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Making clothes from potatoes: Potato-to-fibre inventor wins Manufacturing Futures 2024 award

A cotton-like material made from potato waste has won the 2024 Manufacturing Futures Innovation Challenge’s top prize. The £15,000 award from event organiser Fashion District will go towards helping its creator Fibe to finance its development, according to a news story published by FashionNetwork.com.

The material science start-up has developed “the world’s first textile fibres out of potato harvest waste”. Its aim now is to develop “the most scale, affordable and sustainable textile fibres with comparable performance to mainstream materials”.

The overall winner was chosen by a judging panel of industry experts, including Ella Gould, Head of Sustainability and Innovation at Selfridges, who said: “The judges were unanimous in Fibe winning this year’s award. The energy in the room after their pitch was palpable and we so look forward to seeing them take their fibre innovation to the next level. Who knew potatoes were so exciting?”

Source: FashionNetwork.com. Read the full story here
Image: Idan Gal-Shohet, co-founder of Fibe. Credit FashionNetwork.com
Video: Credit Fibe

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