As the denim industry makes a push away from linear and wasteful models and toward circular solutions, much of the focus has been on recycling material into new textiles. But Indian label Nece Gene is taking a different approach to reusing excess denim.
Nece Gene founder Neha Celly takes scrap material from Arvind Mills and turns it into couture creations. Denim cut waste is transformed into indigo “fur” or frayed to create accents on garments.
Expanding circular denim into categories beyond clothing, Nece Gene has taken denim strips and turned them into bricks using a bio epoxy. The hardened form of the textiles, which Neha calls “DeBricks,” is then used to create products such as stool seats or necklace pendants. Denim scraps are also turned into pulp to make paper for books.
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