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FOCUS TOPIC

"Beyond bottles - the future of Polyester"

By 2027, the European Commission is expected to introduce minimum quotas for the use of recycled plastic components in new products. These quotas would be mandatory for the plastics processing industry and are likely to be between 15 and 30 percent. The introduction of such quotas will lead to the plastics processing industry having to adapt its production in order to use more recycled plastics. As a result, the demand for high-quality recycled plastic will increase significantly. Since high-quality plastic is currently in very short supply, the increase in demand could lead to a significant rise in prices. As a result, fabric manufacturers need to come up with alternatives to polyester derived from plastic bottles up until now. The focus topic opens up a wide range of opportunities when one considers the various types of polyester that exist: PHA, PHB, PTT, PBT; even polycarbonate. It has also lead to an increased focus on micro-plastics (and the misinformation associated with them). For this year’s Trend Forum, the jury of experts has defined six groups that could represent alternatives to conventional bottle recycling in the future. Among them, new developments in the field of membranes, fibers from mechanical recycling and chemical recycling, bio-based materials, materials from bio-plastics, textiles with carbon capture and other methods. Clear proof of the industry’s capability of switching to renewable materials is a fleece jacket from Vaude in cooperation with the Finnish forestry specialist UPM. Here we see the use of wood-based polyester for the first time. Natural fiber blends or cellulose in addition to textile to textile recycling will play an increasing role. Ultimately, a complete “Beyond Bottles” collection can be created from the aforementioned alternatives.

 

Grand Textile

IBQ

Dry-tex

Paltex

TE YI TEXTILE TRADE CO., LTD

e.dye

Pontetorto

Pontetorto

Hitex

Da Fon

Grandtek

Antex

SINGTEX

Far Eastern New Century

Polycore Solutions

Shinkong

Yaw Liamy Enterprise Co., Ltd

Apex

Long Advance

HERMOSA

Far Eastern New Century

IdeaTex

Long Advance

Domiles

Paltex

Grandtek

Grandtek

HERMOSA

 

Additional fabrics recommended by our jury:

New Wide

Omniteksas

Baselayer

The most important of all categories is more versatile than ever for the spring/summer season 2026. Natural fibers are presented in all their diversity, with cotton, hemp, Tencel, kapok and modal omnipresent for summer. These are complimented by a repertoire of animal fibers, such as wool blends, merino wool in most cases, and no longer applied in its pure form but rather as a recycled variant. Manufacturers are increasingly turning to refibra technology, which involves upcycling a significant proportion of cotton fabric waste, e.g. from the production process of clothing, and then combined with cellulose. The raw material is then processed into new tencel-lyocell fibers. Polypropylene, preferably recycled, is not considered a single-layer, highly functional climate regulating fiber for nothing – not only does the material ensure optimal climate management, but is also odorless, even without the use of chemical additives. Recycled polypropylene is often produced from fishing nets and other post-industrial waste by means of a mechanical recycling process. Great developments are currently taking place in the recycling of waste, including mushrooms, orange peel or pineapple leaves. Interesting body-mapping structures can be seen in the group of polyamides, in some instances from recycled rubber tires, from Econyl, bio-based nylon 6.6, from pre-consumer recycling. Another highlight are polyesters, recycled with organic spandex (Lycra), from mussel shells, from both pre- and post-consumer recycling. Brrr works with Cocona fibers, which when worn, provide a cooling effect. Cocona products offer a natural UVA and UVB protection of at least UPF 25. The activated carbon pores embedded in the fibers create a protective shield between the skin and UV radiation. Technical 3D mesh structures, as well as seamless warp-knits or stormtechs, are present in the group of nylons. The diverse range presented by manufacturers is ideal for technical summer base-layers as well as for performance wear for water sports. The dominant colors for summer are stronger colors such as blue, yellow or green.

Feinjersey

Shun Yuan

TMG Textiles

TMG Textiles

Ekoten

H-One

Schoeller GmbH & Co

Suedwolle Group

Omniteksas

Sidonios

Omniteksas

Texet

Zeynar

Hemp Fortex

Arula GmbH

Arula GmbH

37.5 Technology / Cocona Labs.

Shinkong

brrrº

Carvico

Align

Texxar

Penn Textile Solutions

Textilesfuture Technology (Shandong) Co., Ltd.

