The Future Fabrics Virtual Expo showcases individually selected sustainable fabrics that are an alternative to today’s most used textiles, which are predominantly made from polyester and conventional cotton fibres.
The production and processing of textiles are polluting water, air, and soil, wasting energy and natural resources, and causing suffering to people as a result of being in contact with toxic substances.
A diverse range of natural and man-made materials suitable for mid to high end, mainstream, and independent fashion companies have been chosen to showcase on the Future Fabrics Virtual Expo, which are selected according to our environmental criteria, quality, design, and innovation.
These fabrics demonstrate an ongoing commitment to improved performance across the supply chain, which includes fibre cultivation, and processing, spinning, weaving, knitting, bleaching, dyeing and finishing. All individual fabrics are provided with background information on how they have been produced with a reduced environmental impact. The materials address the following environmental principles which were established with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, and in addition, ethical and local production, recycled materials, and entirely certified supply chains are taken into consideration.
The Sustainable Angle’s Sustainability Criteria
Water – The reduction of water use and wastage across the textile supply chain, the treatment and filtering of effluent and waste water, and use of exemplary wet processing methods.
Waste – The utilization of identifiable waste streams for textile production and the reduction and recycling of solid waste throughout the textile supply chain.
Energy – Reducing the carbon impact across the textile supply chain, use of renewable energy, and employing production methods that reduce reliance of petrochemicals.
Biodiversity – The preservation and promotion of biodiversity, with an emphasis on diversification in textile fibres; moving away from a global dependence on raw materials that utilise unsustainable agricultural practices or result in the depletion of finite natural resources.
Since sourcing textiles is often the first step in the designer’s creative journey it is a crucial starting point for a more conscious and responsible approach, which should extend eventually to the whole supply chain for the creation of responsible fashion products.
To find out about a range of textile and production certifications, as well as the fashion and textiles supply chain, click the ‘more info’ link on the homepage.