Home / Knowledge / News / Fashion / WSU student develops long-lasting, sustainable jeans
WSU student develops long-lasting, sustainable jeans
May '10
Lacey Wilmot, a second-year graduate student in the WSU Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles program, used her love for jeans as an inspiration to develop long-lasting, sustainable jeans. Her thesis project, “Designing Culturally and Environmentally Sustainable Denim Jeans,” was presented at the 2010 WSU Academic Showcase.

“Jeans are iconic, but that's been lost in the materialistic world,” Wilmot said. “I wanted to go back to the roots of American jeans to design American-made environmentally sustainable jeans.

“To me, sustainability means giving back the same amount that you take," she said. "The textile industry is very resource intensive. It takes a lot of water and other inputs to grow cotton, chemicals to bleach and dye the fabric, and so on.”

According to Wilmot, people spend $200 on jeans that only last seven months. The motivating desire behind her project was to marry the iconic symbol of jeans with high-quality manufacturing techniques.“One thing that is wonderful about Lacey's project,” said Carol Salusso, associate professor of AMDT, “is that she is combating throw-away fashion and designing jeans that will last.”

Economically, eco-fashion is trending upwards in the industry, although most people still value fashion over the environment. Wilmot's collection includes five jeans designs, from trousers to skinny fit, meant for different body types. She wanted to show people that she could design fashionable apparel that is also eco-friendly and American made.

Salusso learned that the American Cotton Growers produce SAFE Denim. SAFE is an acronym standing for sustainable, American and friendly to the environment.

According to its website, the American Cotton Growers and its farmers produce an average of 37 million yards of denim annually, enough to make 26 million pairs of jeans. Every yard is grown, spun, dyed and woven from the cotton its members produce.

“We're protecting our ecosystems for these future generations by remaining good stewards of the land, air and water," the website explains. "We value doing the right thing, in the right place, in the right way, at the right time, and it requires the use of new technologies.”

Salusso also found a company that produces eco-friendly enzyme products that can be used to lighten denim. The company, Dyadic, sent samples as a contribution to Wilmot's project. “Lacey's jeans have integrity,” said Salusso. “Visual integrity. Social integrity. Environmental integrity. Industry should be re-established on a basis of integrity.”

“It's really about making a good choice for yourself and for the world,” Wilmot said. The Visual, Performing and Literary Arts Committee at WSU created a video about Wilmot's jeans.

Washington State University

Must ReadView All

'India can take up lack of capacity in US, China markets'

Textiles | On 25th Sep 2018

'India can take up lack of capacity in US, China markets'

India can now take up the lack of capacity in the US and Chinese...

Indonesian textile industry targets exports of $14 bn

Apparel/Garments | On 25th Sep 2018

Indonesian textile industry targets exports of $14 bn

With a January-July 2018 exports figure of $7.74 billion, the...

Several challenges for Vietnam's garment sector in 2019

Apparel/Garments | On 25th Sep 2018

Several challenges for Vietnam's garment sector in 2019

Vietnam’s textile and garment industry will be facing a gamut of...

Interviews View All

Sunil Rathore, Lacoste India

Sunil Rathore
Lacoste India

‘New vendor is welcome if he offers cost, quality and timely delivery’

Saket Garg, Garg Corporation

Saket Garg
Garg Corporation

The biggest challenge is lack of skilled workforce and competition from...

Kamlesh Vaghela, RK Textiles

Kamlesh Vaghela
RK Textiles

Very few machinery manufacturers have R&D units

Mala Alwani,

Mala Alwani

<div>Delhi-based fast fashion womenswear brand, Besiva, aims to bridge the ...

Harmeet Singh,

Harmeet Singh

New Delhi-based Jogindra Industries Private Limited provides an assortment ...

Harsh Shah,

Harsh Shah

Fynd is the central online shopping destination for fashion, offering...

Georg Reinhold, Trützschler  Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers

Georg Reinhold
Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers

Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers, a part of the Trützschler Group,...

Johan Berlin, Investkonsult Sweden AB

Johan Berlin
Investkonsult Sweden AB

Investkonsult Sweden AB are consultants in the nonwoven and absorbent...

Prof Seokheun (Sean) Choi, Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY)

Prof Seokheun (Sean) Choi
Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY)

A team of researchers from the State University of New York (SUNY),...

Mike Hoffman, Gildan Activewear SRL

Mike Hoffman
Gildan Activewear SRL

Gildan Activewear, a manufacturer and marketer of branded clothing and...

Judy Frater, Somaiya Kala Vidya

Judy Frater
Somaiya Kala Vidya

Among the many honours showered on Frater, including Fulbright and Ford...

Jay Ramrakhiani, Occasions Elegance Wear

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


Leave your Comments

October 2018

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category

Related Categories:

Advanced Search