Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Trash Fashion

Average household contributes 26 items of wearable clothing to landfill each year.

Nettle Dress

-Producing cotton use huge amounts of water and chemicals
-Nettle fibre is really strong but fine enough to use in clothing
-They grow faster and need less water and pesticides than cotton (a weed that could prove useful)
-Using enzymes instead of chemicals to break down fibres (i.e. wool)


-Made from corn, wheat, sugar-beet or sugar cane (Plastic made from plants)
-Its fully bio-degradable 100% bio-based plastic
-Closed loop recycling

Knit to fit

- using 3D body scans in 6seconds vital measurements feed into a computer controlled knitting machine
- finished garment in one piece is seam free and to exact style and fit
- no wasteful offcuts which is beneficial to the environment
- (Sandy Black LCC)

Made to measure

- Fabrics made directly onto the loom into pattern pieces
- pieces are woven to the dimensions that are input into the computer
- less fabric is produced which lowers the volume produced which therefore cuts down on chemicals, dyes, water and energy used to make the fabrics
- Direct Panel On Loom (DPOL) technology

- Kate Goldsworthy uses laser beams a new technology called clear weld

LBD dyeing
- Putting the colour dye in the manufacture process of polyester rather than after cuts out lots of waste and gives a more even finish than conventional dyeing as it can be patchy.

Product of Choice - Tantalum

Shot green/purple tantalum bangle, 1976.

- initially used in map filaments
- it has a high melting point
- was first isolated pure in 1904
- useful where intense heat is required
- easy to work with
- important metal
- used in surgery for implants
- bangle made in 1976
- a heavy blue-grey transition metal useful for surgical implants because of its lack of reaction to body fluids

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