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  • The Future of Textiles: The Rise of Hybrid Fabrics

    screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-11-48-40Mahatma Gandhi once said that 'There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it is makes hunger and unhappiness'. This profound statement is more relevant today than it has ever been, as fabric becomes a powerful metaphor for the principle of sustainability and for advocating global unity. The anatomy of the textile industry is indeed evolving, as innovation is now synonymous to the practise of sustainability. Traditional fabrics like cotton, linen and silk are now accompanied by contemporary hybrid fibres that reflect the technological and socially conscious world that globalisation has ignited. With the rise of textile innovation, Fashion Compassion would like to spotlight two unique companies who are redefining the landscape of textile production by merging innovation with environmental and social objectives.

    Foremost is the Italian Startup Orange Fibre, which attributes its patented fabric to the geography of Sicily, where citris fruit is grown and consumed on a vast scale. It is the waste from this citris industry that provides degradable fibres, which are then transformed through nanotechnology techniques to create a vitamin C rich fabric known as Orange Fibre. This unique innovation is attributed to two Italian entrepreneurs Adriana Santanocito and Enrica Arena,  who together have scaled the idea and begun production of the fabric. Accordingly, the entrepreneurs hope to introduce a sustainable paradigm to the Italian Fashion Industry, and  to reincarnate a shrinking fruit industry which has left many Sicilian youth unemployed and local talents under leveraged. The company therefore addresses sustainability on multiple levels, by utilising fruit by-product and offering new jobs to local economies. Who could imagine a textile to be sustainable, nourishing and economically empowering?

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    The second innovator is American-based Bionic Yarn who has created a solution to combating the worlds excessive consumption of plastic products. Their mission 'To achieve sustainability without sacrificing quality' and to generate positive impact for the triple bottom line. The emergence of this company is timely, as plastic is known to be a non-biodegradable material and yet the world consumes it within almost every industry and demographic. The production of Bionic Yarn is therefore a welcomed step towards transforming this harmful waste into textile material that can be used in a diverse range of outlets- fashion being one of them.

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    In fact exciting collaborations have already manifested using this hybrid fibre, with the launch of a collection by rapper Pharrell Williams for G Star in 2015. This campaign was used to spread awareness of the extensive ocean pollution caused by plastic consumption and how companies like Bionic Yarn can offer sustainable solutions to vast environmental problems that now seem to transcend borders, cultures and geography.

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  • Get Behind The Label: Ethel IPad Sleeve In Wave Chitenje Print

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    Fashion ComPassion is featuring the Ethel iPad Sleeve in the Wave Chitenje print this month with its perfect marriage of fashion, function and philanthropy!

    Mayamiko is a UK-based charity that works throughout Africa to support creativity in local communities by sponsoring their training. The “Mayamikans” are trainees that are taught sewing, knitting, tailoring and basic financial and business planning skills. They are then linked to ethical fashion designers in the UK and are able to sell their products and all profits are put back into their communities.

    The Ethel iPad Sleeve is made from quilted cotton that has been ethically, locally sourced. It comes complete with a zip closure ensuring that your iPad locked in and fully protected. Not to mention its on-trend print and perfect size!

    Miyamiko is a Chewa word meaning “praise” – help bring praise to the Mayamikans, buy a sleeve, support the power of the artist.

  • Fashion ComPassion’s Top 5 Sustainability Apps

    Nowadays, it seems that there is an app for pretty much everything. Cooking apps, shopping apps, gaming apps, news apps – you name it! The list is endless! It comes as no surprise, then, that there are several popular sustainable and ethical apps available to download to your smart phone. So, without further ado, here is Fashion ComPassion’s top 5 ethical and environmental apps which can help you live a more sustainable life.

    1. "Social Impact"For iPhone - Free

    "Social Impact" uses your mobile device’s GPS feature to find nearby socially responsible enterprises! "Social Impact" uses your mobile device’s GPS feature to find nearby socially responsible enterprises!

    "Social Impact" is an award winning app which uses your mobile device’s GPS feature to find local socially responsible enterprises – including restaurants, coffee shops, and craft stores. This ‘map app’ also includes useful information about the retailers’ products, their social impact and their location and opening times. Simple and easy to use, "Social Impact" aims to expand the market for socially-minded enterprises by making it easier for customers to find them. Currently available as a website and as a free iPhone app. Android version coming soon.

    2. "Instead" For iPhone - Free

    "Instead" encourages consumers to substitute everyday purchases with micro-donations to charitable causes "Instead" encourages consumers to substitute everyday purchases with micro-donations to charitable causes.

    "Instead" is a app which encourages consumers to substitute everyday purchases, like buying a coffee or getting a takeaway, with micro-donations to charitable causes. "Instead" also keeps a log of every donation you make, showing you all the charities which have benefited from your contribution. With its simple and well-designed layout and a large choice of charities to choose from, this app reminds us that even the smallest donation can make a real difference. Available as a free iPhone app. Android version coming soon.

    3. "Free2Work"For iPhone / Android - Free

    "Free2Work" provides an innovative and informative reference guide for consumers who wish to avoid brands and products which use forced and child labour. "Free2Work" provides an innovative and informative reference guide for consumers who wish to avoid brands and products which use forced and child labour.

    "Free2Work" is a app which provides an innovative and informative reference guide for consumers who wish to avoid brands and products which use forced and child labour. The Free2Work organisation promotes transparency by rating and evaluating a brand or company on based on its efforts to address the issues of forced and child labour throughout their supply chain. Their app allows customers to scan a product’s barcode to see whether a company has proper effective polices in place to prevent such labour from happening. Useful and informative. Available as a free iPhone and Android app.

    4. "The GoodGuide"For iPhone / Android - Free

    "The GoodGuide" informs consumers about the health, environmental and social impacts of products and brands they're buying. "The GoodGuide" informs consumers about the health, environmental and social impacts of products and brands they're buying.

    "The GoodGuide" is a app which enables customers to make informed decisions by revealing the health, environmental and social impacts of products and brands they’re buying on a regular basis. The app retrieves health, environmental and social performance ratings for over 120,000 products including food, toys and detergents. The app also includes a barcode scanner, making it incredibly easy to retrieve information and product ratings whilst you shop. Available as a free iPhone and Android app.

    5. iRecycleFor iPhone / Android - Free

    "iRecycle" allows users to find their local, convenient recycling opportunities "iRecycle" allows users to find their local, convenient recycling opportunities.

    "iRecycle" is a app which allows users to find their local, convenient recycling opportunities. Using a colourful and easy to use interface, the app provides access to more than 1.5 million ways to recycle over 350 materials all at a touch of a button. Moreover, "iRecycle" provides vital information for each recycling spot, including a checklist of all other materials accepted. The app also provides its users with the latest in green news and ideas and various social media options. Available as a free iPhone and Android app.

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