I recently met Lucie, a performance sportswear designer who has a shared interest in Circular Economy within the apparel industry. Lucie is joining the team at SSACHS as a regular Contributor and will be focusing on sustainable design for apparel.
Soudi Masouleh, Design Editor
Meet Lucie Pendered-Mazer
Written by Lucie Pendered-Mazer
It has been made clear to many of us, that in these unique times, the way we go about conducting life has to change.
Whilst we are locked up in our homes, planet earth can breathe again, and the evidence to support this is unquestionably clear. However it is all too easy to think you can leave the job of enforcing change to someone else. All too easy to sit back and think that recycling your cans is enough or even the right thing to do, but it’s time we change the narrative. The current structure we live in, is planned obsolescence, we are on a path to self destruction. So it’s time for us to step up, and redesign the system.
I specialise in Women’s Sportswear and Circular Design Thinking. Having studied Performance Sportswear Design, and gone on to work within our immensely destructive industry, I find it impossible to do nothing about it. Having grown up in the French Alps and now living here permanently, I have seen first hand the effects of climate change throughout my life. This magnificent landscape is my biggest source of inspiration, yet it is rapidly transforming in ways I cannot fix alone.
I have always chosen to live close to nature. There is so much to be learnt from it. Living in such a remote area as I do, leaves a lot of time for observation and thought, this is what has been my biggest driver in educating myself about the Circular Economy. The rush of modern life often does not allow us time to even think. I am hopeful that after the pandemic, we will have been able to reflect and see the world with new perspectives.
I am currently taking part in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation from Linear to Circular Programme, where I am connecting with like minded people, to discuss global topics and collaborate on strategies and methods that we hope will accelerate the transition to a Circular Economy, but what does that really mean? We currently live in a Linear Economy. Take. Make. Dispose. This isn’t sustainable, and we won’t last long on this trajectory.
A Circular Economy is a concept based on an economic system that aims to eliminate waste through keeping materials and products in use, and restoring and regenerating our natural systems. This may sound alien to some of you, and no it doesn’t mean going back to living out of mud huts, but it does require us to be mindful of our place in the natural world and understand the effects of everything we do as a modern society, so that we can learn to use our tools in a different way. It is such an exciting time to be a designer, as we have new challenges to face every day, but what is vital to understand is the role we play within our industry. “ Design as the first signal of human intention” Bill McDonough.
“ Design as the first signal of human intention”Bill McDonough
Important decisions are made during the design stage, decisions that will go on to affect the entire process. As insignificant as they might be at the time, you may never know what far-reaching impact your choices will have. So be fully conscious of what you are doing when you are designing, and think ahead to what sort of consequences may arise once the design leaves your hands, and question everything.
Is recycling a necessary part of our journey towards a Circular Economy, or is it just keeping us busy?
Is recycling a necessary part of our journey towards a Circular Economy, or is it just keeping us busy? Are we just curing the symptoms? Are we fundamentally wrong? Currently there is no perfect solution to all our predicaments but if enough of us come together in adopting a Circular Economy mindset, we can make the transition we need to sustain ourselves here on earth.
The Circular Economy is available to everyone. Whether you want to educate yourself or adopt it throughout a company, resources are free and easy to access online.
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