Fashion for Good has welcomed eight innovators into its 2022 Global Innovation Program, chosen from global entrants who pitched their solutions to Fashion for Good partners.
Those selected will participate in a nine-month program that provides a bespoke approach to validate their technologies in preparation for implementation across the fashion value chain. They represent technologies across raw materials, processing and end-of-use innovations–three pivotal areas for significant impact and carbon reduction opportunities as highlighted in the recent report “Unlocking the Trillion Dollar Fashion Decarbonization Opportunity” co-authored by Fashion for Good.
“We are excited to welcome these eight new innovators to the 2022 Fashion for Good Innovation Program,” Katrin Ley, managing director of Fashion for Good, said. “We are inspired by the significant impact and carbon reduction opportunities their technologies enable. With an emphasis on driving impact and implementation, we strive to provide them with the best support to expedite their exposure and growth into the market.”
The 2022 Innovation Program will match each recipient with relevant industry partners to drive piloting, implementation and investing activities. The selected innovators are DyeRecycle, Ever Dye, IDELAM, Kintra Fibers, Modern Synthesis, Premirr Plastics, Refiberd and Rubi.
DyeRecycle’s proprietary technology combines the need to recycle dye and fabrics, developing innovative circular solutions for dyeing using textile waste. The circular process uses a unique liquid that selectively extracts dyes from colored waste fabrics. The fabric can then be recycled more effectively and the extracted dye is transferred to new fabrics, creating a new concept of “recycled dyes,” The technology also has the capability to transform textile waste scraps into dyestuff powder.
Ever Dye has developed two chemical solutions that boost dye house production capacities and allow them to dye faster with less energy and without using any petrochemicals, as their dyestuff is made of vegetal waste and minerals.
IDELAM develops processes using CO2 for complex, multi-material products and waste, such as jackets and footwear, to enable recycling or reuse of these materials.
Kintra Fibers has developed a plant-based polyester replacement that matches the performance and price of traditional synthetics. With renewable inputs and a compostable chemistry, Kintra Fibers has designed its material to reduce manufacturing emissions, eliminate microfiber pollution, and enable textile circularity through chemical recycling and industrial compost.
Modern Synthesis is a London-based biotech company crafting the next generation of materials with biology. Its microbial textile platform employs microbes to grow a completely new form of textile made of nanocellulose, a strong and fine form of cellulose.
Premirr Plastics has created a continuous flow-through (CFT) system that is fast, efficient and provides a simple, circular and eco-friendly method to chemically recycle PET, providing PET products containing recycled content that possess the same physical and chemical properties as virgin PET. Premirr’s CFT system can convert waste PET materials into Premirr’s BHET monomer that can then be used to manufacture PET products containing recycled content.
Refiberd is developing a novel textile recycling system that uses AI and a patent-pending chemical recycling process to convert used, discarded textiles into new, reusable thread. By turning waste into a resource, Refiberd is able to manufacture recycled thread that is up to 75 percent cheaper than other sustainable thread and cost-competitive to cotton, and easy to integrate into existing textile manufacturing processes.
Rubi makes carbon-negative textiles for the fashion industry with synthetic biology. Rubi makes natural textiles entirely from carbon emissions, bypassing current agriculture and manufacturing to create a product that is carbon-negative, water- and land- neutral, and naturally biodegradable.