This piece traces the advances of fashion accelerators in recent years, contextualises our urgent need for them to promote innovation and their purpose as a strategy to address the transition from a linear to circular and shared economies. Their ability to envelop a cradle to cradle philosophy in order to achieve the common goal of a sustainable industry underpins how fashion acts as a force for good.
100% regenerated and 100% regenerable infinitely, ECONYL® is emblematic of the endless possibilities for the prosperity of people and the planet through waste regeneration. Some see trash, other see treasure and ECONYL® has pioneered in closed loop regeneration processes to transform the abundance of nylon waste that resides in landfills and oceans worldwide into sustainable textiles. From apparel and accessories to automobiles, upholstery and the most haute worthy soft furnishings, ECONYL® fashions fabrics and B2B projects for the likes of Stella McCartney, Brietling, H & M, Speedo and Adidas, to name but a few. Within this third edition of S & S Spotlight, we traverse the mission behind the material and its parent company Aquafil, delving into their circular processes, sustainability corporate initiatives as well as exploring ECONYL® reimagined in its endless forms.
A glimpse inside the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Fashioned From Nature exhibition. Constructed with the intention to spark debates and discussion surrounding the symbiotic relationship of fashion and nature since 1600, it poses two seminal questions to its audience. Firstly, how can we design a more sustainable fashion industry? And subsequently, what prized lessons can we learn from the past?
What if I said to you, residual materials of citrus fruits can be cultivated into opulent fabrics likened to the most luxurious of silks? The Godfather, Don Michael Corleone, would roll around in his grave knowing he missed a trick with the lucrative opportunities of Sicilian citrus fruits hailing from his territory. For the latest edition of S & S Spotlight, let me introduce you to Orange Fiber. Delivering the zest of equal parts innovation and elegance, Orange Fiber is the world’s first brand to create a patented material derived from ‘pastazzo’, translating from Italian to mean otherwise wasted.
To kick off Volume I of S & S Spotlight, a series that delves into the stories of sustainable brands, there is no better advocate than Veja sneakers. This spotlight feature attributes specific attention to Veja’s sleek sartorial appeal and admirable levels of transparency along its supply chain to drive value for communities as well as consumers.
Are you searching for some sustainable sneaks with a story to their sole? The sneaker industry currently produces over 15 billion pairs of trainers annually which have a seismic environmental and social impact. This article analyses the environmental performance of our most beloved footwear through a life cycle assessment and provides a plethora of sustainable, innovative trainer brands with designs that embrace circularity so you can purchase with purpose!
As a self confessed ex-Zara addict, I’ve explored the secrets behind apparel global value chains, supply chain intricacies and environmental toll fast fashion is having on our planet.