Raw Ingredients: Cake or Fashion? Blog 4

Raw ingredients are used every day by many different people in multiple occupations. Raw meat is cooked by a chef at the five star restaurant. Raw corn and wheat are harvested by farmers in harvest seasons. Raw wood is hammered together by a carpenter to construct a home. In fashion and interior design raw fabrics and materials can used in various ways. It was astounding to see what all different materials could be turned into amazing pieces of work. Presentations during the L.O.L.A. shows proved this to be true. The ability to create shoes out of recycled material or the fact that Aquafil can make Speedo swimsuits out recycled fishing nets is a mind-blowing concept. Something so raw and ugly can turn into something that is not only useful and lasts a long time, but beautiful. After listening to the presentations this past week, I was able to make the connection and compare raw materials of sustainability with the raw ingredients it takes to make a cake. It takes many different parties, products, and procedures to take raw materials to make sustainable products as it takes various objects and foods to make a cake. All the ingredients come together to make something wonderful, and honestly who doesn’t love cake?

A presentation that truly caught my eye was the creations made by Domestic Stencilworks. Imaginations and creativity runs rampant in San Diego, California. There is no better and simpler way to describe closing the loop. Domestic Stencilworks uses organic materials to create garments, cards, and provides other print services as well. They take local coffee grounds, carrots, IPA beer, wines, and waste to create a type of ink that allows them to print onto garments and paper in detailed designs. Not only do they use these different types of “organic waste”, but they shop local as we had discussed in an earlier lesson. Shopping local really helps the community around you and also reduces waste by packaging, shipping, fossil fuels, and many other things that harm the environment. Domestic Stencilworks is a company that is small, but I could see growing rapidly when the “sustainable” fashion actually hits market and takes stride. As these growing fashion design companies continue to produce garments whose target market are the ages between 20-30 years old, this statement will catch on more quickly. It may take a few years or maybe a decade, but it seems to be that the new generations seem to be more earthy, healthy and hipster as some would like to say. All I can say is hope for the future that these companies grow and keep on with their fashion decisions. Some will succeed and some with fail, but all it take is practicing and training. Training the future generations to be more sustainable is the best way to start this growing trend, and maybe the world might just be a little bit more green learning to close the loop once and for all.

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