A Season of Sustainability

A “Slow Food, Slow Fashion” event hosted by DuPont Sorona featured sustainable apparel by 7th Ave and active/outdoor brands.

At trade fairs this Fall suppliers are unveiling eco innovations in an effort to keep pace with increasing consumer demand for environmentally responsible textile products.

At this week’s Intertextile Shanghai show, Hyosung will present an updated collection of its regen recycled nylon and polyester fibers. “At Hyosung we anticipate changing market dynamics and we continue to develop leading sustainable solutions, such as creora eco-soft spandex, which not only contributes energy saving for sustainability with low heat setting, but also features soft touch and improved whiteness,” said Mike Simko, global marketing director, Hyosung. Simko adds that Hyosung will also be showing the first innovations in recycled spandex with creora regen.

Schoeller’s new collection of PROEARTH biodegradable textiles debuted at last week’s Premiere Vision in Paris and will preview at the Functional Fabric Fair next month in Portland, OR. According to the Swiss firm, PROEARTH was created to help offset the more than 16 million tons of textile waste produced in the U.S. alone each year. The range is comprised of bluesign-approved fabrics with biodegradable polyester, in a joint venture with Taiwan’s Formosa Taffeta Co Ltd.

“After much testing and development, we are truly excited to introduce this collection that is not only friendly to our planet but also high-quality, luxurious product that consumers of all sorts will love to wear,” said Schoeller’s Christine Hübner. The SFTC PROEARTH collection will launch with five, bluesign- approved fabrics designed for lifestyle, fashion and outdoor categories. Articles available this Fall include jacket, pant and lining material qualities with various color options.

Earlier this month DuPont Sorona gathered sustainable food and fashion leaders from across the country to discuss how cross-industry collaboration can bring planet positive change. Execs from Banana Republic, Gap, Fair Trade USA-Apparel and the Outdoor Industry Association were in attendance at the event held on Angel Island outside of San Francisco.

Renee Henze, global marketing director, DuPont Biomaterials said, “By consuming food that is good for people and the planet, and manufacturing, selling and buying clothing that is sustainably-sourced, durable and fashionable, we all can work together to promote and drive a more circular economy.”

The DuPont Sorona event featured a sustainable fashion show with models outfitted in apparel manufactured with the Sorona fiber in styles from brands such as Helly Hansen, Royal Robbins, prAna, Tommy Bahama, The North Face, Taylor Stitch, and Club Monaco.