Fancy A Coffee?

Have you just woken up & blur eyed checking your emails, and my latest post, whilst drinking your 1st cup of coffee? Or are you feeling, slightly, guilty about buying a cup on the way to work? Well let me help wipe your conscious clean A Taiwanese company Singtex / S. Cafe is recycling used Coffee grounds and turning them into fabric for clothing! Using their patented process, the company recycles used coffee grounds into yarn, which is then made into durable and sustainable fabrics that resist odours and UV rays!
Feeling a bit better? Read on…
Scafe Material
As a caffeine and coffee-fuelled society, our addiction to Coffee yields a lot of waste. In 2008, approximately 7.6 million tons of Coffee were sold worldwide. That’s a lot of waste that usually ends up in our landfills. S. Café’s process spins the waste grounds into an odourless, fast drying fabric that also possesses UV shielding qualities.
S. Café’s process removes the phenols, esters and oils from the grounds, leaving them odourless, which they then turn into Soap! Making it a fully closed circuit with no waste. Roasted coffee has natural deodorising properties, so the fabric made from coffee yarn has great use in athletic wear, which is designed to soak up sweat. They also found that the coffee fibres are fast-drying and serve as a UV shield – all additional reasons why the fabric is the perfect match for athletic wear. So far the material has been used by The North Face, Nike, Timberland & Warcoal in Lingerie designs!
S-Cafe Material
Initially, research was conducted using used grounds from local cafes and friends. Now that the company has taken off, turnover for 2011 was £4.8 Million pounds, they have employed a coffee factory to supply more and more of the used grounds. S. Café extends the life of coffee in a totally usable way. Recycling an otherwise useless waste product has inspired the company to conduct further research, with hopes of extending the use of used coffee grounds to other products.
Coffee grounds can be used for everything from garden mulch to batteries to bio fuel — but nothing is more practical than recycling it into clothing. You can now feel less guilty when you treat yourself to your morning cup of coffee!

Earth Day Sustainable Fashion

In anticipation for Earth Day, which is tomorrow, I thought I would share with you the best on offer in sustaniable fashion. To me sustaniable fashion is considered fashion, where the production, materials, planet and people are all considered. So we have a planet for generations to come.
More and more designers are now designing with sustaniable fashion as a core value, instead of an after though or excuse for bad design. Some of the best designers, Stella McCartney, Chinti and Parker, Pachacuit, Edun and John Hardy are making some of the best pieces on the catwalk in terms of style, which are also sustanible and “Green”.
Mathias Chiaze
Alexa Chung for  Chinti and Parker

Local women making Pachacuit hats from Banana Leaves

Another, and more affordable way, to buy sustaniable fashion is to buy vintage.

The main message behind sustainable fashion is that fast fashion or dissposable fashion is not just bad for the environment, planet and for generations to come, its also expensive. Its not made to last, producers of fast fashion aren’t concerned with the quality of their products, they want you to have to come back and spend more money buying either the same or different top, dress etc because the other one has started to fall apart. In the long run sustainable fashion is also cost effective.