Due to these conditions, the need for more sustainable type of design grows dramatically. Therefore, the key aim of the ten sustainability strategies presented on the TED website is to encourage sustainable textile design in order to make the industry more ecologically friendly, more ethical and ‘better’. The majority of strategies tend to revolve around the issues of waste minimization, production of highly recyclable designs, ethical issues concerning textile design and production (e.g. workers’ rights), minimal energy and water consumption and others. However, the strategy number six stands out among the others, being focused rather on aesthetical and artistic aspects of design than on its environmental impact, economic or ethical value. The strategy is based on taking inspiration for design either in the experience of the past (both techniques of production and details of design, patterns etc.) or in nature as one of the most perfect and rich sources. Fatma Mete (2006) pays much attention to the sources of inspiration in the process of designing garments and textiles insisting on their significance throughout the creative process giving birth to an original style or conception.
Indeed, this strategy is of extreme importance for the modern design and fashion industry, for clothing has long ago ceased to be the mere practical need, expanding its functional array to the variety of new aspects such as the means for expressing beliefs, tastes and certain traits of the person wearing it. At the same time, one should admit that everything has already been invented, and the way designers work nowadays is chiefly based on research of the past experience. Research of surviving historical specimens of textiles, data and garments “underpins designers’ ideas, informs the shapes and proportions they use, influences the materials they choose to work with and determines the