In today's world, waste is increasing more than it ever has and it will constantly grow unless we do something about it. I wanted to focus on textile waste as it a big contributor to toxin growth in water. By using recyclable and biodegradable resources we will be able to create a more efficient and environment-friendly waste process.
What it does
There will be three main steps to making eco-friendly products using the provided fabrics. The algorithm will begin by reading the order and identifying which category the product belongs to(clothing, home decor, or accessories). Next, a machine learning device will collect the required materials and tools to build the product, choosing the fabrics that are best to create the good. Lastly, these machine-picked materials will be processed to complete the product. An example is also provided in the second graphic!
How we built it
This project was built using Canva, an amazing graphic design platform. I created two flyers, the first one to illustrate various products that could be made from plant-based fibers, and the second to demonstrate the process of making those goods. I also implemented pictures and information from reliable sources on the internet.
As for the actual process, machine algorithms will be implemented which will have the ability to detect and classify the orders. They will also study and use data analytics to come up with patterns overtime for the best seller products and recommendations for the public. For production purposes, there can be automatic machines and robots that will be capable of mass-producing orders to meet demands. We will also potentially bring people from different regions that have been using plant-based fabrics in creating local products. We will be able to enhance our products by implementing their expertise and knowledge while also give them some source of income. Doing so could also increase awareness about their special talents and experience!
Challenges we ran into
While thinking about my project it took me some time to figure out which waste category I would focus on and a unique idea that I could incorporate. Also, it took me some time to research as I had to ensure that I was implementing reliable information that correlated with my project.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
This project gave me a chance to enhance my visualization skills as I tried to create easy-to-understand flowcharts. This was also a great opportunity to put my researching knowledge for real-world problems and effective solutions to use!
What we learned
In the beginning, I was not really sure of what I was going to do but as I started to get my project together I began to get a clear idea. This project was really fun and gave me self-satisfaction as I was able to think of a solution to a real-world issue and know more about it in depth.
Research on Plant-Based Fabrics
My plan is to use a smart algorithm that creates daily products using plant-based fabrics. There are four basic materials that will be used. The first one is Organic Cotton which is produced without toxins, synthetic fertilizers, chemical bleaches, or dyes which is why it costs less and is environment friendly. Additionally, it has a soft texture, zero color fading properties(the color will deepen the more you wash it), and is allergy-free for those of you with chemical sensitivities. Next is Linen which is greatly used during summers because of its well-known circulation process (helps keep one cool) and natural color dying process. Compared to cotton it becomes softer and stronger the more it’s used and it has great absorption properties. It is processed with very few pesticides causing it to be allergy-free, recyclable, and biodegradable. The third fabric is an interesting one, Seaweed or also know as SeaCell in which brown algae is added to enhance the texture of the fiber. Brown algae itself has several skin benefits such as: activating cell regeneration, re-mineralizing skin, limiting inflammation, soothing itchiness, and detoxifying the body. The porous structure of this material helps control humidity intake and release, as well as, keeping one cool in the summers and warm in the winters. Last but not least is the most popular fabric, the Wood Pulp, which is naturally wrinkle-free, soft, and a great silk substitute. It is widely used as it is able to mimic the qualities of suede, leather, moleskin, or wool by washing, dying, and weaving it in such a manner. Wood pulp is also biodegradable, recyclable, and requires less water compared to other fabrics. Some other common consumer fabrics include Jute which is generally used for produce bags and Coconut Husks for rugs, chairs, and sculptures. More information about the fabric materials can be found on the first flyer!
What's next for Smart Fashion
The next step would be creating eco-friendly packaging for these products. For instance, after the product is created the machine will decide which kind of packaging would be suitable for the product. A few eco-friendly packaging could be inflatable air pillows, biodegradable packing peanuts, and mushroom packaging. The cushioning for products should be something that is biodegradable, for instance, the packing peanuts(made from wheat & cornstarch) can be simply dissolved using water after use.