Katrin Ley, Managing Director Fashion for Good: “It’s exciting to have such a compelling portfolio of innovators in our Scaling Programme! We now have fourteen diverse and forward- thinking innovators on the verge of mainstreaming. Together, they reimagine how fashion is designed, made, worn and reused.”
Current innovators in the Scaling Programme: Ambercycle, BEXT360, ColorZen, Softwear, Spinnova, Tamicare, The Infinited Fiber Company, Tyton Biosciences and Worn Again.
Ecovative focuses on advancing sustainable fabrication using their Mycelium Biofabrication PlatformTM. Their technology allows more control over geometry, density, size and composition of mycelium material – resulting in MycoflexTM; a high-performance foam with exciting applications in fashion, for example in footwear, accessories, outerwear and lingerie. MycoflexTM is sourced from agricultural waste streams, does not involve the use of any harmful chemistry, and is biodegradable.
Co-Founder and Director of Business Development from Ecovative Gavin McIntyre: “Biological materials from wood to leather have been used for centuries but are confined to the geometry of a tree or cow. At Ecovative we use the unique structure of mycelium to grow shapes and products that are not native to nature but inherently natural, safe and biodegradable in the process.”
Natural Fiber Welding
Natural Fiber Welding’s patented welding processes reformat cotton and other natural fibers in such a way that short fibers can function as extra-long staple virgin fibers. This gives these materials unprecedented performance and utility and allows manufacturers to transform materials which are today considered as waste into high performance circular yarns.
Founder and CEO of Natural Fiber Welding Luke Haverhals: “The textile industry is over reliant on nonbiodegradable petroleum-based synthetics. In addition, there is a gap in the industry for scalable, high-performance options for recycling natural fibers. Our solution balances performance, sustainability, scalability. Using abundant natural and scrap resources, we can tune fibers to outperform traditional textiles, making this process truly environmentally friendly. ”
The Renewal Workshop
Brands are holding on to thousands to millions of articles of clothing that fall under the category of returned, damaged, defective, out-of-season, broken-size run, or post-consumer. The Renewal Workshop (TRW) provides brand-specific take-back programs so that consumers can give back their clothing to the brand when it is no longer wanted. TRW partners with the world’s top brands to source apparel that is returned, damaged, defective, and post-consumer. Then TRW then cleans, sorts, and repairs the apparel to extend the lifetime of the product.
Founder and CEO of The Renewal Shop Jeff Denby: “With The Renewal Workshop, apparel brands have an opportunity to design products with a longer life span, use a comprehensive take back system, and collect important product and sustainability data, all while unlocking a new sales channel of renewed products.”
SeaChange Technologies, Inc.
SeaChange Technologies, Inc. has developed a game-changing approach to cost-effectivly eliminate wastewater from the apparel supply chain. They made one of the world’s first mechanical, non-membrane, zero-liquid-discharge desalination systems.
Founder and CEO of SeaChange, Dipak Mahato: “The SeaChange process allows manufacturers to maintain their existing production capabilities, while saving money and reducing their environmental footprint. We are excited to join Fashion for Good to work towards Good Water for all.”
Yerdle Recommerce developd white-label resale channels, allowing brands to buy back and resell used items. It enables brands to take back control of the secondary marketplace, improving customer engagement and increasing profit through a circular economy approach. Yerdle takes care of the backend work in logistics, reverse logistics, and web development to put the brand out in front.
Founder and CEO of Yerdle Recommerce Andy Ruben: “It takes 2,700 liters of water to make one cotton shirt, the amount of water the average person drinks in 2.5 years (WRI). The average customer bought 60% more clothing in 2014 compared to 2000. We need a better, more circular model to get more use out of the items we have already made. Yerdle makes it easy for leading brands and retailers to buy back and resell their items in a far more circular model.”
Today, Fashion for Good launches the Sorting for Circularity USA Project, a new initiative focused on the North-American textile-to-textile recycling market that will provide the most representative snapshot of textile waste composition generated in the United States. This effort is crucial to understanding and evaluating the business case for textile-to-textile recycling, ensuring that used textiles move to their best and highest end use. The results of this 18-month project will inform decisions to unlock necessary investments and actions to scale collection, sorting and recycling innovations.