Recycled hotel bed linen hit the catwalk recently as several designers showed off their reimagined fashion creations at Canada’s Eco Fashion Week (EFW) 2015.
Normally discarded after around two years of use, the repurposed bed linen, sourced from Vancouver’s Fairmont Waterfront Hotel was revealed at Eco Fashion Week as spectacular flowing kimonos, adorning a number of strutting models in the Waterfront Kimono contest, part of EFW, now in its fifth year.
The discarded sheets were sewn and dyed by several designers, producing billowing, silk-like stylish kimonos.
Using dyeing that produced kimonos in soft pastel shades, the gowns produced a shiny satin finish, thanks to the 70/30 per cent cotton/polyester 250-thread-count blend.
End-of-life luxury hotel bed linen often ends being recycled as rags. A bed linen recycling partner to Marriott International in 2013 said that, “if laid end-to-end, bed linen condemned by the world’s leading hotel chains in one year would go around the world more than twice.”