Agri-Intelligence in Cotton Production Systems

For the past year I have been privileged to work as part of the team on the research project Agri-Intelligence in Cotton Production Systems (Stage 1) supported by the Australian Government Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC). Our project CI Professor Tristan Perez has posted this update on our year 1 activities and milestones. Image: shutterstock.com [...]

Sustainable shopping: for eco-friendly jeans, stop washing them so often

There is a pair of jeans for every occasion. Krisana Antharith/Shutterstock Alice Payne, Queensland University of Technology and Susannah Kate Devitt, Queensland University of Technology Shopping can be confusing at the best of times, and trying to find environmentally friendly options makes it even more difficult. Welcome to our Sustainable Shopping series, in which we [...]

Will we soon be growing our own vegan leather at home?

A floral wreath made from vegan leather designed by Sofia Moreno-Marcos and York Hon John Liang in 2014. QUT media Alice Payne, Queensland University of Technology; Dean Brough, Queensland University of Technology, and Peter Musk, State Library of Queensland Conventional leather is one of fashion’s most ubiquitous materials – but it is fraught with ethical [...]

Inspiration sources for fast fashion design

Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management recently published my paper 'Inspiration sources for Australian fast fashion designers: tapping into consumer desire'. For the paper I conducted a fresh analysis of interview data from my PhD, focusing on the perspectives of fast fashion designers. Rather than offer a critique of design practices, my intention in this [...]

Open loop and closed loop recyling

My book chapter for S. Muthu's Handbook of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Textiles and Clothing was published in August 2015, available here. Full details on QUT Eprints. Textile waste is a significant contributor to landfill yet the majority of textiles can be recycled, allowing for the energy and fibre to be reclaimed. This chapter examines the [...]