Jeans Manufacturing Eco Friendly Using Tree Pulp
Dawn Ellams, a student at Heriot-Watts School of Textiles in Galashiels, Scottish Borders, with her jeans made from wood fibre. See Centre Press story. It sounds like a job for Twiggy — modelling a pair of jeans made from WOOD. Scots fashion student Dawn Ellams branched out from traditional design to create the trousers which would be perfect for a stick-thin model. Dawn, 29, uses pulp from eucalyptus trees to create a material which is then spun into yarn to make the crazy clothes. She said: “They don’t give you splinters and they’re just as soft as any other pair of trousers.” Dawn, a PhD student at Heriot-Watt’s School of Textiles in Galashiels, Scottish Borders, came up with the idea during her research into sustainable fashion.
No-Denim Jeans textiles research project, Heriot-Watt University (Galashiels), 22/01/2013: Dawn Ellams’ ‘no-denim jeans’ concept, modelled by Amber Lorimer (correct), a first year student at Heriot-Watt’s fashion, marketing and retail textiles course. Photography for Heriot Watt University from: Colin Hattersley Photography – email@example.com
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No-Denim Jeans textiles research project, Heriot-Watt University (Galashiels), 22/01/2013: Dawn Ellams (correct), textiles designer and creator of the ‘no-denim jeans’ concept, pictured at a textile ink-jet printer as it prints her denim pattern. Photography for Heriot Watt University from: Colin Hattersley Photography – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dawn Ellams, a PhD researcher from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, has developed Tencel, a denim fabric made from the pulp of eucalyptus trees.
The textile industry has a sizable carbon footprint, especially considering the constant turnover of new fashion styles and trends. Environmentally conscious textile manufacturers like Vapor Apparel recycle landfill plastic into ECO Spin fabric. Dawn Ellams, a Heriot-Watt University researcher, at the School of Textile & Design has developed denim fabric made from the pulp of eucalyptus trees.
According to her, traditional methods for making cotton denim requires about 42 liters of water and toxic chemicals. Her research has produced a technique for turning wood chip tencel fiber into denim fabric using one-fifth the resources and a digital printing process that applies color and stonewashed effects.
Currently, wood pulp fabric production is expensive and Ellams hopes to streamline the process to make it cost effective for manufacturers.
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