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Seven innovators shaping the world of net zero fashion

Fashion for Good has unveiled the seven new innovators who will join its Asia 2022 innovation program.

All are pioneers in the field of processing, converting waste materials using technologies such as bioprocessing and microorganisms, to create dynamic dyeing, pretreatment and finishing solutions.

“We are extremely excited to kick off our third year in Asia and continue to drive tangible impact in the region with the addition of these seven new innovations,” said Priyanka Khanna, Head of Asia Expansion at Fashion for Good. . “By providing them with a platform to learn and grow, and connecting them with key industry players, the program offers an opportunity to drive the implementation of their solutions in the supply chain at scale. ”

Selected innovators, chosen for their potential to make an impact in the Asia region, will now participate in a nine-month program, during which they will work with partner companies and key industry players to accelerate growth.

The Magnificent Seven

AN HERBS (INDIA)
An Herbals has a patented circular herbal dye extraction, herbal dye and bioprocessing technology, which converts waste from the forestry, food and Ayurvedic medicine industries into non-toxic dyes with self-binding, antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-odour, UV resistant and mosquito repellent properties for up to 50 washes in all textiles.

FERMENTECH LABORATORIES (INDIA)
Fermentech Labs addresses the elimination of agricultural and forestry residues, such as straw, peels and pine needles, through patented biotechnology using microorganisms. They transform organic waste, otherwise destined for incineration, into industrial enzymes that are used for the bio-polishing, desizing and bio-scouring of textiles. In addition to reducing the environmental carbon footprint, collecting these sustainable raw materials guarantees farmers an alternative source of income.

GAIACEL (UNITED STATES)
Gaiacel is developing a new dyeing innovation to make industrial rope and slasher dyeing processes sustainable and profitable. Their patented nanocellulose hydrogel plus dye particles adhere to textile surfaces and eliminate the need for multiple soaks, indigo reduction and additional chemicals. The process is less water and energy intensive compared to conventional indigo dyeing.

PICVISA (SPAIN)
PICVISA is an innovative technology company that designs, manufactures and supplies optical sorting and separation equipment to recover and classify textiles. PICVISA offers advanced solutions based on robotics, artificial intelligence and vision capable of classifying textiles, fully customized according to customer needs, by composition and color in an efficient and automated way.

SODHANI BIOTECH (INDIA)
Sodhani Biotech produces non-toxic, chemical-free natural dyes and dyes from plants, plant waste and microorganisms. They produce 16 natural dye extracts using optimized extraction processes that have resulted in higher yields, wider shade range, better water solubility and good color fastness for dye applications. printing and dyeing.

UKHI HEMP FOUNDATION (INDIA)
UKHI Hemp Foundation is a farm-to-market business, producing over five hundred products from hemp, including hemp textiles, papers, bioplastics, composites, food products and medicines. They improve the livelihoods of farmers and artisans by training them in hemp cultivation and the production of higher hemp content fabrics using improvised fiber extraction processes.

VAAYU (GERMANY)
Vaayu is the world’s first automated carbon tracking software for retailers, enabling businesses to reduce their footprint by providing accessible real-time data to drive carbon reduction at scale. By integrating with point-of-sale systems, such as Shopify, and leveraging proprietary AI and machine learning technology, Vaayu pulls insights from production, sales, and logistics to deliver a solution. tangible in the fight against climate change and a more sustainable future for retail. .

Cory E. Barnes

The author Cory E. Barnes