A large share of the 150 billion garments that are produced each year go to waste. Reverse Resources was founded with a conviction to do something about it, thus created a platform where textile leftovers are mapped, traced and traded.
Over production is depleting the earth’s resources. An American trio decided to take action and started unspun, a techstyle brand that engineers jeans straight from the future.
How do you transform waste that causes pollution and disease into a valuable resource for a planet positive fashion industry? Circular Systems knows. And the industry is thankful.
The world’s largest innovation challenge to transform the fashion industry is now open for applications. The Global Change Award 2022 is seeking early-stage innovations contributing to a planet positive fashion industry by addressing the earth’s global commons: land, water, oceans, climate and biodiversity. Winners get to share a grant of 1 million euro, provided by the H&M Foundation.
Finding a high-quality alternative to skin and rawhide leather has been a hard nut to crack for the fashion business. Up until when VEGEA found a solution in the winemaking business. Potential partners are now lining up to collaborate with the Italian company.
‘The Billion Dollar Collection’, launched today by non-profit H&M Foundation, presents 10 innovative sustainable start-ups that could change the face of the fashion industry. Showcased as garments in a virtual fashion collection, each start-up features a price tag reflecting the estimated support each company believes they need to achieve scale for their disruptive innovations.
In April we met up with our GCA community for a virtual Alumni Week to connect and collaborate, and to infuse inspiration, energy and confidence into the GCA winners important quest of making the fashion industry more sustainable.
Our Innovation Accelerator Program for the Global Change Award winners is designed to accelerate the development of their innovations to reach the market quicker and therefore driving change in the fashion industry. This year, our Accelerator delivered knowhow from an impressive list of guest speakers, but it also played an important role in giving a sense of belonging and moral support to our winners because of the pandemic.
Our 2020 winners have all made great progress with their innovations over the last six months, despite the world being upside down. We have been working closely together with them through a redesigned version of our one-year Innovation Accelerator Program, providing weekly digital sessions by us, our partners Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology as well as guest speakers and GCA alumnis, instead of three main bootcamp weeks around the world.
Dimpora won the Global Change Award in 2019 with their biodegradable and mineral-based membrane for outdoor wear. Since then they have for example developed a limited edition jacket with Swiss outdoor brand Rotauf, and are currently looking to scale up and connect with more players in the industry.