How will innovative material textiles play a significant role in impacting well-being for people and the planet?

“Materials play an emphatic role in our current understanding of what makes fashion and textiles sustainable. They are, more often than not, our starting point for change and a key commodity for farmer, designer, manufacturing industry, consumer and recycler. (Fletcher, 2014, p. 3). As designers, it is important to understand our responsibility to design for […]

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How can designers make the world a more sustainable place?

“The reality of global warming has gained currency not only among environmentalists but among industry leaders. (Braungart, McDonough, 2008, p. 31) Today, industrial methods, infrastructure and materials are designed to support economic growth, rather than support the critical concerns of human and ecological wellbeing, cultural and natural richness, as well as joy. These methods and […]

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Do-It-Yourself Murder: The Social and Moral Responsibility of the Designer, from Design for the Real World

adidas x Parley for the Oceans 3D-printed Ocean Plastic shoe midsole “We all need transportation, communication, products, tools, shelter, and clothing. We must have water and air that is clean. (Papanek, 1971, p. 234) The pollution and damage has already been done to our oceans. In more recent days innovative designers have been addressing the […]

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