Fashion for Good - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Recently, during my visit to Amsterdam, I had the privilege of going to the Fashion for Good Museum in the heart of the city, as per Summer’s suggestion.

According to Fashion for Good, “Fashion is stuck in a pattern of ‘take-make-waste’, which causes devastating environmental impacts, not to mention huge economic losses. On average, we buy 60% more clothing than we did 15 years ago — but we keep each item only half as long. Plus, it is estimated that nearly 60% of all clothing produced ends up being burned or in landfills within one year of being made.”

In response, Fashion for Good aims to bring together the entire fashion ecosystem through their Innovation Platform to create change. This platform supports high-potential startup businesses and technologies. They offer assistance based on business maturity through three key programmes: the Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator, the Scaling Programme, and the Good Fashion Fund.

According to the team, the “Good” in Fashion for Good is defined as the following:

Good Materials  –  safe, healthy and designed for reuse and recycling
Good Economy  – growing, circular, shared and benefiting everyone
Good Energy  – renewable and clean
Good Water  – clean and available to all
Good Lives  – living and working conditions that are just, safe and dignified

In other words, it is not simply about looking good, or even buying and owning clothing that is mostly good.

During my visit, I was also able to commit to multiple promises in an effort to help reduce waste as a member of the fashion community.

It was a privilege to be there both personally and on behalf of the Women of Wearables Toronto Chapter, and I would highly recommend that you visit the museum if you happen to be in Amsterdam.

More on the Fashion for Good Innovation Platform Alumni soon.

The First Knitted Concrete Structure

A team from ETH Zurich in Switzerland has developed technology that allows them to knit textiles to create architectural structures. 

The knitting pattern behind their structure, KnitCandela, was designed by a computer. During a 36-hour process, an industrial knitting machine followed this computer-generated pattern to create four strips of textile. When putting the structure together, the pieces of textile were raised and tensioned between temporary frames. Then, a cement mixture was sprayed on the structure to strengthen it.  

The implications of this knitting technology are essential in a time where we are seeking more sustainable forms of design. This is the first time knitting has been used to create a structure in architecture. The team's research has demonstrated that just like 3D printing, this new application of knitting can simplify construction and cut down on materials, labour, and waste. 

The flexibility of the textile will allow for complex shapes to take form, thus modernizing architecture and providing designers with a new application to consider in their creative works. The reliance on industrial knitting machines also makes the process more accessible for future applications, as the process still depends on conventional technology. 

 KnitCandela is currently on display in the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneoin Mexico City.

This article was prepared by Summer Lewis, Chief Communications Director at sabasamanian.com