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  • Luca B.
    Keymaster
    @lucabaldessarini
    #3098

    Hi guys,

    just a little issue, to date we received only 6 CVs (Luca Lostumbo, Stefano Garavaglia, Selene Delle Cave, Matilda Trevisan, Valentina Orrù, Eunice Curreri) out of 22 participants. I have to remind you that the deadline for that was on December 10th, and the english-format CV is strictly necessary in order to be considered eligible for the final ranking of Novara SVST 2019.

    So exceptionally, for the 19 participants left, the last call to send your curriculum is by tomorrow morning 9.00 a.m.

    Thank you for your cooperation, I really hope you won’t miss this huge opportunity only because of bureaucratic reasons.

    By for now,
    Luca

     

    Luca B.
    Keymaster
    @lucabaldessarini
    #3063

    Hi guys,

    I just want to remind you that in order to be considered eligible for Novara SVST 2019, you need to engage with each other on EVERY proposed topic, including the last one.

    Thank you for your cooperation, let’s have some high-quality conversation here!

    Have a nice week,
    Luca

    Luca B.
    Keymaster
    @lucabaldessarini
    #3042

    Hi guys! 

    I hope you’ve had an amazing week.

    First of all, I’d like to thank our great @lorenzodaidone for sharing with us his amazing crowdfunding experience, just the right video at the right time.

    Moving on, I want to introduce you to the new topic.

    Have you ever heard about the Moral Machine from MIT? I don’t want to tell you more about it. Just go on the website, click “Start Judging” and go through the whole process, then we will start the discussion. I’d like to know your thoughts, fears, ideas and suggestions by reference to the topic.

    A little reminder, the Novara SVST 2019 selection deadline is on December 16th, however we need to collect all your CVs within December 10th so don’t forget about it!

    Have a nice weekend,

    Luca

    Luca B.
    Keymaster
    @lucabaldessarini
    #2906

    Hi everyone!

    Nice new topic here, good job. By the way, don’t forget to wait for everyone to full dive into the topic before moving on.

    So, let’s see what do you think about this project. Personally I find it so interesting, this is its mission:

    Precious Plastic is a global community of hundreds of people working towards a solution to plastic pollution. Knowledge, tools and techniques are shared online, for free. So everyone can start.”

    Go check it out. Do you think this is helpful? After expressing your opinions about it, try to think about how you could turn this thing into a plastic recycling business (since the project is non-profit).

    Let the creativity flow.

    Have a nice week guys,
    Luca

    Luca B.
    Keymaster
    @lucabaldessarini
    #2881

    Hi everyone, how are you doing?

    First of all, congrats to you all on maintaining the momentum.

    So, since you started to talk about Brexit, let’s try to analyze this topic from a more entrepreneurial perspective than a purely political one.

    What do you guys think will be the consequences on the EU startup ecosystem, considering that London is one of the big hot spots of the “European Valley” at the moment?

    Let me know what do you think will happen, will startups remain? Will they choose a different European city to born and grow? What city would it be?

    Remember, leave all the political comments out of the conversation, let’s go deep on your personal ideas about it.

    Have a nice week,
    Luca

    Luca B.
    Keymaster
    @lucabaldessarini
    #2801

    Good job @lucalost!

    The only little detail you missed about it is that the tweet does not refer to Musk leaving the presidential team on climate change, of which is not a member.
    He was in fact talking about quitting the American Technology Council, which aim is, as Mr. Trump stated, “to coordinate the vision strategy, and direction for the federal government’s use of information technology (IT) and the delivery of services through information technology. Americans deserve better digital services from their government, the Federal Government must transform and modernize its information technology and how it uses and delivers digital services.”

    Unfortunately, Elon Musk and Disney CEO Bob Iger have been the only two executives (among all the 20 members) who have actually left the council after Trump’s questionable choice.

    You guessed it right though, let the discussion begin!

    Luca

    Luca B.
    Keymaster
    @lucabaldessarini
    #2792

    Hi guys and welcome on board to the new ones!

