Next Generation Wearables

Next Generation Wearables
The goal of WEAR Sustain is to develop best practices for enabling, facilitating, and sustaining future network collaborations and sustainable innovations in wearable technology, smart and electronic textiles, based on ethical and sustainable foundations. These practices will help pave the way towards developing a new generation of wearables that are more ethical, critical and aesthetic.
 
A Sustainability Strategy and free online handbook will be published the end of the project to enable citizens, entrepreneurs and other industry stakeholders to become more aware of the issues in making and use of wearable technologies, and to stimulate adoption of recommended best practices for the future of society.
Knowledge and insights will be gathered via;

  • The funded teams, observing the sustainable Innovation processes, methodologies and approach used, as well as the challenges involved and success stories in co-producing ethical and sustainable prototypes to be taken to market;
  • Knowledge Exchange activities at WEAR Sustain events and webinars, to tackle ethics and sustainability issues head on;
  • A network of sustainable advocacy hubs set up by WEAR;
  • The online WEAR Sustain Network; gathering input from an ecosystem of industry players.
Sustainability Strategy
All knowledge and insights gleaned throughout the WEAR Sustain project will be synthesised in the form of industry-specific strategies to create and develop future advocacy hubs, successful partnerships and facilitate the next generation of ethical and sustainable wearable technology and smart materials developments within fashion, textiles, materials science, electronics and engineering, and related or dependent industries.
 
We seek to provide guidelines and best practices for design, circularity, and life-cycle product development for future research – innovation, sourcing, development, manufacturing, waste management and business practices within ICT and the creative industries for ethical, sustainable wearable technology and smart textiles, addressing collaboration and ways to safeguard data privacy or stop data collection altogether.
 
Join us in facilitating these important changes.
 
Visit our Media & Resources page to keep abreast of our research findings and deliverables, in our quest to develop next generation wearables which are aesthetic, ethical and critical.