Biosynthetics are made from natural, renewable resources.
Biosynthetics have performance and technical qualities that make them an effective replacement for traditional synthetics. They can be wholly or partly derived from natural, renewable sources such as corn, sugar beet, sugarcane, wheat, and more, and can be a more climate-friendly alternative to their fossil-based counterparts. For this reason, they’re attracting a lot of interest across the fashion and textile industry.
Feedstocks must be sourced and managed responsibly.
Biosynthetics have a lot of potential. But we need to consider them carefully if they’re to have a positive impact on people and the planet without having a negative effect elsewhere. There are some concerns around their impact on food security, deforestation, and microfiber shedding, as well as the use of GMOs and circularity.
We’re taking a holistic view of biosynthetics.
We’re supporting the fashion and textiles industry in switching to fibers and materials that have better environmental and social outcomes than their conventional alternatives. To push for progress in biosynthetics, we not only need bold goals, investment, and action, but a global approach to measuring sustainability. We’ve got to understand the impact that different crops or their residues have in their regional contexts and manage them responsibly. That said, biosynthetics can still be a key part of the industry’s journey towards a regenerative and circular future.