Between 25-26th January 2017 The Sustainable Angle welcomed 650 visitors to the 6th edition of the Future Fabrics Expo, at the beautiful Iris Studios in London. This year’s edition successfully showcased over 2000 fashion materials with a lower environmental impact. Alongside sustainable innovative fabrics with a lower environmental footprint, low impact leathers and leather alternatives were showcased. They embody a range of sustainable principles and new technologies, sourced from international suppliers and mills who demonstrate a commitment to lowering the environmental impact across the textile supply chain. It included more sustainable alternatives to the widely available conventional fabrics that currently dominate the market; helping fashion companies to begin diversifying their fabrics and materials base and lowering their environmental impact.
The 6th edition of the Future Fabrics Expo also included seminars featuring important organisations such as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Responsible Wool Standard, Textile Exchange, GOTS and suppliers such as DANI S.p.A – sustainable leather and Beyond Surface Technologies AG, that currently are shaping the future of the textile and leather industry. All 12 seminars were fully booked and a great success. The presentations of the seminars can be accessed via the edited online: version of the Future Fabrics Expo www.futurefabricsvirtualexpo.com.
The Future Fabrics Expo 2017 attracted a broad variety of visitors including luxury, high street, and start up brands as well as suppliers, academia and organisations devoted to sustainability in fashion. The visitors saw the latest innovations such as fabrics made from citrus waste produced by the Italian supplier Orange Fiber, Green chemistry finishers Beyond surface technologies finishing garments without petrochemicals, leather alternatives made from pineapple by Ananas Anam, well as Jellyfish leather from Japan, vegan leather by Frumat made from the waste of the apple food industry, exciting new non-woven British wools and low impact lace from the UK to name just a few.
Other exciting materials and processes showcased included low impact denim from one of our longstanding sponsors Kassim Denim, GOTS certified printed fabrics from Print Unlimited as well as alpaca fabrics and fabrics made of wasted oyster shells. The 6th Future Fabrics Expo also featured tips on how to source innovative fabrics at trade fairs, latest news from GOTS standard and certified GOTS fabrics, Cradle to Cradle certified fabrics, trims and elastics.
Each fabric has detailed specifications for how it lowers its environmental impact and therefore why it is included in the expo. Alongside this information each fabric has the contact details of the supplier displayed. Educational background information was displayed throughout the curated showcase.
The 6th Future Fabrics Expo again showcased a diverse range of around 2000 individually sourced fabrics and leathers with a reduced environmental impact sourced from dozens of international mills and suppliers, at the last count over 85. Fashion materials on show will be ideally suited for a wide range of market levels and product types, making this the largest and most diverse showcase of commercially available, more sustainable and responsible materials in the industry. Extensive background information on sustainability in fashion and textiles, and the latest textile and processing innovations were also showcased. Even if you didn’t make it to the expo you can still discover hundreds of sustainable materials and see presentations from the Future Fabrics Expo by visiting www.futurefabricsvirtualexpo.com.
The Future Fabrics Expo is generously supported by Kassim Textiles, and Avery Dennison RBIS who developed sustainable digitally printed fabric hangers for the Future Fabrics Expo.
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