Sustainable Tech: The Latest in Fashion
New York, London, Paris, Milan - all cities worked renowned for their fashion. But traditional fabrics feeding the fashion industry are changing in these cities. Trends are evolving to incorporate more environmentally-conscious materials. So it may or may not surprise to top fashionistas that new technological advances have a direct effect on the fashion industry's production of clothes. In this article we will be discussing the effects new tech solutions are having on the fashion industry and the kind of materials you London moms should be looking out for to add to your winter wardrobes.
It’s all about novel fabrics for the future of fashion.
The first recent new tech solution changing the materials used in the fashion industry is Novel fabrics. These novel fabrics are arguably the innovation of the future for fashion designers. The first example of a successful novel fabric is Modern Meadows lab grown leather, meaning it’s animal cruelty free. This lab-made fabric can also help the industry in its fight to lower global emissions to help combat climate change. Due to the sustainable aspect of lab grown leather, there is a strong chance that in the next decade real leather goods will no longer be in production. Tech is quickly becoming the solution to a lot of ethical issues within the fashion industry.
Another sustainable tech fabric that has been having major effects on the fashion industry in recent years is rPET (recycled polyester). Both single use plastic, like water bottles and simple plastic shopping bags, as well as the fashion industry’s yearly emissions are having serious effects on the environment. Therefore, combining the two things to create something that helps the fight against global warming is something to be celebrated. Updated fabrics are becoming more and more wide-spread. Brands such as Patagonia, prAna and Reformation are actively including rPET in their lines - not just as the exception to the rule, but the rule itself.
The third fabric is MIT’s development of ColorFab 3D, this technology prints 3D objects with ‘photochromic inks’ that change colour when exposed to certain wavelengths of UV light. This could lead to a whole new era for fashion design with the idea of changing the colours of garments on demand. This chameleon-esk technology truly could be the future of fashion. Outfit broadening brings a whole knew perspective on having a capsule wardrobe. Sustainable? We think so. Every closet will be enhanced by having a limited number of garments, but allowing you to choose what color you want your clothing, whenever you like.
LOOMIA, a San Francisco based textile company has developed their own soft flexible circuits that can be embedded into textiles for heating, lighting, and sensing purposes. The circuits are paper-thin, so the fabric materials still feels like a soft piece you can throw in the washer. This kind of technology will have a major effect on hiking and other outdoor activity apparel with its ability to use heating, lighting, and sensors to adjust its own versatility. Layering to workout outside? With this startup's technology, there will be no need!
These new tech fabrics being mentioned, are just a snippet of the new developments coming to the fashion industry. Technology and fashion have gone hand in hand for years with both industries’ being all about forward thinking so no wonder they have such influences on each other. It is evident that a lot of these materials are also being produced in order to help fashions' biggest ethical issue of its damage to the environment, so for all you fashion-conscious ladies that are wanting to do your bit for the environment, these tech solutions mentioned are the kind of things you should be looking forward today, and in the near future.