Archive for ‘Eco/sustainablity’

July 20, 2011

Hair Glasses by Studio Swine

Thanks to The Trend Boutique for reporting this story

“British design duo Azusa Murakami & Alexander Groves from the creative design company Studio Swine have recently created a collection of sustainable fashion eyewear exploring the potential of all things, human hair. The Trend Boutique feel this new range can be seen as a more commercial & sustainable interpretation of our recent direction for developing products from human momentos seen within our Autumn Winter 2012-13 Fragility trend report.

The idea behind this new collection is a really clever one, as Studio Swine explores how the booming market for hair extensions can be expanded beyond the beauty industry and make use of the high level of waste created once the extensions are removed to make a new product that is equally desirable. The UK beauty industry imports 15 million pounds worth of human hair per year and as the demand shows no signs of abating human hair has been reimagined as a viable and most importantly renewable material.”

read the full story at Hair Glasses by Studio Swine | The Trend Boutique trends, industry interviews & jobs.

January 21, 2011

The ‘Green Exhibition’ points the way to a better future

The future is green, as could be seen from the ‘Green Exhibition’ at this year’s Heimtextil.

“Called ‘Welcome to Utopia’ by designers Anne Marie Commandeur and Arie Vervelde of Stijlinstituut Amsterdam, the ‘Green Exhibition’ comprised a landscape with white windmill fields, clouds of over-sized balloons and heavenly staircases made of light wood.

It was striking that the exhibition refrained from raising a warning finger but rather seemed to say we still have time to change things and will be given a second chance if we re-focus on essentials.

In the case of the ‘Green Exhibition’, however, it was not only the sustainable, natural-coloured textiles to be seen hanging from stands, draped over tables and scattered around Bedouin tents that attracted attention.

Considerable interest was also shown in the information on the walls, e.g., details about the Heimtextil Green Directory, a list of eco-labels and certificates, such as ‘The Blue Angel’ and the ‘FSC Forest Stewardship Council’, which help consumers not only to find sustainable home and household textiles, but also prompt them to rethink their buying habits in general and as a whole.”



via The ‘Green Exhibition’ points the way to a better future.

November 10, 2010

Global vs Ethical conference-24th November 2010.

The Trend Boutique would like to invite you to their forthcoming Global vs Ethical conference on Wednesday, 24th November 2010.

With an amazing array of speakers presenting at this one-day conference talking about the latest thinking within our global fashion & textiles industry with lots of different perspectives & comments on what it takes to be a sustainable & ethical label.

Speakers presenting on the day:

  • Tamsin Lejeune, Managing Director of Ethical Fashion Forum
  • Elizabeth Laskar – Leading Ethical Stylist
  • Nin Castle, Creative Director & Founder of Goodone – Sustainable Designer Fashion
  • Catherine Watkins, CSR Manager of George @ Asda
  • Sarah Daly, Fashioning an Ethical Industry
  • Lyla Patel, Head of Education at TRAID
  • Simeon Hartwig, Founder of Bantum Clothing – Street Label Collaborating with Indian Manufacturers & Designers
  • Amisha Ghadiali, Activist, Writer & Founder of Jewellery by Amisha: Elegance. Rebellion
  • Feng Ho, Creative Director & Founder of Feng Ho – Sustainable Designer Fashion
  • Janine Passley, Co-Founder & Director of Ei8ght – Ethical Sourcing Consultancy (Clients include ASOS & Topshop)

Booking Details:

Date: Wednesday, 24th November 2010

Timings: 10.30am – 4.00pm

Venue: Broadway Cinema, Nottingham.

Cost: £30 per student & £50 per lecturer

To book a place you can do so by debit / credit card by telephone on 0115 952 9116 or 950 7079 or via See Tickets ( – please note an additional booking fee will apply to online purchases.

We welcome all students & lecturers to attend, however if any additional Ethical Fashion Forum members wish to attend they can book at the same rate as lecturers – but must book direct on the above telephone numbers.


September 29, 2010

London Design Festival 2010: Designersblock

“[..this year’s quirky, thought-provoking selection for the London Design Festival did not disappoint. The show itself was housed at a location that was just as interesting in terms of design as the products were – the Bargehouse down at the South Bank….]”

