Creative Design: Graduate

PinaClutch-No Waste!

  • Zahra Falsafi (Iowa State University)


PinaClutch-No Waste! is a sustainable fashion accessory that embodies material diversity and zero-waste pattern-cutting techniques. With the fashion industry's current value at $3 trillion and the projected growth of textile fiber production, addressing textile waste and promoting sustainability is crucial. Design scholars have proposed innovative approaches such as upcycling and zero-waste cutting processes to combat textile waste. Moreover, material diversity emphasizes the use of environmentally friendly materials with reduced waste, water, and energy consumption. The fashion industry can reduce its reliance on resource-intensive materials like cotton and polyester by embracing diverse sustainable options like cork, mycelium, and bio-cellulose. PinaClutch-No Waste! contributes to sustainable design scholarship by utilizing Pinatex, a pineapple leather, to create a zero-waste fashion clutch. This material is highly sustainable due to its biodegradability and reduced water and chemical usage. By adopting material diversity and zero-waste principles, the fashion industry can minimize its carbon footprint and promote a more sustainable future. PinaClutch-No Waste! serves as a model for fashion companies and academia, inspiring the adoption of sustainable practices in both materials and processes, specifically in accessory design.

Keywords: Material diversity, Zero-waste pattern cutting, Sustainability, Accessory

How to Cite:

Falsafi, Z., (2024) “PinaClutch-No Waste!”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
27 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed