Cyborg-run ‘manufactories’ fund labour for environmental restoration: a design concept to inspire new futures for fashion

Sensemaking / Cyborg-run ‘manufactories’ fund labour for environmental restoration: a design concept to inspire new futures for fashion

In a scenario of high automation, garment corporations pay for restoration labour while cyborgs make clothing. Concept by Chengcheng Teng.

By Chengcheng Teng / 26 Oct 2016

This is one of eight rapid prototypes for the future of fast fashion to come out of a rapid design sprint led by Forum for the Future and Elliott P. Montgomery of the Parsons School of Design. Enjoy the description below, but remember, it is a design concept, not an actual product. Find out more about the design process here.

In one possible futures scenario, high mechanisation sees fewer manual workers on site in the garment manufactories. Instead, high-skilled cyborgs operate and supervise the machinery to produce clothes more quickly, finely and efficiently. How is serious unemployment avoided?

In 2025, a mandatory Environmental Responsibility Credit system is enforced. Collaborating with United States Environmental Protection Agency, every corporation governing or trading with a garment factory has the duty to restore the environment on the basis of their revenue. Former textile workers are offered jobs in earth restoration work, such as planting trees in desertification area, collecting floating garbage in the ocean, farming edible clothing materials, developing renewable energy, and helping protect wildlife habitats.

The combination of cyborg-run manufactories and the credit system not only helps restore the planet, but offers an alternative solution to dangerous, high-volume labour. It shifts the focus from private profit to a win-win model for business and the environment. It leverages corporations in the post-industrial era to support a productive but sustainable society, one that unites people and nature.

See and hear more about these artifacts at our Future of Fast Fashion event on November 1st in New York City.

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