On June 10, 2021, Fashion for Good launched the Renewable Carbon Textile Project, bringing together a leading consortium of Poly Hydroxy Alkaloids (PHA) to accelerate polymer fibers.
Considered to be a good alternative to fossil-based fibers, the fashion supply chain has the potential to reduce carbon emissions.
At the same time, the Renewable Carbon Textile Project brings together key industry players to explore, test, and validate the solutions provided by inventors in the PHA polymer space.
Significantly, there are some big names that are associated with this project to provide both financial support and technical expertise.
The collaborating partners include PVH Corp., Bestseller, Norrona, and the fabrics division of W.L. Gore & Associates. Besides that Laude’s Foundation, which is providing catalytic funding. Participating innovators Bio Craft Innovation (formerly Biomize), Full Cycle Bioplastics, and Newlight Technologies contribute their solutions to validate their potential, providing insights to scale the industry in the long term.
On the other hand, PHA polymers provide a bio-based, marine, and soil compostable solution of polyester fibers derived from fossil fuels that could be a sacred component to significantly signaling the fashion industry.
At the same time, PHAs are produced through the fermentation process using various renewable carbon-based feedstocks, and emphasis is placed on the use of feedstocks that do not directly compete with food and feed crops but remove organic feedstocks from landfills and waste in their fiber production.
According to Katrin Ley, MD, Fashion for Good, there is an urgent need to find replacements for the predominantly fossil-based fibers in the fashion industry through solutions such as biosynthetic from renewable sources.
Again, PHA polymers represent an exciting, yet a challenging solution for reducing carbon emissions in the fashion industry, and this project aims to drive further innovation in this space to bring them to scale. This project focuses on validating the technical feasibility of the output, working with the Nonwovens Innovation and Research Institute (NIRI) to run melt-spinning trials.
Alongside the technical feasibility study, the Renewable Carbon Textiles Project includes a range of degradation testing that will be conducted by Organic Waste Systems.