Product Design

Chelsea College of Art and Design, TED’s TEN

Since 1996, TED has been developing and refining a set of sustainable design strategies for textile and fashion designers. These strategies have emerged out of a need for a toolbox for designers to help them navigate the complexity of sustainability issues and to offer real ways for designing 'better'.

The TEN emerged from a practice-based and collaborative approach over many years, and are perhaps best used when supporting teams in the design thinking process behind the creation of new prototypes which test potential solutions for a more sustainable industry.

The TEN have also been made into a series of short animated films, to help participants grasp the essential considerations for textile and fashion designers to embrace in their day-to-day practice.

TED’s TEN are also available as workshop cards:

 

Future Fabrics Virtual Expo

The Future Fabrics Virtual Expo is now an online research and sourcing platform, with increased search capability, and opportunity for direct contact with mills. It can link fabric buyers and designers with international mills, and enable constant access to sourcing and sustainability information about fabrics with a reduced environmental impact. 

The fabrics are chosen according to 4 distinct dimensions (http://www.futurefabricsvirtualexpo.com/sustainability/). The criteria have been elaborated in collaboration with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at the London College of Fashion. 

Currently, the online database contains 400 sustainable fabrics sourced from more than 25 global mills. Each fabric is documented with pictures and a description of its sustainability credentials. 
In addition, 1000 fabrics can be seen in the London based studio, which also can be booked for workshops and individual visits for brands.

The fabrics are searchable by categories from fibre type and price, to certification and provenance, and educational background information alongside each fabric makes it a valuable tool for both designers and buyers new to the area of sustainable textiles and materials, as well as those with established sustainable sourcing strategies. 

The virtual expo represents a diverse overview of sustainable fabrics, from organic cotton denim, British wool, and sustainable denims, to linen and organic cotton blends, low impact leather, woven and knitted organic cotton qualities, as well as polyesters, polyamide and rayons. In addition, it features new fashion and product innovations from materials lab Materio.

The Future Fabrics Virtual Expo is owned and run by Switzerland based not-for-profit ‘The Sustainable Angle’ (http://www.thesustainableangle.org/)

The Virtual Expo can be accessed through the following link: http://www.futurefabricsvirtualexpo.com/  Access to the virtual expo is available for registered users only. A yearly membership is available for for GBP £45.