Alexandra Nicole Solis-Sison is the founder and CEO of the Zero Waste Cart, where she serves as the artist and executive staff. She first put her foot in the fashion industry nine years ago at the age of sixteen as a commercial model. Upholding positions as a buyer, merchandiser, stylist, designer, photographer, and pattern maker in both start-up and corporate environments. The Zero Waste Cart came into fruition during her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. There she explored alternative fashion systems, artistic social practice, and sustainable business models.
Alice Wu is the co-founder, CTO, and head developer of the Zero Waste Cart online application. She first realized the importance of waste reduction and recovery in the Berkeley Student Cooperative, where she attended a waste reduction workshop. This experience exposed her to the decomposition of materials and amount of energy recycling demands. Alice majored in Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley and was a full stack web developer in the tech industry before venturing into the Zero Waste Cart application.
Together they have created an application that is providing a multifaceted service that disrupts the textile industry. The Zero Waste Cart is an online repair service platform as well as a traveling site specific installation that offer services. These services include free garments and sewing workshops. Consequently, this empowers underserved communities to take charge on redirecting clothes from landfills, and gives access to those who do not have the abilities to purchase clothes.
The Zero Waste Cart appeared in San Francisco’s Market Street Prototyping Festival and serves as a community textile recycling and mending solution to deter garments from landfills. Currently, there are two billion pounds of garments in the landfills. Per person 80 pounds of textiles are disposed. Our current garment life structure is no longer sustainable. Donation centers can no longer support our consumption. Our rate of consumption is faster than our rate of sustainable disposal.
The Zero Waste cart offers mending workshops to those who want to learn how to patch up garments that are normally turned away by tailors and seamstresses such as mending zippers, buttons, rips, etc. The cart also functions as a textile recycling center, a place for people to donate or take garments that would have otherwise end up in the landfills due to the lack of space of already established donation centers.