Tuesday Newsday – Fashion’s “Waste Not” Want

August 24th, 2010

Usually when I see “fashion” and “zero waste” in a sentence together…I assume someone has spelled “waist” wrong. Clearly, they’re talking about the stick-thin runway models. Since when do designers care about what they leave on the cutting room floor?

Actually, they care. In fact, today’s fashion world is taking a stand against excess. For example, Parsons the New School for Design (a la “Project Runway”) will offer one of the world’s first fashion courses in zero-waste this September.

Here’s a piece on how innovative designers are looking forward to a less wasteful industry:

You wear organic T-shirts. You hang your clothes to dry. You recycle your unloved suits and dresses. But frankly, that’s just the tip of the green iceberg. Today’s truly fashion-forward have a more radical ambition: zero waste. That may sound more like an indie band than an environmental aspiration, but it’s a new focus of top fashion schools.

Zero-waste design strives to create clothing patterns that leave not so much as a scrap of fabric on the cutting room floor. This is not some wacky avant-garde exercise; it’s a way to eliminate millions of tons of garbage a year. Apparel industry professionals say that about 15 to 20 percent of the fabric used to produce clothing winds up in the nation’s landfills because it’s cheaper to dump the scraps than to recycle them. Read more…

What do you think of this new effort of the fashion industry?

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One Response to “Tuesday Newsday – Fashion’s “Waste Not” Want”

  1. Kate says:

    You would think they would have tried to cut down on waste before now. Then again, if they’re all as bright as the guy in the photo looks, well…

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