Prototype brings novel fashion innovation to fruition, from design concept and material sourcing to production at their headquarters in Bali, all the way to marketing and even shipping your apparel to market. Today we look at leading fashion design companies with sustainable products.
Fashion Innovation Startups
Looking at 2018’s most innovative fashion innovations include startups like Orange Fibre, circular.fashion, FLOCUS, Frumat, Good on You, Mango Materials, Algiknit, BioGlitz, and Style Lend. These companies have gained attention from global companies like Adidas, Zalando and Target, while blending technological innovations with sustainable development.
circular.fashion designed a fashion innovation software that interconnects closed-loop recycling technologies with circular designs and retail models. The technology enables fashion brands to produce circular garments assigned unique identification tags. This opens a network of sorting and recycling companies and provides maximum recycling possibilities.
Another Leading Innovator
Algiknit extracts textile fibres from kelp, a type of seaweed. The resultant kelp-based biopolymer mixture is spun into thread. The yarn is then 3D printed or knitted based on the designer’s purpose. Finally, the material is colored with natural pigments and is biodegradable.
Reverse Resources is a digital platform that enables fashion brands and apparel manufacturers to address consumer waste for industrial upcycling. Reverse Resources allows garment and textile manufacturers to map leftover fabrics throughout their life cycle. These marked resources can then be reused and reintroduced into the supply chain, saving supply cost and providing a sustainable option to the waste the industry struggles with.
From Fruit to Fabric
Frumat creates leather-like materials from apple skins. Relatively an apple’s skin contains a substance called pectin, regarded so far as industrial waste product. Frumat uses pectin to create durable and compostable and sustainable leather alternatives used in personal luxury goods and fashion accessories. The leather proxies are dyed and tanned without chemicals.
Nano Textile developed a sustainable alternative to adhesive chemicals used to attach accessories and finishes on fabrics. Their fashion innovation technology implants ‘finishes’ straight into fabrics through the Cavitation process while protecting the end-user and the environment from toxic and hazardous chemicals.
Reducing Water Requirements
Flocus produces fillings, yarns, and textiles from kapok tree fibers. The tree grows without chemicals in drylands, not suitable for agricultural farming. Ideally the tree will replace cotton crops, known for their high water consumption.
Natural Textiles as Fashion Innovation
Orange Fiber is an Italian startup that extracts natural textiles from oranges and lemons by-products. Orange Fiber is obtained from the cellulose derived from the discarded skins and fibers, during the industrial pressing and processing. Then, through nanotechnology procedures the paste is enriched with essential oils, producing high-quality, sustainable fabrics.
Environmentally Safe Glitter
BioGlitz produces biodegradable glitter based on a formula made from eucalyptus tree extract. The world’s first eco-glitter is recyclable, replacing the micro plastics presently used. This green solution produces a fashion innovation by delivery product without the associated environmental damage.