The WORTH initiative, funded under the COSME programme, aims to create transnational and cross-discipline collaborations between fashion, product and industrial designers, crafters, manufacturers, technology firms, and start-ups across EU and COSME countries, to develop unique and high-end products in the following sectors: fashion and textile, footwear, fur and leather, furniture and home decoration, accessories and jewelry. In 2019, Worth Partnership Project supported our proposal, Make Your Bed Project through its third call with funds, training and mentoring. Thanks to WORTH support, MUB Collection has been designed and manufactured and is nowadays available. Know more about how MUB Collection was supported by Worth Partnership Project.
The Covid-19 pandemic had a strong impact on MUB Collection project because of the social restrictions imposed. We faced limitations to organise swap markets and community events where to source second-hand linen sheets and other second-hand garments to develop the collection.
With this regard, Empty Your Wardrobe established a collaboration with an external partner based in Denmark, Beirholm Lagersalg, where we can source additional fabric-to-be-wasted bed linen and cotton fabrics. Beirholm is a company located in Kolding that develops high-performance textiles that secure a profitable future for linen rental businesses. We set an agreement to use the discarded fabrics and Empty Your Wardrobe visited the factory twice and collected samples for the creation of MUB Collection, high-quality fabrics that are, however, considered as waste. After being used for Quality Control, they are thrown away or discarded.
& Swap Spot
Some other fabrics used by MUB Collection have been collected via social events for swapping clothes and accessories where people can renew their wardrobes with second-hand pieces and make more environmental choices.
Swap Spot is an initiative run by Empty Your Wardrobe and Food Reformers, offering citizens to renew their wardrobes in exchange for Wastecoins, making more sustainable choices. The space allows members of the community (and beyond) to swap their clothes, textiles, and accessories for new (but second-hand) ones displayed at Swap Spot. The aim is to generate a dynamic circular flow of second-hand goods within the community and to encourage citizens to choose secondhand instead of new by showing them its potential. For example, saving money, reducing your carbon footprint, harmlessly experimenting with your style, and finding unique pieces embedded with stories and spirit.