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Ford Design Challenge Inspires the Sustainable Designers of the Future

For the second year in a row, Ford is teaming up with Redress – an NGO dedicated to promoting sustainability in the fashion industry – to host the Redress Forum 2016: Ford Design Challenge. On January 15, 10 emerging designers from across Asia and Europe will be asked to create a high-fashion outfit using Ford’s sustainable seat fabrics.

These fabrics are made by recycling plastic bottles. A special fiber is created which is used in the fabric’s weave. Plastic bottles are just one of the many recycled materials used inside Ford vehicles.

Before the event, Ford caught up with some of the designers taking part in the challenge to ask three short questions about what sustainability means to them.

Wen Pan, China

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  1. Why do you care about sustainability?
    I have always felt that there must be a way to balance one’s needs with the burden we place on our earth. I want to keep exploring this balance through sustainable design – a field that I am passionate about, and that sparks deeper reflection through my work.
  2. When did you develop your passion for sustainable design?
    I was seeing a huge amount of low-quality, fast-fashion products available in the shops, and it sparked my interest in trying to make the industry slow down through my work.
  3. The Ford Design Challenge is just around the corner. During the event you’ll be using Ford seat fabrics, which are made from recycled plastic bottles. What were your first thoughts when you heard that Ford uses these types of materials in its cars?
    I like the idea of bringing environmentally friendly materials into everyday life. It also provides a good example for other industries who are working to reduce waste.

 

Esther Lui, Hong Kong

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    1. Why do you care about sustainability?
      As a designer – witnessing our earth’s resources diminishing and the increasing amount of textile waste discarded day-by-day – I’ve become very motivated to utilize every piece of textile waste in my creations. It gives me a great sense of satisfaction to give new life to previously discarded textiles.
    2. What do you do personally in order to live sustainably?
      I collect a lot of clothes from my friends who continuously buy new every season and donate them. I believe that every small act can contribute to making our society and our world more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
    3. The Ford Design Challenge is just around the corner. During the event you’ll be using Ford seat fabrics, which are made from recycled plastic bottles. What were your first thoughts when you heard that Ford uses these types of materials in its cars?
    4. I think that it is a very good idea. We are wasting millions of plastic bottles every day. By collecting and recycling for their seat fabrics, Ford is not only helping to decrease CO2 emissions, but they are also encouraging other companies to care about making their production more sustainable.

 

Belle Benyasarn, Thailand

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  1. Why do you care about sustainability?
    As a designer, I believe it is my responsibility to understand the long-term effects of the products I make. We typically learn so much about designing and making, but we rarely think about the impacts of our production and about what happens after we have sold our designs. I want to be part of the new generation of designers who raise standards in the fashion industry.
  1. When did you develop your passion for sustainable fashion design?
    I first became interested in sustainable design when I was pursuing my architecture degree. Since then, my interest in this area has grown and developed. I try to apply it in other fields of design, including textiles and fashion. For example, I put a lot of thought into sourcing interesting materials that are sustainable.
  1. Finish this sentence: Sustainable design is ________________________.
    Sustainable design is a lean and creative solution for producers, consumers and our community.