The current fashion and textile landscape is fairly limited in terms of what types of materials are being used. Innovation is key, and products such as Tencel, Sorona and Ingeo proof that industry is investing heavily in R&D.
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Cotton, we've realized, is not particularly sustainable (water could be used for food), Bamboo can deplete excess energy when being converted to functional products. Here's one alternative.
"...Arbib also aims to bring production back to the U.S. to affect jobs and hand made techniques that are dying out due to cheap factory production overseas. APT did a small project in Colorado employing a family-run business to hand paint silk scarves, but Arbib says she hopes to do more on the North American continent this year.
To tackle this goal, she will be collaborating with artist and friend Jeffrey Gibson on a special collection of textiles and jewelry. Gibson, a renowned painter and sculptor, a TED Foundation Fellow, and a member of The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, will help Arbib to merge aspects of his Cherokee culture with her design aesthetic, (click though gor more)
H&M is putting on its fancypants. The Swedish retailer announced on Tuesday the launch of “Conscious Exclusive,” a collection of partywear derived from sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, recycled polyamide, and Tencel. Inspired by old Hollywood glamour, the formal duds include sweeping gowns and natty suits for women, as well as a “rock-and-roll red-carpet style” that brings “real attitude to spring tailoring” for men, according to Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s head of design.
An initiative in Burkina Faso is tying together eco protection with women's empowerment. The group fashions skirts and handbags from used plastic bags. The proceeds go towards improving the lives of the seamstresses.
Susan Davis Cushing's insight:
Ten Years later: a full-circle plastics recycling project that enables, trains and educates the women involved. Compare this with a projects that "gives' a pair of shoes to someone when another pair is puhcased. One pair of shoes will not change a person's life. Training, providing earnings, a repurposing the dearth of plastics in the evironment is a project model we can all get behind. sdc
Stockholm-based studio claesson koivisto rune have has created 3 sleek typologies for prefabricated homes that draw from the distinctly scandinavian landscape and approach to efficient living.
The 'Tind' residences draw their name from the norwegian word for 'mountain peak', a concept informed by the remarkable lack of sharp pointed peaks in scandinavian mountain systems. The softened edges of the range lend the landscape a particular beauty that finds its way into the architecture in the form of a truncated, single pitch roof. Floor-grazing windows are relegated to major walls and all apertures lie flush with light-drenched interiors. Rather than a perforated volume, the home is a rhythmic composition of built material and void, and despite the various models of kit houses, every interior is organized by a central entrance way or staircase and seeks to blur notions of interior and exterior.
While prefabricated homes have many historical iterations, the architectural integrity of the 'Tind' series is preserved through culturally relevant approaches to living...
Seattle’s Bullitt Center is being heralded as the greenest, most energy-efficient commercial office building in the world. It’s not that the six-story, 50,000-square-foot building is utilizing never-before-seen technology.
Whether it's for wasted (but still edible!) food or recreation, dumpsters and diving seem to go quite well together. While the "dumpster pool" meme has taken root in places like Manhattan as a form of public wading, New Orleans-based production designer and architect Stefan Beese has also transformed one old dumpster into an upscale-looking private pool in his backyard.A dumpster is transformed into a small but stylish wading pool in this man's yard.
By Amy Dufault: Depending on whom you ask, H&M is either the problem or the solution. The Swedish retailer isn’t justany apparel firm, after all. When it comes perpetuating our culture of “fast fashion”—low-quality, inexpensive garments, churned out at a dizzying pace—H&M, with its more than 2,800 stores in 49 markets, is second only to Zara in terms of reach. But while H&M’s global influence isn’t a matter of debate, the company’s recent campaign to reposition itself as a bulwark of sustainability is far more controversial. Equally polarizing? H&M’s new, self-appointed role as ecological thought leader, which it parlayed on Thursday into its first-ever “Conscious Talk” panel on the fashion industry’s role in creating a sustainable future. (click for more)
These 8 Scandinavian fashion designers are designing stylish, beautiful, functional and high quality clothing through environmental and ethical practices.
