Potential for material science and chemistry in sustainable fashion - a market overview - Projects
Updated : October 2020
This article provides insights on the emerging demand for material science and chemistry in the apparel sector, owing to the growing awareness for sustainable fashion. In addition to sustainability, supply chain risks and the demand for personalization and better functionality are the other factors driving the need for innovation.
One of the emerging material science innovations include waterless textile dyeing, where DyeCoo, a Netherlands based firm follows a closed loop process and uses CO2 instead of water for fabric dyeing. The technology has also been adopted by leading brands such as Nike and Adidas. Another emerging opportunity is smart textiles which could find increased demand from the health and sports sector, where the fabrics could monitor the heart rate, sweat composition and more.
The article concludes that the material science and chemistry would have an increased demand in the apparel sector for many emerging opportunities such as functional coatings and partnerships would enable supply and scalability of necessary technologies for improved sustainable textiles.