Herewear Project: CALL for the sample collection of circular biomaterials for fashion
Empowering local, circular & bio-based textiles. Connecting SMEs, bio-makers, designers & suppliers.
Send your samples
The Herewear team have kicked off the project with a review of the field of biomaterials, collecting evidence of key innovation in this area in a sample collection.
To better understand the field of biomaterial innovation in which the Herewear work is situated, a practical review of existing materials is spearheading the research. We have reached out to the community by calling for contributions to the sample collection, drawing together perspectives from commercial material suppliers, startup innovators, and experimental designer makers.
We probe multiple dimensions of the biomaterials examples, from the feedstock, processes and technological development of a material, to the way it can be treated at the end of life.
The collection will provide the basis to develop guidelines for circular design with biomaterials.
The internal reporting on this phase of the project will be completed in June 2021, and disseminated in various forms (academic papers, blog posts, …) shortly after.
The call to contribute materials to this growing collection is still open. If you are a biomaterial maker, designer, supplier, etc., in particular in the field of regenerated biomaterials and textiles, but also in connected areas of this field, we want to hear from you.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell about your material and how you can be part of this review.
“The Herewear project aims at the creation of an EU economy for locally-produced circular textiles and clothing made from bio-based resources. This will be realised by a holistic approach covering all necessary levels. On the technical side, emerging sustainable technologies for wet and melt spinning of cellulose and bio-based polyesters, for yarn and fabric production and for coating and colouring will be developed and piloted at semi-industrial scale. Further, we aim to significantly reduce the microfibre release via measures along the textile manufacturing process.
Further, we will maximise the sustainability and circularity of our clothing via connecting regional microfactories and by platform-supported, networked production resources. Guidelines will be provided to support the design of fashion goods; with focus on bio-based materials and reuse/recycling. Garment prototypes for streetwear and corporate clothing will demonstrate the Herewear circular bio-based concept.
The Herewear consortium is strongly SME driven, including 8 SMEs and 1 large enterprise. These are completed with 6 research organisations. This way Herewear covers all required expertise and infrastructure from academic, applied research and industry from 9 different EU countries, complemented with the support of a US SME. Herewear is a Horizon 2020 project and is co-funded by the European Union. It will last 48 months and started on October 1st, 2020. It is coordinated by Centexbel, the Belgian research centre for textiles and plastics.”
Research and Industrial partners
Centexbel (CTB) is the Belgian scientific and technical centre for the textile industry, located in the heart of the Belgian textile industry with strong links to the majority of the textile companies. CTB offers a complete range of standardized testing, it is a notified body for protective clothing and can deliver CE marking and testing. CTB is also involved in standardization committees and offers technological advice and training to companies in Belgium and abroad.
Technologiepark 70, 9052 Gent-Zwijnaarde, Belgium
+32 9 220 41 51
The DITF form the largest textile research center in Europe with more than 300 scientific and technical staff. As the world’s only textile research facility and covering an area of more than 25,000 m², the DITF work right across the textile production and value chains. Since 1921, we have been across all the major fields within textiles. We are among the leading research institutions worldwide.
Körschtalstraße 26, 73770, Denkendorf
T +49 (0)711 93 40-0
F +49 (0)711 93 40-297
TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the competitive strength of industry and the well-being of society in a sustainable way. In order to meet the climate targets of Paris, it is necessary to accelerate the energy transition. The energy transition requires major technical and social shifts in all sectors of the economy, among the authorities and citizens. For the transition to a sustainable energy management free of CO2 emissions, innovations are needed from technical, social and policy perspectives. TNO also conducts independent and internationally leading research and technology development for the conversion of biomass into green energy and raw materials. The Seaweed research facility enables TNO, together with companies and other knowledge institutions, to give a powerful boost to the energy transition and the greening of the chemical sector.
The Hague, Netherlands
+31 88 866 00 00
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB (RISE) is a Swedish state-owned research institute, collaborating together with universities, industry and the public sector to drive international competitive sustainable development and growth. RISE perform industry research and innovation as well as testing and certification.
Lindholmspiren 7 A, 417 56 Göteborg, Sweden
Postal address: Box 857, 501 15 Borås, Sweden
University of the Arts London is a collegiate university in London, England, specialising in arts, design, fashion and the performing arts. It is a federation of six arts colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, the London College of Communication, the London College of Fashion, and the Wimbledon College of Arts. It was established as a university in 2003, and took its present name in 2004.
272 High Holborn
London WC1V 7EY
+44 (0)20 7514 6000
Eurecat is the most important technology centre in Catalonia, Spain. We serve the industrial and business sectors with differentiating technology and advanced expertise, offering solutions to their innovation needs and boosting their competiveness in a fast-paced environment. With 50M€ of incomes, we integrate more than 650 professionals and participate in over 200 R&D&i high-level strategic projects, including more than 60 EU funded collaborative projects.
