In recent years, more fashion companies are pledging to adopt ethical and sustainable ways of doing business. One route is by incorporating the use of biodegradable materials or sustainable fabrics to reduce wastage and carbon footprint. Thanks to advancements in technology and talented researchers, the fashion industry might soon be seeing more sustainable textiles made out of food sources such as, mushrooms, oranges and grapes. Here’s more.
Orange Fiber – textile made out of oranges
Orange Fiber is an Italian company that creates sustainable and quality fabrics made from oranges. The citrus waste is developed and spun into silk-like cellulose yarn through an extraction procedure called “pastazzo”. Thereafter, the yarn can be woven or blended alongside other materials to create their luxurious textiles. In conjunction with their Conscious 2019 collection, H&M incorporated the use of Orange Fiber textiles among other sustainable materials made with recycled plastics, recycled glass and organic fabrics.
SeaCell – fabric made out of seaweed
SeaCell fabric is manufactured using a patented “Lyocell” process. This non-chemical and eco friendly production method embeds layers of crushed seaweed firmly within the pockets of cellulose fibre. The fabric is not only silky smooth; the vitamins and minerals found within the seaweed is said to relieve skin inflammation and soothe itchiness.
S.Café by Singtex – material made out of coffee beans
S.Café’s patented technological processes make yarn out of coffee grounds while coffee essence is turned into textiles and cosmetics. The yarn is also combined with Lyocell filament to create sefía fibre, another natural fabric that purport to control odour and absorb moisture. Brands that have jumped on board include Timberland, North Face and Hugo Boss.
MycoTEX by NEFFA – material made out of mushroom roots
MycoTEX uses layers of mushrooms to create raw material that could be used to construct clothing, packaging and even furniture. The usage of the textile also shortens the supply chain greatly since it does not require weaving or sewing which rakes up costs, consumes time, and energy. The material can also be used to construct other fashion items such as handbags, pouches, and vests.
Vegea – alternative leather made out of grape waste from wine production
Who would have thought that grapes could be used to produce alternative leather? Italian company Vegea produced a new leather-like material made out from wine making by-products like grape skins, seeds and stalks. Fashion designer Tiziano Guardini, a pioneer in using natural materials such as pine bark and recycled fishing nets have also created fashion forward looks out of Vegea’s ‘leather’.