Friday, July 8, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Low impact dyeing

Prophetik designer Jeff Garner is from Tennessee, he uses plant and earth based dyes, using minimal water and no toxic additives on his garments - he also uses sustainable fabrics!

Alabama Chanin

Alabama Chanin is an inspiring example of sustainable design.

"Our intention has always been to source materials locally, when possible and
to reuse, or “upcycle” materials whenever we can. Our company is influenced by the Slow Design
movement, which encourages artists to create products in a socially and environmentally
responsible way.
" Natalie Chanin

Sustainable Dyeing

Color is a very important element in the Fashion Industry, but the dyeing process can be harmful to the environment - 17 to 20 percent of industrial water pollution comes from textile dyeing and treatment. The techniques used to dye fabrics rely on water, chemicals and energy. Sustainable dyeing, printing and tanning methods focus on reducing the environmental impact throughout one or more stages of the process.
Natural dyes requires additional chemicals to fix the dye which can be harmful but environmental friendly fixatives exist and can be used to develop a sustainable product.