2017/9 design magazine

Get inspired by the latest innovations, such as sustainable clothing, moai, easylock, fumpa and a great bamboo sports hall.

Sustainable clothing

Even at the very early stages the production process is enormous water, energy and land intensive. A cotton, for example, takes 2650 liters of water just for one T-shirt. And the entire process is very chemically intensive. The cotton production is responsible for 15% of all insecticides and 25% of pesticides globally. That has huge ramifications for human health. Since the world population grows and the fashion markets are ballooning.

Another reason for this huge demand is the phenomenon of fast fashion. Garments are the new disposals. It is already accepted in our mentality.

The textile waste of about 20 million tons per year for the US and the EU alone is being landfilled or incinerated. Even after all the efforts only a tiny amount is going back to textile recycling. Unfortunately textile recycling is actually ‘downcycling’: used textiles are processed into rags or insulation materials. And it’s really degrading the value of the textiles to a very low value. Do we have an answer?

There are two main technologies for textile recycling: mechanical or chemical. Mechanical recycling is a physical process of shredding textiles and turning them into new yarns, for instance through carding, combing and spinning. There can be some loss of quality, as shredding may damage the length of the fibers.

Chemical recycling entails breaking the fiber down to its basic chemical components, removing the impurities and bringing the fiber back to virgin quality.

These two technologies together have the capacity to get us to the circular textiles industry. Circular thinking implies that no raw materials get lost. We are looking for solutions to reuse waste. The 4th Dutch Sustainable Fashion week has shown that there are more and more innovations where other residual waste is being cycled into yarns.

Designers like Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood are using residual material in their collections. Dutch textile designer Aniela Hoitink has created a dress using disc-shaped pieces of mushroom mycelium, which she believes will change the way we use textiles.

Hans Ubbink recently launched a dress, made in collaboration with Nespresso, made of nespresso cups. They all seek the challenge of processing waste in their designs.

We also see developments in the clothing brands. Loop-a-life is a good example of this. They convert textile waste to new fashion and interior products. Mud Jeans also works according to the principles of the circular economy. However, the impact remains limited and the challenge is still huge. So we have the whole long way to go.

More about a new technology that enables the recycling industry to identify and separate textiles based on fiber type in this video.


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The EasyLock

A lightweight, easy to install, super strong temporary door lock. It is ideal for securing a door when travelling or in a rented accommodation. Anywhere where someone else may have a key or access to the room.

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Fumpa is a lithium-powered hand held bike pump. It can get you back up and running in under a minute, fits in a pocket and is powered by a rechargeable battery that can inflate a single tire up to 8.2 bar.

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A little alien

Matteo Thun loves ecology and design and believes that things around should make people happy. His new collection of faucets you want to touch, you want to play with. It seems you can grab the color and water. A little alien, immersed in a conventional interior product.

Bamboo sports hall

Chiangmai Life Architects specialises in modern bamboo and earth architecture and quality constructions. Based in Thailand they designs and builds big bamboo structures such as big bamboo trusses for halls, eco-resorts, villas, houses, schools as well as office and factory spaces. They favor organic, free-flowing designs and believe in the superior functionality of natural materials: earth, bamboo, rocks, wood and any combination of these.

This sport hall for a school in Thailand is build only from bamboo trusses to span more than 17 meters without any steel reinforcement or connections. Natural ventilation and insulation ensure that the space remains cool throughout the year. The building is expected to last for at least 50 years.


FREITAG creates the world’s first inflatable bag that drops the traditional metal frame. The bag’s inner tube frame inflates using a bike pump. The Zippelin can be deflated for easy storage.


The collaborating duo of Arielle Blonder and Shira Shoval, architect and textile designer, meets the chemist dr.Tiffany Abitbol, to explore the magic of nanocellulose. Nanocellulose or ncc is a biopolymer of nanometric size, enhancing nature’s extraordinary properties of cellulose.

Found in paper and textile waste, cellulose is the most abundant fiber on earth, being the main component of the plants’ cell wall. Its high strength, flexibility and resilience make it an attractive resource for various industries and applications. Paper waste becomes precious.


Energy drinks have been popular since 2003 and many have forgotten that it’s just as important to calm down as it is to amp up.

Slow is packed with natural ingredients that encourage you to wind down and relax. Even the packaging is designed to put you in a state of calm. Shaped like a classic hourglass, the user must only twist each side to open. Then, they can balance it over a glass to watch it gently trickle out. This serves as a visual reminder to slow down, reflect and enjoy a moment of decompression.

Little sun diamond

Five hours of charging gives you five hours of bright light. There are 1.1 billion people living without access to the electrical grid, leaving their basic needs unfulfilled. Clean light and energy are necessary for human existence, for reading, learning and community life.

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