How to Build a Cotton-Ease Shirt for the Winter 2018/2019 Season
Textile and fabric manufacturers are looking to build a fabric-free wardrobe for winter, but they need to start somewhere.
That’s the message from the American Textile Manufacturers Association, which recently published a report titled The Next Step: Creating a Fabric-Free Clothing Option for the Next Winter 2018-2019 Season.
The goal is to get clothing companies to use less yarn and more recycled yarn to create fabric-friendly fabrics, and to reduce the use of synthetic fibers, which can cause environmental damage, according to the report.
The industry’s focus on sustainability is a big reason for the report’s focus, said Kathy F. Wolsky, executive director of the American Association of Textile Processors.
The association has been tracking textile industry trends for more than a decade and is focused on creating a fabricless wardrobe that offers a range of benefits, Wolski said.
It will provide guidance to textile manufacturers on how to continue improving their processes, reduce the environmental impact of the textile industry, and support new fabrics for the future, Welsky said.
“We have a long way to go before we are ready for fabricless and fabric-neutral apparel,” Wolske said.
“But our industry is already seeing progress and it’s an exciting time.”
The report outlines several steps companies can take to make the transition to a fabricfree wardrobe, including: