Here at Empire of Bees we like to encourage a technique called Zero-Waste design.  As the name suggests, this technique considers how every piece of fabric is used so as to eliminate waste, which ultimately also contributes to reducing landfill.  This technique begins from the very first moment our Empire of Bees designers start designing our exclusive range of bags, wallets and purses, and continues throughout the entire manufacturing process - using smaller leather off-cuts for price tag strings, pull-strings on our storage bags, leather zipper pulls and tassels.  Larger off-cuts are used to make other products such as small card pouches and pocket flaps. Fabric off-cuts also used for pull strings on storage bags but we rarely have salvageable fabric off-cuts as our workers are masters of making use of every bit! :)

Globally, designers are being encouraged to practice Zero-Waste design throughout the creative process, taking their inspiration from kimono craftsmen and women in Japan and sari designers in India.  Working with such valuable fabrics, these master-craftsmen and women are careful not to waste any part of these precious resources. This is not only sensible business practice, but is also environmentally ethical.

Such careful planning and consideration helps to eliminate textile waste going to landfill, (increasing environmental degradation) assisting to create a more sustainable fashion future.The flow on effect of Zero-Waste design will be that the fashion industry will be a world leader in sustainable practices, rather than being one of the world’s largest contributors to global warming.

Future designers are taught to think global, to consider the consequences of poor practice and to be innovative when sourcing fabrics and developing work place practices.The future of mass-produced garments must focus on sustainable fabrics and on reducing waste.Send a message to fashion houses by only supporting those who use sustainable practices, such as Empire of Bees.

Read the labels. Buy ethically. Encourage sustainability.

Read more at;

http://www.ecochicdesignaward.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/3/files/2013/07/LEARN_Zero-waste_ENG.pdf

http://www.mysomapatterns.com/why-zero-waste-fashion.html