Billygoats and Raincoats turns discarded festival tents into kids’ raincoats
Billygoats and raincoats turns your waste into sustainable clothing.
Annually in the UK, more than 200 000 tents are left behind on festival grounds. After days of partying, and sometimes succumbing to adverse weather the last thing you feel like doing is packing up your tent. And because tents are so cheap, you can just buy a new one for the next festival.
That’s when Beth Cosmos saw a gap in the market that also ticks the sustainability box.
Beth both attended festivals and worked behind the scenes while completing her fashion design degree at the University of South Wales when she saw a perfect opportunity to dissertate on the relationship between fashion consumption and sustainability.
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“I thought, ‘These are waterproof and are going to waste,’” Cosmos told Wales Online. “So I brought a few back home with me and bits of tents were cut up all over the kitchen table. I still have it, the first few trials.”
The result; the cutest and most stylish line of kids’ raincoats.
“The designs are playful and geometric because we’re still just kids, playing with shapes and having fun with primary colours.”
At this point in time she’s only focusing on the kids’ line of raincoats, but hopefully this will expand soon to include festival raincoats- she can literally sell people their tents back, only upcycled.
The company is committed to a zero-waste initiative, as they reuse every part of the tents recovered.
Check out Billygoats and Raincoats here.