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Designer Castro debuts fund to promote sustainable fashion
Nov '14
Green fashion designer, Orsola de Castro in a bid to promote eco friendly fashion launched a new fund for Scottish designers to create ground-breaking zero waste fashion range.

Orsola de Castro took a break from designing dresses to wear to the Oscars and called on Scottish designers to take a more environmentally friendly approach at an event.

The sustainable fashion symposium held in Glasgow was organised by Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Textile and Leather Association (STLA).

The textile symposium explored possibilities for a circular economy approach and was attended by over 80 delegates from across the clothing, fashion, retail, textile manufacturing and design sectors.

The event included the launch of a new fund for Scottish designers to create a zero waste fashion range.

The symposium and fund are both part of Zero Waste Scotland’s work to reduce the environmental impact of the textile industry.

Orsola de Castro, who designs and markets eco-fashion label - From Somewhere called on Scottish designers to embrace the possibilities of using reclaimed and re-used textiles.

He did so by launching the fund to enable Scottish fashion designers to create zero waste, closed-loop clothing and apparel ranges.

Orsola has designed collections using reclaimed fabrics for Topshop and an Oscar dress for Colin Firth’s wife Livia as part of the ‘Green Carpet’ initiative.

Clothing contributes around five per cent of carbon footprint and between six and eight per cent of water footprint of all of UK’s goods and services, accounting for more than million tons of wasted materials.

Zero Waste Scotland’s new fund will allow Scottish designers to lead the way in reducing textile waste.

It will encourage them to adopt new innovative methods such as zero waste pattern design, designing clothes to be easily disassembled using closed loop textiles made from recycled materials.

CEO at Zero Waste Scotland, Iain Gulland said, “We have a really diverse and engaged mix of textile producers and clothing designers here in Scotland.”

“The fund will enable to start testing ways to make waste a thing of the past, and create a circular textile economy that sees fabric flow in a cycle of re-use and eliminate waste to landfill,” he added.

“The industry needs to take a positive approach to a changing world and sustainability will inevitably penetrate all aspects of the fashion textile design and production,” Orsola de Castro said.

He told delegates, “We need to look at waste as a resource, and inspire young designers to its immense creative potential and help industry to understand its viability and scalability.” (AR)

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