As with most weeks on Just Style, news around fashion sustainability and circularity dominated headlines with companies sharing the latest innovations in material development aimed at prompting a shift from a linear economy.

Automated textile sorting company Tomra Textiles and Circle-8 Textile Ecosystems have forged a strategic collaboration aimed at spearheading the development of what they claim is the UK’s first automated textiles sorting and pre-processing facility for non-reusable textiles.

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While Spiber Inc, a Japanese biotechnology startup, has raised a total of ¥10bn ($64.7m) to ramp up mass production of its innovative brewed protein materials and facilitate global sales.

And non-profit Textile Exchange has outlined a strategy for the fashion and textile industry to transition away from using virgin fossil fuels as a feedstock for materials if it is to meet the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets currently associated with synthetic fibres.

But it wasn’t long ago Renewcell filed for bankruptcy, the same company that had secured supply deals with major household names like Inditex’s Zara brand and H&M.

The chairman of the board of directors, Michael Berg, called it a “sad day for the environment, our employees, our shareholders, and our other stakeholders” and criticised it as “testament to the lack of leadership and necessary pace of change in the fashion industry.”

Non-profit Canopy’s founder and executive director Nicole Rycroft explained at that time how the fashion value chain was not fully prepared to support “this first-to-market leader” in bringing sustainable fashion from niche to mainstream despite the ground being more fertile than ever for a “NextGen transformation.”

Shortly after Spinnova warned the global textile industry to get on board in moving away from conventional fibres as its annual sales slumped, prompting a restructure.

It would appear the understanding of the urgent need to shift toward a circular economy does exist within the fashion industry and the innovation to do so is available. But apparel and textile players are not yet investing at the level they need to be in order to scale the transition.

Rycroft adds that without bold commitments from every stakeholder, including fibre producers, global brands, and governments, the world will not be able to implement low-carbon solutions in time to limit global temperature rises and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

As the trending TikTok audio would suggest, what fashion circularity needs to accelerate success is “more passion, more passion, more energy, more energy”. From every stakeholder involved. At every stage in the supply chain. Because united we stand, and evidently, divided we fall.

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US Senator urges probe into Shein, Temu ‘slave labour’

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Fashion, textile industries urged to divest from synthetic materials

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