TED's 10 - Design to Minimise Waste
The first rule of TED is to design to minimise waste. 10,000 items go into landfill every 5 minutes in the UK alone. Designers should be responsible for the whole life cycle of their products, from initial design states to disposal.
Kay Politowicz has created the idea of 'Short-Life' clothing. Essentially, they are articles of clothing that degrade after one wear. The clothing has no need to be laundered, which saves huge amounts of energy. The fibres used are stronger than paper, so it is more durable to wear. The idea of these 'paper' garments correspond harmoniously with the 'throw away' of todays fashion culture.
TFRC Research. 2013. Short Life. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.tfrc.org.uk/research/short-life/. [Accessed 23 October 13].