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The ongoing ‘Full Circle Textiles Project’, launched in September 2020, is focused on producing new manmade cellulosic fibers. (Clockwise from top left): Evrnu, Renewcell, CIRC and Infinited.

CuRe Technology (Emmen, The Netherlands) Garbo Srl (Cerano, Italy), gr3n (Chiasso, Switzerland), and PerPETual (Remscheid, Germany), are companies all involved in developing new processes for chemically recycling PET polyester for fabric and garment production. Their processes all involve various depolymerization techniques to break down the polymers of waste PET into useful chemicals. With the aim …

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Naia Renew fibers are the result of Eastman’s carbon renewal technology (CRT) and blend 40% recycled waste plastics with wood pulp.

For most of the 20th Century, Eastman Kodak held a dominant position in photographic film – back in 1976 it had an 89% market share of all U.S. photographic film sales. The company began to struggle financially in the late 1990s as a result of the decline in sales of film and also its slowness …

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Of all the garments processed by The Renewal Workshop over the past two years, around 50% have been resold without any repair work carried out.

The textile and apparel industry’s linear business model of make, use and dump has been perfected over many decades and ensures that the 80 billion new pieces of clothing now produced each year are worn on average only four times. It’s an unacceptable status quo many are now trying to change, including The Renewal Workshop …

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Digital avatars were created from scratch for the collection

The Billion Dollar Collection, launched in June by the H&M Foundation, draws attention to ten sustainable start-ups with the potential to make a positive impact on the fashion industry. Showcased as garments in a virtual fashion collection, each start-up has a price tag reflecting the estimated support each company believes they need to achieve scale …

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Designer Rolf Ekroth drew on 80s horror films in the promotion of the first fashion collection made from straw-based Bio2 Textile

Scandinavian countries are currently leading the pack when it comes to new developments in the sustainable production of fibers and moving towards the establishment of circular manufacturing and supply chains. The region’s long heritage in forestry and paper production has led to the introduction of a number of new sustainable cellulosic fibers made from waste …

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