LINDED BY COLOR PROJECT Are Radical wearables, Caftans made with Fair Trade and Organic certified fabrics made from food, plant waste and recycled cotton, using natural dyes and indigenous printing techniques. Ethically made by the expert hands of men and women artisans in India.

A balance between sustainable innovations and traditional methods. Follow our project on Instagram @blinded.by.color.project

Milo Tricot Creative Director and Founder, Mireia Lopez at the WASTE FOOD + FASHION panel talking about our Blinded By Color Project and discussing 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.

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

What a day, we meet some many amazing people, after the event we rush to walk alongside with New York City youth and hear some many brilliant speeches by young activist at Battery Park, not to mention the brave Greta Thunberg.  

A Conversation with

Patrick Duffy @FashionGlobalExchange

Mireia Lopez, Creative Director @Milotricot

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

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

Mireia: We want to explore and support the reduction of gas emotions with new circular economies. The idea behind is to avoid new and first use fibers, and to open our sourcing to new circular methods and innovations that don’t need more water and land to harvest.

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

Bio waste materials 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?

Mireia: 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. A town in India where everyone is a learner and a teacher. We were so lucky to spend some time there learning about Tilonia and meeting scientist and weavers, we have so much to learn from their way of life, maybe in a different conversation...

 

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 🖤🖤🖤