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If you're interested in the creative side of ethical fashion manufacturing and production but don't necessarily want to start your own brand, you could follow in the footsteps of someone like Maria Elena Pombo. After studying fashion design at Parsons and landing a technical design job at Michael Kors, she began to experiment with natural dyes in her free time as a way to help her boyfriend get his line of bags off the ground."I was expecting the colors to be very subtle, but they were actually quite vibrant, and I fell in love with the process," Pombo says. She started Fragmentario shortly thereafter, a natural dye project that she uses as an outlet to dye things for bands or theatrical sets, in addition to hosting workshops teaching people to use natural dyes at home."My favorite sources to use are avocado pits and onion skins," Pombo says. "But there's only so much I can gather from my own eating, so I have to be creative. I have a network of friends and restaurants who save their avocado pits for me. I also do daily visits to different supermarkets and clean their onion boxes to get my onion skins. When people who don't know about Fragmentario see me with the avocado pits or the onion skins, they are so curious about why I want this 'trash.'"