Scientists from the University of York are working on an exciting £5.4 million project with the Royal College of Art to make the fashion industry more environmental friendly.
The main aim is to dramatically reduce the carbon emissions and waste water from textile production to create a more secure domestic supply chain.
More than 1 million tonnes of fashion fabric are sent to landfill per year in the United Kingdom.
The fashion sector is currently one of the most polluting industries, responsible for 20% of global waste water and 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
With the rise of rapid fashion, clothes are often only kept for a few months before being thrown away.
In order to create new materials, scientists in laboratories in the University of York are breaking down old textiles, household waste and crop residues into simple sugars using enzymes, that are converted to cellulose then fibres to create new textiles at the University of Cranfield.
The fabrics are eventually transformed into clothes designed by students at the Royal College of Art and other universities including Cambridge, Manchester, Leeds and University College London.
In recent times, the fashion industry has been criticised for producing mountains of unethical cheap clothing that are harmful to the environment.
More fashion designers and manufacturers are now seeking a circular approach to produce less waste, use fewer resources and protect the planet.
Clothes made from plastic waste are eco-friendly and can help reduce carbon emissions and water waste.
Consumers are becoming more conscious about our environment. They are seeking more sustainable solutions and so, the demand for green clothing is on the rise.
Perhaps now is the right time to rethink practices in the fashion industry.