Milo Tricot Creative Director and Founder, Mireia Lopez at the WASTE FOOD + FASHION panel discussing our work Blinded By Color Project and the topic of Food waste and Fashion, over-production pollution and the numerous ways both industries can collaboratively create circular economies from bio product waste.

BLINDED BY COLOR PROJECT are Resort wear Caftans made from Fair Trade and Organic certified fabrics, sourced from recycled cotton, food, and plant waste using natural dyes and indigenous dyeing and printing techniques. Our Caftans are ethically made by the expert hands of artisans in India. A balance between sustainable innovations and artisanal methods.

The panel was organized by Global Fashion Exchange + Fashion Revolution and UN Peace Boat, September 23rd to kick off Climate Change week 2019 at the Woman Development building at the UN, supporting United Nations Sustainability Goals 2030

 



A Conversation with:

Patrick Duffy @FashionGlobalExchange

Mireia Lopez, Creative Director @Milotricot

Theane, Co-founding Scientific Director @Algiknit and assistant professor at FIT

Why using recycled cotton, food and plant waste as a new material source?

We want to contribute to the reduction of gas emissions by incorporating materials promoting new circular economies. The idea behind is to avoid new and first use fibers, opening our sourcing to alternative innovations without using harmful toxic chemicals, less water consumption and less land to harvest”

Over-production of food is a big problem today so is the over-production of clothing delivered to rich countries, while the level of poverty, lack of water , hunger and natural resources scarcity raises.

Fair trade and Organic Bio waste materials and recycled cotton solves some of the pollution issues caused by “business as usual” methods in both industries while fostering local new economies.

Agricultural waste begins early when the fruit are left to rot or burned away for new fields, causing powerful emotions. The circular process starts when the food waste is collected directly from agricultural fields before the natural rotten process starts, or similarly by collecting them fresh from juice producing facilities.

According to The United Nations Environmental program (UNEP), roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption gets lost or wasted every year. To put this in perspective 270 million tons of banana waste alone is left to rot or burned annually.” 

Why natural dyes and traditional printing methods?

“Natural dyes have been used from millennia, but little by little disappearing from craftsmanship communities with the introduction of synthetic dyes. Synthetic dyes were introduced decades ago as a commodity, for their bleed resistance and cheap cost, unfortunately polluting artisans Microsystems and the Environment at large, and responsible for creating disproportionate economic inequalities, environmental damage and health issues to our makers communities. 

I firmly believe in the Gandhian philosophy that sustainable development is key to overcoming poverty. The best example is the Barefood College, in Tilonia. India where everyone is a learner and a teacher. We are so honored to collaborate with them x Blinded By Color Project.

The concept of fast cheap dyes and prints has caused so many issues that the only thing that feels right is to promote and help to bring back indigenous methods to artisan communities. Every effort must be synchronize with consumer education and transparency to be fully implemented and successful in the long term. Consumers have a great power to shift economic trends.”

-Mireia Lopez 

 

Marching side by side with New York City youth and with our friend and collaborator: Eme Eidson. Film Director @emeeidson www.slowfashionfilm.com   

 

Celebrating the end of Fashion week kick off day with our friend and collaborator:  Zahra, Scientist, Agronomist and Founder of @Chai.pie.c 

Special Thanks to Zahra for her scientific support and love 🖤🖤🖤