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Comment by entsust.com on February 7, 2014 at 12:34

Tim looked at the sustainability and upcycling elements of Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts's wardrobe course, and how that fed into an Edinburgh fringe production entitled 1,000 Suns. You can read the piece in this week's Stage, on page 40!

Comment by entsust.com on November 13, 2013 at 10:56

They make it sound so easy! Here's Little Boots and designer Michelle Wu talking about her Cyber Cinderella LED dress....

Comment by entsust.com on November 12, 2013 at 11:30

Don't miss our new Q&A with Charlie Ross, founder & director of Offset Warehouse - suppliers of ethical fabrics to the trade and beyond. See it here...

Comment by entsust.com on November 4, 2013 at 10:50

LIPA graduate designer Anna Dunn has written an excellent guest blog for A Younger Theatre, where she discusses the speciality sustainability module in her design course. Taking a construction/deconstruction approach, the college looked both at creating new garments and dismantling existing ones to create a costume set.

Anna also discusses the creation of the design for 1000 Suns at the Edinburgh Festival, the set and costume for which were entirely 'upcycled'. You can read the full article at A Younger Theatre here...

Comment by entsust.com on August 22, 2013 at 16:59

Textile dyeing can put an enormous strain on local water resources in its country of origin. In 'Clothing to dye for' Leon Kaye writes about the issues in the industry as part of the Guardian's Sustainable Business network here...

Comment by entsust.com on August 12, 2013 at 13:29

The lovely Offset Warehouse, providers of ethical textiles etc., are having a garden party designer sale on the 31st August - more info here....

Comment by entsust.com on July 17, 2013 at 13:46

The Fair Wear Foundation might be of use if you're looking to source-ethically produced and monitored garments. Their website synopsis reads as follows:

Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is an independent, non-profit organisation that works with companies and factories to improve labour conditions for garment workers.

FWF’s 80 member companies represent over 120 brands, and are based in seven European countries; member products are sold in over 20,000 retail outlets in more than 80 countries around the world. FWF is active in 15 production countries in Asia, Europe and Africa.

FWF keeps track of the improvements made by the companies it works with. And through sharing expertise, social dialogue and strengthening industrial relations, FWF increases the effectiveness of the efforts made by companies.

Definitely worth a look at www.fairwear.org.....

Comment by Tim Atkinson on July 9, 2013 at 15:27

The Independent newspaper reports on an accord by 70 clothing manufacturers and retailers to carry out inspections at clothing factories in Bangladesh, following the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in April.

The building was home to companies manufacturing clothing for the UK market, and included big names such as Primark and H&M.

Othernames to be involved include Debenham's, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, New Look, Sainsbury's and Tesco. Checks will include identifying and remedying hazards, and ensuring workers are paid while reparations are made.

You can read the full story here... 

Comment by Tim Atkinson on June 19, 2013 at 10:29

Stumbled across this article from the Guardian last summer, which looks at the difficulties posed in making textiles more sustainable. It suggests that there are uncomfortable issues at hand, such as the fact that across the full life cycle, natural fibres are not necessarily better than synthetic ones, and that chemical dyes are not necessarily worse than natural ones.

You can read more here...

Comment by Tim Atkinson on April 1, 2013 at 12:41

One of the memorable companies from the 'Green My Production' conference at White Light last week was the lovely bunch from Offset Warehouse.

Offset Warehouse specialise in ethical textiles, fabrics and clothing, and from what I saw at the show, have a vast range. This is what their website says they do...

Offset Warehouse is a social enterprise and the first UK online retailer to bring together all the elements needed to create ethical clothing and interiors.

Offset Warehouse provides all the information and products you need to be ethical in the world of fashion, interiors and design.  We serve both business-to-business and business-to-consumer needs.

We are the only online portal to bring together a wide range of ethical fabrics, a haberdashery, garments and resources to make it easy for you to be ethical.

You can see a short video they made about themselves here, or visit their website here...


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