The Future Of Food By-Products In Fashion Industry

What material is your cloth made of?  Very few people ask themselves this question when they are buying or purchasing clothes.

Over the years cotton, wool, slick, and wool have been the greatest materials in making clothes. But the level of production of these products has been decreasing at an alarming rate. These resources are becoming more and more limited. While the demand for new clothes is increasing.

Furthermore, Cotton production isn’t that environmentally friendly anymore. It causes soil degradation and water contamination. As a result of pesticides use.

Discovery of synthetic fabrics such as polyester and acrylic was a breakthrough for us. Although at that time we didn’t foresee its negative effects on our beloved environment. But now we can see! We aren’t that blind anymore. Isn’t that right?

Let’s get a bit scientific! The carcinogens produced by polyesters such as terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol. And also, thousands of plastic microfibers. Enter our water supply and contaminate it. It occurs when we wash clothes made from these materials.

What are we going to do about this?

Overreliance on both reliant and finite resources of polyester and cotton. And also its polluting production needs to change.

The fabric production sector has shifted its focus. Especially, to other materials that can provide a wider variety of fiber. Such materials include:

  • Food waste
  • Algae
  • Regenerated cellulose
  • Other recycled renewable materials.

Some companies have been able to create some of the most exciting fabrics from agriculture products. Not only do they solve the issue of fabrics. But also wastage caused by our food consumption. They utilize these products, by turning them into natural, resourceful fibers for the fashion industry.

With all these changes, is the fabric production sector stable?  Tell me what you think after you have read this article.

Here, are some companies that have adopted this Sustainable Angle

Vegeatextile

This company uses grape skins, stalks, and seed discarded in the winemaking process. To make beautiful, wine-hued leather.  Due to its brilliant invention. Vegea received funding from the EU to continue and perfect their research. Also to grow their business.

Recently one of Vegea couture dress was exhibited at the Museum’s Fashioned From nature exhibition in London.

Chip[s] Board

Chipboard aims to develop a sustainable alternative to the material used every day. They make a wide range of materials from potato waste.  Furthermore,  these materials are suitable for interiors and fashion markets.

One of their materials is Prablex.  It’s a bioplastic material usually recommended, for fastening buttons and accessories in the apparel world. Additionally, Prablex comes in three colors, tortoiseshell, snow and smoke.

This company has a zero-tolerance policy on waste materials. So, even the offcuts from material production are reincorporated back into the process.

Pinatex

Have you ever imagined yourself wearing a cloth, shoe or carrying a bag made from pineapple leaves? Maybe you even have one in your wardrobe already.  Is it real!  Yes, pineapple leaves fiber has even been sported in red carpets of Met Gala in 2017.

Pinatex company turns the part of the pineapple fruit that usually discarded.  Into fiber used to make shoes, bags, and clothes.  Furthermore, it provides an additional income for farmers.

Circular Systems – Agroloop Biofiber

This company transforms food-crop waste into valuable natural fiber products. In a cost-competitive and scalable way, providing sustainable and regenerative benefits. They utilize a wide range of feedstocks. Such as oilseed flax straw, oilseed hemp plant as well as banana trunks and pineapple leaves.

According to Circular Systems. These crops produce over 250M tonnes of fiber per year.  That’s 2.5 x the current global demand for fiber. Apart from natural fiber. Circular Systems makes a wide range of materials including organic fertilizer and biofuels.

Orange Fibers

This Italian based company aims to transform discarded orange peels. Into exquisite sustainable textiles and silky fabric material. Besides, the material is similar to viscose. In that, it’s made from cellulose and can be blended with silk cotton.

Furthermore, Orange fiber is committed to bringing sustainable practices to the fashion industry, shaping a new concept of luxury.