Water Tag

14.07.2014 § Leave a comment

water tagFor select fabrics in our Brentano Green line I designed a parchment paper tag to attach under our regular sample tag. It reads:

The practices used to produce this fabric are water conscious. By making this selection, you are helping Brentano conserve water.

The person who benefits the most from this tag is me. Whenever I catch myself wasting water, I feel ashamed and immediately correct myself. I ask myself, how could I champion a cause but act contrary to it? The water tag has turned into an alerting mechanism in my daily life; I am more alert when using water and am more conscientious. « Read the rest of this entry »

Sustainability Consciousness

18.10.2013 § Leave a comment

Sustainability awareness has prevailed for the last decade. Although actual results are hard to see and many people are still indifferent to the movement, people in general are behaving more carefully and improvements are being made. Agriculture’s IPM systems are one example of the shift.

In our textile industry’s new eco standard, the Sustainability Assessment for Commercial Furnishings Fabric (NSF/ANSI 336), natural fibers grown using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) systems can earn extra points. « Read the rest of this entry »

My Lunch Basket

05.09.2012 § Leave a comment

I bought a basket at Whole Foods market recently.
It has a tag that says:

Handmade Ghana Changing, the Blessing Basket project  « Read the rest of this entry »

Back to Basics Inspirations

03.02.2012 § 1 Comment

Spring 2012 Back to Basics: Zinnia & Plein AirThe spring 2012 collection developed around a desire to create things that possess a tranquil quality. We are introducing soft textures and subtle patterns, many within our Brentano Green line. There are high performing patterns too like Plein Air and Zinnia (above), but in my mind, the idea of tranquility connects most closely with green mindfulness.

Natural Dye

11.04.2011 § 2 Comments

Many people think that natural dye would be environmentally friendly and that “green” products should use natural dye.  Let’s consider some facts about natural dyes.

Natural dyes have poor color power, meaning that a large amount of dye is needed to produce deep shades.  Natural dyes have poor color fastness to laundering and sunlight too.  Even indigo dye — which has a pretty good output — is not powerful enough to supply today’s demand.  « Read the rest of this entry »

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