Mango uses 3D printing for new accessories, shoes collection
Catalan fashion label Mango is pressing ahead with more innovative proposals. After launching a first collection of jewellery produced using 3D printing at the start of last year, Mango has again adopted this technology to expand its sustainable accessories range.
From Monday May 3, this new capsule collection is available in all the countries where Mango has an e-shop presence. The collection consists of seven items, including a bag, sandals, a necklace and four pieces of jewellery, and is made of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), a material that is “sustainable and recyclable, derived from raw materials of plant origin and coloured with natural dyes made with plant-based extracts,” said Mango.
As in the case of Mango’s ten-item, 3D-printed jewellery collection, this new project was developed in collaboration with Spanish company, Comme des Machines, a group of craftsmen specialised in producing sustainable fashion items using 3D printing technology.
With this initiative, Mango is seeking to “further strengthen its commitment to sustainability,” employing a manufacturing method that generates no waste, as the group headed by Toni Ruiz explained in a press release.
“Every gram of waste that is not generated translates into CO2 that is not released. [This] is the most sustainable form of manufacturing in existence,” said Mango.
The group’s sustainability goals include ensuring that 100% of the cotton used in Mango’s clothes is sustainably sourced, and that 50% of the polyester the label uses is of recycled origin by 2025. To date, 79% of Mango’s assortment is made up of sustainable products.
The new collection complements the latest additions to Mango’s range, from the drop of a lingerie and swimwear collection for women who have undergone mastectomy, to the introduction of a revamped selection of fragrances and the launch of Mango’s first home linen line. At the end of 2020, a year marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Catalan fashion group’s revenue fell by 22.4% to €1.8 billion. Over the same period, its online sales increased by 36%, reaching €766 million.
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