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Innovations in garment fitting, recycling, intelligent machinery and a virtual garment marketplace are among the 12 new innovations joining the latest Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator Programme.
Over the next 12 weeks, this latest cohort will participate in a robust
curriculum, including mentoring and industry expertise from Fashion for Good and
its Corporate Partners to catalyse the innovations into the mainstream fashion
As ecommerce continues to grow, digital fitting solutions are increasingly
important in addressing the sustainability challenges of ill-fitting clothing,
which result in increased returns and stock issues. Similarly important are
and innovations in the recycling of polybags — the most common packaging for
clothing mailers. Also, circular business models such as clothing-rental
solutions are gaining traction with both consumers and brands. And the
creation of a digital clothing collection offers a glance into a digital
future of fashion that wastes nothing but data.
Two years since its founding, the Fashion for
Good-Plug and Play
continues to support promising startups developing innovations set to disrupt
and drive the transformation of the fashion value chain toward a more circular
and regenerative system. In this sixth batch, new focus areas — including
fitting solutions, reusable packaging, recycling, reworking and intelligent
machinery — take center stage, complimenting the innovations from previous
which comprised new materials, dyeing and finishing, circular business
models and traceability, to name a few. The innovators will receive
mentoring, guidance on impact assessments, funding support and market validation
from Programme partners to spur the implementation of their innovations at
Cadel Deinking – Cadel Deinking removes printed
ink and labels from plastics and, through mechanical recycling, can produce
high-quality, high recycled-content pellets. The de-inking technology produces
pellets of similar quality to that of new plastics and can be used in the same
applications as new material.
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Cocoon Biotech – Cocoon Biotech has developed
a bio-technology platform designed to produce a bio-compatible silk protein. Its
platform dissolves raw cocoon silk, post-consumer silk waste and supply chain
waste into a liquid protein solution, from which fiber, liquids and gel
materials can be produced.
The Fabricant – The Fabricant is a digital
fashion house leading the fashion industry towards a new sector of digital-only
clothing — wasting nothing but data and exploiting nothing but imagination. The
Fabricant specialises fashion design and animation in photo-real 3D, which can
be used in digital fashion editorials, digital clothing and occasional
Frankie Collective – Frankie Collective is
dedicated to reworking excess products into high-demand streetwear styles.
Vintage garments and overstock that would otherwise end up in landfill are
salvaged and reworked into contemporary items.
PreSize – PreSize is a 3D body-scanning
technology that uses any smartphone’s camera input to find the best fit to the
users’ individual body. Unlike other smartphone fit solutions, PreSize is
completely web-based, and uses a video of the consumer to estimate key points of
the body, ensuring a higher level of accuracy in measurements.
RE-NT – Based in Germany, RE-NT offers a circular,
white-label rental service and online platform. Consumers can rent the latest
fashion, and brands can still engage with their audience without having to deal
with operations and logistics.
Resortecs – Resortecs produces a dissolvable stitching
thread for easy repair and recycling of garments. Used in attaching trimmings,
such as zippers, buttons and fasteners, the threads are aimed at garment repair,
recycling and reusing materials from unsold stock and dissolve when exposed to
Returnity – Returnity creates custom-designed, reusable
and recyclable shipping packaging for individuals and businesses, providing a
sustainable packaging solution for a better customer experience and engagement.
Smartex – Smartex uses a combination of IoT sensors
software for the real-time inspection and detection of defects in fabric
production. The technology helps textile manufactures improve production yields,
reducing defective production down to 0.1 percent.
Sozie – Sozie’s approach to sizing is to use real-life
consumers to produce fit and style feedback for garments that match the
potential buyer's size and body type. “Sozies” are given 24 hours to find
garments in retail stores and report back with photos, style comments and
experience in fit. In time, a library is produced and shoppers can instantly
browse content from consumers that match their body type.
Spintex – Spintex, a spin-out from the
University of Oxford, manufactures pure and strong silk fibers — spun from a
water-based solution of dissolved silk fibers, sourced from, amongst others,
post-consumer waste streams. The technology platform can create bespoke,
next-generation fibers and materials for everything from textiles to medical
devices and regenerative medicine.
Unspun – Unspun is an on-demand apparel company
that uses 3D scanning and fit algorithms to generate digital consumer sizing.
Using the 3D information, the company 3D-weaves a pair of customized jeans that
fit perfectly. The technique eliminates back-end inventory, reduces wasteful
processes and ultimately increases the lifespan and wearability of your
Published Sep 10, 2019 2pm EDT / 11am PDT / 7pm BST / 8pm CEST