Heimtextil : Sustainability and circular econ...

Sustainability and circular economy set the trend for 2023/24

Make and Remake / Picture: FranklinTill (Source: Heimtextil)
Make and Remake / Picture: FranklinTill (Source: Heimtextil)

With the motto "Textiles Matter" the international trade fair for home and contract textiles, Heimtextil 2023, which will be held in Frankfurt/Germany from January 10-13, 2023, aims to set standards for future-oriented and sustainable textile furnishings of tomorrow. The focus here is on the circular economy.

The textile industry obtains its raw materials from a multitude of sources and uses numerous processes to manufacture an infinite variety of products. This offers a great potential for the sustainable development of the textile industry in the future. The Heimtextil Trends show ways in which this potential can be utilized, and sustainable developments promoted. Under the motto ‘Textiles Matter’, visitors can explore concepts for increased circularity, which will generate new impulses for the sustainable market of the future.

The Trend Space at the coming Heimtextil 2023 will revolve around ideas and solutions for circularity in the textile sector. How can textiles be produced in a sustainable way? What recycling options are there? What does the optimum recycling of textile products look like? Within the framework of the circular economy, materials are continuously reused. On the one hand, this reduces the need for new raw materials and, on the other hand, cuts the amount of waste generated. In the technical cycle, inorganic materials, such as polyamide, polyester, plastic and metal, can be recycled with no loss of quality. In the biological cycle, natural materials, such as linen and bast fibers, are returned to nature at the end of their useful life. This is the basis of the 4 trend themes: ‘Make and Remake’, ‘Continuous’, ‘From Earth’ and ‘Nature Engineered’.

Make and Remake
Pre-used materials, deadstock and remnant textiles are given a new lease of life with the focus shifting to the aesthetics of repair and taking the form of a specific design element of the recycled product. Bright and joyful colors and techniques, such as overprinting, overdyeing, bricolage, collage and patchwork, result in new and creative products.

The Continuous trend theme describes closed-loop systems in which materials are recycled into new, waste-free products again and again. Putative waste materials are separated out and reprocessed as new fibers, composites and textiles. Thus, synthetic and cellulose yarns can be produced zero-waste. Thanks to technically advanced reclamation processes, the materials retain their original quality and aesthetic.

From Earth
This theme focuses on the natural world and harmony with the nature of organic materials. Natural colors communicate warmth and softness. Imperfect textures, signs of wear and irregularities create ecological and earth-born aesthetics.

From Earth / Picture: FranklinTill (Source: Heimtextil)

Nature Engineered
A reinterpretation of the concept of “natural”: Nature Engineered uses mechanical means to elevate and perfect natural materials, such as bast fibers, hemp, linen and nettles. Cutting-edge techniques process natural textiles into sophisticated and smart products. Combined with shades of beige and brown, clean lines and shapes are the distinguishing features of this theme.

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