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Scientists Develop World’s First Comprehensive System for Recycling Old Footwear | Ecouterre

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U.K. scientists have developed the world’s first comprehensive system for recovering useful materials from old shoes.

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I:CO steps up on sustainability – Ecotextile News

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I:CO steps up on sustainability Ecotextile News Recycled clothing BAAR – Closed loop textile recycling initiative I:CO has shared its latest projects on textile sustainability, including new retail take-back initiatives across America and Japan,…

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Giovanni Scafuro’s ForkInProgress – accessories new life

Repurposing old, used objects and turning them into something new, it’s a consolidated practice in many aspects of fashion, home decore, design and even architecture. Not always this brings to something really new, with a new allure and appeal.

It is exactly this that gives to Giovanni Scafuro’s work that extra content that goes beyond the intrinsic sustainability of repurposing objects.

Forks and any kind of cutlery, keys and key holes, knitting needles, ceramic plates and tea cups and even money are some of the raw material Giovanni turns through his vision into fashion accessories, homeware and pieces of art.

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Silent People – the luxury side of recycling

When a raw material has intrinsic aesthetic and performance qualities and is permeated with stories and people the remaking process might seem easy and almost natural. It is at this stage when the need for vision, design and taste are most important and when experience and beauty become essential.

Silent People by Franco Armilla e Filippo Biancoli are undoubtedly representing this effort. Rigorous selective research allows them to discover vintage leather and material pieces special due to their usury and shape. This is the raw material and from here the luxury side of recycling is shown and repurposed at its best.

Bags, accessories and now also unique garment pieces are brought again to the market. Fascinating for the stories they carry and the “once forgotten” look they transmit, indeed a great example of artisanal and avant-garde aesthetics.

Filo – a fair of threads

Fashion Weeks are still on, but the textile industry cannot wait, another circle of production has to start.
Trends have been already set, ideas have been already developed, so it is time for the yarn industry to meet their costumares, the textile producers, with their new yarns for Spring Summet 2014.
FILO – International Yarn Exhibition is a fixed appointment since many years now. It gathers in Milan more then 80 yarn producers from Italy and abroad with an increasing number of foreign exhibitors and visitors.


As usually also this 38th edition saw the presence of many sustainable products presented by almost a quarter of the companies, with an increased visibility. Many the posters and banners stating the sustainability either of the processes or of the raw materials with special attention to both the environment and the society.
This is indeed a positive sign hoping that this newly acquired input in communication will pass on to the next fase in the textile chain to reach all levels in it.
Interesting the increased use of Tencel and Modal Edelweiss in different productions and mixes. Many the companies that focused on Organic Cotton and Fair Trade Cotton giving to the buyers a large choice for both knitting and weaving. Also other natural fibres were strongly present, above all Ramiè and Hemp. Recycling is a theme touched only by a few of the exhibitors but with an interesting range of products from R-PET from plastic bottles to Recycled Cotton.
Many the international certifications presented by the producers, worth to be mentioned the “Made in Green” one.

Made in Green is a triple certificate that is unique in Europe and has been created and applied by the Textile Technology Centre, AITEX. The label certifies all manufacturing processes in three aspects: health, environmental protection and the universal human rights of workers and which, in addition, decrees that any company or product bearing the “made in Green” certificate is free of harmful substances and that the goods have been manufactured respecting the environment and the workers human rights. (from www.madeingreen.com)

Pitti Uomo & sustainable brands

Time passes really quick and also the gap between posts grows…

And the season for fashion show is back, as usual everything starts from the man collections and of course Pitti Uomo in Florence leads the way in time, style and business!

Browsing the exhibitors list we find many different sustainable brands, few new ones and others usual suspects…

Edun will present their entire collection where the “Made in Africa” line is the most attractive.

Already met in White and other shows, Claudio Cutuli with their vegetable dyed scarfs and the recycling mastes of Silent People and Saisei.

Also focusing on recycled materials Momaboma and Fondo 9 will present their accessories collections.

Different styles and looks, from basics to casual to formal for Alternative Apparel, Haikure and Uniforms for the Dedicated 

Numbers of sustainable exhibiters are growing as well as the undiscussed importance of this event in the fashion calendar.

But let’s not forget shoes and is nice to see Veja with their fair trade sneakers and accessories in an Italian show.

A Sustainable Itinerary @ Milan Design Week – Fuorisalone 2012

Despite the rainy weather, Milan is really vibrant in these days getting ready for a new edition of the world famous Fuorisalone, in other words the Design Week. It is indeed the time when the city shows all its beauty, almost transforming into a big, young, independent creativity hub. Of course the core of all events is Design, but more and more the interconnection between Design and Fashion is becoming explicit.

Looking at the immense list of events here are our first finds of Sustainable Fashion in Design:

IOricicloTUricicli 3 – Hotel Nhow, Via Tortona 35

We have a dream: a waste free world – Valcucine Showroom, Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi 99

Milano si autoproduce design – Fabbrica del Vapore, Via Luigi Nono 7

The Future in the Making – Palazzo Clerici, Via Clerici 5

Eco-ntamination Lab – Eco Shop, Via Tortona 4

Ortofabbrica – Cortile di Via Savona 37

DESIGN&ISUD – Circolo ACLI di Lambrate, Via Conte Rosso 5

FivetoNine – FivetoNine Temporary Shop, Corso Garibaldi 42

FORK in Progress – di Giovanni Scafuro, Via Montevideo 4

Convivium – Via Dante 14

Cascina Cuccagna – Goodesign, Via Cuccagna 2/4

If you find some more events where Sustainable Fashion is involved just drop a comment.

