The goals for sustainable development set by the United Nations for the next few years can be a great starting point for finding the problems that will help you solve.
Collaborative work between designers and artisans from traditional communities: a debate on the appropriation of intangible heritage from the 2003 Unesco Convention
Slow Innovation Brands argues that for fashion to be truly sustainable the production plan and eco-marketing must go beyond the environmental pillar with the choice of greener fibers. Also, the protection of intangible heritage and the recognition of the work of creation of artisans is essential for fashion to be sustainable also in the social pillar!
To help you find the tools for this circularity we have prepared a guide with contacts of suppliers of these materials located in the United States and Europe. These contacts are part of the database of our Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program in Sustainable Fashion.
Mônica Gonçalves, Casa Grigi, and In.filo are part of our community of sustainable makers and are partners in the incubation and mentoring program in fashion and sustainable design of Slow Innovation Brands. Mônica has been working on the development of new sustainable materials such as cork yarn and banana leather.
We intend to use a residue of the banana production, its pseudostem, as a substitute of the card, due to the high structural similarity between both materials. Banana Box is, therefore, the name of this concept: the "box" that contains all the possible applications of concretizing with the banana tree’s pseudostem.