Spider silk, a new and innovative fabric from the Japanese company Spiber, is conquering the world of sports fashion.
From 6th February, the first Vegan Fashion Week makes its grand debut in Los Angeles, in a collaboration between fashion and activism, in the form of a four-day experiential tribute to animals.
The innovative use of unusual plant-derived raw materials in the textile industry is still in its infancy. However, production residues such as fruit peels and fruit stones, which are by-products of food processing, are increasingly attracting the attention of textile producers who transform natural resources into new materials. These include the Italian company Orange Fiber, which uses groundbreaking technology to process orange peel into high-quality textiles.
VEJA is the latest company responding to the rising demand for sustainably and ethically sourced, plant-based products. The new line follows in the vegan footsteps of numerous footwear manufactuers who have already released vegan-friendly shoes this year, including Marks & Spencer, nat-2, and Hugo Boss.
Marks & Spencer has announced that it will be expanding its vegan-friendly options into the footwear category, in response to an increased interest in vegan-friendly products from customers. An extensive array of styles, available across Womenswear, Menswear and Kidswear, will be identifiable by an M&S vegan logo presently used within their food products.
Hugo Boss [Update: 25/02/2019: out of stock] has launched a range of vegan men’s footwear made from sustainable pineapple leaf fibres called Pinatex. Pinatex is created as a by-product of the pineapple growing industry, allowing farmers to utilise and make money from a waste product of the industry.
The beauty and personal care market has seen a huge rise in new vegan products in 2018. In the 12-month period ending January 2018, vegan beauty products in the UK have seen sales rise by 38%. Consumers are consciously seeking plant-based and cruelty-free products for ethical, environmental, or trend-led reasons, and the global market has been quick to respond.