From Waste to Wardrobe: Unveiling the Potential of Agricultural Waste for Fashion Trims

Jul 11, 2023

The fashion industry is progressively shifting towards sustainable practices, and one area to focus on is trims. By incorporating biobased or agricultural waste materials into the production of trims, badges, and other accessories, brands can reduce their reliance on petroleum-based materials and decrease plastic usage. As a dedicated trim provider, we constantly explore innovative materials and production methods to stay at the forefront of conscious fashion solutions.

Made of pineapple leaves, vegan approved.

Agricultural Waste in Trims Production

Becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of using agricultural waste in fashion, brands are exploring new approaches to incorporate these materials into their products.

A variety of material options can be sourced from biobased and agricultural waste.

At Trimco Group, we have already introduced a series of trims that focus on the use of agricultural / biobased waste, offering various options for partnering brands, depending on their application, style, and durability needs:

Ecofiber: A 100% biomaterial that doesn't contain any plastic.

Coffee/Eggshell: Biobased waste mixed with PU (polyurethane) to create unique trims.

Grape Leather: A combination of agricultural waste left after pressing grapes and water-based PU.

Pineapple: A vegan-approved material, derived from pineapple leaves, is a great option for environmentally conscious trims.

Apple: Utilizes agricultural waste from apple pressing for cider, mixed with PU.

Biobased PU: A blend of corn, viscose (wood), and only 31% traditional PU, offering a more sustainable alternative.

Sugarcane Paper: A byproduct of the sugar industry, this agricultural waste material can also be used for creating responsible trims.

Grape Leather

What's considered waste in one industry might be a valuable resource in another. These materials contribute to lessening the reliance on virgin plastic and fossil-based substances. There are, of course, several things to consider before adopting biobased material; they are indeed more innovative, yet their recyclability can be difficult at this point.  While they come with benefits and drawbacks, there is no doubt that there is value in using materials made from biobased or agricultural waste, and the developing solutions for more circular options will surely improve in the future.


Bioeconomy 2.0: Creating a bio-based, resilient future | Article | Packaging Europe

Impact of biobased materials on human health - ScienceDirect

Apparel Giants Bringing Future-Friendly Fabrics to the Mainstream | Sustainable Brands

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