News of Digital Textile Printing, Sustainability and Eco Friendly fabrics and Inks
A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
The future of the Textiles Industry will be determined by how collectively we address and protect our planet's precious resources.
Words of Industry Wisdom:
Dilys Williams: Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion
“The essence of sustainability is about relationships, relying on trust, knowledge and shared intentions”
Clair Bergkamp: Stella McCartney
“Currently we only recycle 1% of our Textile waste: We have to move to circular design and re-cycle”
Orsola de Castro: Fashion Revolution
“As individuals we must make the changes we can NOW, we can not wait for technology”
Matthew Drinkwater: Fashion Innovation Agency, London College of Fashion
“Virtual Reality offers a new platform that we have not yet considered. Is it possible that we utilise Virtual materials and fabrics in our fashion experiences”
Edwina Ehrman, Curator V&A Museums, Fashioned from Nature
“We must label our clothes, to enable the consumer to make an informed choice for good”
Michael Kininmonth, Lenzing Group
“Micro-fibres contained in Textiles are contaminating our planet, we are knowingly making micro beads and polluting our oceans”
FASHION FOR GOOD IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE OFFICIAL PARTNERSHIP WITH STELLA MCCARTNEY, ONE OF THE LEADING GLOBAL LUXURY LIFESTYLE BRANDS DEDICATED TO SUSTAINABILITY AND INNOVATION. THE PARTNERSHIP DEMONSTRATES BOTH PARTNERS’ SHARED COMMITMENT TO INDUSTRY-WIDE COLLABORATION AND TO INTEGRATING DISRUPTIVE INNOVATIONS WITHIN THE FASHION SUPPLY CHAIN.
With the addition of Stella McCartney to its network, Fashion for Good gains a committed corporate partner and inspiring leader in the apparel industry. The connection and collaboration between Stella McCartney and Fashion for Good has been present for several months but now has become official. The partnership is a natural fit, since both organisations focus on embracing innovation and circular fashion principles.
Stella McCartney: “We are constantly exploring innovative ways to become more sustainable, joining Fashion for Good helps us on this journey. Together we can spark and scale the next generation of circular technologies and help change the fashion industry!”
OEKO-TEX® Launches GMO Test for Organic Cotton
The popularity of organic cotton has grown substantially in recent years. Consumers are increasingly worried about the environment and about harmful substances in the products they buy for themselves and their families. For them, organic foods and textiles are good choices, and are products for which they are willing to pay a premium. But, in return for that extra investment, consumers expect the organic products they buy to be genuine and verifiable as such.
New testing from OEKO-TEX® helps companies throughout the global supply chain easily test their organic cotton products for GMOs (genetically modified organisms), a molecular-level indicator of whether or not cotton products actually meet a fundamental definition of organic.
Standfast & Barracks has now trademarked its innovative direct-to-fabric Greentex pigment printed collection, Ecofast™, which is sustainable and has highest lightfastness in its class.
Using the system that allows printing on almost any type of surface, Standfast & Barracks plans to formally launch the new Ecofast™ line at Heimtextil in January 2019. Durst’s technology will enable the company to open up market opportunities in areas such as contract and apparel, including outdoor and roller-blinds.
Today the Institution of Mechanical Engineers calls for urgent action to prevent the 6 million microfibres released from a typical 5kg wash load of polyester fabrics from polluting our oceans
Report recommends key actions including incentivising the development of more environmentally friendly fibres - Manufacturers and retailers need to tackle waste, including huge amounts of clothing going to landfill every year.
Each time an item of clothing is washed up to 700,000 microscopic fibres make their way into our oceans, where they are swallowed by sea life and become incorporated into the food chain, potentially ending up on our plates, according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
LONDON TEXTILE FAIR, SUSTAINABILITY AND THE FUTURE OF FASHION
The London Textile Fair, with over 470 exhibitors, holds a truly International offering of Suppliers and Designers, showcasing fabrics and prints from across the globe at the Business Design Centre, London. As the issue of Sustainability gains momentum, the TLTF featured a new showcase:
The Future fabrics Expo: Focussing the Buyer’s mind on sustainable sourcing, an essential agenda for all Fashion businesses.
The Four Cornerstones of the Sustainability Exhibit were:
Reducing of Water Useage
Recycling Liquid and Solid Waste
The Carbon Impact of the Textile Production
Preservation of Bio-Diversity in the Textile Supply chain
DIGITAL TEXTILE PRINTING UNLOCKS THE SUPPLY CHAIN & OFFERS SPEED ALONGSIDE SUSTAINABILITY
Written for WHICHPLM Here, resident digital printing expert Debbie McKeegan shares the need for true supply chain sustainability in the digital printing marketplace. Debbie is the CEO of TexIntel – an expert advisory practice serving the Creative, Digital and Print Textile manufacturing Industry.
Digital Textile printing has now been around for more than two decades and is seen by all as the future of print. Early machines were slow and unstable, offering a solution for product sampling and nothing more. It has taken years of research and development to establish Digital Textile Printing as a viable alternative to conventional screen printing for Fashion and Home Furnishings. The development was held back for years by print head and ink technology, which was slow to catch up with the commercial digital print reform that we witnessed in the 1990s for digital paper printing.
Digital Print is now a viable alternative, available to all textile manufacturing businesses and print buyers. It offers incredible versatility and, importantly, addresses the commercial needs of a marketplace that has changed beyond all recognition over the last 15 years. Digital print does still cost more than conventional rotary print, metre for metre, and yet, as a sector, it’s set for massive growth, predicted at 18% in the next 3 years globally. We have to ask ourselves why? There are a number of fundamental drivers that are fuelling the growth in digital print technology. For manufacturing the most important being: sustainability, speed, flexibility and new emerging markets.