Remember our post, Fashion in the Raw, that looked at Jacinda Martinez and her garments made out of organic, vegetable matter?
Well, there is a new company on the scene that has mastered making fabrics out of natural materials. Crop a Porter, a US company, won the H&M Global Change Award Prize for making clothing out of leftover crop harvests.
The company took the remains of “oil-seed flax, hemp, sugarcane, bananas, and pineapples” to make bio-fibre textiles. The process relies on a closed-loop system that allows waste to be reused in the process of producing new garments. The company’s goal is to “decouple” from cotton, a resource that consumes an excessive amount of water and relies on pesticides during growth.
The waste that the company would use otherwise would be burned or just left to rot. This process releases carbon dioxide and methane gas into the atmosphere. So, instead of releasing more harmful agents into the environment, the company’s model recycles the waste. In addition to reducing waste, this initiative produces more potential revenue for farmers, as they can make and sell garments out of the new sustainable bio-fibre.
Compared to Fashion in the Raw, which explored both the art and the frivolity of fashion using raw materials, Crop a Porter takes a more practical approach to solving the issue of unsustainable materials in the industry. Breaking down these raw materials to form a bio-fibre makes it more practical to fashion a variety of garments in different shapes and sizes that can last longer than the leafy greens that Martinez used to make her pieces. Even further, if our clothing is made completely of this bio-fibre, the way we dispose of our clothing may change for the future. Instead of trying to find a trustworthy company for donations, we may be more comfortable knowing that our clothing is biodegradable and can be composted with the rest of our natural waste.
While we know very little right now about the strength of the material and how exactly it will be produced, we look forward to seeing how the prize money will further help them with developing their initiative.
Photo by: Drew Coffman