Sustainability

Inside the Fashion Pact: In search of social sustainability targets

While the fashion industry’s biggest companies are focusing on biodiversity, oceans and climate, a crucial step in fully addressing sustainability is including socio-political metrics. The Fashion Pact has been lauded as the largest consortium on sustainability and climate change-makers in the industry. It was presented at the G7 Summit by Kering Chairman and CEO, François-Henri Pinault and French President, Emmanuel Macron in 2019 and its signatories now account for 33% of the whole industry.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alexandra Sipa — transfiguring electrical wires into Eurovision-esque aesthetic dresses

The next designer in this series approaches a different area of waste that she turns into one-of-a-kind couture gowns. Taking old wires from scrap dealers across London, Alexandra Sipa takes inspiration from her kitsch and her Romanian heritage to create wire ‘lace’ based on her grandma’s doilies. A collaboration that resonates with how the Eastern bloc used to work under communism. In conversation with Central Saint Martins Womenswear Design graduate Alexandra Sipa.

Aged clothing — genre-less upcycled fashion and silk from parachutes

«I changed to menswear design because, in womenswear, the freedom is over the top». In conversation with Fumika Oshima, founder of Proposition Fumika Oshima is the designer behind Proposition, an upcycling brand she started with Richard Spandler, a vintage clothing dealer working with French workwear and military clothing. Inspired by the work of modern artists like André Butzer and Margiela, Fumika uses a patching technique to carve out stronger squares to work with.
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