Fashion STEM

  • Another collaborative technology venture. The children design and create accessories from recycled filament. 

    Recycling fashion

    3D design process

    3D print process

    3D printed designs

    3D print files & external links


    According to the Business Insider, the fashion industry emits more carbon than international flights and maritime shipping combined. It produces 10% of all humanity’s carbon emissions, is the second-largest consumer of the world’s water supply, and pollutes the oceans with microplastics.

    Fashion and recycling have worked in tandem for decades through upcycling, vintage and charity shops, but now designers are becoming increasingly adventurous, creating stylish, beautiful designs from an array of waste products.

    In this project, pupils create fashion clothes and jewelry out of recycling materials.

    3D printed jewelry / Earrings and pendants ideas:

    Follow the links below to see earring's and pendant's example designs that can be made by using Pupil's designs will be 3D printed by our school (10th Helioupolis Primary School), by using recycled filament from old refrigerators.  

    (Image source: // © Winter Hill Jewelry)

    (Image source: // © Zazzy)

    Recycling clothes ideas:

    Follow the links below to see clothes' examples created by recycling materials.

    (Image source:
    Left: conceptual Tide dress photo by Ryan Yoon, styling by Hissa Igarashi; middle: Katell Gelebart’s Little Friskies coat; right: Frank Sorbier’s 2010 recycled wrappers dress

    (Image source:
    Models wait backstage, during an eco-clothing fashion show from recycled materials by French designer Isagus Toche, in Kiev, Ukraine, on 23 June 2017. (Photo by Stepan Franko/EPA/EFE)

    Notes for pupils who will work in 3D:

    Note 1: To start designing in 3D you don't need to create an account on (the 3D design platform), instead our school will offer student accounts via our school's teacher account. Once student accounts are created, all you need is a username and a link to login, which will be provided by our school to your teacher.
    Upon arrangement, we can also offer an online tutorial via Skype, to get you started.

    Note 2: For earrings, you only need to create 1 design, as we will use the "mirror" command of the software and 3D print it twice.

    Note 3. Focus on your design only! No need to add holes, hanging rings, or other elements for wearing the jewelry. This will be made by us once and then copied to all designs. 

    Notes for pupils who will work with other recyclable materials:

    Materials: Cereal Boxes, Corks, Glossy Ads (paperclips & staples OK), Milk Cartons and Plastic Bottles, Catalogs Magazines, Newspaper, Toilet Paper and Paper Towel Rolls, Jars, Lids, and Cans, Egg Cartons, Telephone Books, Small Appliances -examples- Toasters, Irons, Coffee Makers, Kitchen Mixers, Pots and Pans, Glass, Styrofoam (packing peanuts etc.), Plastic Grocery Bags etc.

    In general... anything recyclable item that you can imagine.