Ecofashion: the rebirth of wool

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 January, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 January, 1994, 12:00am

Turning old clothes into new is the latest twist in the battle for the environmentally-conscious consumer. Patchwork is the obvious answer, but designers are also coming up with more innovative ideas.

Esprit, which has a new range under the Ecollection banner, unravels garments and factory scraps and spins the old wool into richly-textured yarns for coats, jackets and berets. It also uses unbleached and naturally coloured wool from white, grey and brownsheep, and organically-grown cotton.

British company Scrap Scrap scours that country for leftover material which it uses to create brilliantly-coloured patchwork coats, dresses, leggings, bags and hats. This is fashion you can wear with a clear conscience.

Styled by NANCY WONG.