Fashion Fibers

Fashion Fibers: Designing for Sustainability is an accessible reference tool for fashion students and designers learning to make decisions to enhance the sustainability potential in common fibers used in the fashion industry. Drawing upon the cradle to cradle philosophy and industry expertise, the book introduces readers to the fundamentals of fiber production and the product lifecycle.

Fashion Fibers: Designing for Sustainability features a fiber-by-fiber guide to natural fibers including cotton, hemp, silk, manufactured fibers including polyester, modal, azlon, then covers processing and promoting recycled fibers that are designed to be "circular." Each chapter investigates six main areas of potential impact in fiber cultivation, production, and processing—including chemical use, water, fair labor, energy use, consumer use/washing and biodegradability and recyclability. Readers will learn about the sustainability benefits and environmental impacts at each stage of the life cycle, optimizing sustainability benefits, availability, product applications, and marketing and innovation opportunities that lead to more sustainable fashion.

The author presents an optimistic view of fashion and textile sustainability and equips designers and consumers with knowledge to take action.
— Lynda Grose, California College of the Arts
In designing fashion for the emerging Circular Economy, designers need to have knowledge of fibers, process chemicals, fabrics, and the way they are used, will serve, and after be safely subsumed after service. That is, how each element can be deconstructed for ease of recovery and recycling, and this text is a complete and easily accessible reference for that purpose.
— Scott O. Seydel, The Seydel Companies Inc.
The book distills the excellent work the author is doing with c2c into a format ideal for student learning. The book encourages students to think forward and to innovate. Sustainability is not an ‘add on’ for our students, it is, in fact essential to good design and this book provides essential knowledge for our future game changers.
— Kelly Cobb, University of Delaware