LED Fiber Optic Accessories

Solving an age-old problem and the frustration of rummaging around in the dark, fashion company FABRIKK have replaced traditional handbag lining material with new technology. Automated LED fiber optic illuminating fabric has been created to sit in the interior of bags so that the wearer can easily find things inside their bag at night or in dim lighting. The lights switch on autonomously when the bag is opened, giving off an attractive and subtle glow of colour. The LED technology is powered by a 3 AAA battery pack and small LED bulb. It’s one of those inventions that we’ve all thought of but nobody has ever addressed, until now. Even better, the bags are made from sustainable and vegan materials which opt for a better and environmentally conscious buy.

Grocery Garments

Sooner rather than later you might find yourself wearing a piece of clothing made from the fruit and veg you find at the local grocery store. Food crop waste is an issue plaguing the environmental world, however it’s an issue not many people know about. For example, around the world, people eat around 100 billion bananas every year. That creates around 270 million tons of waste–from peels to stalks–which are often burned or left to rot. Crop burning pollutes the air, and rotting releases methane into the atmosphere and contributes to global warming. Circular Systems, a fashion start up label created by industry mogul Isaac Nichelson, is creating a new form of material made from food crop waste like banana by-products, pineapple leaves, flax and hemp stalk, and the waste from crushing sugar cane. These waste products can be collected and spun into a natural fiber that can be woven into garments, paving the way for new sustainable fashion methods. By recycling other products too, like plastic and rubber, Circular Systems is breaking new grounds for the possibilities of a fashion-conscious future, and is currently partnering with mega brands like H&M to revolutionise the way we create clothing.

Scales Of The Future

Brazilian designer Oskar Metsavaht has repurposed the skins from the pirarucu fish, one of the largest fresh water fish found in Amazonian rivers and lakes, by transforming it into sustainable scaly garments and fashion accessories. Oskar developed and conceptualised the fish skin material as an alternative to traditional bovine leather, which is harmful to the environment, with cattle farming being a major cause of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. The pirarucu fish is a staple in the diets of Amazonian dwellers, however the skin is often left discarded once caught and eaten. Oskar’s design team put the wasted fish skin to good use to create a “new luxury” line, with a series of ready-to-wear fashion garments including jackets and handbags that he says “bring together aesthetics and ethics”. Oskar buys the fish skins from local communities that work alongside sustainable-farming legislation, ensuring no over-fishing or species destruction occurs. As well as being environmentally friendly, the pirarucu fish skin is more resilient than traditional leather, despite being thinner and softer, and is much better suited to everyday fashion items that see lots of use.

Clothes That Grow With You

In the first two years of a child’s life, their body grows up to seven different sizes. That’s a whole lot of money spent on clothes, not to mention the waste rates at which these items are thrown away. Petit Pli is a London based design company tackling this issue head on. Founded by Ryan Mario in 2017, the company was launched to address the dull and ill fitting children’s clothes on the markets which offer a one size range for kids. Particularly, he was motivated to create a change for his niece and nephew who lived overseas, as by the time Ryan visited them to gift them clothes, the children were already grown out of their regular sizes. Trained as an aeronautical engineer and specialising in deployable structures, Ryan put his engineering knowledge to the test to create a range of clothes that grow with children instead of against them. Petit Pli is currently patent pending, but their pleated material is one which expands and is lightweight enough for you to carry and kids to wear for years to come. It’s a fantastic initiative which is challenging the way we look at the future of children’s clothing. Petit Pli is waterproof, weatherproof and designed for kids who are on the go.

3D Printed Clothing and Accessories

Since consumer versions began emerging a few years ago, 3D printers have been heralded as the future of mass manufacturing, and a sea change for industries from retail to food production. It’s still up for debate whether the 3D printer will really achieve this, but pioneers are already pushing the limits when it comes to fashion. Designer Danit Peleg is a great example of the artistic and fashionable feats which can be achieved when using 3D printing technology. She has designed everything from clothes to shoes made of a strong, flexible material called FilaFlex. Her 3D collection has taken the world by storm, and has seen Danit lead TED Talks about the future of autonomous manufacturing and sustainability. In the not too far future, you can expect to see bespoke 3D creations filling the racks at designer stores, and potentially commercial retailers too.

Medical Meets Accessibility

A group of students from the Royal College of Art have developed a suit which enables individuals with sensation loss or paraplegia to instantly detect and assess an injury. Often an issue many of us would not think about, is the severity of injuries which can occur in individuals who can’t feel bodily sensations. Ranging from bruises to cuts, broken bones to internal bleeding, many community members and paraplegic athletes have gone from hours to days without noticing an injury to their body, or have spent hours waiting in hospitals to find out they’re not injured after all. The Bruise Suit has been designed to highlight if an injury has occurred and how severe it is. By using pressure-sensitive film built within a body suit, the students created a method to visually communicate the severity of injuries on the body. Sections of the garments that cover parts of the body considered to be most at risk during normal sporting activities are covered with disposable film sheet inserts which can be replaced after use. The depth of colour allows the individual to assess how bad their injury is, allowing them valuable time to seek medical help or stop sporting competition.

Digital Detox Glasses

The phrase ‘digital detox’ is one which is becoming more and more familiar in today’s world. This meaning, we’re all spending way too much time focusing on digital content and technology rather than on human aspects of life. We’ve come so far with our technological developments, but have we gone too far? Designer and artist Ivan Cash created the IRL Glasses (IRL stands for ‘in real life’) to address the growing problem of digitally dependant people. From digital billboards to smartphones and advertisements, the IRL Glasses will work to turn any digital screen completely black, visually blocking the wearer from experiencing any form of digital sight. Check out the GIFs below to see how the product works. Would you use glasses like these? Ivan Cash says his hope for the future is that the Facebooks and Googles of the world continue to grow, but there needs to be some checks and balances that grow with them to ensure we don’t become oversaturated with digital content. From a health, wellness (and sanity) point of view, he makes a good point. Can we go too far with our digital consumption?