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Materials Matter

9days until Semi-Finalist selection ends
Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

01/15/16 EST - 05/23/16 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

05/23/16 EDT - 06/07/16 EDT
Proposal revisions
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06/07/16 EDT - 06/15/16 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

06/16/16 EDT - 07/05/16 EDT
Voting Period
CoLab judges select winners

07/05/16 EDT - 07/31/16 EDT
Winners present to potential implementers

08/01/16 EDT
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Fabrics and textiles impact our climate -- a lot. How can we spark a materials revolution by rethinking how we value and use them?

The materials we use to clothe ourselves and cover our things have a profound impact on the climate.  They are all around us – in the furniture we sit on, the cars we drive and the clothes we wear. The fact is, materials matter.  According to research compiled by MIT Materials System Lab, approximately 25 billion kilograms of cotton was produced worldwide in 2013, resulting in the same annual GHG emissions as 51.3 million passenger vehicles.  Enough leather is produced annually to cover the state of Maryland (double the size of the greater London area). Polyester production for use in textiles this year alone is estimated to generate as much greenhouse gas emissions as the annual emissions of 185 coal fired power plants. That’s a material issue. 

Developing new material compositions and reducing the impact of fabric production is necessary, but not sufficient to reduce the climate impact of industries that rely on fabrics. Before we can advance and scale innovation in materials, we need to build an understanding of the challenges and opportunities that exist. We need to redefine society's relationship with fabrics and textiles. This contest seeks novel and well thought-out ideas on how to engage industries, designers, product creators and the public in valuing, demanding and adopting lower impact materials. See our launch video here

Reduce consumption of GHG-emitting goods/services
Any Actor
Any kind of action

38 Proposals

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MAKERS Eco-Tag: educating consumers of the impact of their clothing selectionszlock19

5/25/16 team only
Redesign apparel tag to inform consumers of choices they have to minimize environmental impacts of their clothing and footwear selections.

BoroDanny and Shelby

5/25/16 team only
A Dynamic Label System for Informed and Sustainable Clothing Purchases.

Base Zeromaireadaherndesignthinking

5/24/16 team only
An online sustainable materials database and networking platform working towards creating a new era in industry with a Zero emission mission

Wind Powered Cotton Yarn Spinning & Knit Fabric ManufacturingGuild-IRL

5/23/16 team only
Utilize wind-energy to power cotton yarn-spinning-knitting technology near fiber origin regions like North Texas to reduce negative impact.

Rethinking energy sources by transforming and storing our ownSnow Unicorns

5/23/16 team only
The smart shoe captures energy from movements and lets the wearer use it when accessibility to an outlet is out of the question.

nikeFIT (v. 0.1)C Barlow + T Tidwell

5/23/16 team only
Making sustainability achievable on a global scale by making it experiential on a human scale.

Turn lemon peels into the materials of tomorrowPoly6 Technologies

5/23/16 team only
Why reinvent the wheel? Nature has engineered remarkable materials that support modern living. Enter Poly6, enter citrus-based materials.

Closed loop circular economics - for fabrics and all productsclimaterescue

5/23/16 team only
Linear (waste-making) economics is the global norm. If we're serious about change in any sector, we must change the economics.

But are we a different Earth, and the same planet?Imperial Hemp Co.

5/23/16 team only
Leveraging Nike's innovative and sustainable business model to transform global society, and unleash rhapsodic human potential.

Nike CONVERT 1.0AlBawwab & Julian

5/23/16 team only
Incorporate a lock and load method for uppers and soles, enabling customers to build their shoes and maintain its quality and aesthetic.

Circular Textiles Close the LoopREvolve

5/23/16 team only
Our model for closed loop textiles reduces the impact of the apparel industry and brings new opportunities to emerging markets

The Infinity Collection for Apparel IndustryMiKaSu

5/23/16 team only
Our proposal will offer a revolutionary garment collection and app service as a plug-in on the already popular App such as NIKE plus running

Recipes for Materials Revolutionmaterialactivism

5/23/16 team only
Recipes for Materials Revolution is a platform for sharing recipes for making low impact materials to inspire innovation and collaboration

3-D printed fashionbaggettm68

5/22/16 team only
Create a mall kiosk where customers can step into a booth for measurements, select a fashion, and print out clothing.

