The Sustainable Angle is delighted to announce that for the first time the Future Fabrics Expo will be shown at the London Textile Fair in July 2018!
Following the success of our Future Fabrics Expo in January, this debut of a dedicated focus on sustainable fabrics at the London Textiles Fair reflects a recognition of the critical need for the fashion and textile industries to begin practising sustainability through sourcing, at the very fibre and fabric stage.
The Sustainable Angle provide their experience, research and robust sustainability criteria to create a specially curated access to this growing opportunity in materials and textiles. Our showcase of thousands of globally sourced materials is selected and curated to introduce textiles for the fashion industry of the future. We present materials with a reduced environmental impact, and communicate in a jargon-free manner, supporting and guiding designers and brands in their journey towards more sustainable sourcing and supply chain practices.
Several London Textile Fair exhibitors will have selected qualities featured and spotlighted within our collection, on the mezzanine floor.
Key textiles and materials from London Textile fair exhibitors will also be selected and showcased on our Future Fabrics Expo Trend forum in the Village Green, situated in the main hall. Qualities chosen by The Sustainable Angle will be assessed based on their sustainability credentials according to our criteria.
The Future Fabrics Expo is a showcase and information platform, enabling the discovery of a diverse range of sustainable textiles and innovations for the future of fashion. The Expo educates and informs visitors about the latest initiatives of global textile mills to design, manufacture, and function more sustainably, extending positive networks in the fashion and textile industries.
Sustainable Angle Director Nina Marenzi and Curator Amanda Johnston were invited to present, showcase a curated materials Pop up, and participate in the CFDA’s 7th Education Summit. The aim of the Summit is to foster unity between education and industry, and to activate dialogue around relevant issues. This invite only event drew faculty members from twenty of the most prestigious fashion programs in the U.S, and a range of speakers and educational workshops contributing to discussion around the theme; ‘Materials Matter, from test tube to emerging industry innovations.’
Steven Kolb, CEO and President of the CFDA, introduced the event, and Sara Kozlowski, Director of Education and Professional Development coined the phrase “creative Darwinism” to describe the urgency with which the fashion industry must adapt in this new industrial revolution.
Parley founder Cyrill Gutsch spoke about what motivated him to transform a career in design and product development into a new kind of environmentalism with creativity and collaboration at its core, explaining the Parley AIR Strategy (Avoid, Intercept, Redesign) in response to the problem of ocean plastic. Marc Dolce, VP and Creative Director of Adidas Brooklyn Farm explained the collaborative creative partnership with Parley, and the Adidas commitment to remove virgin plastic from its supply chain.
Dr Amanda Parkes, Chief Innovation Officer at FutureTech Lab highlighted a plethora of key innovations emerging in bio materials and technological advances poised to positively disrupt our materials and interaction with technology.
Yuly Fuentes-Medel, Director from Fashion Descience, spoke about The Next Generation of Designers, and the need to unite design thinking and practice with science disciplines to enable much needed innovation in our industry for a more sustainable future.
Other speakers included Marina Coutelan from Premiere Vision on unlocking the potential of sustainable fashion, and Guisy Bettoni from C.L.A.S.S.
We know that the fashion and textiles industry is one of the most polluting in the world, but it is also one of the most influential. Fashion designers, and especially educators and students, have the power to play a pivotal role in the creation of a better reality for the future. We have the imagination and creativity to envision a new landscape for our industry where economic systems can thrive in harmony with the ecosystem of nature.
See more here: https://cfda.com/news/inside-the-2018-fashion-education-summit
2018 CFDA Fashion Education Summit
Last week we held our 7th annual #CFDAEducationSummit and WOW was it a success! This year’s conversations between schools, designers, special guests & industry professions surrounded the importance of materials. Head to CFDA.com for more on the event! https://cfda.com/news/inside-the-2018-fashion-education-summitVideo by Alberto CaruanaPosted by Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) on Wednesday, 28 February 2018
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The Sustainable Angle collaborated with seven London designers this season, to inspire and support their fabric sourcing through The Sustainable Angle’s Future Fabrics Expo. The results of this specially commissioned project, in partnership with Arizona Muse were showcased in the Designers showroom at London Fashion Week.
