Sustainable Angle

The Future Fabrics Expo will be shown for the first time at The London Textile Fair on 18 & 19th July 2018 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, North London.

The London Textile fair invited the Future Fabrics Expo as part of its vision to help guide designers and brands in their journey towards more sustainable fabric sourcing and practices. This debut of a dedicated focus on sustainable fabrics at London Textile Fair reflects a timely recognition of the critical need for the fashion and textile industries to start practising sustainability through sourcing, at the very fibre and fabric stage.

The Future Fabrics Expo is a showcase and information platform, enabling visitors to discover of a diverse range of sustainable textiles and material innovations for the future of fashion. The Expo aims to educate and inform visitors about the latest research and initiatives of global textile organisations, who are making positive contributions to the design, manufacture, and functionality of more sustainable practices, creating and extending sutainable networks in the fashion and textile industries.

The Sustainable Angle provides their experience, research and robust criteria to create a specially curated selection of materials and textiles with a lower environmental impact all in one place at the London Textile Fair.

The content is selected, designed and curated to introduce textiles for the future, with a lower environmental impact in a jargon-free manner. Supporting manufacturing information is displayed throughout. Two key educational seminars will run alongside the Future Fabrics Expo on both days.

The Sustainable Angle selects fabrics for the Future Fabrics Expo according to our criteria, quality, aesthetics and suitability for both fashion and function.

To ascertain the environmental impact, each fabric and mill shown will be individually assessed against the environmental criteria below, which have been developed in consultation with world renowned research organisation The Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion.

The fabrics and mills featured are awarded the following symbols in relation to the provenance of raw materials, processing, and systems management involved in the fabric or material production.

As well as these key criteria, ethical and local production, recycled materials are recognized, as well as those mills demonstrating entirely certified supply chains.

Water – the reduction of water use and wastage across the textile supply chain, the treatment and filtering of effluent and wastewater, and use of exemplary wet processing methods.

Waste – the utilization of identifiable waste streams for textile production and the reduction and recycling of solid waste throughout the textile supply chain.

Energy – reducing the carbon impact across the textile supply chain, use of renewable energy, and employing production methods that reduce reliance on petrochemicals.

Biodiversity – the preservation and promotion of biodiversity, with an emphasis on diversification in textile fibres; moving away from a global dependence on raw materials that utilise unsustainable agricultural practices or result in the depletion of finite natural resources.