Warm Returns, 2020

Insight — 5 billion pounds of new, returned clothing ends up in landfill every year, contributing 15 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Meanwhile, temperatures in Calais are below zero in the winter and more than 6,000 refugees are in need of sleeping bags and blankets for warmth.

Solution — Can these wasted clothes be re-purposed into blankets at Warm Returns workshops in the UK for refugees around Europe? Each blanket made at the workshops re-purposes 30 items of new clothing, otherwise intended for landfill, and are transformed into a layer of warmth for refugees.
    The blanket design reflects the International Refugee flag and the pattern is simple enough for anyone to make.
    Warm Returns raises awareness of a fashion sustainability crisis, while simultaneously giving these wasted returned clothes a new, purposeful lease of life.
︎︎︎ Creative strategy, service design, visual communication

This project won the Runner Up prize and the Golden Ticket Award at Kingston University’s Bright Ideas Competition in 2022. It was also awared Commended and Shortlisted for a Creative Conscience in 2020.