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Fashion for Good backs ten new innovators

Increased focus on novel footwear material and recycling technologies, man-made cellulosics, and nylon recycling.

21st March 2024

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Amsterdam

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Building on a renewed five-year strategy, Amsterdam-headquartered Fashion for Good has selected ten new innovators to receive tailored support in validating their technologies within its 2024 programme.

The selected companies represent an increased focus on novel footwear material and recycling technologies, man-made cellulosics, and nylon recycling.

 The 2024 Innovation Programme provides bespoke support based on the development stage and ambitions of each innovator, matching them with relevant industry partners to drive technology and impact validation, as well as investing activities.

“We are thrilled to unveil this year’s cohort of ten new companies for our Innovation Programme,” said Fashion for Good MD Katrin Ley. “Their technologies epitomise our steadfast commitment to embedding new technologies within the fashion industry.”

The selected innovators joining the 2024 Innovation Programme are:

- London, UK-based Algreen, which is developing alternative materials from algae and biobased sources that can replace fossil-based products such as PU.

- Balena, based in Tel Aviv, Israel, which is creating biodegradable partly-biobased polymers for footwear outsoles.

- Epoch Biodesign, another London-based company, developing a process for the enzymatic recycling of PA6 and PA6.6 textile waste.

- Fibre52, of Houston, Texas, which is the developer of a bio-based solution for replacing traditional bleach in the dye preparation and dyeing processes.

- Mumbai, India-based Gencrest BioProducts, which works with various agricultiral residues to convert them into textile-grade fibres using an enzymatic technology.

- HeiQ, of Schlieren, Switzerland, the developer of AeoniQ, a continuous cellulose filament yarn with enhanced tensile properties.

- Nanollose, based in Nedlands, Western Australia, the developer of Nullarbor Lyocell from microbial cellulose which is converted into pulp pulp to produce a lyocell fibre with partner Birla Cellulose.

- Regeneley, which is pioneering advanced shoe sole recycling technologies by separating and recycling EVA, TPU and rubber components found in footwear from its base in San Vito Al Tagliamento, Italy.

- Australian start-up Samsara Eco, based in Canberra, an enzymatic recycler of PA6.6 and PET textile waste.

- SEFF Fibre, of Leeds, UK, which produces cottonised fibres and blends of hemp fabrics utilising a patented HVPED (high voltage pulsed electrical discharge) process.

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