By Tracey Greenstein

Ten steps closer to tech-forward, sustainable, traceable apparel.

Fashion’s future is getting brighter. And as consumers become even more conscious about the clothing they wear, brands, designers and engineers alike are responding by creating new and emerging technologies that can meet — or exceed — shoppers’ greater expectations.


Regenerated nylon material Econyl is gaining traction in sustainability for its efforts in diverting waste from landfills. The material is made from rescued waste such as fishing nets and industrial plastic from oceans and landfills and converted into textile and carpet yarns for the fashion and interior industries, the company said. And sustainable apparel basics brand Arvin Goods recently introduced its new men’s boxers, made with Econyl fibers. Dustin Winegardner, cofounder and managing director of Arvin Goods, told WWD, “We really wanted a functional everyday men’s boxer that had a story to fit in the brand, and after some research and reading up on Econyl’s background and process it seemed like a perfect fit. Econyl-regenerated nylon turns waste problems into a fashion solution by collecting abandoned fishing nets from our oceans and old carpets that otherwise would be destined to landfills. It is the perfect complement to our cotton materials we are using in the other items.”


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