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What I am proposing is small and would add to existing programs. Fifty to one hundred million dollars/year added to NSF's budget for training and curriculum development in environmental technologies and life cycle with required industry and/or government participation would make a major difference in the whole fabric of engineering and scientific education throughout the country. NSF should particularly be pushing industry/university interactions on developing, testing and eventually reaching standards on life cycle approaches and uses.
Simply requiring academic participation and a greater focus on environmental technologies and environmentally conscious manufacturing, perhaps even within present budgets for DOE, ARPA and NIST, would also have a major impact on university programs. Universities do research to expand the knowledge they teach. Having access to the latest that is being developed in industry related to these environmental topics would quickly allow universities to bring these ideas back into the classroom. All this would require is that a life cycle component be included along with university participation in any new government, industrial initiative.
General Information Sheet
At Esprit Ecollection, we believe the best fashion statement is one that positively affects the world around us: aesthetically, culturally, and environmentally. In 1990, Esprit initiated a company-wide eco audit to incorporate ecological considerations into daily business decisions. This transformation in our thinking prompted us to look beyond the surface of fashion. We've carefully examined every element of clothing manufacturing, from fabrics to dyeing processes to buttons and trims. The result is a finished product that implements the best environmental alternatives currently available, supports rural artisans, and helps preserve endangered cultures. The following are some examples of the extra energy we invest in our Ecollection garments.
• Organically Grown Cotton
• Naturally Colored Cotton
• Low Impact Dyes
Tencel® Low Impact Cellulosic Fiber Similar to rayon, this material is made from the pulp of sustainably harvested trees, and uses a solvent which is continually recycled and benign in the waste water.
• Handpainted Buttons
Reconstituted Glass Buttons Our reconstituted glass buttons and beads support a traditional craft in Ghana. These are made from old bottles which are ground to a fine powder, mixed with pigments, and refired.
Huichol Indian Beaded Bracelets
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Wear and Care
In 1990, Esprit became the first company to dedicate an entire clothing line to
"Wear and care," is how Esprit co-founder Susie Tompkins describes the innovative and
From fiber to finished product, Esprit Ecollection examines every step of the
"Clothing is one of our primary mediums of self expression, and in these times, people care about what is going on in our society," Tompkins continues. "It is no longer sufficient to emblazen a social or environmental message across a tee shirt. All products we buy, by the way they are designed and produced, can make a difference in the world."
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