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 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:
We look specifically for innovations that fall under one or multiple of the following focus areas:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mango Materials produces biodegradable bio-polyester that can be used as a sustainable alternative to the present polyester utilised 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.
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.
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.