Sustainable Fashion and Textiles. Design Journeys by Kate Fletcher

By Kate Fletcher

Sustainable style and Textiles: layout trips brings jointly for the 1st time information regarding lifecycle sustainability affects of style and textiles, sensible choices, layout innovations and social innovation. It demanding situations current rules in regards to the scope and power of sustainability concerns in style and textiles, and units out a extra pluralistic, enticing and forward-looking photograph, drawing on rules of structures pondering, human wishes, neighborhood items, gradual type and participatory layout, in addition to wisdom of fabrics. The ebook not just defines the sector, it additionally demanding situations it, and makes use of layout rules to aid form extra sustainable items and advertise social swap. prepared in sections, the 1st 4 chapters symbolize key phases of the lifecycle: fabric cultivation/extraction, construction, use and disposal. the rest 4 chapters discover layout methods for changing the dimensions and nature of intake, together with provider layout, localism, pace and consumer involvement. whereas each one of those chapters is whole in and of itself, their actual price comes from what they signify jointly: leading edge methods of brooding about textiles and clothes in keeping with sustainability values and an interconnected method of layout.

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In California, USA, it has been found that biological integrated pest management (IPM) techniques have the potential to reduce chemical use by more than that acheived by organic cultivation practices. 42 In California, organic cultivation of cotton has been slow to take off because of the method’s increased demand for manual labour, which makes Californian-grown organic fibre expensive. 43 BASIC cotton is also non-GM and is recommended by the Sustainable Cotton Project as a complement to organic programmes.

Its fibre properties can be considered broadly similar to polyester; however, it has a lower melting point, which can restrict its use in certain applications, make it unsuitable for certain processing routes (such as transfer printing) and, most critically, means it can’t be ironed. This is particularly problematic for consumer aftercare of garments, which is notoriously difficult for manufacturers to control. At ironing temperatures suitable for cotton or polyester, today’s commercially available PLA fibres begin to melt.

Instead improvements are hard-won and come from a combination of creativity, mindfulness, information about the processes we are dealing with and an ability to adopt a lifecycle approach to affecting change. This chapter starts where the previous one left off – with raw fibre – and follows its conversion process to final product. It reviews the key environmental and social impacts of the production phase of the lifecycle and highlights opportunities to bring more sustainable improvements. This chapter explores two starting points for bringing more sustainable change in production.

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