Charle Berlin {Biodegradable Elastic}

In 2010, Mandy Geddert established the sustainable children’s fashion label CHARLE. The aim: to design children’s clothes that grow with their wearers and are produced in a process that is as environmentally friendly as possible. When striving to achieve this aim, she was confronted with a huge challenge to which no solution could be found: searching for an ecological alternative to conventional elastics for trousers and skirts. With support from an Austrian ribbon manufacturer, she therefore quickly decided to develop the worlds first proven ecologically sound elastics. After a good yet intensive six-month period, she was finally able to produce her first 18mm-wide elastic ribbon.

What was initially designed to solely meet the labels own requirements soon turned out to be a solution that could bridge a gap in the market. A number of different designers and haberdashery shops became aware of the sustainably produced ribbon and ordered their first 100m lengths.
It wasn’t long before these were joined by further elastics in different widths and colours and with special properties, which soon established a strong reputation both in Germany and further afield. The standard range now contains more than 30 elastic and non-stretch ribbons. Their areas of application extend far beyond the world of fashion, with product designers and companies in the sportswear, toy and automotive industries all choosing this sustainable alternative to conventional petroleum derived stretch ribbons.

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It’s about our livelihoods. The growth of new, and development of old industries means improvement in the standard of living for many of us. If industries pursue sustainability, this approach will have a positive effect on the environment. Climate change effects us all (Goal 9).

Goal 12 wants to make us think twice about the things we use, the waste we create, and how that impacts our planet. Changing our behaviours towards more sustainable actions and decision making from material use and designing out waste makes a difference towards more responsible consumption and production of textiles when everyone, that includes individuals, companies, government all contribute.

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