All of our research is based on the estimation that decisions made in design are responsible for eighty to ninety percent of a product's environmental and economic costs (Graedel et al. 1995). This places a clear responsibility in the lap of the designer and is the driver for the development of the sustainable textile design strategies.
These strategies include both the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ aspects of eco textile design - the established principles of materials and processes such as low toxicity/organics, new technologies and biomimicry along with the more conceptual ideas including short life/long life textiles, design for low launder and services design. These individual strategies have over time evolved into TED’s TEN, which promote layered design thinking for textile design.