Bethany Sugg

Sustainable Futures

PhD Researcher in Sustainable Futures (ESRC 1+3)
School of Law, University of Bristol

Start date: October 2019

Research topic: The potential of food-by-product-fabrics for sustainable fashion; the case of Pinatex “plant-based- leather”.

The fashion industry has recently come under scrutiny for its environmental impacts. My research will explore textiles innovations which have been developed to improve the sustainability credentials of this sector. Specifically, my project will critically examine sustainable materials which are designed and made from food by-products, sold and worn as fashion items, and then returned to the soil via biodegradation. Food-based biofabrics align with circular economy principles by exploiting food waste as a ‘raw material’ within apparel pipelines.

My research uses an interdisciplinary, qualitative approach combining sustainable business studies, fashion geography and materials science.

Research supervisors: Professor Ian Cook, Professor Agnes Nairn