The 7th Future Fabrics Expo
The 7th Future Fabrics Expo (FFE) showcased 5000 sustainable innovative fashion materials that are commercially available from around 150 suppliers on 24th-25th January 2018 at Iris Studios, London, to over 1000 visitors from the fashion industry.
The Future Fabrics Expo was again a showcase with an atmosphere that was buzzing and excitement was in the air throughout the two days as visitors discovered sustainable innovative materials that they can work with today, that are true, sustainable, viable alternatives to the conventional fibres currently available. As usual, it was so busy that there was a danger of having to close the expo to new visitors as we reached full capacity. The BBC Worldservice film crew came over to film the FFE in order to feature part of it in their upcoming documentary on sustainable fashion.
Visitors left feeling motivated for change having gained access to 150 suppliers contact details, having experienced 5000 materials and individual information about their certifications. Visitors left empowered, ready for change, armed with knowledge gained through the seminars, through the explanations written on the back of each fabric card attached to each material.
The 5000 fashion materials that were on display in 7th Future Fabrics Expo embody a range of sustainable principles and new technologies, sourced from international suppliers and mills who demonstrate a commitment to lowering the environmental impact across the textile supply chain.
The two day event, set up in 2011 for the first time, is the largest showcase dedicated to sustainable innovative materials and is unique in that it is a curated showcase accompanied by educational background information displayed throughout the showcase in order to promote and facilitate more informed material selections and practices within the fashion industry.
To achieve this, a seminar programme runs alongside the showcase, featuring speakers from some of the most influential organisations involved in sustainable textiles and fashion at this moment:
- The Ellen MacArthur Foundation on A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning fashion’s future
- Beyond Surface Technologies on finishing technology with green chemistry
- Lauffenmühle talk about making yarns, fabrics and trims Cradle to cradle certified
- Vegea on WINELEATHER® derived from fibers + vegetal oils from wine making process
- Sustainable Apparel Coalition on Latest Developments
- Lenzing – Eco Botanic solutions!
- BOTTLETOP on building stores with 3D printing with recycled materials
- Responsible Wool Standard on new wool standard
- Alliance for Responsible Denim on Recycled Denims
- Avery Dennison on Labelling Solutions
From innovations such as biodegradable sequins, to Orange Fiber (made from citrus peel waste of the food industry), post consumer recycled denims, grape leather (from the wine industry), textiles from Pineapple plants, to more traditional qualities such as sustainable denims, low impact wools, organic cotton knits and wovens, low impact silks and cellulosics like TencelTM and TencelTM Luxe following the circular economy model, the FFE prides itself in showing sustainable fashion materials that are commercially available today. They represent true sustainable alternatives to the widely available conventional fabrics that currently dominate the market which are unsustainable (conventional cotton and polyester).
Alongside this we also show fabrics and materials of the Future within our innovations section. This year we showed an amazing range including bio-degradable sequins from Rachel Clowes, post carbon fashion that merges algae with fibres from Dianjen and biomaterials developed and grown with food-grade a project from Maryssa and Laure, with the innovations section we want to give our attendees something to think about the future of the materials they are using.
The Sustainable Angle: The Sustainable Angle is a not for profit organisation set up in Switzerland which initiates and supports projects that contribute to lowering the environmental impact of industry and society mainly the fashion industry
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