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Five weird and wonderful ways nature is being harnessed to build a sustainable fashion industry

Sustainable Practices in Textile & Apparel Industry


A transition towards a more sustainable textiles and fashion sector requires approaches including biological methods that can minimise its environmental and social impacts.

Perspectives and insights

  • Enzymes offer the possibility of manufacturing textiles using simpler processing conditions that reduce the consumption of chemicals, energy and water and waste generation. As a result, enzymes have already successfully replaced a range of industrial textile processes since the early part of the 20th century.
  • A NewYork based company Modern Meadow has successfully bio-fabricated a leather alternative called Zoa.