In September 2021 the London Design Festival took place and I was excited to be a part of Colechi ‘s Clean Fashion exhibition at and in partnership with Vitrine gallery as part of the Southwark South District.
For the past year and a half I had been researching, designing and experimenting to create what is now the ‘Save’ ‘Earth’ collection. Which I was proud to launch at the LDF. ‘Save’ ‘Earth’ is my NEW 2021/22 collection. Made from 3D printed Marine Filament which is 100% recycled fishing nets. The material is the first fully recycled nylon filament that is completely circular, meaning a Closed Loop Product and Production (endlessly recyclable). Each piece is 3D printed using recycled ethically sourced discarded and reclaimed (including ‘ghost nets’) fishing net found in Cornwall. This is then made into a 3D printing Marine filament called ‘Porthcurno’ which is the highest quality blend of marine nylon filament produced by the innovative producers Fishy Filament, based in Penzance, Cornwall UK. I am happy to print my designs locally using the Marine Filament by Benthos in Cornwall. Benthos is experienced with using this exciting new 3D printing material, but even then there has been many trials and errors. I am very happy to be able to produce these pieces in the UK to the highest standards. All pieces are then sent to my South London based studio, where they are hand finished and completed with sterling silver findings.
I am proud to be able to use Marine Filament recycling a potential harmful waste product into beautiful statement conversational accessories that are completely made in England, designed to start a conversation and help ‘Save’ our ‘Earth’.
Here are some of the images from the London Design Festival photographed by Ethic Co and photographed on my Iphone:
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of trash in the North Pacific Ocean that is 3x the size of France, made up of discarded objects. But 46% of that rubbish is discarded fishing gear.
Transforming the waste fishing gear into raw material and Marine (Fishy) Filament, uses 0.2kg CO2 equivalent emissions per kilo V’s 9.3kg of new produced nylon. Which means using Marine Filament is up to a X46 time less impactful on the environment.
Fishing nets are designed to capture and kill fish, but inadvertently kill other sea life and continue to do so when the net comes to the end of its fishing life. An average fishing net is only used for 6 months, some fishermen cut the nets ‘free’ into the oceans creating a ghost net, which floats around continuing to kill animals until they are removed. Abandoned fishing gear injures or kills over 100,000 whales, dolphins, seals and turtles every year. With 70% of micro plastic at sea coming from fishing gear.
Zero waste, each piece is made to order or produced in very small batches. All ‘waste’ material that is generated through the manufacturing process is 100% re-used.
This collection is circular, meaning any waste or discarded pieces can be 100% recycled back into filament or precious metal.
Overall by Zoe producing her designs in Marine Nylon this has 97% less environmental impact in comparison to virgin nylon. The entire manufacturing process for the Save Earth collection is held in the same country, England. Even manufacturing transportation emissions are kept to a minimum.
The Save Earth collection is produced in small batches and is currently available in limited amounts to pre-order from Zoe’s online shop
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