The Environmental and Economic Impacts of Recycling Textiles
Worn Again Technologies have developed a trail-blazing polymer recycling process that is allowing the fashion industry to take several giant steps towards achieving greater circularity. The company has already secured the buy-in of several big-name brands and pivotal investments that make it one to watch for anyone interested in the potential offered by recycling.
In this lesson, hear direct from Worn Again's founder Cyndi Rhoades about the technology behind their developments and the environmental and economic impacts of converting existing textiles and clothing back into useable, high-quality yarn.
In this video you'll learn:
- What makes the process behind Worn Again Technologies so trail-blazing
- About the benefits of the circular economy for the textiles and fashion industries
- How polymer textile recycling processes work
- About the limitations of mechanical recycling
- How designers can play a role in circular systems
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Understanding How To Use Bio and Waste-Based Materialswith Material Driven
We were joined by the founding partners of MaterialDriven, a design agency and materials library to learn from Adele and Purva how to and why we should work with so-called "healthy materials": those that are bio-based, waste-based and envelop responsible practices and positive impacts in their production and life cycle.
Recycled materials that come from synthetic-based i.e. fossil fuel feedstocks provide us with a comparative outcome that will slot easily into various applications, including fashion though also stretching to buildings and furniture. When it comes to "biomaterials", "bio-based materials" and "waste-based materials" there is a lot of uncertainty in a realm that feels new. There are innovations abounding here, but in actual fact, a lot of the technology and feedstocks are based on traditional methods and materials, just updated to be, for instance, beneficial in a circular system.
MaterialDriven provide a materials library, education and consultancy for brands and designers across all industries, including architecture, interiors, packaging, fashion and product design. In this lesson, Adele and Purva take us through the exciting materials commercially available on the market, along with considerations to make if you are interested in using them for your own product, and how these less-known feedstocks can have positive impacts socially, economically and environmentally. Along with providing you with a USP, if you can understand how to utilise healthy materials over synthetics or recycled synthetics, it will provide you with a much more creative and systemic approach to design.