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Repair Patch System

General description

SOL is a service concept for users to easily repair outdoor apparel/gear with their own household iron.  A range of textile patches fused with heat activated membranes has been developed. Since they are applied with heat rather than glue a more permanent bond is formed and e.g waterproofing and strength can be retained. The shapes are derived to be applied in different areas of a garment where different levels of flexibility or strength is needed.

Material specification

Adhesive: TPU membranes
Textiles: Polyester, Polyamide, Polyurethane
Release Liner: Silicone coated paper

Company

S.O.L SWEDISH OUTDOOR LAB

Background

SOL started with the need of mending our own outdoor gear with something else then duct tejp. Today’s solutions and materials used in the manufacturing of outdoor apparel have left them almost impossible to repair for the consumer. After trying existing solutions SOL wanted to find a better one since the possible extended lifespan of a product is for SOL a crucial step in the right direction. So why hide a repair, it tells a story.

Sustainable benefits

Sustainable design methods.
Sustainable consumer behavior.
Efficient use of resources.
Reduction of waste.

Market readiness

Idea
Research
Prototype
Pilot Scale
Commercial

product in action
Shell-jacket 2L
Product in action
repearing
product in action


Re:Make

The fashion industry is facing problems with overproduction and leftover clothes. One way of addressing these problems is by being creative with clothes seen as “dead garments”, such as garment returns and samples from product development. Turning men’s styles into women’s styles, changing garment shapes, adding prints and details can bring new life to these garments – making them attractive to consumers again.

One way to make remake an attractive business opportunity for established fashion brands is through microfactories. A small-scale textile production line that include all the necessary steps, from sketch and cutting tables to sewing and even product photography.

The result could be a mini collection of remade garments, up to date and in line with the demands of today’s customers. Ready to be sold in the online store in less than a week.

All group objects:

Engraved Denim Trousers Another Studio x Gina Tricot Re:Set Re:Craft Re:Gina Repair Patch System

Knowledge Areas

All Exposé objects are tagged with one or several areas based on a textile value chain perspective.

PD

Product & Design

Each decision during product development affects sustainability and circularity. To develop products with lower environmental impact, the design team needs to be well aware of each component and process, and their individual and combined effect on the final product and its longevity.

One challenge is having comprehensive knowledge regarding sutainability when it comes to all of the components and processes that are a part of the production and lifetime of the garment. An additional challenge is implementing alternative design methods that do not require virgin components. Ongoing research inspires and shows methods to re-make existing products to have new functionalities and designs with an upgraded look.

With higher traceability when it comes to materials, components, and processes, there are increased possibilities for more conscious decisions. If communicated well, this gives the consumer a better basis for decisions.

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UC

Use & Consumption

Sustainable consumption may seem contradictive and far-fetched. However, in the space between these words, opportunities for new behaviors, policy instruments, and business models open up, allowing for more conscious consumption.

Platforms such as F/ACT Movement have now been established to help fashion consumers to make more conscious decisions while at the same time enhancing their ability to express themselves through their outfits.

Consumer’s desire to make more sustainable choices, governmental green incentives, and industry’s resource conscious innovation give opportunities to create better systems that allow consumers more opportunities to live out their desire for fashion and textiles.

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