Future of Fashion: Innovative Dyeing Using Microorganisms - Pili

We literally biosynthesize dyes from sugar using fermentation processes without any nasty solvents or the need to heat at high temperatures. Once biosynthesized the pigments are filtered out leaving the microorganisms for further uses.

Ramie / China Grass - Antibacterial and Versatile Textile Fabric

Also known as ‘china grass’, ramie has historically been used throughout China for apparel, as well as by the Ancient Egyptians for mummy wraps and shrouds. It is used for sewing threads, fishing nets, filter cloths, furnishings and other textiles.

Future of Fashion: Innovative Fabric - Mestic Fibre

Most people consider cow manure as waste. Jalila Essaidi would disagree. Her company has patented the method to directly convert animal manure waste into new materials such as bio- textiles, plastic and paper. Since cow manure contains cellulose, there is an opportunity to extract raw material from manure into new biodegradable products. Through this process, methane gas production is reduced and contamination of soil and water by phosphate and nitrate is prevented. Read on to learn more about this transformation.

Sisal / Agave Sisalana - Very Durable and Highly Absorbent Textile Fabric

Derived from Agave Sisalana plant, native to Mexico, sisal is second in tensile strength only to abaca. It has been traditionally used for ropes, carpets and mats and its high-absorbency makes it a good substitute for paper.

Future of Fashion: Innovative Fabric - Mango Materials

Mango Materials produces biopolyester from a naturally occurring biopolymer from methane. By transforming waste biogas streams into eco-friendly, biodegradable materials at competitive economics they created a sustainable alternative fibre to a petroleum based synthetic polyester fabric.

Future of Fashion: Innovative Fabric - QMilk Fibre

QMILK fiber is compostable, flame retardant, soft and smooth as silk. QMilk fiber is made from milk which is no longer suitable for internal consumption and would otherwise be disposed of as a secondary waste. QMilk also patented a specifically designed fibre spinning process which requires little water and energy.

Future of Fashion: Innovative BioLeather: Zoa by Modern Meadow

Modern Meadow is a New York based company growing animal-free, animal materials. Through DNA editing, non-animal cells are designed to produce collagen, the predominant protein found in animal skin. The collagen is then grown, purified, and biofabricated to create materials with the same natural building blocks that make up traditional leather.

Future of Fashion: Fabric From Microbial Cellulose - Nanollose

Cellulose fibers known as Rayon, Viscose, Modal, Bamboo, Lyocell (Tencel) are made from the tree pulp, which means that lots of trees must be cut in order to produce them. However, company Nanollose is developing innovative proprietary technologies relating to the production, processing and applications of microbial nanocellulose, which have the potential to effect change in the global cellulose industry and to offer an environmentally sustainable alternative to plantbased cellulose materials.

Future of Fashion: Innovative Fabric - MycoTEX

NEFFA produces MycoTEX a textile made from mushroom mycelium. Mycelium, the spores of mushrooms, is an incredible material, since it only needs little water to grow, and has the potential to be, for instance, antibacterial. The fabric is 100 per cent biodegradable and acts as nutritious feed for other plants at the end of its life as a garment.

The Future of Fashion: Algiknit - Kelp Fibre

Kelp is one of the fastest growing organisms on earth and is readily available worldwide. By creating knit yarn from kelp (Laminaria Digitata) Algiknit aims to build a sustainable biodegradable fiber alternative to today's domineering petrochemical textiles. Meet AlgiKnit.

Kapok - Lightweight and Water-Resistant Textile Fabric

Native to Central America, it is widely spread in rainforests around the world and is grown commercially in Java, Thailand and other countries. The hair-like fibres that surround kapok leaves are best used for stuffing, however use has decreased following the rise of synthetic fibres.

Abaca - Highly Versatile and Breathable Textile Fabric

The abaca plant is a close relative to banana and native to the Philippines. It has a fine, lustrous texture and produces a remarkably long fibre of up to 3 metres. Due to its porous quality, it is mostly used for tea bags and paper. The strength of abaca makes it suited to ropes and it is even used by Mercedes Benz to make reinforced, recyclable amalgams for cars.

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