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Jul 2017

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

T2C present at matcomp 2017

Trash 2 Cash research innovations by partners Cidetec were presented at the MATCOMP 2017 congress in San Sebastian, Spain (21-23 June)

Jun 2017

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

T2C at Autex International 2017

At the end of May T2C researcher Professor Rebecca Earley attended the Autex International Textiles conference 2017, themed 'Shaping the Future of Textiles'. The venue was in sunny Corfu, where 412 delegates met over three days to see 309 papers and 118 posters.

May 2017

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

T2C at Milan Design Fair

Between 4-9 April 2017 Material Connexion Italia (MCI) presented the work of Trash-2-Cash at the Milan Design Fair.

This year’s “Materials Village” focused on the theme “New Materials for a Smart City” [with the patronage of the Municipality of Milan] and featured a dedicated booth for T2C including the first material samples to emerge from the project. 

Apr 2017

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

Upcycling fast fashion to reduce waste and pollution

T2C partners Aalto Chem presented their research earlier this month at a meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). You can see the full press conference with Simone Haslinger and Dr Michael Hummel on YouTube, or read on for the ACS account of the event. 

Apr 2017

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

Chemically recycled garment prototype presented in Stockholm

3-4 April 2017, Stockholm

Last year a team from Finland (including T2C partners Aalto University and VTT, alongside University of Helsinki) won the Global Change Award (GCA), an annual innovation challenge organised by the H&M foundation*.

Mar 2017

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

Meet Gustav

In the latest T2C podcast, researcher Gustav Sandin explains how the Lifecycle Assessment tool can be used to determine the impact of everyday products like jeans or hospital gowns, services like clothing libraries, or processes like the washing of clothes.

It’s about understanding the entire context of the product or service, not just the materials they’re made from. Gustav’s work identifies where the hot spots are, and how these might be managed out to make a real and measurable difference.

Mar 2017

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

Dynamic Duos

Exploring Design-Science Material Innovation Partnerships

Materials research has developed rapidly in recent years, in both the scientific field and through design exploration. Design-science collaborations are emerging which create new directions and conversations in materials development. Outlooks and mindsets are changing through these collaborations to challenge traditional approaches and established disciplinary boundaries. 

The aim of this one-day seminar was to explore new ways of thinking by inviting existing design and science collaborators to present their work together, from their own unique perspectives. 

Dynamic Duos was curated within the context of the Trash-2-Cash (T2C) project which aims to apply a ‘design-driven’ approach to the development of new, regenerated textile fibres. 

Mar 2017

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

Circular Transitions

In November 2016, over 100 designers, researchers and scientists gathered at the Tate Britain in London to brainstorm the fashion industry's approach to the Circular Economy revolution. We've created a Storify, in the words of those who were there (through the lens of the Trash-2-Cash project).

Go to Storify to read.   

Jan 2017

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

Meet Michael

Cellulose Spaghetti’ is the latest Trash-2-Cash podcast, and the first to feature one of our science partners.

Dr Michael Hummel is part of the Aalto Chem team working on chemically dissolving waste to produce new, high quality textile fibres. The Ioncell-F process they’ve developed won last year’s Global Change Award, and Michael explains more about the process, and potential impact in the podcast.

Nov 2016

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

Meet Matilda

In our latest podcast, Prof Becky Earley catches up with Matilda Laitila - an R&D Project Manager at cool Finnish Children’s brand Reima. For more than 70 years Reima has been supplying cosy clothing encouraging people to play outdoors, no matter the weather.

Oct 2016

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

Trash-2-Cash research @ Circular Transitions conference 23 – 24 November

This autumn marks the introduction of the international Circular Transitions conference, focusing on textile design and the circular economy. The conference coincides with the 6th T2C workshop and provides a unique opportunity for the first findings to be presented to a design audience. 

The contribution from Trash-2-Cash researchers demonstrates the diverse range of topics being investigated around the idea of ‘developing circular materials’.

