At the core of Fashion for Good is our Innovation Platform – where we connect those working on sustainable innovation with brands, retailers and funders to bring new ideas and technologies from niche to norm.
Fashion for Good’s Innovation Platform is made up of three programmes tailored to different stages of a business’s maturity.
These innovations challenge us to rethink every step of how a product is made. Materials made from fruit waste. Business models designed for renting and reselling. Technologies that “close the loop” so that old clothes can be turned into new ones. Because doing good is not simply doing less bad; it is about creating technologies and systems that actively benefit us all. These innovations and many more are promising because they fundamentally change the way we do business, creating an opportunity for a regenerative closed loop system that eliminates waste.
In this spirit, we seek innovations in the following key areas:
Phabio offers bioplastic solutions made from bio-degradable polymers made from renewable biomass obtained from waste in the beer, dairy and sugar industries, as well as food waste and sea weeds. These bioplastics can also be made from agricultural waste, used plastic bottles and other containers using microorganisms.
Phool upcycles floral waste from temples and mosques in India with their ‘flowercycling’ technology to make a florafoam that is a 100% biodegradable, compostable, high-performing and inflammable alternative to Styrofoam as well as a bio-leather called Fleather also made from the flower waste.
PoshaQ is a computer vision AI startup focused on product discovery and sales conversion within the fashion and retail sector. They provide retail and warehouse automation, data intelligence and cataloging, and quality control with image processing.
Swatchbook is a cloud platform revolutionising the exploration, visualisation and sharing of materials. The platform enables suppliers to upload their materials along with other metadata and pricing details for brands to further explore, discover and visualise materials, sharing them with other stakeholders for further use.
Bear Fiber is developing a novel biotechnological cottonisation process and manufacturing platform for fibre production with hemp that uses less water and energy. The cotton-like hemp fibre and yarns can be easily spun with cotton to produce textiles and finished garments.
Dryfiber provides a fluorine-free durable water and oil repellent textile finish which is completely water-bourne and can be applied through traditional finishing processes.
Econic provides an innovative catalyst technology that facilitates incorporation of waste CO2 as a raw material into polyols, replacing up to 50% of traditional oil-based feedstocks. Waste CO2 is cheaper than oil-based raw materials, plus offers enhanced product performance and environmental benefits.
Fairbrics provides a novel process to create ethylene glycol (a component of polyester) from waste CO2. The resultant chemical is identical both chemically and practically to petroleum-based ethylene glycol.
Full Cycle’s patented technology converts waste streams such as inedible food waste, agricultural by-products and used paper/cardboard into Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) bioplastics that degrade in the soil and the ocean.
GALY engineers cotton in labs through the multiplication of cells directly into the cotton fibre, removing steps of traditional cotton farming. As a result they can grow cotton without the use of pesticides or fertilisers, using considerably less water.
HydroCotton grows sustainable cotton in a transparent way. HydroCotton is developing a technology for cotton agriculture that reduces water and fertiliser by 80%, while also being grown in an insecticide-free environment.
Imogo focuses on sustainable production processes, primarily in the textile industry. Their innovative new processes for dyeing textile materials that can dramatically reduce the wasteful use of water, chemistry and energy in the textile dyeing process.
Polaris works on the development of a polyurethane for carbon capture, reuse and sequestration. They use microalgae as a feedstock to explore the production of various products for polyurethanes, polyurethanes, plastic composites to name a few.
Cooltrans Technology employs low-carbon, environmentally friendly inkjet and gravure printing technology and eco-friendly dyes for textile printing, renders delicate and vivid prints to textile fabrics.
Oritain wants to be the most trusted company in the world at scientifically proving origin. It provides traceability through an innovative combination of forensic science and statistics. It believes that in order to know where something truly comes from, you have to test the product itself.
Recycrom is a dyestuffs range made using recycled, used clothing, fibrous material and textiles scraps made from cellulosic fibres. The dyestuff can colour any cellulosic and natural fibre as well polyamide.
huue (formerly Tinctorium) produce natural, pre-reduced Indigo dyes that are a drop-in replacement for synthetic Indigo, free of impurities with the same performance as synthetic Indigo.
