Sustainability:

Discover best-practice textiles for the future of fashion

The Sustainable Angle's Reports
Future Fabrics Expo Report and Sourcing Directory 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.

Mill Spotlights This Week

Discover more about the mills we are spotlighting from our Future Fabrics Virtual Expo this week. Gain an industry insider’s perspective on the challenges faced when producing sustainable materials, and discover how they are adapting with innovation.

Resilk: A Regenerated Silk Innovation By Mantero

Mantero has been developing RESILK®, a regenerated silk fabric made from silk production waste. The fabric was designed with the goal to maintain and respect the intrinsic value of silk fabrics, their environment and the work behind their creation: from the cultivation of the mulberry and silkworm to the creation of yarns and fabrics.

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Banana Fibre: An Interview With Bananatex® Co-founder Hannes Schoenegger

Bananatex® material is a made from banana plants called the Abaća. The material can be composted to close the product cycle loop, from plant to bag and back into the soil. The sustainable farming of Abaća plants in the Philippines has been a key contributor to the regeneration and reforestation of areas that were once eroded by soil damage due to monocultural palm plantations…all while ensuring jobs for local farmers.

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Diversifying the Fibre Basket with Pyrates Smart Fabrics

Choosing operations that use processing innovations and take a responsible position on how we balance and manage our precious resources can help sustain our planetary boundaries. Pyrates is a R&D company and textile supplier who specialises in the manufacture of PYRATEX®, a collection of luxury knitted fabrics made from organic, upcycled, or biodegradable fibres which consume less water, energy or CO2 during the production process.

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Mill Spotlights

Herbal Fab

Impacting Nature And Communities With Organic Cotton Farming

Herbal Fab is a GOTS certified company which specialises in organic cotton wovens and knits. With an emphasis on provenance, they work exclusively with partners who promote complete supply chain transparency.  

High Fashion Group

Implementing Efficient Environmental Management Systems And Safe Chemicals In Textile Production

Acknowledging that natural resources are finite and recognising their own environmental impact as a company, Hong Kong based High Fashion Group has been taking steps to building a sustainable supply chain for textile production: from sourcing sustainable fibres, to following stringent chemical regulations, to building environmental facilities.

Moral Fibre

Reviving Traditional Khadi Organic Cotton

MORAL FIBRE has supported the revival of the traditional handcrafted Khadi fabric, which is unique to India’s textile heritage and an important element of the country’s history.  The inherent quality of MORAL FIBRE fabrics is its wearability for all seasons, from summer through to winter. 

House of U

Low Impact Digital Printing

House of U, a digital textile printing company based in the Netherlands, have been working to tackle their chemical, water, and energy impacts, next to offering a wide range of sustainable materials to print on.

Advance Denim

Thinking Outside The Box: Latest Sustainable Dyeing Innovation

Advance Denim, the oldest denim manufacturer in China, has an important impact on the industry with an annual output of up to 40 million yards of fabric. These production effects on the environment can be huge, which is why Advance Denim is committed to clean denim manufacturing by dedicating innovation and investments that improve infrastructure and systems for production.

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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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Materials from Regenerative Agriculture Systems

Forgotten Plant Fibres

Bysshe Partnership

As concerns over the environmental damages caused by conventional cotton and viscose production increase, the fashion industry has seen a resurgence of interest in forgotten cellulosic fibres that can be farmed more sustainably. Discover different bast plant fibres such as linen and hemp which help replenish the soil with nutrients and provide rewilding habitats.

Regenerative Silk

Bombyx Silk Ltd.

Cultivated silk is inextricably linked to mulberry tree cultivation, which, when farmed in a balanced ecological system, can provide environmental and economic benefits, and restore and regenerate the soil. Discover different methods used in regenerative silk production.

Wild Animal Fibres

Steiff Schulte GMBH

A fashion industry that supports diverse fibres ensures that animals are protected and integrated into the ecosystem. Along with sustainable farming and production, fashion can preserve our land and species while leaving a positive social impact on the livelihoods of farmers, who are stewards of the natural world. ALPACA fibres are inherently more sustainable than many other options because of the animals themselves.

Reinventing Cotton Classics

Organic Cotton Colours

ORGANIC COTTON COLOURS grows organic cotton in all its natural colours, such as ecru, brown and green shades and hues, which prevents the need for dyeing. Key elements make up the regenerative farming practices of this classic fibre favourite, such as the prevention and minimisation of soil erosion, and cycling crops according to season without the use of pesticides.

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