Hugo Boss x Parsons
Hugo Boss x Parsons School for Design Innovating Impact Design Competition
Our cradle-to-cradle system in practice proposes a collection designed for optimized disassembly for reconstruction when it’s traditional lifecycle is over. The collection was initially developed by the exploration of zero waste garment construction and up-cycling materials. From those findings, we curated the manufacturing process of garments from each material according to their reconstruction model.We began by sorting our materials into systems of re-usal, and looking into their supply chains to find opportunities for sustainable practices. We sorted our materials into three systems: ethically sourced, remade from existing post-consumer waste and found post-consumer waste we could re-use without remaking.
unraveling knits / nylon ripstop yarn process
We explored various different manifestations of recycled materials, to achieve a cradle to cradle story in all our textiles. We aim to re-use textiles that would normally go to landfills after a single use by designing systems that frame them as new potential raw materials. This is done by designing a closed loop system with pieces that are optimized for disassembly using durable, recyclable and sustainable materials. We chose to work with three different types of materials, materials that are currently being produced from existing waste (sourced) and that are recyclable or sustainable, existing organic textiles that can deconstructed and reconstructed into patterns that are easier to recycle/unweave (found), and synthetic materials that exist outside of the fashion industry and can be transformed into usable textiles (remade).
life cycle infographs for materials used
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process // development
(illustrations by shawna wu)