Av. Universitat Autònoma, 23 – 08290 Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona)
Tel: (+34) 93 238 14 00
Circular fashion is a sustainable change agency creating product- and system innovation for a circular economy in fashion and textiles.
+49 30 40 36 79 170
Mai bine is the mother organization of REDU, a green social enterprise that uses garment waste collected from clothing factories and fabric samples from fabric stores to create new upcycled products.
Str. Păcurari nr. 51A, Iași, România
+40 743 604 229
Materials Industrial Research and Technology Development Centre, is a technological Center, active in Applied Research, Technological Development, Certification and Quality Control in a wide range of materials and products.
Α’ Industrial Area, P.O.Box 13, VOLOS, 38500, GR
T +242 109 5340-2
F +242 109 5364
Finipur specialises since 1978 in the treatment of various textile fabrics (from semi-manufactures up to end-products). Using various specific and unique types of “finishing” per article and per customer, we can offer our customers a “tailor-made” R&D. Moreover, we make our vast knowledge of the newest (innovative) materials available to you, meaning that we signify an important added value for your product. We offer our customers at tailor-made technical solutions home and abroad, we always strive for unsurpassed quality and we can ensure a very high flexibility within our manufacturing processes.
Oudenaardse Heerweg 76, 8540 DEERLIJK – BELGIË
Tel.:0032 (0) 56 78 20 11
Fax:0032 (0) 56 78 20 10
With on-the-spot design, in-house microfactory rapid prototyping and cloud-based supply chain coordination, Mitwill supplies a wide product portfolio at competitive price points. Mitwill offers products according to their key customer’s Needs, embracing innovative solutions to facilitate all processes, from design to fabric. Come to Mitwill Textiles to boost your business.
104 rue des Bains 68390 SAUSHEIM France
T +33 3 89 57 82 73
Vretena is a new Germany-based, innovative and family-owned sustainable fashion brand.
Vretena follows an integrated approach to circularity. With nature in mind as the ultimate source of inspiration, Vretena strives to create high quality garments that are designed, manufactured and consumed with a sense of circularity and environmental responsibility. The styles are authentic and made out of pure inspiration, designed to complement each other.
The family behind Vretena combines three main pillars in the brand’s core ethos, which are essential for their vision of the future: the synergy of Urban, Nature and Innovation. „Urban“ describes the people in our technological era, our progress and accessibility to information, but also cultural diversity and social engagement. „Nature“ is the ultimate source of inspiration and the brand thrives in its example. Through Innovation, Vretena believes we can bring Urban and Nature together in a sustainable, balanced way that is beneficial to all.
Vreteno UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
SOURCEBOOK is an industry matchmaking agency operating both in the digital and physical space. The Berlin based company offers networking opportunities, showcasing and professionalization tools for the textile industry 4.0 fostering sustainable practices. Their B2B sourcing platform sqetch.co enables SME companies to source easily and sustainably in Europe and beyond. A database of 25.000+ brands, manufacturers and suppliers can be filtered according to individual preferences and partners will be matched with projects and inquiries. Project partners can use the project management tool to manage their business collaboration transparently and efficiently along the supply chain. The tool provides interactive documents and tutorials for self-assessment and training in the areas of procurement, production, supply chain management and marketing.
Complimentary formats like conferences, hackathons, brokerage events as well as innovation showcases and curated exhibitions by Sourcebook support the on- and offline visibility and competitiveness of SMEs in the textile industry to innovate and grow their businesses sustainably.
Skalitzer Str. 97, 10997 Berlin, Germany
CEDECS-TCBL SAS is a French consultancy supporting innovation and business development. It was founded in Paris in 1987 as an IT start-up specialised in e-learning solutions for SMEs. It moved to Le Mans in 1997. Since 2004 CEDECS is working mainly for European Textile-Clothing R&D projects dealing with R&D roadmaps, the Textile European Technology Platform, HR knowledge and know-how capture, valorization and transfer, training and sustainable development. CEDECS worked for IFTH (Institut Français du Textile Habillement) until 2012 and works since then with a wide network of European and Mediterranean Textile and Clothing actors and is also involved in coaching start-up entrepreneurs in various fields and countries.
In March 2020 CEDECS Ltd became CEDECS-TCBL SAS to develop, with new shareholders, the commercial exploitation of TCBL (tcbl.eu), its platform and its network of more than 50 Labs, acting as Hubs for more than 250 Textile and Clothing SMEs involved in innovative and sustainable T&C business models and solutions development.
16 rue du DR LEROY, FR 72000 LE MANS
Tel: +33 622193690
Global marketplace with AI-powered supply chain tools to eliminate and monetize textile waste, tracking and analyzing data to keep unused raw materials out of landfills and turn pollution into profit.
New York City, New York