Lea Stewart

 
Lea StewartA Chicago-based industrial designer and self proclaimed master multi-tasker, Lea is most excited that her career has been riddled with such a variety of opportunities. She is LEED GA accredited, and has had a passion for green design for as long as she can remember. Her design for sustainable footwear was internationally awarded the First Place Professional Winner of the International Design Resource Awards and winner of the Saint Etienne International Design Biennial in 2002. She has been published in the Eco Design Handbook, and is also a part of the permanent collection of the Huxley College of the Environment at West Washington University. Lea believes that design is multifaceted and is about creating experiences. Her diverse career has focused on creating user centered projects and managing teams internally at large corporations like Masco and Rock Tenn (formerly Smurfit-Stone), at small design consultancies like Eldon Design Associates, and working for private manufactures like Kohler Company, Richard Shultz, and Michael Graves.

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Bon George Upcycles Vintage Textiles Into Chic Ethical Fashion

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Organotex: Eco-Friendly Fabric Treatment That Repels Water Like a Plant

Organotex: Eco-Friendly Fabric Treatment That Repels Water Like a Plant

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INTERVIEW: Nudie Jeans is Changing the Culture of Denim Ownership

INTERVIEW: Nudie Jeans is Changing the Culture of Denim Ownership

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“Give Back Box” Turns Old Shipping Cartons Into Goodwill Donations

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Fashion Footprint Uses Tech to Let Clothing Tell Their Own Stories

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Project Jacquard: Google, Levi’s to Turn Clothing Into Touchscreens

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Eileen Fisher Wants to Achieve “100 Percent Sustainability” by 2020

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A London Community Grows Flax to Turn Into Clothing

A London Community Grows Flax to Turn Into Clothing

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Returnity: A Cradle-to-Cradle Polyester With a Tiny Carbon Footprint

Returnity: A Cradle-to-Cradle Polyester With a Tiny Carbon Footprint

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Piñatex: A Leather-Like Textile Made From Pineapple Leaves

Piñatex: A Leather-Like Textile Made From Pineapple Leaves

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Re.Verso: An Italian Luxury Textile Made From Recycled Wool Waste

Re.Verso: An Italian Luxury Textile Made From Recycled Wool Waste

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Bacx: A Line of Traceable Eco-Silks Derived From Recycled, Scrap Fibers

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Botanicaldye by Color Ball: Water-Saving Textiles Dyed With 3,000 Plants

Botanicaldye by Color Ball: Water-Saving Textiles Dyed With 3,000 Plants

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Could Mohair Supplant Cashmere’s Place in the Luxury Industry?

Could Mohair Supplant Cashmere’s Place in the Luxury Industry?

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Ioncell-F: A Wood-Cellulose Textile Fiber Derived From Ionic Liquids

Ioncell-F: A Wood-Cellulose Textile Fiber Derived From Ionic Liquids

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Cool Wool: A Lightweight Merino for Sunnier Climates

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