INNOVATIVE SUSTAINABILITY IN TEXTILES

INNOVATIVE SUSTAINABILITY IN TEXTILES

Antonia Sardone – September 6, 2020 – Fashion InnovationSustainabilityTrends

Fashion and Substainability. (Photo Credit: Miss Owl)

DO YOU HAVE A CLEAR FASHION CONSCIENCE?

If you’re like us, you probably spent some of your Covid lockdown time cleaning out your closets (and if you didn’t you should). How many of you have a clear fashion conscience? Was every purchase justified? Or, did you discover that some of the clothes and shoes in your closet you never wore, not even once? Or maybe you wore them only twice? Well, it’s time to take stock of your buying habits and your carbon footprint. To get a clear fashion conscience, next time you’re thinking of making purchase, ask yourself, “am I doing all I could to help”?

THE POLLUTION INDUSTRY

The fashion industry is one of the biggest culprits in causing pollution and damage ing our earth. By 2030, it is predicted that the industry’s water consumption will increase by 50 percent to 118 billion cubic meters (or 31.17 trillion gallons). Its carbon footprint will increase to 2,791 million tons and the amount of waste it creates will hit 148 million tons, according to The Fashion Law website (TFL).

Today more than ever, designers, brands and retailers are looking for ways to reduce their negative impact on the environment. Brands are embracing sustainable cotton initiatives to: reduce water, energy and chemical use; new dyeing technology to reduce water consumption by up to 50 percent; as well as numerous energy and chemical saving schemes throughout the supply chain. In the UK, the result of this work is percolating through to retailers, with a reduction in the carbon and water footprints per ton of clothing of 8 percent and 7 percent respectively since 2012, according to TFL.

Eco Conscious Meets Fashion Conscious. (Photo Credit: Carrygreen)

The movement towards eco fashion is growing quickly. Followers of the movement believe that the fashion industry has an obligation to place environmental, social, and ethical improvements in their practices at every level of the supply chain. One of the goals of sustainable fashion is to create a thriving ecosystem and enriched communities through its activity. Some examples of this include: prolonging the lifecycle of materials; increasing the value of timeless garments; reducing the amount of waste; and reducing the harm to the environment created as a result of producing clothing.

Why Sustainable in Fashion Matters. (Photo Credit: Sustainable Fashion Academy)

Textile designers around the world are looking for innovative techniques to produce fabrics in a sustainable matter. There are a few pioneering companies that are creating innovative textiles, such as biodegradable glitter and fabrics created from seaweed. Here are a few companies that are making a big difference.

ALGIKNIT

The company Algiknit produces textile fibres extracted from kelp, a variety of seaweed. The extrusion process turns the biopolymer mixture into kelp-based thread that can be knitted or 3D printed to minimize waste. The final knitwear is biodegradable and can be dyed with natural pigments in a closed loop cycle.

BIOGLITZ

BioGlitz produces the world’s first biodegradable glitter. Based on a unique biodegradable formula made from eucalyptus tree extract, the eco-glitter is fully biodegradable, compostable and allows for the sustainable consumption of glitter without the environmental damage associated with micro plastics.

FLOCUS

Flocus produces natural yarns, fillings and fabrics made from kapok fibers. The kapok tree can be naturally grown without the use of pesticides and insecticide in arid soil not suitable for agricultural farming, offering a sustainable alternative to high water consumption natural fiber crops such as cotton.

FRUMAT

Frumat uses apples to create a leather-like material. Apple pectin is an industrial waste product which can be used to create sustainable materials that are completely compostable, while still being durable enough to create luxurious accessories. The leathers can be dyed naturally and tanned without chemically intensive techniques.

DRITAN

DriTan is taking sustainable steps towards water-free leather manufacturing. The technology was developed by ECCO Leather and uses the moisture present in the hides as a key step in their tanning process. This innovative technology will change the leather industry and save 25 million liters of water a year. This technique also minimizes the discharge of waste water and the use of chemicals.

MYLO

Mylo is a sustainable leather grown from mycelium, which has its root structure in mushrooms. In nature, mycelium grows underground in soil, forming networks of threads that help recycle organic matter on the forest floor, while providing nutrients to plants and trees. The threads interweave and self-assemble themselves into a 3D matrix that can spread for miles. Bolt Threads Mylo material looks like hand-crafted leather and shares leather’s warm touch and suppleness. Mylo can be produced in days, without the need for animal hides or the toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic leathers.

