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.
While in the process of becoming a mom I am trying to find sustainable options for our little girl. For example: Where do I find her clothes? Clothes that she will only wear for such a short period in her life, because she grows so fast. Do I want to buy them new? Or do I choose for second hand? From which materials? Is it affordable? In this blog I show you some options I found.
Textiles and non-wovens can be made out an endless number of materials.
Well known materials are for example cotton, linen, hemp, tencel (from eucalyptus), modal (from beech) or synthetic materials like recycled polyester. But there are so many more possibilities. In this article share with you some interesting materials made from fruit and vegetables.
In the beginning of this year I compared different, freely available, material passports in the Netherlands for the infrastructure coalition of MVO Nederland, called Groene Netten. At that moment I started to question myself if this would work for the textile sector as well. I am curious what your opinion is.
We have too much clothes and we buy too much is recently shown in the study “Measuring the Dutch Clothing Mountain”. A Dutch wardrobe typically contains 173 items of clothing, of which no less than fifty items have not been worn during the past year. That is almost 1/3 of the total amount in our wardrobe! I was part of this research and would like to share with you the findings.
Three years ago I wrote an article about a dissolvable yarn that makes disassembly possible. At that time the yarn was a prototype and not yet for sale on the open market. But now, three years later Groenendijk Bedrijfskleding made safety vests with this yarn. Sander Jongerius, CSR manager of Groenendijk Bedrijfskleding tells about their development process.
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.