‘Circular approach can only begin with choice of material’

For designers and fashion makers of a smaller scale, a circular approach can only begin with the choice of material. Depending on the type of collection, a circular way of production can be achieved in many ways, according to Benjamin Itter, co-founder and CEO of Lebenskleidung, a Germany-based company that launches two fabric collections a year.

“When using materials today, it is most important to use materials and fabrics, best from natural fibres like organic cotton, organic linen, organic wool or the like. If not made from one material already at the design stage it is crucial to think about how the final product can be re-assembled at the end of life,” Itter writes in an article in the hard bound fifth edition of the Sustainability Compendium – ‘Going Circular’ brought out by Fibre2Fashion.

Giving an example of India in his article ‘A question of scale’, he says, ancient crafts and the use of handspun and handwoven cotton, known as khadi, which was not been made of GMO or pesticide-poisoned cotton, has been always a circular solution.

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