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10 new start-ups chosen to reshape fashion industry

By Patrick Scott 18 Mar 2019

Ten new start-ups focusing on innovative data management, new materials, dyeing technology, and end of use solutions are among the latest batch of innovations that will be nurtured for their potential to accelerate the shift to a circular fashion industry.

The entrepreneurs have been selected from hundreds of applicants and are the fifth group to join the Fashion for Good Plug and Play Accelerator.

The sustainable textile and circular fashion innovation platform involves a 12-week curriculum, including mentorship and business development opportunities with the corporate partners, to help fast-track and scale-up the selected businessees.

It is run in collaboration with Adidas, Bestseller, C&A, Galeries Lafayette, Kering, Otto Group, PVH Corp, Stella McCartney, Target and Zalando. Checkerspot, Dimpora, FARFARM, FastFeetGrinded, IndiDye, Indigo Mills Designs, MonoChain, pondTextile, Pure Waste Textiles and VeChain.

The selected companies are: Checkerspot, Dimpora, FarFarm, FastFeetGrinded, IndiDye, Indigo Mills Designs, MonoChain, PondTextile, Pure Waste Textiles and VeChain.

  • Checkerspot is a technology platform that enables the design – at a molecular level – of new materials. Checkerspot’s technology unlocks the potential found in nature and expands the palette of high-performing materials available to product designers. The resulting products are better for our planet and better for generations to come.
  • Dimpora has invented a novel waterproof membrane material. Current waterproof membranes use toxic chemicals that bioaccumulate in the natural environment. Dimpora’s material is free of such chemicals but still delivers breathable and high-performing membranes. A fully biodegradable and waterproof membrane is under-development.
  • FarFarm develops responsible fabrics using Agroforestry systems that regenerate nature and communities in Brazil. It educates agricultural families to plant natural fibres such as cotton, jute, ramie and dye-producing plants using agroforestry principles that mimic nature, don’t require chemical fertilisers, all while restoring biodiversity and keeping a standing forest.
  • FastFeetGrinded seeks to make footwear circular by collecting and recycling used shoes into new shoes. Together with retailers, it collects 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.
  • Indidye has developed a new, low environmental footprint, dyeing method for its 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 dyestuff and is developing a cellulosic fibre – both of which are 100% biodegradable.
  • Indigo Mills Designs is revolutionising 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.
  • MonoChain has developed an easy to integrate blockchain platform to bring primary and resale markets together to enable a circular economy and simultaneously combat fake products. MonoChain facilitates the reuse of fashion items and empowers brands to generate new revenue streams by connecting them to the resale market.
  • PondTextile has developed a 100% plant based, biodegradable resin, made to replace petroleum-derived polyester fibre. The material is derived from plant starch with the possibility for feedstock to be sourced from waste streams. PondTextile can serve as a glue/binder material or can be extruded as a fibre.
  • Pure Waste Textiles produces ecologically sustainable and premium quality recycled fabrics and yarns. It takes offcuts and spinning waste from factories in India and mechanically recycles them into yarns. The products are entirely made of recycled textile waste, sometimes combined with recycled polyester or viscose, and offer the consumer the same quality and comfort as those made out of virgin materials.
  • 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 product data across the supply chain all the way to the end consumer. Tagging systems are used to connect physical products with the digital world, facilitating transparency throughout the supply chain and product lifecycle.

Click on the following link to see who was awarded a place on the last Fashion for Good Plug and Play Accelerator: 12 start-ups chosen to re-think fashion industry.