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Arts, fashion and zero waste

Art, fashion and zero waste

The world of art and fashion maintains a very exciting dialogue with the world of waste. Artists, eco-designers and crafts professionals have found a source of inspiration in waste materials, posing exciting challenges to their creativity, and even the conceptual pillars of building a new vision for art, fashion and sustainable development.

Similarly, redesign and a lot of creativity are the key factors in our path to zero waste. This is not only to redesign all those particularly problematic, toxic, non-recyclable/non-reusable items, but also to redesign our economy so that we can reduce the size of the trash can, reuse as much as possible and recycle the remaining Things. R, which redesigns waste from the system, is indeed considered the most important in the zero-waste world.

Katell Gelebart is an example of this wave of artists treating waste as treasure. As a French independent, Keitel is an eco-designer who uses art and fashion to raise awareness of waste.

"My creation was born in different cultural environments around the world. Any existing waste and unnecessary materials can be used as a social trigger to stimulate and increase the community's awareness of their social and environmental choices in the community." Keitel said.

Keitel founded her studio, store and brand Art d’Eco & Design in Amsterdam in 1998, a pioneering initiative in the field of ecological design. She is passionate about waste utilization and giving any material a new life cycle. She is a pioneer in developing and designing products using unwanted and waste materials: stationery, fashion accessories, women's clothing, toys and household goods. In 2012, Gelebart was awarded the Kairos Award for her special contribution to European culture, rewarding her for "re-examining the creative vision of existing things."

In addition to her redesign work in the Amsterdam base, Keitel also shared her current knowledge in upgrading recycling, recycling and eco-design in lectures and lectures at various fashion schools and design schools, as well as elementary and high schools. In short, her philosophy and vision around creativity and sustainability is introducing many different audiences into what she calls a new era and new thinking.

For creative people, one of the most exciting experiences may be her eco-design workshop, where participants will experience "hands-on" time. Participants collect waste and raw materials in the local environment by themselves, and learn to use process technology and low-tech means to transform them. Essentially, the seminar guides participants to explore the potential of any material, to make it a second life, and to transform it into another design project with minimal intervention.

Gelebart's current focus is on the corporate responsibility of large fashion companies. "According to Hasmik Matevosyan in her book "Fashion Paradigm Shift", the production of clothing lines wastes up to 30% of textile materials, which will never be retailed," Keitel said. "In my opinion, this is like wasting a lot of raw materials, and these raw materials have been processed in vain."

Gelebart is working hard to engage in dialogue on this issue and support organizations and companies to rethink their production systems to achieve zero waste. In other words, many leftover waste items are waiting for Karell's hands and transformed into beautiful and useful solutions. Redesign, art, and creativity may indeed be one of the most exciting responses to our wasteful and discarded society. For us and future generations, it is nothing more than a lot of fun and truly sustainable changes.

Karell Gelebart's upcoming book Trash is Treasure: Eco Design and Conscious Life will be published soon.

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