The SPIN OFF has selected some of the coolest examples of innovation from the fabric and fashion market. Discover your favorite.




Creora bio-based spandex receives gets certified
Hyosung, one of the world’s largest spandex manufacturer, and a global developer to commercialize bio-based spandex, has received eco-product certification from Standard Global Services (SGS) guaranteeing that Creora bio-based spandex is made with plant-based materials and is produced in a harmless and eco-friendly environment. SGS, a leading inspection and verification company, is recognized world-wide for providing an international standard for quality and reliability.

A denim made with Hyosung's Creora Denim Spandex
Photo: Creora
A denim made with Hyosung's Creora Denim Spandex
Hyosung’s Creora bio-based spandex is made by replacing 30% of petroleum-based resources with bio-based raw materials derived from industrial field corn, which is also called dent corn. According to a recent third-party life cycle assessment (LCA), the manufacture of Creora bio-based spandex reduces its carbon footprint by 23% as compared to the production of regular spandex.







Additionally, the sustainably grown feed-stock used to make the fiber is responsibly grown by farmers who target and measure their efforts to protect the land, air and water.

 





Creora bio-based spandex is suitable for all textile applications used for sportswear, ready to wear, and loungewear. It provides the same ultra-stretch quality and recovery as Hyosung’s Creora Powerfit spandex, according to the company. 



 

Hyosung is also planning on introducing Creora bio-based spandex made with 100% bio-derived content in the future.

Riri accessories
Photo: Riri Group
Riri accessories
Riri buys powder metallurgy expert
The Swiss group Riri, a leader in metal accessories, has bought K4Sint (Knowledge for Sintering), an Italian powder metallurgy expert, in order to take a step forward and at broadening its product range and in-house processing, and increase its capacities in terms of integration, design, customised offer, and innovative technologies. 





Riri group owns various brands including Riri, specialized manufacturer of metal and plastic zippers, Cobrax, producer of press buttons, jeans buttons and rivets, Cobrax Metal Hub and DMC, specialized in the design, development and production of metal components for leathergoods, and Amom, a company focused on the accessories sector for footwear and clothing and on fashion jewels.

Riri cursors
Photo: Riri Group
Riri cursors
When hot sandals are not cool
Havaianas, the well-known flip-flop brand, and Market, a streetwear brand from Los Angeles, have reinvented two of the footwear bestselling models Top and Tradi Zori with a funky innovation. 





They added a thermo-reactive surface to them that changes color from black to red when exposed to warmth. In such conditions, the Havaianas x Market logo on the shoe appear on the footbed and along the flip-flop’s sides with showing the fun writing "Caution: Hot Sandal".

Havaianas x Market
Photo: Havaianas x Market
Havaianas x Market
Safilo and Eastman’s newest vision
Safilo Group, a key player in the eyewear industry in the design, manufacturing and distribution of prescription frames, sunglasses, outdoor eyewear, goggles and helmets, has introduced Eastman Tenite Renew in its sunglass and prescription collections. 





Through this commitment, Safilo becomes the first player in the market to use all Eastman Renew materials for Eyewear in its portfolio, across all types of applications and production processes. 





Tenite Renew is part of a broad range of sustainable materials now offered at scale by Eastman, a global specialty materials provider and pioneer in molecular recycling technologies. Produced via Eastman’s innovative carbon renewal technology, using hard to recycle plastic waste in the place of fossil fuel, Tenite Renew is composed of minimum 42% bio-based content and minimum 20% recycled content.





Eastman Tenite Renew, to be introduced in January 2023 in Safilo’s licensed brand Levi’s collections, will be progressively rolled out across the Group’s broad brand portfolio, both for sun and prescription frames as part of its strategy  committed to sustainability and its efforts to bring more recycled materials to the eyewear industry.

Levi's Tenite model
Photo: Safilo
Levi's Tenite model
When soft and good equal to responsibility
Lanerossi has just launched Stelvio, a new plaid made in full respect for the environment as made with eco-sustainable yarns derived from recycled fibers, pre-consumer recycled and recycled cotton, that preserve the thermoregulating properties of wool while guaranteeing the same soft touch of new fibers. The plaid is machine washable with a delicate cycle.
Lanerossi Stelvio
Photo: Lanerossi
Lanerossi Stelvio
Entering an era of 3-D printed decors
Stratasys, a German specialist in 3-D printing, has recently disclosed a new product during the last edition of Premiere Vision.





Inside its booth it presented a machine that prints and glues 3D effects onto fabric, whether tiger heads or iridescent dots, serpentine lines or cubes. The technology has been developed for fashion and can be used to embellish a pair of jeans or a shirt with appliqué, using a technology that can also be applied in small quantities of products.
Stratasys
Photo: Stratasys
Stratasys
How Inversa leather can be ecologically positive
Inversa is a leather manufacturing company created in 2020 by a group of fanatic scuba divers focused on capturing invasive fish species that destroy biodiversity.





The dragon fin, a relative of the carp, was intentionally imported from Southeast Asia to manage aquatic vegetation in ponds within the US. However, flooding in the 1990s allowed these fishes to escape into the Mississippi River. The species killed all native species and degraded water quality from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico by killing off sensitive organisms like native freshwater mussels.

P448 x Inversa
Photo: Inversa
P448 x Inversa
Therefore, each dragon fin hide created by Inversa contributes to protecting up to more than 150 native fish and endangered freshwater species. Inversa has already started partnerships with companies and brands, including Teton Leather company and the Italian footwear brand P448.






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