    First of all, I just want to remind you that if one of your friends is still thinking about wether or not to sign-in into the forum, today is the LAST DAY to hop in.
    Secondly, good job on the previous topic to you all! Just a little thing from now on. Try to analyze deeper the article, adding as many details as you can to your post.

    So, picking up from where you at, I’d like to give you these 3 related words:

    American Technology Council
    Quit
    Climate change

    The words aren’t written in any specific order, but they’re part of broader issue. You’ve to find out: Who said these words? What was he referring to?

    N.B. The FIRST who is going to find it out, will have the possibility to go first with the discussion and tell us what he thinks about it before anyone else.

    Ready, steady, GO!

    Have a nice day.
    Luca

    Luca B.
    Keymaster
    @lucabaldessarini
    #2686

    Hi there!

    I’m Luca Baldessarini and I attended the SVST 2018.

    The first thing I fell like I should tell you about the Silicon Valley Study Tour is that it really is the experience you’re looking for, it’s been the best I had so far in my entire life and I hope it’ll be your best one too.

    Just a little bit about myself, I’m a third-year Economics & Management student at Catholic University of Milan. I’m a tech enthusiast and I’m really fascinated by entrepreneurial creativity, innovation and new ideas that can really change the world and the society that belongs to us.

    The selections for the 2019 participants as you know, will be based on your activity on this forum so keep it simplebe creative and interact with one another.

    I really hope to see you all in the cradle of innovation this summer in order to get to know each other better, but for now let’s get started!
    I’d like to begin with a really HOT TOPIC of the last few weeks: “Elon Musk and his fight with the SEC“.

    What do you think about it? Deeply analyze the story as a whole and tell us what are your personal thoughts and opinions about it, but don’t forget to first introduce yourself if you haven’t already.

    Have a nice weekend,
    Luca Baldessarini

    • This reply was modified 8 months, 4 weeks ago by Paolo Marenco.
    Luca B.
    Keymaster
    @lucabaldessarini
    #2685

    Hi there!

    I’m Luca Baldessarini and I’ll be the moderator of this forum so I will walk you guys through the selection process of SVST 2019 here as well as inside the wonderful world of the Bay Area, together with Paolo, as a guide of the tour.

    The first thing I fell like I should tell you about the Silicon Valley Study Tour is that it really is the experience you’re looking for, it’s been the best I had so far in my entire life and I hope it’ll be your best one too.

    Just a little bit about myself, I’m a third-year Economics & Management student at Catholic University of Milan. I’m a tech enthusiast and I’m really fascinated by entrepreneurial creativity, innovation and new ideas that can really change the world and the society that belongs to us.

    The selections for the 2019 participants as you know, will be based on your activity on this forum so keep it simplebe creative and interact with one another.

    I really hope to see you all in the cradle of innovation this summer in order to get to know each other better, but for now let’s get started!
    I’d like to begin with a really HOT TOPIC of the last few weeks: “Elon Musk and his fight with the SEC“.

    What do you think about it? Deeply analyze the story as a whole and tell us what are your personal thoughts and opinions about it, but don’t forget to first introduce yourself if you haven’t already.

    Have a nice weekend,
    Luca Baldessarini

    Luca B.
    Keymaster
    @lucabaldessarini
    #2682

    Hi there!

    I’m Luca Baldessarini and I’ll be the moderator of this forum so I will walk you guys through the selection process of SVST 2019 here as well as inside the wonderful world of the Bay Area, together with Paolo, as a guide of the tour.

    The first thing I fell like I should tell you about the Silicon Valley Study Tour is that it really is the experience you’re looking for, it’s been the best I had so far in my entire life and I hope it’ll be your best one too.

    Just a little bit about myself, I’m a third-year Economics & Management student at Catholic University of Milan. I’m a tech enthusiast and I’m really fascinated by entrepreneurial creativity, innovation and new ideas that can really change the world and the society that belongs to us.

