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Textiles & the Environment

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RHACstar Design

on 15 April 2013

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Transcript of Textiles & the Environment

What does "Green Design" mean? - conventional manufacturing processes are very harmful to the environment and workers
- pesticides are heavily used in the production of cotton and are poisonous to humans and animals; if absorbed through the skin, spread to surrounding agriculture or water, they can be fatal
- dyeing a fabric creates pollution in rivers and lakes due to the dumping of waste water containing chemicals from dyes and bleach
- the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil) is used in conventional manufacturing processes; resulting in global warming, oil spills, poor air quality and acid rain Textiles & the Environment By: Brianne Martin, Chantel Cardoso, Pamela Karaszowska & Rhoderick Casino
Green design is the creation of products that are
environmentally friendly in respect to the economy and social responsibilities of the industry.

In the context that we are considering, Green Design can be best referred to as Sustainable Fashion What is an eco-friendly textile? An eco friendly textile is one that has a reduced amount of energy, pollution and carbon in the processing.

Fibers that are not dyed but hold their natural colour are used to produce eco-friendly fabrics.

Organic fibers are grown in a controlled environment where the use of pesticides and fertilizers are not used. What is a recycled textile ? Recycled fibers are created by collecting old fabrics in order to create a new textile.

A recycled fabric can also be "up cycled" by the creating a new garment by modifying and altering an older garment. Conventional VS Eco/Green Manufacturing Textiles - Established in 1918 - interior design industry - luxurious high-end textiles Kravet Green by Kravet - companies are becoming more aware of the negative impact fabric manufacturing has on the environment and are making positive changes
- cotton, and other natural fibers are now being grown without the use of harsh pesticides and are grown in fields that have been pesticide free for at least three years
- eco friendly products typically do not use harsh dyes and are seen in more neutral earth tones
- fabrics are being created with biodegradable and recyclable materials, such as Lyocell, which is made from wood pulp
- organic farming uses compost and animal manure which are natural fertilizers, resulting in better air quality and healthy soil Green Design Marketing - companies are putting more focus on promoting their eco friendly products to the growing amount of consumers that are becoming more environmentally conscious
- the use of labels (stickers, tags) show how certain fabrics and products are sustainable and do not harm the environment
- these labels include 'Ethically Produced', 'Fair Trade', 'Recycled', and 'Organic' Thank You!!
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