Design Lessons In Zero Waste

We look at innovative pattern-cutting techniques used by zero waste designers to reduce the amount of pre-consumer waste in the textile/fashion supply chain.

An estimated 400 billion m2 of textiles are manufactured annually. Out of which 15%, equivalent to 60 billion m2 ends up on the cutting room floor. The good news is that every tonne of discarded textiles that is reused stops 20 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. We take a look at some of the techniques that can be used to reduce waste through design.

Zero waste design approaches

There are two main zero waste design approaches. The first uses a flat pattern-cutting technique to realis…