    The selections for the 2019 participants as you know, will be based on your activity on this forum so keep it simplebe creative and interact with one another.

    I really hope to see you all in the cradle of innovation this summer in order to get to know each other better, but for now let’s get started!
    I’d like to begin with a really HOT TOPIC of the last few weeks: “Elon Musk and his fight with the SEC“.

    What do you think about it? Deeply analyze the story as a whole and tell us what are your personal thoughts and opinions about it, but don’t forget to first introduce yourself if you haven’t already.

    Have a nice weekend,
    Luca Baldessarini

    Luca B.
    Keymaster
    @lucabaldessarini
    #2679

    Hi there!

    I’m Luca Baldessarini and I’ll be the moderator of this forum, so I will walk you guys through the selection process of SVST 2019. The first thing I fell like I should tell you about the Silicon Valley Study Tour is that it really is the experience you’re looking for, it’s been the best I had so far in my entire life and I hope it’ll be your best one too.

    Just a little bit about myself, I’m a third-year Economics & Management student at Catholic University of Milan. I’m a tech enthusiast and I’m really fascinated by entrepreneurial creativity, innovation and new ideas that can really change the world and the society that belongs to us.

    The selections for the 2019 participants as you know, will be based on your activity on this forum so keep it simplebe creative and interact with one another.
    I really hope to see you all in the cradle of innovation this summer in order to get to know each other better, but for now let’s get started!

    By the way, it’s so good to see already so many attendees: Edoardo; Stefano; Federica; Alessandra; Matteo; Martina; Benedetta; Selene and Linda, welcome on board!

    I’d like to begin with a really HOT TOPIC of the last few weeks: Elon Musk and his fight with the SEC.
    What do you think about it? Deeply analyze the story as a whole and tell us what are your personal thoughts and opinions about it, but don’t forget to first introduce yourself if you haven’t already.

    Have a nice weekend,
    Luca Baldessarini

    Luca B.
    Keymaster
    @lucabaldessarini
    #2503

    Hi there,

    I confirm I will attend the SVST 2018.

    Thank you all so much for the amazing discussions we had here together!

    Luca Baldessarini

    Luca B.
    Keymaster
    @lucabaldessarini
    #2443

    Hi guys,

    First of all, I want to thank @daniel-romano for quoting Greenrail, I’ve actually heard about it the first time this year at the StartupItalia Open Summit 2017, absolutely awesome event, also @oscar was there. It has been awarded as the best Italian startup of the year and it truly is one of the companies which are out there proving how Italians do it better. Jokes aside, they raised 2.3 mln € in 2016 from the European Innovation Council, part of the very same Horizon 2020 program mentioned by @oscar.

    I also totally agree with @oscar that the communication freedom of talking with your customer, given by the spread of social networks, can be seen as both positive and negative thing. Positive because now like never before companies are able to share their mission openly, receive customers feedbacks and build up their brand awareness. But unfortunately, these very same positive aspects can be considered as bad ones, due to the enormous fragility of this whole ecosystem. This is another great topic we discussed with @l-stevanazzi, @elisa and few messages ago. More specifically, we discussed why for example Apple is almost absent from social media, and why even though we all agree that these communities are not always such healthy environments, this type of strategy is still a privilege of few who can choose to not care about the “social sphere” and instead hardly try to anticipate the future.
    Regarding your thesis ideas @oscar, I think it will be really good and I believe also mine will go that way. If I may suggest, I think you should also insert some sort discussion about the interaction between the labor market and technology and how it’ll affect humans, who historically fulfill themselves in their work.
    Thank you also for the hint about Bicocca’s E4job certification, very good initiative, and I’m with @l-stevanazzi about the lack of widespread knowledge in these themes, In fact I believe that we need more and more of these MOOC-like things such as this one in order to have a fully educated populace about the future.

