Disruptive Textile Innovation Resources
DISRUPTIVE TEXTILE TECHNOLOGY LIST
In order to truly transform the next-gen materials industry, we don’t just need new next-gen material companies, existing next-gen materials companies need to consistently strive to be more sustainable. This means we also need companies developing new animal-free and more sustainable components for materials including polymers, resins, fibers, additives, dyes, colorants, and finishing agents. Next-gen innovators also need access to sustainable manufacturing and recovery solutions, to accelerate commercialization and improve the full life cycle of next-gen materials.
The previous generation of animal-free materials, such as petrochemical-derived polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polyurethane (PU) “leather,” nylon or polyester “silk.” or acrylic “wool,” have been affordable, high-performance alternatives, but suffer from sustainability issues with greenhouse gas emissions, microplastic shedding, and chemical pollution. Even plant-derived alternatives to silk such as rayon, suffer from resource depletion (e.g., deforestation) and chemical use which can create a significant environmental impact. It is clear that sustainable innovation in synthetics such as bio-based, biodegradable, and/or recycled polyester or polyurethane, and in sustainable renewable-sourced fibers such as cellulosics and natural fibers, would make a broad impact to the plastics and textiles industries as a whole, and in some cases the MII next-gen materials space.
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