With the recent growing consumer awareness of environmental pollution and social voices for eco-friendly ESG management, the fashion industry is also trying to make various changes for sustainable management. The most noticeable change among them is the development of environmentally friendly materials. In the meantime, the fashion industry has used cheap polyester as its main material. Polyester, a plastic, not only emits three times as much carbon as cotton fiber during manufacturing, but also causes a lot of environmental pollution during disposal. In order to solve the problem of environmental pollution, the fashion industry is introducing sustainable fashion by speeding up the development of eco-friendly materials that can coexist with nature in the entire process of clothing production-consuming and disposing.
Fashion brand UNIQLO (UNIQLO) announced on the 11th that it has introduced a DRY-EX polo shirt product using recycled polyester extracted from waste pet bottles. In collaboration with world-renowned textile chemical company Toray, Uniqlo crushed and cleaned the recovered waste PET bottle, made it into a recycled polyester chip, and recreated it into a thread that can be applied to the product. Last year, the company recovered and recycled about 48 million waste pet bottles in one season, and reduced carbon emissions from the production process by one-third compared to using conventional polyester. The use of recycled polyester is effective in reducing carbon emissions as well as waste, as it has the effect of planting 70,000 cedar trees.
In addition to products using waste PET bottles, UNIQLO minimizes waste itself by recycling thread thrown away in the manufacturing process. The recently released 'single strap backpack'is a product that uses recycled nylon made of thread thrown away from factories as part of bag material. The discarded thread was recovered to remove impurities, classified and cleaned, made into a recycled nylon chip, 레플리카추천 and made with a new thread. 30% of the nylon material used in the exterior of the bag is all equivalent to recycled nylon, and it was mixed with cotton material and was reborn as a single strap backpack with minimal design.
Hyosung Advanced Materials recently supplied airbag fabrics for free to the industrial fashion brand 'Ganghyeok'. The airbag fabric provided by Hyosung Advanced Materials is a product that cannot be sold due to its size and other specifications, which can make 700 jackets. "Kang Hyuk" produced it in 23 types of clothing, including ski suit jackets and pants, and showcased the collection in early May. The collaboration project was completed by Chairman Cho Hyun-joon, who had always been very interested in eco-friendly fashion and textile trends, proposing to "Kang Hyeok" first.
The artificial leather Piñatex, made by extracting fiber from pineapple skin, is an eco-friendly material that has been in the spotlight recently as it is about a quarter lighter than animal leather and has a waterproof effect. Hugo Boss, a famous German suit brand, made shoes with the material and released them. Artificial leather made of petrochemicals is harmful to the environment when incinerated or buried after use, but these eco-friendly leather materials are eco-friendly in that they are easily biodegradable into water, carbon dioxide and organic due to biological actions caused by microorganisms.