Eco fashion dictionary A-Z, new terms added

New terms added Eco Fashion Dictionary

Our small new Eco fashion dictionary  posted this week,  added words, terms and useful information as it develops. Feel free to use a contact form link below to add or comment on things that should be included and if you want to write shortly about a key word or term it is also possible to add it in the sheet. Minimize use of materials and increase quality is one of the elements in sustainable design. Sustainability strives towards three principal elements, the goals of sustainability is to reduce harm to the environment, use renewable forms of energy, recycle, reuse and reduce use of natural materials and increase quality according to extend a product Life cycle and of course add profit to the owners, designers and all other people who are a part of the product life-cycle


Genetically modified cotton

The genetic code for the plant includes a bacterial toxin. This code is killing  the pest, and the result is less use pesticide treatment.


Low energy fibres

The most significant low energy fibre is recycling production. The synthetic fiber nylon and polyester are taken back to polymer and remade into new fiber products that require less energy in production, use. In fact, it’s almost 80% less energy-consuming than production of virgin fiber.


Carbon footprint

A carbon footprint is a total set of greenhouse-gas  by-product,  person, event, product, service, person or organization. However, to measure carbon footprints this way required the comprehensive amount of data. Therefore, another definition is in use. A system, activity and population measured in the total amount of methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) released into nature.  Greenhouse gases being released in activities as production of goods, food consumption, transport, services and many other activities.  Measurement of a person’s carbon footprint is  indication of how a country uses technology and energy demanding products or services. For example, use an American nearly five times a more carbon footprint than a person living in an under developed country.  In fashion, a t-shirt (large, heavy unisex) uses as much as 6, 5 kilo carbon footprint.

Low water use fabrics and fibre

Water is a major consequence for the fashion industry.  Water is beginning to be in shortage, and many places around the world people are living bad water environment causing diseases. Investors around the world have begun to put large investment in the water as they buy up land with rich sources of underground water or similar sources.  To produce textile fiber are very water consuming and chemical demanding process. Viscose can use as much as 500 liters water per kilogram of fiber produced. However other synthetic fiber uses much less as for example polyester. Cotton uses not as much as viscose, even so, cotton production is massive globally almost 50% of land under agriculture of cotton is artificially irrigated. Estimated 20 years’ time we will consume 40% more water than today, and pollution is increasing. In the near future, water will be a commodity more worth than oil today. World economic forum and UNESCO are using the words “water bankruptcy” were the impact, and effect will have greater overcome than the finance crisis and meltdown of the economy. In fashion to reduce the water consumption is essential and a lot of innovation will happen.


Principle of the best practice

Principle of the best practice is a design approach were work closer to nature is one of the elements to reduce processing steps, use fewest resources and cause less negative impact on the environment. In fashion, it can mean to drop a wash, certain finish or find better solution regarding use of damaging chemicals. It is impossible to avoid all processes needed chemicals but to consider and innovate way to work is a part of a new total design approach to these issues.

Minimum cut and sew

A system in minimum waste garments can reduce cutting waste by as much as 10 – 20% in most cases. Brand new invention in waste reduction is very much in the mind of design creativeness on how to do old things in a new way

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Re-use and up-cycle

Re-use e is to take a dead product, parts of a product or something with no value and using it in a brand-new context or transform it into a new product with value. In 2000, Kenneth from buddha jeans worked with Farrow design to create a brand new label system globally for Levi Strauss Co; one of the creative elements was to take the left-over denim fabrics in factories and make paper out of it. That paper became a central part of the label system, business cards and stationery. Almost without bleaching the paper as the denim color was perfect brand statement naturally incorporated in the design elements.

Kenneth Lyngaas
Sustainable fashion designer & eco-philosopher Sustainable fashion dedicated the twenty-first century green living, design for change through system thinking, eco philosophy, spirituality and sustainability. Site made with passion for people who loves fashion and care for the environment.
Kenneth Lyngaas
Kenneth Lyngaas
Kenneth Lyngaas
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