Functional sustainable fabrics A/W 21/22 at PERFORMANCE DAYS in Munich, November 2019
Sustainability has been the focus of the trade fair for many seasons now. A year ago, for example, the focus was on the responsible use of water in the production and dyeing process of fabrics. Learn more here >>>
This time sustainability was more important then before, even for the fabrics presented in the trend forum, it was a precondition.
The approach of exhibitors and visitors to the topic was very different and there was a lot of discussion.
I think it is important to take a very close look at this complex field and found out the following:
- 100% sustainable functional materials from fibre to production process to degradability seems not so easy to achieve; e.g. recycled polyamide does not mean that this fabric is biodegradable
- Recycling is not a problem: there is a large range of materials consisting of recycled components consisting of plastic waste or fibre residues for example, whereby it is certainly always interesting how resource-saving the production and compostability of the material is
- perhaps the more honest way: to reduce harmful environmental impacts during the production process by using conventional fibres
- or to use a natural fibre such as merino wool, which naturally provides a lot of performance and sustainability.
In any case, many people want to do it right, and it is up to each individual to decide for himself what degree of sustainability is important for him.
Anyway, the presented qualities do not lose any of their functionality or attractiveness. I discovered the following 5 trends:
1. GRAIN BY GRAIN
Cotton with water based coating technology b.Cork by TINTEX, which is a finishing process based on textile chemicals with lowest possible environmental impact.
The urban midlayer interlock is made from eco heather. This a CCS certified process of reusing all wasting fibres from the spinning factory, which are mainly cotton,
but also modal, lyocell, viscose, wool, cashmere, linen, silk and others.
2. SHINY & REFLECTIVE
While reflecting the iridescent transfer print by LAUREMA shines in rainbow colours.
In there production LAURMA reduces ink, water and energy.
3. RAW & NATURAL
The broken indigo jacquard by MERRYSON is stunning, it`s sustainable in two ways:
- made by organic cotton
- the broken effect is created by an innovativeand special weave skill and machine. This provides better conditions for the workers: it avoids very bad air pollution and environment because mostly broken denim is brushed by hand and creates a lot of dirt.
5. THE BEAUTY OF WOOL
The seamlessMerino yoga collection by the innovative knitwear design studio Eva X Carola for Woolmark Companyis striking because of it`s aesthetic female bodymapping.
Merino wool is breathable, naturally elastic, odour resistant and eco-friendly at the same time: natural, renewable and biodegradable. Learn more here about the beautiful 12-piece collection.
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