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Kate Fletcher
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14 Mar 2008
Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys brings together for the first time information about lifecycle sustainability impacts of fashion and textiles, practical alternatives, design concepts and social innovation. It challenges existing ideas about the scope and potential of sustainability issues in fashion and textiles, and sets out a more pluralistic, engaging and forward-looking picture, drawing on ideas of systems thinking, human needs, local products, slow fashion and participatory design, as well as knowledge of materials. The book not only defines the field, it also challenges it, and uses design ideas to help shape more sustainable products and promote social change. Arranged in two sections, the first four chapters represent key stages of the lifecycle: material cultivation/extraction, production, use and disposal. The remaining four chapters explore design approaches for altering the scale and nature of consumption, including service design, localism, speed and user involvement. While each of these chapters is complete in and of itself, their real value comes from what they represent together: innovative ways of thinking about textiles and garments based on sustainability values and an interconnected approach to design.

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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (14 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844074811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844074815
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 17.1 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'We badly need a sustainable fashion revolution; one where buyers, designers, retailers and consumers fill our closets with clothes that are more durable and less impactful and face up to their true environmental and social cost. As a matter of urgency, all of the above should read this book ... At last a book that dispels the idea that fashion is only interested in trend-driven fluff: not only does it have a brain, but it could be a sustainable one.' – Lucy Siegle, Crafts Magazine

'Fashion is ephemeral by nature, but Kate Fletcher describes how clothing manufacture could be turned into a sustainable industry. Her detailed book assesses systems as well as products, examining possible solutions from raw material to final design.'Nature

'I'll probably be one of the first to buy it... We NEED this book.'Carole Collet, Course Director, MA Textile Futures, Central St Martins

'Read this book to understand how we can inspire consumers to protect the planet and people through the passion and energy of design.'Mike Barry, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Marks and Spencer

'The depth of Fletcher's writing will take people's understanding of 'Sustainable Fashion and Textiles' to a new level.'Treehugger

'[A] fascinating book.'John Thackara, Doors of Perception

'This is a must read.'Design 21

'Provides the foundations for a radical new perspective.'Ethical Pulse

'This is an excellent book for producers and designers of fashion and textiles who want to make a positive contribution through sustainable products and practices.'Family & Consumer Sciences

'Much-needed... this is an excellent reference book that will be turned to time and time again.'The Higher Education Academy Art Design Media Resource Centre

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Well-structured and beautifully presented in full colour.
Timely addition, offering groundbreaking research and design guidance that challenges existing ideas about the scope and potential of sustainable fashion and textiles and sets out a broader, more inter-connected and forward-looking picture --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Wow! This book is brimming with industry-led knowledge and facts on sustainability fashion design and I urge anyone who is interested in fashion or textiles to read it. It will alter your perception of the way that we produce and consume fashion and helps build the foundations for a radical new perspective.

This book gives us an eye opening look into the world of fashion and textiles and presents great new sustainable options with potential influence far beyond the fashion and textiles industries. Every aspect of the industry, use and lifecycle of textiles is considered. It delivers exactly what you want from a book - it opens your mind and changes your perspective for evermore. It is written and presented in an accessible way that is easy to use and a pleasure to read. If you are (or want to be) in the fields of textiles, fashion or sustainability, you definitely need to get with the programme and read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fashion can and is being done differently! 19 May 2008
I found this to be a truly inspiring book. It's an invaluable font of ideas that you can dip into regularly for reference. The initiatives it describes are an antidote to institutionalised ways of both producing and consuming fashion. It clearly sets out a variety of ways of thinking about sustainability in fashion and textiles but its real gift is how it enables us to think about loosening the stranglehold consumption has over fashion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 3 Sep 2008
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excellent as always Kate Fletcher surpasses herself in this brillaint and useful book. Not for people uniterested in the ethics of clothing and fabric but a real must have for textile designers
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Hi we are Jenny and Ruthy and We are currently studying fashion design at University College Falmouth, we've been reading your "Sustainable fashion and textiles" book to eachother everyday, before and after college! Its absolutely AMASING, we've been waiting forever for a book like this-this is a book that every fashion designer MUST read.
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