Zero waste design on display at FIDM San Francisco- March 2019
Zero waste cut patterns at the Responsible Design Symposium-FIDM Feb. 2019
Climate Beneficial community cloth
Zero waste design introduces an approach and a technique to design that is innovative and sustainable. To the designer the zero waste concept is a series of patterns that are presented as rectangular shapes but represented as a whole garment because each element has a direct effect on the other. The zero waste design strategy is created by blending technical pattern making skills and innovative design sense simultaneously. Zero waste design is not just about eliminating waste, but about understanding the value of what you are creating.
The zero waste project is a collaboration with Fibershed, a nonprofit organization in Northern California that develops regenerative textile systems based on sustainable carbon farming. Their process begins with Climate Beneficial methods of fiber production and ethical practices. Zero waste design is the last process. First the fiber is locally farmed at Bare Ranch in Cederville, California then shipped across the U.S. to be spun into yarn. The textile mill, Huston Textiles in Sacramento County, weaves the yarn into Climate Beneficial Wool, truly making it a community cloth. The zero waste design strategy is then implemented to compliment the craftsmanship of the Fibershed community by creating value. The Zero Waste Project creates a chain of sustainability where we can achieve a mindful balance with the ecosystem, ourselves, and make a global impact on the way we live.