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How New Technology Is Making Clothing More Eco Friendly
Talking about the future of fashion then there comes a thought in all of our minds with 3D printed exoskeletons, bioluminescent qualities. With the rise in fashion industry, working with advanced technologies and material sciences has given designers access to go to extreme innovations. But all of this isn’t much alarming as we have seen designers go to extremes before, without using advanced technology.
If we talk about the future of fashion industry, then it is in safe hands as designers are using nanotech fibers and smart textiles to make our clothing much more durable and long lasting. Not only this, but our regular clothes are being given enhanced properties using advanced technology (which are discussed later on in this blog).
A new beginning
Commonly, the wearable technology available to us is in the visual or device form and are working with different user interfaces and functions. Currently, few of the fresh designers are working on testing the fundamentals of wearable technology and convert it into more wearable fashionable. Some of the emerging designers have already succeeded in including technology into their frequent design process, while leaving a mark on the current understanding and utilization of fashion.
Ethics of fashion industry
The fashion industry commonly works using a linear rule of “Take, Make, Dispose” production method which uses finite natural resources and energy of our Mother Nature. However, the scientists are now focused on building a circular system that minimizes the impacts of negative waste, energy, and emission through improving renewal and developing a recycling loop.
The future gives us hopes about the use of advanced technologies to induce a clothes recycling process which will give a real purpose to the fashion designers, with the ability to tear down and re-use for years on end, which will greatly reduce the fashion industry’s footprint on the environment.
Use of Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology is becoming more dominant in revolutionizing industries of engineering, medicines and now is being used for fashion. This technology works at a level of less than 100 nanometers, while a single human hair is nearly 80,000 nanometers wide.
Engineers and scientists have succeeded in developing materials at a nanoscale, which is possible through ability to manipulate and control single molecules. Working at such a smaller level gives scientists and engineers the access to understand enhanced properties like lighter weight, higher strength, higher chemical reactivity, and better control of light spectrum as compared to things at a normal scale.
The textile industry is now able to blend regular materials with nanotechnology to produce fabrics having nano-enhanced properties. A success in this case is of hydrophobic, which is when implemented on a fabric gives it properties like odor resistance, waterproofing, antibacterial, and stain resistance; while keeping the treated fabrics’ original structure and feel.
Even today, nanotechnology is still used a lot more in laboratories instead of in factories.
Nano enhanced fabrics will no doubt create a drop in textile cleaning, which could become a practical technique to induce sustainable production process on a larger scale. Consumers usually don’t have core information about the clothes they wear, they are only aware about the basic materials and the suggested types of cleaning according to the label. This creates a barrier between producers and consumers that what is being used in their clothing.
If the customers are provided with more insight on the background information of production this might create a trustworthy relationship between brands and consumers.