Clean, ethical and progressive fashion from the north that has its sights set on creating a sustainable industry.
Scandinavia – that obscure northern region home to beautiful blondes, mysterious folklore and long, cold nights – is also the origin of some of the most innovative fashion designers of our time. Based in cultures that have always had a deep connection to the nature that surrounds and sustains them, respect for the environment shines through as a key factor, whether with the use of natural materials, recycling or intelligent design. Due to harsh living conditions and short growing seasons, traditions and practices of re-use, maximum throughput, and efficient implementation, have carried through to the modern day, as is evident from these designers’ work."
The Crochet Coral Reef (CCR) is a project by the Institute For Figuring, a non-profit Los-Angeles based organization that pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientif...
Susan Davis Cushing's insight:
I've been following this project for years. It's a great and facinating learning tool "for all ages". The design credit goes to Nature and hyperbolic life forms. It's great tool to to help us learn about our coral reefs.
Sustainability in architecture reveals itself in many forms, some more subtle or hidden than others. It’s much more complicated an issue than just green lawning your building, but sometimes that’s just what you need to get your message across.
The House in Travessa do Patrocínio by RA\\ does just that. The narrow townhouse is situated in the center of Lisbon, in a neighborhood with little access to green spaces. To compensate for this, the architects draped the house with lush green facades that cover 100 square-meters of wall space.
The facades are integral components to the architecture, and are planted with approximately 4,500 plants sourced from 25 different local varieties, all of which require little maintenance. The result is a vertical garden that functions as an urban “lung” within the pavement-heavy area, helping to rid the residential street of excess noise, carbon, and other pollutants floating about.
Though small and humble in proportion, the architects hope that the house is an “example of sustainability for the city of Lisbon,” a new urban model applicable at all scales of building.
A new smart material called a MOF (metal organic framework) has the ability to adsorb carbon dioxide and release it when exposed to sunlight thus creating a new breakthrough in a way to recycle CO2 emissions using renewable energy.
Melbourne-based creative agency Eco Innovators is up to green mischief again with their new Design Play Cards – a deck of 50 quirky playing cards designed to challenge, inspire and explore sustainable design. Gamification is recognized as a valid educational tool, and the Design Play Cards assist educators in conveying complex approaches to design problem solving using fun and engaging exercises. The cards are divided into three groups: The ‘Design Problem’ set challenges players to solve social and environmental design issues, the ‘Design Inspiration’ set encourages players to find inspiration through real world solutions in action, and the ‘Design Strategy’ cards help players discover opportunities through sustainable design thinking.
"San Diego Zoo Global is the first zoo to establish a center focused on applying bio-inspired solutions to industry challenges through biomimicry. The zoo's Centre for Bioinspiration was born five years ago.Nature and tech are partnering at the San Diego Zoo's Centre for Bioinspiration."
Elizabeth L. Cline surveys the cultural, economic and environmental consequences of our never-ending hunt for low-priced clothing.
Susan Davis Cushing's insight:
Reading this review is the next best thing to reading the book: get it on your reading list -- I suppose I'm one of those "ethical fashion boosters" spoken about. Hard to manage the lifestyle, but, I challenge you.
Can fashion be sustainable? It’s a challenge that not even fashion – ephemeral by nature and by definition – can ignore.
International luxury conglomerates are investing in sustainable brands, giants of mass retail offer apparel made of eco-friendly fibers, small brands incorporate recycled and discarded materials into their clothing to create a sophisticated fashion aesthetic, social responsibility becomes cool in marketing, and artisanal work and durable quality are rediscovered.
Scholars of fashion, economics, sociology, marketing, industrial organization, textile technology, and climatology explain – with the help of case-histories, including C.L.A.S.S. – how the terrain of sustainable fashion is rugged and full of contradictions.
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