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IFFTI 2017: The future of fashion is sustainable

Amfi is the 2017 host of IFFTI, the annual conference of leading fashion schools worldwide. The theme of this year is ‘Breaking the Rules’ and AMFI students are reporting on events. First year International Fashion & Management student Annika Langhammer reports on the lecture of Isaac Nichelson, the founder of what has become known as the world’s premier eco-fashion agency, S3- Sustainable Source Studios.

Isaac Nichelson, the founder of S3 and Marketing Officer at Recover, during the introduction of his talk in the Hermitage Museum Amsterdam.

Isaac Nichelson, the founder of S3 and Marketing Officer at Recover, during the introduction of his talk in the Hermitage Museum Amsterdam.

Right before Isaac Nichelson enters the stage he is introduced by Souraya Bouwmans-Sarra as ‘our Sustainability Dinosaur’. He is passionate and committed to spread awareness of sustainable textiles and fashion. During his talk he especially focused on different recycling methods and the importance of sustainability in the fashion future.

 

Regarding the exponential demand for textiles and the growing population in nowadays world, we need a change in order to decrease the environmental impact the fashion industry causes.  According to Isaac Nichelson, we need to step away from the existing polluting linear approach to an environmental friendly circular fashion system. There is still a big step ahead of us, as only 10% of all existing textiles are currently being recycled.

 

"We need to step away from the existing polluting linear approach to an environmental friendly circular fashion system"

“We need to step away from the existing polluting linear approach to an environmental friendly circular fashion system”

 

Nichelson introduced two sustainable approaches. Firstly, he presents ‘Recover’. An Upcycled Textile System invented by the Ferre family business. Due to the all-natural Mechanical Upcycling process, 40 billion litres of water have been saved in 2015 – Imagine how much water would be saved if most of the fashion industry produced that way! Recover collaborates with many global brands and retailers by recycling overstocks and second-hand items. This smart move enables the chance to lift sustainability to a whole new level.

 

Secondly, Isaac Nichelson presented the online platform CIRCULAR, which has been launched in 2015 in order to promote a more sustainable and circular fashion system. CIRCULAR provides both, Mechanical as well as Chemical Recycling. The latest invention is a Semi-Chemical Recycling process that has a lower environmental impact than the full chemical method. It allows broad applications that cannot be covered through the mechanical process. It benefits from the conscious Mechanical approach, which according to Nichelson is ‘available, out there and now’. He stated that the industry should now prefer the Mechanical production before completely ‘melting the textiles down’.

 

The last slide of INichelson’s presentation.

The last slide of INichelson’s presentation.

 

These elaborate techniques are inevitable as they will lead us to a circular fashion system. All of these recycling processes are helping to preserve nature. To find out more details and facts about the Recycling process visit http://www.recovertex.com/sustainability/  and watch their informative as well as inspiring videos. (make sure to watch the Recover Impacts Video!)

 Article and photos by Annika Langhammer.

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