Bagrotec initiates and executes various sustainable bamboo processing projects for textile fibre production. Using a proprietary process, bamboo is mechanically processed before enzymes are applied to naturally produce organic bamboo fibre.
Biomize technology makes bamboo and agri-waste based granules that are alternatives to plastic, are certified home compostable, and can be drawn into textile fibres and fabrics that have fashion, medical and industrial applications.
KB Cols wants to change the landscape of dyeing in the fashion industry by focusing on harnessing the true potential of Biotechnology. Through the exploration of various renewable resources, KB Cols extract natural colours that can be applied in textiles and other applications.
As a homegrown leader in Indian recycled plastic products, Lucro produces high quality, innovative and recycled plastic waste to remake products, ultimately seeking to close the loop and make plastic sustainable. Lucro caters to big industries including retail, FMCG and automotive, exporting their products to the US and Europe.
Nordshield provides anti-mould, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and insect repellency finishes based on natural resources (waste from the forestry industry), which are free from heavy metals. Easy to apply both during production and as a post-treatment, products retain the anti-microbial effect even at extremely high temperatures and after more than 60 washes.
Nature Coatings develops high performing, inexpensive pigments from wood waste. Their pigments are capable of reducing water use by 93% at the mill.
Sonovia has developed the most durable, versatile, safe and effective Anti-Bacterial coating technology for Textiles, and the only technology to be able to positively address the very strict demands by the Hospital sector.
Creates dyes and fibres from algae microorganisms. Their textiles release anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals that can nourish and protect our body and skin.
Lizee is a white label eCommerce and logistics solution that helps brands and retailers integrate the sharing economy by renting their product.
Unspun is an on-demand apparel company that uses 3D scanning and fit algorithms to generate digital consumer sizing. Using the 3D information, they create a pair of customised jeans that fit perfectly through 3D weaving. The technique eliminates back-end inventory, reduces wasteful processes and ultimately increases the lifespan and wear-ability of your garments.
The Fabricant is a digital fashion house leading the fashion industry towards a new sector of digital only clothing – wasting nothing but data and exploiting nothing but imagination. The Fabricantspecialises in photo-real 3D fashion design and animation which can be used in digital fashion editorial
Spintex, a spin out from the University of Oxford, manufactures pure and strong silk fibres. Fibres are spun from water-based silk solution, partly sourced from pre-consumer waste streams, amongst others. The technology platform can create bespoke, next generation fibres and materials.
Sozie’s approach to sizing is to use real-life consumers to produce fit and style feedback for garments that match the potential buyer’s size and body type. “Sozies” are given 24 hours to find garments in retail stores and report back with photos, style comments and experience in fit. In time, a library is produced and shoppers can instantly browse content from consumers that match their body type.
Smartex uses a combination of IoT sensors and AI/machine learning software for the real-time inspection and detection of defects in fabric production. The technology helps textile manufactures improve production yields reducing defective production down to 0%.
Returnity creates custom designed, reusable and recyclable shipping packaging for individuals and businesses, providing a sustainable packaging solution for a better customer experience and engagement.
Resortecs produces a dissolvable stitching thread for easy repair and recycling of garments. Used in attaching trimmings, such as zippers, buttons and fasteners, the threads are aimed at garment repair, recycling and reusing materials from unsold stock and dissolve when exposed to heat.
Based in Germany, RE-NT offers a circular, white label rental service and online platform. Consumers have access to the latest fashion which they can rent and brands can still engage with their audience without having to deal with operations and logistics.
PreSize is a 3D body scanning technology that uses any smartphone’s camera input to find the best fit to the users’ individual body. Unlike other smartphone fit solutions, PreSize is completely web-based and uses a video of the consumer to estimate key points of the body, ensuring a higher level of accuracy in measurements.
Frankie Collective is dedicated to reworking excess products into high-demand streetwear styles. Vintage garments and overstock that would otherwise end up in landfill are salvaged and reworked into contemporary items.
Cocoon Biotech has developed a bio-technology platform designed to produce a bio-compatible silk protein. Their platform dissolves raw cocoon silk, post-consumer silk waste and supply chain waste into a liquid protein solution, from which fibre, liquids and gel materials can be produced.
