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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Cotopaxi’s Outdoor Gear Inspires Adventure, Funds Poverty Relief

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A London Community Grows Flax to Turn Into Clothing

A London Community Grows Flax to Turn Into Clothing

In the spring of 2014, a dedicate lot of Londoners embarked on a mission to grow a garment. That meant starting from seeds, and using only hand labor techniques to turn a plant into fashion. One year

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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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Bio-Based Lycra: Only Commercial Spandex Derived From Plants

Bio-Based Lycra: Only Commercial Spandex Derived From 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?

Photo by Shutterstock MOHAIR \ˈmōˌhe(ə)r\ n 1: A luxurious, all-natural fiber made from the curly locks of the angora goat. 2: The focus of a recent summit in the town of Jansenville, located on

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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

Cool Wool: A Lightweight Merino for Sunnier Climates

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Biowool: A Tough Shell-Like Fiber Derived From Bioresin, Waste Wool

Biowool: A Tough Shell-Like Fiber Derived From Bioresin, Waste Wool

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Alcantara: A Carbon-Neutral Faux-Leather Fabric From Italy

Alcantara: A Carbon-Neutral Faux-Leather Fabric From Italy

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Precious Surface: A Technology that Embeds 24-Karat Gold Into Fabrics

Precious Surface: A Technology that Embeds 24-Karat Gold Into Fabrics

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Low-Grade Cotton Offers Effective, Eco-Friendly Way to Absorb Oil Spills

Photo by Shutterstock Although it is painful to think about the potential for future oil spills, the reality is that disasters like Deepwater Horizon can still occur. Prevention of oil leeching into our

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Varanasi Silk: A Hand-Loomed Jacquard That Revives an Ancient Tradition

Varanasi Silk: A Hand-Loomed Jacquard That Revives an Ancient Tradition

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Orange Fiber: A High-Fashion Textile Derived From Citrus Waste

Orange Fiber: A High-Fashion Textile Derived From Citrus Waste

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Palm Leather: A Vegan Textile With the Same Properties as Animal Hide

Palm Leather: A Vegan Textile With the Same Properties as Animal Hide

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