Innovative Eco-Fashion: Fragment Textiles
It's hard to imagine what eco-fashion would be like if taken to its logical conclusion, but Dutch designers Berber Soepboer and Fioen van Balgooi offer one intriguing vision of the possibilities. The Fragments collection conforms to cradle-to-cradle standards, creating the absolute minimum amount of waste. Beginning with colorful zero-impact felt, these pieces are puzzles created from shapes that can be cut with hardly any fabric waste (squares for the dress, and stars for the skirt). In addition, the pieces are constructed using small tabs instead of stitching, allowing them to be reconfigured for novelty value and maintained by replacing only the necessary pieces in the event of damage or excessive wear.
These designs are currently unavailable online, but another piece by Soepboer (the Color-In Dress) has recently become available due to popular demand, so with any luck the Fragments collection will soon follow suit.