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Meet the Designer: Nadja, founder of MAVOLU

Meet the Designer

Meet the Designer: Nadja, founder of MAVOLU

We've recently had the great pleasure to team up with Makerist, an online platform for crafting and sewing which offers video classes and PDF patterns from independent designers. As part of their sustainability week we collaborated on a social media contest and our founder Nadja was interviewed by Úna Kehily about the story and idea behind MAVOLU. The full interview can either be found below or through the following link: http://blog.makerist.com/sustainability-week-meet-nadja-from-mavolu/   As part of Sustainability Week at Makerist, we’ve had the chance to collaborate with MAVOLU! We spoke to their founder, Nadja, about the brand, her interest in sustainable fashion, the making process, and her advice for consumers trying to be more sustainable.   1....

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Sustainability Criteria Explained

Sustainability Criteria Explained

The sustainability criteria icons on MAVOLU were designed by Ottavia Pasta and are used to rate each product’s impact within the supply chain and user phase. In addition to that, they aim to simplify your shopping experience when you are looking for specific items only (e.g. vegan products). By clicking on each icon on the sustainability criteria page you are able to filter for your specific values. Some of these icons are fairly obvious, while others might need some more clarification. You can therefore also find a more in depth description of each of them below:     Unlike synthetic fibres, natural fibres for...

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Meet the Designer: Wen-Ting Chen, founder of Sekundär

Meet the Designer

Meet the Designer: Wen-Ting Chen, founder of Sekundär

With the beginning of the new year I've also added an entirely new category and brand new designer label to the online shop - the delicate real flower jewellery from Sekundär. This blog post will introduce the person behind this beautiful and sustainable jewellery label: Wen-Ting Chen from Taiwan. Sekundär was founded in 2018 in Berlin, Germany. The founder, Wen-Ting Chen, is originally from Taipei in Taiwan, which naturally also has a very strong influence on her work. Her previous work focused on paying respect to products, nature, and was also very much inspired by cultural differences. After studying a BA Fashion Design course in Taiwan and following up...

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Fabric from Food Waste: Soy Fibre for Fashion and Textiles

Soy fibre

Fabric from Food Waste: Soy Fibre for Fashion and Textiles

While soy fibre is still a relatively unknown choice for textile production, the first investigations into this fibre already took place in Japan during the 1940s and in the US in 1945. But even though the production was a success, the fibre was never commercially produced. The reasons for that included the rise of petroleum, which - due to its low processing cost - became one of the main raw materials used for synthetic textile production. But with the growing amount of environmental concerns and the demand for more sustainability, the interest in alternative fibre production, such as soy fibre, has also started to increase....

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From Waste to Value: Banana Fibre for Fashion and Textiles

Banana fibre

From Waste to Value: Banana Fibre for Fashion and Textiles

Banana fibre counts as a bast fibre and has relatively good mechanical properties. However, the use of banana fibre for textiles has not yet been researched widely, and the literature on its use for the fashion industry is somewhat limited. Bananas count as one of the most important global food crop and are currently cultivated in around 129 different countries, with India contributing approximately 15% of the total fruit production worldwide. Banana fibre is produced from the 'pseudo stem' of the banana plant, which would usually be burnt or left to rot (apart from a small amount that is fed to...

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