May 05 2010
Editors note: Today’s guest blogger is San Francisco artist, designer and author Miranda Caroligne, who participated in LS&Co.’s 10th annual Community Day, putting her expertise to the test on … dog beds.
I have a passion for recycling and reuse, which I’ve shared in my book, Reconstructing Clothes for Dummies. I’ve also opened two stores — my own boutique, Miranda Caroligne, and cooperative local artist boutique, TRUNK — that sell all locally made designs, including clothes made from materials that might’ve otherwise ended up in a landfill.
You won’t typically find me hanging out in corporate lobbies, but that’s just where I was yesterday, at Levi’s San Francisco headquarters. And with good reason.
I was asked, along with my fellow “reconstruction-istas,” to help some employee volunteers turn scraps of denim and other materials into dog beds.
I’ve made plenty of things from production factory scraps, including $700 handmade jackets, but these dog beds were a first for me.
Why was I here on this gorgeous San Francisco day?
Diminishing waste in our society is crucial to our future. My hand in this is reconstructing clothing.
Reconstructed clothing is about revolutionizing mass-production, both in what we put on our bodies and how we function as a community unit, as well as an individual in that same community.
And while Levi’s and Dockers are all about mass production, they approach it with an integrity that I admire — focusing on worker rights, sustainability and the environment.
When a company as big as Levi’s embraces re-use – whether in café composting, recycling programs, or using denim scraps to make dog beds — it gives me hope.
The fact that the dog beds are for such a great organization as PAWS makes this whole day even brighter. In this case, recycling is going to San Francisco’s best: the dogs!
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