Dankje

Graduation project

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A tool to promote sustainable methods for discarding used clothing

Dankje app

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A lot of textiles are wasted each year. It's a complex problem, but one of the causes is the methods used to discard clothing. Mainly how a lot of clothing ends up in the trash, instead of being re-worn or recycled. See the textile chain I mapped for the yearly textile waste in Rotterdam →

With Earth being my third favorite planet in our solar system, I wanted to do my part in helping it stay a bit cleaner. So for my graduation project, I helped EigenDraads with the following:

Designing a tool to promote sustainable methods for discarding used clothing (reuse or recycle).

While doing my research I found the following:

Consumers think green, but don't know green:
Most consumers claim to discard clothes sustainably, yet throw out smaller and worn pieces in the trash. Even though their items are suitable for a separate collection. This behavior comes from the general idea that these items are valueless and therefore belong in the trash.

No storage for used clothing:
Consumers don't always have a separate collection point in their home for clothing they plan to discard. This means they sometimes throw out an individual piece, as it is deemed a waste of time to go to a clothing container for a single item of clothing.

The concept


The final concept is a combination physical product and a digital appication that help the user discard sustainably in three steps.

step 1: The user receives a 'tasmand' (a hybrid of the Dutch words: tas & wasmand). A special bag made from recycled fabrics, used to seperate clothing, just like one would for old plastics or paper. Every piece of clothing the user plans to discard now goes in the tasmand. Repeat until full.

step 2: When the tasmand is full and the user ready, they'll be assisted by the app in sorting their clothing. The garments will be categorized in one of three tiers. Repairable, rewearable and recyclable. The user will also receive information related to sustainability about what they're doing and why.

step 2: When the tasmand is full and the user ready, they'll be assisted by the app in sorting their clothing. The garments will be categorized in one of three tiers. Repairable, rewearable and recyclable. The user will also receive information related to sustainability about what they're doing and why.

step 3: Lastly the user will discard the clothes. With an overview of all near sustainable places to do so and a description of how to get there.

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