2019. Saying it out loud makes it feel like we are living in the future. 2019. Remember Y2K? Grocery store shelves were bare due to peoples uncertainty. But we not only survived, and thrived and advanced. Some cars stopped using gas and run on battery power. Herbs and vegetables are grown in old shipping containers. Flip phones upgraded to buttonless devices that basically control our lives. Fashion though, has somehow stayed the same. Until now.
The future of clothes is getting excitingly close and we believe there are a few things you sustainably fashion saavy Tuleries ought to know – your textiles. Yes we know you’re fully aware of cotton, wool and silk but if you think that’s the latest in fashion than you better check your Nokia at the door and catch up. There are a slew of companies working on a whole new range of textiles that will be in our clothes (hopefully) soon. The details of most are on a sciency level that we can hardly comprehend, but we get the drift and hope you will too.
Evrnu has developed the first denim made of regenerated post-consumer cotton waste. They create recyclable, customizable textiles through engineered fibers, ultimately creating a product that can be broken down in the future.
See ya leather, hello Zoa. Created by Modern Meadow, zoa is a lab grown, chameleonic leather-inspired material that is meant to be combined with other matierals. And because it’s highly adaptable and moldable, it can accommodate any shape or texture.
Buh bye polyester, welcome PrimaLoft Bio, the first 100% recycled synthetic fiber on the market. The company behind it is collaborating with like-minded brands to use the technology in developing new products that are composed completely of biodegradable components.
Nylon is so last year. We’re so into Econyl, which is solving two problems. They company is aiding in cleaning oceans by collecting abandoned fishing nets and other industrial plastic, along with rugs that would typically end in landfills to create a regenerated nylon material.
Bleh acrylic, we love the feel of Polylana. It’s a fiber blend of virgin and recycled materials and is the only low impact alternative to 100% acrylic and wool in the market.
Silk? No. Microsilk. A proprietary technology that replicates the tough work silk spiders do, giving the ability to do the same work sustainably and in large scale.
Still craving more leather goods? Try Mylo, a synthetic made from mushroom roots. Let that satisfy your hunger for vegan leather. Stella McCartney and Patagonia are already digging their claws in.
Pinatex is taking over where durable fibers are needed. Made of by-product from pineapple harvest, this new sustainable textile is tougher than jute, hemp and sisal. Have your rug and eat it too.
Cotton and polyester, you are so pre Y2K.