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In November 2011 The Sustainable Angle organised the first Future Fabrics Expo, hosted by the London College of Fashion, with support from the Centre for Sustainable Fashion.
The expo was initiated to promote high quality commercially available sustainable fabrics to international designers from mid to high-end fashion labels, as well as mainstream brands. In the first expo, over 400 individually selected fabrics with a lower environmental impact were showcased to hundreds of visitors from luxury, high street, and sustainable / ethical brands.
The expo showed a wide selection of woven and knitted fabrics made from natural and man-made fibres, including castor oil fabric, bi-product fish leather, recycled polyester suede, SCafe© post-consumer coffee ground fabric, Scottish merino wool, and fabrics represented by C-L-A-S-S including Milkofil© and NewLife©.
The selections included examples of new interpretations of perennial fashion classic qualities, as well as more experimental novelties relevant to a variety of markets. The fabrics were chosen according to quality, innovation, and demonstrating an ongoing commitment to improved performance across the supply chain.
During research and fabric selection, supply chain stages considered included fibre cultivation and processing, spinning,weaving, knitting, bleaching, dyeing and finishing, addressing the key environmental criteria that The Sustainable Angle established in consultation with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at The London College of Fashion, entailing biodiversity, water, waste and energy.
“It was a really great experience to visit the Expo, as it’s such an opportunity for designers and brands to source their materials from more sustainable mills. The platform you provide makes it a lot easier to get in contact or even discover new mills, such as emerging innovative materials.” – Ana Pasalic from Stella McCartney Ltd
“The 6th Future Fabrics Expo has a great selection of fabrics and fashion materials, and the guided tour!” – COS
“The 6th Future Fabrics Expo is a very visionary and inspiring showcase. It is the future.” – M&S
“This was a great event with a good selection of brands attending and I learned about some new fibre technologies that have recently been released onto the market as a result. If you’re looking for sustainable fabrics the Sustainable Angle has a great library to browse covering all different product types and manufacturing regions.”
“The expo was very good and the cause is really important. The expo was very well put together… I really appreciated the expo, and I would like to visit again.” – H&M
“It [Future Fabrics Expo] is very interesting, and super useful. Anybody who is interested in sustainable textiles should go; it is a great sourcing hub.” – Katharine Hamnett