Feinjersey

M.i.t.i.

Cifra

Axroma

Midlayer

In focus: Easy mid-layers for summer! The mid-layer category presents itself in a highly technical form in all its diversity. There have surely never been so many great developments in the mid-layer sector and will especially appeal to the younger generation. The classic softshell is celebrating a comeback, also in the fashion segment. Particular eye-catchers are fleeces with jersey backings, cotton jerseys, waffle constructions, uppers made of wool, woven fleeces, high-stretch softshells, along with water-repellent Sherpas. Spacer materials alternate with interlocks, ultra-light tech-fleeces with wovens (some with membranes and fleece backing) and jacquards with classic fleece qualities. Waffle structures can be found alongside new fleece structures, many technical Polartec Alpha variants and alternatives such as French Terries for the popular urban outdoor summer look. The undisputed trends are clearly Alpha qualities (Singtex and Polartec), waffle structures and wovens (wool with Tencel, cotton with recycled polyester, Cocona-wool). Further highlights in this category: Merino wool qualities, bio-based nylons, recycled polyesters, organic nylons, modal and other natural fibers. 

OceanSafe

LMA

A. Sampaio

Suedwolle Group

Pontetorto

H-One

Polartec

Unitex

Thygesen & Birk

Tessile Fiorentina

Erictex

Thygesen & Birk

AGT

Hyosung

37.5 Technology / Cocona Labs.

Far Eastern New Century

drirelease

Unitex

Carol

A. Sampaio

Hemetex

Kingwhale

LMA

Sidonios

Daewoong

Polartec

Detailgreat International

H-One

Softshell & Outer Midlayer

By 2027, the European Commission is expected to introduce minimum quotas for the use of recycled plastic components in new products. These quotas would be mandatory for the plastics processing industry and are likely to be between 15 and 30 percent. The introduction of such quotas will lead to the plastics processing industry having to adapt its production in order to use more recycled plastics. As a result, the demand for high-quality recycled plastic will increase significantly. Since high-quality plastic is currently in very short supply, the increase in demand could lead to a significant rise in prices. As a result, fabric manufacturers need to come up with alternatives to polyester derived from plastic bottles up until now. The focus topic opens up a wide range of opportunities when one considers the various types of polyester that exist: PHA, PHB, PTT, PBT; even polycarbonate. It has also lead to an increased focus on micro-plastics (and the misinformation associated with them). For this year’s Trend Forum, the jury of experts has defined six groups that could represent alternatives to conventional bottle recycling in the future. Among them, new developments in the field of membranes, fibers from mechanical recycling and chemical recycling, bio-based materials, materials from bio-plastics, textiles with carbon capture and other methods. Clear proof of the industry’s capability of switching to renewable materials is a fleece jacket from Vaude in cooperation with the Finnish forestry specialist UPM. Here we see the use of wood-based polyester for the first time. Natural fiber blends or cellulose in addition to textile to textile recycling will play an increasing role. Ultimately, a complete “Beyond Bottles” collection can be created from the aforementioned alternatives.

 

BEZSAN TEKSTIL

Ocean Plastics Co., Ltd.

Jessia and Jean

Texet

SINGTEX

Trueway

Hung's Fortune

ASF

Flying Textile

Evertex

Jessia and Jean

Wisher

Kunshan Sanchuan

Century Eternity

Alto Milanese

MK international

concordia textiles

Unitex

Manteco®

Texapel S.p.A.

Lanificio Becagli

Thygesen & Birk

Lanificio Becagli

Dragon Times Accessory

2.5 & 3Layer

In this category too, it is also quite apparent that manufacturers are striving to find feasible and, above all, sustainably produced alternatives to membranes. This is also reflected in its extreme diversity for summer 2026, surprising us with plenty of great new membrane technologies. Various categories were defined in advance: Low-cost TPUs 15/15, mono-component polyester membranes DNR- and solvent-free, hydrophilic PUs as well as microporous PUs (e.g. from Dimpora), the polypropylene group with its own new membrane alternatives such as from Pimi and BenQ, with an electro-spinning process, considered an efficient method for the direct and continuous production of nanofibers. The electro-spinning process is relatively simple and can be applied to produce polymer nanofibers for almost all polymer solutions, melts, emulsions and suspensions with sufficient viscosity. Last but not least, natural fibers – with the trend here clearly moving towards microporous membrane variants (Pimi).  

