The 6the edition of Future Fabrics Expo was held in London from January 25 to 26, 2017. The fair saw 650 visitors. This year’s edition showcased over 2,000 fashion materials with a lower environmental impact. The show featured innovative and traditional commercially viable fibers, fabrics and products that embody a range of sustainable principles and new technologies, sourced from international suppliers and mills who demonstrate a commitment to lowering environmental impact across the textile supply chain. Alongside sustainable innovative fabrics with a lower environmental footprint, low impact leathers and leather alternatives were showcased. They embody a range of sustainable principles and new technologies. It included more sustainable alternatives to the widely available conventional fabrics that currently dominate the market; helping fashion companies to begin diversifying their fabrics and materials base and lowering their environmental impact.
Future Fabrics Expo focuses on the fashion industry and how its environmental impact can be lowered through innovation in the textile industry, and novel ideas to transform the fashion system and design practice. The show also hosted seminars by organisations such as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Responsible Wool Standard, Textile Exchange, GOTS and suppliers such as Beyond Surface Technologies that currently are shaping the future of the textile and leather industry.