Technology has always been somewhat embedded in the very fabric of fashion…no pun intended. Now more than ever, experts are setting their sights quite ambitiously far ahead in order to dream up the next big thing – but for the sake of future generations, the work they are carrying out is of supreme importance.
Far from simply utilising and continually improving technology for the clothing manufacturing process, we’re slowly but surely entering an age where technology and fashion are coming together as one to create clothing that is far more sustainable. Given the energy intensity of producing most fabric, this is a very welcome change. While it may initially seem that organic cotton or recycled polymers may be a great foundation for the clothing we wear, when you consider the vast land and quantities of water used by cotton or the horrendously energy intensive and highly polluting process of extracting oil to make plastics, it seems high tech may have a lot to offer.
Here, we outline 5 key innovations made by high technology in creating new, exciting sustainable fashion and fabric.