Art student creates trendy pieces to reduce waste
VALRICO, Florida – As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
For future fashion designer Hector Diaz, beauty lies in wearing people’s old clothes, including his own.
âClothes, I believe, have sentimental value, so there are certain clothes and things like that that people just don’t want to give up because it means something to them,â Hector said.
As a child, he saw his grandmother running a sewing factory in New York.
âI wanted to take the next step, so I asked my grandma, ‘can you show me how to sew some things?’ And then it went from there,â Hector said.
âUltimately my goal is to keep clothes from going to landfills. My goal is to reduce waste in industry,â Hector said.
Instead of traditional fabrics for his three-piece collection, Hector uses whatever clothes he can get his hands on.
He uses strips of fabric from discarded clothing and meticulously weaves each piece through a loom. The end product ends with environmentally conscious parts.
âI can eventually send a message or do something where I can take the fashion industry from the second biggest pollutant to the number one innovator,â Hector said.
In 2018, the EPA estimated that more than 11 million tonnes of textiles ended up in landfills.
âIt may seem like a huge task to say that I want to change the status quo from one thing to the other side of the spectrum, but it is possible and it starts with a change in itself,â Hector said.
Hector still has two pieces to complete for his collection and is accepting donations.