Global – A burgeoning revolution in robotics is enabling apparel and footwear brands to use automation in unprecedented ways.
To some, the widespread adoption of automated systems in fashion is inevitable and should be welcomed if it helps to eliminate unethical working practices. ‘The industry has proven time and time again that it is unable to be responsible,’ Jonathan Zornow, inventor and founder of robotic sewing machine SewBo, tells LS:N Global.
From an environmental standpoint, automated machinery is often a more sustainable option than manual labour, as its higher level of precision and accuracy ensures less fabric is wasted. Adidas’ Speedfactory uses locally sourced raw materials such as plastic, fibres and adhesives, which are machine-knitted and bonded together to create new fabrics and products.