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The Design Museum Foundation featured a series on design sustainability and approached me to research and present the impact a cotton T-shirt has on the planet and people.


Annually, we sell and buy 2 billion t-shirts globally, making them one of the most common garments in the world. But how and where is the average t-shirt made, and what is its environmental impact? 

These are the questions that I was planning to address in my research and presentation.  Despite these straightforward questions, the facts about sustainability and impact are often misconstrued.  This project aimed to find and share the most accurate information available to the public.

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At the beginning of this project, my research was broad. There are many misconceptions about the impact of cotton and the steps involved in producing t-shirts. 

My research included reviews of vetted research, interviews with apparel industry experts, and a report from the Transformers foundation.



Industrial designer, Cia Mooney, worked closely with me to make the presentation. I wanted to focus on the research and flow of the presentation. Cia brought my vision to life, and provided space for feedback, support, and brainstorming.


The presentation goes in depth for every step involved. It lasts for 45 mins and it can be viewed by clicking here.

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The presentation provoked many questions based on solutions.  The theme of the talk was based on being an informed consumer, asking producers questions, and voting with your dollar.

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