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Materials Matter

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01/15/16 EST - 05/23/16 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
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05/23/16 EDT - 06/10/16 EDT
Proposal revisions
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06/10/16 EDT - 06/19/16 EDT
Finalist selection
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06/19/16 EDT - 07/05/16 EDT
Voting Period
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07/05/16 EDT - 07/31/16 EDT
Completed
Winners present to potential implementers

08/01/16 EDT
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Fabrics and textiles impact our climate -- a lot. How can we spark a materials revolution by rethinking how we value and use them?

The materials we use to clothe ourselves and cover our things have a profound impact on the climate.  They are all around us – in the furniture we sit on, the cars we drive and the clothes we wear. The fact is, materials matter.  According to research compiled by MIT Materials System Lab, approximately 25 billion kilograms of cotton was produced worldwide in 2013, resulting in the same annual GHG emissions as 51.3 million passenger vehicles.  Enough leather is produced annually to cover the state of Maryland (double the size of the greater London area). Polyester production for use in textiles this year alone is estimated to generate as much greenhouse gas emissions as the annual emissions of 185 coal fired power plants. That’s a material issue. 

Developing new material compositions and reducing the impact of fabric production is necessary, but not sufficient to reduce the climate impact of industries that rely on fabrics. Before we can advance and scale innovation in materials, we need to build an understanding of the challenges and opportunities that exist. We need to redefine society's relationship with fabrics and textiles. This contest seeks novel and well thought-out ideas on how to engage industries, designers, product creators and the public in valuing, demanding and adopting lower impact materials. See our launch video here

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BoroDanny and Friends

6/19/16 team only
A Sustainable Label System for Conscious Consuming

MAKERS Eco-Tag: educating consumers of the impact of their clothing selectionszlock19

6/19/16 team only
Redesign apparel tag to inform consumers of choices they have to minimize environmental impacts of their clothing and footwear selections.

Impact Fashion Coalition: Campaign & ConcertImpactFashion

6/19/16 team only
Impact Fashion Week (IFW) encourages students to set a new paradigm for interdisciplinary design, equity, and climate solutions.

Maximum Extraction; When the End-of-Life is Just the Beginningengr309

6/19/16 team only
We love our apparel, but when the time comes and our love has faded, let’s not forget that there is remaining value in these items.

Closed loop 'circular economics' - for fabrics and all productsclimaterescue

6/19/16 team only
Linear (waste-making) economics is the global norm. If we're serious about change in any sector, we must change the economics.

Recipes for Materials Revolutionmaterialactivism

6/19/16 team only
Visual recipes of low impact materials for sustainable production and use

Industry-backed voluntary sustainability pricing schemeSTAC

6/19/16 team only
Establish an independent industry-backed authority that acts as the governing body of a voluntary sustainability pricing framework.

The Infinity Collection for Apparel IndustryMiKaSu

6/19/16 team only
Our proposal will offer a revolutionary garment collection and app service as a plug-in on the already popular App such as NIKE plus running

Circular Textiles Close the LoopREvolve

6/17/16 team only
Our model for closed loop textiles reduces the impact of the apparel industry and brings new opportunities to emerging markets

Empowering designers roles in using better sustainable material optionsTeam Wonder

6/15/16 team only
Sourceseed is a curated alternative material option platform that allows designers to co-buy fabrics with eachother at an affordable price.