In a world where a growing number of people are using waste as a primary source of energy, fabric manufacturers and retailers have been scrambling to find new ways to reduce carbon emissions.
And as more and more people have switched to using their clothing as a waste source, so have eco-designers and designers who are taking advantage of the new technologies and technologies that are being developed to use waste materials as an energy source.
Here’s a look at some of the more recent innovations.1.
Waste to power your home, office or office buildingA new technology called “greening” has been gaining traction in the past few years, as designers and manufacturers have begun to realise that the most sustainable and environmentally friendly way to store clothing is to put it in a compostable eco-woven fabric.
The process is known as “recycling” and it involves creating a composted fabric that is recycled at a factory and then sent to a landfill to be recycled and reused.
The recycled fabric can be used as an eco-fabric for building construction, furniture or other products.2.
Eco-design with eco-composting fabricThe world’s first eco-cotton yarn is available from the UK-based eco-products company, Eco-Wear.
Made of 100% polyester and 100% recycled polyester, the fabric is available in 100% eco-ready colours, as well as 100% recyclable cotton and 100g of recycled cotton fibre.3.
Greenwash your clothing to make it more sustainable4.
Ecowoven fabrics and textile productionA new ecowoven cotton yarn has recently been launched by the makers of eco-designed clothing, called Eco-Fabric.
Called Eco-Compost, the eco-knit fabric has been made by using waste yarn to make eco-toys and the fabric has become so popular that it has been sold in the US for $1,500.5.
Eco fabric made from recycled materialsA company called eco-fiber is also working on creating a sustainable fabric made of recycled plastic and recycled cotton.
Called eco-Fiber, the woven fabric is made from 100% cotton and recycled polyesters and is available to be used in a wide range of industries including clothing, footwear and food.6.
Eco textile making in the UKA new textile company called Eco Techs, which has been producing eco-clothes for the last seven years, has launched a new textile in the United Kingdom, called ecoCloth, made from cotton, cotton fibre and polyester.7.
Eco Wool makes its way to the UK and AustraliaThe UK- based eco-crafts company Eco Wool has launched its first two eco-made fabrics in the form of eco wool.
Made from recycled wool, the new wool fabric can go on any surface and is eco-soft and eco-green.8.
Eco fibre made from plasticCotton and polyesters have been used for the past 15 years to make fabric that can be made into a number of different products including eco clothing, eco footwear, eco insulation, eco jewellery, eco clothing and eco textile.9.
Eco Fabric creates a new colour and textureA new new eco fibre is being made using a new dye that has been discovered by the company Eco-Forming, based in Australia.
Called CO2, the fibre can be mixed with other natural materials such as recycled water and composted wood to produce a new fibre that is ecofriendly and ecofibre.10.
Eco Fibre fabric makes its UK debutA new green-colouring eco-textile is being released in the city of Bristol by Eco Fibres, which is currently in the process of producing a number at a time.
The company hopes to produce hundreds of the fabrics in order to sell to businesses, charities and schools.11.
Eco Textile makes its debutThe UK’s first “eco textile” is made using recycled paper, which means the fibre is 100% organic and made of 100 per cent recycled paper.
It has been produced by the Bristol Eco Fibers in partnership with the Bristol Sustainable Paper Company and is due to be launched in the City of Bristol in May next year.