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From polyester alternatives made from algae or methane, to blockchain technology making the supply chain more transparent – take a look at our alumni network of innovators, each working on disruptive solutions within the textile industry.

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  • huue
    2020
    Processing Processing

    huue (formerly 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.

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  • Officina +39: Recycrom
    2020
    Processing Processing

    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.

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  • Oritain
    2020
    Transparency and Traceability Transparency & Traceability

    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.

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  • NTX Cooltrans Technology
    2020
    Processing Processing

    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.

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  • NREL
    2020
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    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.

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  • Imogo
    2020
    Processing Processing

    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.

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  • HydroCotton
    2020
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    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.

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  • GALY
    2020
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    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.

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  • Full Cycle Bioplastics
    2020
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    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.

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  • Faribrics
    2020
    Processing Processing
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    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.

  • Econic
    2020
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    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.

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  • Dryfiber
    2020
    Processing Processing

    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.

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  • Bear Fiber
    2020
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    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.

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  • Cadel Deinking
    2019
    End of Use End of Use

    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
    2019
    End of Use End of Use
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    Cocoon Biotech has developed a bio-technology platform designed to produce a bio-compatible silk protein. Their platform dissolves raw cocoon silk, post-consumer silk waste and supply chain waste into a liquid protein solution, from which fibre, liquids and gel materials can be produced.

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  • Frankie Collective
    2019
    Retail & Use

    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.

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  • PreSize
    2019
    Retail & Use

    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.

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  • RE-NT
    2019
    Retail & Use

    Based in Germany, RE-NT offers a circular, white label rental service and online platform. Consumers have access to the latest fashion which they can rent and brands can still engage with their audience without having to deal with operations and logistics.

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  • Resortecs
    2019
    End of Use End of Use

    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 heat.

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  • Returnity
    2019
    Retail & Use
    Transparency and Traceability Transparency & Traceability
    Packaging Packaging

    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.

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  • Smartex
    2019
    Cut-Make-Trim Cut-Make-Trim

    Smartex uses a combination of IoT sensors and AI/machine learning 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%.

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  • Sozie
    2019
    Retail & Use

    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.

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  • Spintex
    2019
    End of Use End of Use
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    Spintex, a spin out from the University of Oxford, manufactures pure and strong silk fibres. Fibres are spun from water-based silk solution, partly sourced from pre-consumer waste streams, amongst others. The technology platform can create bespoke, next generation fibres and materials.

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  • The Fabricant
    2019
    Retail & Use

    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 Fabricantspecialises in photo-real 3D fashion design and animation which can be used in digital fashion editorial

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  • Unspun
    2019
    Cut-Make-Trim Cut-Make-Trim

    Unspun is an on-demand apparel company that uses 3D scanning and fit algorithms to generate digital consumer sizing. Using the 3D information, they create a pair of customised jeans that fit perfectly through 3D weaving. The technique eliminates back-end inventory, reduces wasteful processes and ultimately increases the lifespan and wear-ability of your garments.

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  • Checkerspot
    2019
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    Checkerspot designs high performance materials at a molecular level with technology at the nexus of biology and chemistry.

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  • Dimpora
    2019
    Raw Materials Raw Materials
    Processing Processing

    Dimpora has invented a novel waterproof membrane material. Current waterproof membranes use toxic chemicals that bioaccumulate in the natural environment.

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  • FARFARM
    2019
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    FARFARM develops responsible fabrics using Agroforestry systems that regenerate nature and communities in Brazil. They educate agricultural families to plant natural fibres such as cotton, jute, ramie and dye-producing plants using agroforestry principals that mimic nature, doesn’t require chemical fertilizers, all while restoring biodiversity and keeping a standing forest.

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  • FastFeetGrinded
    2019
    End of Use End of Use

    FastFeetGrinded seeks to make footwear circular by collecting and recycling used shoes into new shoes. Together with retailers, they collect used shoes that are then sorted and deconstructed into their component parts. These material streams are manufactured into new products like playground flooring but also feed back into the footwear manufacturing supply chain.

