The Sustainable Angle selects fabrics for the Future Fabrics Expo according to quality, aesthetics and suitability for both fashion and function.
To ascertain environmental impact, we assess each fabric and mill individually against the following environmental criteria, which have been developed together with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion.
The fabrics and mills are not definitively graded, but are awarded the following symbols in relation to the provenance, processing, raw materials and systems management involved in the fabric production, in order to help easily identify and choose materials.
As well as these key criteria, ethical and local production, recycled materials, and entirely certified supply chains are taken into consideration.
Water – the reduction of water use and wastage across the textile supply chain, the treatment and filtering of effluent and wastewater, and use of exemplary wet processing methods.
Waste – the utilization of identifiable waste streams for textile production and the reduction and recycling of solid waste throughout the textile supply chain.
Energy – reducing the carbon impact across the textile supply chain, use of renewable energy, and employing production methods that reduce reliance on petrochemicals.