Agenda
November 22, 2018 – January 10, 2019
Research
April 08, 2019 – April 12, 2019
conference

Essay

Closing the Loop


Design Guideline of Recycling




By Zinzi de Brouwer



Fashion designers have the unique opportunity to change the way products and materials are made, used and disposed of. As carriers of change, they are able to positively contribute to environmental and social impacts, re-utilising products and materials that will be part of the future of closed-loop systems. In order to do so, it is crucial these creative makers understand the complete life-cycle of the textiles and products that are being utilised in practice. Designing extends beyond the product; it involves people and society. If designers are more knowledgeable on the design and production processes, they can better carry out influence that will affect the future of fashion and consumption. This is a responsibility that is starting be increasingly felt by fashion brands in general, however the added value of recycling as a business case still remains to be considered, in which reduction of impacts is felt across the entire supply chain of a product. Recycling should be seen as part of a bigger calling, deriving inspiration from nature which is based on ecosystems and cycles. Herein, designing is done for the benefit and good of people and the planet, narrowing the link between the makers of the clothes and the people who wear them. This instills a method of thinking in systems. The purpose of the Design Guideline of Recycling is based on paving the way for innovative and environmentally conscious products that reflect a philosophical and practical approach to recycling and sustainability in general.

 

How a designer acts in a networked community enables design for recycling methods to be easier and more efficient. It is imperative to create a culture of networking, sharing, borrowing and exchanging. This is about building close relationships to those who fuel one’s design process as well as consume it. Therefore, designers should act as facilitators of sustainable enterprises in their own communities which will ultimately contribute to social innovation. Design activism is important because it validates designers not only in the creative sector, but gives them a voice and something to be passionate about.

 

The Design Guideline for Recycling, published in January 2017, was developed for the ArtEZ Centre of Expertise Future Makers, as part of the Going Eco, Going Dutch project and Closing the Loop. The project Going Circular, Going Cellulose is an extension of this project realised by Saxion in collaboration with the ArtEZ Centre of Expertise Future Makers.

 



  • Human Values
  • Alternative Systems



DATE PUBLISHED November 9, 2018