Segments in this Video

Introduction to Eco-Design (01:05)


The rise of the green consumer has put pressure on retailers to reduce the environmental impact of their products. ADD

Eco-Design: Choosing Raw Materials (02:43)

Finisterre, an eco-brand, designs and manufactures clothes that reflect concern for the environment. Finisterre's design director Tom Podkolinski is on the continual lookout for new materials that have ever-lower environmental impact.

Eco-Friendly Wool (02:28)

Wool is an eco-friendly performance material and an alternative to man-made fibers. Finisterre uses a very fine grade of wool for its clothing products, wool that had only been available in New Zealand and Australia. A type of sheep in the UK can now source Finisterre's high-grade wool.

Cotton Fibers (01:03)

Finisterre only buys organic cotton and rejects cotton from farmers who use pesticides or genetically modified cotton seed.

Search for Eco-Friendly Materials (03:35)

Viewers see how knitted fabric is woven. In this factory there is a continual process of looking for ways to reduce environment impact. When Finisterre's Tom Podkolinski finds materials he likes, he seeks to get them in an environmentally-friendly form.

Recycled Materials and Evaluation Criteria (04:36)

For maximum warmth and minimum weight, Finisterre uses recycled material from Japan. Evaluation criteria include natural, man-made, recycled oil, pesticides, irrigation, organic, transportation, anti-microbial, waterproofing, brushing, biodegradability, and other properties.

Eco-Design: Dyeing and Finishing (04:51)

Nearly every piece of fabric in the marketplace has been dyed and finished. Eco-designers reduce environmental impacts of their garments by considering waste management, chemicals, and dyes. Viewers visit an eco-friendly textile factory in Portugal.

Reduction of Environmental Impact (02:23)

By using factories that have to stick to strict environmental standards, avoiding harmful dyes, and sourcing alternative finishes, Finisterre reduces environmental impact of their product manufacturing.

Eco-Design: Life-Cycle Design (01:47)

Eco-design reduces the amount of textile going to landfills by selecting better quality materials, improving designs, rigorous testing, and repair-ability. The world of fashion has a different philosophy than the world of eco-design.

Fabric Testing (02:26)

Fabric chosen for a particular design must be tested to make sure it meets strict performance standards. Viewers observe durability and color fastness tests. Eco-designers look for fabric that can be washed in lower temperatures.

Design Improvement (01:54)

Rather than continuing to design new products, eco-designers work to improve existing designs. Consumers provide suggestions that designers take into account when making improvements. Designers study the improved prototype.

Real-Life Testing of Eco-Designs (02:08)

Real-life testing of garments measures their durability, function, comfort, and more. In this segment, men wear gear for boating and surfing. Eco-design can extend a garment's lifetime by making it repairable.

Credits: Eco-Design: Ethical Textiles (00:27)

Credits: Eco-Design: Ethical Textiles

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Eco-Design: Ethical Textiles

Part of the Series : Ethical Textiles: Sustainability and Fair Trade
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The Western world still struggles for long-term solutions regarding carbon emissions, energy consumption, and waste disposal. A number of industries, including textile manufacturing, are at the heart of this dilemma. But Finisterre, an outdoor clothing maker, has fearlessly taken on the issue by creating an eco-friendly surf-wear brand. This program follows the workflow of the company from its headquarters in Cornwall, Great Britain, to fabric suppliers in Japan and manufacturers in Portugal. Viewers are shown how Finisterre reduces its ethical and environmental impact as it rigorously evaluates the use of energy and materials—not only in isolated locations, but throughout the design, manufacture, transportation, and use of its products. A part of the series Ethical Textiles: Sustainability and Fair Trade. (32 minutes)

Length: 32 minutes

Item#: BVL48264

ISBN: 978-1-62102-672-3

Copyright date: ©2011

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