Material Mapping & Scouting  

OER: Reduced environmental impact fibres

Objective and scope

In order to reduce the textile industry’s environmental impact, a variety of aspects has to be carefully considered and efforts should be aimed at implementing or increasing recycled contents and/or biobased contents from easily and sustainably renewable resources, implementing or improving sorting and recycling technologies and processes. The objective is to select some commercially available textile materials as a sustainable alternative to current (unsustainable) fibres. After the selection there will be a collective discussion on the choices made where students conceptualise and contextualise the materials. Students should explore the meaning of sustainable textiles and, into their normal design process, include the choice of sustainable fibres.

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