The aim was to communicate the quality, diversity and desirability of a range of sustainable fabrics and materials. By showcasing designs made with innovative and sustainable materials that represent the future of sustainable design, the designers set an inspiring example to other creators. Through this project showcased at LFW, these designers are now armed with the knowledge to question existing out-dated embedded practices, and are discovering sustainable innovative fibres and fabrics that are desirable and commercially viable. Several of the designers were so impressed by the quality of the fabrics and style shown in our Future Fabrics Expo, that they integrated them into their main collection.
At the London Fashion Week Discovery Lab, we showed the ‘Future of Fashion Materials, and showed visionary materials, such as bio-degradable sequins , experimental biomaterials embellishments, and photosynthesising textiles – reinforcing the future focused message of our LFW Desginers showroom. The Discovery Lab created much interest amongst visitors, stylists, bloggers, press and buyers.
EXPLORE FUTURE FABRICS WITH THE SUSTAINABLE ANGLE
AT THE DISCOVERY LAB
LONDON FASHION WEEK 2018
Sustainability is not a passing ‘trend’ or an option, but an urgent call for action from our industry. It presents new opportunities for re-imagining how we make our fashion products, encouraging an industry that embraces innovation.
VISIONARY designers recognise that creativity begins with imagination, but that it also involves curiosity and questioning the very substance of our materials and how we create, make and communicate fashion. An awareness of the impacts of their choices upon people, planet and nature is crucial if we are to sustain our industry intelligently.
The not-for-profit organisation The Sustainable Angle’s Future Fabrics Expo was conceived in response to a lack of access to sustainable innovative materials, and aims to facilitate and encourage more responsible practices throughout the fashion supply chain.
Explore our DISCOVERY LAB, which features a curated selection of exciting emerging innovations and commercially available sustainable materials from our Future Fabrics Expo that spotlight ingenious developments: from bio-degradable sequins, experimental biomaterials, and photosynthesising textiles.
Join us to DISCOVER the future of fashion materials!
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The Sustainable Angle is a not for profit organisation. Its main project, the Future Fabrics Expo, promotes sustainable practices throughout the fashion supply chain and connects sustainable innovative fabrics suppliers with fashion designers.
The journey toward true design intelligence begins with sustainable innovative fashion materials sourcing. Through our projects such as the Future Fabrics Expo, we inspire designers to start working with more sustainable fashion materials for their collections.
Through this showroom at LFW, designers are armed with the knowledge to question out-dated embedded practices and are discovering sustainable innovative fibres and fabrics that are commercially viable and represent the future of fashion. see more HERE
In collaboration with Arizona Muse, we are excited to showcase clothes by designers:
About the showroom Arizona Muse said “It’s been a super fun experience to see these Designers I admire so much make beautiful sustainable garments! What a dream”
The pieces and outfits realised in responsibly produced sustainable innovative fabrics and materials sourced via The Sustainable Angle’s Future Fabrics Expo.
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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:
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.
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The Sustainable Angle sat down with one of our sponsors the Lenzing Group to talk about their new sustainable innovations. We have the pleasure of showcasing this forward-thinking company at the 7th Future Fabrics Expo 24-25th Jan’18 (Tickets available here: http://bit.ly/2i1ie3d). The Lenzing Group have worked with some of the world’s best known fashion brands, and are constantly bringing out new innovative materials for the textiles industry such as Ecovero™, Refibra™ and Tencel™ to name just a few of the well known fibers they produce.
We asked Lenzing Group to tell us more about their work and how they see the future of fashion materials in terms of sustainability. Read the full conversation below, and discover a range of Lenzing Group fibers with a reduced environmental impact at the 7th Future Fabrics Expo:
TSA - Tell us a few words about Lenzing’s latest innovation, Tencel Luxe which has just been launched
The new lyocell filament of the Lenzing Group, TENCEL™ Luxe branded lyocell filament, heralds a new era of sustainable fabrics for the premium luxury market. It is another key milestone in the innovation history of Lenzing and it is the first time, that Lenzing enters the filament market. It will further support Lenzing’s shift to become a true
specialty player in the botanic materials market derived from sustainable wood sources.
TENCEL™ Luxe eco-botanic lyocell filaments are made from wood pulp, which is made from sustainable wood in line with Lenzing’s strict Wood and Pulp Policy, offering superior aesthetics, performance and comfort level that allow them to be the perfect partner with other noble fibers such as silk, cashmere or wool. The smooth surface TENCEL™ Luxe gives fabrics a silky smooth feel and liquid-like drape for the most sensual silhouettes.
