Designing Sustainability With Zero Waste Fashion Design

Designing Sustainability With Zero Waste Fashion Design

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Certified organic fabric 
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Sustainable fabric suppliers like Green Whisper and Reformation are going far beyond certified organic fabric with a revolutionary approach to design that eliminates waste.
The environmental impact of fabric
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The environmental impact of fabric starts with agriculture, necessary for the production of many raw materials, such as cotton, which are used in textiles. Then there’s the process of turning sheets of fabric into clothing, which wastes about 15-20% of the total, adding up to 21 billion pounds of textile waste to landfills.
zero-waste fashion design
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Some companies have had enough of all this waste and are determined to make a difference. The most committed of them have embraced a concept called zero-waste fashion design.
A zero-waste fashion company is not content with merely sourcing organic cotton, for example, or finding the best places to buy organic fabric. Rather, the idea is to use every scrap of fabric to produce something, so that none of it goes to waste.  
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Green Whisper 
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Green Whisper(1) ( #Green Whisper ) is one such company, a label that specializes in banana fiber apparel fabric and other products. Green Whisper is a sustainable fabric supplier committed to recycling agricultural residue, waste from banana agriculture which can be turned into usable apparel fabric.
Not wasting any fabric is a fine start, but Green Whisper has gone far beyond that to address the environmental impacts of raw materials as well.
How dedicated is Green Whisper to organic fabric and sustainability? 
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They literally take agricultural wastes, so-called “agricultural residue,” from banana trees, sugarcane, and areca and turn them into clothing. They even have plans to recycle maize, wheat, and rice residues as well.
Apparel fabric made from banana plants
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Banana fabric might seem a counter-intuitive organic fabric solution, but it has several properties that make it optimal. Apparel fabric made from banana plants is lightweight, 30 percent lighter than cotton, and naturally sorbent, perfect for hot, sunny days. The fabric is comfortable, hypoallergenic, and completely biodegradable.
Reformation
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Reformation is another zero-waste fashion label, one which relies on sustainable materials, rescued deadstock fabrics, and repurposed vintage clothing. Reformation’s fabrics represent ecologically friendly alternatives to mainstream, conventional alternatives.
Take Reformation’s TENCEL™ Lyocell fabric, for example. Made by Austrian company Lenzing, TENCEL™ is a eucalyptus-based semi-synthetic fabric.
Eucalyptus for sustainable fabric
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If you’re looking for sustainable fabric, eucalyptus is a nature-friendly no-brainer. A half-acre’s worth of fast-growing eucalyptus trees suffice to produce one ton of TENCEL™ fiber, and the trees can be grown on low-grade, marginal land using 80% less water than cotton. By contrast, cotton requires five times the acreage to produce one ton of fiber and can only be grown on high-quality farmland.
TENCEL™ production
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TENCEL™ is produced using a closed-loop production process which recycles over 99% of the non-toxic solvent rather than flushing it out as wastewater. The fabric is also certified by Oeko Tex 100 as containing low levels of manufacturing chemicals and byproducts.
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The future of fabric looks greener than ever 
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The future of fabric looks greener than ever with sustainable apparel fabric and zero-waste fashion design.
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Green Whisper website ( https://www.green-whisper.com/home )

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