Each Residus piece is made with closing the loop in mind. Many of our dresses are only available in limited editions, based on the amount of surplus textiles available. We source high-quality surplus fabrics from factories and other fashion labels directly, in order to maximize the life cycle of existing textiles, cut out harmful manufacturing processes and minimize our ecological footprint. By doing so we reduce the amount of water it takes to manufacture the fabric. Manufacturing textiles is extremely water intensive, and after the water is used in the manufacturing process, this often-polluted water is then sent back to our rivers, lakes and oceans. The World Bank estimates almost 20% of global industrial water pollution comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles. Therefore we seek to work with those using eco-friendly manufacturing processes and practice fair and safe labor.
Residus is one of the few (if not the only) brand that works with approximately 60% surplus fabrics. We are very proud of what we do, but we wish more brands would think like us. We do not think of Residus as just another brand, we think of it as an industry. One day we hope that using surplus fabrics is going to be the norm, not something unique.
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