The astonishing fabrics we could be wearing in the future! | Fashion Conscious – BBC

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Watch the BBC first on iPlayer 👉 Influencer Grace Mandeville presents a new short form docu-series for BBC iPlayer to see whether we can still enjoy the thrill of shopping for fashion while doing it consciously and sustainably.

Grace attends the Future Fabrics Expo and learns about the many alternatives to traditional fabrics. From fish materials to yam leaves, she questions whether these could be the future of fashion as we know it.

This timely 6-part series of 5 minute episodes follows vlogger and fashion lover Grace as she explores the many alternatives to fast fashion.

With billions of clothes being produced every year, many young people like Grace are growing increasingly concerned about the impact their shopping habits are having on the planet. Each episode tackles a different area of the fashion industry as Grace searches for what we can all do to use less water, reduce our use of plastic and cut down on wasteful fashion.

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25 Replies to “The astonishing fabrics we could be wearing in the future! | Fashion Conscious – BBC”

  1. People are making eco friendly fibers from banana, bamboo, sugarcane, hemp, jute, flax, modal, cotton, etc for generations in India. It's not the future and it's not expensive.

    The future has to be about reducing consumption of synthetic textile ( and recycling synthetic textile waste ).

    For example someone in Europe and North America needs to file a public interest litigation against the use of non woven polypropylene fabrics for the medical industry. Organisations like Kimberly Clark and 3M have approved PP fabrics to be used as disposable gowns and masks for the medical industry. No other fabric can be used.

    Machine made synthetic textiles assure large scale production without errors, negligible human resources and opportunity for good profits. The only way to stop that is to stop buying machine made artificial textile products. If no one is buying then why would anyone make it and that too in bulk.

    In order to boycott British cloth ( cotton bought for cheap from India and cloth manufactured in Britain's textile mills and sold back to the Indians at a high price… British Raj era) Mahatma Gandhi started the Swadeshi Movement in the 1920's. The business of selling cotton yarn to British Textile Mills was so lucrative that greedy Indian Textile Mill Owners stopped selling cotton yarn to Indian handloom weavers in the late 1800's and early 1900's. This led to boycott of textiles from the British Textile Mills by Gandhi.

    Based on the success of the Swadeshi Movement the Indian government enacted a law in 1956 and formed an institution called Khadi Village and Industries Commission (KVIC) in 1957 that promotes self employment, self reliance and income to the rural areas of India through hand woven and hand spun fabrics.

    KVIC is a huge government organization and has good quality products that are eco friendly and completely hand made. The world should learn from Indians who truly know and value the importance and impact (ecological, social, economical and political) of handmade / handspun natural fiber textiles.

    If you want to buy organic, handmade / handspun and high quality fabric then maybe you can try buying from India. Just beware of fakes.

    Thanks for reading !!

  2. thanks this video was perfect because talk about stsuainable fabirc . thanks thanks

  3. How is wearing clothes made out of fish going to help sustain the environment? Where is PETA when you need her? 😊

  4. What has organic to do with the environment? Nothing. Petrol is organic. Organic doesnt mean no pesticides, it means natural pesticides, which can be even more harmful to the environment.

  5. YES to 'PLANT BASED'! – NOOOOOO to ANY "ANIMAL PRODUCTS"! Love the Pineapple, YAM and Sugar Cane. Sugar Cane (Kwazulu-Natal) & Pineapple (Eastern Cape) is easily obtainable in South / Southern Africa. The hard outer cores are ALWAYS thrown away! Great video!!!!

  6. Since the video explicitly says the fish fabric would be a luxury item, I will assume she agrees that it is not sustainable. But other fabrics such as the seaweed, her pineapple leaves jacket, and others sound interesting enough, we just need more information on how they are collected and produced to see if it's really sustainable or not.

  7. Why dont we use leaves? Like plant more trees and find a way to harvest the leaves without damaging the tree and its system.

  8. Fashion industry concerned about the environment: the solution might be Amazonian fish. The mind of a colonized nation

  9. Is that jacket warm. And seriously if you were out when it's cold. Would you be warm?

  10. Не чего не понял, но было интересно

  11. Bit of a cheat in that one reply, we should make manufacturers responsible for, and include the cost of cleaning up any waste and pollution into thier products. And that will make thier products more expensive. But that does not make sustainable goods cheaper, only relatively less expensive than the formerly cheap goods. Saying they become affordable is not just inaccurate but reflects a very privileged notion of "affordable".

  12. During WW II they made shoes from the skin of Plaice, so it's a real possibility to use fish skin in fashion.

  13. This is a genuine question: are leather products considered unsustainable or not environmental friendly? What exactly are we trying to replace by these alternative fabrics?

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