What if can we rethink the way we design shoes so we produce no waste and reuse them in a circular way?
Every year, approximately 21 billion pair of shoes are produced worldwide. 95% arrives after use on the landfill. For Europe only, this means 1,2 million ton a year. This high volume combined with the use of toxic components found in footwear has a tremendous impact on the natural environment and human future. ‘Rethinking High Fashion Shoes’ explores the best options for a designer to create a circular, zero waste, high fashion shoe collection. The role of the designer is of crucial importance in making the eminent match between new technology, low impact materials, service design and LCA. While finding solutions, this research uses a circular model like Cradle to Cradle as the main reference. In order for sustainable shoe design not to go into waste, system thinking is the key.
Je suis Alice.
Alice is a modular shoe design in combination with additive manufacturing. Alice offers several opportunities for good and sustainable design. (made to measure, reusing materials, recycling, repairing broken parts, local production.)
Designed by Kristel Peters
Kristel Peters is our shoe designer with more then 15 years experience in the international Fashion Industry (fe. Dries Van Noten and Bottega Veneta). Currently, she is working on this project at KASK, University College Ghent (BE), exploring sustainable shoe-design. She is particularly interested and in search for sustainable ways of shoe making and new materials with low / no impact. Her work is a combination of craftmanship and state-of-the-art technology. Bekijk hier de reportage die VRT maakte over haar werk.
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