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Earth Pledge’s newest publication, FutureFashion White Papers, is a collection of essays by a diverse and international group of contributors. Designers, manufacturers, farmers, professors, models, business owners, and creative directors add their experiences and wisdom, producing a unique and multifaceted view of the apparel and textile industries. The book not only proposes solutions to environmental problems, but addresses the financial outcomes of sustainable practices and offers individual business perspectives. FutureFashion White Papers aims to educate all people interested in sustainable fashion and offers safe environmental practices for the industries and consumers. It is an invaluable and ground-breaking resource that proves that style and sustainability can coexist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967509921
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/2/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Earth Pledge identifies and promotes innovative techniques and technologies that restore the balance between human and natural systems. Through demonstration, education and research, Earth Pledge delivers viable models to government, industry and communities. The Earth Pledge Foundation is located in New York City. earthpledge.org
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Table of Contents

Section 1: the real meaning of futurefashion
The new cool / Julie Gilhart
The consumption crisis / Deborah J.C. Brosdahl
Tomorrow is the new now / Horst Rechelbacher
Section 2 : mapping the future of fabrics
Deconstructing "the perfect T-shirt" / Mike Betts
Eco-fabrics : balancing fashion and ideals / Susan & Yves Gagnon
Hemp goes straight / Lawrence Serbin
Leather for life / Matt Richards, Rowan Gabrielle & Stacie Shepp
Evolution or revolution / Michael Kininmonth
Organic printing on an industrial scale / Andrew Lunt
Section 3 : changing the cycle of fashion
A clean start / Jason Wentworth
The environmental impact of laundry / Elizabeth P. Easter
From my closet to Africa : the dirt on post-consumer recycling / Jana Hawley
Using what others toss out / Harry Matusow and Stefanie Zeldin
Section 4 : old solutions to new challenges
A 5,000-year-old fiber gets a fashion update / Dr. James M. Vreeland, Jr.
Cleaner cotton grown in color / Sally Fox
A fair deal for farmers / Damien Sanfilippo
Dreaming of organic sheep / Matthew Mole
The lowdown on bamboo / Rich Delano
In defense of truth and beauty / Cheryl Kolander
Color, magic and modern alchemy / John Patrick
What does planting tomatoes have to do with fashion? / Natalie Chanin
Section 5 : the science of change
Eco-effective fashion / Dr. Michael Braungart
The consequences of chemicals / Dr. Lauren Heine, Ph.D.
Not just another eco-label : an industry-wide solution / Peter Waeber & Luca Engel
The lotus effect : or how to make a self-cleaning suit / Dr. Philip J. Brown, Ph.D.
Section 6 : business considers the big picture
Selling eco-fashion on Main Street / Summer Rayne Oakes
Making the right choice easy / Penelope Cooke
The advantage of starting fresh / Mark Galbraith
Good for business, good for the environment / Coral Rose
Section 7 : what happens next
Can sustainability stay the distance? / John Mowbray
Not one but many : new visions for fashion / Dr. Kate Fletcher
The persuasive powers of cool / Shalom Harlow

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"FutureFashion White Papers is an exploration that signifies movement toward a more sustainable fashion industry. It is an opportunity for me, as President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and as a designer, to think about and evaluate the fashion industry as it stands today and to consider it evolving to become more environmentally friendly in the future. Since 2005, when I participated in Earth Pledge’s FutureFashion runway show, the volume of environmental buzz has increased dramatically. It is now time for the fashion industry to weigh in on this green discussion. . . . I am committed to supporting American designers in their creative expression and to helping them lead a promising and profitable fashion industry. So much of fashion is inspired by nature and, in turn, we must respect its delicacy. In this instance, the environment needs to be protected for its inherent relevance to fashion design, in addition to its and our own survival."--Diane von Furstenberg, from the Preface

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