 

Seojin

TE YI TEXTILE TRADE CO., LTD

Chia Her

Apex

Xpore

FUJIAN SUNTION TEXTILE TECHNOLOGY CO.,LTD.

FUJIAN SUNTION TEXTILE TECHNOLOGY CO.,LTD.

Flying Textile

Sympatex

Sympatex

SINGTEX

Xpore

Century Eternity

Teijin Frontier

Dry-tex

Synnix

ASF

Brookwood

Modestex

dimpora

Kunshan Sanchuan

Huamao

Dry-tex

Flying Textile

WidePlus

Jiangsu Sunfeng

Paltex

Hwa Fune

 

Additional fabrics recommended by our jury:

Flying Textile

Hwa Fune

2Layer

2-LAYER

Innovative approaches to 2-layer concepts are finally making a comeback. This rather large and versatile category includes shell materials such as a polyester shell with polyester membrane, nylons with PU, natural outer materials such as wool or cotton, bio-based nylon membranes and various recycled polyesters. Polyester made from textile waste, fiber-to-fiber yarn, 100 % certified by Sympatex, recycled fabric remnants from Saya, polyester ripstops, hydrophilic fabrics, carbon captures – the list goes on for summer 2026. Mono components are present as carbon capture variants or made from fabric leftovers. Furthermore, Tencel with a bio-based nylon membrane, polypropylene membranes, polyester made from fabric waste, electro-spun or ion-conductive polymer membranes, which all offer great opportunities for high-performance technologies. 

Bristex

ECOSENSOR by AsahiKASEI

Jiangsu Sunfeng

Yesung Textile Co., Ltd.

Tohei Tsusho

Paltex

Li Peng

Achievetex

Gelintex

Everest

Hyperbola

HERMOSA

Domiles

Carol

Long Advance

Grandetex

Synnix

Flying Tex

MK international

Sunny Special

Manteco®

Zeeberry

Grand Textile

Sympatex

Yuantex

Sunny Special

concordia textiles

Grandetex

Lightweight & Downproof

From lightweight to heavy – this category highlights various recycled polyamides and nylons. Among them, a woven fabric from Cordura with a magnificent digital print for windstoppers and windbreakers. Recycled polyesters containing marine plastic, CCU yarn, saja fibers, fishing nets, etc… Pulptec from Korea surprises with a windbreaker material made of extremely lightweight, stretchy cotton. The recycled stretch-nylon fiber from Jiangsu Sunfeng offers superior elasticity and durability, boasts environmentally friendly qualities and a light weight, all-round 360-degree comfort and flexibility. Bionic Tech-NuSkin ensures for optimal moisture management and breathability.

Green Threads

Toyota Tsusho

Green Threads

ASF

Plptex

Green Threads

Huamao

Brookwood

Toyota Tsusho

Jiangsu Sunfeng

Unitika

Jiangsu Romrol

Onechang Material

Texet

concordia textiles

Plptex

Hyosung

Toyota Tsusho

Modestex

Jiangsu Romrol

Onechang Material

Green Threads

Onechang Material

Flying Textile

Erictex

Brookwood

Long Advance

Apex

Shirts

This category showcases a broad mix of summer looks, with different textures providing for innovative, exciting looks. No other category so clearly manages to reflect the range of fabulous, new and sustainable fibers currently available on the market. These include single jerseys, bio-based yarn, recycled polyester qualities made from pineapple leaves, linen-like structures and, of course, various natural fibers. Flat structures, some woven, some with seersucker qualities, set the tone. Fabrics made from old car tires, CO2-neutral, fabric leftovers and Seawool are dominant. These are complimented with natural fibers such as Tencel, Merino, cotton or Cocona.

E. Boselli

Hans Global

Universal Textile Co., Ltd.

Grandetex

Teijin Frontier

MARUI ORIMONO CO., Ltd.

Uniquetex Int. Co., Ltd.