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Eco Textile Report: MAGIC Sourcing and Beyond


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This is a presentation I did for FIDM's 2011 eco-textiles conference.

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Eco Textile Report: MAGIC Sourcing and Beyond

  1. 1. Eco Textile Report: MAGIC Sourcing and Beyond<br />
  2. 2. China<br />
  3. 3. Africa<br />
  4. 4. India<br />
  5. 5. Sustainable Color<br />
  6. 6. More Sustainable Color<br />
  7. 7. 18 Tough Questions for Eco DesignersFrom<br />DESIGN<br />1.  How can you use intelligent design to reduce the social and environmental impact of a product’s lifecycle?<br />2.  Do you consider the environmental effects of the colors and prints you choose for your collection?<br />3.  Can you create a longer-lasting and better-functioning product, thereby reducing the need to replace it?<br /> <br />RAW MATERIALS<br />4. How much water does it take to produce your fabrics?<br />5. Are you aware of the sustainable alternatives to the raw materials you are currently using?<br />6. When selecting your fabric range, do you think about the end-of-life stage, such as the implications of disposal?<br /> <br />PRODUCTION<br />7. How well do you know your supply chain?<br />8. What are the social costs of your production process?<br />9. Have you ever considered using recycled pre-consumer/post-consumer waste in your collection?<br />PACKAGING AND TRANSPORT<br />10. Are you able to reduce the amount of solid and hazardous waste in your packaging?<br />11. Have you considered a local supply chain to decrease mileage in the production process?<br />12. Could you reduce the weight and volume of a product by using fewer or lighter materials to optimize transport? <br /> <br />CONSUMER USE<br />13. How durable are your products; is it possible to increase their longevity?<br />14. How can you encourage the customer to form an emotional attachment to your product, thereby discouraging disposal?<br />15. How does your product need to be cleaned and what impact will this have on the environment? <br /> <br />END OF LIFE<br />16. Can the product have a second life?<br />17. Could you offer an upgrading and/or repair service?<br />18. Can you reduce the waste impact of disposing your product by making it recyclable or biodegradable?<br />
  8. 8. Resources<br />Recycled Materials:<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> shows 237 suppliers shipping recycled cotton to the US! Explore the site to see who’s got the eco textiles you’re looking for.<br />Selected Eco Textile Vendors:<br /> Tencel & Bamboo headers)<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Eco Dyeing & Printing:<br /><br /><br /><br />Eco leather:<br /><br /><br /><br />Eco VEGAN leather*: <br /><br />Continuing Education:<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />