New textile material innovators joining Fashion For Good

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.

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News: Stil & Teknik launching brand new podcast today!

Yes, the time has come to start something new! Today I’m launching the very first episode of the Stil & Teknik Podcast on Soundcloud. In this podcast I’m going to explore how tech, fashion and sustainability intersect, focusing on new exciting innovations aiming at making fashion a more sustainable industry.
This is a pilot mini episode introducing the concept to listeners. In upcoming episodes I plan to make interviews with the innovators and creators of this fast evolving field. Just click this link to listen:

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Fashion, tech and sustainability at SXSW

This year’s edition of SXSW starts tomorrow in Austin, Texas. And during the interactive part of the festival, there’s quite a few interesting takes on fashion, tech and sustainability that anybody present should take the chance to check out. Starting tomorrow, a panel consisting of  representatives from The H&M Group and Sustainable Apparel Coalition among others, will discuss production techniques that lessen the carbon footprint and technologies to help manage the demand for a circular economy in ”Hype or reality? Sustainability in fashion”.
On Saturday, Finery’s Brooklyn Decker and Whitney Casey  joins Camille Styles Inc in ”Promoting a sustainable fashion economy with tech”, in a panel talk about the responsibilities of the fashion and tech industries to implement sustainable practices. On the same day, reps from Rent the Runway and West Elm takes on the subject of the sharing economy, exploring what it means on a personal, everyday level to live a life where you don’t own your car, clothes and homes for instance.
On March 11 Padmini Ranganathan of SAP Ariba will speak about the tech that help tackle supply chain issues like child labour and poverty, and deliver the transparence needed to manage the challenges and also effect change.
If you happen to be there, don’t miss it!

Happy Birthday Stil & Teknik!

Oh yes, today is the day – my beloved blog baby Stil & Teknik turns 4 years old! Celebrating with a traditional Swedish semla (and a slightly used cake candle #sustainability #recycling), I am planning the next step in Stil & Teknik’s existence. I’ll tell you more about it soon!
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Focusing on the love of clothes rather than fashion

Young British designer Patrick McDowell is on to something important; I think. Not only does the The Central Saint Martin graduate focus on sustainability, primarily using fabric remnants and textile waste in his eye-popping and exaggerated designs (seen on the likes of M.I.A and Rita Ora).  But his approach to the whole fashion world is refreshing too.
“I have distinct memories of seeing my mom dress up for occasions. It left me awe-struck to see her personality transform purely on the back of pieces of fabric. That’s clothes for me. Fashion is an artificial creation by the industry to sell more. We need to go back to loving clothes than fashion per se”, he shares with FashNerd.
Read more about Patrick McDowell here.

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Photo credit: Patrick McDowell press image.

Hey! Your next pair of shoes might be made of pineapples

While cotton might  be a great material to wear – it is unfortunately also responsible for soil erosion and water contamination from pesticides among other things. Producing just one single t-shirt also takes about 20 000 litres of water. At the same time, synthetic materials made from fossil fuels such as acrylic and polyester, produces carcinogens in the production stage and whenever we wash the items, plastic micro fibers enter our water supply, Forbes reports.
But fret not, lots of other materials are coming our way!
Several companies are now making textile materials out of agricultural waste that otherwise would just be left to rot. Winner of H&M Foundation Global Change Award in 2018, Circular Systems, makes a bio fiber out of crop waste such as hemp, flax, pineapples, bananas and sugar cane. They also make other materials of the waste, such as packaging and bio fuel.
The company Orange Fiber similarly rescues all the orange peels discarded after making orange juice in Italy every year, and turns it into a silky fabric similar to viscose. In 2017, Italian luxury goods company Salvatore Ferragamo even made a collection of clothes in this material.
Speaking of pineapples, it can also turn into vegan leather. Piñatex, as it is called, is made from pineapple leaf fibres and other parts of the fruit that can’t be eaten. Meanwhile, Chip(s) Board make bioplastic made of potato waste and Vegea make leather from grape waste.
As Forbes put it: a new revolution in material innovation is on its way.

 

RFID connected clothing a tool in Swedish fashion sustainability experiment

How do we create new ways to look at fashion och fashion consumption? F/ACT Movement is now launching a six month long project where the goal is to inspire fashion lovers to make sustainable choices without compromising the passion for fashion.
The participants will all use what’s already in their closets when they start, and are not allowed buy any new clothing during the project.
Their clothes will then get RFID tags to track how often each item is used, who’s using them and how they’re combined. During this period the participants will get some assistance though. Stylists will help them come up with combinations and looks, and once a month they also get the opportunity to swop clothes with each other and to repair and redesign them to prolong their lifespan.
F/ACT Movement is run by the research project Re:Textile in Borås, Sweden. It’s a collaboration between them, Gothenburg region and The Swedish Fashion Council.
Want to join? Last day to apply for the project is February 15.
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Photo cred: F/ACT Movement.