Designing for Recycling: Making the Case for Monomaterial Products
To blend or not to blend? A basic tenet of designing for recycling is to reduce the number of different materials in a product. When applied to clothing, this approach counters a long-standing tradition of blending fibres to add a functional or aesthetic characteristic to a textile. But growing awareness of the need to address waste in the fashion industry, and the challenge of recycling blended fabrics, is driving new thinking in monomaterial design.
Sophie Bramel, independent journalist
Anne Prahl, Sustainable Design Consultant
Cesare Citterio, CEO Cifra
Jose Fernandez, Founder and President Global Merino
Dr Rüdiger Fox, CEO Sympatex
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About the orator
Sophie Bramel is a freelance journalist who has been writing on smart textiles, sportswear and fashion for the past twenty years. Consultant Technical Editor for World Sports Activewear (WSA), she has also authored several books on the history, development and future of functional fibers and fabrics.