On the recent fabric & fashion fairs that we visited, we noticed the strong will of all the industry to support the Bioeconomy and to be change makers, going further than supplying recycled fabrics. Thus yarn, fabric, accessories and service suppliers are showing actions to offer innovative and meaningful products.
Naia by Eastman, is an innovative cellulosic yarn sourced from sustainable managed forest (FCS) and made in USA. Both process and final products are quite remarkable, they have 7 certificated labels: OEKO-TEX, PEFC... They use a close-loop production system to serve water and energy, as well as a dry spinning technic.
This is a high quality natural & biodegradable fiber, very souple with a silk touch, an elegant shine and a nice drape. It does adapt to both woven ( velvet, popeline...) and non woven fabrics (charmeuse...), for lingerie, RTW, sport wear... Naia is already collaborating with the biggest suppliers like BEST PACIFIC and some beautiful lingerie brands like CALIDA Switzerland.
Econyl is an Italian company making regenerated nylon. They are working in a circular economy process, recycling nylon yarns. Very involved in the ocean's preservation, for every 10k tons of Econyl's raw material, they are able to save 70,000 barrels of crude oil and to avoid 57,100 tonnes of CO2 eq. emissions. As well as being a solution on waste, ECONYL® regenerated nylon is also better when it comes to climate change. It reduces the global warming impact of nylon by up to 80% compared with the material from oil.
RE-VERSO Cashmere for Stella Mc Cartney
The Italian company Re.Verso™ is the brand of a new, fully transparent, certified and traceable Italian textile system intended for wool and cashmere. The integrated supply chain can boast incredible savings in terms of: energy (-76%), water (-89%) and CO2 emissions (-96%), as certified by the LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) study led by PRIMA Q (datas refer to wool). In addition, as we know that Kering group (owner of Stella Mc Cartney) is really involved in improving their sustainability in sourcing, Re-verso is a traceable and 100% made in Italy fabric.
ACCESORIE'S SUPPLIER :
During last Interfilliere Paris show, they introduced their new organic cotton "gros grain", "taffeta" and "sergé" ribbon and with they "re-weave" project they gave the opportunity to the artist Jeanne Goutelle tu up-cycle so waste.
OUTDOOR FABRIC :
The danish textile supplier Kvadrat presented some outdoor fabric performance to get inspired from; Patio the new outdoor fluorocarbon-free fabric.
EUROPEAN RESEARCH CENTER:
Centre Européens des textiles innovants/ European center of innovative textiles is the organisation which is dedicating its work to research and to develop innovation & solutions for textile industry. Through recycling, physical and digital researches, it is a place for designing, testing and prototype new products and materials adapted to the trends and needs of tomorrow.
SELFRIDGES : IN A B TO C PERSPECTIVE
The British famous dept store Selfridges is hardly working on sustainability campaign, by selecting some additional sustainable brands and reorganising their own system they are targeting :
We aim to reduce our carbon emissions by 15% by 2020.
We aim to reduce our water usage by 12% by 2020.
We aim to reduce total waste by 70% by 2020.
Our iconic yellow bags contain 20% recycled coffee cups.
Sustainable is everywhere and seems to go out of the niche markets thanks to big actors of the fashion industry.
If you want to go further in you research, have a look to Fashion Revolution move and as a professional, take a part to the next "Who made my clothes " campaign, from 22nd to 28th of April 2019.
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