Sep 2016

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

Sticky and Stranded in Copenhagen: Reporting from Workshop 05

Copenhagen was strangely sultry for mid-September. Each morning as we walked/metro-ed/uber-ed our way to Copenhagen Business School the sun was warmly uplifting. But later it became uncomfortably sticky until the cool evenings swept in - this unseasonal weather pattern set the tone for our latest meeting... 

Sep 2016

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

Meet Tina

In our new podcast, Tina Mueller of Copenhagen Business School explains why the Intention-Behaviour gap is important in understanding consumer perceptions of recycled goods. To learn more about social marketing and sustainability research from the customer's perpective, go to iTunes or Soundcloud to listen. Don't forget to subscribe so you receive all new episodes automatically! 

Sep 2016

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

Discovering new Islands: preparations for Workshop 05, Copenhagen

Each Trash-2-Cash (T2C) project workshop brings new challenges for the methodology team. Planning the activities that will inform the design-science interactions is, in itself, an experiment in collaborative design process. We start by sharing ideas around key objectives for the workshop, identify challenges to address, and decide which methods or tools would be most appropriate to use... 

Aug 2016

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

Meet Julie

During the Milan workshop, Professor Becky Earley (UAL) sat down with Julie Hornix (VanBerlo) to talk social design, megatrends, and summer reading recommendations. You can download the podcast on iTunes or Soundcloud now! 

Aug 2016

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

We're podcasting!

Here at Trash-2-Cash, we love podcasts. We like funny ones, serious ones, and inspiring ones.

We like hearing people talk about their passions, and the opportunity to delve deeper than a blog post allows. So, we decided to start podcasting too...

Jun 2016

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

Materials! at WS04 Material ConneXion Italia

We’ve come back from WS04 in Milan with an overwhelming feeling that this can work...

May 2016

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

T2C weather report: Preparations for Workshop 04 in Milan

Workshop 04 (WS04) is almost upon us and Milan in May promises to be everything that Helsinki in March (WS03) was not: warm with a strong technical front moving in from the east...

Mar 2016

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

A day in the life of the Trash-2-Cash suitcase: reflections on WS03 Helsinki

Most suitcases are destined for a life of seclusion, at the back of wardrobes, on luggage stands in hotel rooms, in the bellies of buses and planes… the conveyer in baggage reclaim must be liberating by comparison.  

But not our suitcase; he has a very special vocation...

Mar 2016

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

Defining fibre concepts: preparations for Workshop 03 (WS03) in Helsinki

Workshop planning is an adaptive learning process, both in the period between workshops where the methodology team can apply lessons learnt from the previous workshop, and within the workshop itself; the design must be flexible and able to respond to the situation as it unfolds...

Feb 2016

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

Polyester Please

Super-luxurious, forever recyclable, durable and robust. Think we're talking about Polyester? Yes, we are...

Jan 2016

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

Meet Marjaana

Over the next few months we’ll introduce you to some of the people and organisations in the T2C consortium. Today we have a blog post from Marjaana Tanttu, a PhD student at Aalto University in Finland...

Jan 2016

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

Innovation of Meaning

Just before the Christmas break Aalto Arts hosted a workshop with the renowned Design Innovation Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Roberto Verganti.  The workshop looked at how ‘innovation of meaning’ is used by designers to create products that people really want, such as the Nintendo Wii or the iPhone, bringing huge commercial success...

Nov 2015

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

Preparing for Workshop 2

Emma Östmark, Christian Turbito and Becky Earley have been working hard behind the scenes over the last month, preparing for workshop two (WS2) of the Trash-2-Cash (T2C) project. The two-day workshop will be held at the prestigious Prato Textile Museum in Italy on 24 and 25 November, hosted by Enrico Cozzoni from Grado Zero. At the event we’re aiming to introduce design thinking techniques to inform and influence the science and technology work that follows...

Oct 2015

Project kick-off workshop – Stockholm

Kick-off meeting in Stockholm
22–23 September 2015

There are 18 partners involved in the Trash-2-Cash (T2C) project, so it’s important we gather periodically for workshops to take advantage of the vast knowledge of the group. SP in Stockholm hosted the very first workshop on 22 and 23 September, where we talked about all of our different roles and the importance of a coherent approach for the next three and a half years of T2C...