Images: Post Carbon Lab
30 early stage projects from 14 countries have been selected as this year’s semi-finalists by a judging panel of sustainable fashion industry leaders like Bert Van Son from MUD Jeans, Fredrik Timour from the Swedish Fashion Council and Jonas Eder-Hansen from Global Fashion Agenda. The entrepreneurs are all working towards changing the ways we produce, buy, use and recycle fashion and encouraging a sustainable shift in consumption. “We’re really impressed with the variety of creative ideas they’ve come up with to help reimagine fashion for the better,” says Slawomir Tokarski, Director of Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing at the European Commission.
From the UK we have Post Carbon Lab, an open source research laboratory exploring the pathway to climate positivity through fashion. From zero-waste dyes to ‘photosynthesis’ coatings using microbiological technology, Post Carbon Lab offers a cross-disciplinary approach to regenerative sustainability in textiles. “We want the future of sustainable fashion to focus on what we already have, turning landfills into treasure mines,” says Dian-Jen Lin, the project’s co-founder.