From the choice of fibres to waste-water treatments, from yarns to finished products, a heightened focus on environmental issues is now reshaping every stage of textile production. Embracing this trend, the exhibitors debuting at Première Vision Fabrics next February are all betting on eco-friendly solutions as the keystone of a new production and consumption ecosystem. Five new international exhibitors recount their own journeys.
Founded in 1984 as a sewing workshop, Gamateks today offers a full knitwear service, and currently ranks among the 500 largest Turkish exporters in the world. High speed and efficient production methods are the company’s trademarks, as is its environmental awareness. Since 2016, Gamateks has used only BCI (Better Cotton Initiative) certified cottons, while since 2017 its Chemical Management Department has been working daily to reduce its energy impact and improve wastewater treatment. It has also implemented an optimized and fully traceable “Clean Chain” (the company won the Marks & Spencer Eco-dyehouse Award in 2012) characterized by the widespread adoption of sustainable fibres (50% in 2019, 75% by 2020) for casual and athletic knits.
Inplet Pletiva also keeps very close ties with its local region in Slovenia, and has made sustainability its founding principle. Since its founding in 1982, the company, vertically integrated from knitting to finishing, has been evolving in line with the highest ecological standards, using non-polluting washing techniques that put the Kuraray (polyvinyl-alcohol gel beads) wastewater treatment technology at the service not only of the company but also of the surrounding villages. Inplet Pletiva is currently preparing to present a full range of knits and jacquards from recycled and biodegradable yarns at Première Vision Fabrics.
Caring for the environment is also a guiding principle behind development at Joao & Feliciano. Based in Portugal, the company has been growing steadily since 1994, and is specialised in high-quality, classic shirtings for women. The company is committed to the green movement thanks to its new sustainable products made from organic fibres and recycled yarns (GOTS and GRS certified).
The same holds true for Payen – ESF, a traditional French company integrated from yarns to finishings, which since 1839 has been steadily enriching its range of stretch and bi-stretch materials and fabrics for lingerie, beachwear, sportswear and casual and chic fashions. Focused on technical performance, their new AquaTech® and PhysioTech® fabrics and Pagastic® yarns ensure high standards of comfort and technology, without forgetting sustainability, with a constant monitoring of environmental impacts and the adoption of certified materials (OEKO-TEX®).
At Produce Sinapsi, sustainable commitment is not just a trend, but a fundamental cornerstone in their articulation of a new idea of luxury. For its debut at Première Vision Fabrics, this Italian specialist in high-end circular knits for the men’s market is expanding its collection of woollens and luxury fabrics – 100% PIMA cotton, silk – all of which are traceable and certified, by adding a brand-new range of fabrics made of natural bast fibres (100% Italian), worked in unusual and atypical weaves to give them a raw-chic look. These fabrics come undyed, to highlight the richness of both the textile and the weave, and ready to be dyed, thanks to a complete range of natural dyes drawing on the properties of the plant world (walnut husk, reseda, Tropea red onion, chlorophyll, rhubarb), for a new approach to fashion that emphasizes quality over quantity and sustainability over compulsive spending.
Chic, high-performance, organic, recyclable: sustainably new!
Discover the complete list of Fabrics exhibitors here.