Ten new innovators are joining Fashion For Good and their Plug and Play Accelerator. Several of them are making new materials, an issue I will address in my upcoming full length episode of the Stil & Teknik Podcast.
Among the companies joining the sustainable textile and circular fashion innovation platform is Dimpora, who makes a waterproof membrane material without harmful chemicals. Also joining are PondTextile, who has come up with a resin material made from plant starch, that is meant to replace fossil fuel based polyester fibers, and Checkerspot, a technology platform that enables the design of new materials on a molecular level.
About 80 000 tons of textiles are thrown away in Sweden every year. This is something that Swedish Fashion Council is trying to help battle. On November 22 and 23, they are arranging this year’s second Circular Textile Hackathon, where companies within the fashion and textile industries, and students, innovators and entrepreneurs will put their minds together to find new, circular solutions and challenge the linear system the industry is working within today.
The hackathon is a collaboration between Swedish Fashion Council, Science Park Borås, ReTextile, Inkubatorn i Borås and Drivhuset i Borås.
Photo credit: Swedish Fashion Council
Speaking about sustainable fashion: today industry experts meet up to discuss and explore ways to reduce fashion’s impact on the environment. The conference held at the Victoria & Albert Museum will take a closer look both at small scale inovations and new methods introduces by global brands. Among the speakers are representatives from Nike and Stella McCartney, as well as The Sustainable Angle and Fashion Revolution, to mention a few.
”You can’t say hi to the new without bye to the old”, says Yolanda Zobel, new artistic director of iconic brand Courregés.
What she is talking about is the brand’s pop-up store that recently opened up in Paris, where all their products made of vinyl are now on sale until they run out. The ”Fin de Plastique” initiative marks the brand’s new direction: from now on they will aim to use sustainable or recycled versions instead, as reported by The Current Daily.
Luxury brand Stella McCartney has become an official partner with Fashion For Good, a global platform for innovation and sustainability. A good match, since Fashion For Good aims to lead the fashion industry towards a circular model, while McCartney has long been known for its focus on sustainability.
– We are constantly exploring innovative ways to become more sustainable, joining Fashion for Good helps us on this journey. Together we can spark and scale the next generation of circular technologies and help change the fashion industry, Stella McCartney said in a statement.
In October, a dress by Stella McCartney will be displayed at Fashion for Good’s Museum in Amsterdam, the first museum entirely dedicated to sustainable fashion innovations. The organic cotton dress is dyed with Colorfix, a pigment made from engineered microorganisms.