With the increase in demand for sustainable fabrics, there will be an even greater selection of eco-friendly fabrics on show at the March 2020 Textile Forum.
There will be polyesters made from recycled plastic bottles, organic cotton laces, peace silks and a “fruit salad” of fabrics produced from bananas, pineapples and oranges among the eco-friendly fabrics available from stock and with a low minimum order.
Among the exhibitors promoting eco-friendly collections are: Bridal Fabrics, Michael’s Bridal Fabrics, Carrington Fabrics, Partap, first time exhibitor Ouka London and Cash’s Apparel Solutions.
Carrington Fabrics has three fabrics – a silky satin, a quality with a wool peach feel and a lining – all made out of 100 per cent recycled polyester which managing director Robert Moyle thinks in five years’ time will become “the mainstream of polyester production”.
Michael’s Bridal Fabrics has a self-coloured pale ivory striped voile made from oranges, laces in organic cotton and after testing the market last autumn, it now has stock of a silk/recycled polyester Mikado, a version that is all polyester, part recycled, and a silk handle polyester duchess, again part recycled. Visitors will also be able to see samples of fabrics made from bananas and pineapples, aloe vera and even milk.
Duncan Weisters of Bridal Fabrics explains that for a couple of years now many of the fabrics woven at its Lancashire mill have used recycled yarn. “I can see that this is fast becoming a favoured option and we are introducing new eco-fabrics every week. Over time, fabrics made with sustainable yarn will become the norm but this is some time away.”
Apart from duchess satins, Mikados, and taffetas made from recycled polyester yarn, there are Italian ivory crepes woven from the waste from cotton spinning, a range of tri-acetates made from wood fibres and eco-friendly cotton laces.
Picture credit clockwise going left: Bridal Fabrics, Carrington Fabrics, Michael’s Bridal Fabrics