The fashion industry is experiencing a paradigm shift as sustainability takes centre stage, according to the Taiwan Textile Federation. “The textile sector, a crucial component of fashion, is undergoing a transformation towards a more environmentally and socially responsible future. As consumers increasingly demand eco-friendly alternatives, the sustainable fashion and textile industries are now poised to redefine the way we approach style.”
Eco-friendly fabrics lead the way
Sustainable fashion textiles are revolutionising the industry by putting eco-friendly materials at the forefront of innovation. New types of fabrics made from recycled materials, organic cotton, and biodegradable fibres are becoming the ‘go-to’ choice for fashion designers. These materials not only reduce the fashion industry’s carbon footprint but also minimise the impact on our planet’s natural resources.
The Taiwanese textile industry has developed into a leading global supplier of sustainable and functional textiles, and textile related products in virtually every end use available today and those planned for tomorrow. This year Taiwan Textile Federation organised 17 companies to participate the Fashion World Tokyo at Taiwan Select booth A27-30. A new focus has been added that brought Taiwan innovative textile into the fashion wear and athleisure bags have led this emphasis.
At Fashion World Tokyo, these Taiwan-based companies will be showing a range of recent sustainable developments:
Modal carbon zero t-shirt – Evershineif developed numerous innovations that have been incorporated into its production to make the process environmentally friendly, with efficient use of natural resources and low emissions. The raw materials of the Carbon Zero collection include Tencel fibres with no other chemical substances added or produced during fabric processing. The fabric can be naturally degraded in the soil, and is also certified as ‘carbon neutral’ and engineered for long-lasting natural comfort.
Abacell – Normally, paper breaks down when wet but “Abacell- Manila Hemp Paper Yarn” defies this typical understanding. Utilising traditional Japanese Washi paper techniques and over 60 years of paper making experience Abacell present a new innovation, bridging the gap between the paper and textile industries. Abacell combines both benefits from Abaca and Washi paper. It is light, highly durable, breathable, UV resistant and anti-bacterial.
Bellmart – specialises in developing sleeping bags with eco-friendly materials, recycled nylon from waste fishing nets, as well as recycled polyester from oyster shell and bottle. Their parent and child sleeping bags make both parties enjoy camping fun by using identical bags. Also, the bag length can be adjusted for kids bag, covering wide range of user height and the detachable extra layer of products provides 3 thermal performances per users’ needs.
Everest – Under the application of recycled fishnet nylon yarn, yarn dyed intelligent memory fabric is sustainable, shapeable and recoverable. The designs are various. It can be woven in plain, twill, dobby, jacquard, one face or double face. The colour also can be made different arrangement in stripes or checkers. And the hand feel is soft and smooth just like silk. Some processing is made, enable the fabrics not only fashion but also to have function.