This unknitting machine is challenging the value that represent a piece of garment in our en- ding resources world. The textile industry is one of the most polluting industry and even if the recycling and valorization chain is well developed in the UK, still 4,7 kg of discarded textile, per capita, end up in landfills every year1. Where statistics shows that the energy and re- sources needed for its production can be lowered by 30% if they are reused.
However, in most of the cases, the items have lived less than a year and the fibre is still at its highest value.
Aware of the crucial impact that the textile industry has on environmental and social aspects, this research investigates on how the expression of the value of used textile can be translated from different perspectives.
The first machine communicates on the environmental impact of a garment (CO2 and water consumption), and includes individual decision to balance the global cost of the textile production. The second iteration is designed in a form of a tool kit to facilitate the un-raveling process to bring the garment back to a bobin. This is an educative tool that could be used during textile making workshops to support the reuse of discarded garment for its material value.