“Hot off the press” has taken on a new meaning. Through the use of 3-D-printing and computer-aided design, designers are creating garments, jewelry and accessories with little to no waste and reduced environmental impacts.
“The American clothing manufacturing was significantly destroyed by fast fashion because clothing manufacturing itself has not been technological and is still highly labor intensive process,” said Julia Daviy, founder and head designer at Julia Daviy. Daviy created a “Zero Waste Skirt” to convey that 3-D-printing technology “brings a level of sustainability for clothing manufacturing that is simply impossible with the traditional apparel production methods.” Daviy explained that 3-D printing “has already brought more sustainable solutions to many industries, but with clothing production we had a lot of challenges to solve, and still have some [more ahead].”
Daviy continued, “According to this approach, we do not have waste that is an inevitable part of the traditional clothing manufacturing [where 30 to 40 percent of fabrics are discarded just at the stage of cutting and sewing]. When the basic model is developed, we create all further design changes digitally [so we almost do not have waste at the stage of design, too] and finally, we use 100 percent recyclable materials, which means that they can be recycled unlimited numbers of times, not losing their quality.”
The localization of manufacturing is a big win for 3-D printing, in addition to the bespoke, one-of-a-kind products it seamlessly creates. And companies such as Original Eve are printing custom fine jewelry, which caters to a client base that often seeks uncommon and distinctive luxury items. Eve Streicker, founder of custom fine jewelry company Original Eve, told WWD, “3-D printing is the ultimate form of sustainable design, especially when you are creating unique, custom pieces. As a jewelry designer using 3-D printing, I can quickly and easily generate a model or iterations of a model that can be approved by a client and then that model can be directly cast, eliminating waste of material and time. For other industries that do not rely as heavily on secondary processes, the increasing numbers of 3-D printers around the world can allow designers to produce items locally to their clients when orders have been placed, eliminating shipping costs and reducing carbon footprints.”
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