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.

MuSkin: A Vegan “Leather” Made Entirely From Mushrooms

MuSkin: A Vegan “Leather” Made Entirely From Mushrooms

MUSKIN \məsˈkin\ n. 1 a: A 100 percent biodegradable vegetal leather, extracted from mushroom caps and “tanned” using chemical-free methods. b: Resembles suede but is “much

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Kirrin Finch: Ethical Menswear-Inspired Apparel for Gender Outlaws

Kirrin Finch: Ethical Menswear-Inspired Apparel for Gender Outlaws

Fashion label Kirrin Finch responds to the demand for conscientious apparel designed to fit a range of bodies of all genders. Brooklyn, New York based founders and partners Laura Moffat and Kelly Sanders

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Brave GentleMan’s Unisex Fashion Features Vegan Wool, Faux Leather

Brave GentleMan’s Unisex Fashion Features Vegan Wool, Faux Leather

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Tripty Project Makes Zero-Waste Bags, Clothing Out of Discarded Pineapples

Tripty Project Makes Zero-Waste Bags, Clothing Out of Discarded Pineapples

Luke Swanson and Brooke McEver were working in Bangladesh at the time of the incredible garment industry tragedy at Rana Plaza. In reaction, they decided to found a company to train locals to create

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“Breadline” Clothing Line Highlights U.K.’s Hidden Hunger Crisis

“Breadline” Clothing Line Highlights U.K.’s Hidden Hunger Crisis

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Ecotec: A Traceable, Italian-Made Yarn Derived From Recycled Cotton

Ecotec: A Traceable, Italian-Made Yarn Derived From Recycled Cotton

ECOTEC \ēkōˈtek\ n. 1 a: A Marchi & Fildi yarn derived from 100 percent pre-dyed cotton textile clippings. b: Made in Italy using an exclusive, traceable, and Oeko-Tex– and Global Recycle

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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

If you want to feel that you are investing in sustainability as you practice your sun salutations, you need to know about Süga. This California based company offers ultra durable yoga mats that are made

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Kin-Tsugi Goods Upcycles Vintage Garments Into Wearable Art

Kin-Tsugi Goods Upcycles Vintage Garments Into Wearable Art

For stylist-turned-designer Mai-Lei Pecorari, “make do and mend” isn’t just an exhortation, it’s a way of life. Her clothing line, Kin-tsugi Goods, revels in reinvention.

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

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

Adding to the buzz of creativity in Budapest is a cafe, pop-up, and design studio called Printa. The on-site silkscreen and fashion workshop produces garments that are displayed in the gallery area

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

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

In April 2013, Rana Plaza, a multi-storey facility in Bangladesh that housed several garment factories, collapsed into a pile of rubble. The event would go down in history as the South Asian

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Rattan: A Lightweight, Durable Cane Derived From Rainforest Palm

Rattan: A Lightweight, Durable Cane Derived From Rainforest Palm

RATTAN \rəˈtan\ n. 1 a: The collective name for about 600 species of palm native to tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Australasia. b: Produces thin, pliable, and fast-growing stems, measuring up

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Space Between: Locavore Fashion Produced From Textile Waste

Space Between: Locavore Fashion Produced From Textile Waste

New Zealand fashion students at Massey University are leading a brand new kind of social enterprise producing local, recycled fashion. The initiative called Space Between is a thoughtful new way to

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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

The concept of upcycling has only just begun to gain traction in the couture fashion industry in India, and Kriti Tula is leading the way. Every piece from her label ‘Doodlage’ is completely

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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

ORGANOTEX \ôrɡən ō teks\ n. 1 a: A biodegradable, breathable, and fluorocarbon-free fabric treatment that mimics a plant’s ability to repel moisture. b: Uses a system of plant-based catalysts

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INTERVIEW: Nudie Jeans is Changing the Culture of Denim Ownership

INTERVIEW: Nudie Jeans is Changing the Culture of Denim Ownership

Nudie Jeans is changing the ownership model for denim jeans and providing best in class stewardship for transparency. The company is at the top of its class for providing information on supply chain, self

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

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

The Los Angeles startup Give Back Box has made donating goods to charity an absolute no-brainer. Already owning a successful fashion ecommerce site called StyleupGirl, entrepeuner Monika Wiela wanted to

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