Body scanners ‘could limit fashion industry’s carbon footprint’ – but how?

That’s the suggestion from Ganit Goldstein, fashion and textile designer who spoke to FNZ about the way she managed to create a sustainable collection with the help of an innovative technology

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The carbon footprint of the fast fashion industry could be shrunk with body scanning technologies.

That’s the suggestion from London based fashion and textile designer Ganit Goldstein who spoke to FNZ about an innovative technology that allowed her to create a collection using body measurements from a 360-degree body scanner.

That resulted in personalised garment production, which aims to perfectly fit customers and eliminate potential waste.

Ms Goldstein was included in an EU Horizon 2020 Re-Fream grant to design collections that challenge the current fashion industry’s production methods: “I was inspired to create the collections using these cutting edge techniques after seeing the devastating impact fast fashion has on the environment.”

She explained the process of production begins using a body scanner with a ‘depth’ camera to get full body measurements from the individual.

Each garment is then crafted from 3D to 2D CAD manipulations which create a single, precise piece of fabric for the garment, meaning there is less need for multiple fabrics to create a single garment.

Her goal was to move away from mass production and use more sustainably-sourced fabrics and plastics.

“Buying multiple cheaper items not only has an overwhelming effect on the planet, it also means lower quality items which the wearer will be unlikely to wear more than once. Making one quality and classic piece which fits the individual perfectly means a more sustainable approach to fashion.”

According to the latest figures published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the fashion industry is responsible for 10% of annual global carbon emissions and is forecast to surge more than 50% by 2030.

UNEP also estimates that around 20 % of wastewater worldwide every year comes from fabric dyeing and treatment.