Here are a couple of sustainable and innovative materials that are being used in the fashion industry at the moment, and we are loving it!
· ECONYL® ·
“Nylon waste is transformed into ECONYL® regenerated nylon. It's exactly the same as brand new nylon and can be recycled, recreated and remolded again and again.”Working with ECONYL® to create our ACE bags was very important for us, as we wanted to create a sustainable luxury bag that minimizes the use of new resources, our collection embraces the Circular fashion mode. It's amazing how raw materials such as fabric scraps, Carpet flooring, fishing nets, industrial plastic and landfill waste can be turned into ECONYL® to then be used to create apparel and many other incredible things, the possibilities are endless!
· Organic Hemp ·
Hemp is made with the fibers of the stem of the sativa plant. It has a similar texture to cotton and canvas. What is amazing is Hemp textiles can last up to 2 times longer than regular textiles and are 3 times stronger than cotton. VALANI, Toad&Co, Eileen Fisher, Vege Threads all use Hemp in their fashion collections.
· Qmonos ·
Qmonos is a manufactured protein fiber made from spider silk and microbes, this biotechnology was developed in Japan. The technique consists in cultivating bacteria correctly and then weaving the fibroin into fabric. This material is especially used in the sportswear industry. What we love about this material is its completely biodegradable, the fiber is tougher than steel so very durable. Fun fact Qmonos means spider in japanese.
· Pinatex ·
Pinatex is a natural leather alternative made of cellulose fiber extracted from pineapple leaves, PLA, and petroleum-based resin. Pinatex was created by Dr Carmen Hijosa during his thesis at the Royal College of Art in London. What makes this alternative leather more interesting than normal leather is its flexibility and durability. It is produced in a range of color and finishes, brands like Nike, Puma and Camper use this sustainable textile.