The Next Generation of Sustainable Materials

Fashion's eco-materials can be less environmentally damaging and could lead to a shift in the sourcing of raw materials. Here are the materials to watch.

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The Next Generation of Sustainable Materials

The Next Generation of Sustainable Materials

Many new eco-materials are being developed for use in the fashion industry that are less damaging to the planet and could lead to a dramatic shift in the way we source raw materials. 

These new materials are a key area of focus for the fashion industry when it comes to reducing carbon emissions. These sustainable materials can be made from circular sources or manufactured using less energy-intensive production processes in order to have a lower carbon footprint than traditional materials. 

From bio-based textiles and those made from recycled materials to cutting-edge carbon capture clothing, here's a rundown of some eco-friendly materials we're anticipating a bright future for in 2023 and beyond.

Agricultural Waste

Using waste products from food production both reduces waste and can create a beautiful biomaterial textile.

Agraloop™ BioFibre™:

  • Waste products from crops — oilseed hemp/flax, CBD hemp, banana, pineapple
  • Used to make silk alternatives and other fibers

Orange Fiber:

  • Made from citrus juice by-products
  • Makes man-made cellulosic (like viscose)

Recycled Textiles

Technologies turning textile waste into new textiles are ever-improving — their developments can help make fashion truly circular.

Circulose® and RPure:

  • Made from discarded cotton clothes and production waste
  • Turned into conventional cotton alternatives


  • Made from discarded clothing
  • Used as man-made cellulosic (like viscose) and polyester alternatives

Carbon Capture

Very new technology with the potential to change the face of man-made material production, creating textiles made from greenhouse gases.


  • Made using captured greenhouse gas mimicking a process that occurs naturally in the ocean
  • Plastic and leather alternative


  • Uses greenhouse gas converted by bacteria
  • Creates a polyester alternative

These materials and others in development have the power to change the face of the planet. In addition to reducing carbon emissions, next-generation materials can help to address other sustainability challenges in the fashion industry, such as water pollution, land use and waste. 

By focusing on sustainable materials, fashion companies can create products that are not only stylish and functional but also more environmentally responsible. Overall, the development and adoption of next-generation materials is a crucial step in reducing the fashion industry's impact, creating a circular industry and building a more sustainable future for our planet.

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