Sustainable fashion and textiles

Innovations in science and technology enabling the fashion and textiles industry to embrace a kinder and more sustainable future

Sustainable clothing and textiles innovation

The fashion industry faces multiple environmental challenges, from reducing carbon emissions to improving wastewater quality and ensuring the sustainable production of critical raw materials.

With the advent of fast fashion, in particular, there is now a pressing need to rethink how clothing is made, produced and consumed if we are to protect the environment, conserve natural resources and prevent waste. 

Key facts

The fashion industry currently contributes 10% of global carbon emissions
Textile production is the world’s second-largest consumer of water
The equivalent of one garbage truck full of clothes is either burned or dumped in a landfill every second

CPI can help drive change throughout the fashion value chain and the product life cycle - developing novel materials designing for circularity, improving manufacturing efficiency and optimising supply chain traceability. We enable innovators to demonstrate, prove and scale up their products and processes. We can support businesses in the textiles industry in closing the loop, transforming end-of-life garments into materials for new products.

For example, leveraging our cell culture and fermentation facilities, our cellular agriculture experts can support the development of materials with significantly lower environmental impacts while retaining the same level of quality and performance. These include alternatives to conventionally produced, animal-derived materials. We can help develop eco-friendly dyes, harnessing microbes to dye clothing as an alternative to harmful chemicals. 

Our printed electronics facilities can support the integration of electronics and intelligent tags into textiles and clothing, enabling a wide range of functions. Finally, we have proven expertise in supporting and enabling the development and scale-up of textile recycling processes while identifying the right partners and funding to accelerate speed to market. For example, we are working hand in hand with circular textiles innovator Worn Again Technologies to develop a unique process that separates, cleans and extracts PET polymers and cellulose from end-of-life textiles and PET packaging to become raw materials for new products.

How we can help

We can support you with your sustainability strategy and give you the expertise and facilities needed to enable the development alternative materials.

Lab and pilot-scale demonstration

Process engineering design

Biochemical recycling processes based on microorganisms and enzymes

Additive manufacturing

Product and coating formulations

Flexible hybrid electronics for smart clothing

Eco-friendly textile dyes from microorganisms

Materials innovation

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Clare Trippett

Business Development Lead, CPI