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'The Next Black' is a documentary film that explores the future of clothing. Watch as we meet with some of the most innovative companies on the planet to get their opinion on clothing and its future, including: heroes of sustainability, Patagonia; tech-clothing giants, Studio XO; sportswear icon, adidas; and Biocouture, a consultancy exploring living organisms to grow clothing and accessories.

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http://majotae.com/
MAYOTAE is a newly developed textile made from hemp, a very ecological and healthy material. Hemp is the oldest fiber in Japan, but it disappeared from use when cotton was imported from overseas in the 18th century.

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Karen Jessen
winner of Eco Chic Design Award 2012, founder of Benu Berlin
Benu Berlin propose a diagonal view on fashion. 
By creating expressive textures from decomposed and disused materials the designers reintegrate them into a cycle which otherwise would have been disrupted in the ever accelerating process of buying and throwing away. 
http://www.benu-berlin.com/
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American Apparel has proudly partnered with Giotex USA, a textile recycling company that turns our excess cotton fibers and clippings into a high-quality, cotton-blend yarn. We then purchase the Giotex yarn back and use it to knit beanies, sweaters and other garments. This closed-circle recycling reduces landfill usage, cuts down on water waste by using fabric that is already dyed, conserves land by not having to grow new cotton, simplifies the manufacturing process—reducing energy and resource usage, and, of course, makes it easy to know exactly where our materials are coming from. 

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A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion is a much-needed handbook for both students and professionals in the fashion and textile industries. Beginning with a reflection on current models of fashion design and production, this book introduces the key issues associated with the production, use and disposal of fashion clothing and gives step-by-step guidance on how to identify and evaluate the potential impacts of a garment during the design process. Featuring industry perspectives and studio-based exercises, the final five chapters of the book explore a range of ways in which designers can reduce the negative impacts associated with the life cycle of fashion garments. Packed with innovative examples of best practice from international designers and brands, these chapters present each key stage in the life cycle of a fashion garment and explore approaches such as low-impact textiles techniques, mono-materiality, zero waste techniques, upcycling, repair and maintenance techniques and closed-loop design systems. A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion offers an overview of the following topics: garment design; sourcing and selecting fabrics and techniques; pattern making and toiling; garment construction; distribution; clothing care and maintenance; reuse and re-manufacture; and material recycling; and it also covers the following sustainable design approaches: design for empathy; using mono materials; zero waste techniques; design for durability; engaging with local communities; design for need; reducing laundering; design for repair; upcycling; and design for closed-loop systems.

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Application Deadline: 30 June 2013

ESMOD Berlin is calling for applications to apply for two hessnatur Scholarships to attend the International Masters Programme - Sustainability in Fashion commencing in October 2013.

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Vogue Italia Scouting Manifesto – Eco-Design Competition
DEADLINE: June 30

You have time until 30 June to take part in the scouting initiative created by Dubai Mall and Vogue Italia, by creating an eco-sustainable collection. The initiative is open to all, also to those of you who have never designed an eco-sustainable collection.

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I cannot really pinpoint the exact time when I knew I wanted to be a green fashion designer /dressmaker. Looking back, I see now that surely, crafting and using of my creativity was always a part of my life. The moment I decided to move to Florence to attend the degree course in Fashion Design, I started to improve myself and going up to the next level. During last four years I lived an extraordinary life, more and more experiences have pushed me where I am today.
After an internship in a tailoring atelier ecofriendly, a European Design & Tailoring Master in Natural Fibers, I’m now again at the start point .
Yes, Stitch by Stitch, this is the sense of my life. Working for myself and creating a business from scratch is definitely something that requires persistence and passion. It is like hand-sewing; methodical and time consuming, but you feel an amazing sense of pride and achievement when you start to see results. I am excited that this journey is only just beginning. However, there are many more stitches yet to come.
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