sustainable digital fashion

The Avatar’s New Clothes: Digital Design for Greener Fashion

When we think about fashion, we tend to think of material objects such as colorful textiles, cutting tables, scissors, sewing needles, or pins. However, the future of this industry will be shaped just as much by high-resolution screens, blockchain, 3D modeling, virtual and augmented reality, holograms, and artificial intelligence. While it is a natural concept for those now in their 20s, digital fashion might require a certain mindset shift for those who grew up in an analog world. However, in a future where our main priority will be to preserve our natural resources, virtual fashion is certain...

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Algorithms for Fashion. How Machine Learning Makes the Apparel Industry More Sustainable

In the fashion industry, return rates – sometimes referred to as “the plague of eCommerce” – are skyrocketing. Besides placing a burden on the companies’ budgets and logistics, this behavior is also detrimental to the environment. However, innovative software programs based on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have the potential to reduce return rates, leading to a more sustainable industry. The fashion industry is frequently accused of unsustainable practices, with its high carbon emissions, consumerism, high water consumption, toxic effluents and materials, child labor, and...

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Aquaporins

Aquaporins: Purifying Water with Nature’s Own Filter

While many human activities affect the environment in negative ways, nature’s solutions often are more efficient and sustainable. How do plants and animals purify water? What can we learn from them about filtration? With these questions in mind, Supertrends talked to two executives from Aquaporin, a water tech company delivering innovative technology based on nature’s own water filter.    Aquaporins: the truly natural water filters The cells in Aquaporins are channel proteins that facilitate the transport of water across cells. Through aquaporins, cells in plants, animals, and...

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Groundbreaking Recycling Method Could Expand Access to Rare Earths

SUPERTRENDS – One of the main levers for making electric vehicles more sustainable and commercially viable is the sourcing of rare chemical elements used in components. Nissan Motor and Waseda University have begun testing a newly developed method for recycling rare-earth elements (REEs) from the motor magnets of electric vehicles, which, if successful, could help stabilize prices for electric motors and ease the increasing demand for certain scarce metals that are indispensable for the successful transition to a more sustainable energy system.  The innovative recycling process,...

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The World’s First 3D-Printed Metal Bridge Opens in Amsterdam

The world’s first 3D-printed metal bridge opened to the public on 15 July 2021. The futuristic design of the smart bridge adds a modernist flair to one of the oldest canals in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. (Head image credit: Adriaan de Groot) The challenge of a 3D-printed metal bridge A 3D-printed metal bridge being installed in central Amsterdam (Image credit: Merlin Moritz) Metal 3D printing has gained massive interest in recent years. It enables manufacturers to advance more quickly from the design to the final product and facilitates a more flexible and complex design approach....

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A Stepping Stone Towards a Sustainable Company: Gathering the Right Data

As a Senior Management Consultant at IBM, Anja Juhl Jensen has been working with digital innovation and disruptive technologies for more than 16 years. Currently, she supports IBM customers in the use of technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain to set a sustainable course for their organization. In an interview with Supertrends, she calls attention to an essential step in achieving a sustainable organization: proper data collection and analysis. Anja Juhl Jensen has extensive experience working with disruptive technologies that drive sustainability. Other areas of expertise...

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