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  • pond Textile
    2019
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    pond Textile has developed a 100% plant based, biodegradable resin, made to replace petroleum-derived polyester fibre used today.

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  • Pure Waste Textiles
    2019
    End of Use End of Use

    Pure Waste Textiles produces ecologically sustainable and premium quality recycled fabrics and yarns.

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  • Vechain
    2019
    Transparency and Traceability Transparency & Traceability

    VeChain is a blockchain-enabled product management platform. Using blockchain technology to secure product data enables retailers and manufacturers to easily collect, manage, and share data across the supply chain.

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  • IndiDye
    2018
    Processing Processing

    Indidye has developed a new, low environmental footprint, dyeing method for their natural plant-based dyes. This new process uses sound waves to bind natural dyes to cellulosic fibres. Indidye’s technology uses less water, creates no wastewater, is biodegradable, and requires less energy than a conventional dyeing process. Indidye also produces a dye stuff and is developing a cellulosic fibre – both of which are 100% biodegradable.

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  • Indigo Mill Designs
    2018
    Processing Processing

    Indigo Mills Designs is revolutionizing the Indigo dyeing process by making it more sustainable, more economical and faster. This patented state-of-the-art foam dyeing process produces zero water discharge and minimal dye waste all while producing deep indigo colours that the fashion industry loves.

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  • MonoChain
    2018
    Transparency and Traceability Transparency & Traceability

    MonoChain has developed an easy to integrate blockchain platform to bring primary and resale markets together to enable a circular economy and simultaneously combating fake products.

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  • Algalife
    2018
    Raw Materials Raw Materials
    Processing Processing

    Creates dyes and fibres from algae microorganisms. Their textiles release anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals that can nourish and protect our body and skin.

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  • Excess Materials Exchange
    2018
    End of Use End of Use

    Is a digital marketplace where companies can exchange excess materials and products. EME matches materials with their highest value reuse option, enabling companies to turn their waste into wealth, combatting unnecessary landfill, incineration, and overproduction.

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  • Gibbon
    2018
    Retail & Use

    GIBBON is an on-the-go rental marketplace for travellers to enable a luggage-less travel experience.

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  • Green Whisper
    2018
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    Creates sustainable products for daily use out of agriculture residue. Green Whisper specializes in banana fibre products: banana paper and banana fibre textile.

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  • Nowner
    2018
    Retail & Use

    Nowner has developed an online platform for brands which enables them to run their own renting platforms for customers, in order to create a circular system for the garment industry.

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  • Reflaunt
    2018
    Retail & Use

    Reflaunt is a circular designed technology which bridges first-hand and second-hand markets, enabling high-end brands to give customers the option to re-sell, donate or recycle their wardrobes.

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  • reGAIN app
    2018
    Retail & Use

    Creates the first digital, multi-brand takeback program which rewards recycling. Consumers can box up their unwanted clothing and ship them directly to regain and earn discount coupons to use online or in store.

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  • Save Your Wardrobe
    2018
    Retail & Use

    Is an app where its users can build a digital wardrobe by instantly uploading their online purchases or existing items through computer vision. The app includes outfit recommendations, dry cleaning, alteration, selling and donating pointers, to understand and manage users wardrobes.

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  • Stuffstr
    2018
    Retail & Use

    Stuffstr lets users capture the value of used stuff, regardless of its condition. They partner with fashion retailers to buy back unwanted products, and update consumers on the current resale value of their items.

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  • TrusTrace
    2018
    Transparency and Traceability Transparency & Traceability

    TrusTrace helps brands define a clear plan for establishing product-level traceability. It provides a scalable digital platform for measuring, monitoring and communicating various activities in the supply chain.

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  • Vienna Textile Lab
    2018
    Processing Processing

    The Vienna Textile Lab turns bacteria into colour. They fabricate organic dyes from naturally occurring bacteria in order to provide a sustainable alternative to conventional synthetic colours.