Read more: London Design Festival 2010: Designersblock | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

See more on the London Design Festival blog “….[On your next visit to the V&A during the London Design Festival, be sure to build into your day a visit to Few and Far, for two very good reasons. The first is the shop itself – an eclectic mix of fashion, furniture and fair. Few and Far was set up by the buying force behind Habitat and the Conran Shop, Priscilla Carluccio. Priscilla is the sister of Sir Terence Conran, a passionate supporter of UK craft and a photographer in her own right. Part of the shop is given over to exhibitions, and this brings us to the second reason to visit. For the duration of the LDF, Few and Far’s… ]…….”More

April 29, 2010

Ahimsa: Cruelty-Free “Peace Silk” That Makes for Good Karma | Ecouterre

via Ecouterre Fabrictionary

Ahimsa: Cruelty-Free “Peace Silk” That Makes for Good Karma

by Abigail Doan,

AHIMSA \ə-hĭm’sä’ \

n. 1 a: A Sanskrit term meaning to do no harm—literally translated as “the avoidance of violence”—or in the context of silk-fiber production, the ethical treatment of mulberry-eating silkworms. b: In lieu of boiling the silk cocoon to prematurely release strands of filament-like fiber, Ahimsa silk is extracted only after a metamorphosing worm has emerged from its cocoon, allowing it to complete an entire life cycle unharmed. c: A luxurious, airy, and soft-to-the-touch alternative to conventional silk, popular with the enlightened eco-fashion designers Bahar Shahpar, Bodkin, Ivana Basilotta, Minna, Mr. Larkin, and Enamore.

via Ahimsa: Cruelty-Free “Peace Silk” That Makes for Good Karma | Ecouterre.

March 5, 2010

Exhibition: EcoTopia | DeTnk

“Exhibition: EcoTopia15th March – 15th April ’10Nectar Design StudioLong Beach, California Opening this month in Long Beach California is a juried exhibition called ‘EcoTopia’, which highlights new concepts in green product design. The show was organized by the leading Southern California product design consultancy Nectar, to showcase innovative and trendsetting designs aimed at fostering a healthy ecosystem and more sustainable society.”

via Exhibition: EcoTopia | DeTnk.

February 8, 2010

Planet Textiles-18 March 2010 in Hong Kong

Bookings now open!

This exciting new event is dedicated to improving the environmental and social impact of the global textile and clothing supply chain – brought to you by the SDC, the publisher of Ecotextile News and Messe Frankfurt.-

Planet Textiles takes place on 18 March 2010 in Hong Kong and is supported by leading industry organisations and international clothing retailers. It is being launched in Hong Kong alongside the Interstoff Asia Essential fabric exhibition and will be an annual international event on eco-textiles, moving to different locations around the globe in conjunction with Messe Frankfurt exhibitions.-The theme of the first event is Changing the Culture – Placing Sustainability at the Heart of the Organisation and it will see representatives from some of the world’s leading clothing and textile companies addressing the very latest issues on sustainability throughout the textiles and clothing supply chain.-The full line-up has been announced, with a keynote address from Cara Chacon director of CSR, Patagonia, USA, who will discuss managing sustainable change in a major retail organisation and across the supply chain. The conference will hear executives from leading global companies, such as Adidas and Lenzing.-There will be Q&A sessions during the day-long event, chaired by John Mowbray Ecotextile News and Andrew Filarowski SDC technical director and there will also be a parallel ask the expert session, hosted by the main sponsor of this event Huntsman, on the topic of dyeing and finishing.-The full programme and information about booking can be found at:

December 15, 2009

Design workshop held for Copenhagen climate conference

Design workshop held for Copenhagen climate conference | News | Design Week.

“Design network The Quiet Riot is set to host a workshop in collaboration with Your Climate TV during the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen.

The workshop, sponsored by the Danish Foreign Ministry, will take place tomorrow at parallel event Klimaforum, which bills itself as ‘the people’s climate summit’, on the theme of ‘designing sustainability’.

The ideas generated during the workshop will be critiqued by a public audience and a panel of experts including Michael Braungart, co-founder of the eco-focused cradle-to-cradle movement.

