Netherlands-based Fashion for Good has launched Renewable Carbon Textiles project to bring together a pioneering consortium for accelerating the development of Polyhydroxyalkanoates or PHA polymer fibres. These fibres are a promising biosynthetic alternative to fossil-based fibres with the potential to reduce carbon emissions in the fashion supply chain.
The project brings together key industry players to investigate, test and validate the solutions provided by innovators in the PHA polymer space.
With catalytic funding provided by Laudes Foundation, collaborating partners include Bestseller, Norrøna, PVH Corp and the Fabrics Division of W L Gore & Associates providing industry expertise and financial support.
Bio Craft Innovation, Full Cycle Bioplastics and Newlight, leading innovators in the field of biopolymers, have joined the project to applying their expertise to produce the fibres and further develop fibre melt-spinning, a traditionally challenging, yet critical step in PHA production. As such, there are still some manufacturing challenges and additional technical assessments needed to compare and evaluate the different polymers.