Fashion for Good has collaborated with key industry players to launch the Renewable Carbon Textile Project. The project, that aims to explore, test, and verify solutions in the PHA polymer space, will be developed in coloration with PVH Corp., Bestseller, Norrona, and the fabrics division of WL Gore & Associates. Laude’s Foundation will provide catalytic funding for the project while participating innovators Bio Craft Innovation (formerly Biomize), Full Cycle Bioplastics, and New light Technologies will provide insights to scale the industry in the long term.
PHA polymers offer a bio-based, marine, and soil compostable solution of polyester fibers derived from fossil fuels for the fashion industry.. PHAs are produced through the fermentation process using various renewable carbon-based feedstocks.
Katrin Ley, MD, Fashion for Good, opines, the industry needs to find replacements for the predominantly fossil-based fibers in the fashion industry through solutions such as biosynthetic from renewable sources. This project focuses on validating the technical feasibility of the output, working with the Nonwovens Innovation and Research Institute (NIRI) to run melt-spinning trials. Alongside the technical feasibility study, the Renewable Carbon Textiles Project includes a range of degradation tests that will be conducted by Organic Waste Systems.