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Friday, June 22, 2012

The World's Most Sustainable Suit, Clothes Made out of Human Remains, and Burning Birkins

Posted by Elizabeth Mollo on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Tuesday British company Marks & Spencer launched what they claim to be the world's most sustainable suit. Four years in the making, it features Australian organic wool that was dyed in Italy using GOTS (Global Organic Technology) approved technology, and then the fabric and other components (which included linings made from recycled PET bottle polyester from a hi-tech processing plant in Japan, recycled polyester zippers, reclaimed pocket linings from their own production lines, and reclaimed stray buttons which would otherwise end up in a landfill) were shipped to China to construct the suits, of which only 500 will be made.

This may be the world's most sustainable suit, but it still leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion. All that shipping from country to country is not very sustainable at all. I do think however that it is a step in the right direction. Hopefully if big companies keep thinking this way and implementing new technologies to be as sustainable as possible, we will really achieve a garment industry that is truly sustainable.

Marks & Spencer CEO Marc Bolland Shows Off the Sustainable Suit
  • telegraph.co.uk
  • Marks & Spencer CEO Marc Bolland Shows Off the Sustainable Suit

Source: telegraph.co.uk


In a somewhat related topic, what if you could use the remains of your loved ones to make clothing? The treatment and disposal of human remains is easily one of the most toxic activities on the planet after all. Imagine remembering your loved ones by not just looking at a picture of them, but by actually wearing them, wouldn't that be a great tribute?

Okay, this is not actually real, but an interesting project by Kerry Greville called Salvage. She proposes using the ashes of cremated remains to create woven textile products in a world of material scarcity. What do you think? Would you agree to have your remains made into clothing, or is this just a little too Soylent Green?


And in WTF news, you may remember the uproar that was caused when Francesca Eastwood and her photographer boyfriend Tyler Shields burned a Birkin bag, but in more disturbing news, Birkin actually burns their own bags. If there is one little blemish or minor imperfection it is burned so as to not compromise on their high standards of quality. I am all for not selling botched Birkin bags (if I paid that much money for a bag it better be perfect!) but is burning the entire bag really the answer? Couldn't the materials be reclaimed to make something else? I think so. Just another example of a wasteful garment industry.

Francesca Eastwood by Tyler Shields
  • Francesca Eastwood by Tyler Shields

Source: The Cut

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