Future Fibres: A look at sustainable innovations

Future Fibres: A Look At Sustainable Innovations

From lab grown leather to nylon made from recycled ocean plastic, these innovations are making our clothes more sustainable, one thread at a time.

Made by disassembling and shredding discarded fabrics, NuCycl is a new kind of engineered fibre. By extracting the raw materials and reconfiguring the molecular building blocks of the original fibre, Evrnu, a textile technology firm, are able create renewed fibres. These new fibres can be made over and over again, aiding a truly circular and recycled fabric with great performance and environmental advantages.

A lab-grown leather developed by editing the DNA of non-animal cells to produce collagen, the main protein found in animal skins. Made from the same biological building blocks as leather, Zoa, the leather alternative by textile technology firm Modern Meadow, offers an alternative to a widely used favourite, but with more flexibility. As the product is no longer dependant on the structure of animal skin and is formed via a liquid rather than stitching, the design and manufacturing capabilities are wide-ranging.

Image courtesy of Zoa

Econyl is a recycled and regenerated nylon material made from ocean and landfill waste. Fishing nets and industrial plastics from the ocean are recycled into textile and carpet yarns for your clothes or interiors.

Through a four step process of RESCUE, REGENERATION, REMAKE and REIMAGINE, Aquafil, a leading Nylon manufacturer, are developing a recycled nylon for fashion and interiors.

Image courtesy of Econyl


The process starts by rescuing “waste” like fishnets, fabric scraps, and industrial fabrics from landfills and oceans all over the world.


The nylon is collected, cleaned, separated from other waste and then shredded. The shredded nylon then goes through a process of depolymerization – breaking it down into its original building blocks


The polymers are then repolymerized into high grade nylon that can be spun into yarn for the fashion and textile industries


The fashion and textile industries can then use the Econyl fibre to imagine any new item, that can be recycled infinitely.


Image courtesy of Econyl

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