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12th November 2018, Amsterdam

Five innovators join Fashion for Good

Fashion for Good is adding five companies to its Scaling Programme. These companies offer innovative solutions. From using mycelium material and fibre welding, to rethinking waste water treatment and recommerce, they champion the future of good fashion. Working on concrete implementation projects, they are demonstrating that good fashion is not only possible but within reach, the organisation reports.

The latest innovators to join are: Ecovative, Natural Fiber Welding, The Renewal Workshop, SeaChange Technologies, and Yerdle Recommerce. They will now have an opportunity to connect with likeminded brands, investors and manufacturers capable of helping them fast-track the implementation and adoption of their daring innovations. The Scaling Programme provides support for a period of 18 months, with clear and jointly defined milestones on each company’s roadmap to scale.

Fashion for Good is a global platform for innovation, made possible through collaboration and community. © Fashion for Good

“It’s exciting to have such a compelling portfolio of innovators in our Scaling Programme. We now have fourteen diverse and forward-thinking innovators on the verge of mainstreaming. Together, they reimagine how fashion is designed, made, worn and reused,” commented Katrin Ley, Managing Director Fashion for Good.

Current innovators in the Scaling Programme: Ambercycle, BEXT360, ColorZen, Softwear, Spinnova, Tamicare, The Infinited Fiber Company, Tyton Biosciences and Worn Again.

Ecovative

Ecovative focuses on advancing sustainable fabrication using its Mycelium Biofabrication Platform. The technology is said to allow more control over geometry, density, size and composition of mycelium material – resulting in Mycoflex, a high-performance foam with exciting applications in fashion, for example in footwear, accessories, outerwear and lingerie. Mycoflex is sourced from agricultural waste streams, does not involve the use of any harmful chemistry, and is biodegradable.

Natural Fiber Welding

Natural Fiber Welding's patented welding processes reformat cotton and other natural fibres in such a way that short fibres can function as extra-long staple virgin fibres. This gives these materials unprecedented performance and utility and allows manufacturers to transform materials which are today considered as waste into high performance circular yarns, the company explains.

“The textiles industry is over reliant on nonbiodegradable petroleum-based synthetics. In addition, there is a gap in the industry for scalable, high-performance options for recycling natural fibres. Our solution balances performance, sustainability, scalability. Using abundant natural and scrap resources, we can tune fibres to outperform traditional textiles, making this process truly environmentally friendly,” said Luke Haverhals, founder and CEO.

The Renewal Workshop

The Renewal Workshop (TRW) provides brand-specific “take-back” programmes so that consumers can give back their clothing to the brand when it is no longer wanted. TRW partners with the world’s top brands to source apparel that is returned, damaged, defective, and post-consumer. Then TRW then cleans, sorts, and repairs the apparel to extend the lifetime of the product.

SeaChange Technologies

SeaChange Technologies has developed a new approach to cost-effectively eliminate wastewater from the apparel supply chain. The company made a mechanical, non-membrane, zero-liquid-discharge desalination systems. “The SeaChange process allows manufacturers to maintain their existing production capabilities, while saving money and reducing their environmental footprint. We are excited to join Fashion for Good to work towards Good Water for all,” explained Dipak Mahato, founder and CEO.

Yerdle Recommerce

Yerdle Recommerce developed white-label resale channels, allowing brands to buy back and resell used items. It enables brands to take back control of the secondary marketplace, improving customer engagement and increasing profit through a circular economy approach. Yerdle takes care of the backend work in logistics, reverse logistics, and web development to put the brand out in front.

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