An initiative of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Fashion Positive has just launched a new digital materials library to help connect fashion designers with certified materials suitable for circular design.
Called the Fashion Positive Materials Collection, the new digital "library" of Cradle to Cradle certified materials has been specifically created to make it easier for designers to source materials (textiles, dyes, buttons, accessories etc.) that are Cradle to Cradle certified or that possess a Cradle to Cradle material health certificate.
"For many brands, designers and suppliers, it's a long journey to circular fashion. Fashion Positive meets our members wherever they are on that path and provides the leadership, the vision and methodology to assist our partners in the transition to circularity; the Materials Collection is a big step in that direction," commented Lewis Perkins, the President of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. "Materials are also assessed against our Standard, so not only are they potentially circular, they are also making a positive impact right now. To obtain Cradle to Cradle Certification materials are assessed against requirements in five standard categories ensuring holistic environmental quality that goes beyond circularity."
Some materials are further along that pathway than others, so each material has been assessed and improved based upon five categories: material health, material reuse, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness. A Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Certification indicates where the material falls. Each entry includes detailed material specifications; available colors, sizes and weights; and information about stock and custom ordering.