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Back in the Field!

September 1, 2008

My materials research is really starting to come together.

Last week I met with Kym Murray from InStyle Textiles. They have some absolutely gorgeous eco-fabrics in the most delicious colours! Kym walked me through the company history, their environmental approach and 100% eco-wool products.

Their sustainable textiles range – LIFE (Low Impact For the Environment) Textiles® – is set apart from other eco-ranges by the fact that they produce according to the cradle-to-cradle philosophy where environmental impact over the product’s entire lifecycle is minimised. Developed with The Woolmark Company (Australia), LIFE Textiles® meets InStyle’s criteria as follows:

  • Is made with rapidly renewable, sustainable and/or non-hazardous recycled resources
  • Is made with minimal input (energy/water) and output (waste)
  • Is made without polluting or toxic chemicals
  • Fabric is produced locally
  • Benefits indoor air environment/human health
  • Is reusable, recyclable or biodegradable

Kym told me they aim to certify LIFE Textiles® with the Sustainable Textile Standard once it is finalized at the end of 2008. GreenBlue is currently working with academic, non-profit, and industry partners to develop a shared, comprehensive, cradle-to-cradle Sustainable Textile Standard (STS) for application in all aspects of the textile industry. GreenBlue was founded in 2002 and was originally a nexus of projects at McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC), the private sustainable product and process design consultancy co-founded by American architect William McDonough and German chemist Michael Braungart in 1995.

This is so exciting! Kym kindly gave me samples of Atlas, Source, Balance, Classic and Sense. Thanks Kym!

I also met with Lara Bliss, Queensland State Manager for Woven Image, a successful Australian Textile Company who has developed a partnership with worldwide design industry leader, KnollTextiles.

Lara prepared a great ‘take home’ pack of samples for me to review including their 100% Pure New Wool range, Metropolis which has been GECA certified, is listed on Ecospecifier and carries the Woolmark label.

Woven Image also takes their environmental impact seriously by constantly looking to adopt environmentally improved processes and products with many of their ranges being GECA certified. Thanks Lara!

Whilst I’m looking to use 100% natural fibres for my textile hangings, I’m quite interested in using Woven Image’s Echo Panel as a substitute corkboard in my studio. Made from 100% recycled PET, this product is designed for office workstations and as acoustic wall panels. It comes in a range of colours and can be digitally printed!

Still following up Kay Faulkner’s leads on digital weaving and I’m back in contact with one of the remaining quality fabric hand-printing studios, Fingerprint, regarding printing my designs onto 100% wool.

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