The fifth edition of the Future Fabrics Expo, inside Fashion SVP at London Olympia exhibition centre presented a curated showcase of globally sourced materials with reduced environmental impacts, which featured approximately 1500 qualities from over 80 mills, with sustainability information displayed for each mill and fabric.
Reinforced by key research and resources for sustainable textiles and fashion, including the Higg Index by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which is the apparel, footwear and home textile industry’s foremost alliance for sustainability across the entire supply chain, the expo enabled visitors to join the dots of their supply chain.
Displaying leading innovations from around the world, summarised by highlighting their ‘Top 5’ innovations including leather alternatives made from waste pineapple leaf fibre, South American giant mushrooms, and natural rubber from the Amazon rainforest, along with biodegradable resin buttons, and organically tanned by-product exotic fish skin and ostrich leather, was the key focus of the expo.
The highest quality reduced impact denims made with diverse fibres including linen and Tencel, and responsibly made organic cotton in a range of knitted and woven qualities was showcased by two of their sponsors, Kassim Textiles and Elmer & Zweifel.
Also, the Taiwan Textile Federation participated for the first time and showcased the leading Taiwan Eco Textiles focussing on performance and technical textiles. The expo not only provides a platform for sustainable sourcing, but it’s a place for dynamic networking too, where one can share the best practice for the benefit of all.