Albini Next, the Albini Group think tank established in 2019 to create innovative fabrics, participated in the third edition of Phygital Sustainability Expo, an event recently held in Rome at the Trajan Markets, designed to present innovative and sustainable projects in design and fashion.
The event awarded World Premiere recognition to the Off the Grain project created by the company. The fabrics made by Albini Next for this initiative interpreted the spirit of the Roman event and were housed within the Museum Exhibition together d other projects that shared the same common thread, such as fashion-tech and respect for the environment, based on thematic areas and by Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN 2030 Agenda
Among the most innovative garments presented by Albini Next was a jacket made with Off The Grain, the innovative and ambitious upcycling project created together with Italian rice producer Riso Gallo. This is a new type of dye made from the processing of a particular variety of black rice. Albini Next recovers the rice's boiling water, which can no longer be used for the food industry, and transforms it into a natural dye. This innovative dyeing technique provides significant water savings.
Also, part of the project was a shirt made with Grounded Indigo, a new natural textile dye. For this project, Albini Next chose to collaborate with Stony Creek Colors, a U.S. producer of the world's only 100 percent plant-based indigo that is USDA BioPreferred certified.
All three fabrics were also treated with Hempfeel, the new finish developed by the company made with a vegetable oil containing hemp oil. This product originates from the cosmetics industry, but Albini Next first used it in textiles by applying it to fabrics of different weights, compositions and structures. Hempfeel contains no silicons and drastically reduces the release of microplastics from garments during household washing, while also giving fabrics a soft hand that is long-lasting.