Renewable Source of Material using Synthetic Spider Silk

  1. Sustainability Problem

Energy: The fashion industry is noted for heavily using resources at an unsustainable rate.  It can take 10,000 liters of waters to produce just a single t-shirt or 8,000 different chemicals to turn raw materials in to clothes. Thus, renewable sources of materials to make clothing are needed.


  1. Technology

Article: Tech Talk: The North Face’s innovative Moon Parka is made from spider silk by Tim Newcomb

  • The Moon-Parka serves as a leap into next-generation materials by using protein-based fibers from synthetic spider silk, eliminating the use of petroleum-based materials
  • The artificial spider silk made by Japanese-based Spiber has turned the Moon Parka into the world’s first article of clothing to be made from artificial protein material
  • North Face will push to bring the Moon Parka to the market as soon as possible, with a possible push for some time this year


  1. Organizational Stakeholders
  • North Face company
  • Goldwin Company
  • Spiber Company
  • Consumers of the Moon Parka jacket
  • The fashion/textile industry
  1. Implementation
  • Spiber teamed with Goldwin and The North Face to take the synthetic spider silk and turn it into an outerwear jacket
  • The companies need to generate an enough supply to match the potential demand of the product
  • The companies then need to develop a marketing strategy to advertise the Moon Parka to the masses

2 thoughts on “Renewable Source of Material using Synthetic Spider Silk

  1. I think it is exciting that companies are starting to care more about their supply chain, ensuring that their products come from sustainable/renewable materials. The VP of the North Face product mentions in the article that the potential applications of this manufacturing process are inspiring – I wonder what those applications are.


  2. This is super cool! In addition to enabling the replacement of petroleum based materials, the use of this fabric changes the entire end to end manufacturing process (such as amount and types of waste generated, impact on ecosystem, etc). This type of technology could also be applied beyond just fashion as well which extends its potential impact. If we used this technology to create a replacement for plastic bags, for example, this would have significantly more use cases.
    class june 9, 2016 – uni mst2135


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