    Moving on, I couldn’t agree more with @elenariganti that governments are too busy with their affairs for caring about technology and innovation, that is so sad. But if they don’t embrace a radical course correction, I think lots of problems will emerge soon for the states led by them. Unfortunately, being left behind is exactly what happened for example to our country, where just one politician stepped in Silicon Valley to have a look at what our brain-drain are doing in the cradle of innovation. I think one of the most innovative European countries to take the most inspiration from is France, especially since the last election, with Emmanuel Macron taking the lead. Thinking about amazing projects like Station F, the world’s largest startup incubator (34.000 square meters) in Paris, or the huge amount of money putted at disposal of innovation by public funds (10 bln € for startups from Bpifrance, the Frech Public Investment Bank) I sincerely believe that our government should take a leaf from this type of innovation strategy. Moreover, yesterday France has started to move some important steps in order to become an Artificial Intelligence hub, attracting talents, fostering public research and AI startups with the AI for Humanity plan. And with the help of amazing people like the extravagant Cedric Villani (go check this guy, it’s crazy), the genius dandy mathematician in charge of France’s AI development strategy, for sure it will make it. “Artificial intelligence is a technological, economic, social and obviously ethical revolution, this revolution won’t happen in 50 or 60 years, it’s happening right now. There are new opportunities and we can choose to follow some innovations or not.” – Emmanuel Macron, 29th March 2018.

    Coming back a little bit to the Dubai Municipality’s innovative mindset towards the future, yesterday right after our discussion, I’ve had the pleasure to read that the fleet of Tesla Model X taxis owned by the Dubai Taxi Company just completed 64,000 trips in 6 months, saving this way over 220.000 liters of fuel! Here’s another plan to take inspiration from, being able to be completely ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) free in cities starting from the public transportation it’s a really ambitious but required goal to pursue. In the future, with so many tech companies which are already building up their autonomous fleet, like Uber with Volvo or Waymo with Jaguar thanks to their recent agreement, and others, we could also apply more and more over the amazing technology of self-driving vehicles at the extremely boring taxi ecosystem, creating a completely new AI and environment-friendly concept of public mobility; obviously, with more than a few outplacement issues.

    In conclusion, I want to declare that like @oscar, I’m also really hopeful about the future no matter what. I’m inspired by it every day, and I do agree that we are in the best era ever. Like you @oscar said, the social elevator has never been so affordable to climb. People can build up empires from the ground up, the money is there if you need it. We have the power to enhance our world and truly change things if we want to. I do believe, like @l-stevanazzi, that we don’t have to fear tech, but we need to be aware of the human component in it.

    Finally, about the meet-up. Great idea @l-stevanazzi, I’ve just filled out the pool. Another idea to keep us in touch on this amazing conversation could be to create a FB group, maybe we can talk better about it when we meet!

    I can’t thank you more for this amazing experience, it has been a true privilege to discuss so many engaging themes with such talented and inspired people. Unfortunately, these constructive arguments don’t happen so often because not so many people are this open-minded and hopeful about the future. We need to spread the word of innovation and technology because I think it’s not something that you can like or not, it’s everywhere, it’s powerful and it affects our lives more than so many people can think.
    We are the next generation of leaders of our world, and we have the social responsibility to protect it and to push it into the wonderful future waiting for us.

    I just want to leave you with the final quote from one of my favorite books, The Great Gatsby, which truly represents how everyone one of us should believe in something and just work as hard as he can to reach it, with modesty and a neverending determination.

    Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one ne morning… So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”

    I wish you an awesome Easter, and thank you all again!

    Bye for now,
    Luca Baldessarini

    Luca B.
    Keymaster
    @lucabaldessarini
    #2413

    Hi everyone! How you doing?

    Welcome to our super forum @oscar! We already know each other, I’m from Liveconomy student association, and I’ve so many news to tell you about the Milan Innovation Ecosystem project, which we’re developing with Ferruccio Martinelli (E-Club Bocconi former President), and Francesco Salvatore, from TWCAP. I don’t know if you remember, we have to meet asap.