Cadel Deinking removes printed ink and labels from plastics and through mechanical recycling can produce high quality, high recycled-content pellets. The de-inking technology produces pellets of similar quality to that of new plastics and can be used in the same applications as new material.
AltMat (previously Canva Fibre Labs) uses a mixture of mechanical, chemical and enzymatic process to produce industrial fit fibre and yarn made of agri-waste such as hemp and banana waste sourced directly from farmers and hemp producers.
BlockTexx turns textile waste into a resource, stimulates the production of new products and meets consumers demands to reduce the environmental impact of our everyday clothing.
Descatuk has developed a process of fibre extraction and yarn creation from grass to produce a fabric that has a similar look to linen but a lighter touch. Grown in the highlands of India, the wild grass needs neither water nor pesticides. Descatuk also has a positive impact on livelihoods by providing fair job opportunities for locals.
Indra Water has developed affordable, fully automated wastewater management treatment and packaged re-cycling solutions. The process is capable of a variety of water treatment through novel innovations in electro-coagulation, electro-chemical oxidation, two-phase solids separation, disinfection, distillation and pollutant monitoring hardware.
InfiniChains is a leading end-to-end track and trace solution using blockchain, AI and Cloud Computing to help brands and manufacturers to digitise sustainability practices. Through real-time data, efficiency and storytelling, they bridge the fragmented gaps between the different sustainability systems of farmers, manufacturers and brands.
JSP Enviro treats common effluents with Microbial fuel cells technology. The technology treats effluent water that can be reused, simultaneously producing energy thereby reducing the need for external energy, making it a self-sustainable waste-water treatment.
PurFi rejuvenates pre-consumer textile waste back to virgin quality fibres virgin quality products from corporate waste streams to create a closed loop solution. The technology can process cotton, PET, cotton/poly blends as well as separate out elastane.
Sasmira has a wide range of innovations and one of them is a supercritical CO2 dyeing technology. This cost-effective technique is waterless and does not use any chemicals. The remains of the dye is collected for reuse and carbon dioxide used in the process is recirculated back into the system.
TextileGenesis is a blockchain traceability system specifically created for the apparel sector that focuses on sustainable fibres such as wood-based fibres, organic cotton and organic wool. Consumers can scan the barcode with their mobile device to see the various steps that were taken to create the product.
Checkerspot designs high performance materials at a molecular level with technology at the nexus of biology and chemistry.
Dimpora has invented a novel waterproof membrane material. Current waterproof membranes use toxic chemicals that bioaccumulate in the natural environment.
FARFARM develops responsible fabrics using Agroforestry systems that regenerate nature and communities in Brazil. They educate agricultural families to plant natural fibres such as cotton, jute, ramie and dye-producing plants using agroforestry principals that mimic nature, doesn’t require chemical fertilizers, all while restoring biodiversity and keeping a standing forest.
FastFeetGrinded seeks to make footwear circular by collecting and recycling used shoes into new shoes. Together with retailers, they collect used shoes that are then sorted and deconstructed into their component parts. These material streams are manufactured into new products like playground flooring but also feed back into the footwear manufacturing supply chain.
pond Textile has developed a 100% plant based, biodegradable resin, made to replace petroleum-derived polyester fibre used today.
Pure Waste Textiles produces ecologically sustainable and premium quality recycled fabrics and yarns.
Infinited Fiber Company is on a mission to harness cutting-edge technology and make circularity in textiles a reality. Its breakthrough innovation can turn any cellulose-rich raw material – think worn out clothes, cardboard, or wheat or rice straw – into unique textile fibers with the natural look and feel of cotton. Impurities, like polyester or elastane, are cleaned out in the process. The technology has been validated by leading textile brands and is ready to be scaled up. Infinited Fiber Company won the Europas 2020 Hottest Sustainability Tech Award, and was listed on the Global 50 to Watch by Cleantech Group in 2019. In 2016 they were selected into WWF’s Climate Solver network.
