Every year 85% of textiles end up in landfills each year. While most of them could be reused, they are burnt. For instance, it takes 10000 litres of water to grow the cotton used to produce a pair of jeans. Often jeans are discarded due to minor defects in size, small cuts or stains on the material.
“How do we reduce the carbon footprint we leave as individuals?” Thats the question that made Sowmya Kalluri to start Dwij.
“Our philosophy is zero waste manufacturing,” says Soumya Kalluri who runs Dwij, an enterprise that up-cycles and repurposes old, waste denim material into bags.
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Her work entails transforming used jeans thrown out by people; discarded during manufacturing process or any other waste fabric into useable bags. Even the small pieces of cloth that are left out are utilised to make jewellery.
Watch Sowmya Kalluri’s story on Databaaz’s urban warriors series:
Her small effort to combat 92 million tons of solid waste produced by the fashion Industry each year.
Urban warriors is a 5 part series on Databaaz documenting the work of everyday heroes of Mumbai