Fashion Goes Bananas!
Transforming Your Wardrobe with Food Crop Waste.
What if your banana printed shirt was actually made from a banana? Or what if your morning coffee could be turned into your favourite summer dress? As astonishing as this may sound, all this is possible now. With Agraloop technology, Circular Systems is turning food crop waste like banana byproducts, pineapple leaves, sugarcane bark, flax and hemp stalks into natural fabrics with which fashion industry can bring to life its beautiful designs. For years, the industry has been questioned for its stand on sustainability and for being the world’s second largest environment polluter. But with these new technologies and materials coming into play,
it’s time for the world of fashion to establish new standards of sustainable design values.
If you look at the statistics, you realize that globally 270 million tons of banana waste is left to rot annually and around 32 million acres of rice straw is burned yearly in India alone. This eventually contributes to global warming. But by putting Agraloop to use, we can turn around this problem of crop burning and rotting waste into a solution by converting the waste into valuable natural fibre products.
The idea behind Agraloop is to enable sustainable materials and sustainable livelihoods i.e. it can be owned and used by farmers or producers who harvest these crops for creating an additional income for them. This 100% plant-based material science, providing equal benefits to people, environment, agriculture and fashion industry, has caught the attention of the likes of H&M and Levi’s, making it win the Global Change award this year.
Besides Agraloop, Circular Systems has developed two other technologies – Texloop and Orbital. While Texloop recycles scrap fabric and used clothing into new threads and materials, Orbital combines food crop waste fibres and fabric waste fibres together to create a new yarn that is more durable and moisture wicking. Then there are other innovators that are opting for lotus stems, coffee ground, milk protein and much more. One such example is Orange Fiber which uses the discarded orange peel to create the high-quality fabric that even made it to Salvatore Ferragamo S/S 2017 collection. With these sustainable alternatives, Circular Systems and others are giving us a chance to strive for zero waste with an efficient management of agricultural and textile waste and to make fashion soulful again.
It’s always said that our clothes tell awe-inspiring stories and we certainly would want them to be about environmental damage, global warming or poor wages. So, it’s time for us to listen carefully to those stories, focus on what we wear and choose natural materials. Make sure to look out for that ‘made of banana’ shirt or ‘made of coffee’ dress.