Can “design thinking” imbue a wide spectrum of solutions to help clean up pollution problems? Conscious designers in the fashion world are connecting the dots between design, the environment and our health.
According to an article in the Ecologist, the London College of Fashion unveiled a dress that can purify polluted air through a chemical reaction on the surface of the fabric. Considered to be “ethical fashion,” the concept of using textiles to absorb pollution and clean the air you breathe seems to be attracting much interest – Eco-detergent brand Ecover is involved in the project.
Ethical fashion, widely defined as clothes with a reduced environmental impact, has now gone a step further in introducing fabric that, it is claimed, actually reverses the environmental impact of air pollution. ~ Ecologist
The dress was created by Catalytic Clothing. They claim the dress can reverse the environmental impact of air pollution.
“Exposure to airborne pollutants presents a risk to human health and also has a detrimental effect on ecosystems and vegetation…The widespread introduction of Catalytic Clothing would dramatically reduce the level of airborne pollutants, thereby improving the quality of life for all members of society.” ~ Catalytic Clothing
Check out this video featuring a model wearing an air purifying dress – background track by Radiohead.
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Credit: Catalytic Clothing