Instead of getting thrown away and burnt, useless textiles are received by Pumpa Design Oy and are upcycled into new products: dog/cat beds, grocery bags, bags and pouches in different sizes. Textile waste comes from waste collection companies / organisations or directly from consumers. The company takes care of the cleaning and cutting and then sends the textile waste further to sewers to make the final product.
- Reuse of material and waste reduction: for example, to make reusable bags and pouches, the company used 265 g old curtains as raw material out of which just a few grams were not suitable for further upcycling while 14 grams of textile waste was stored for later use. A recent customer order for a big shopping bag used 4730 g of old curtains, sheets and table cloths as raw materials while 1258 g of textile waste was stored for later use.
- Customers can directly send their unwanted textile to Pumpa Design to make new desired products
- Lack of compensation for local workers and processing of waste material is challenging for circular economy: almost 1/4 of the final product price consist of Finnish taxes
- Lack of regulation when using post-consumer waste for new products
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