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  • Writer's pictureFatimah El-Rashid

Innovative Fashion Technologies to Drive Sustainability Forward in The Fashion Industry

The fashion industry is known for its fast-paced production cycles and rapid trend turnover, leading to an immense amount of waste and pollution. However, there are companies striving to make a difference with innovative fashion technologies to drive sustainability forward.

Here are some examples of companies making an impact across the industry:

DyeRecycle is a non-destructive separation technology of textile waste components: fibres & dyes, allowing their independent recycling back to the supply chain. DyeRecycle eliminates the use of new dyes in the dyeing process, while also enabling more efficient fibre-to-fibre recycling.

DyeRecycle’s mission is to lead chemical circularity in the fashion industry. Their goal is to provide truly circular & inspiring solutions to reduce the textile industry’s dependence on virgin materials

Materra is a technology company designing planet-positive solutions to enable the growing and sourcing of climate-resilient cotton. While minimising the environmental impact of the cotton industry by building agile farming systems, Materra also works to improve the working condition across the supply chain by increasing transparency.

Materra’s mission is to supercharge a revolution in cotton farming to enable resilient and equitable cotton production

at scale.

SOJO is a clothing repairs and alterations platform dedicated to making your clothes work for you. The platform was created to do something about the “make-use-waste” culture and to foster a slower and more considered approach to our relationship with fashion.

SOJO is on a mission to make fashion fit; our bodies, our values and our planet. Their goal is to make sure the things we buy stay in our wardrobes and our lives, and that they don’t bounce from the shopping cart to the landfill.

Radiant Matter is a material innovation company developing a new generation of sparkling colours and material solutions for the circular economy. Realising that there were no sustainable alternatives for embellishment components and surface coatings Radiant Matter was born to make textile solutions that are safe for the environment and for human health.

Radiant Matter's mission is to shift the textile industry's dependence on petroleum-derived plastics, metals, and minerals as a colour material resource.

SaltyCo is a materials science company that makes planet-positive textiles. They make plant-based fibre fill material as a sustainable alternative to synthetic insulation. Think the materials in your puffer jacket; but plant-based, not petroleum-based.

Their unique approach restores wetlands and re-thinks regenerative agriculture by partnering with farmers and conservation groups. The novel technology enables the business to build inherent sustainability and environmental healing into the materials of the future.

fibe is a material innovator company that makes sustainable fibres for textiles from potato waste. The raw material comes from nature and is processed with naturally occurring compounds. Fibe partners with local farmers in the UK to source the materials from existing waste streams.

fibe is on a mission to make fashion better by utilising a waste stream and processes that requires no additional landuse and has reduced water use.

SAGES is a novel textile dye company using natural alternatives. Their dyes are made using colour extracted from food waste and using a unique circular process. SAGES also tackles the issue of land use by using an innovative process in which pigment can be extracted from food waste. By repurposing these materials, SAGES reduces waste while creating beautiful and functional fabrics that can be used in a variety of applications.

SAGES's overall goal is to eliminate the usage of harmful synthetic textile dyes by providing a viable natural alternative that can stand the test of time.

There are a variety of innovative fashion technologies that are driving sustainability forward in the fashion industry. These companies are making a positive impact by reducing waste, pollution, and the use of non-renewable resources.

As consumers, we can support these companies by choosing sustainable options when we shop for clothing and accessories.

By doing so, we can help create a more sustainable future for the fashion industry and our planet as a whole.


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