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July 20, 2024


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What is Sustainable Fashion? - Sustainable Fashion, also called eco-fashion and ethical fashion, involves the design and manufacturing of clothing, home furnishings and other textile products in a sustainable manner that takes into account any environmental and socio-economic impacts. The goal is a system that protects the environment, causing minimal to no harm, and promotes social responsibility and ethical treatment of workers.

Sustainable Fashion involves all stages of the product's life cycle from design; selection & production of raw materials; manufacturing;

dyeing/finishing; sewing/assembling; packaging/storing and transportation, and disposal. It may include the use of recycled materials and components; reuse of wastage; and, the careful use of natural resources, such as water, land, soil, plants and animals. From a socio-economic perspective, there is a responsibility to maintain ethical working conditions for workers in the field, the factory and the office, including complying with best practice methods and applicable codes of conduct.

The consumer also has responsibilities: to stay educated and maintain awareness of sustainability issues when making purchases; avoid short-term fads that drive fast fashion; properly caring for and repairing clothing to extend its life; and, recycling, repurposing and donating old garments. You can also let companies and manufacturers know that stainability is important to you, and join organizations that promote sustainability.


SPECIAL FEATURES:

ECO-GLOSSARY
Learn terms such as carbon footprint, fast fashion, transparency, recycled & upcycling. Glossary Link



UNIVERSITY RESEARCH
Read below about university research programs involving advances in sustainability, cutting edge textile products & technologies.

Find other recent and ongoing research articles here.

University of Georgia - Research Advances Sustainable Dyeing of Denim

University of Rochester - Research on Bio-Based Fabric Made from Living Algae

Cornel University - Upcycling Discarded Polyester Provides Fabric Coatings for New Fabrics


 

RECENT TRADE SHOW REVIEWS OF NEW PRODUCTS

PGA Show Recap - Highlights of Sustainable Performance Fabrics.

Neolast™ - Celanese and UnderArmour announce the development of a more sustainable alternative to spandex/elastane stretch fabrics.


 

FABRICLINK NETWORK TOP 10 TEXTILE INNOVATION AWARDS - These awards recognize technical & sustainability advancements that advance performance or expand product applications. Review Award Winners Here


 

NEWS RELEASES - Read recent press releases on sustainable products & technologies, an learn what's new in apparel & textiles. Read the News

 


 

ECO-VIDEO VAULT

COMPANY/PRODUCT SUSTAINABILITY STORIES
Learn what textile and apparel companies are doing to improve sustainability.

OVERVIEW OF SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES INVOLVING TEXTILES
Be educated about the problems facing the textile industry & what is being done.

CERTIFICATIONS
Learn about the various Eco-Certifications & Standards for textiles.


 

GET INSPIRED & WRITE YOUR OWN SUSTAINABILITY STORY!
Do your part: stay educated and be aware of sustainability issues when making purchases; avoid short-term fads that drive fast fashion; properly care for and repair clothing to extend its life; repurpose and donate old garments. You can also join organizations that promote sustainability & environmental protection.

Helpful Hints & Connections:

How to be a Smart Shopper - Be educated; read labels, know who's making your clothes & what they're made of; avoid buying clothes you may only wear a couple of times.

10 Tips to Make Your Clothes Last Longer - Learn: What to look for in well-made clothes; How to sort, wash & dry items, Remove stains; and, hang & store clothes.

25 Environmental Organizations & Agencies
Get involved and sign up with one of the active notable environmental organizations currently working for green causes, including wildlife preservation, land conservation and climate change prevention.

NEWS & VIEWS
11 Eco Upholstery Textiles Revolutionizing the Global Market The 11 textiles below are some of the greenest and smartest now available to the residential and contract furnishings market. Read more… Juliet explores the magic world of embroidery sculpture Come for a journey with Juliet through the wonderful world of embroidery where botanicals, art, textiles and machines collide! Read more…
Reality check for circularity at Future Fabrics Expo 24 Future Fabrics Expo showcased next gen materials and alternative dyeing methods, while providing a platform to discuss the path to circularity. Read more… Taking on Recycling Challenges Research at the University of Rhode Island (URI) is taking on the complex challenge of recycling textile and plastic waste. Read more…
Amcor launches Huggies Eco Protect diapers with 30% recycled content The bag has been developed using recycled plastic film that has been processed to be reused as a raw material maintaining performance and minimising impact on visual appeal. Read more… FUTURE OF TEXTILE DEVELOPMENT If you ask a textile industry exec “What’s the next big thing on the horizon for functional fabrics,” odds are the response will be “material that is better for people and the planet.” Read more…
Staying ‘Fiber Curious’ in an Age of Fast Fashion Explore what it means to be part of your “fibershed” and what’s standing in the way of a local and sustainable fiber economy. Read more… What’s Now And Next In Sustainable Textiles? The textile industry is experiencing a profound shift towards sustainability driven by demand and the urgent need to address environmental challenges. Read more…
These sensors are as fine as spider's silk and can monitor human health The sensors are 50 times thinner than human hair and so lightweight that the scientists were able to print the fibre directly onto a dandelion without it collapsing. Read more… Europeans throw away 7 million tonnes of clothes a year: Czechia is making recycling compulsory We’ve all seen the mountains of old clothes that end up as giant landfill sites in low income countries. Now, Czechia is leading Europe in tackling rather than contributing to the problem. Read more…
 
NETWORK PARTNERS
The Technical Center ATA - Advance Textile Association Outdoor Retailer Material Wise - Your podcast on Material Matters INDA - Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry Textile World & Textiles PanAmericanos Fashion for Profit Consulting Textile Communications Techtextil North America
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