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Hoyan Ip Turns Food Waste Into Buttons, Buckles, Other “Bio-Trimmings”

by Jasmin Malik Chua, Source: Ecouterre

Waste not, want not: that’s the philosophy Hoyan Ip, a London-based designer, subscribes to. Her latest collection, dubbed “Bio-trimmings,” is a selection of buttons and buckles derived from food waste. Even the production off-cuts are put to good use. Instead of tossing them into the trash, Ip turns leftover bits into sequin-like embellishments. “This is an innovative forward-fashion idea to replace standard metal and plastic trims that are not only expensive to make but [also] have environmental impacts,” she tells Ecouterre.


Ip sees a link between the excesses of fashion with those of the food industry. “Bio-trimmings links the world of fashion and its waste with food waste; a continuous, social and economical global issue that needs to be addressed effectively to build towards a sustainable and ethical future,” she adds.

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