Claire Bergkamp of Stella McCartney: "What is the future of fabrics?"


We’re keen to get the industry to look beyond lowering their environmental impact and aim to contribute positively to nature and communities. We asked our seminar panelists at the 8th Future Fabrics Expo: “What is the future of fabrics?”

Claire Bergkamp, Global Director of Sustainability & Innovation at Stella McCartney, gives us her insight.

Stella McCartney is a sustainable luxury label, whose collections include women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, lingerie, eyewear, fragrance and kids. A lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs. Stella McCartney’s commitment to sustainability is evident throughout all her collections and is part of the brand’s ethos to being a responsible, honest, and modern company.

The Sustainable Angle is a not for profit organisation which initiates and supports projects which contribute to minimizing the environmental impact of industry and society.

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8th Future Fabrics Expo, 2019
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Victoria House Basement, London, UK
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so I think that the future of textiles of materials is very exciting I that we're in a really interesting place in the industry and we need to start looking at things kind of from two different lenses you know what new fibers do we need what new technologies do we need to replace things that are out of date that are harmful unnecessarily that are relying on petrochemicals that are requiring you know the death of animals you know those things need to go away we have to get rid of them we have to replace them with innovative sustainable alternatives and I think the other half of innovation of the future of fabrics has to be around rethinking the systems that we have now because you're not going to replace them all overnight so how can we decarbonize our supply chains how can we find you know lower impact ways less water no energy you know or renewable energy you always need energy but ways of creating things and how do we look all the way back to raw materials and ask you know if we're gonna remove a quiet we're relying on agriculture and needing agriculture how do we use farming as a force for good how do we look at Karma climate positive farming or you know sustainable forestry as something that can really disrupt all the damage that we've done to date

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