From Salvaged Materials
RAIN JACKET - ZERO WASTE
RAIN JACKET - ZERO WASTE
- Jonathan is 6'-1" and wearing LARGE
- Taylor is 5'-7" and wearing MEDIUM
- Impressively waterproof
- Insulated Shell
- Adjustable Hood
- Drawstring Bottom
- Extra Deep Pockets
- Hidden Interior Pocket
- Fully Lined
STORY OF THE MATERIALS
SILVER CAR COVER SHELL
The sleek silver fabric shell was previously a car cover that transported vehicles across the Pacific only one time before going in the trash. Designed to withstand the elements, it’s salt-waterproof, UV-protected, and reflective to shield from both salt and sun. These amazing protective properties lead to a major downside: this high-performance material will never decompose in a landfill and is impossible to recycle.
AUTO SALVAGE SEATBELTS, TRIM + LINING
The pocket trim details are salvaged grey seat belts, perfectly matching the space tones of the silver shell. The inner lining is a warp knit fabric originally hidden as automotive linings inside seat cushions, head rests, and sun shades.
HARDWARE - CORDS, BUTTONS, MAGNETS
The rope cords are made from the same knit fabric as the lining, stretched and stitched (with upcycled thread) into the soft cords at the hood and bottom of the jacket. Uncut keys are used as the top button. Having lost their mate (the lock), they are useless and get tossed. We clean them and turn them into buttons, each one unique. Finally, magnets are used along the lapel instead of a zipper. These are sourced from industrial overstock; they were originally made for something else, and needed another life.
We upcycle thread from a large factory that discards ¼ spools at shift changes to keep work flow at maximum efficiency.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
When Rewilder embarked on this zero waste design journey, the idea was to create a 100% upcycled duffel bag. As we got deep into material development and hardware research, the duffel evolved into a backpack, which then morphed into a jacket based on the upcycled design details. Outright rejecting anything new, we discovered innovative ways to make things, and ultimately designed a rad jacket that perfectly aligns with our principles of zero waste design.
We flipped the design process: designing from the perspective of the trash materials we found, rather than sourcing new materials to fit a preconceived design. In our world, design is a tool for innovation and good.
REWORKED BY REWILDER
The future of design is circular; it will use our precious resources more carefully and considerately. At Rewilder, we are focused on using high-performance materials that already exist, and ensuring that they stay useful for as long as possible. This means reworking them to continue their life cycle beyond what was originally intended. Our Reworked by Rewilder line is a constant evolution, extending the practical life of these amazing materials. Each piece we develop as part of our Reworked by Rewilder line will be unique, limited edition, and guaranteed to be giving a second life to beautiful but discarded materials.