    I’d like to start talking a little bit about H&M and its recycling program which has been around for a while now. First of all, I do think that as the first fast fashion brand to do so, in 2013, they for sure need some recognition. I hereby agree with @jialiangzhou that it has been a really good way to start pushing customers in this direction. Statistics from the article are just crazy, 80 bln pieces of new clothing consumed every year (+400% from 2000). So I do think that those kinds of critiques moved to the brand are quite useless. H&M like any other brand is a company and not a non-profit, and as a company, it needs to make profits. I therefore find their idea really good, both from an environmental side as well as for a brand awareness/marketing perspective. In this way in facts, they of course push customers to buy more of their stuff, legitimately increasing the company earnings, but at the same time, lots of those new clothes comes with a nearly zero environmental impact, since they have theoretically been produced by the old ones. And looking at the numbers, with over 55.000 tons of garments collected they have been able to “give back” ca. 270 mln of T-shirts; in addition to that, for each kilogram of textiles collected, 0.02 euros has been donated to charities.

    Thank you also @jialiangzhou for the hint about SoftWear, that is really good! Those numbers are just awesome, 2x the max human sewing capacity per day and 1,2 million T-shirts produced a year, wow! Moreover, I couldn’t agree more with the fact that this kind of innovation, which can fully replace humans especially in this kinds of labor-intensive jobs, should be encouraged and supported. But of course, the further it goes the more jobs will be taken over by it, and here stands I think one of the biggest socio-political problems of the future of humankind.
    Social, because of course, it will heavily impact our lives in the next future, mainly due to the enormous AI developments that are taking place. Political, because I think governments have the formal responsibility for that, they need to introduce this kind of themes in the daily political debate and they need to put this kind of questions in their political programs. Just try to find, if you’re able to, any kind of mention about technology and AI in any political campaign, especially in Italy. This is the future, and it’ll come anyway, whether we like it or not, and if governments won’t be up with the times, we will never be able to fully put technology in the service of humans. I consider my self as a tech enthusiast and I can’t wait for it to come, but at the same time, I do think that this 4th Industrial Revolution (just watch this video, it’s amazing) is and will be totally different from the others. We’re not going from steam-powered machines to mass use of electricity. Technology is already so far ahead so many that we all need to deal with it right now, in a proactive and optimistic way, because the future is wonderful, but only if we live it without blind eyes.
    Furthermore, I completely agree with @elenariganti that a high turnover comes naturally with progress but I do also think, like I said before, especially for the disruptive level of this revolution, that this time will be totally different regarding the unemployment rate. That’s why we need to heavily embrace a public debate on that, that’s why we need to improve our traditional education system, which is also absolutely not up with the times. Of course, like @jialiangzhou correctly said, creativity will be our unextinguishable and unique added value, but only for a little time I think, and moving on, the neural networks who are already able to beat humans at extremely difficult strategic games without even learning how to play them, will for sure match our level and go beyond. Have a look at some few messages ago if you want, @l-stevenazzi, @elisa, @fabio and I have had a super interesting conversation about all these themes, let me know what do you think. Oh, and by the way  @jialiangzhou I have to quote you, « we should help people to keep up with the quick changing world, in order to address them towards new opportunities », this I believe truly represents everything; and thank you also for the book suggestion, I’ve just added it to my Amazon list!

    Coming back for a little bit to the Precious Plastic project, I do agree with @l-stevenazzi that for sure not everyone will embrace the DIY way, I think in fact that this kind of solution should be managed centrally, at a community level, from some sort of local authority/charity, especially for developing countries. But if the project would evolve over, maybe into a profitable business, with a smaller compactor as a final product already built to be sold, it would for sure become a useful home tool to recycle your own plastic and produce the object you need without keep buying them. It could also be used by companies, dramatically reducing their environmental impact and their costs by building, for example, their own tools or machinery with 3D printing and recycled plastic. Thank you @l-stevenazzi for the tip about Holey, never heard of it before, that’s I believe one of the most important and impactful applications of 3D printing. Talking about “Glass to Power”, wow, what a great project, this is THE THING. Being able to collect energy with those Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs), that can create a traditional looking window, it’s a huge step which I think could improve so much the photovoltaic adoption rate in cities still remaining something with close zero environmental impact.

