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Kering to support textile industry start-ups

Luxury group Kering has revealed details of the 12 start-ups it will support as part of the ‘Plug and Play – Fashion for Good’ initiative.

The group announced at the start of April that it would be a founding partner of the programme, which aims to support start-ups with ideas and technologies related to sustainable innovation in the luxury industry.

Among the first start-ups to benefit from the initiative will be ICA Bremen, which has developed a process that uses nano-technology to identify organic cotton and determine the percentage that it makes up of a textile or fabric. 

Also on the list is Tersus Solutions, a company that has created a method of waterless cleaning that uses recycled fluid Carbon Dioxide as a solvent instead of water. It has already received investment from outdoor brand Patagonia. 

Among the other start-ups for the initiative’s first intake is Pilo-Bio Via, which is working on a way to reduce the use of non-renewable dyes in the textile industry; Dropel, which is using a bio-degradable polymer to increase the durability of textile fibres; and Agraloop, which is converting waste from food-crop production like hemp, flax, banana and pineapple into usable fibres. 

All 12 start-ups have been accepted into a three-month mentoring programme designed to help them scale-up their ideas. Kering will assist by providing training, guidance and networking opportunities.  

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