Despite being one of the fastest-growing industries, clothes are still produced and tailored by hand. With large production volumes, this leads to dire consequences for the environment. Hence as the technology evolves, the fashion industry is also suggested to get along with it. Best way? Adoption of sustainable fashion technology.
Let’s take a look at the latest transformative technologies that could help fashion go green.
- Digital 3D samples to reduce waste occurring in the design process
Before we head towards the process and create the final output, samples need to be produced. It can take several weeks to create a single sample and, consequently, generate a whole lot of extra waste. And if the client or the designer isn’t satisfied, back to square one.
But imagine if we could do this all digitally? It could make the process more seamless while saving money and time at the same time.
But how realistic could a 3D sample be? Well, they could be much more amazing than you can expect. In fact, we could also take the way the fabric drapes and moves into account. This technology even tests designs on various body types, allowing companies and designers to select which piece they want to bring to life.
- Blockchain for supply chain transparency
The key to sustainable fashion technology is transparency, and blockchain brings transparency into fashion production chains. As a public and immutable ledger, blockchain helps to pass on the information in a tamper-proof manner. It means once you have written it down onto the database, nothing can change the record you have made.
When every step along the entire supply chain is written into such a blockchain, consumers can trace and verify the whole supply chain their clothes have gone through, thus assessing its alleged sustainability.
One should remember that most blockchain technologies require a surreal amount of electricity to process transactions, which makes it an environmentally taxing technology.
- Adoption of artificial intelligence to reduce overproduction wastage
It is expected that AI is going to top the list of sustainable fashion technology. Analysis of huge amounts of data from various media platforms, ecommerce websites, and even smartphone feeds could make it possible to anticipate purchases, reducing overproduction wastage.
With enhanced AI and machine learning, augmented reality could also help reduce fashion footprint. On this front, the 3D dressing room has the most potential to flourish shortly.
- Reducing shipping emissions through virtual dressing and mobile body scanning
Mobile body scanning paired with virtual dressing could help people select the more accurate size of outfit. It would help people make more selective shopping decisions without ordering multiple sizes to try on and return.
By sharing fit information through digital platforms, such technology radically simplifies the process, reducing shipping emissions for returns.
These are just a few technologies that could transform the fashion industry over the next few years. However, the future must be determined by the people who buy. Otherwise, despite modernization with digital adoption, all could go in vain.