Portuguese firm Tintex has launched a new project in partnership with NGO Drip by Drip to promote water saving in the textile industry. The initiative aims at the development of alternative textile solutions with the lowest possible water footprint. Tintex will be supplying the fabrics, while the garments will be created by Blue Ben, and Lenzing and Tearfil will supply the fibres and yarn.

Also involved are international creative agency Montebelo and NGO Agroho, working with brands, organisations and manufacturers to create responsible fashion products and collaborating with marginalised communities in Bangladesh respectively.

The fabric collection has been developed using Tencel Lyocell, Modal, the natural fibre hemp and Roica V550, the sustainable stretch fibre from Asahi Kasei which has received the Hohenstein Environment Compatibility Certificate, as it breaks down without releasing harmful substances.

Alongside its ecological properties, when Blue Lab fabrics are purchased, 10 per cent of sales go to wastewater projects in Bangladesh.