C.L.A.S.S. EcoHub is the global platform for brands, designers, manufacturers, students and professionals working in the fashion and textile business—all united in their desire to make fashion smarter.
C.L.A.S.S.’ mission is to provide industry players with the strategic tools to foster change to help the industry operate both competitively and responsibly. The EcoHub pursues its goals by merging design and innovation with sustainable values that contemporary consumers desire. In order to realise their overarching goals, over the last few years C.L.A.S.S. has teamed up with some of the most influential players in the textile and fashion business, such as Fashion 4 Development and Fondazione Ferragamo, among many others.
THE SMART TOOLS: a platform of responsible and traceable materials, technologies and cutting-edge innovations for both production processes and communication, all injecting sustainability into textiles, fashion collections and companies’ performance.
THE SMART ACADEMY: a diverse programme of events, talks, classes and services with the goal to educate, raise awareness and inspire professionals, students and even end consumers.
THE SMART SOURCE: an inspirational materials bank and samples e-shop for students, designers and brands willing to explore sustainable fabrics.
SIMCO Spinning & Textiles was established in 2009 in Bangladesh with the mission to responsibly recycle the hundreds of tons of cotton fabric discarded daily as cutting waste. Our mechanical recycling process greatly reduces the amount of water, energy, chemicals, and carbon emissions by eliminating the dyeing process.
Our recycled yarns (branded as CYCLO in 2015) are used commercially across a variety of applications and garments. CYCLO recycled cotton is now one of the most sustainable raw materials used in textiles and apparels.
Working with the GFA to track and trace cutting scraps and leftovers, we are creating a truly transparent closed-loop recycling solution for our retail partners in their manufacturing regions.
Circular Fashion Partnership
In partnership with GFA, Reverse Resources, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association textile and garment manufacturers recyclers, and major fashion brands operating in Bangladesh, we intend to demonstrate a win-win business case throughout the fashion value cycle that can be utilised to accelerate the transition to a circular fashion industry.
Desserto® is a highly sustainable plant-based vegan-leather made from cactus, often distinguished by its soft texture. The level of break in the material is first-rate. Qualities like roundness and spring that you normally find in leather, are also found in Desserto®’s materials.
Desserto® adheres to the most rigorous quality and environmental standards, while still managing to deliver a wide variety of products that perform well. The company’s overarching goal is to provide the fashion industry with a sustainable and cruelty-free alternative to faux and animal leather – free of any toxic chemicals and with a significantly reduced environmental footprint.
As the world’s first cactus vegan-leather, Desserto® remains highly sustainable across its production value chain.
Desserto’s five Sustainable facts
1. The micro-flora and micro-fauna soil is enriched through native and typical organic cactus afforestation.
2. The water usage is reduced, as no irrigation is applied.
3. Environment is preserved, as no chemicals (such as herbicides or pesticides) are used.
4. Cactus is left unharmed to enable repeated harvesting from the same plant.
5. Energy is saved by drying the feedstock in a solarium.
DuPont Biomaterials brings innovation ideas and solutions to global partners through the development of high performance, renewable materials. Through its novel bio-based solutions for industries, ranging from packaging and food, to cosmetics and apparel, and even carpeting, DuPont Biomaterials provides sustainable choices to their customers navigating the challenges of greening their supply chains and offering high performance.
Sustainable materials innovation
DuPont Biomaterials is an extension of the company’s long heritage of leadership in sustainable materials innovation. DuPont Biomaterials brings world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace, guided by a focus on partnerships with forward thinkers to promote the new bioeconomy.
Eastman Naia™ is made with sustainably sourced wood, where cellulosic fibre brings the richness of nature to comfortable and effortlessly luxurious fabrics. Our filament yarn transforms into luxurious, soft, and easy-to-care-for fabrics, while our staple fibre creates eco-conscious blends that are supremely soft, quick-drying and consistently reduce pilling, giving designers more freedom and choice. Naia™ is a fully traceable, bio-based fibre, responsibly sourced from sustainably managed pine and eucalyptus forests and plantations and produced in a closed-loop process in the USA. As a result, Naia™ brings nature to fashion with sustainably managed resources; high safety, social, and environmental standards; and a low environmental impact.
Naia™ Renew cellulosic yarn makes sustainable style possible for everyone. Sourced from 60% certified wood fibres and 40% recycled waste plastics, Naia™ Renew can be used to create luxurious, silky fabrics with rich lustre and wonderful drape or soft, cocooning fabric for everyday comfort. Naia™ Renew recycled content is achieved by allocation of recycled plastics through mass balance accounting.