    Regarding the articles shared by @stefaniatibiletti, first of all, I’ve never heard about the Wastenizer project, here is an example of governments truly taking care of the future of our planet. With the huge target of becoming a waste-free city within the next 2 years (having the highest tonnes of waste per capita, 3.5 million tonnes) the Dubai Administration is really shooting for the stars. Moreover, this amazing project could serve as an example for so many countries, especially for the developing ones where this is one of the worst problems at the moment.
    I truly believe that this is a perfect example of technology serving humanity and with the good use of AI I think Dubai will reach for sure reach is target of steering 100% of the city’s waste away from landfills by 2030, which is huge!
    Talking about the environmental progress I’m perfectly convinced that it « doesn’t just happen » like I wrote few messages ago talking about tech, and I also fully agree that « environmental progress it’s only « propelled by successive waves of innovation inspired by leaders and actions », quoting the article.
    Secondly, I personally think that only large partnerships between companies and between governments can make a positive impact on the future of our planet before it’s too late. Everyone needs to embrace this challenge together no matter what, and profits should come in the second place, this is our planet. By using blockchain technology to « track and improve food waste across supply chain » for example, we could ride the 4th industrial revolution thinking that we’re heading to the future with the right mindset. But in order to do that, we need enlightened leaders who guide us, like the Dubai Municipality, with actual steps into tough problems, and we need to distance ourselves from the bad ones like Donald Trump, who choose a few months ago to take America out form the COP 21 act.

    I just want to close with a quote from the article that I really liked:

    « Fueling this hope is the Fourth Wave of environmental progress, where the exponential growth in innovation will empower people – business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, individuals, and communities – to take action and fill the gaps in environmental leadership »

    Goodnight guys,
    Luca Baldessarini

    Luca B.
    Keymaster
    @lucabaldessarini
    #2394

    Hi everyone!

    Wow, so many new members out there, and what a great fire chat. A big welcome also to @daniel-romano and @jialiangzhou in our fast-growing community! So many interesting thoughts to discuss, thanks @stefaniatibiletti for the new topic.

    I do think that fashion and the way it’s evolving lately is truly one of the most important and actual themes to face and deeply analyze. It touches people’s heart, it makes people crazy, it’s one of the most evolved forms of art because you can represent yourself in it, it defines someone and his personality. Moreover, fashion has also always defined ages and historical periods, and we’re always consciously or unconsciously influenced by it.
    These days though, especially with the rise of fast fashion since 2000, which contaminated almost the entire industry, we’ve seen the shine of the traditional fashion and the handmade couture concept vanished nearly entirely. At first, it was a revolution, low prices for customers, collection dropping nonstop and new big players like Zara and H&M were starting their almost all-market ownership takeover. In fact, they later become such big companies that also the historical and classic players can’t play it safe anymore, being pushed like everyone else to go fast no matter what. Then, in the most recent years, people have become more and more aware of the unsustainable side of that, thus leading these important themes to the light.

    Following that, several scandals and protests around low labor costs exploitation and environmental impact showed up increasingly. One of the biggest was about Nike tolerating sweatshops back in 2001. Another, most recent huge outrage was the one about the 2013 Rana Plaza eight-story building collapse in Bangladesh, 1129 deaths and about 2500 people injured. The building was declared dangerous for the few cracks that had recently appeared, and bank in the building sent, in fact, its staff home. Ether Tex factory managers though, whose textile company worked for giants like Inditex, Walmart, Mango, Benetton and many many others, forced employees to work anyway in that edifice sentencing them in so doing to death.

