Waste, raw materials and data: the role of consulting in sustainability

«A business needs to be profitable: thinking for the longer term appears today as the strongest approach to the market» – Pei Yun Teng, Global Director of Social Impact at Kearney Patagonia was one of the three companies in the fashion industry that had achieved an acceptable score in the Circular Fashion Index compiled by Kearney by extending the life cycle of their garments, a key metric for reducing the number of clothes sent to landfill.

Arianee, the company at the forefront of digital passports for luxury fashion

The growing problem of factories around the world bypassing auditing or not following ethical production standards: Pierre-Nicolas Hurstel is at the forefront of digital passports Issuing physical certificates of authenticity has been the standard practice for luxury goods, however, these can easily get lost or damaged. Some companies have moved their records online and keep databases of their products along with customer details.

Organic basics’ circular denim project – Re-designing sustainable denim

Danish brand looks to unpick fashion’s processes and start from scratch with a green supply chain that is transparent about its practices Until 2019, the denim industry was regulated by brands setting their own standards for sustainable and responsible production. However, with the launch of the Jeans Redesign initiative under the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular, the initiative set the standard for sustainable denim.

Hybridising fashion and objects through the work of Grace Ling

“I like some aspects to be more subtle because I think the collection and the brand are about this eccentric elegance and intelligent femininity.” This eccentricity is felt with her inspirations from Dora Maar, whose surrealist photomontages challenge the idea of the modern woman. “Because the tailored suits are very covered up, they don’t really expose body parts. But then someone would wear the butt bag and people would end up gazing at the static body part of a person as if at art."

Masha Popova flies solo

Her bright sci-fi inspired streetwear was available as a limited pre-order collection and she says that she got swamped by orders, even allowing her to get a small studio space to work independently. She credits Instagram for her success, saying that for young designers it offers an economical way of presenting your work to a large audience. “Instagram started putting my images on the Explore page and people would just find it accidentally. That really helped."

Imitating stone surfaces through wood that is generated from waste

«Foresso is less about trying to emulate stone and more about using the terrazzo style to make good use of the wood», Conor Taylor reveals the motivation behind the circular company In responsible timber production, older trees are felled and used in industries like design and construction. Many countries around the world contribute towards silviculture, where the guiding principles of forest growth are applied.

We need to care about Indian craftworkers – we need to see the other side of what we like

Haute Couture designer – Rahul Mishra, and the founder of Nest – Rebecca Van Bergen on providing artisans with a favourable working environment. Implementing in homework practices The Fashion Pact, founded last year, has now gone through its one-year review, focusing on biodiversity, climate, and plastics reduction. One of the aspects missing from this year’s review that has attracted criticism is the lack of consideration for the human element of sustainability in fashion – it’s workers.

Jamie Sutherland and the magpie’s paradise

As both his parents are artists, he is particularly connected to drawing and has even covered his table with paper so he can draw his ideas at any time. “That’s often the very first thing that I do. I’ve never really been into fashion drawings. So often, they might not even be people – it’s like decoding something. It takes quite a long time and it’s only at the very end of the process that I’m like, ‘Oh, that makes sense.”

Plasticiet – Tackling the design industry’s plastic waste problem with Terrazzo

Melting plastic in the toast oven has gradually upgraded to the large capacity pizza oven – a story of the Rotterdam-based building company talking with Joost Dingemans The first human-made plastic, celluloid, was created by John Wesley Hyatt in 1869 as a replacement for ivory, an essential material for the balls used in snooker. The second innovation came with hard-wearing Bakelite, created by Leo Baekeland in 1909 that thrust plastics into their golden age.

Is zero waste just a new marketing move or a properly transparent practice?

In conversation with Holly McQuillan, who discusses the misconception in the zero waste term and suggests new machinery and business models as alternatives in promoting the system From sustainability bloggers in 2016 fitting in a year’s worth of waste into a jar to the continuous greenwashing of the fashion industry, zero waste can become another term that gets lost in the sea of sustainability efforts in fashion.

Only 30 percent of the Fashion Pact’s members have mapped their supply chains

Sonia Hylling: The main focus for a sustainable future is creating Net Positive impacts through disruptive innovations in design and system thinking for brands to become regenerative It has been a year since the foundation of the Fashion Pact – an industry-wide movement looking to align itself with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and approach sustainability issues in global supply chains across some of the world’s biggest companies like Kering, Inditex, and Prada.

The future of fashion is digital but why do industry leaders consider it a dilution of quality?

«We as a fashion industry need to begin to accept digital as having its own culture, its own savoir-faire and its own appreciation of artisan and digital». In conversation with Matthew Drinkwater, head of The Innovation Agency in London The impact of overproduction has led places like Ghana’s famous Kantamanto market, the largest second-hand market in the world where clothes come in in vacuum packed bales, to refuse donations.

Edible garments: while eating your hat may not have been a proposition before, it is now

Lecturer Oonagh O’Hagan and researcher Cassandra Quinn from UAL are working on bringing bio-design and edible garments into the industry At a talk on biodegradable fabrics and digital innovations through modular pigment, lecturer Oonagh O’Hagan began talking about the processes yielding the samples in front of her. These were created by the founder of bio-design company C.Q. Studio Cassandra Quinn sitting next to her before opening up a Petri dish and popping the square of fabric in her mouth.

Biomimicry and fashion, a new chapter of a long story – the case of Auroboros

The fashion collective of digital designers, florists and pattern cutters helmed by Paula Sello and Alissa Aulbekova builds up digital garments and structures for in-game avatars and Instagram filters Auroboros is the couture brand from designers Paula Sello and Alissa Aulbekova, who are growing structures onto their garments through physical and digital crystallization. Here they talk about the relationship between technology, science and fashion and the sustainable possibilities of digital.
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