Discover best-practice textiles for the future of fashion
From raw materials through to garments, Japanese company Toyoshima work to create high quality and innovative fabrics, incorporating best practice sustainable fibres such as Tencel™ lyocell and organic cotton. Their innovative materials include a project called Food Textile, which uses leftover vegetables from the food manufacturing process as dyestuffs. Their gentle vegetable hues were developed to tackle the issue of food waste.
Ananas Anam is the manufacturer and company behind Piñatex, a vegan leather alternative made from pineapple leaf fibre that is a by-product of existing agriculture which would otherwise be burned or discarded. – no extra land, water or pesticides are required to produce the leaves that are used to create Piñatex. The creation of Piñatex provides an additional income stream to pineapple farming communities. As a Certified B Corporation, they are committed to ethical, transparent and responsible business practices. Their company’s aim is to meet the challenges of our times by developing products in which commercial success is integrated with, and promotes, social, cultural and ecological development.
Bananatex® is the world’s first durable, water-proof fabric made purely from the banana plant Abacá. Cultivated in the Philippine highlands within a natural ecosystem of sustainable forestry, the plants require no pesticides, fertiliser or extra water. These qualities have allowed it to contribute to reforestation in areas of former Philippine jungle once eroded due to monocultural palm plantations, whilst enhancing biodiversity and the economic prosperity of its farmers. In one year, one banana tree can compensate for the CO2 emissions of production and transport of more than ten bags made from its fibre. Bananatex® can be composted to close the product cycle loop, from plant to bag and back into the soil.
Recyctex is a textile mill specialising in recycled fabric. Their core products are recycled fabric made from abandoned fishing nets, plastic bottles, discarded clothes and textile waste. In 2014, Recyctex was the first company to use Italian recycled nylon yarn for woven materials, from waste streams such as abandoned fishing nets or carpets. Recyctex fabric is widely used in sports, fashion wear, and bags, working with more than 40 international brands. Made-to-order, low MOQ available. The company is bluesign®, OEKO-TEX Standard 100, a Textile Exchange Member, and certified Global Recycled Standard.
Mantero is a family-owned luxury textile company founded in 1902. All their processes from design, weaving, screen & digital printing, finishing, edging and quality control occur in Italy. Since 2015 the company has implemented the ZDHC Programme to phase out hazardous chemicals. They have installed a steam reduction system, photovoltaic and LED lighting systems, and new equipment in the central heating plant, which recovers heat to use during the washing processes and is saving methane gas and reducing CO2 emissions.
Following a four-year R&D process, they are proud innovators of RESILK, a mechanically recycled silk yarn that particularly resembles cashmere in its final form. They are Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified for weaving and printing of silk and cotton fabrics and have Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) certification for recycled polyester.
Clerici Tessuto combines traditional Comascan craftsmanship with the innovative excellence of the Como silk industry. As a key textile supplier to the world luxury market since 1922, Clerici produces ethical textiles for longevity and is constantly researching new ways to use yarns in woven and printing techniques, with a speciality in compact jacquard weaves.
Clerici Tessuto has sealed an agreement with Parley for the Oceans to produce luxury fabrics using their GRS (Global Recycle Standard) certified polyester yarn, crafted from upcycled marine plastic debris intercepted from beaches, islands and coastal communities.
Based in France, Chargeurs has created a broad range of sustainable inner components (linings and interlinings) that incorporates recycled synthetic fibres (such as from recycled PET bottles), as well as sustainable natural fabrics and zero water alternatives. They are signed up to the UN Global Compact and certified by Global Recycled Standard (GRS) – Oekotex – Reach – ZDHC – Cotton Leads and Sustainable Apparel Coalition, and strive to innovate sustainable solutions, continually reviewing their carbon footprint. As part of their drive to reduce CO2 involves a reforestation program in partnership with WeForest, who have planted a carbon-sequestering micro forest in Zambia. Chargeurs donates a portion of profits from their sustainable range to the reforestation program.
Esce-Tex™ provides tools and services to increase accessibility and creativity for more sustainability in fashion, such as supplying sustainable fabrics and materials, design tools and fabric sourcing knowledge. They make sustainable fabrics available for designers with low MOQs while offering a range of other services, including custom digital print. All their fabrics are provided with sustainability and traceability documentation, including fabric and mill breakdowns about their social compliance and certifications. All of the mills from Esce-Tex™ are members of SEDEX, an ethical trade membership, following SMETA auditing methodology for Social Compliance.
House of U is a Digital Textile Printer with a wide selection of sustainable fabrics. All their inks are GOTS certified. They have no minimum order quantity and a quick, easy to use online ordering system. They have been working to tackle their chemical, water, and energy impacts, next to offering a wide range of sustainable materials to print on. The print house helps clients achieve rich and deep colours by using certified inks on a wide range of beautiful sustainable fabrics. They have, for example, GRS-certified recycled polyester, organic cottons, and lyocell fibres in their selection.
Organic Textile Company produce and stock fabrics made from GOTS certified organic cotton and Oeko-Tex certified bamboo viscose, as well as linen. Qualities include a wide range of jersey, fleece sweatshirt, calico, canvas, denim, printed and yarn dyed woven fabrics, voile, muslin, velour plus many more. OTC holds large UK stocks and also produces small batches of bespoke fabrics.