    Like I said before, another huge topic that has been widely discussed over recent years is the fashion environmental impact. From the article “In the U.S, over about two decades, the amount of clothing thrown out each year has doubled from 7 million tons to 14 million tons. By 2030, as the global population grows 16%, one estimate suggests that clothing consumption will grow 65%”, this is humongous guys.
    Regarding this topic I’d really like to recommend you this documentary that I’ve seen a few years ago, The Next Black – A film about the Future of Clothing, I’ll make you a short summary about that because it’s quite long, but is definitely worth watching if you have time.
    The topic here is really how amazing people are trying to embrace the challenge of merging technology and sustainability in order to let this industry make it to a brighter future.
    The first example of that is Studio XO, who is the “fashion laboratory adding light and magic to what we wear“, pushing the boundaries of 3D printing (coming back to the previous topic) and dressing artists like Azealia Banks, Lady Gaga, and Black Eyed Peas. Talking about tech in the fashion we cannot talk about the amazing improvements in sportswear made in the recent years. One example about that is Adidas, which is completely revolutionizing the way we monitor our sports activity throughout incorporated sensors within sports jerseys.
    Another brand which I think is really pushing the sustainable fashion and its innovation at the same time is Patagonia, who is trying to put the textile consumption on climate change to a minimum. To do this, in addition to its yet super sustainable manufacturing methods, it tried some few years ago to go all in with marketing. So, in 2013, the Californian company founded by Yvon Chouinard, launched the “Don’t buy this jacket” campaign in order to encourage customers to buy new stuff only if it was needed.
    Talking about re-usability, the documentary above mentioned talked also about a project which I’ve never heard of before then. IFixit is “the free repair guide for everything, written by everyone”, and it basically consists in an open-sourced online platform which teaches you how to repair everything, clothing included.
    Coming to the end, the dyeing textiles theme comes one. “Every year the process of water dyeing textiles disposes the equivalent of half Mediterranean into our rivers and streams, add to 200.000 tons of toxic chemicals that escape wastewater treatment and end up in those very same waterways” solely from adding color to textiles. An estimated 17 to 20% of industrial water pollution comes from textile dyeing and treatment and an estimated 8,000 synthetic chemicals are used throughout the world to turn raw materials into textiles.
    So here it comes Yeh Group, a worldwide supplier of innovative fabrics and finished garments based in Thailand. More specifically, it uses high compressed supercritical carbon dioxide to dye textiles, as results, it uses 0% water, 50% less energy, and 50% less chemicals; and with a yearly capacity per-machine of nearly 1 mln meters, it’s really changing the game out there.

    But, besides all this, I think that one the most important innovation which lately heralded the fashion world is sustainable couture. Like is being shown in the documentary, there are so many good ideas and technologies out there around that. For example, brewing tea and bacteria cultures in order to grow textures throughout fermentation. Yes, you’ve heard that right. Between 2000 and 2010 only we faced a +47% textile consumption, and now we need to do something about it. We need to embrace this social challenge and push technologies like this one with the aim of being as much close to zero as possible regarding our fashion impact rate on the environment.
    One proud Italian example for that is Orange Fiber, a “Made in Sicily” innovative company founded by Adriana Santanocito and Enrica Arena which produces clothes out of oranges discards (700k tons of orange waste produced every year). In addition to the sustainable side of it, those clothes work also as a “vitamin treatment” for your skin.

    All of these companies I think are truly trying to change forever the way people think about fashion, drastically reducing its impact on our planet.

    I’d like to close with a quote from the article @stefaniatibiletti shared which I really loved: “We need to get to that point, we need to find a way where fashion in general–both fast and slow–are operating within the planetary boundaries and have a positive impact instead of a negative one. You can play with the thought of super-fast fashion that you wear and put in the ground and it decomposes very quickly, enters back into the biological cycle very quickly, and it’s made for one-time use

    – Erik Bang, Innovation Lead at H&M Foundation.

    Good night everyone, have a nice week!
    Luca Baldessarini

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