Neo-materials in circular economy book series

The book series volumes analyze and illustrate innovative experiences emerging within individual sectors, operating in a perspective of sustainability throughout the whole production process. The focus is on the extraordinary performance of new raw materials, renewable or renewed, which offer features increasingly similar to those of traditional materials, although they are produced with a reduced impact on natural resources. The use of these "circular materials" is changing the face of many industries.

Fashion is part of a paradigm shift transforming its manufacturing models. Beauty, creativity, elegance and originality, the main values of fashion, have long been considered as unrelated or antithetical to sustainability and environmental protection.

The border that used to separate them has been crossed. The paradigm shift occurred in the first decade of the new century involving negligible vibrations, which in the last few years, have quickly turned into a big wave pushing a large part of the industry, still chaotically and contradictorily, including leading brands that now consider commitment to sustainability as a distinctive feature of their identity. Materials are therefore back in the spotlight, being the basis for designers to express their creativity, which is still the main engine of fashion. Materials allow reviewing the importance of supply chains, from yarns to fabrics, from materials-enriching finishing to manufacturing of garments and accessories.

Neo-Materials in Circular Economy – Fashion is an updated overview of changes occurring in one of the most relevant industries of global economy. Starting from the analysis of materials, divided into three large areas (renewable, non-renewable and recycled), the book examines use of water and chemicals and eventually provides an overview of initiatives on sustainability implemented by small and big brands. Complemented by interviews with some of the most innovative players of the industry, this book is going to become a benchmark on this issue, which is undeniably crucial for fashion.


by Claudio Marenzi

Creativity and quality of materials. Fashion sensible matches
by Marco Ricchetti

Making more sustainable fibre choices The MADE-BY environmental benchmark
by Christina Raab, Hannah Fell, Chiara Ferrero (MADE-BY)

1. Non-Renewables
Non-renewable raw materials: synthetic fibres and metals
by Aurora Magni, Marco Ricchetti
Polyamide RadiciGroup and the future of synthetic fibres – AM
Polypropylene Maglificio Ripa experimentation – AM
Fashionable metals The Lampo eco-friendly zip fasteners by Giovanni Lanfranchi – AM
Elastomeric Fibers Comfort and sustainability in Eurojersey Sensitive® Fabrics – MCL

2. Renewables
Textile fibres from renewable sources
by Aurora Magni, Marco Ricchetti
Kitotex® Sustainability through innovation by Canepa Group – MR
Paper sensations Food waste: an ingredient of Favini quality packaging paper for the fashion industry – SF
Silk Taroni Spa fabrics: high quality and slow fashion – MR
Labels and price tags Low-impact materials, high-impact information. Dienpi case history – AM
A sustainable cotton supply chain Olcese, spinning; FelliColor dyeing and finishing, Besani kint weaving – AM

3. Recycling Reusing and recycling, waste and leftover management
by Marco Ricchetti
Recycling and reuse of technical textiles Products as a service, multiple lives for technical textiles and fashion designer training in Servizi Ospedalieri case history – SF
Regenerated wool 3C Filati and the tradition of the Prato industrial district – AM

4. Water and chemicals
Water, dyestuff and other auxiliary chemicals
by Aurora Magni, Marco Ricchetti
Water purification and recovery, from waste to resource
Europrogetti applications – AM
Interview with Giuseppe Ungherese
Project manager of Greenpeace Italy Toxic campaign –

5. End use
Sustainability, big brands and niche brands
by Marco Ricchetti
Up and Coming and Niche Brands The quest for a new business model – MR, AS
A new scenario for the leading fashion brands – MR, FG
Interview with Anna Maria Rugarli Senior Director, Sustainability & Responsibility, EMEA
VF International SAGL –
Interview with Laura Strambi –



The authors

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