National Fashion League Hungary | ECO Team
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ECO Team

The ECO Team of the National Fashion League Hungary integrates designers, artists and professionals working with eco friendly approach to fashion and design.  Our designers focus also on the technology how the materials are prepared. Many of them work with recycled or upcycled fabrics.

Our “brand”, RECONs includes REthinking and CONsciousness that assign our attitude to the community and to the environment with social and ethical aspects as well. Using natural fabrics, such as organic cotton and silk etc. is more than important for our designers. Even though not all the products are made of recycled or upcycled materials, fabrics and production of all masterpieces are chosen based on principles of environmental consciousness and sustainability. Our team shares Eco-Lifestyle, e.g. we prefer organic  cosmetics. Make-up used at our fashion shows are chosen from this product line. Consumer society is not our piece of cake. We rather share the opinion of Vivienne Westwood:

Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity.

Essence of OSCE (Open Source Circular Economy) for us is that every member of the community can share his or her knowledge and experience. It is more than interesting and beneficial to pass on our techniques and try others’. Our aim is to make this information exchange more direct. For this purpose we are planning to organize workshops and other events in Hungary. Foreign and Hungarian creators are warmly welcome.

Retextil Alapítvány (Retextile Foundation) produces eco-design interior decorations and fashion products made of household textile waste. This non-profit foundation is located in Pécs. As its main activity it produces eco-design interior decorations and fashion products made of household textile waste with the help of disabled and changed working ability employees. Art activity, community- and work therapy, rehabilitation take place at the workflow at the same time.

Reciklista was founded by Sarolta Tripolszky in 2013 when she returned to Budapest after working several years as an environmental lobbyist in Brussels. Here, she came to the conclusion that a more sustainable word can only be reached through changing our lifestyles, and everyday behaviour. Reciklista promotes the green, conscious urban lifestyle which is becoming more and more popular around the word but is still not very present in Hungary. Reciklista’s two main ways of communication are fashion and DIY. The fashion collections consists of sporty, functional cloths with a distinguishable character. Besides, Recilista also organises DIY recycling workshops for the green Budapest community where fashionistas can create their own jewellery and accessories from waste.

ReCreativity is a social enterprise that provides short and long term programs with the tool of creative recycling in order to participants build creative solutions and skills in their everyday life and in the meantime inquire environmental awareness. You can join their international & national youth programs and creative workshops. Besides that they can be found in different design markets – inside and outside of Hungary – where they usually present with a creative workshop and with their products.

Réthy Fashion prepares fashionable, sporty and elegant everyday-wear made of worn out denim clothes. Their goal is to make recycling real. It is impossible to see that their products were made of wasted clothes, they all seem like they were made of brand new materials. The magic is simple: they clean collected fabrics, process them, dye them, finally tailor and sew the design dreamed. Their social participation is remarkable. Numerous people with disabilities are employed by the enterprise. Réthy Fashion believes that work therapy helps them gaining selfconfidence and their mental state in order to get back into the labour market faster and with more success.