Sustainable Products: FASHION 2014

  • The world of fashion is showing particular attention to environmental sustainability and to search innovative material solutions. Experimentation is directed particularly to the use of natural materials, recycled and bio-based.
    The Report Sustainable Products: FASHION 2014, made by MATREC within its activity on Sustainable Trends, presents the trends that are characterizing the fashion international market, through the selection 40 products that have been able to combine sustainability of materials, style and innovation.
    In addition to the most common materials, such as leather, plastic (strictly recycled), the companies are using other materials decidedly less obvious as cork, wood, coconut and rubber for new proposals of glasses, bags, accessories, footwear and garments.
    The Report presents 40 products with images and describing the characteristics of materials through a comparative analysis of the environmental performance of each individual product.
    The Report is a tool to understand market trends and eco-innovative choices pursued by small, medium and big companies.
    Furthermore, the choice of materials and the different technologies used, bring out new proposals of increasingly oriented to environmental sustainability.

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  • Collection of limited edition handbags made of recycled leather made from old English Mailbags.

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  • Characterized by a unique texture and eye catching design, this luggage bag is handcrafted from natural cork fabric.

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  • Red sandalwood, white sandalwood, green sandalwood, amaranth and maple are used to create a collection of watches made ​​in Italy. The wood comes from sustainably managed forests, and is used without the application of enamels and paints.

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  • Composite material consisting of hemp and flax fibres is used to realize an original, sustainable and natural sunglass. The sunglasses are coated in an natural resin which adds waterproof properties and they have polarised lenses made from bio material. All the materials used within the product (including packaging) are sustainable, recyclable and biodegradable.

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  • Jacket made of 100% recycled polyester, a blend of post-consumer and post-industrial waste. The inside insulation is treated with a special technology that uses the activated carbon derived from the industrial waste of coconut husks.

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  • The recovery rubber from inner tubes of tires is used as shoe upper for a collation of sneakers.

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  • Shoes made of coconut, latex, bioresin and wool felt. Coconut fibre is collected from the coconut husk, it is transformed into sheets and sprayed with natural latex. The sheets can also be needled to enhance ventilation and resilience and with heat and pressure moulded. Bioresin was infused on the sides to give structure, trying to keep the cushioning under the foot. A wool felt sock and perforated insole was used next to the foot.

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