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  • &Wider
    2018
    Transparency and Traceability Transparency & Traceability
    Worker Empowerment Worker Empowerment

    &Wider is looking to help bridge the data gap on working conditions in global supply chains. &Wider calls workers on their mobile phones through their cloud platform to generate insights about their working conditions and wellbeing for buyers and employers.

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  • AlgiKnit
    2018
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    Algiknit produces textile fibres extruded from kelp, a variety of seaweed. The extrusion process turns the biopolymer mixture into kelp-based thread that can be knitted or 3D printed to minimize waste. The final knitwear is biodegradable and can be dyed with natural pigments in a closed loop cycle.

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  • BioGlitz
    2018
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    BioGlitz produces the world’s first biodegradable glitter. Based on a unique biodegradable formula made from eucalyptus tree extract, the eco-glitter is fully biodegradable, compostable and allows for the sustainable consumption of glitter without the environmental damage associated with micro plastics.

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  • circular.fashion
    2018
    End of Use End of Use
    Transparency and Traceability Transparency & Traceability

    circular.fashion has created a software that interconnects circular design, circular retail models and closed loop recycling technologies enables fashion brands to design circular garments. Circular clothes are attributed an identification tag that orchestrates a reverse supply chain network of consumers, sorting and recycling companies to close the loop to regenerated textiles.

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  • Flocus
    2018
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    FLOCUS™ is a revolutionary textile brand producing yarn blends and filling made with Kapok. Kapok is the most sustainable fiber in the market leaving no human footprint behind.

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  • Frumat
    2018
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    Frumat uses apples to create a leather-like material. Apple pectin is an industrial waste product which can be used to create sustainable materials for luxury accessories. The materials can be dyed naturally and tanned without chemically intensive techniques.

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  • Good on You
    2018
    Retail & Use
    Transparency and Traceability Transparency & Traceability

    Good on You is a mobile app that provides ethical ratings for over 1,000 fashion brands rated on their impact on people, the planet and animals. It is built on a robust brand rating system which aggregates standards, certifications and publicly available data sources into a simple, accessible 5-point score to promote transparency across the fashion industry and to allow customers to make conscious purchasing decisions.

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  • Mango Materials
    2018
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    Mango Materials produces biodegradable bio-polyester that can be used as a sustainable alternative to the present polyester utilized in the fashion industry. Microfibres produced from the biopolyester can biodegraded in many environments, including landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and the oceans helping to prevent microfibre pollution and contributing to a closed-loop bio economy for the fashion industry.

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  • Sonovia
    2018
    Processing Processing

    Sonovia has developed the most durable, versatile, safe and effective Anti-Bacterial coating technology for Textiles, and the only technology to be able to positively address the very strict demands by the Hospital sector.

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  • Orange Fiber
    2018
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    We are the world’s first and only brand to produce a patented material from citrus juice byproducts, repurposing them to create beautiful, sensorial fabrics that reshape your sartorial experience.

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  • Paptic
    2018
    Raw Materials Raw Materials
    Packaging Packaging

    Paptic manufactures bio-based alternative packaging materials that are made from sustainably sourced wood fibres. The material has the unique properties of paper and plastic commonly used in the retail sector, but with a much higher tear resistance than paper. The material can be recycled alongside cardboard.

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  • PlanetCare
    2018
    Retail & Use

    PlanetCare is a small, yet passionate group of enthusiasts, coming from very different backgrounds and united through the same cause – caring about our planet.

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  • Provenance Biofabrics
    2018
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    Provenance Biofabrics makes a true leather equivalent through a biomimetic process from recent advances in the biomedical field.

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  • Reverse Resources
    2018
    End of Use End of Use
    Transparency and Traceability Transparency & Traceability

    Reverse Resources is a platform that enables fashion brands and garment manufacturers to address pre-consumer waste for industrial upcycling. The platform allows fabric and garment factories to map and measure leftover fabrics and scraps so that these become traceable through their following life cycles. By mapping the waste material in the factory, these resources can eventually be reintroduced into the supply chain, limiting the use of virgin materials.

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  • Scalable Garments
    2018
    Cut-Make-Trim Cut-Make-Trim

    We’re making clothing for the 21st century. We have designed and prototyped a robotic knitting machine to produce custom seamless knit garments in the size, material and style chosen by customers with minimal human finishing.

