The new selection of innovators bring solutions into the Programme crucial to the manufacturing and supply chains in South Asia

The new selection of innovators bring solutions into the Programme crucial to the manufacturing and supply chains in South Asia

Innovations ranging from sustainable dyeing solutions to bamboo and agri-waste alternatives to plastic are among the innovations from the nine new start-ups joining the second batch of Fashion for Good's South Asia Innovation Programme.

Focusing on technologies and innovations in raw materials, wet processing, packaging, end-of-use and digital acceleration, the new selection of innovators bring solutions crucial to the manufacturing and supply chains in South Asia.

Fashion for Good was launched in March 2017 by C&A Foundation, the corporate foundation affiliated with global retailer C&A. It is an industry-wide call for collaboration to help brands, retailers and manufacturers find more innovative and sustainable ways of producing fashion.

The selected innovators in the second batch for its South Asia Programme are: Bagrotec, Biomize, KB Cols Sciences, Lucro, Nordshield, Phabia, Phool, PoshaQ and Swatchbook.

Innovations include those in raw materials – specifically biopolymers, bamboo fibre and alternative leathers and foams, wet processing – namely anti-microbial finishes and microbial dyes, digital acceleration solutions in AI and image processing and virtual swatches, as well as end-of-use solutions, closing the loop and making plastic products more sustainable.

The start-ups will benefit from Fashion for Good's programme, its corporate partners and a global network of like-minded organisations, providing support, to help scale their solutions. 

With the addition of the new innovators to the programme, Fashion for Good is seeking to scale the innovations from and for the South Asia region. 

"Now more than ever, it's important to support and scale the innovations in one of the industry's most crucial manufacturing regions that can provide vital solutions to help build back stronger, more sustainable and resilient," says Katrin Ley, managing director, Fashion for Good. 

The nine selected innovators are:

Bagrotec initiates and executes various sustainable bamboo processing projects for textile fibre production. Using a proprietary process, bamboo is mechanically processed before enzymes are applied to naturally produce organic bamboo fibre.

Biomize technology makes bamboo and agri-waste based granules that are alternatives to plastic, are certified home compostable, and can be drawn into textile fibres and fabrics that have fashion, medical and industrial applications.

KB Cols Sciences
KB Cols wants to change the landscape of dyeing in the fashion industry by focusing on harnessing the true potential of Biotechnology. Through the exploration of various renewable resources, KB Cols extract natural colours that can be applied in textiles and other applications.

As a homegrown leader in Indian recycled plastic products, Lucro produces high quality, innovative and recycled plastic waste to remake products, ultimately seeking to close the loop and make plastic sustainable. Lucro caters to big industries including retail, FMCG and automotive, exporting their products to the US and Europe.

Nordshield provides anti-mould, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and insect repellency finishes based on natural resources (waste from the forestry industry), which are free from heavy metals. Easy to apply both during production and as a post-treatment, products retain the anti-microbial effect even at extremely high temperatures and after more than 60 washes.

Phabio offers bioplastic solutions made from bio-degradable polymers made from renewable biomass obtained from waste in the beer, dairy and sugar industries, as well as food waste and sea weeds. These bioplastics can also be made from agricultural waste, used plastic bottles and other containers using microorganisms.

Phool upcycles floral waste from temples and mosques in India with their 'flowercycling' technology to make a florafoam that is a 100% biodegradable, compostable, high-performing and inflammable alternative to Styrofoam as well as a bio-leather called Fleather also made from the flower waste.

PoshaQ is a computer vision AI start-up focused on product discovery and sales conversion within the fashion and retail sector. They provide retail and warehouse automation, data intelligence and cataloging, and quality control with image processing.

Swatchbook is a cloud platform revolutionising the exploration, visualisation and sharing of materials. The platform enables suppliers to upload their materials along with other metadata and pricing details for brands to further explore, discover and visualise materials, sharing them with other stakeholders for further use.