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Artisans

Artisans are skilled workers and those whose products embody cultural attributes. Many artisans use ancient craft techniques that are passed down through generations. They also have small scale production capabilities.


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Designer/Maker

Independent Designers and Makers devise concepts and directions for their products and collections, and produce work in small batches in their studios.


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Handmade

Handmade refers to goods that are crafted in the home or in a small workshop by artisans and designer/makers who use their hands, rather than relying on machines. The handmade process may include hand guided machinery and tools. Handmade goods are often crafted in small batches. Unlike large scale manufacturing, small batch production has the ability to be sustainable, environmentally responsible, and minimize waste.


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Organic

In the context of yarns, fabrics, and textiles, “organic” refers to fibers that are grown and produced under stringent standards without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and genetically modified plants.


Recycled Glass

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Recycled

Recycling is the process of recovering material from waste and turning it into new products. In the context of metal and glass, recycling means the original product is destroyed, usually through a melting process, then used to form new products.


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Upcycled

Upcycling means to use a certain material again, but in a manner different than what it was originally intended for. The original product is left mostly intact, utilizing its shape, form, and material for a different purpose. In the context of clothing, upcycling increases a product's value and makes it desirable again, thereby saving garments from going to landfill.


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Zero Waste

Zero waste textiles use 100% of a given fabric or make use of the remnants of fabric, repurposing so nothing is wasted.