Worn-out and damaged clothes are often just thrown away, instead of being repaired. This leads to enormous amounts of textile waste. What if your t-shirt or jacket instead could repair itself and extend its lifecycle?
The innovation in a nutshell
Using self-healing textile to reduce garment waste and extending its lifecycle.
Let us explain
This is the bold innovation of Tandem Repeat, who have found self-healing characteristics in squid genes. Through an eco-friendly and low-cost process, a material emerges which is biodegradable and 100% recyclable.
This groundbreaking technology allows materials to repair themselves, and thereby improve their lifetime. The material also acts as glue, which minimizes the shredding of microfibers during wash, and hence protects against the plastic pollutions in the oceans.
As a good alternative to synthetic fibres such as spandex, this strong and elastic material can be processed into a liquid, powder or fibre, as well as moulded or woven, and is extremely durable.
Since winning the award
In the next few years, Tandem Repeat wish to scale their self-healing concept, reduce the cost of production and reach out to the textile industry with their innovation.
What is an Early Bird winner?
The Early Bird is the best entry from the pool of entries submitted in the first half of the application period. This team does not receive a grant, but get the opportunity to attend one of the Innovation Accelerator weeks in either New York or Hong Kong during 2018.
Team members: Melik Demirel, Gözde Şenel-Ayaz, Sung Yeul Kim and Dennis Werger
Company: Tandem Repeat