Hereafter a Google Map of these first finds.

 

Sustainable Navigli – Milan

On Ethicalista are many the chances to talk and discuss Sustainable Fashion. Many the events, seminars and shows to promote and advertise about this growing direction fashion is taking. Day by day Sustainable Fashion is permeating shopping areas, so is no surprise to find interesting and pleasant examples in a place like the Navigli in Milan where, since many years, fashion and design meet the city in a very accessible way.

The Navigli are well known for the lively atmosphere one can feel through out the day. Mostly pedestrian, full of cafes, bars and restaurants that at night occupy large part of the road with tables and chairs. Many the artisan and antiques shops on both sides of the Naviglio Grande, one of the only water channels left open in town.

If you are planning a trip in Milan have a nice walk on the Naviglio Grande, both banks offer lot of inspirational finds, especially in the late afternoon at “Aperitivo” time. Then you should not miss:

L’Hub – Ripa di Porta Ticinese 69 – is a fantastic space where craftsmanship, tradition and education get together to offer products, ideas, courses and more. On one hand you can find beautiful fashion, or get inspiration and tutorship to realize some project, on the other you can start your trip into tailoring taking you “license” – a series of lessons at different levels to learn how to cut an sew – or simply rent a machine by the hour. Of course there possibilities and the offers of l’Hub are far more, from vegetable dyeing courses to the selection of printing wood blocks from the Zucchi Collection. Only a visit can really explain this place.

L’Orlo del Mondo – Ripa di Porta Ticinese 47 – is a unique place for brides to be, here esthetics and Fair Trade really find on of their best unions. They propose a large selection of bridal gowns made with handloom silk and tailored in India from Italian design, all this in full respect of Fair Trade principles.

Superfly Vintage – Ripa di Porta Ticinese 27 – was born from passion in research and to those styles from the 50’s till the late 70’s with special attention to music, cinema and attention to details.

Made in the Shade – Ripa di Porta Ticinese 53 – probably one of the only places in town where to find Toms Shoes and their fantastic “Buy One Give One” initiative, and the style and comfort Swedish Hasbeens.

Reruns Strascé – Ripa di Porta Ticinese 21 – is another vintage shop, very well known not only in town, mentioned even on the New York Times. Messy, overloaded but always surprising.

Meet 2 Biz – Alzaia Naviglio Grande 14 – is something in between a showroom, a concept store and a temporary shop. What for sure is one of the largest showcases of interesting, innovative collections of young designers work in Milan. A place where creativity, recycling, fashion and sustainability find real expression. Among the many brands present, extremely interesting the work of: Laboratorio Procaccini Quattoridici – nice and simple line of clothes made with reclaimed fabrics and garments realized by a social cooperative working with mentally disabled people; Alf Re-ctiationbelts and other stuff from unusual recycled materials; Mnmurbags and accessories from recycled bicycle tubes; GarbageLab – bags and accessories from recycled advertisement PVC boards.

Here is a Google Map of Ethical Shopping in the Navigli area in Milan.

forgotten fabrics rebirth – Saisei

Saisei in Japanese means rebirth-recovery. This was exactly what Giorgia Palmirani had in mind when in her Bologna workshop started this new and unexpected accessories brand.

Old unused kits, scraps of historical workshops, old materials, military tents and army fabrics carrying the signs and taste of the time, yet carrying their glorious, never lost story.

All this is turned into comfortable large and stylish handcrafted bags. At White in Milan and Tranoï in Paris Saisei is presenting the new fall/winter 2012/13 collection.

Mash – Assembled selecting the essential parts of old Italian army tents (including: writings, studs, etc….) once finely manufactured, all bags undergo the exclusive in capo waxing and colouring processing, to reach their final and unique look yet clearly showing the original features of the fabric.

Vespucci – Here the material is the hemp fabric recovered from the Vespucci school ship old sails,then dyed and waxed through the same exclusive process.

Paint – the same hemp fabric is hand painted with strokes of acrylic paint and then also finished with wax.

Simple shapes for big-size bags a sort of container for all past and present stories, where continuity and and history find their common thread.

a colourful White Show @ Milan Fashion Week

This Fall/Winter 2012/13 Fashion Week in Milan arrived at its close just yesterday and it’s now time to try to evaluate how sustainability was felt and its promoters lived the show.

Many articles wrote about the lack of foreign visitors, about the absence of the Japanese and how the Chinese invasion they expected did not happen. Despite this dark perspectives, the presence of national and international buyers, top journalist and bloggers in town was clearly felt and the visit they all paid to White is a clear sign that this event remains the place where to find new tendencies and most creative design.

It was not a case that most, if not all, sustainable brands did choose this particular show to promote themselves and their collections. Beside the well established and strongly present C.L.A.S.S. section (with 13 exhibitors), the event could count on 11 brands for which design and product really merge with attention to people and environment, that counts for around 10% of all exhibitors.

Material research, traditional craftsmen skills and innovative design where the key aspects an which all brands developed their new collections. Claudio Cutuli scarves and their secular vegetable dyeing tradition, Silent People extracting all possible beauty from old leather garments turning them into bags and purses or Sennes giving new life to portuguese wool production creating elegant accessories, these just few examples of how sustainability can actually be conjugated to create beautiful fashion.

The outcomes of the meeting between design and artisanal work in two collaborations were very impressing: Dalaleo joined with Michela Bruni to create an incredible new line of fashion jewellery. km/a consolidate their partnership with Italian shoe artist/artisan Andrea Verdura in a collection where leather and reclaimed material really find new a connection.

Stay tuned for more news on selected brands.

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