Ambercycle focuses on turning post-consumer textile waste into new fibres. Ambercycle fibres are used as a direct replacement for traditional polyester. This technology enables the designers and manufacturers of clothing to truly embrace circular production models without sacrificing quality or cost.
Circ recycles discarded clothing to produce the basis of petroleum- and plant-based fabrics. Circ’s virgin-equivalent, market-grade dissolving pulp and petroleum monomers can be sold at the same cost as virgin materials to manufacturers who make fibres. Whether cotton, poly-cotton, polyester, nylon or other fibres, Circ aims to cost-effectively recycle these materials using water as a solvent. This makes their tech a clean and economical alternative in the recycling industry.
Bext360 is a traceability Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform focusing on critical supply chains such as coffee, cocoa, seafood, palm oil, minerals (Coltan, Cobalt), timber and natural fibres (cotton). We provide a traceable fingerprint to track products from producer to consumer. bext360’s vision is to improve the global supply chain for agricultural products, using a novel combination of blockchain technology and machine vision that allows for traceability and transparency where it is desperately needed.
Spinnova has developed a disruptive cellulose fibre innovation; turning wood pulp directly into yarn, and involves no dissolving or other complex chemical processes. Their manufacturing process method uses up to 99% less water compared to cotton. This fibre innovation has a uniquely small footprint and presents exciting opportunities to create a circular fibre production system. Based in Finland, Spinnova is poised to reach industrial scale by year-end through their new pilot factory. Future business models include partnering with brands by licensing the technology or setting up joint ventures for fibre production.
Algiknit produces textile fibres extruded from kelp, a variety of seaweed. The extrusion process turns the biopolymer mixture into kelp-based thread that can be knitted or 3D printed to minimize waste. The final knitwear is biodegradable and can be dyed with natural pigments in a closed loop cycle.
BioGlitz produces the world’s first biodegradable glitter. Based on a unique biodegradable formula made from eucalyptus tree extract, the eco-glitter is fully biodegradable, compostable and allows for the sustainable consumption of glitter without the environmental damage associated with micro plastics.
circular.fashion has created a software that interconnects circular design, circular retail models and closed loop recycling technologies enables fashion brands to design circular garments. Circular clothes are attributed an identification tag that orchestrates a reverse supply chain network of consumers, sorting and recycling companies to close the loop to regenerated textiles.
FLOCUS™ is a revolutionary textile brand producing yarn blends and filling made with Kapok. Kapok is the most sustainable fiber in the market leaving no human footprint behind.
Frumat uses apples to create a leather-like material. Apple pectin is an industrial waste product which can be used to create sustainable materials for luxury accessories. The materials can be dyed naturally and tanned without chemically intensive techniques.
Good on You is a mobile app that provides ethical ratings for over 1,000 fashion brands rated on their impact on people, the planet and animals. It is built on a robust brand rating system which aggregates standards, certifications and publicly available data sources into a simple, accessible 5-point score to promote transparency across the fashion industry and to allow customers to make conscious purchasing decisions.
Mango Materials produces biodegradable bio-polyester that can be used as a sustainable alternative to the present polyester utilized in the fashion industry. Microfibres produced from the biopolyester can biodegraded in many environments, including landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and the oceans helping to prevent microfibre pollution and contributing to a closed-loop bio economy for the fashion industry.
We are the world’s first and only brand to produce a patented material from citrus juice byproducts, repurposing them to create beautiful, sensorial fabrics that reshape your sartorial experience.
Paptic manufactures bio-based alternative packaging materials that are made from sustainably sourced wood fibres. The material has the unique properties of paper and plastic commonly used in the retail sector, but with a much higher tear resistance than paper. The material can be recycled alongside cardboard.
PlanetCare is a small, yet passionate group of enthusiasts, coming from very different backgrounds and united through the same cause – caring about our planet.
Provenance Biofabrics makes a true leather equivalent through a biomimetic process from recent advances in the biomedical field.
Reverse Resources is a platform that enables fashion brands and garment manufacturers to address pre-consumer waste for industrial upcycling. The platform allows fabric and garment factories to map and measure leftover fabrics and scraps so that these become traceable through their following life cycles. By mapping the waste material in the factory, these resources can eventually be reintroduced into the supply chain, limiting the use of virgin materials.
