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.

Delikate Rayne’s Vegan Leather, Cruelty-Free Garments Are Made in L.A.

Delikate Rayne’s Vegan Leather, Cruelty-Free Garments Are Made in L.A.

A sister duo with East Indian roots is lighting up the ethical fashion scene with their collection that includes PETA-approved vegan leather shorts, and sustainably sourced satin racer backs. Meg and

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Süga: Yoga Mats Made From 100 Percent Recycled Wetsuits

Süga: Yoga Mats Made From 100 Percent Recycled Wetsuits

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Kin-Tsugi Goods Upcycles Vintage Garments Into Wearable Art

Kin-Tsugi Goods Upcycles Vintage Garments Into Wearable Art

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Budapest’s Only Eco-Fashion Line Upcycles Castoffs Into Clothing

Budapest’s Only Eco-Fashion Line Upcycles Castoffs Into Clothing

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Annalisa Natali Murri’s Photographs Reveal Rana Plaza’s Emotional Aftermath

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Rattan: A Lightweight, Durable Cane Derived From Rainforest Palm

Rattan: A Lightweight, Durable Cane Derived From Rainforest Palm

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Space Between: Locavore Fashion Produced From Textile Waste

Space Between: Locavore Fashion Produced From Textile Waste

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India’s Doodlage Upcycles Textile Waste Into Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Garments

India’s Doodlage Upcycles Textile Waste Into Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Garments

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Bon George Upcycles Vintage Textiles Into Chic Ethical Fashion

Bon George Upcycles Vintage Textiles Into Chic Ethical Fashion

It’s hard not to feel instantly more stylish even just browsing the online collections from Bon George. Your admiration will grow even stronger when you learn that every piece is uniquely crafted

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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

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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

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

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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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