Future Fabrics Expo
I’ve been out and about checking out the Future Fabrics Expo put on by The Sustainable Angle at the LCF. They put together over 400 natural and man-made fabrics with a lower environmental impact than standard mainstream materials.
To feature in the exhibition each company has demonstrated ongoing commitment to improvements throughout the supply chain including: fibre cultivation; processing; spinning; knitting; bleaching; dyeing; and finishing. These fabrics are pushing boundaries while addressing the key environmental principles of biodiversity, water, waste and energy.
The important part about the Future Fabrics collection is that it is a step forwards in presenting more sustainable fabrics to industry giving them a credible alternative to the choices they have today. The idea seems to be getting out there and gaining momentum as the show as visited by major brands including Tom Ford and ASOS, once someone like Tom Ford gets involved others are sure to follow!
In my experience one of the main arguments against using new and alternative fabric is often that the cost is prohibitive but that is no longer the case. Out of approximately 430 fabrics, over 70 were under $5/m, and roughly 150 were under £10/m meaning that there are definitely options out there. Minimums become the next excuse, 140 of the fabrics shown had minimums of under 50m. Now moving on to the all important issue for all businesses- price. Starting at $1.45/m for recycled polyester jersey through to $129/yd for recycled ‘paper leather’. Little by little the obstacles are being overcome. Watch this space.
Here are a small selection of the fabrics and trims on show. Great vibrant colours and interesting designs mixed to create really commercial and wearable fabrics.