Resource Sheets

We have been developing the TED Resource Sheets over several years, and they have become a key reference point for students and designers.  These sheets reflect what we consider to be the most current topics in the field of sustainable design for textiles, and are our attempt to define the areas within this rapidly evolving field.

Polyester Recycling

Polyester is made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource that creates damaging environmental impacts during the extraction process. However, when considering the whole lifecycle of the fibre, polyester is not as environmentally damaging as believed.

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Slow Design

Slow design is a new concept within sustainable design which promotes slowing the metabolism of people and resources while also creating positive behaviour change

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Energy & Water Use

Energy consumption and water usage in the textile industry are extremely high and occur at each stage of the lifecycle of textiles – at the production stage, in the use phase, where consumers use and care for textiles and garments and at the end stage, which covers either disposal and/or re use of the materials.

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Recycling & Upcycling

There is a huge amount of textiles which end up in landfill every year in the UK and recycling is one of the most easily understood and effective ways to address this.

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Low Toxicity & Organics

All the production processes utilised in textile production often involve the use of harsh chemicals and the textile industry continues to be one of the most damaging industries in the world, second only to the chemical industry.

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Ethical Production & Fairtrade

The textile and fashion industry has become a global phenomenon and textile products are made all over the world under increasingly competitive and unethical conditions.

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