When we think of sustainable practices, the first that comes to mind is almost certainly recycling. That, however, is not our only course of action: reuse is an equally valid option – if not a more effective one.


Reuse further reduces our environmental impact in two ways. Unlike recycling, there is no need to convert the product back into its raw materials to create a new one. On top of that, reuse extends a product’s lifecycle, decreasing post-consumer waste.


In spite of this, reuse is still not widely adopted for a number of reasons – above all, the lack of reuse-friendly product engineering, as well the absence of infrastructure and cooperation between actors involved in the process. T-Save, the latest project by TALKINGS HANDS & Angoli di Mondo, paves the way for other initiatives of this kind.


A textbook definition of both reuse and upcycling, T-Save is a collection of 1000 second-hand t-shirts, salvaged by social coop Angoli di Mondo and refurbished by TALKING HANDS artisans through leftover African Wax fabric. Each t-shirt is one of a kind, enriched by “pieces of Africa” that transform a forsaken garment into something to be treasured. Most clothes are thrown away not because of functional defects, but due to a lack of human meaning – and it’s exactly this issue that T-Save wants to address.


Naturally, weaving fine words and dainty speeches wasn’t enough for TALKING HANDS. Regardless of good intentions, a project of this caliber needs a high degree of scrutiny to properly assess (and ensure) its factual sustainability.


Once again, ENGINEER3D answered the call. As strategic consultants, we have carefully analyzed all operations, selecting the best arrangements to minimize the project’s environmental impacts. The results of our LCA study prove it – overall, compared to newly produced t-shirts, T-Save has averted the following environmental impacts:


  • 2100 kg CO2 emissions
  • 827 000 liters of water consumption
  • 150 kg of waste, diverted from the landfill or incinerator


Ultimately, T-Save provides a valuable lesson. For sustainable fashion to happen, pioneers must band together to set an example and accelerate the adoption of best practices across the industry. Unity is indeed strength.