Last month, as the fashion spotlight returned to London for another London Fashion Week (LFW), there was a strong focus on positive, sustainable fashion. During a visit to the sustainability exhibitions at LFW, we saw many inspiring examples of designers who are innovating to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry. In some cases, this is through the recycling or upcycling of waste materials whilst in other cases, it is through the development of new, more sustainable and biodegradable materials. Either way, the fashion world is turning to science and nature to find solutions.
We previously reported on how technology which aims to end plastic pollution could be protected with patents and how a genetically modified enzyme capable of breaking down plastic is the subject of a patent application. While technology to improve how our plastic waste is managed is clearly important it only represents part of the story. What if we didn’t need to use the plastic in the first place? All over the world, innovators are working to end our penchant for polymers.