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The future of Surface Designs in Textile Industry

by Elettra Francis

June 2, 2020 11:28 label 3 minutes read label Leave a comment

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Right with the inception of Fashion to the ever dynamic fashion industry, one thing that remains eternal is Textiles. The Textile industry has been very perpetual in its entirety. Ever since global warming has made a huge impact on the world, the textile industry; too, has seen a remarkable change, that is; to protect the planet with a minimalistic approach, living through sustainability. With today's concerns of depletion of resources, the textile industry is finding sustainable alternatives and doing their bit towards the planet. Petroleum based Materials like nylon, spandex and the most commonly used polyester had been extensively in use since it's outset and this has only been a part of the planet's debris, unclaimed and some of it; dumped in the water. Some of these new alternatives are hemp, stinging nettle fibres, coffee ground fibres, and pineapple leaf fibres. Hemp fibres that you find from hemp are antibacterial and flexible require very less water and little care to grow. Stinging nettle fibres are similar to hemp fibres. They are versatile, keep the wearer warm in winter and cool in summer. It can grow with far less water and pesticides than cotton. Coffee ground fibres are multipurpose and used to make different types of textiles for use. Pineapple leaves fibre could be used as an alternative to leather. Leather is extensively used to make jackets, car seats, shoes, belts and other apparel. This alternative is revolutionary, cheap and very planet-friendly as compared to real leather. The textile industry has evolved over the years and may succeed to take over the top 10 industries by 2030. 

According to figures from the United Nations Environment Programme (NEP), it takes 3,781 liters of water to make a pair of jeans, from producing cotton to the delivery of the product to the store. That equates to the emission of around 33.4 kilograms of carbon footprint equal. The fashion industry is responsible for 10 % of annual global carbon emissions, more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. At this pace, the fashion industry’s greenhouse gas emissions will surge more than 50 % by 2030.


A surge is needed in putting efforts towards encouraging sustainable alternatives in the textile industry for our future generations to live with fashion but with the most minimalistic approach.

About the author

Elettra Francis

Elettra is the host of the Ready Pattern Seller Central Blog, the design selling platform interface for ambitious surface designers to showcase their prints to global brands. Got something to share with Ready Pattern Seller Masters? You can submit your story for consideration.

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