-trimmings links the world of fashion and its waste with food waste; a continuous, social and economical global issue that needs to be addressed effectively to build towards a sustainable and ethical future,” she adds.