Martin Hoenle, founder of The Quiet Riot, says, ‘There’s a lot going on with Green and eco issues, but it’s still not mainstream. The workshop will look at how to capture consumers.’

He adds, ‘A lot of stuff needs complete rethinking. Some things ideally would be started from scratch, but as this is often not possible, there needs to be a radical approach to eco-design.

‘Three-quarters of design projects have been totally decided before the designer is involved, and then it’s too late to bring in eco-friendly influences. The design process might have to change a bit.’

Your Climate TV will stream the two-hour event live, and The Quiet Riot will post extracts on its website after the workshop” participates at the Peoples Climate Summit – the Civil Society’s Conference parallel with the United Nations Climate Change Conference Dec 07 – Dec 18 in Copenhagen.

On the 16th December YourClimate.TV, in collaboration with, will run a workshop with the theme Designing Sustainability in the afternoon. The workshop will be evaluated and critiqued by a public audience as well as Michael Braungart, the founder of the Cradle to Cradle movement in a talk show in the evening.

Sustainable design

Design has to be quiet, he said.

It has to stop shouting.

We are living in a designed world…. products, buildings, transport, cities, landscapes, services, experiences, pretty much everything is designed.

We as consumers are shouting for novelty: more products, services and experiences are needed every day.

To satisfy this demand, our designs are shouting for more resources and energy that we do not have available. We are living on the credit of future generations. We are causing massive pollution.

The climate is changing. The impact will be negative – maybe disastrous.

Can we stop shouting for constant novelty? Can design stop shouting for more energy and resources? Can design be quiet?

Food, materials, energy, industry, people, spaces, communities – celebrates solutions, which are highly energy efficient, use renewable resources and are well designed, aspirational and sustainable. was successfully launched at the Danish Design Centre in Copenhagen on the 21st of January 2009.”

December 7, 2009

Finding the Green in Today’s Shoppers: Sustainability Trends and New Shopper Insights |

Finding the Green in Today’s Shoppers: Sustainability Trends and New Shopper Insights

By GreenBiz Staff

Published April 30, 2009


“To better understand how sustainability influences a consumer’s shopping behavior and the resulting market opportunities for companies targeting these consumers, Deloitte — in conjunction with the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) — conducted a new study of more than 6,000 customers in 11 major retailers of varying formats concerning their purchasing experience and how sustainable considerations affected their decision making in the store and at the shelf level. The study confirms that a significant portion of consumers are now considering social and environmental benefits as part of their calculation of product value and purchasing decisions. In addition, it highlights the shopper insights needed to bring new sales and marketing leading practices to consumer product companies, and their retail partners.

Led by Peter Capozucca, Sustainability Lead for Consumer Products and Scott Bearse, Sustainability Lead for Retail, both of Deloitte Consulting LLP, the study addresses essential questions about how shoppers are integrating social and environmental values into their purchasing behaviors. Specifically, it focused on addressing the following key questions:

* Who is the sustainable consumer?

* How does sustainability influence the purchasing decision?

* How would the consumer like to be communicated to about sustainability?

* How does the retail environment influence sustainability purchasing decisions?

* What are the key lessons in the area of sustainability consumer trends?

via Finding the Green in Today’s Shoppers: Sustainability Trends and New Shopper Insights |

December 7, 2009

Natural Fibres ’09

Natural Fibres ’09

14 Dec 2009 – 16 Dec 2009, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, London, UK

Materials for a Low Carbon Future

Organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Natural Fibres ’09 is one of the final events of 2009, in the United Nation’s designated International Year of Natural Fibres.

This three day International Conference will celebrate and highlight the increasing use of natural fibres around the World, raise awareness of their diverse engineering properties and take an in-depth look at the research work that is being carried out to quantify and improve the properties of these environmentally sustainable materials in engineering and textile applications.

This event will offer an opportunity for natural fibre industries to come together to foster international partnership and increased understanding of the role that natural materials can and must play in ensuring a sustainable future.

via Natural Fibres ’09 | IOM3: The Global Network for Materials, Minerals & Mining Professionals.