From kelp textiles to biodegradable glitter, fashion pushes fabric to the limit.

Fashion trends urged textile companies toward more creative and sustainable practices in the last decade. The next ten years promise to yield even more innovations in the fabric world. Organic fabrics entered the mainstream and infiltrated the fashion lines of many major brands, but consumers are looking for more.

When customers call, start-ups answer. The following five companies entered the innovative fashion space and blew up the world of textile design. The creative solutions these start-ups found to the problem of sustainability in the fashion world pushed boundaries, and the results are stunning.


AlgiKnit Inc. takes the ecological damaged caused by the fashion industry very seriously. Their response? Durable yet rapidly degradable yarns. The founders of AlgiKnit took an environmental science approach to fabric. Their goal is to operate in a closed loop product lifestyle, finding creative ways to use and dispose of manufacturing materials. Because of its approach, AlgiKnit has a significantly lower environmental footprint than traditional fabrics. Their bio-based textile alternatives employ materials like algae and seaweed to create sustainable solutions for the apparel industry.


Bioglitz, the company with the first biodegradable and compostable glitter, encourages its customers to "Shine Responsibly." The founders of BioGlitz believe that you can glam-up your body without damaging the environment. Their mission isn't just to save the earth, but also to push the boundaries of acceptance of all people through their products. Most glitter is made from polyester, which is not only harmful to the environment, but arguably, for our bodies as well. Microplastics like polyester are non-degradable. BioGlitz, on the other hand, sources renewable, plant-based materials without GMO ingredients to create their responsible, compostable glitter solution.

Circular.Fashion works toward "enabling the products of today to become the resources of tomorrow." By using a digital platform and training, the startup leads others in developing innovative products and creative systems for a more circular fashion economy. As things stand, less than 1 per cent of clothing is recycled into new clothing. This is a perfect opportunity to create a regenerative system in which fabric can be used as long as possible before re-entering the fashion system through reuse or recycling. focuses on research that will help all brands transition toward more circular practices.