Curtains, bedlinen, pillow sheets, clothing, these are some examples of textile products that are produced to use and then thrown away. Makes sense, factories work in a linear system – a colbert is often not designed to recycle. After use it ends up on a pile of textiles. A pile that will be burned so it at least generates energy. I – and with me more textile companies – am convinced we can do better. We are able to reuse materials. And we can make the linear system into a circular one. With these five possibilities we close the textile loop.
The circular closet: A game changer for fashion in the future. What is it? How is it different from a normal garment collection? And which struggles did you have to overcome? I interviewed Jon Curutchet, Head of Supply Chain & Sustainability at SKFK (Skunkfunk) about their recently launched rental service.
Last article I wrote was about repairing textiles. Today I would like to tell you more about how nature repairs and how the textile industry mimics nature, also called Biomimicry.
Repairing textiles, why don’t we do it? It might have to do with our perception of perfection and the image of repairing. What is nature's way to repair? And if you want to repair, how do you do it?
When designing for disassembly in the textile sector there are multiple challenges. For example yarn blends that make separation of the fibres difficult, coatings and haberdashery. This time I would like to share with you some alternatives for haberdashery.
3d printing of textiles is such an interesting topic! I wrote about it earlier, to tell you what needs to be done to make 3D printing suitable for a circular economy. Now I found even more examples of interesting 3Dprint innovations that I would like to share with you.
Imagine if these were made of plastic from renewable materials and could be recycled again!
Enjoy and get inspired!
In the past two years I am regularly practicing mindfulness. This gave me new insights and doubts about the fashion industry. I will tell you my brain waves in this article and at the same time explain you more about ‘the state of fashion 2018’ which is a project that will start the 1st of June.
Some blog subjects stay an important topic for years. Decorating textiles in an eco-effective way is such an topic. In this blog article I would like to show you some inspiration. Some already older and some more new, but all applicable to circular design.
By using materials that can be easily separated many decorating options are possible. Sometimes techniques are combined. For example a material can be folded and then heated (memory melting) to remember the fold. Or layers can be created through lasercutting.
In 2012 I did research after the possibility to remove prints from textiles. Because everything is temporary. That is the way we should look at decorating our textiles too. People change, but their clothes do not change with them. We stop wearing our clothes when we are tired of them, while prints are permanent. What would happen if we have the possibility to replace prints on textiles? In other words, to remove prints and add new ones to make fabrics last. This method would combine short (fashion) cycles with long raw material cycles.
2018….is almost there, how about a new year intention: to learn about circular economy and how to integrate this in textile-product design?
More than two years ago I made a blogpost with a few tools on designing eco-effective. But there are so many tools to help you out. Hereby I will share a few with you that caught my attention.