We care as much about the scaling and implementation of existing good ideas as we do about catalysing new ones.
The Scaling Programme aims to drive the growth and adoption rate of selected innovators. We support innovations that have the potential to change the fashion industry for good and that have passed the proof-of-concept phase, with a dedicated team that offers bespoke support and access to expertise, customers and capital.
“The textile industry is on the brink of an incredible transformation. The Scaling Programme of Fashion for Good builds the invaluable setting necessary to translate scientific breakthroughs into technologies that usher in this transformation.”
– Akshay Sethi, Ambercycle
“Fashion for Good’s ability to stimulate collaboration between like-minded fashion brands and cutting-edge tech companies will change the future of fashion sustainability.”
– Peter Majeranowski, Tyton Biosciences
“Our hopes for the Scaling Programme are to run trials with the biggest companies in the industry (Fashion for Good’s corporate partners) and to be able to quantify our positive environmental impact. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a group of amazing people that give their best to make the world a better place.
– Roy Hirsch, Sonovia
“The support we have received from Fashion for Good through the Accelerator – and now the Scaling Programme, means so much to us. The Accelerator helped us shift our business model and focus in order to help us get into the market faster and the Scaling Programme provides validation from the market place that our pigment is needed. We hope to have pilot programs with brand partners in place and even completed by the end of the programme. We are excited to see our pigment go to market with these brands!
– Jane Palmer, Nature Coatings
The Scaling Programme supports companies that have a market-ready product and are ready to grow towards commercial scale. We evaluate innovators based on a comprehensive range of criteria, including:
Typically successful candidates have first gone through the Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator or another accelerator programme, have demonstrated traction with fashion brands through pilots or investments, and / or have raised considerable funding.
We look for innovations in the following key areas:
Raw Materials: Replacing conventional petroleum based materials with recyclable alternatives and supporting more resource efficient natural materials.
Dyeing & Finishing: New methods, technologies and chemicals for the more sustainable treatment of textiles, towards low water use and zero discharge of hazardous chemicals.
Manufacturing: Cutting edge garment manufacturing technologies & supply chain processes (e.g. 3D printing).
Retail: Circular business models, the sharing economy, platforms, transportation, packaging and retail based solutions.
End-of-Use: Techniques including chemical and mechanical methods for circular recycling of finished post-consumer goods.
Transparency & Traceability: Product marking, identification & tracing technologies and platforms that publicly disseminate information to increase supply chain accountability
The Scaling Programme offers bespoke one on one support over a period of one to two years. Based on an initial assessment, we identify the main barriers to commercial scale. This assessment is the basis of a jointly developed support plan, or ‘roadmap to scale’. Typical areas for support include customer development, marketing and operations strategy, operational development and fundraising support.
We also facilitate and support piloting opportunities with our corporate partners and their supply chains, and collaborate with a wide network of subject matter experts and partner organisations to support the companies in our programme.
Participants in our Scaling Programme get the unique opportunity to connect to manufacturers, brands and investors capable of helping them fast-track the integration and implementation of their daring innovations.
As part of the Innovation Platform, the Accelerator is supported by founding partner C&A Foundation and run in partnership with corporate partners adidas, C&A, Galeries Lafayette, Kering, Otto Group, PVH Corp., Target, Stella McCartney and Zalando. By facilitating access to these brands and retailers, we give relevant, replicable and scalable innovations the chance to hone product-market fit so they have the best possible chance of success.
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Algalife’s bio-based innovation aspires to turn the textile industry’s environmental problems into positive, scalable solutions by unlocking the power of algae and creating dyes and fibres from micro algae. These bio-based dyes and fibres have a better environmental footprint than traditional manufacturing and dyeing processes, not to mention the textiles release anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals that can nourish and protect our body and skin.
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.
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.
ColorZenTM is a revolutionary technology that transforms the cotton dyeing process, making it dramatically more efficient and environmentally friendly. Cotton is the most popular fabric on the planet, and once treated by ColorZen, it can be dyed using far less water, energy, dye, salt and toxic chemicals. ColorZen’s scalable, innovative technology is revolutionising the global cotton dyeing industry.
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.
Mango Materials produces biodegradable bio-polyester that can be used as a sustainable alternative to polyester presently utilised in the fashion industry. Microfibres produced from the bio-polyester can biodegrade 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. The circular technology benefits the environment throughout its entire process from renewable feedstock sourcing to carbon recycling at the end of a product’s life.
Nature Coatings transforms agricultural waste into high performing black pigments for printing, coatings, paint, ink and dope dyeing. The pigments are a bio-based replacement for the millions of tons of petroleum-based carbon black pigment produced globally each year and therefore have the potential to prevent millions of tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. The pigments are higher performing than petroleum carbon black and can be used at the mill with existing equipment, making adoption easy and efficient.
Natural Fiber Welding
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.
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.
SoftWear Automation Inc
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.
Sonovia, previously Nano Textile, offers a sustainable alternative to binder chemicals normally used to attach finishes onto a fabric. Its technology embeds fabric finishes directly into fabric using a process called Cavitation and can apply to a range of products such as antibacterial & anti-odour finishes or water repellence. The elimination of binders reduces the amount of chemicals used in the finishing process, while the very strong impregnation protects the end-user and the environment from the leaking of hazardous chemicals. The wet process method has the capacity to revolutionise the wet textile processing industry and transform the textile industry into a vastly more sustainable and greener practice.
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.
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.
The Infinited Fiber Company
The Infinited Fiber Company’s purpose is to be the driving force in revolutionising the fashion industry. It has developed a process technology that can turn cotton-rich textile waste, paper and cardboard waste into new, cotton-like fibres for the textile industry. And not just once, but infinitely. Infinited Fiber can be recycled again and again without decreasing the quality of the fibre. The Infinited Fiber Company is working with the world’s leading textile and hygienic product brands. With the opening of a pilot production plant in Espoo, Finland, it provides a solution for the global textile industry in its inevitable shift to sustainable and circular materials.
The Renewal Workshop
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.
Tyton BioSciences recycles discarded clothing to produce the basis of petroleum- and plant-based fabrics. Tyton’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, Tyton 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.
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.
Yerdle Recommerce makes it easy for leading brands such as Patagonia, EILEEN FISHER and REI to buy back and resell their items. Yerdle 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.