2. The awakening of intelligence in textiles

The impact of textiles on the planet, especially the environmental cost of the production of raw materials and the waste derived from them, forces us to rethink their function and their capacity to last, as a way to facilitate a change in consumer habits.

At the level of personal involvement of citizens, and by the tradition of our country in the textile sectorIn this context, it is necessary to pay attention to the next developments in the field of smart textiles. A sustainable society From an environmental point of view, it must find a solution to the problem of waste and the associated consumption of natural resources.

Innovators will have to come up with useful proposals to get citizens to consume higher quality and more durable clothingThe development of smart and connected textiles may open up an interesting avenue in this regard.

Textile fibres are located in the confluence of the digital and materials revolutionand the fight for waste reductionThe EU is committed to environmental sustainability, the circular economy and the strengthening of a more efficient agricultural production system and the management of natural resources.

New functionalities and nanotechnology

From the point of view of innovation, the emergence of new functionalities in textiles opens up new opportunities for the development of new products. a field of opportunities in areas such as health, connectivity, aesthetics and personal wellbeing.

Developments in nanotechnologywith new energy generation and storage systems, and smart chemicalsThe new, responsive and informative clothing, capable of reacting to and transmitting information about changes in the body or the environment, will transform the very concept of wearable clothing.

But their popularisation must run in parallel with new systems for recycling, waste recovery and ultimately increasing the durability of textiles.replacing the current dominant model of fast fashion. In this challenge, the change in consumer behaviour will be key, innovation must facilitate the choice of higher quality and more durable garments, in order to change a pattern of purchases that is unsustainable.