Technology is revolutionising the world and the fashion industry is no exception. Beyond the excitement over wearable technologies and virtual changing rooms, there is the potential to use technology to reduce the environmental impact of the industry.
The fashion and textiles sector is considered the second largest polluter in the world after oil. It accounts for 10% of global carbon emissions, uses a quarter of the chemicals produced worldwide each year, and falls just behind agriculture in the amount of water it consumes. Not only that, three out of five of the clothing items that we buy end up in landfill within 12 months.
Consumer behaviour is shifting and the role of the designer is growing . It's time to fuse fashion and technology to create a new generation of textiles.