Corkshell Wool

Corkshell Wool

One of my favorite companies of all time, high performance and innovative textiles pioneer SCHOELLER, created an award winning technology called Corkshell some time ago. Fast forward 5 years the designer Vedran Gartmann invented a technology called Corkshell Wool. It is made by applying a layer of recycled cork to wool.Corkshell is made from cork granulate that is a bi-product in the production of wine corks. The natural granulate is pulverized and…

Pineapple ‘Leather’

Pineapple ‘Leather’

Ananas Anam has developed an innovative, natural and sustainable non-woven textile called Piñatex™ made from pineapple leaves and waste plant fibres. They are a bi-product of the pineapple harvest. No extra land, fertilizers, water, or pesticides are required. Pineapple leaves would normally be wasted. Turning them into a useable item creates an additional income for farmers. It’s both durable and biodegradable. Pinatex also comes at a low cost. It was…

Mushroom ‘Leather’

Mushroom ‘Leather’

This is the latest in the area of ‘Bioprocesses’  and ‘Biocouture’: A vegan leather made entirely from mushrooms. It is a skin that is extracted from the mushroom hat and is processed similar to animal skin.However chemical free methods have been used in comparison to the traditional ‘tanning’. It is described as ‘leather for vegans’. The material resembles suede and is biodegradable, breathable and water repellent. It’s been manufactured in…

Knitted Algea Sweater

Knitted Algea Sweater

The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York has always been on the forefront of innovative design and technology. A group of students has developed a biologically derived filament that is composed of alginate, a polysaccharide that can be found in the cell walls of brown algae. And guess what : it can be knitted by hand or on a machine to make sweaters or what else not. The students…

Solar Powered Fabric

Solar Powered Fabric

Utilizing patented, lightweight energy absorbing technology, ThermalTech is designed to capture the sun’s ultraviolet rays and energy from artificial light sources to convert and store as heat, increasing the in-clothing temperature by 18°F in only two minutes! The stainless steel mesh fabric threads are strong yet lightweight, lending to extended lifetime use while reducing the weight that additional heat-storing materials bring to most outerwear.

Ocean Waste Shoe

Ocean Waste Shoe

The latest shoe concept by ADIDAS combines the use of plastic ocean waste to create a shoe, and to 3D-printing a shoe. The former happened in June, when the company partnered with Parley, an organization dedicated to addressing “major threats towards our oceans.” Made entirely of “yarns and filaments reclaimed and recycled from ocean waste,” the concept shoe was a first attempt at showing how recycled materials could be repurposed…

Algae Water Bottle

Algae Water Bottle

We all know that plastic waste is the worst. Nevertheless we keep consuming food in plastic trays and keep drinking water from plastic bottles.It takes at least 700 years for plastic to decompose in landfills. Where are we heading? A solution might be on its way by designing biodegradable water bottles from algae. Icelandic product designer Ari Jonsson says that he feels tha there is an urgent need to find…

Downloadable Fashion

Downloadable Fashion

The Post-Couture Collective seems to be an alternative to today’s fashion system. A new era in the production of sustainable and affordable clothing. In their vision clothing is designed on the principles of open-source, and is made using 21st century technology. Is this the end of retailers? Post-Couture is a Dutch online ‘fashion service’ that offers the first downloadable garment collection. It’s a line of clothing that you can customize…

Relaxing Garments

Relaxing Garments

Sportswear brand VOLLEBAK has launched a hoodie that relaxes the wearer before sport and a jacket with ceramic panels that helps prevent injuries from steep falls.The Baker Miller Pink hoodie has been designed to help athletes relax and conserve energy before sport or exercise.The hoodie is named after a shade of pink researched in the 1970s for its supposedly relaxing effect on the central nervous system, causing it to be…

Made From Coffee Grounds

Made From Coffee Grounds

It seems as the entire world is on a coffee drinking rage. Imagine that behind every cup of coffee we drink there’s an amount of wet coffee grounds that usually land in the trash. Some people use them as fertilizers in the garden or as a skin scrub. Taiwnese clothing company S. CAFE turns recycled coffee grounds into a yarn which is then turned into antibacterial and odor resisting activewear.…