For a long time, the fashion industry has been caught up by its excesses such as overproduction. It is with the aim of giving new life to fabrics that the start-up developed two innovations, which, when combined, allow clothes to be easily “unsewn” and thus facilitate fabric recovery. [FRENCH ARTICLE]
Annually, we use about about 500 billion plastic bags to store, transport, and protect garments, footwear and accessories. Less than 15% of polybags in circulation are collected for recycling, according to Fashion for Good. However, if the startup Sway has its way, more thin film packaging like polybags, retail bags, and wrappers will be compostable and even carbon negative. The packaging company makes seaweed-based, home-compostable replacements for plastic packaging, which even come in bright, cheerful colours.
Greenhope is a social technology enterprise manufacturing biodegradable technologies to address hard-to-recycle items that are too small, contaminated, not economically viable, or destined for landfills. Their Ecoplas bioplastic sources starch from local farmers and turn it into packaging for apparel, food, and non-food applications. Founded in 2017 (Indonesia).
Swatchbook is a cloud-based 3D material library revolutionising the exploration, visualisation and sharing of materials. The application connects brands with suppliers and allows secure communication between the design teams and suppliers. It helps to understand the real properties of materials without actually touching it through their platform and photos/videos. Founded in 2017 (USA).