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Modern Meadow’s mission is to transform the material world without compromising nature. Harnessing the power of biology, we design and engineer advanced biobased materials by tuning and assembling biological building blocks. Biofabrication is Modern Meadow’s way of creating materials from the protein up – using the molecular blocks of nature.
ZOATM is Modern Meadow’s world of biofabricated materials, inspired by leather and made from bio-alloys, which are unique blends of engineered proteins & biopolymers. Highly adaptable across a wide range of applications, ZOATMbiofabricated materials are of high-performance with durability and flexibility, while also minimising our climate impact and protecting the Earth’s resources.
Collaborate with us
Modern Meadow acts as an agent of change to ease a behavioural shift towards a healthier planet, working with world-class brands to meet their sustainability goals and amplify their impact. Sustainability is a multi-dimensional challenge, and we know we can’t move the needle for sustainable impact on our own. If you are looking to reimagine product innovation and elevate your sustainability practices, we would love to connect. Together, we can challenge the status quo.
Osomtex® is a female-led, material technology company offering the industry scalable circular solutions to textile waste. We specialise in the manufacturing of custom high quality post-consumer and post-industrial waste yarns that require no water, no chemicals or dyes in the process of regeneration. As a GRS certified company, Osomtex® is committed to offer sustainable materials to all brans looking to proactively protect the environment. For the past decade Osomtex® has re-purposed millions of pounds of textile waste destined to landfills making us the preferred go to solution on the market. “The textile waste crisis shows no signs of stopping, we are here to help”, says Patricia Ermecheo, founder and CEO.
Nike x Osomtex®
Most recently their collaboration with Nike on the creation and development of the Space Hippie collection and VaporMax Tokyo Olympics uniforms, speaks volumes when it comes to pushing sustainability to the forefront of materials and product design. Since 2016 Osomtex® has worked with high fashion brands, including Stella McCartney, and collaborated on innovations alongside Fortune 500 companies across many industries – including automotive, consumer electronics, and home goods applications.
PANGAIA is a materials science company on a mission to save our environment. We are a global collective of one heart and many minds. This includes scientists, technologists, and designers, working collectively to create essential products from innovative tech and bio-engineered materials.
PANGAIA is a direct-to-consumer brand, but also functions as a B2B company, bringing breakthrough textile innovations and patents into the world, by distributing to brands. Each technology we work with aims to solve an environmental problem of the fashion, apparel and natural industries.
We hope to drive these solutions further by making technologies and materials available to companies across different industries. By introducing these innovations, we design materials, products and experiences for every day and everyone.
We partner with the world’s leading research institutions, laboratories and scientists to bring to life the latest problem-solving innovations in materials science. We pioneer our own breakthrough technology like FLWRDWN™ , employ bio-based fibres, as well as materials made from recycled plastic and garment waste.
Our Italy-based R&D lab is supplemented by unique scientific partnerships with research labs and institutions in Europe, US, Japan and Korea. There, we develop bespoke materials science innovations, which we use for our own direct-to-consumer apparel brand, as well as to supply to other brands.
Parley for the Oceans is a global network where creators, thinkers and leaders come together to raise awareness about the plight of our oceans’ future.
To address the fast-growing threat of marine plastic pollution, Parley devised a strategy called Parley AIR (Avoid. Intercept. Redesign) and created Ocean Plastic® – a range of premium materials made from intercepted and up-cycled marine plastic debris.
The use of Ocean Plastic® replaces virgin plastic, demonstrating the perks of eco-innovation, while at the same time raising awareness and funding for longer-term solutions. Parley’s ultimate goal is to end and replace plastic through a “Material Revolution”.
the Parley Global Cleanup Network
Every country faces a unique set of challenges in responding to ocean-related threats. Over the past few years, Parley has focused heavily on expanding our network and raising awareness. Partnering with NGOs, governments, private businesses, logistical partners, marine experts and educational institutions enables us to harness the strengths of each community and approach solutions from all angles. In addition to our cleanup efforts, plastic waste interception and recycling programs, the Parley Global Cleanup Network aims to be active in every country with a coastline by 2024, educating and empowering communities, especially youth, to participate in creating change.
PYRATES smart fabrics work with our planet’s resources to deliver innovative knit textiles. We focus on producing European made knit fabrics, created with innovative fibres, which make the final fabrics naturally property rich.
PYRATES smart fabrics is an R&D company, and textile supplier. We develop and supply our eco-responsible and quality driven PYRATEX® to other brands through collaborations.
PYRATEX® are luxury knit fabrics made from either vegetal, upcycled or biodegradable fibres. The active components in PYRATEX® fabrics are not injected, nor added, but are naturally occurring in the plants from which we source, and thus neither expire, nor wash away.
