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1. What is Zero Waste Pattern Making

Zero waste pattern making is a design process that minimizes the wastage of materials or fabric. The term can be adopted in day-to-day way of life and in various industries other than fashion. In the fashion industry, the pattern-making process reduces fabric wastage.

Just like the circular economy theory, zero waste involves reuse to ensure no material is discarded. A circular economy can transform industries that use so many resources such as fashion and how businesses operate.

2. Zero Waste Pattern Making Is An Art

Garment and apparel companies worldwide contribute a lot of waste material that goes to the landfill. Zero waste design is a sustainable universal approach used by patternmakers and designers to make functional and attractive clothes without causing so much waste.

It is an alteration of traditional pattern making processes of clothes such as Kimonos, and uses advanced pattern-making techniques such as pattern cutting, draping and knitting. 


3. Benefits Of Zero Waste Pattern Making

Waste is one major cause of global warming. The largest artificial source of methane gas in the US is solid waste landfills. Unlike carbon dioxide, a common greenhouse gas, methane is 23 times more powerful and effective in trapping atmospheric heat.

Zero waste pattern making is a way of addressing global warming by reducing waste, its major root cause. It promotes environmental protection and economic and social well-being. Moreover, zero waste reduces land, air and water pollution that occurs through toxic particles.

The strategy on reducing waste leads to the use of fewer materials, faster progress due to enhanced production processes and reduction of costs that helps save money. It’s also a way to encourage manufacturers and suppliers worldwide to adopt efficient and sustainable processes.

4. Effects Of Global Warming

Global warming causes climate change in various areas across the globe. For instance, cold, snowy and rainy areas get drier and hotter, hence affecting wildlife and vegetation. It causes rivers and lakes to dry up, hence impacting animals, habitation and local communities in the nearby areas due to reduced income and food sources.

It can also cause droughts, leading to shortage of food globally. High temperatures can also cause animal and plant extinction due to high heat waves. Water evaporation and changes in heat levels can cause tornadoes and hurricanes, among other types of natural disasters.

Cleaning and drinking water would become scarce. Mass flooding and reduced land available worldwide can also result from global warming. 


5. Shocking Facts On Zero Pattern Making

The fashion industry greatly impacts the environment as it is ranked 2nd as the most polluting industry worldwide. It also affects the millions of people working in the industry. With critical environmental change impacting life on earth, there’s need to put in place measures such as zero waste pattern making to protect the environment.

        Half of the world’s population, according to the United Nations, won’t have access to clean water by 2030 if the techniques used in the fashion industry aren’t changed for safer tactics.

        The United Kingdom’s fastest growing stream of waste over the last decade has been the clothing industry.

        Britons clean their wardrobes in spring every year. In 2017, they got rid of at least 680 million pieces of clothing, with at least 235 million pieces that ended up in the landfill. Each household got rid of at least 19 clothes, with at least 7 that ended up in the bin.

        Every year, Americans throw away textiles weighing 13 million tones, making up about 85% of their clothes and accounting for at least 9% of non-recycled waste.

Contact  Los Angeles Pattern Makers to find out more about their zero waste pattern making and processes in Los Angeles.

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  1. Jasmin N
    February 28, 2018 / 10:48 pm

    Sounds amazing! Making better choices for the environment is crucial at the moment 🙂 thank you for sharing!

  2. March 1, 2018 / 1:49 pm

    That’s fantastic news, every little thing goes a long way! It’s scary how much waste comes from UK alone.

  3. March 1, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    Making better choices for the environment is so important at the moment. Great news!

  4. March 1, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    This is so interesting. I have never heard of this before. Do you have samples of art used by zero waste patterns? I am def going to look this up! Thank you for sharing.

  5. March 2, 2018 / 8:02 am

    This is incredibly insightful! We’ve tried to focus on wasting less in the home, but rarely think about manufacturers! Especially fashion ones. Thanks for this post!

  6. March 2, 2018 / 10:29 am

    I’ve been worried about throwing away clothes for a while it seems like a waste I recently started to look at things from a donate and save pov , that way I’m not contributing as much to the UKs waste

  7. March 2, 2018 / 11:10 am

    sounds to me like a closed-loop-fashion approach? is that what zero waste pattern making ends up being?

  8. March 3, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    Thank you for such an informative post! I’ve never heard of zero waste pattern making but this is so interesting.

  9. Zana
    March 5, 2018 / 11:54 am

    I have never heard of this but this sounds very intersting! Thanks for sharing this informational post Helene!

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