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.

Fashion Footprint Uses Tech to Let Clothing Tell Their Own Stories

Fashion Footprint Uses Tech to Let Clothing Tell Their Own Stories

Mariam Naqvi wants to give shoppers the story behind their clothing choices right at the point of sale. In order to do that, this visionary Norwegian diplomat turned social entrepreneur founded Fashion

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

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

Jacquard is a “smart fabric” developed by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group that could conceivably turn your sleeve into a touch screen. The team of digital and

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

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

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Cotopaxi’s Outdoor Gear Inspires Adventure, Funds Poverty Relief

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

RETURNITY rəˈtərnədē n. 1: A 100 percent recyclable polyester fabric licensed by Dutch Awearness, a textile company guided by the principles of “circular economy.” 2: Said to reduce

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Piñatex: A Leather-Like Textile Made From Pineapple Leaves

Piñatex: A Leather-Like Textile Made From Pineapple Leaves

PIÑATEX \ˈpēnyə teks\ n. 1 a: A non-woven, leather-like textile derived from the fibers of the pineapple leaf, which is typically discarded after the fruit is harvested. b: Prepared using a

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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

RE.VERSO \ri-ˈvərs-ō\ n. 1: A traceable, Italian-made luxury textile derived from pre-consumer recycled fibers, primarily wool, and other factory surplus. 2: Part of a collaborative “textile

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

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

BACX \ˈbaks\ n. 1: A line of sustainably produced, “next generation” silks made in Italy by Centro Seta. 2: Comprises three main collections—the full-textured “GreenFiber,”

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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

BOTANICALDYE BY COLOR BALL \bə-ˈta-ni-kəl-ˈdī ˈbī ˈkə-lər ˈbȯl\ n 1 a: A line of “environmentally sensitive” lyocell, organic cotton, and organic bamboo yarns by Japan’s

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Bio-Based Lycra: Only Commercial Spandex Derived From Plants

Bio-Based Lycra: Only Commercial Spandex Derived From Plants

Photo by Shutterstock BIO-BASED LYCRA \’bī-(ˌ)ō-‘bāst-‘līkrô’\ n 1 a: Developed by Invista, a version of Lycra composed of at least 70 percent corn-derived dextrose. b: The

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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

IONCELL-F \’īən sel-f’\ n 1 a:  A sticky material made from a mixture of plant material and ionic liquid, known for its strong bonds, that is transformed through a multi-step process into

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Cool Wool: A Lightweight Merino for Sunnier Climates

Cool Wool: A Lightweight Merino for Sunnier Climates

COOL WOOL \’ko͞ol wul’\ n 1 a: A natural, lightweight fabric created from Australian merino sheep wool using advanced processing techniques. b. A fine-gauge wool that has been lauded by

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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

BIOWOOL /’bīō wul’/ n 1 a: Composite material currently in trial development made from bio-resin and carded wool waste fiber from the carpet industry. b. Application for use of high

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

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

ALCANTARA \ˈal kan tära\ n 1 a: A certified-carbon-neutral fabric with the versatility to be used in fashion, automotive, interior decor, and consumer electronics application. b. A combination of raw

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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

PRECIOUS SURFACE \ˈpreshəs ˈsərfis\ n 1 a: A patented infusion technology that deposits 24kt gold into leather, silk, or fur, leaving the material texture unchanged. b: A nanotechnology deposition

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

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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