PYRATEX® are all knitted in Europe, and we have full traceability of our production chain and techniques and a low distance between each step, resulting in fewer CO2 emissions. In 2019, we received the EU Horizon 2020 grant, confirming our position as an innovative European textile company.
RECYCTEX is a textile innovation company providing sustainable solutions for brands and designers. The company focuses on R&D and production of sustainable fabric created from plastic bottles, discarded clothes, ghost fishing nets and textile waste.
Since 2007, RECYCTEX founder Steven Chueng and his team have been studying and designing fabric using post-consumer recycled polyester material from China. RECYCTEX was the first company to create recycled nylon woven fabric from ghost fishing nets. And in 2018, we developed a process to create made-to-order recycled fabric with low minimum order quantities (as low as 200 mt per colour).
RECYCTEX works with more than 100 fashion brands across sportswear, fashion wear and accessories.
The Sea Island Project
With the Sea Island Project, RECYCTEX is working to build a plastic bottle recycling system near the East China Sea Islands, which suffer from plastic pollution and limited recycling activities. The project focuses mainly on recycling plastic bottles and fishing nets in order to make high quality recycled fibers and fabrics. In addition, this project collaborates with the local community to clean up beaches and reduce marine plastic.
Reverse Resources is redefining waste as a resource. As experts on global textile waste streams, we connect textile waste with the best possible recycling solution. We break down market barriers, reduce costs, and increase the quality and availability of recycled materials for the textile industry.
Our trading and tracing platform for textile waste is currently being scaled in Bangladesh as part of the Circular Fashion Partnership; which seeks to demonstrate a win-win business case throughout the fashion value cycle that can be utilised to accelerate the transition to a circular fashion industry.
The Circular Fashion Partnership
The Circular Fashion Partnership is a cross-sectorial project led by GFA alongside Reverse Resources, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association textile and garment manufacturers recyclers and major fashion brands operating in Bangladesh. The mission of the Partnership is to support the development of the recycling industry in Bangladesh to capture and direct post-production fashion waste back into the production of new fashion products. In addition, the partnership aims to find solutions for the COVID-19 related pile up of excess stock.
TINTEX began its journey making high quality, natural based, responsible jersey fabrics, based on core expertise. By employing the latest and best sustainable high-tech dyeing and finishing processes, the company has successfully advanced its vision to supply the contemporary fashion, sport and lingerie markets with first-rate sustainable materials.
TINTEX is comprised of 120 skilled staff, who are up-trained regularly to deliver high quality jersey innovations. By reinforcing the company’s values and dedication to producing natural innovative products, TINTEX continues to successfully advance its work.
Our mission is to team up for a better future by offering smart textile solutions that are 100% transparent and promote responsible business and manufacturing processes.
UPW is the largest woolen spinner in the world, specialising in design-led, sustainable yarns. UPW’s ECO Preferred Fibres include RWS certified wool, GCS certified cashmere, GRS certified recycled PET, OCS and GOTS certified organic cotton. Our entire collection is available at UPW’s StockStore® with no minimums, making luxurious and sustainable yarns accessible to both small and large brands alike.
Design has always been integral to UPW’s ethos. The launch of our U-LAB collaborative aims to transform the design and sampling process. U-LAB embraces digital innovation, and through our partnership with Shima Seiki, we digitalise all yarns – with 3000 plus colours. We make it possible for designers to create realistic virtual 3D simulations and custom lab dips with tailored colour twists to meet your needs.
UPW yarn collections include woolen-spun, semi-worsted, and fancy twisted yarns that are dyed and spun in our facilities. Our mills are certified by OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and operate according to the highest industry standards, which include clean dyeing processes, high powered water filtration systems, and green energy solutions that lower emissions and energy consumption. UPW continues to search for innovative technologies and materials that enable us to be a clean manufacturer, early adopter, and industry leader in sustainable spinning.
YKK was founded in Japan in 1934 and now operating in 71 countries around the world, YKK develops and produces a range of fastening solutions, including zippers, snaps and buttons, plastic products, hook-and-loop fasteners and webbings. As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fastening products, YKK cares deeply about our environmental footprint. Since the introduction in 1994 of our first zipper made from recycled material, we have focused on creating sustainable products that minimise their impact on the environment. With commitments to important industry initiatives, such as the UN Fashion Charter and the Science-based Targets for CO2 emissions reduction, YKK is dedicated to creating products beneficial to people and the planet.
Zippers in harmony
YKK is committed to creating products in “harmony with the environment.” YKK’s sustainable product range includes: Natulon® zippers made from recycled PET, GreenRise® biobased zippers, Natulon® Ocean Sourced™ zippers made from ocean bound plastic, organic cotton and lyocell zippers, snaps and buttons, made using the Acroplating™ non-toxic finishing processes.