RECYCROM

Recycrom is turning waste into colors by building on its “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” mission. Recycrom is a patented, sustainable range of synthetic colored dyestuff powders made from 100% recycled textile cotton waste and textile scraps from used clothing and manufacturing waste. The dyes utilize eco-sustainable inputs without using chemical dyes and harming the environment. When dyed using Recycrom colors, the fabrics have a washed-out and natural look that complements today’s current fashion trends. Brands can collaborate with the inventors at Officina+39 to make Recycrom custom dyes using a manufacturers’ own scraps/textile waste.

THE ECO MOVEMENT IS GROWING

While creating sustainable textiles is only one step to creating an eco-friendly brand, it’s refreshing to see so many fashion companies looking for ways to make a global impact on the environment. Stella McCartney has been ahead of the movement and has always produced her collections in an ethical manner. Today fashion brands have plenty of choices to reduce their carbon footprint.

Stella McCartney’s Spring 2020 Ad Campaign. (Photo Credit: Stella McCartney)

https://www.universityoffashion.com/blog/category/fashion-innovation/

Corona Virus Outbreak Impact on The Fashion Industry

Across the world, corona virus is out breaking very quickly as it is not only impacting the lives and health of the people but also almost every industry is getting impacted by this in many ways The manufacturing, the supply, the market everything. In short whole supply chain of most of the industries getting affected. Coming to the fashion industry, the effect of this deadly virus is not a good sign for the upcoming days.We all know the virus was originated from china and nowadays it is creating its dis-effects in counties like Italy, Japan, Egypt, Iran, U.S, and the U.K. Clearly the business and supply chain will obviously get disturbed in many aspects.The coronavirus outbreak is impacting the fashion’s industry in many ways like.

corona-virus-outbreak-impact-on-the-fashion-industry
corona-virus-outbreak-impact-on-the-fashion-industry

Across the world, corona virus is out breaking very quickly as it is not only impacting the lives and health of the people but also almost every industry is getting impacted by this in many ways The manufacturing, the supply, the market everything. In short whole supply chain of most of the industries getting affected. Coming to the fashion industry, the effect of this deadly virus is not a good sign for the upcoming days.We all know the virus was originated from china and nowadays it is creating its dis-effects in counties like Italy, Japan, Egypt, Iran, U.S, and the U.K. Clearly the business and supply chain will obviously get disturbed in many aspects.The coronavirus outbreak is impacting the fashion’s industry in many ways like.

Discontinuity in the supply chain

Previously we discussed the virus is originated from China and most of the luxury brands have their textile manufacturing factories in china.Even estimation is that the china is covering up to one-third of the textile and clothing of across the globe. Just because of this virus the manufacturing of the raw material gets affected. In most of the manufacturing unit, the workers and the staff members are unable to work properly because the people are bound to avoid public places. The cities are under lockdown and health inspections are takin place on daily basis.This happened to result in plenty of workers and resources in manufacturing units.

This condition is the same in almost all industries related to fashion brands. The manufacturing units are unable to out their orders to the global market on time. This results in the delay in the supply of the fashion accessories to the inventory of top brands. And if the demand and completion get affected than the customers from across the globe will get detached from their trusted brands.

Delay in the summer collection

Disturbance in the supply chain directly impacts on the upcoming summer collections of almost every brand which will have to come in a few months. The top brands like Armani, Vogue, Dolce, Gabbana, etc will have to release their summer collection in a few months like every year. But because of this coronavirus outbreak is impacting the fashion’s Industry, the supply of the fashion products in market gets disturbed and the brands are bound to postpone the summer collections by one or more months. This thing is also affecting the holiday offers which truly will affect the overall sales and profitability of the particular brand.

Delay in summer collection directly hit the overall consumption and sales. The situation will be more problematic for the brands that have to supply directly to the retailers as they are in the contract with them to full fill their inventory by a particular date. So it will result in the delay of summer collection by almost one or more months by which is way too late for top fashion brands.