Feel free to visit us at The Sustainable Angle’s Future Fabrics Expo, where we will present a variety of fabrics made with Lenzing fibers!
TSA - Which blends do you think are the most successful, Refibra or is it 100% Tencel that is your favourite - maybe because it is guaranteed biodegradable?
Both fibre types are biodegradable and based on the closed-loop lyocell production process. However RefibraTM branded lyocell fibers as a special fiber within the lyocell fibers family – due to the usage of cotton scraps from garments production as a raw material – offers a solution to the textile industry on circularity.
TSA - Lenzing Group has continuously innovated, pushing boundaries over the last few years - where do you see the future going ?
Lenzing further investigates new products and business models. One of these topics points to solutions for the re-usage of actual garments as a raw material for our RefibraTM fibers.
TSA - Lenzing has so many different segments that it is working in from personal hygiene products to interiors to shoes components, where do you see the biggest growth in the future with consumers becoming more aware of the negative effects of their shopping habits?
We intend to grow in all segments of our business. As the fashion industry is being watched closely by NGOs we support further circular business models and cooperate with brands in their sourcing along the whole value chain.
TSA - With the Ellen MacArthur foundation’s latest report “A new textiles economy: redesigning fashion’s future’ where Lenzing Group was a partner, there is a renewed call for action and collaboration in the fashion industry. Where do you see the main obstacles to this taking hold as fast as possible?
The fashion industry is going through challenging times and it is not easy to make a whole industry to change from one day to another, it will take time. It is a long journey and we are very proud to support the industry on this trip with offering solution on a fibre base and giving direction with valuable supply chain partners.
Here at The Sustainable Angle we love to collaborate with like minded sustainable fashion pioneers and for collaborations like this project with Arizona Muse, we assist fashion brands such as Felder Felder to source sustainable fabrics from the 4000 materials in the Future Fabrics Expo from more than 100 companies.
Assisting Felder Felder finding the right fabric to dress Arizona Muse resulted first in creating a jumpsuit made with TencelTM fabric made from Lenzing Group’s cellulosic fibres from sustainable certified wood sources, closed loop processed, which is even biodegradable.
This exciting collaboration will feature several outfits over the coming months.
Model, mother, world citizen – Arizona is an American fashion model, living in London. She has successfully been in the fashion industry since she was a teenager and now she is engaged with moving the fashion industry in a more sustainable direction.
Involved with Fashion Revolution and being a speaker on the panel of TSA’s Future of Fashion talk at London Fashion Week, September 2017. Arizona is becoming an active voice promoting sustainability in fashion.
German-born, but certainly London-ensconced, Dani and Annette Felder launched their eponymous brand Felder Felder in 2007/2008, after graduating from the prestigious Central Saint Martins.
Their collection was received to critical acclaim, and soon established Felder Felder on the London fashion scene. Felder Felder have looked into ways to introduce a sustainable approach to their creativity, through upcycling, working with sustainable materials and exciting projects.
Focusing on creating media savvy designs to push the boundaries of fashion, sustainability, design and technology, they have partnered with BMW-i3, BMW-i8 as well as Formula e.
Leaders in innovation, Lenzing Group’s fibres made into luxurious fabrics were an immediate fit for this collaboration.
Developing sustainable processes for 75 Years to make functional fibres for modern society out of cellulose, sourced from certified sustainable wood plantations, processed via a closed loop technology, and being biodegradable, it is the way for the future.
Softer than Silk - TENCEL® branded lyocell fibers from the house of Lenzing AG are of botanic origin, since they are extracted from the raw material wood which is from sustainable certified wood planatations and responsibly made in a circular system. Fiber production itself is ecofriendly, due to the closed loop system. On the day that the TENCEL® fibers were invented, a new chapter was written in the history of fibers. Textiles of TENCEL® fibers are more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen.Arizona Muse and Daniel Lismore at the Houses of Parliament, launch of Graduate Fashion Week 2018
At The Sustainable Angle’s ‘Future of Fashion Talk’ during London Fashion Week September 2017, the three organisations as well as Arizona Muse connected over their mutual commitment to sustainability in fashion. Arizona is becoming an active voice promoting sustainability in fashion. Together they are turning ‘occasion dressing’ on its head, demonstrating how it can be stunningly beautiful and responsibly made at the same time.
