Sustainability:

Discover best-practice textiles for the future of fashion

Curated Directory by The Sustainable Angle
featured as part of the Textile Exchange Conference 2020

This tool aims to introduce fabrics buyers and designers to international mills and suppliers of sustainable textiles, allowing constant access to specification and sustainability focused information about fabrics with a reduced environmental impact, any time, from anywhere.

Textile Exchange 2020 Spotlighted Exhibitors

Discover more about the mills we are spotlighting from our Future Fabrics Virtual Expo this month as part of our booth at the Textile Exchange Conference 2020. 

KIPAS

Kipaş Textiles is a vertically integrated manufacturer of fiber, yarn, fabric and denim, with over 35 years of experience. Committed to making a positive impact in the fashion industry, 60% of Kipas’ production is made with sustainable resources and their goal is to use 100% in 2025. Their mission is to reduce the amount of industrial waste by a reduce, reuse, and recycle- strategy in order to help build a future-proof fashion industry.

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TECHSTYLE.SOLUTIONS

We are proud to partner with TECHSTYLE for transactional fabrics sourcing. Founded in 2018, TECHSTYLE connects apparel brands and fabric suppliers in the most efficient, accessible and transparent marketplace online. The Future Fabrics VIRTUAL Expo currently showcases a select number of sustainable materials with a ‘buy’ button, indicating that these materials can be purchased directly via the Techstyle platform.

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RECYCTEX

RECYCTEX is a textile innovation company that focuses on the R&D and production of sustainable fabrics made from plastic bottles, discarded clothes, textile waste, and discarded fishing nets. Since 2007, RECYCTEX founder Steven Chueng and his team have been designing fabric using RepreveTM yarns, which are post-consumer recycled polyester yarns made from plastic bottles.

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Spotlight on Regenerative Materials

Regenerative Agriculture is a system of alternative farming practices that leverage the power of plants to keep carbon in the soil (carbon sequestration), increases the capacity of soils to hold water, enhances the resilience of crops while reducing excessive inputs of synthetic agricultural-chemicals, support the livelihoods of farmers, and regain the nutrient density of food.  Discover regenerative materials from the following suppliers:

UPW

UPW is the largest woolen spinner in the world, specialising in design-led, sustainable yarns with a commitment to environmental protection, social welfare, and animal husbandry. Their yarns are made from carefully selected low impact raw materials that are sourced responsibly. UPW’s ECO Preferred Fibres include certified fibres such as RWS wool, GCS cashmere, GRS recycled PET, and OCS and GOTS certified organic cotton.

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BANANATEX®

BANANATEX® by Qwstion is a fabric made from sustainably grown banana plant fibres which is waterproof, durable, and biodegradable. QWSTION combines functionality with sustainability and has made material research part of the design process. Bananatex® is a plastic-free solution for the Anthropocene, our current geological age dominated by the influence of human activity on climate and the environment.

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OSHADI

Oshadi is a contemporary textile producer who integrates age-old regenerative farming practices and weaving and dyeing techniques of India with modern design manipulation using lower-impact materials. They employ skilled artisans who hand weave their fabrics, which reduces electricity consumption, fosters employment and reduces poverty and inequality in rural India. Fabric width, design, weave and colour can be customised. They specialise in natural dyes and have multiple finishes available and small order minimums of 50m.

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NOVA KAERU

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Nova Kaeru is a sustainable Brazilian exotic bio-leathers company that invests in processes that enable a true balance between nature and people. Their materials represent alternatives to bovine, ovine and exotic leathers and skins. Nova Kaeru embodies the utmost respect for the surrounding ecosystems of their raw materials, from the tropical plant leaves that create beLeafTM to the giant Pirarucu fish of the Brazilian Amazon.

VEGAN TEXTILES

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Start-up company Vegan Textile & Innovations was created to provide a luxury alternative to silk that is both sustainable and cruelty-free. Often, alternatives to the qualities that silk offers are conventionally made from petroleum-based polyester, which has a detrimental impact on the environment. Vegan Textile & Innovation are committed to using only blends of plant-based fibres and/or agricultural waste in their materials.

ZEYNAR MENSUCAT

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Zeynar Mensucat was founded in 2016 as a dyeing and printing mill in Turkey following the principles of environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing. Zeynar is Oeko-Tex 100, GOTS and Bluesign certified. They are committed to water management, wastewater purification system, air emission system, but also rates job security for their workers as one of their priorities.

COCCCON

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Cocccon is founded in 2012 as a rural cooperative. It has a decentralized production, which allows silk farmers, spinners and weavers to work from their communities. Project Cocccon is committed to sustainable growth, without degrading the environment and respecting biodiversity. Their entire production process is GOTS certified and they are currently working on being completely carbon-free by 2018.

Regenerative Agriculture

Through its use of agricultural raw materials, the fashion industry and its supply chains are directly linked to the degradation of soil, conversion of natural ecosystems and biodiversity loss caused by conventional intensive farming practices.

Instead, fashion needs to switch to sourcing its raw materials from regenerative and restorative production and farming systems. This will embed sustainability into products, with the aim of contributing positively to people and planet.

Explore the definitions surrounding regenerative agriculture, learn about indicators of soil health and the positive impact on climate

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