“I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”
Carl Sandburg (1878 – 1967), Incidentals (1907)
I guess: Jeans aren’t green… Maybe it isn’t very progressive to declare on such a page as denimglobe is, but I suppose: Yes. I started to search for concepts that are thematically connected/influenced with denim jeans and are providing alternative for sustainable (denim) design. Here are some of them.
1. “Planet Denim -Re-designing The Denim Jean For a Sustainable Planet” reports about the project “Planet Denim” with the prestigious MA Menswear course at the Royal College of Art in London, which challenged the students to focus on the design and finish of the iconic “5 pocket” denim jean by developing new techniques for pattern making, construction and especially finish, which take into account the long-term impact the design would have on the environment.
2. w27newspaper reports about an interesting project of the Clinton Global Initiative. The chairs of Clinton Global Initiative have developed a strategy for FIT to participate in CGI through fashion design and a linear production plan that encompass the creative ideas of faculty and students. The collaborative effort creates a process that takes a sustainable denim product from design through product development and finally through to production.
4. The Green Fashion Competition launched by Amsterdam Fashion Week. The Green Fashion Competition is a competition for entrepreneurs in the fashion industry, for individuals (and teams) with a vision of what the future of fashion should look like. The aim of the competition is to find the talented entrepreneurs in the industry who aim to create a fashion business while sustaining biodiversity. (Deadline to participate was 30th of September 2010.)
GUANGZHOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 20: (CHINA OUT) Migrant workers cut thread ends for jeans in a garment factory at the Dadun Village on February 20, 2009 in Guangzhou of Guangdong Province, China. China's clothing and textile industry is experiencing a worsening economic climate as the global financial crisis cuts demand and erodes profits. The clothing and textile industry employs 20 million mainly rural workers, a seventh of the country's industrial labour force. Around two-thirds of small to medium textile producers are currently in financial difficulties. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)[img src=http://denimglobe.com/blog/wp-content/flagallery/sustainable-concepts/thumbs/thumbs_china_mask.jpg]24530
5. Page Ecosalon reported about Top 15 Eco-Fashion Books We (might) Love. As well as we found a very good post on their page about the environmental pollution in China (done by local denim industry). “The most sustainable pair you’ll slip on are the blue jeans that feel like cardboard boxes on your legs”. Learn more here.