The Sustainable Angle brings fashion materials to like minded brands and stars from the world of modelling and film, and facilitates access to sustainable innovative materials for collaborations like this, which sees Felder Felder designing evening looks for Arizona Muse, using Lenzing Group’s fibres.
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A very exciting new fibre is on the horizon! Now Lenzing Group have just launched TENCEL™ Luxe branded filaments, the new player for sustainable high-end cellulose textiles! Offering superior aesthetics, performance and comfort level that allow them to be the perfect partner with other noble fibres such as silk, cashmere or wool. The smooth surface of the TENCEL™ branded Luxe filament gives fabrics a silky smooth feel and liquid-like drape for the most sensual silhouettes. Moreover, TENCEL™ Luxe branded filaments are naturally breathable due to their wood-based origin (from sustainable forest plantations certified Forest Stewardship council FSC) and offer outstanding colour fastness, enabling designers to express bold colour palettes where creativity knows no boundaries.
TENCEL™ Luxe Filamente
Back in the 1980s with the invention of the TENCEL™ fibre, a new chapter in fibre history was opened. The innovation made the viscose process cleaner and more environmentally friendly. It has all the beautiful handling properties without leaking toxic effluent that damages our environment.
Tencel™ is a fibre now well known in the textile industry for producing excellent more sustainable fibres, suitable for crafting in to durable denims, too.
The Sustainable Angle supports welcomes fibres such as this. Extending the fibre basket and providing a greater range of sustainable fibres with a diversity of characteristics to meet the fashion market’s need for sustainable, low impact fibres.
We are excited to see these new materials very soon in our studio. Tencel™ Luxe is truly a fibre for the future! Along with Tencel™ Luxe materials, we are excited to showcase other Tencel™, Lenzing Modal ™, Refibra, Ecovero and blends, over 3,000+ more sustainable materials at the Future Fabrics Expo in January 24-25th January 2018.
TENCEL™ Luxe Launch Event in Paris
Lenzing Group is a world market leader based in Austria with offices and facilities worldwide. Lenzing Group supplies the global textile industries with high-quality, botanical cellulose fibres. Modal™ and Tencel™ are two well-known examples. TENCEL™ is a Lyocell fibre from Lenzing. It is of botanical origin since it is extracted from the raw material wood. The fibre production itself is particularly environmentally friendly because of a closed circuit.The Sustainable Angle is excited to report that we have arrived at London Fashion Week! As part of the #londonfashionweek Positive Fashion initiative that launched in September 2017, The Sustainable Angle held a talk: ‘Future of Fashion: sustainable innovation at its core’ which took place on the 18th September 2017, an unprecedented subject to be discussed in the catwalk space of London Fashion Week. Chaired by The Sustainable Angle’s Amanda Johnson, the panel included key leaders of the fashion and textile industry:
Our new masterclass Mastering Sustainability - material sourcing for designers will be held at our West London Studio on the 7th November.
We have added more dates for our masterclasses due the high demand we had from fashion brands following on from our previous classes earlier on this year.
”With clear presentations, inspiring examples and hands on sample exploration, the Future Fabrics Expo Masterclass has really given me the further understanding and confidence to begin making lasting sustainable changes in my own company.” – Matthew Oliver, Product Designer, Larsson & Jennings
The first in the series will teach designers about material sourcing and the decisions that need to be made as a designer from a sustainable angle. Furthermore we give attendees the chance to discover a diverse range of sustainable materials and resources from the Future Fabrics Expo collection. They will receive our coveted sustainable sourcing guide, which includes a list of suppliers and their contact details.
What to expect:
The Masterclass runs from 9.30am - 12.30pm at 9.30am we’ll have coffee before a prompt start at 10am. You will experience over 3000+ materials with a lower environmental impact, touch and feel them at your leisure after learning about what you should be taking into consideration when sourcing materials sustainably. The masterclass is an interactive and tactile experience to interest and inspire you. You will be given guidance to prepare you for the decisions you’ll need to make as a designer when sourcing and makes it easier for your brand to integrate sustainability at the heart of what you do.
The Future Fabrics Expo is a showcase of innovative and traditional commercially available fibres, fabrics and products that embody a range of sustainable principles and new technologies, sourced from international suppliers and mills who demonstrate a commitment to lowering environmental impact across the textile supply chain. It includes more sustainable alternatives to the widely available conventional fabrics that currently dominate the market, helping fashion companies to begin diversifying their fabric base and lowering their environmental impact at the same time. Materials at our studio will be ideally suited for a wide range of market levels and product types.
