What we know and what we don’t know

Plastic is essential part of our life. Plastic is everywhere. Plastic provides us many great things, including a new level of hygiene. Plastic is overused. Plastic produces waste in amounts of millions of tons per year. Plastic environmental impact receives considerable attention by scientists, policy makers and public in general. However, many questions need to be answered to establish how dangerous for human and environment plastics really are.

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Sourced and adapted from dribbble.com

Mainly, the term plastic is used to refer to various types of polymers — giant synthetic molecules comprised of long chains of shorter molecules (monomers). With no agreed upper size limit, microplastics are most often defined as small pieces of plastic particles less than 5 mm. …

Focus on end-of-life textile waste options

With the advent of climate-panic almost every brand has refurbished itself in shades of green and talks about sustainability. More and more, we hear about garment and shoes which are made from recycled textile and plastic waste.

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Adidas, H&M, Levi Strauss & Co, Nike, The North Face and many other great brends view sustainability hand in hand with innovation. For a number of years, these companies have been looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact, introducing special programs and supporting sustainable innovations.

Bioplastics look like the universal solution for all the world’s pollution problems. How far is it from reality?

It is no exaggeration to say that the concept of materials coming from nature is very attractive to the consumers and to the industry. The future looks bright if we’ll move someday to a world where plastics will be biodegradable and made without fossil resources. Potentially bioplastics could become an eco-friendly and economically successful new group of materials with manifold applications and beneficial properties.

On the other hand, there are some issues that have to be deal with before that dream comes true.

What are bioplastics?

Bioplastics are a broad family of materials (polymers) consisting of small molecules (monomers) linked together in a repetitive formation. …

Dramatic numbers, impressive examples and promising solutions

We surround ourselves with million different items from clothes and cars to kitchen gadgets and home goods.

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New models, new styles, new facilities, and new features. We express our personality and social status through the new smartphones, accessories, clothes and shoes. We follow trends. Our wardrobes and drawers full of clothes and accessories. No matter how much we get, it’s never enough. Someone else always has more and better. An endless game which won’t make us happy but destroy us and our planet faster than we thought.

There are many good ideas and positive initiatives on how to solve overconsumption problem, to slow down the flow of textiles, increase circularity and reduce environment impact. Many popular articles, publications and reviews describe these topics. …

Few years ago, materials from mushroom mycelium were successfully introduced as a green alternative to synthetic plastic packaging, foams and construction materials. Today unique properties of mycelium-based materials excite and inspire scientists, artists and designers to use them for production of incredible environment friendly solutions for fashion and everyday life.

Are you ready to discover mushroom potential and grow materials?

Mushrooms are part of the fungi kingdom that is more closely related to us than it might be expected. …

Synthesis of artificial spider silk. Genetic engineering

Here I’m talking about the modern science and innovation in the field of sustainability and technology for fashion and apparels. I would love to share ideas that could transform fashion industry in the near future. I believe that it would be helpful for scientists, technologists and designers. Together we should move fashion industry in the most sustainable and technical advanced way and preserve our Planet.

Did you know that the one of the strongest fiber materials is the natural made? It is the Silk from the Spider Web.

Silks are remarkable, they are natural and beautiful… Humankind used silkworm silks from the ancient time, but only recently their mechanical properties and structure have been investigated in depth. An increasing number of studies also focuses on spider silk, due to its fascinating visual and functional properties, including extraordinary combination of strength and elasticity. Spider silk, in particular dragline silk, has extremely light weight and a toughness more than in 25 times higher than steel and more than in 3,5 times higher than Kevlar®. Additionally, spider silk is breathable, biocompatible and hypoallergenic allowing to use it as a promising material for different application ranging from the medical to textile industries. …


Svetlana Tonevitskaya

Material Science & Sustainability Advisor, Expert for Strategic Innovation among Science, Technology & Fashion | FashionTech: Journey to the Science

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