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  • Style Lend
    2018
    Retail & Use

    Style Lend connects the world’s most stylish and rentable closets to provide a resourceful, sustainable way to shop for designer fashion.

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  • Carcel
    2017
    Transparency and Traceability Transparency & Traceability

    Carcel is a premium fashion label that works with and is produced by women in prison, using only 100% natural materials.

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  • Colorifix
    2017
    Processing Processing

    Colorfix has developed an innovative dyeing method based on bio-pigments. Their process is a new approach to dyeing, avoiding the use of any hazardous chemicals whilst significantly reducing water, energy and waste.

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  • EON-ID
    2017
    End of Use End of Use
    Transparency and Traceability Transparency & Traceability

    Eon.ID is developing an RFID-based recycling solution, the Eon.ID thread, that will help turn unwanted clothes into new materials and garments.

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  • Litehide
    2017
    Processing Processing

    Has developed and patented an innovative method of hide preservation, known as LitehideTM.

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  • Nature Coatings
    2017
    Processing Processing

    Nature Coatings develops high performing, inexpensive pigments from wood waste. Their pigments are capable of reducing water use by 93% at the mill.

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  • Normn Hangers
    2017
    Retail & Use

    Offer eco hangers, cardboard hangers, paper hangers – a sustainable marketing tool for memorable visual merchandising.

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  • Texloop
    2017
    End of Use End of Use
    Transparency and Traceability Transparency & Traceability

    Circular SystemsTM presents TexloopTM. A recycling and yarn platform focused on creating closed-loop resource efficiency in synthetic, and complex blended fabrics.

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  • We aRe SpinDye
    2017
    Processing Processing

    Innovative dyeing method for polyester that removes water and chemical dyeing agents from the process.

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  • Amadou Leather
    2017
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    Developed a leather alternative made from mushroom material.

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  • Common Objective aka MySource
    2017
    Transparency and Traceability Transparency & Traceability

    Created an online B2B platform that matches fashion professionals with the connections and resources they need to grow successful and sustainable businesses.

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  • Dragon
    2017
    Processing Processing
    Transparency and Traceability Transparency & Traceability
    Wastewater Treatment

    Novel water purification technology that uses light and has very high efficiency.

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  • Dropel
    2017
    Processing Processing

    Develops performance-enhanced natural fabrics and fibers for branded apparel companies.

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  • ICA Bremen
    2017
    Transparency and Traceability Transparency & Traceability

    Use nano technology to introduce tracers into fibers of organic cotton.

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  • MycoTEX
    2017
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    Mycotex developed a mushroom-based textile that can be grown into custom-fitted moulds. This eliminates the need for yarns, weaving and other process steps. The material is 100% biodegradable and has anti-microbal properties.

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  • Pili-bio
    2017
    Processing Processing

    Uses microorganisms to produce organic dyes to replace petrochemical versions and vegetal ones.

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  • RePack
    2017
    Retail & Use
    Packaging Packaging

    Implementing a business model for ecommerce, where the packaging is sent back to the store for re-utilization.

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  • Sundar
    2017
    Transparency and Traceability Transparency & Traceability

    Large digital platform connecting brands with textile manufacturers and suppliers as well as those offering specialist services.

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  • Tersus Solutions
    2017
    Processing Processing

    Developed an industrial “washing machine” that uses recycled fluid CO2 as a solvent instead of water.

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  • The Agraloop
    2017
    Raw Materials Raw Materials

    Collects waste from fibrous foodcrop production (hemp, flax, banana, pineapple etc.) and turns it into fibers for textiles.

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  • TIPA
    2017
    Raw Materials Raw Materials
    Retail & Use
    Packaging Packaging

    TIPA has developed 100% biodegradable and compostable packaging solutions made from bio-plastics.

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  • A Transparent Company
    2017
    Transparency and Traceability Transparency & Traceability

    A platform that empowers brands to take steps toward greater transparency by tracing the origins and histories of products.

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