Circular Laser Line T-Shirt

How can the fashion of the future be designed to better meet the growing challenge of environmentally harmful fashion and textile production?

Following up on this question, we constantly encounter new, innovative products and business concepts on the subject of sustainability and circularity in fashion, which we would like to present as our “Beneficial Discoveries” series. Following our exhibition “How to make fashion of the future environmentally sound” in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment at the beginning of 2020, we are now also showcasing successful clothing examples in a digital form. The fashion designers, brands and products we have selected show how quality, innovation and beauty can lead to more environmentally friendly as well as aesthetically and culturally rich fashion. They provide first possible answers and approaches for the future.

The „Laser Line Mono T-Shirt“ is a fast-forward and circular prototype developed by the Centre for Circular Design, an academic research initiative at the University of Arts London, co-directed by Kate Goldsworthy and Rebecca Early. The project explores how new digital processes can enable circular and responsive manufacturing in the fashion and textile industry.

„The material in this concept has been enhanced through a laser welding finishing process developed by Kate Goldsworthy. Made from commercially available 100% recycled polyester (RPET), the surface material is nonwoven in construction. No additional materials are added during the finishing and construction stages thus preserving recyclability at end of life.

This prototype was designed for a use-phase comparable to a standard fashion top and then returned for full recovery through chemical recycling. The durability of the nonwoven material, as well as the aesthetic quality, is improved through several finishing techniques, which can be digitally engineered and customised for local production close to market. The garment is constructed using ultrasonic seaming technology with flat-bed construction and recyclability is retained through mono-materiality.

There is potential for this fast-forward and circular concept to be scaled up for a mass-market in an industrial context. Local networks of manufacturers will be essential for this vision, from large scale mass-manufacturing plants through to smaller entrepreneurial start- ups. Extended technical understanding within an existing manufacturing landscape presents opportunities for future development of local, fast and circular material and fashion systems.“

Centre for Circular Design, London

Photo & Illustration: Centre for Circular Design