Innovative Food-Waste Materials


We all try as best we can to reduce our carbon footprint and preserve our planet as clean as possible for future generations. Most of us are not aware that „Climate experts have identified food waste as one of the top sustainability problems worldwide and the United Nations environment program has an ambitious goal of eliminating half of all food waste by 2030.“ (CNN online, March 18/2020)

Outstanding for the PERFORMANCE FORUM this season were submitted fabrics containing „Oyster Shell“. Oyster shell is sourced from the food industry, grounded into fine powder and mixed with recycled polyester or recycled nylon. These yarns often branded as SeaWool® provide thermal regulation, anti-static, anti odor, moisture management, natural handfeel and wrinkle-resistance properties.

In this selection you will find fabrics with Oyster Shell as well as fabrics with fibers from Castor Oil Plant, Coffee Shell and Pineapple Leaf:



Yes, they are definitely back: “Leggings”. They appear in many active design capsules, as a core item and for many activities. They stand for diversity and inclusivity.

The varieties seem infinite: The “Performance Leggings”, the “Armour Leggings”, the “Flex Leggings”, the “Compression Knit Leggings”, the “Adjustable Leggings”, the “Pop-Seam Leggings”, the “Cut & Sew Leggings”, the “Crafted Leggings”, the “Seamless Leggings”, and so on…

It takes a couple of ingredients for a designer and developer to create the “Perfect Leggings”. One of them is the right sustainable fabric choice. Among the many exhibitor portfolios, we selected our favorite developments which could facilitate this process for you. Be inspired:



Hemp is claimed to be one of the strongest and oldest fibers in textiles. Due to its fantastic eco properties, such as requiring four times less water in the growing stage than cotton and returning up to 70% of the nutrients back to the soil, as well as being naturally antibacterial and UV cut it’s making a strong comeback.

Abacá, a species of banana plant native to the Philippines, is grown as a commercial crop in the Philippines, Ecuador and Costa Rica. The plant, also known as Manila Hemp, has great economic importance, being harvested for its fiber. Paper yarn is strong, breathable, hypo-allergenic, hydrophobic and hydrophilic, quick dry and lightweight.



In this story, outstanding fibers are highlighted that will create new opportunities in innovative and sustainable collection creations:



In these times of new work-life balance, self-care as well as focus on physical and mental wellness, we welcome innovative approaches for sustainability and multiple purpose values in fabrics. The spotlight is on beauty, wellness, anti-aging, healing and restoring.

Brands will be able to satisfy their health and beauty conscious consumers by boosting benefits achieved by adding vitamins, minerals, amino acids, argan oil, aloe vera, collagen and more. That means that moisture management and thermoregulation will be allied by protection from radicals, cellulite reduction, particular next-to-skin softness or other intelligent properties.

The carefully chosen fabric selection from the PERFORMANCE DAYS exhibitors may contribute to creating forward-thinking collections reflecting the new consciousness.

Modern Nomads Stay @ Home Go Comfortwear

Modern Nomads Stay @ Home - Comfortwear

The first of our stories leads on how covid-19 is acting as a catalyst for a seismic change in the textile industry. We will see comfort becoming a key differentiator for consumers. Our homes have become multipurpose spaces, such as office, school or activity centers. With the rise in working from home and telecommuting tools, above-the-keyboard dressing will become the norm.

We found beautiful “comfortwear” fabrics: A couple of woodfiber blends, but also recycled PA, PES or Elasthan, as well as biodegradable stories… an abundance of sustainable solutions. The colors come in neutral and commercial shades. All of them will dress your customers perfectly as well, when they decide to venture outside.

Material Stories

Each season, the material - no matter if fabric or accessory - is one and a very important factor in apparel design. Therefore, designers, purchase and product managers find in this section the stories and inspiration to create apparel collections. Read all about the story and find easily the corresponding materials. Click on the photo to request a samples or to contact the supplier via E-Mail (don't forget to mention the article name) for more information.

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