Early Bird tickets starting from £90 (Normal price £130) you can book now >>>> http://bit.ly/2wTw1zk
The Future Fabrics Expo Masterclass will be held at our West London studio, London.
The nearest tube stations are:
- Ladbroke Grove – only 0.6 miles from our studio
- Kensal Green
- Kensal Rise Overground
Please contact us if you require further information at email@example.comSee more testimonials from our Masterclasses here: Ivana Director of see fashion started by introducing the panel consisting of: - Dr Carmen Hijosa the inventor of Piñatex - Utami Giles. Head of Sales and Marketing at Ananas Anam - Charlie Ross – Director and Founder of Offset - Andra Sandru, founder of ASx2 Acurrator Agency Through the lively discussion, hosted by Aaron Jones, many points were raised. Interestingly different members of the panel had different perspectives because of their specialisms. On difficult questions such as “What is the most sustainable Fabric?” Utami Giles - Was asked what she though was the most sustainable fabric. She referenced her own experience of visiting a small village where. Their Hair fibres were brushed from an animal, spun and woven all within the same vicinity. Utami emphasised the benefits of slow and regional processing. Not to mention this shawl is something she now treasures dearly. Charlie Ross – Was asked about what consumers can do! She responded with an anecdote about her realisation that often if she was buying in to fast fashion, someone else was getting exploited. She was not prepared to do this and therefore stopped buying clothes with fabrics that exploited people. Charlie would encourage anyone to be disciplined about this. Andra Sandru – When talking about ethical manufacturing, enlightened the group on how to persuade Buyers to buy in to more ethical manufacture. She was commissioned for a large quantity of T-shirts. The Buyer wanted Non-Organic Cotton. Andra was knowledgeable enough to emphasise the properties, lower environmental impact, and small mark-up that can be compensated by the consumer appreciation of organic garments. She therefore persuaded the buyer to spend marginally more. I think Andra is a shining example of a young fashion designer who has the knowledge to tackle and argue against profiteering. Dr Carmen Hijosa – Spoke about supply chain transparency and revealed that Pinatex don’t allow every designer to buy their fabrics. They take the life cycle of their product so seriously and want designers who buy it to be considerate of the environmental impacts of their production. I was asked about sourcing in small quantities. I believe that Offset Warehouse is great place to buy small minimums of more sustainable Textiles, some of the mills we work with including Seidentraum, Lebenskleidung also have websites where you can order by the metre. I went on to talk about how if designers have knowledge about sustainable textiles and are prepared to ask the right questions they are able to source textiles more sustainably. Thank you so much to See Fashion for having this panel.
The 7th Future Fabrics Expo will take place in London on 24th - 25th January 2018, and we look forward to showcasing an exciting range of materials with a reduced environmental impact, more than ever before.
BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW for the 7th Future Fabrics Expo held at Iris Studios, London, and receive further updates.
Alongside our showcase of innovative fabrics with a lower environmental footprint, we also feature low impact leathers and leather alternatives. Background information explaining sustainability in materials is displayed throughout the showcase.
Our curated materials collection embodies 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. Our aim is to support sustainable sourcing, enabling fashion brands to begin diversifying their fabrics and materials basket, in order to contribute to reducing their environmental impact. Each fabric has detailed specifications regarding its environmental impact, relevant certifications and the contact details of the supplier displayed.
As in 2017, we will again feature seminars from key organisations and innovators, highlighting circular economy systems and transparency in the fashion supply chain. See Previous seminars HERE
The presentations of the seminars from 2017 can be accessed via the edited online version of the Future Fabrics Expo here: www.futurefabricsvirtualexpo.com/6th-future-fabrics-expo-2017
To mark the occasion of the Graduate Fashion Week’s Dame Vivienne Westwood Sustainable and Ethical Award sponsored, by Lenzing Group, the Sustainable Angle who supported the award, organised a panel discussion ‘Designing for Sustainability in fashion’.
Nina Marenzi, founder and director of The Sustainable Angle, gave an introduction about the organisation and how the sustainable materials sourced by TSA inspire and show a future where we can manage resources wisely and cost effectively, and recognise sustainability as a positive game changer. Fair and responsible labour practices need to be an integral part of the operations of all businesses.
