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Clean and green has quickly become rooted in the textile industry. The awareness that the current use of natural
resources is nearly to the limit has influenced design process of development, production and presentation. Every
one is dedicated to maximizing recycling opportunities. The trend is in reinventing ways of recycling with a great
stress on sustainability. The hunt for organic and natural fibers is speeding up. At the same time new innovations
are being taken forward with existing materials like:

COTTON
Focusing on the problem of growing cotton, new stories have emerged highlighting developments, not only in safer
growing and production, but in the improved economics of cotton growing. started a project on ‘Better
Cotton’, involving some 45 villages in Pakistan. Only in three years, the project had achieved a significant 50%
reduction in the use of pesticides and water, and 30% reduction in fertilizers, adding that “at the same time farmers
gross margins have risen by 42%”. Now the number of farmers involved has spread from 2,000 farmers three years
ago to 80,00 today in Pakistan and India.

LINEN

Master of linen and Linen Dream Lab are experimenting a lot with creative innovation of linen fibers. The propensity to crease is an issue being studied. To solve this problem one of the newest fabric being developed is a knit made with very fine linen yarn. The structure of this fabric is very flexible and prevents the linen from creasing.

Master of linen is a subsidiary of the CELC (European Flax and Hemp Confederation), the only European agro­-industrial body to bring together players working in all stages of the flax/linen supply chain, from plant to fabric, including scutching and spinning. Linen Dream Lab, a showroom and publication of trend books for CELC members’ experimentation is an innovative platform that brings together linen industrials and fashion, textile, design professionals.

WOOL

The recycling of wool, feature upon which the Prato textile industry of Italy was founded, is being again adopted for its sustainability, to eliminate or reduce the carbon footprints of the production process. This fundamental development in the Prato textile industry was the introduction in the mid-19th century of the process of regeneration of textile remnants, knitwear and second hand clothing. Imported from all over the world, these materials were carefully selected and mechanically transformed into regenerated wool which was then used to produce textiles at competitive prices. Today building on the same tradition , supported by the Prato chamber of commerce, the new brand ‘cardato regenerated CO2 Neutral’ will certify the elimination of the carbon footprint of the production process as well as the use of recycled raw materials. Certain criteria is required to receive certification of the carded fiber-the fabric must be produced in Prato and made of at least 70% of recycled.

Nettle plant and Nettle product

Knitted Linen Textiles by De Le Cuona

Recycled Wool

Today, luxury is being redefined in terms of innovation and sustainability. Class, which stands for Creativity, Lifestyle, and Sustainable synergy, is the first to have commercials showrooms in New York, London and Milan act as forums for such awareness and opportunities. Fabrics identified in the eco trend areas are certified by a variety of known eco labels such as Oeko-Tex standard 100, Organic exchange and ISO 14001. In this area of new innovative sustainable textile categorization has been done as:

  • Recycled and repurposed (recycled polyester, cotton, denim, regenerated wool).
  • Organic and natural.
  • Innovative renewable fiber and new bio materials.( Ingeo, Milkofil, Crabyon)

1. Ingeo
Ingeo fiber is an ingenious nature based material made from plants instead of oil. Ingeo™ biopolymer is a natural fit for many applications currently using polyester, polyolefins, polystyrene and cellulosics.

2. Milkofil
Mikofil is yarn made from casein, a milk protein which emits negative ions. It is thus beneficial for air quality, it stimulates blood circulation, is a natural antibacterial agent, and is sterile. It also gives skin a treatment due to presences of amino acids.

3. Crabyon
Fiber made of chitin or chilosati and cellulose which are obtained from shell of crab and shell fish. The chemical structure of chilosati/ chitin is very similar to that of cellulose. At the same time it has many medicinal immunization properties like being antibacterial , antimicrobial, high humidity absorbent and acceleration of wound healing, etc. So it is used in medical field, in the areas where there is direct skin contact.

Today, luxury is being redefined in terms of innovation and sustainability. Class, which stands for Creativity, Lifestyle, and Sustainable synergy, is the first to have commercials showrooms in New York, London and Milan act as forums for such awareness and opportunities. Fabrics identified in the eco trend areas are certified by a variety of known eco labels such as Oeko-Tex standard 100, Organic exchange and ISO 14001. In this area of new innovative sustainable textile categorisation has been done as:

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