We’re making clothing for the 21st century. We have designed and prototyped a robotic knitting machine to produce custom seamless knit garments in the size, material and style chosen by customers with minimal human finishing.
The Excess Materials Exchange (The Netherlands) is like a dating site that helps companies turn their waste into wealth. Their digital marketplace “matches” materials with their highest value reuse option, allowing companies to exchange products and materials that would otherwise be considered waste and reduce their use of new materials. Items they have successfully matched include tulip flower heads, which can be converted to paint pigments, and old mobile phones, which can have precious metals extracted and reused. Now, Excess Materials Exchange has set its sights on finding new uses for excess materials in fashion.
GIBBON is an on-the-go rental marketplace for travellers to enable a luggage-less travel experience.
Creates sustainable products for daily use out of agriculture residue. Green Whisper specializes in banana fibre products: banana paper and banana fibre textile.
Reflaunt is a circular designed technology which bridges first-hand and second-hand markets, enabling high-end brands to give customers the option to re-sell, donate or recycle their wardrobes.
Creates the first digital, multi-brand takeback program which rewards recycling. Consumers can box up their unwanted clothing and ship them directly to regain and earn discount coupons to use online or in store.
Is an app where its users can build a digital wardrobe by instantly uploading their online purchases or existing items through computer vision. The app includes outfit recommendations, dry cleaning, alteration, selling and donating pointers, to understand and manage users wardrobes.
Stuffstr lets users capture the value of used stuff, regardless of its condition. They partner with fashion retailers to buy back unwanted products, and update consumers on the current resale value of their items.
TrusTrace helps brands define a clear plan for establishing product-level traceability. It provides a scalable digital platform for measuring, monitoring and communicating various activities in the supply chain.
The Vienna Textile Lab turns bacteria into colour. They fabricate organic dyes from naturally occurring bacteria in order to provide a sustainable alternative to conventional synthetic colours.
&Wider is looking to help bridge the data gap on working conditions in global supply chains. &Wider calls workers on their mobile phones through their cloud platform to generate insights about their working conditions and wellbeing for buyers and employers.
Is a digital marketplace where companies can exchange excess materials and products. EME matches materials with their highest value reuse option, enabling companies to turn their waste into wealth, combatting unnecessary landfill, incineration, and overproduction.
The Renewal Workshop takes damaged inventory and returns and processes them into Renewed Apparel, upcycling materials, or feedstock for recycling. Data is collected and shared with partners to help them improve design, production and impact. The Renewal Workshop operates a zero waste circular system that recovers the full value out of what has already been created to help brands reduce waste, recover value, and profit in recommerce.
Trove makes it easy for leading brands such as Patagonia, EILEEN FISHER and REI to buy back and resell their items. Trove provides the logistics, online storefront, and technology to make it turn key for brands to take back control of the secondary marketplace, driving customer engagement and increasing profit through a circular approach.
SeaChange Technologies, Inc. has developed a game-changing approach to eliminate effluent from apparel manufacture and processing. The SeaChange process allows manufacturers to maintain their existing production capabilities, while saving money and reducing environmental footprint.
Natural Fiber Welding transforms abundant, biodegradable natural fibres into high performance products using patented processing methods. The platform leverages nature’s existing abundance and diversity of renewable materials with ultimate scalability in mind; using clean chemistries in closed-loop systems with energy efficient automation means that the process remains cost effective, people + earth-friendly whilst also expanding the reach of the original nano-technology – life.
Ecovative focuses on advancing fabrication towards a more sustainable future using their Mycelium Biofabrication Platform. Their technology involves more control over geometry, density, size and composition of mycelium material – resulting in Mycoflex; a high-performance foam with exciting applications in fashion. As Mycoflex is sourced from agricultural waste streams it does not involve the use of any harmful chemistry and is biodegradable.
Style Lend connects the world’s most stylish and rentable closets to provide a resourceful, sustainable way to shop for designer fashion.
