Many of you may have noticed that eco-friendly designers more often then not comes from America or Europe, but rarely do we hear about sustainable fashion design from Asia. This is surprising, however, because many of the eco-friendly fabrics and clothing is created, cut, and assembled in places like India and China.
So why wouldn’t there be a bigger base of eco-clothing design in Asia?
A Hong Kong non-profit, Redress, has made a leap in the right direction by launching the EcoChic Design Award, a competition for new designers that encourages sustainable fashion in eight locations across Asia (Hong Kong, China, and now Singapore and Taiwan) and Europe (United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Germany).
The reduction of fabric waste is the single largest motivation for Redress’s efforts according chief executive Christina Dean. Tragically around 15 per cent of all textiles meant for clothing end up on the cutting room floor and globally, while 8 billion garments are produced from natural resources each year, while 7.5 billion clothing items go to the landfill.
Here are a few designers who are taking steps in the right direction:
- Dialog- www.dialogltd.net
Ardent believers of fair trade, Dialog works with Southeast Asian charities to produce their goods. The pair trains seamstresses in an effort to impart new skills.
- YOLO by Angelynn Tan
The Singaporean textile designer, who already had a penchant for eco-friendly design, launched her YOLO (You Only Live Once) collection, a bamboo fiber range, at the 2008 Singapore Fashion Festival.
- Etrican- www.etrican.com
Designers of organic cotton clothing for women and men and upcycled accessories.
- Indigreen- www.indigreen.co.in
Indigreen makes T-Shirts that are a fusion of art, high fashion, eco-friendly values, fair trade ethics.
- Eternal Creation- www.eternalcreation.com
A fair trade fashion company for children, women and men and accessories, made in Dharamsala (Himalayas)
- Wandering Silk- www.wanderingsilk.org
Beautiful, vintage, eco friendly, sustainable, fair trade scarves.
- Red Cocoon- www.redcocoon.net
Sri Lanka’s sustainable/eco fashion label
- Siamese Dream Design- www.siamesedreamdesign.com
Unique tribal & ethnic textile designs. Embroidered & batik Boots shoes handbags clothing & home decor.Natural Textiles – eco-friendly, fair trade fashion accessories & home décor from rural women in Thailand & Laos.
- Tammachat- www.tammachat.com
Tammachat Natural Textiles – eco-friendly, fair trade fashion accessories & home décor from rural women in Thailand & Laos.
- Bird by Rachel Bending-www.birdtextile.com
A climate-neutral fashion brand, Bird uses water-based dyes and organic cotton, powers its manufacturing with solar energy, and funds renewable energy and water-saving projects.
- Purepod- www.purepod.au
Creates contemporary, stylish, ethical clothing with an urban influence. All ranges are created from high quality, eco friendly and sustainable fabric
- Circle of Designers- www.circleofdesigners.com.au
Circle of Designers – a circle of like-minded designers designing art-based fashion with design at its core. Their designs are printed by hand with lead- and chemical-free inks on hemp or hemp and organic cotton blends.