Over 10.5 million tons of discarded textile waste ends up populating landfills every year. Most of these fabrics are polyesters and other synthetic blends that are not biodegradable - think water bottles. The alarming part is that while fashion is fast; production of textiles is neither fast, nor easy. Fabric goes through a number of different channels - design, material production, manufacturing, distribution, and transport; mostly things that we don't even think about when buying our favorite piece. All of these stages have a devastating impact on our environment and Knotzland is here to save the day!
We take the best in textile discards and reuse it to create stylish accessories that everyone loves! - Bowties. In doing this, we are vastly reducing the disposal of fabrics that may otherwise be deemed unusable and ultimately end up laying around and polluting our environment. To date we have rescued over 1,700lbs of textile waste and over 1,000 of it (and counting) has already made it's way to their new home on the necks of our amazing customers!
We have an understanding that the process of creating the textile has already been done, so why not get the most out of it through reducing the effects of its afterlife? Why not commit to extending the life of things that already exist? Hey, we even have our customers sending in fabric to create ties out of their once cherished garments! -It's a movement.
Founded in August of 2014 by Nisha Blackwell who downsized from a local coffee shop and decided to brew her own ideas. Spurred by a passion, the world around her, and building an environmentally friendly business - Knotzland became a reality. Some of our favorite partners and places to source and rescue high-quality pieces are The Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, T's Upholstery and the Pittsburgh Opera. The vision is the first step. Knotzland aims to build a powerhouse up-cycling business with goals of creating an ecosystem that supports people and the environment all while using items that already exist in the Universe.