Indidye has developed a new, low environmental footprint, dyeing method for their natural plant-based dyes. This new process uses sound waves to bind natural dyes to cellulosic fibres. Indidye’s technology uses less water, creates no wastewater, is biodegradable, and requires less energy than a conventional dyeing process. Indidye also produces a dye stuff and is developing a cellulosic fibre – both of which are 100% biodegradable.
Indigo Mills Designs is revolutionizing the Indigo dyeing process by making it more sustainable, more economical and faster. This patented state-of-the-art foam dyeing process produces zero water discharge and minimal dye waste all while producing deep indigo colours that the fashion industry loves.
MonoChain has developed an easy to integrate blockchain platform to bring primary and resale markets together to enable a circular economy and simultaneously combating fake products.
VeChain is a blockchain-enabled product management platform. Using blockchain technology to secure product data enables retailers and manufacturers to easily collect, manage, and share data across the supply chain.
Uses microorganisms to produce organic dyes to replace petrochemical versions and vegetal ones.
Develops performance-enhanced natural fabrics and fibers for branded apparel companies.
Mycotex developed a mushroom-based textile that can be grown into custom-fitted moulds. This eliminates the need for yarns, weaving and other process steps. The material is 100% biodegradable and has anti-microbal properties.
Large digital platform connecting brands with textile manufacturers and suppliers as well as those offering specialist services.
A platform that empowers brands to take steps toward greater transparency by tracing the origins and histories of products.
Carcel is a premium fashion label that works with and is produced by women in prison, using only 100% natural materials.
Colorfix has developed an innovative dyeing method based on bio-pigments. Their process is a new approach to dyeing, avoiding the use of any hazardous chemicals whilst significantly reducing water, energy and waste.
Eon-ID is developing an RFID-based recycling solution, the Eon.ID thread, that will help turn unwanted clothes into new materials and garments.
Has developed and patented an innovative method of hide preservation, known as LitehideTM.
Offer eco hangers, cardboard hangers, paper hangers – a sustainable marketing tool for memorable visual merchandising.
Innovative dyeing method for polyester that removes water and chemical dyeing agents from the process.
The Agraloop Collects waste from fibrous foodcrop production (hemp, flax, banana, pineapple etc.) and turns it into fibers for textiles. These fibers can then be processed using conventional cotton machinery.
Tersus has successfully innovated a waterless, closed-loop cleaning system that utilizes recycled liquid CO2 to penetrate deep into fabrics to sanitize and deodorize with the goal of drastically extending the life of textiles across several key industries.
Use nano technology to introduce tracers into fibers of organic cotton.
Novel water purification technology that uses light and has very high efficiency.
Created an online B2B platform that matches fashion professionals with the connections and resources they need to grow successful and sustainable businesses.
Developed a leather alternative made from mushroom material.
Circular SystemsTM presents TexloopTM. A recycling and yarn platform focused on creating closed-loop resource efficiency in synthetic, and complex blended fabrics.
Implementing a business model for ecommerce, where the packaging is sent back to the store for re-utilization.
TIPA has developed 100% biodegradable and compostable packaging solutions made from bio-plastics.
SoftWear Automation’s SewbotTM worklines combine patented computer vision with light weight robotics to move fabric to and through the needle more efficiently than a human operator. This industry-leading technology allows manufacturers to SEWLOCALTM, geographically shortening the distance between the manufacturer and consumer, while creating higher quality products.
Cosyflex®, Tamicare’s 3D printing technology, uses additive manufacturing techniques to apply layers of raw materials (e.g. cotton) and water based polymers to create finished textile products. This ground-breaking mass production technology allows manufacturers to eliminate the wasteful and chemically hazardous processes of dyeing and cut make & trim, shortening the supply chain with a sustainable and eco-friendly solution.
Worn Again has developed a chemical recycling technology that can separate and recapture polyester (PET) and cellulose from cotton from non-rewearable textiles to produce virgin equivalent, cost competitive polyester and cellulosic raw materials to be reintroduced into the supply chain as part of a continual process. Old clothes and textiles are collected, processed via Worn Again’s process and then made back into new yarn, textiles and clothes. The cycle can repeat again and again, eliminating the need to exploit virgin resources. Worn Again’s process is unique in that it can deal with both pure and blended textiles.