Eco Design session with Thamon during the London Metropolitan University #GreenWeek

By: Circular Economy Club
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"Thamon London is an eco-design start-up company developing pure fashion accessories from authentic tree leaves. In 2013, with the help of UEA Norwich, they designed a way of preserving the leaves of plants and processing them into fibre sheets that are suitable for making wallets and bags.

Zanda Pipira, Sustainability Assistant at London Met, said: “Green Week is an important part of the Sustainability Team’s agenda at London Met. For us, it is important to include all areas of the University to raise awareness of sustainability in a fun and engaging manner.”

The week covers a series of sustainability talks on offer, which cover fashion sustainabilityentrepreneurship and a talk about food and the planet.

Thamon is one of the London Metropolitan University highlighted startups. They make fashion accessories without leather and toxic treatments. Only real sustainably harvested leaves are used and we help the communities collect the leaves.

Thamon is leading the eco-design movement by:

  • Using no chemical treatments

  • Using strictly no leather in their designs

  • Reinvesting up to 15% of all their revenues back into the forester communities collecting the dry leaves

The fibre used in Thamon London’s fashion accessories is a natural material based on the sustainably sourced leaves of the Sal tree, Lotus flowers and Cork.

Specific examples are the coin pouch with a zip made from leaves of sal tree. Extra light design makes these purses extremely portable. With the strong inner lining the purse is usable with coins or keys.  Leaves of Indian sal tree are used in this design. Every leaf is dried and coloured to give the material a unique pattern. No leather or toxic treatments applied. Leaves are lighter than leather, so the leaf wallets are light and sturdy too.

Thamon shared that “Ecological design is defined by Sim Van der Ryn and Stuart Cowan as “any form of design that minimizes environmentally destructive impacts by integrating itself with living processes.” Ecological design is an integrative ecologically responsible design discipline.

It helps connect scattered efforts in green architecture, sustainable agriculture, ecological engineering, ecological restoration and other fields. The “eco” prefix was used to ninety sciences including eco-city, eco-management, eco-technique, eco-tecture. It was used by John Button in 1998 at the first time. The inchoate developing nature of ecological design was referred to the “adding in “of environmental factor to the design process, but later it was focused on the details of eco-design practice such as product system or individual product or industry as a whole. By including life cycle models through energy and materials flow, ecological design was related to the new interdisciplinary subject of industrial ecology. Industrial ecology meant a conceptual tool emulating models derived from natural ecosystem and a frame work for conceptualizing environmental and technical issues.

Thamon claims that the ecological design movement was heavily influenced by the consequences of the industrial breakthroughs and the population expansion in the Mid-20th Century. Nowadays more an more design companies are exploring the potential of the sustainable and renewable materials, focusing on reducing the natural impact and production waste."