Textile Innovation Empowering Sustainable Fashion. Induced by the global adoption of the fast-fashion strategy, the production and consumption of textile in the fashion industry continue to grow. As a direct consequence, a larger amount of toxic waste is being released into the environment. For that, researchers are exploring innovative textile materials to introduce more sustainable design practices.
Now, more than ever, our environment is being threatened by the negative impacts of textile waste such as landfill expansion, soil, water and air pollution.
Clothing manufacturers have tried to respond to the above-mentioned issue by exploring the possibilities of marker planning and zero-waste manufacturing.
However, garment manufacturing is still lagging behind. Part of it is due to the fact that such techniques are time-consuming, cost-ineffective and barely applicable.
Textile Innovation By Modern Meadow
Taking a different approach, some companies have been focused on using alternative materials. Modern Meadow is one of the pioneers in this field.
A group of designers, scientists, and engineers have joint forces to create a lab-made Biofabrication Leather. This innovative material enables them to modify the shape and the quality of the lab-made leather for any purposes.
Given its effective method of production of garments, this new technology is at the centre of attention for a new body of studies which are seeking to explore its capacity as a player in sustainable development within the fashion industry.
New Study On Bacterial Cellulose
Along with this forward-thinking perspective, researchers are focused on exploring innovative textile materials to introduce more practical and sustainable design practices. In this context, one of the most recent studies investigates Bacterial Cellulose as a possible solution. It is a sustainable biomaterial that is produced by Acetobacter xylinum.
What makes the usage of Bacterial cellulose practical is its self-synthesizing property. It means this organic material can grow in any desirable shape. No cutting is required and the process is almost a hundred percent waste-free.
In this research, Chun Kit Chan, Dr. Jooyoung Shin, and Dr. Shou Xiang Kinor Jiang investigate the possibility of employing tailor-shaped cultivation techniques by using natural biodegradable bacterial cellulose, as the future of sustainable development in textile material and manufacturing.
Also, they have introduced innovative cultivation techniques that would allow the use of bacterial cellulose for a variety of garment styles. For more detail, please read ‘Development of Tailor-Shaped Bacterial Cellulose Textile Cultivation Techniques for Zero-Waste Design‘