Birla Cellulose, part of Aditya Birla Group, is a leading sustainability focused man made cellulosic fibre (MMCF) producer. Birla Cellulose operates 12 pulp and fibre sites globally that apply closed-loop systems and environmentally efficient technologies in its process. Five global advanced research centres equipped with state-of-the-art research facilities and pilot plants support the global operations and markets.
Birla Cellulose leads the industry in sustainable sourcing practices and is ranked #1 globally in Canopy’s Hot Button Report 2020 for sustainable forestry practices and development of next-generation solutions for alternative feedstock.
Birla Cellulose collaborates actively with its value chain partners and works closely with organizations like Canopy, SAC, ZDHC, Changing Markets Foundation, Textile Exchange, WBSCD, Fashion for Good amongst others to continually learn and apply the best practices in its operations and across its value chain.
Global textile and non woven businesses
Birla Cellulose touches lives of people across the world, from plantation to fashion and lifestyle. An idea seeded in 1947 has grown organically and made us a global leader in VSF. Headquartered in India, our plantations, factories and marketing offices reach out to several countries, making a positive impact on the global textile and nonwoven businesses. Birla Cellulose leads the industry in implementation of SAC’s Higg (3.0) FEM to monitor the manufacturing units’ performance on environmental aspects.
Bolt Threads creates sustainable solutions for the apparel and beauty industries. With nature as our inspiration, we invent and scale cutting-edge materials that put us on a path towards a more sustainable future. Taking inspiration from the natural world, we experiment with biology and invent new technologies to find material solutions that work with nature, not against it.
We believe that through science, creativity, and an unyielding sense of optimism, we can innovate our way not just out of our current resource-constrained reality, but into the best days the planet has seen.
Way better materials for a way better world.
Mylo™, a sustainable alternative to leather, will become available to the world through Bolt’s consortium partners, including Adidas, Kering, Lululemon, Stella McCartney, a group of world-class companies investing in meaningful material innovation. Made from mycelium — a sprawling, infinitely renewable, interlaced web that fruits mushrooms — Mylo is soft, supple, and less harmful to the environment. Mylo is certified bio-based, meaning it’s made from predominantly renewable ingredients that can be found in nature.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.