Sustainability

AJAX progress indicator
  • a

  • Anticipated Lifespan Design
    Designing a garment with materials and methods appropriate for its expected usable life. Material selection is determined based on garment functionality and correlates specifically to its forecasted lifespan.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • b

  • Biodegradable Materials
    Materials which can be broken down into simple and non-toxic substances by microorganisms, light, air, water or heat.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • Biomimicry
    The practice of deliberately mimicking nature’s patterns and strategies to source design inspiration.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • c

  • Care Labels
    A set of instructions integrated into the product that advises laundering options best suited for the material.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • Circular Fashion
    Systems that generate the most efficient use of resources by extracting maximum value from products and materials while in use, and extending longevity through reuse at the end of a lifecycle.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • d

  • Durability
    The physical properties of a product to withstand the impacts of intended function and use.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • e

  • Ethical Labour
    An approach which protects the rights of people working in the industry and empowers opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • g

  • Garment Recycling
    The recovery of material from existing garments, using either mechanical or chemical methods, to be reprocessed into new fibres.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • Garment Reuse
    A system in which old or worn clothing is channelled back into the fashion or textile stream for redistribution and resale.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • h

  • Hemp
    Hemp is a fibre derived from the stem of the Cannabis Sativa plant and grown for industrial use in textiles, paper and building materials, such as MDF (Medium-density Fibreboard).in Sustainability in Fashion
  • l

  • Leasing Systems
    Programs designed for garments to be shared between multiple users, attempting to change the consumer's idea of ownership while mitigating individual consumption.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • Life Cycle
    A life cycle is the consecutive and interlinked stages of a product (or service), from raw material or generation from natural resources to final disposal.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • Linen
    Linen is made from the fibers of the flax plant. The long fibers used in textiles are located on the outer part of the stalk, which covers a woody core. To generate the longest possible fibers, flax is either hand-harvested by pulling up the entire plant or stalks are cut very close to the root.in Sustainability in Fashion The Fit Form
  • Low Chemical Materials
    The cultivation of fibres with minimal chemical treatment to prevent hazardous exposure to laborers and reduce the pollution of soil and water.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • Low Energy-Use Materials
    Fibres which require less fossil fuel energy in production as an environmentally and economically viable approach to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • Low Energy Wash Garments
    Garments designed with consideration to the amount of water, the temperature of the water, and the energy being used in laundering.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • Low-Impact Materials
    Materials from which a product is constructed requiring lower water, energy and resources to create and manufacture.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • Low Water-Use Fibres
    The conscious regulation of water expenditure as it applies to each phase of a textile’s lifecycle.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • m

  • Modular Design
    Modular design is a patterned repetition of a design component, that can be independently created and used in different ways to create a design or give multifunctional enduse.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • Multifunctional Design
    A garment designed to serve a multitude of enduses through the incorporation of additional features.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • n

  • No Wash
    The attempt to change consumer perception of cleanliness by designing garments using textiles that never require laundering.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • o

  • Optimized Lifetime
    The conscious decision to delay a product's obsolescence.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • r

  • Recyclable Fabrics
    A fabric which is derived from a base material which can be recycled, repurposed or removed from the waste stream after use.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • Recycled Fabrics
    Fabric made from the recycled fibre of disposed fabric which are reprocessed back to a fibre and then respun into a useable fabric.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • Repair Services
    A post sale mending and alteration service that returns damaged garments back to their proper condition.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • s

  • Shared Economy
    Systems that involve renting, lending, swapping, sharing, bartering or gifting of product or services.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • Sustainability
    Avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance, which can encompass human health, natural resources, environment and social equity (impact on labour).in Sustainability in Fashion
  • Sustainable Design
    Sustainable design seeks to reduce impacts on non-renewable resources, minimise waste and create healthy and productive environments for people in our industry.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • Sustainable Sourcing
    Sustainable sourcing is the integration of social, ethical and environmental performance factors into the process of selecting suppliers, manufacturers and materials.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • t

  • Take-Back Program
    A system which holds a designer or retailer accountable for their product at its end of life, including proper disposal, potential remanufacturing, reuse or recycling.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • Transparent Supply Chain
    This captures the authentic and open communication of the companies, suppliers and sourcing locations in the supply chain to the end consumer and between companies in the supply chain.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • u

  • Upcycling
    A way to address the inefficiencies of the industrial fashion production model by taking damaged or discarded garments and bringing them back to usable condition through creative reconstruction.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • w

  • Wool
    As wool grows from the sheep’s skin, it naturally groups into staples which contain many thousands of fibres. Sheep are shorn once or twice a year using electric or manual clippers.in Sustainability in Fashion
  • z

  • Zero-Waste Design
    A garment design technique that attempts to maximise the amount of fabric used and decreases waste, for example whole garment knitting, 3D printing.in Sustainability in Fashion