I developed a “Latewoo” fabric that is made out of latex, wood shavings and wool waste discarded by students in the Industrial Design, Fashion Design and Furniture Design departments. All the natural components are both environmentally friendly and recyclable. To turn wood and wool waste into a lightweight and moldable material material/fabric, I mixed all the components using specific formula. Wood is used as the reinforcement, natural latex as the binder. As a result I got a simple and affordable to produce material that could be commercially very successful. Different types of wood shavings an colors of wool add multitude variations of textures and shades.
Through the exploration into the wool and wood value chain a high volumes of post-consumer waste were identified as a space for potential innovation. Wool clothes are often discarded when their potential lifetime is over. I would like to look at the possibility of extending a life cycle of discarded clothes and highlight its value. Latewoo creatively reuse clothes and significantly contribute to the reducing of the environmental impacts of clothing.
“ It is essential that strategies are developed with sympathy to the existing values and lifestyles of the people they wish to engage. If not, they are likely to be rejected or ignored. It is a matter of developing tangible solutions that appeal to people’s current attitudes, values and fit within or naturally extend from their existing lifestyles.” Catherine Pears, 2006