Emission Blanket — Flat knit
The global emission of man made Greenhouse Gases are the main driver of Global Warming. This is caused by the burning of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas. The most common Greenhouse Gases are carbon dioxide (CO2) that is primarily emitted through human activities and responsible for 76% of the total emission. Methane is emitted from a variety of human-influenced that include landfills and agricultural activities, that causes 16% of the emission.
The diagrams shown are based on the prediction models until 2100, as presented by IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). Each dataset is based on four emission models, RCP (Representative Concentration Pathways) 2.6, 4.0, 6.5 and 8.5. These range from the least emission, according to Paris Climate Agreement until the maximum emission without any decrease of Greenhouse Gas emission.
The pattern of the blanket is based on the 4 different scenario predictions that have been modelled by IPCC. The lines show the recorded temperature rise from 2000 until the predicted rise in 2100.
CO2 is at its highest in 2 million years. Pre-industrial CO2 levels were around 280 parts per million (ppm). Today, we stand near 420 ppm.
Flat-bed knitting machines are traditionally used for the production of pullovers and other outerwear garments. The technique of knitting reduces waste during the production due to its made to measure ability. For the development of the flat knit blankets the studio has worked with TextielLab.
The approach of the textile design is to translate Climate Change data into appealing graphics and patterns. The displayed information is based on numbers to inform the viewer.
Emission Blanket – Double knit
The diverse patterns and graphics of the blanket are based on several Temperature related data. For example it shows that Global Warming varies in intensity depending on the region, or it compares human and natural drivers of Temperature Change.
Communicating Climate Change through textiles. The blankets are aesthetic carriers of data that visualise Global Warming and they provide the user with warmth.
The world emits about 43 billion tons of CO2 a year. Scientists estimate that roughly 500 more gigatons can still be emitted to stay below two degrees.
Double knitting allows you to create two layers of fabric at the same time. The layers can be interlocked together to create subtle height differences and embossing effects. For the development of the double knit blankets the studio has teamed up with TextielLab.
Emission Blanket – Double knit is constructed from 4 coloured yarns. The yarns on the back layer bind with the yarns of the front layer to create height differences and blends of the different hues.