Super Model Naomi Campbel taking precautions against Corona Virus
Super Model Naomi Campbel taking precautions against Corona Virus

Cancellation/postpone of Fashion events

Fashion events play a very crucial role in the brandings of any top brand. The retailers and customers get aware and will be get updated for the upcoming collection of a particular brand. After the outbreak of corona virus, many fashion events get cancelled just because of the very low recently Green day announced that they will postpone their Asian tour just because of some health issues due to corona virus. Although some of the fashion designers doing their level best to deliver the fashion accessories on time to remain in continuity. In Paris, Fashion week models were seen wearing a mask to promote the outfits’ compatibility with the virus. Just like these events many other events will be cancelled or postponed. Cancellation of these events will directly impact on the public of the collection. Now most of the brands are bound to supply their products through online shops which are quite an effective approach to get in touch with their customers

Coronavirus crisis and the fashion Industry

Corona Virus Outbreak Impact on The Fashion IndustrySo the corona virus crisiss is affecting the overall supply chain of almost all industries. What happen next is, the manufacturing units are in loss and not able to generate much revenue because due to discontinuity in the supply to the vendor brands the overall profitability is impacted much harder. And the overall delay in the whole process affects the jobs or the employees who are involved in this industry. From the manufacturers end because of non-involvement of workers the companies are bound to rationalize the jobs. Also the supplier end and retailer all the departments are highly impacted. It seems that for the upcoming winter season the brands have to set up their manufacturing units in such areas where there is no thread of obviously it will be not easy for them but steps should be taken to get in the normal.  https://blog.styliafoe.com/corona-virus-outbreak-impact-on-the-fashion-industry/

The Future Design Series: Fashion, Innovation and Technology

As the world consumes its way to an environmental apocalypse, it has become obvious that humankind will have to reassess the way it uses its resources. One way we have come to cope with this challenge is through innovations and sustainable design.

The intention of sustainable design is to “eliminate negative environmental impact completely through skillful, sensitive design”.

Manifestations of sustainable design require renewable resources, impact the environment minimally, and connect people with the natural environment.

Over the coming months we will be examining some of these design developments aimed at building a sustainable future. Some of these are already in the market; others are still no more than ideas and prototypes. Whatever stage they are in, what they offer is hope. 

Future Design: Fashion Edition

According to the United Nations, the fashion industry is responsible for 10% of global greenhouse emissions. That is twice more than the aviation industry. Every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned. Even without the aid of these statistics, it’s easy for us to see just how unsustainable fashion currently is.  

Fashion’s unsustainability runs from end-to-end. For instance, It takes roughly 20,000 litres of water to produce just one kilogram of cotton, equivalent to one t-shirt and a pair of jeans. So that by the time the end-consumer buys it, enormous amounts of water and power have already been used and wasted, and in the case of synthetic fabrics, microplastics are released into the ocean. 

A viable solution here is design. Fueled by a vision of a sustainable future and advancements in technology, fashion houses and startups have taken up the challenge of designing a more sustainable future for the fashion industry. In my estimation, this involves the fundamental overhauling of fashion and its supply chain. It also means redefining our traditional values as they relate to clothes because what we believe our clothes should be made of and who we imagine ought to make them all depends on our perception.

In this first edition of #FUTUREDESIGN, we look at the design breakthroughs that hold the key to fashion’s sustainable future.

https://ecowarriorprincess.net/2019/07/future-design-series-fashion-innovation-technology/

7 INNOVATIVE IDEAS CHANGING THE FASHION INDUSTRY

innovative-ideasfashion-week-innovations

INNOVATION SNAPSHOT

Some of our favourite fashion innovations from recent months, focusing on marketing, emerging technologies and design

We’re in the midst of the fall Fashion Week season. Besides showcasing the latest fashion trends and designs, these events also feature some of the industry’s most exciting innovations, such as Superpersonal’s virtual fitting app, which was showcased during London Fashion Week in February. 

We thought this would be a good time to resurface some of our favourite fashion innovations from the last several months. Having recently shared 10 of our top innovations in sustainable clothing, the following innovations focus on the industry in a broader sense — including breakthroughs in marketing, emerging technologies and design.

https://www.springwise.com/innovative-ideas/fashion-week-innovations

15 innovations changing the fashion world

From biodegradable glitter to fabrics made from seaweed or orange fibres – these are the next generation of fashion innovators. Algiknit, BioGlitz, circular.fashion, FLOCUS, Frumat, Good on You, Mango Materials, Nano Textile, Orange Fibre, PAPTIC, PlanetCare, Provenance, Reverse Resources, Scalable Garment Technologies and Style Lend are brands working hard to transform the fashion industry for good.

G_Lona-Style-Lend-1

Fifteen selected start-ups are offering a better future to the fashion industry. That is why they are actually being supported by the Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator through partners like Adidas, C&A, Galeries Lafayette, Kering, Target and Zalando.

