Zero Waste Green Clothing Design Aims To Leave Nothing On The Cutting Room Floor – The Mercury News
You already wear organic T-shirts, recycle unloved objects. But that’s just the tip of the green iceberg. Forward-thinking designers have a more radical ambition: zero waste – clothing designs that don’t leave a piece of fabric on the cutting room floor, eliminating millions of tons of waste per year. About 15 to 20 percent of the fabric used in the production of clothing ends up in landfills.
Next month, Parsons the New School for Design will offer one of the first zero waste fashion classes, and in February, the book “Shaping Sustainable Fashion: Changing the Way We Make and Use Clothes” by Zero Waste Pioneers Alison Gwilt and Timo. Rissanen will be released.
Almost all of the top zero-waste or less designers are from another country: Mark Liu, Julian Roberts and Zandra Rhodes in England; Susan Dimasi and Chantal Kirby in Australia; Holly McQuillan in New Zealand; and Yeohlee Teng, born in Malaysia but working in New York.
Finnish designer Rissanen, Parsons’ first assistant professor of fashion design and sustainability, is among those who have been instrumental in promoting change. He teaches the zero waste course with Scott Mackinlay Hahn, founder of organic fashion brand Loomstate.
The goal: to create jeans that are as close as possible to zero waste but that are also beautiful, this is no small task. Rissanen, who previously owned a men’s clothing brand, Usvsu, says: âI had to learn to design again.
One way to eliminate waste is to create a garment pattern that fits together like a puzzle, without additional pieces; another is to simply not cut the fabric at all, but drape it directly over a mannequin, then fold it up, layer, and sew.
Students will be asked to create zero waste jeans without compromising on style. The top design will be sold next spring at Barneys New York.