The Zero-Waste Wallpaper by Kristel Erga "Cradle to Cradle"
Kristel Erga was an intern at LEILA HAFZI in 2008. A very bright and talented student. Kristel managed to make the most beautiful art and wallpaper out of our cut fabric waste. And this makes us get one step nearer to the ending of our cradle-to-cradle philosophy. Kristel could easily as so many end up as a talented fashion designer, instead she have chosen to focus on the waste of the fashion industry and this is very grateful.
The product is a magnetic wallpaper made by recycling waste from the fashion and textile industry. Norwegian fashion designer Leila Hafzi, who won Designer of the Year in Norway in 1997 is supporting the design by supplying the textile waste from her production. By adapting and modificating traditional papermaking methods, the textile waste is used to make a new material. Textile waste is cut into small pieces and blended to loosen the fibres. Wooden frames stretched with nylon recycle the pulp into new, flat fabric sheets. These are pressed, embellished and lasercut to create wallpaper for interiors.
The idea of the wallpaper is to bring the exterior into the interior by using nature as inspiration. The fabric sheets created by recycling the waste are used to design various textures for magnetic wallpaper “tiles”. The decorated tiles can be attached to the wall by coating it with a layer of magnetic ink (which can be recoated in any preferred colour). The idea of such magnetic puzzle-shaped tiles is that one can piece together and customise ones’s own interactive wallpaper. The puzzle pieces can be custom made regarding colour, size and surface design. This way each display will be unique and fit perfectly to the users measures and needs.
The wallpaper suggests an approach on how to eliminate pre-consumer textile waste by adapting an industrial ecology framework. By using pre-consumer waste as raw material/food, we can avoid the use of virgin resources and prevent by-products and waste per se. As most recycled materials soon end up in landfill, it is important to find ways to recycle those materials continuously. By closing the loop with pre-consumer waste and adapting sustainable production methods, the materials will flow in an endless cycle, preventing them from ending up in landfill or being incinerated.
Erga Design was founded in 2011 by Kristel Erga. The company focuses on green and sustainable design. Wisit her on http://www.kristelerga.com/