The impact of Green Innovation in Fashion. The case study of 7 Green Fashion Industries
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1. Clothing Made From Food
Created by Anke Domaske. Anke used milk, tea and coffee beans in her ‘Grow Your Own Clothes’ project at university.
As a matter of fact, her projects were so dynamic that she launched a company called Qmilk which produces fabrics not only for the fashion industry but also for home and for the car industry. Her products are very soft and comfortable. What is also interesting to know is that the textile also provides reduced bacterial growth and skin-sensory properties, which means one thing!!...are suitable for any climate.
Click here for more: https://www.qmilkfiber.eu/?lang=en
2. High Tech to Dye For - Colorep "AirDye"
California Colorep has created ‘AirDye’ system that uses +/- 85% less energy and 90% less water than conventional dyeing used in the fashion industry.
The dyeing process is a highly polluting process that involves many stages and chemicals, waste, and of course water usage. AirDye uses 90% less water and only 85% of energy is used.
Click here for more: https://debscorp.com/textiles/airdye/
3. The ‘Fashion Print’ Takes On A Whole New Meaning
3D printed fashion is known and has already appeared on the catwalks of important fashion city's like Paris, London and Milan thanks to innovative designers like Iris Van Herpen, and others.
Need to say that 3D printing might be that often uses polymers rather than natural materials, but it can be considered to be eco-friendly on the other hand for two simple reasons: 1), NO fabric waste, and 2) the clothes can be produced easily, by need and quickly
4. Lab-Grown Diamonds
Technology means progress and is everywhere..and yes we also find new ways to use technology also in jewellery and we are referring to lab-grown diamonds and gemstones.
Lark and Berry (www.larkandberry.com), have created high-quality lab-grown diamonds by using a process called Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD). In this, a diamond seed is placed into a high-pressure chamber with a plasma formed with Methane and Hydrogen and is then heated to upwards of 2200 degrees Fahrenheit.
The lab-grown diamonds need less energy to produce and even if energy is required to produce 2200 degrees Fahrenheit, a third or less of the energy is required to mine a diamond. So less energy means less fuel which means...LESS POLLUTION. Why? Because many lab-grown vendors are using large amounts of solar and wind-generated power!!
5. High Tech Vegan Leather
Many times the fashion industry has been criticised for using animals for their skin and fair. And yes.. technology is making fashion sustainable also by saving the lives of animals, too. And we are referring to "Vegan Leather". Several companies are now making innovative vegan leathers from 100% natural materials in laboratories, like for example, Modern Meadow that produces leather from yeast cells that are fermented in ways similar to beer making.
The result is collagen, the protein that gives skin its elasticity – and which can be made into a product that closely imitates leather. The pieces vary in colour, thickness and texture, and the fabric can be used for a variety of purposes, including clothing, shoes, handbags, car and plane interiors and even furniture.
Business consulting firm Grand View Research (GVR) has predicted the global faux leather market will hit $85bn by 2025 due to the lower cost of producing animal-free products along with the increasing number of consumers opting for animal-free materials – and that’s a beautiful thing if you ask us! Click here if you want to know more about vegan leather: https://www.peta.org/living/personal-care-fashion/what-is-vegan-leather/
6. Scientifically Designed Materials
Thanks to Ip and science, there are plenty of materials that are not only saving animals’ lives but the planet, too. For example, clothing brand Musto has created a clothing range in partnership with Land Rover called ABOVE AND BEYOND that uses Primaloft® Black Eco, which offers a sustainable and lightweight alternative to down feathers that doesn’t compromise warmth, comfort or flexibility.
Aimed at adventurers, some of their jackets that are made of PrimaLoft® also have Aerogel-lined pockets to protect mobile phones, enabling them to maintain their battery power for longer. Aerogel technology, originally designed by NASA, consists of 95% air and is the lightest solid known to man, meaning it’s cheaper to transport clothing made of this.
They’ve also come up with a reversible base layer T-shirt, whose technology makes it a sweater and a tee, all in one garment. It’s designed to keep you warm if you wear it on one side, and will actually cool your body down when you flip it to the other side. Musto also proudly makes their range in Vietnam by workers who are paid well and treated fairly.
7. Self-healing fabric created by the University of California -Dr Chao Wang
once again thanks Ip and Science a fabric was created that is able to heal itself as reacts to heat and friction and the reconnection procedures start. The fabric can be cut in half, self-heal and strict 50 times of its original length