The quintessential washreshmi6494

5/22/16 team only
Imperative ways to reduce the carbon footprint of washing clothes and practical solutions involving masses are discussed in this proposal.

Industry-backed voluntary sustainability pricing schemeSTAC

5/22/16 team only
Establish an independent industry-backed authority that acts as the governing body of a voluntary sustainability pricing framework.

Empowering designers roles in using better sustainable material optionsTeam Wonder

5/21/16 team only
Sourceseed is a curated alternative material option platform that allows designers to co-buy fabrics with eachother at an affordable price.

Materials Matter: Marine Hyperloops for Humanity, the Environment, and ProfitsiWENN

5/20/16 team only
Hyperloops for Humanity, the Environment, and Profits: A Mediterranean Marine Hyperloop/Refugee/Environmental Collaborative Proposal

Algae Derived Ethylene Produces HDPE Algal Bioreactors: Repeat If Necessary!iWENN

5/20/16 team only
The existential need for a comprehensive global scale carbon negative infrastructure and consumer materials revolution is supported below.

Emotions mattersaadithya

5/18/16 team only
An interactive awareness campaign & business model to reduce Green house emisisons and encourage people to adopt low carbon impact products.

VR product tagssaadithya

5/12/16 team only
Augmented reality tags for Nike products, scan it to educate users about the climate change concern and complete a quiz to earn discount.

Grow and Harvest Flaxhira

5/5/16 team only
Noble material, linen is an all natural fibre that requires no chemicals for growth or for its transformation.

Jute (Corchorus capsularis & C. olitorius)hira

4/28/16 team only
The strong threads made from jute fibre are used worldwide in sackcloth - and help sustain the livelihoods of millions of small farmers.

Hemp is the most Economical Textiledarkpasteldiaries

4/28/16 team only

Growing Hempnaresh

4/23/16 team only
Easy to grow without agrochemicals, hemp is used increasingly in agrotextiles, car panels and fibreboard, and "cottonized" for clothing.

Impact Fashion Coalition: Campaign & ConcertImpactFashion

4/14/16 team only
Impact Fashion Week (IFW) encourages students to set a new paradigm for interdisciplinary design, equity, and climate solutions.


4/13/16 team only

A Carbon Neutral Inivitive to Encourage Low-Carbon Materials and More!CCC

4/7/16 team only
CarbonNeutralCheckout™ is designed by CCC to assist organizations in reducing the carbon footprint of the products and services they sell.

The HempNet - Enable ease of access to alternative materials!AFMPPA

3/11/16 team only
Utilize relationships with industry inflencers to build a social network enabling painless and economical access to alternative materials.

Maximum Extraction; When the End-of-Life is Just the Beginningengr309

3/1/16 team only
We love our apparel, but when the time comes that our love has faded let’s not forget that there is still loads of value still in this stuff

Water hyacinth for organic textile fibre synthesis and treatment of dye effleuntEvans Nangulu

1/29/16 team only
The proposal envisage utilization of water hyacinth for textile organic fibre sythesis and its utilization in the treatment of dye effluent.

A Sustainable Design Canvas: Systems thinking and new business modelsAndrea L & Anika K

1/19/16 team only
Reign & Co. is built on a holistic sustainable design process, where products and services are created within a closed-loop system.

Bamboo Forestspettronelah

1/14/16 anyone

Promoting the use of cloth napkins as opposed to paper napkinsrishit93

1/10/16 team only


12/17/15 team only
Creating one product completely without composites will dramatically reduce the recycling cost of current multi-material products.

Microbes that eat polyester and make chemiclasakshaysethi

12/8/15 team only
We make microbes that convert post-consumer polyester back into their raw materials. Same raw materials can be used to make new polyester.

Solar Powered Temperature Controlled Fabrics, Insoleszackmadrid

11/2/15 team only
To reduce heat/ and cold, inflammation and recovery time. Controlling power usage at home and maintaining an overall sense of well being

Ocean Floor Algae Fabric Production SystemRobert Tulip

10/28/15 team only
Use pressure and heat at deep ocean floor to transform algae biomass into hydrocarbon-based fabrics at industrial scale.