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Billygoats & Raincoats is a Wales-based model that takes competition gear to a complete new degree. They’re doing their half in recycling by creating rain put on from recycled competition tent supplies. Every yr, 300,000 tonnes of undesirable clothes goes into landfills – and that’s simply within the UK. And making clothes isn’t nice for the setting both. Making one pair of denims makes use of about 7-10,000 litres of water.

After going to music festivals throughout the UK, Beth Cosmos – the corporate’s founder – seen that lots of of tents had been left for waste. Seeing them gave her the thought for her distinctive enterprise. Today, she could make 4 coats out of a two-man tent.

Beth is specializing in coats for youngsters aged two to 9, however in time she hopes to broaden the vary. She has ambitions for grownup coats and splash fits for youngsters. First, she is going to construct the model in UK, and shortly she plans to be in Paris.

“I had been engaged on the competition scene each summer time throughout college, on the artistic crews at various festivals within the UK,” defined Beth.

“I awoke in a tent and appeared out on the barren wasteland that was the post-festival discipline, with lots of or hundreds of tents left, and there I used to be pondering of a extra sustainable method to make garments.

“I assumed, ‘These are waterproof and are going to waste’. So I introduced a number of again dwelling with me and bits of tents had been minimize up everywhere in the kitchen desk. I nonetheless have it, the primary few trials.”

Each yr simply within the UK, revelers abandon greater than 200,000 tents. These usually are left behind with their full setup: groundsheets,  nylon casing, and poles, all destined for landfill. Buyers of the coats get one yr of free repairs, and Beth hopes to create a way that enables coats to be returned and repurposed after a baby grows out of them.

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