Category Sustainability

source CWS-boco

Washday

Washday, when, once a month, kilos of dirty washing would have to be boiled, trampled, swung, rinsed and wrung, was not something that people particularly looked forward to in the past. The invention of the washing machine turned this back-breaking job into a thing of the past. But the notion of ‘washday’ remains. Ronny Eckert Read more...

Pomegranate Source: NordWood Themes on Unsplash

Dyeing with fruit and rhubarb

Anyone, who has removed the seeds from a pomegranate and, in doing so, has inadvertently got some of the delicious juice on their clothes, knows that the accidental batik-like colouring is damnably intense. No wonder, then, that this fruit has something of a reputation in the world of dyeing. Ronny Eckert Read more...

Kautschuk - photo Camilla Coutinho

Rubber – a comeback in shoes

If Sébastien Kopp has his way, a shoe’s sustainability will not begin and end merely with its biodegradability. According to the co-founder of French sneaker label “Veja”, the entire production chain should be put on the “green test bench”. We spoke to him at “FashionSustain” in Berlin in July. Ronny Eckert Read more...

Blend Rewind_photo Mistra Future Fashion

Mistra Future Fashion: Blend Re:wind

Back to the future: The “Blend Re:wind” project, from the interdisciplinary research initiative Mistra Future Fashion, was created in 2011 by three partners: Chalmers University of Technology, the RISE Research Institute of Sweden, and the international forest-industry group Södra in Sweden. For six years, under the direction of researchers Dr. Hanna de la Motte and ... Read more...

Geometric form of a 3-layer spacer fabric with different layer thickness and pole yarn density ©FRA-UAS

Air-conditioned comfort without poles

Expanded foam spacer textiles are incredibly robust. A tent made from these three-dimensional textiles is not just strong and stable, but also has good insulation properties and is easy and quick to erect. With such a tent Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (FRA-UAS) has won an award. Kirsten Rein Read more...

Texprocess Sustainability 2.0 / Photo: Martine Jarlgaard / Provenance

Sustainability 2.0 – Opportunities in digitalising the textile and fashion industry

Digitalisation and disruptive technologies – few ideas are currently as electric in their effects; few developments have caused such a rethink. Business practices are being completely revolutionised; existing systems, which were still functioning even in the last decades, have long been overtaken. This digital transformation is providing major opportunities, not just to enhance affluence and ... Read more...

Photo: VEIT GmbH

Clean work: Veit – energy-efficient textile care

Working towards a clean textiles value chain often seems like a never-ending task. Scarcely has a partial victory been achieved when new problem areas arise. These are frequently so specific that they are barely comprehensible without appropriate expertise. The good news is that the number of providers of progressive solutions who are seriously interested in ... Read more...