Recently Biophilica was named the winner of the 2021 Manufacturing Future Award for its innovative ‘Treekind’ by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Fashion District.
Biophilica is a completely plant-based, compostable, leather substitute for the fashion industry.
Launched by IET in partnership with the Fashion District and the Fashion Innovation Agency of the London College of Fashion, UAL, the Manufacturing Future Award was designed to support technological innovation that addresses the manufacturing challenges facing the fashion industry today.
At the same time, it calls on fashion and tech start-ups to introduce new technology solutions to industry challenges and drive future development in the fashion industry.
Which contributes to searchability, end-of-use and circular economy by focusing on developing new materials, manufacturing processes, waste management, supply discipline and supply, transparency and proposals for supply.
Since May, 10 shortlisted start-ups have received business and investment advice from industry and manufacturing experts before pitching to the panel of judges from Pangaia, H&M Co Labs, Make UK, IBM, FIA and IET.
Biophilica was named the winner for its Treekind innovative, a plant-based leather alternative for the fashion industry that is recyclable as green waste, home compostable, plastic-free, and estimated carbon neutral.
As the winner, Biophilica will receive a cash prize of 15,000 pounds as well as a one-year lab membership for rapid prototyping and experimentation, provided by the Mills Fabrica.
Also, IBM will provide bespoke business support that utilizes design thinking to produce an action plan, and Common Objective will offer a 12-month business membership with global connections, premium intelligence and training courses in sustainable fashion and manufacturing.
In addition, Modern Synthesis, a biomaterials start-up making cellulose materials by growing microbes, and Nanoloom, creating biodegradable fibre based on graphene that shed, was awarded the highly commended honours.
ET president, Danielle George, said, “Engineering plays an important role in the world of fashion and Manufacturing Futures gave us the opportunity to shine a spotlight on start-ups that are applying technology and science to tackle the urgent environmental needs of the fashion industry.”
And they brought engineers and the fashion industry together to solve some of its biggest challenges, and these innovations certainly show the potential to change the future of fashion manufacturing and completely transform the industry.
Besides that, the other shortlisted companies like- Clean Ocean Technology, ClearChain, 2DTronics, Nanofique Limited, Pattern Project, Petit Pli, and Terra Neutra are included.
In this regard, Fashion District director Helen Lax added, “Manufacturing Futures 2021 has brought forward truly cutting-edge start-ups with some ground-breaking technologies. We have a real opportunity to collaborate, both within the industry and with other sectors, to bring on the brightest and most impactful innovations to reshape the industry.”