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Bio-based fashion revolution

Four new innovators have joined the Fashion for Good (FFG) Scaling Programme. All graduates of the FFG-Plug and Play Accelerator Programme, they will now get the chance to ‘run pilots with Fashion for Good’s corporate partners and expand their operations’. This is a big deal, as these partners have the power to shape the future of the sustainable fashion industry: the C&A Foundation, adidas, C&A, Galeries Lafayette, Kering, Otto Group, PVH Corp., Target, Stella McCartney and Zalando.

Mango Materials, Algalife, Nature Coatings and Sonovia (previously Nano Textile) are the four:

Mango Materials produces biodegradable bio-polyester that can be used as a sustainable alternative to polyester presently utilised in the fashion industry. CEO, Molly Morse said: “Having participated in the Fashion for Good accelerator programme in 2018, we are incredibly excited to join their Scaling Programme. We see this as a fantastic opportunity to work with their brand partners in the form of pilots and projects this year, as well as to increase our brand awareness and storytelling.”

Sonovia, previously Nano Textile, offers a sustainable alternative to binder chemicals normally used to attach finishes onto a fabric. Roy Hirsch, VP Business Development, said: “Our hopes for the Scaling Programme are to run trials with the biggest companies in the industry (Fashion for Good’s corporate partners) and to be able to quantify our positive environmental impact. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a group of amazing people that give their best to make the world a better place.”

Nature Coatings transforms agricultural waste into high performing black pigments for printing, coatings, paint, ink and dope dyeing. CEO, Jane Palmer said: “The support we have received from Fashion for Good through the Accelerator – and now the Scaling Programme, means so much to us. The Accelerator helped us shift our business model and focus in order to help us get into the market faster and the Scaling Programme provides validation from the market place that our pigment is needed. We hope to have pilot programs with brand partners in place and even completed by the end of the programme. We are excited to see our pigment go to market with these brands.”

Algalife’s bio-based innovation aspires to turn the textile industry’s environmental problems into positive, scalable solutions by unlocking the power of algae and creating dyes and fibres from micro algae. CEO, Renana Krebs said: “Joining the Scaling Programme is a great next step in Algalife’s mission to scale. Our aim is to work collaboratively on pilots with the Fashion for Good partner brands, continuing to work together on a clean, healthy future for all of us and our future generations.”

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