Thirteen international startups reshaping the fashion industry have been selected for the internationally-renowned Fashion for Good accelerator. For the first time, due to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, the seventh batch were picked via a virtual selection day. They will now enter a nine-month programme of mentoring and funding support led by accelerator partners including adidas, C&A, Stella McCartney, Target and Zalando.
“Despite changing circumstances, our important work for innovation continues. For the first time, we hosted our Selection Day virtually. As such, we are excited to welcome 13 innovators into our Programme, representing the most disruptive solutions in the areas of raw materials and wet processing,” said Katrin Ley, Managing Director Fashion for Good.
BEAR FIBER – USA
Bear Fiber is developing a novel biotechnological cottonisation process and manufacturing platform for fibre production with hemp that uses less water and energy. The cotton-like hemp fibre and yarns can be easily spun with cotton to produce textiles and finished garments.
NTX: Cooltrans Technology – SINGAPORE
NTX: Cooltrans Technology employs low-carbon, environmentally friendly inkjet and gravure printing technology and eco-friendly dyes for textile printing, renders delicate and vivid prints to textile fabrics.
DRYFIBER – USA
Dryfiber provides a fluorine-free durable water and oil repellent textile finish which is completely water-bourne and can be applied through traditional finishing processes.
ECONIC – UK
Econic provides an innovative catalyst technology that facilitates incorporation of waste CO2 as a raw material into polyols, replacing up to 50% of traditional oil-based feedstocks. Waste CO2 is cheaper than oil-based raw materials, plus offers enhanced product performance and environmental benefits.
FAIRBRICS – FRANCE
Fairbrics provides a novel process to create ethylene glycol (a component of polyester) from waste CO2. The resultant chemical is identical both chemically and practically to petroleum-based ethylene glycol.
FULL CYCLE BIOPLASTICS – USA
Full Cycle’s patented technology converts waste streams such as inedible food waste, agricultural by-products and used paper/cardboard into Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) bioplastics that degrade in the soil and the ocean.
GALY – USA
GALY engineers cotton in labs through the multiplication of cells directly into the cotton fibre, removing steps of traditional cotton farming. As a result they can grow cotton without the use of pesticides or fertilisers, using considerably less water.
HYDROCOTTON – UK
HydroCotton grows sustainable cotton in a transparent way. HydroCotton is developing a technology for cotton agriculture that reduces water and fertiliser by 80%, while also being grown in an insecticide-free environment.
IMOGO – SWEDEN
Imogo focuses on sustainable production processes, primarily in the textile industry. Their innovative new processes for dyeing textile materials that can dramatically reduce the wasteful use of water, chemistry and energy in the textile dyeing process.
NREL – USA
NREL works on the development of a polyurethane for carbon capture, reuse and sequestration. They use microalgae as a feedstock to explore the production of various products for polyurethanes, polyurethanes, plastic composites to name a few.
ORITAIN – UK
Oritain provides a traceability innovation with science that originates from the criminal forensic field, using selected stable isotopes to identify a product region. They provide a unique and fast process with highly reliable, accurate results.
RECYCROM – ITALY
Recycrom is a dyestuffs range made using recycled, used clothing, fibrous material and textiles scraps made from cellulosic fibres. The dyestuff can colour any cellulosic and natural fibre as well polyamide.
TINCTORIUM – USA
Tinctorium produce natural, pre-reduced Indigo dyes that are a drop-in replacement for synthetic Indigo, free of impurities with the same performance as synthetic Indigo.