The 4th Future Fabrics Expo by The Sustainable Angle was just successfully hosted for the second time inside Fashion SVP at Olympia Exhibition Centre, London, on 28th-30th September 2014.
This was a record year for the Future Fabrics Expo, which received over a thousand registrations from leading high street, luxury and start up brands, as well as educational, government, and NGO organisations, showing that there is most certainly a growing desire to understand and learn about what our clothes are made of. The industry representatives attending were particularly interested in the new low impact innovations on show, and were inspired by the wide-ranging fabrics available. Visitors frequently stated their desire that the Future Fabrics Expo should be shown at the major textile trade fairs.
The Future Fabrics Expo was shown to be a key platform for showcasing both hundreds of sustainable textiles, and initiatives and tools from a range of organisations such as WRAP’s Knowledge Hub, String3 by Historic Futures, and ground-breaking research projects from the Royal College of Art and London College of Fashion.
A key focus for the 4th Future Fabrics Expo was on supply chain traceability, showcasing mapping and connecting tools from Historic Futures (String3), and the FireUP project from UAL. In addition, Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) was showcased, resulting in a broad showcase of projects and tools addressing all areas of the textile and fashion value chain.
Moving forwards, The Sustainable Angle will soon be launching a fabrics sourcing pool hosted on www.futurefabricsvirtualexpo.com, to allow smaller companies and emerging designers to purchase fabrics with a reduced environmental impact at manageable quantities. The launch will be announced online in the coming weeks.