MATERIALS SOLUTIONS: DIGITAL MASTERCLASS SERIES
29 April 2020 - 17 June 2020

Sustainability

Future Fabrics Virtual Expo

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 impact upon human health 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 on-going 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

Biodiversity - Grown source materials created using organic and regenerative principles that respect and support biodiversity. This includes raw material sources that preserve high value eco systems (such as ancient and endangered forests).
Water - Materials created in systems that reduce, recycle, reuse and treat water to ensure water courses and ground water are not depleted or polluted. The use of progressive methods and technologies to significantly reduce water inputs across the supply chain. This may involve programmes that improve water quality and access to clean water for local communities.
Energy - Materials suppliers that demonstrate concrete actions to transition away from fossil fuels, both as a raw material, and as a source of energy. This includes materials grown with regenerative agricultural practices that have the potential to capture atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Waste - Materials produced by reducing or eliminating waste at every stage in the textile production process, demonstrating exemplary recycling and re-use practices, following circular models and cradle to cradle principles. Including the identification of waste streams that can be regenerated in to new material.

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