SS 23 Innovations: Food waste upcycling

The key materials of the Summer 2023 season stem from a veritable cornucopia. The appetite for novelty is here balanced by the exploration of co-products from the agri-food industry. Residuals of all kinds nourish supply diversification in the sector and intensify exploration of the science of materials.

Neo-materials from the agri-food industry

Cottons and wood cellulose, which are under pressure, are leaving the field open to newcomers to ensure maximum optimization of all resources extracted from the soil. Initially grown for food, bananas, pineapples, oranges or grapes will be analyzed down to their slightest characteristics in order to extract rich possibilities from their by-products.

Developed into knitwear, silk or linings, artificial neo-materials rely on industrial symbiosis to let the flow of resources circulate. Knowing that 1kg of fruit can generate up to 1.5kg of agricultural waste, we transition from an approach of extracting materials to an approach of valorizing the slightest fiber. A way of allowing farmers to create additional income with the resale of by-products while reducing the pressure on the soil.

Fruits, hemp & marine leathers…

Frutfiber™ by Pangaia recovers and extracts fibers from banana and pineapple leaves that were originally left to decay or were burned after harvest. Mixed with bamboo Lyocell, these celluloses are produced in a closed circuit with reused water and solvents. To perfect the fabric, finishing is done with Pprmint™.  Derived from steam-extracted peppermint oil, without solvents or chemicals, this antibacterial and anti-odor treatment lets the garment stay clean longer and spaces out washings.

Agraloop Biofibre™ also collects crop waste as a source of new fiber. This season, these innovative regenerated celluloses explore residues of hemp seed oil. Hemp adds soil-regenerating qualities (from the natural removal of heavy metals and chemical residues) to Circular Systems’ virtuous technologies that reuse treatment water and give new life to solid waste as fertilizer.

Leather is not overlooked, with proposals that also recycle by-products from start to finish. Specialized in marine leathers from the food industry, Ictyos is pushing limits with its new tanning solutions. The Lyon-based company is using its know-how to develop vegetable tanning products derived from grape mills or beer brewing residues.

This approach is particularly effective since these extracts act as both tannins and colorants while providing salmon skins with unprecedented softness and suppleness.

Discover the continuation of the SS 23 Innovations about Durable and Biodegradable Leathers and From textile…to textile!

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