Textiles Environment Design - TED

What is it?
  • TED is an online platform dedicated to practice-based sustainable design strategies for creating textiles with reduced impact on the environment. The core is TEDs TEN toolbox of ten method cards with guidelines and video tutorials, resource sheets and book list as pdf files for download. Information on TED’s Research Projects.


  • Focus on design practice and sustainable design strategies.


  • Developed at Chelsea College of Art, London by Rebecca Earley and Kay Politowicz in 2010. New material and projects are continually added to the Platform.

Platform overview

The toolbox of TEN Cards:


  1. Design to Minimise Waste

  2. Design for Cyclability

  3. Design to Reduce Chemical Impacts

  4. Design to Reduce Energy and Water Use

  5. Design that Explores Clean / Better Technologies

  6. Design that Looks at Models from Nature & History

  7. Design for Ethical Production

  8. Design to Reduce the Need to Consume

  9. Design to Dematerialise and Develop Systems & Services

  10. Design Activism

Relevance
  • Easy to use, highly visual, inspiring and suited for practice-based teaching and learning of both beginners and more experienced students.


  • Target group: Students, Tutors, Independent Designers, Design Teams, Industry.

How it connects to the Pillars
  • Environmental: Card 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

  • Social: Card 7, 10

  • Economic: Card 9

  • Cultural: Card 6, 8

Activity proposals
  • Biomimicry

  • Circular Systems

  • Designing for Active Lives of Clothes

  • Fashion Service Systems

  • Space for Passionate Voices

  • Wardrobe Stories