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The urgent need to change course on long-standing manufacturing methods is an unavoidable issue, almost a duty for the fashion industry.

Creative departments in the fashion industry are striving to make new collections based on reducing waste and, even more so, protecting natural resources.

Indeed, sustainable fabrics that no one would have considered are now becoming commonplace.

Let’s discover them together.


The very ones abandoned in the seas.

A Florentine company produces Econyl, a nylon thread that includes synthetic fabric scraps, industrial plastic waste, even old carpets.

K-Way, too, last May launched its first rain jacket made from 100% recycled and recyclable nylon obtained – once again – from fabric scraps and fishing nets.


There are several brands, including some from Italy, that salvage nautical sails and recycle them to make bags, duffel bags, backpacks, beach towels, and belts.


Two young Mexican entrepreneurs, Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cazárez, have succeeded in the feat of making an environmentally friendly and biodegradable fabric directly from cactus leaves. It is completely plant-based, resembling animal skin to the touch.


Two Sicilian girls, driven by the desire to contribute to enhancing the value of their region and not to waste the pastazzo, that is, the large quantities of waste resulting from the orange pressing process, in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Milan have succeeded in obtaining a very special yarn. The result is a high-quality, fine and slightly shiny fabric, reminiscent of silk.


Mycelium, the vegetative tissue apparatus of fungi, is composed of intertwining filaments called hyphae. Now, thanks to the most advanced technologies, these very filaments are turning into a kind of highly prized vegan leather.


The climb to success of Piñatex continues. This eco-friendly leather, patented by Spanish entrepreneur and designer Carmen Hijosa, is made from pineapple leaves and sold commercially.

Piñatex is a soft, breathable, waterproof fabric that does not shrink or fade. It can be used for the production of clothing, accessories but also upholstery.