Trending: CO2 Dyeing, Biosynthetics Driving Transition Towards New Textiles Economy | By Sustainable Brands

From Sustainable Brands | February 5, 2018

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Textile Exchange has launched a new microsite, aboutbiosynthetics.org, to demystify the subject and provide information and market intelligence for both businesses and interested consumers.

“Right now, biosynthetics are a new emerging area for the textiles industry and an exciting one for us to be exploring at Textile Exchange. We are looking for opportunities to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions. Fibers made from polymers based on plants and other biological inputs offer huge potential,” said Liesl Truscott, Director of Materials Strategy at Textile Exchange.

“Many of our members are curious about the technology but are asking questions about the sustainability opportunities biosynthetics offer. Our new microsite is a tool for communicating the big potential biosynthetics offer and their link to the Bio Economy, while also presenting the challenges and realities in terms of the sector’s stage of development and current scale.”

In 2016, Textile Exchange set up a Biosynthetics Working Group. The Working Group is comprised of members including adidasColumbiaDuPontH&MKering GroupNikeNovozymesPatagonia and VF Corporation, and experts with an interest in the future of bio-based materials as a means of transitioning away from petroleum-based textiles towards more sustainable alternatives. The multi-stakeholder group, led in its incubator phase by biov8ation, has focused on exploring the opportunities, challenges, barriers to growth, sustainability benefits and how to bring biosynthetics out of the R&D and proof-of-concept stage and establish them as a commercially viable alternative to virgin materials.

“As pressure on resources grows, the need to innovate and commercialize a varied portfolio of renewable bio-based synthetics is more important than ever. The entry-level communication included in the microsite will enable Textile Exchange to level set understanding across brands, retailers and supply chain partners to help expedite a collective understanding and move the agenda forward. It has been exciting to kick-start the shape of the microsite and I look forward to seeing how it develops in line with the fast-developing industry sector,” said Sophie Mather of biov8tion.

The Working Group meets in-person each year at the Preferred Fiber & Materials Round Tables day during Textile Exchange’s Textile Sustainability Conference, as well as having virtual meetings throughout the year. 2018’s in-person meeting will be held in Milan, the home of fashion, but also of much innovation in new fibers and technologies.