Circular Transmission Conference: IKEA/ZWS/ECA Paper by Shirley McLauchlan



The 2 aims of this project was to investigate the possibility of using redundant textile material as a new source to design with, and to engage a group of textile students with sustainability and the circular economy.

This practical project will encourage students to ‘test’ out contemporary theories in relation to sustainability and textiles. The project aims to turn textile material with no commercial value into products that have a commercial value.

KEYWORDS: Textiles; Circular Economy; Surplus; Sustainability; Commercial; Knowledge exchange; Resources.

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IKEA – Sofie Rogers – Sustainability Regional Leader North

ZWS – Lynn Wilson – Key accounts manager

ECA Shirley Mclauchlan – Senior Lecturer textile department

ETC 3rd year textile students ECA

A practical project exploring The CE (Circular Economy) /Sustainability and what to do with surplus textile material.

Download full paper >> ikea_zws_eca


Future Skills Summit 4 Oct 16


Event Aim: To explore opportunities for collaboration between the Scottish textiles industry and the FE/HE education sector to drive leadership and skills development

STAG invites industry professionals working in textiles, leather or fashion sectors in Scotland, Further & Higher Education professionals and public sector partner agencies to join the conversation at the Textiles Future Skills Summit.

9.45am – 4.00pm, Tuesday 4 October, Reid Building, Glasgow School of Art


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Edinburgh Textiles Collective: Student Project

ed_textile_collectiveEdinburgh Textiles Collective is a new approach to textiles production in cooperation with IKEA and Zero Waste Scotland; we are a group of up and coming designers from Edinburgh College of Art.

We produce beautiful limited edition rucksacks, tote bags and cushions from IKEA’s surplus fabric. Etc uses contemporary design and colour to create unique, hand printed and handmade pieces in Scotland. We are passionate about exploring new techniques and challenges whilst maintaining a level of sustainability to the best of our ability by striving to limit waste production. STAG’s Into Industry event allowed us to network and make new connections. These contacts led to Etc being stocked in the Scottish Design Exchange at Ocean Terminal.

Emma Roberts 3rd Year Textile Student, ECA

Dr Alison Gwilt Open Lecture 6.30pm 19 April

Last lecture in the series of Circular Economy Lectures delivered in partnership by Zero Waste Scotland and STAG.  Learn from Sheffield Hallam University researcher Dr Alison Gwilt about zero waste pattern design at a free open lecture with Q&A session.

The lectures have received excellent feedback and enhanced student and staff understanding of the circular economy in relation to fashion and textiles, don’t miss the final one! Reserve your free ticket or just come along tomorrow evening.

When? 6.30pm Tuesday 19 April

Where? Glasgow Clyde College, Cardonald Campus

Pattern Design Masterclass with Dr Gwilt 20 April

“Zero Waste Pattern Design” is the fifth and final masterclass of the Zero Waste Scotland series for the textile industry.

How does the Circular Economy work in practice? Is concern only at the end of life? Dr Alison Gwilt tackles zero waste pattern design through innovative cutting approaches that push efficiency of materials, fashion and textile design and production.
This Masterclass will be broken into two engaging sessions.

The morning workshop will introduce the practical strategies that can be employed to reduce textile waste during manufacture and use. Through a series of mini exercises, participants will examine their own design practice, and will look at where and how textile waste is created during the lifecycle of the garments they produce.
The afternoon will be a practical hands–on workshop session, where participants will directly experience some of the waste reduction approaches that can be employed to reduce and avoid waste during production and extend garment longevity during use. The practical activities involve pattern making and garment construction exercises, and participants will be encouraged to work individually and collectively to test approaches.

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STAG Spring Events Programme launched

alpaca_portraitPlease book early to avoid disappointment, places are limited. Please note travel to STAG events is not provided, limited travel assistance available for ZWS open lectures, read more

ZWS Open Lecture: Dyeing Technologies with Dr Richard Blackburn
6.30pm, Monday 29 February – Napier University, Edinburgh  book now

Border Mill Industry Visit – meet an alpaca!
11am – 1.0pm, Friday 4 March – Duns, The Borders  book now

ZWS Open Lecture: Designing Product Speeds for the Circular Economy with Prof Rebecca Earley & Dr Kate Goldsworthy
6.30pm, Wednesday 16 March – Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow  book now

Into Industry: where do your skills fit?
5pm – 7pm, Tuesday 22 March – Ayrshire College, Ayr  book now

Into Industry: where do your skills fit?
5pm – 7pm, Tuesday 29 March – Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh  book now

Johnstons of Elgin Industry Visit – try your hand at linking!
11am – 1.30pm, Wednesday 30 March – Hawick, The Borders  book now

ZWS Open Lecture: Zero Waste Pattern Cutting with Dr Alison Gwilt
6.30pm, Tuesday 19 April – Glasgow Clyde College, Glasgow  book now