Chaired by The Sustainable Angle’s Amanda Johnston, the panel included key leaders of the fashion and textile industry:
The discussion centred around examples of more sustainable and responsible materials for fashion both man-made and natural fibres which have a lower environmental impact, highlighting the variety of choices available and the necessity to move away from conventional, unsustainable polyester and cotton currently dominating the market.
The Lenzing Group highlighted their closed loop production process and key benefits of their different fibres such as Tencel and Refibra™.
Oya Barlas Bingul explained how Lenzing group fibres to be more sustainable at every step in every season. She insisted upon transparency, certifications and traceability being key, all met for fibres such as Refibra™ branded lyocell fibres from cotton scraps and wood is produced in an eco-friendly closed loop production process of 99.7% and its use of bioenergy. Lenzing is thereby the first manufacturer to offer cellulose fibres featuring recycled material on a commercial-scale. This process is reducing the need to extract raw materials from nature, lowering the impact on natural resources and initiating an important step towards the circular economy for textiles.
Bysshe, a mill specialising in the use of natural fibres emphasised that to ensure a fabric range that protects the environment and supports non-exploitative textile production, sustainability, informed decision-making and regional autonomy are crucial in the long run.
Henry Palmer also talked about the different dying options available and about possibly using synthetic dyes if they are produced with a lower environmental impact.
The panel also discussed some of the challenges to make the change happen, as more and more people seem to desire. Tamsin Lejeune talked about how SOURCE giving the industry an easy platform to facilitate research and industry collaboration, ensuring that best-practice enterprises are benefitting by being featured on the top of every search.
A real insight in the challenges designer brands face came from Johannes Kraeter who talked about the product development process of the multiple lines of Vivienne Westwood, highlighting besides others that sustainability goes ways beyond choosing the right fibres or production processes, but is also about the quality and longevity of garments implying the huge environmental impact that comes from today’s throw away culture of clothing.
After these insights a Q & A followed which led to an engaged discussion of not only how to make the right fibre choices, but most importantly of how to think creatively and how sustainability should be recognised as a game changer and an opportunity, not a burden, for businesses as well as society overall.
Since its launch in 2011, The Future Fabrics Expo, presented by The Sustainable Angle, has continued to develop as a unique sourcing platform for sustainable materials. This includes providing the fashion industry with sustainable materials knowledge, innovations and general information about sustainability in fashion, all situated within an extensive showcase of 3000 globally sourced materials from over 100 mills, all with a reduced environmental impact. A key aspect of the Future Fabrics Expo experience is how the tactile experience of a broad range of sustainable materials, and contextual knowledge informs creative and sustainable decision making, leaving our visitors inspired, informed and ready for change. There is an urgent imperative for the fashion industry to transition to an industry with a reduced environmental footprint. Therefore our emerging graduates need to be armed with knowledge about sustainability and their responsibility as future creators. Making this knowledge and experience of sustainable materials available to both lecturers and students, this new educational resource is an indispensable tool. It provides an educational tool kit for lecturers with which sustainable materials knowledge can be embedded into the curriculum. The kit; With a download including 13 modules, accompanied by swatch boxes, sustainable materials can be integrated into existing fashion education curricula, stage by stage, efficiently and at low cost. The downloadable teaching resource for an in-depth learning experience: Through guided interaction with 13 modules, students learn about sustainable materials, defined by provenance of fibre, their processing journey, and by what criteria they are more sustainable. Students are also offered a tactile experience by relating this learning to the swatches supplied in the swatch boxes accompanying each module. The swatches are made up of diverse types of sustainable materials which match the educational modules, and enable a tactile learning experience, reinforcing the core texts. Download content and swatch boxes are available at a competitive yearly subscription rate, which is supported by The Sustainable Angle’s funding through our environmental foundations and sponsors. The Dame Vivienne Westwood sustainable and ethical award is part of Graduate Fashion Week, London, 4 -7th June, 2017, and is given to a student for designing and creating a sustainable, ethically aware and socially responsible product with a lower environmental impact. The award is sponsored by Lenzing Group, a world market leader in the global textile and nonwovens industry producing high-quality botanic fibers. The awarded design must embody and communicate sustainable and ethical practices using sustainable raw materials with a lower envrionmental impact, manufacturing and production techniques. The judging panel of the award consists of: