To create zero waste with a textile design there are multiple options. For example fully fashioned knitwear, 3D printing or not designing at all (probably not your preferred option). The most known option is Zero Waste Pattern Cutting (ZWPC) and in this blog article I am going to give a few examples.
I love interlocking systems because they make design for disassembly, repair and reuse possible. This time I found one which I would like to share with you because it goes beyond concept, you can actually buy these items and wear them.
I am writing blog articles since January 2012. Cradle-to-cradle was the main subject, focussed on which materials and techniques make textile products suitable for biodegradation or recycling. Ones in a while it is good to take a broader view and see the shifts that are needed to make a circular economy possible, that is what I will do in this article.
Why a circular economy? Take a look at this (Dutch) video:
A few months ago I found something fascinating in the field of materials. Programmable materials. Materials that can assemble themselves in the right conditions. How can you apply these materials in an eco-effective design?
Last month I wrote to you about design for recycling and biodegradation. I would like to introduce you to a few of my pinterest boards which might be interesting to follow. With pinterest it is very easy to collect pictures of designs and materials as an inspiration. I collected inspiration about Design for biodegradation, disassembly, flexible material innovations, old textile crafts, clever designs and design methods to name a few.
When you are following my blog for a while you know that design for disassembly is a returning topic in my articles. But are you already doing it yourself? Are you designing products that are easy to assembly and disassemble in order to make recycling or biodegradation possible?
Colouring textiles is a process that is very old. A lot of people like decorated textiles and using colour is one way to do this.
In this article I am going to describe different ways of colouring that can be used as in inspiration to colour textiles and fibres in the future.
Laser etching is one of the techniques that can be an eco-effective solution to decorate textiles. With laser etching you burn a small part of the surface and do not add a material to the fabric like you do when dyeing or silkscreen printing.
Imagine you can dissolve the seams of your textile items! Let’s say your customer spilled tomato juice on the sleeve of the white blouse you designed, with Wear2 you can reuse all the other parts of the blouse to make a new garment. As a designer you can create mix and match garments!