Organic Cotton Colours is dedicated to having a sustainable supply chain: 150 farmers and their families are part of the project; every grower owns the land he or she farms (av. 1 hectare). Biodynamic growing practices: the farmers also grow other organic foodstuffs for sale or self-sufficiency such as millet, beans, peanuts, sesame, palm, castor oil, cucumbers, etc. OCC always obtain cotton in unginned bales; in other words, the farmers keep all the seeds for replanting or for feeding the animals. OCC do not use irrigation systems (just rainwater), and the fields are worked with animals, free from polluting agricultural machinery.
Based in Brazil, Nova Kaeru is an exotic bio leathers tannery, specialised in organic tanning on fish leathers and a plant based material called beLEAF™. Nova Kaeru has also developed a vegan “leather” alternative called beLeaf™, derived from the large tropical plant leaves (called ‘Elephant Ear’) and tanned with an organic process. The tropical plant leaves are not monoculture, commercial crops – they are renewable resources that grow freely on the banks of forests and rivers. They are collected in sustainable areas near the Nova Kaeru facilities and planted together with reforestation farms. The close proximity of beLeaf™ production decreases the carbon footprint, and emissions are offset by the positive impact of reforestation, which provides oxygen to the atmosphere. In addition, organic waste from the tanning processes are composted and reused as soil nutrients to help protect biodiversity and waterways, and water from tanning is reused for irrigation of the plants.
Steiff Schulte produces 3-dimensional pile fabrics in Germany since 1901. They specialise in the production of faux fur from natural fibres like Mohair or Alpaca, but have recently also started pile fabrics made from sustainable fibres such as hemp, paper, linen, wool, or organic cotton. Their weaving factory is a fully vertically integrated textile company withmany stages of the production process in a single location: warping, weaving, dyeing, finishing and quality control. This enables them to achieve high-quality standards and availability of small quantities in individual customer colours (from 30m).
Natural Fiber Welding’s mentality is “Plants not Plastic”™. The company aims to eliminate the use of petrochemicals in the textile industry and utilise renewable resources in the natural world. Natural Fiber Welding, Inc. (NFW™) is the creator behind Mirum™, a high performance leather alternative material that is plant-based and synthetic-free. NFW commits to creating materials that are biodegradable or can be “upcycled” to eliminate waste and ensure responsible end-of-life options. Furthermore, NFW works to ensure every virgin raw material used in the creation of Mirum™ is just as good for the environment. Materials are selected based on their nutrient inputs or contribution to the well-being of their local environment, i.e. encouraging bee propagation, regenerative agriculture, fair trade, and ethical production practices.
Natural Fiber Welding have also recently created Clarus™, a fabric where recycled cotton fibres are revitalised through a closed-loop chemistry process. Yarn structures are engineered (“welding fibres”) to produce high-performance textiles without plastic or petroleum.
Pangaia is both a direct-to-consumer materials science company as well as a B2B platform bringing breakthrough textile innovations and patents into the world through essential products and partnerships called Pangaia Science.
The Pangaia Science concierge offering provides a full-service menu of options for companies, innovators, brands and suppliers to work with Pangaia on transitioning to a more sustainable fashion industry through the adoption of innovative materials and processes.
Bossa is a fully integrated denim supplier based in Turkey. They use low impact fibres such as recycled cotton, organic cotton, Tencel® lyocell and linen — all materials which do not use pesticides and synthetic fertilisers. Finishing treatments do not use sandblasting. With innovative technologies, they reduce water consumption and contamination by using pre-reduced indigo. 85% of the water used in production is conserved through their “Saveblue” process. All water effluent is pH neutralised and bio-treated locally. Bossa also launched “Denim is Reborn in Bossa”, a post-consumer denim recycling (PCRD) concept where old jeans are collected, sent to their partner in Gaizantep, Turkey for shredding, and then fibres are remade into fabrics. About 1000 old jeans can be used to produce 2000 metres of 20% PCRD Blended Fabric. Major brands such as Nudie, Zara, Kuyichi and Marks & Spencer are a few of the brands that have used fabric from Bossa’s concept.
Founded in 1987 in China, Advance Denim is a key international player in the production of premium denim fabric. Over the last 30 years, the company has demonstrated their commitment to sustainability by investing in technology and developing innovations that enable them to produce denim with minimal impacts on the environment. Recognised as a Top 500 Industry Enterprise in Guangdong, and co-founder of Amsterdam Denim City, Advance Denim has an important impact on the industry with an annual output of up to 40 million yards.
Advance Denim has recently developed a cottonized hemp fabric in their denim offering. Hemp is an ecologically beneficial plant cultivated around the world that renews the soil with nutrients and nitrogen during each growth cycle. It is a positive rotation crop that leaves the land free of weeds. It needs little, if any, pesticides because it naturally resists decay and infestation. Hemp grows well without the use of chemicals and withstands water better than any textile product.
We are happy to announce that our FUTURE FABRICS EXPO 9½ edition will run from 22nd June through the 2nd July 2021.
This event will build upon our largest and most successful 9th Future Fabrics Expo held in January 2020. In June, we will host 9½ Open Days in our spacious new West London showroom. This event will be your key sustainable sourcing destination, offering a physical showcase of materials, information, supplier insights, advice and networking events. Aimed at supporting fashion professionals wanting to source in-person more sustainably and responsibly produced textiles and materials, all supported with educational and informational displays (please note that the UK government has recently announced that all COVID-19 limitations and restrictions will end on 22nd June – we are monitoring this development closely and will organise our events accordingly in line with government guidelines).
This exceptional Future Fabrics Expo 9½ London edition will also feature online conversations, workshops and masterclasses with our partners, experts and thought leaders. All visitors will also have Premium Access to this site for the entire duration of the event!