23 Mar '12, 9pm
Aussie designer Rachel Rodwell turns disposable coffee pods into fabric!
must really enjoy her java. The University Technology Sydney graduate spent months working on a series of textiles derived from discarded Nespresso coffee pods. Rodwell, who’s working on a line of “Podex” clothing and jewelry, was inspired by a recent trip to Kerala in India, where she witnessed the locals repurposing waste materials such as coconut fiber into everything from rope to paddle-powered houseboats . “I wanted to create an unconventional range that challenges preconceived notions of sustainable textiles,” she tells Ecouterre. “I wanted to use something that already exists and would have otherwise been wasted.”