Algiknit, BioGlitz, circular.fashion, FLOCUS, Frumat, Good on You, Mango Materials, Nano Textile, Orange Fibre, PAPTIC, PlanetCare, Provenance, Reverse Resources, Scalable Garment Technologies and Style Lend represent varied supply chain areas -from alternative raw materials to new business models-. But, who are them? What kind of innovations are they offering?

A better future for fashion

https://luxiders.com/innovations-changing-fashion/

DESIGNING AFRICA’S FUTURE

AFI FASHION WEEK

DESIGNING AFRICA’S FUTURE

Capetown International Convention Centre 12 – 14 March 2020

ALL ABOUT THE AFI FASHION WEEK 2020

Three days of Fashion, Marketplace and Masterclass

African Fashion International (AFI) was established as part of an unequivocal determination to propel and restore refined African fashion brands on the global stage. With our understanding of quality and craftsmanship, a point of view that is unique coupled with Africa’s heritage and history, we aim to be pioneers in luxury African fashion.

Our efforts have been focused on presenting African talent at a world-class level, ensuring the best possible showcase to take the incredible skills and creative talent found on our continent to the world.

Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe – Founder & Executive Chairperson of African Fashion International (AFI).

BUY YOUR TICKET

AFI FASHION WEEK 2020

AFRICAN FASHION INTERNATIONAL (AFI) ANNOUNCES THE DATE FOR AFI FASHION WEEK 2020 IN CAPE TOWN

AFI-image-234

AFI is excited to share with you the dates and the venue for the upcoming AFI Fashion Week which will take place on the 12th till the 14th of March 2020 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

AFI brings you empowering, educational, networking and loads of entertainment presented through its offerings; Fastrack, AFI Masterclass, AFI Designer Marketplace and Fashion Shows.

To catch all the developments and the build-up towards AFI Fashion Week, follow our social media platforms and our website https://africanfashioninternational.com

Thulile Gama
PR Coordinator
thulile@afi.za.com
Mobile: 073 931 4842

Facebook: @africanfashioninternational
Instagram: @afi_sa
Twitter: @AFI_sa

MORE : AFI FASHION WEEK 2020

4th NYFW FASHINNOVATION

We are excited to see you TODAY – Wednesday, February 5th – at the 4th NYFW FASHINNOVATION Edition at Bohemian National Hall, at 09:00 AM.
Follow our Instagram Stories! 
We have prepared an exciting experience for the day & we are thrilled to have you with us!
Görüntünün olası içeriği: yazı
The panels will begin at 09:40 AM with Simon Collins, Founder of WeDesign.org who recently did the opening remarks for the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, speaking on “Fashion is Unsustainable”, followed by a Keynote Fireside with Arielle Charnas, Founder of Something Navy & Matt Scanlan, CEO of NAADAM & Thakoon.
See the full agenda for the day here.
Present your ID upon arrival as your name is all set on the guest list.
  • Where: Bohemian National Hall – 321 E 73rd St NYC
  • When: February 5th, Wednesday
  • Time: 9 AM to 5:30 PM (Panel Talks/ Networking)
  • 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (VIP Cocktail Reception)
See you soon!

Best,

FASHINNOVATION Team

Check our video Manifest Fashion Is to LOVE!

Fashion Is to Love💙

unnamed (2)

A History of Fashion’s Obsession with the Space Age, From Courrèges to Chanel

Isaac Newton were alive today, he might have come up with a fourth law of motion just to deal with fashion trends, which seem to defy all existing rules by moving forwards and backwards at the same time. Fashion is supposed to take us into the future, but wait long enough and yesterday’s trends will come back eventually, some returning faster than others.

In 2017, for example, we’re seeing the return of Paco Rabanne’s signature metallic chain-metal dresses, which first walked the runways in the 1960s, and were “in” again in the early-aughts during Paris Hilton’s heyday. Now, they can be found in Paris nightclubs on twentysomethings like Bella Hadid. To boot, white go-go boots are back as well—a trend that similarly took off in the ’60s along with Space Age style, starting with André Courrèges and was later recycled during the Studio 54 era. Now, they’re back with the help of brands like Balenciaga. (And Hadid too, of course.)

As with the constellations, drawing lines between reoccurring trends can help make sense of where we come from, how we ended up here, and where we might be headed. And fittingly, all roads lead to outer space at the moment, from Chanel’s rocket launch on the runway to Christopher Kane’s cosmic prints.

MORE https://www.wmagazine.com/story/space-age-style-history-courreges