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Textile industry finds ways to go green

October 1, 2008

By Barbara Ernster The Cradle to Cradle (C2C) concept has been influential in moving the U.S. textile industry toward more sustainable practices. Developed by architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart, C2C transforms industry by creating products for cradle-to-cradle cycles, whose materials are perpetually circulated in closed loops, maximizing material value without damaging ecosystems. The …

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Industry professionals discuss recycling mandates

By Barbara Ernster Building the cost of recycling into the cost of a project is a popular idea, but if a company is in a competitive market, that extra cost could drive customers to seek cheaper alternatives, unless recycling is mandated for everyone. There is intense debate on whether government mandates or trade organization mandates …

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Recycled polyester benefits companies

By Barbara Ernster Different sustainable fabrics made of natural fibers, including cotton, bamboo, hemp, corn and soy products, are making their way into the printing market. Jon Weingarten, president and CEO of Dazian Fabrics in Secaucus, N.J., will present the pros and cons of each in his presentation at the Fabric Graphics symposium at IFAI …

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Nanotechnology provides more function with less space

By Barbara Ernster Nanotechnology, the engineering of functional systems at the molecular level, is all about getting more function on less space. Next-generation nano materials have already hit the textile market in the form of nano-enhanced fabrics with antimicrobial properties able to kill germs, viruses and “superbugs” that come into contact with the surface of …

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Awnings save energy

By Barbara Ernster The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association and the European Solar Shading Organization have different challenges but the same shady goals. In Europe, where the buildings sector accounts for 41 percent of the EU’s energy requirements, it also offers the largest single potential for energy efficiency. The EU’s directive on energy performance of buildings, …

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IFAI chairman discusses textile industry challenges

By Barbara Ernster Scott Campbell, chairman of the board at IFAI and owner of Rainier Industries in Tukwila, Wash., recently talked with us about some of the issues facing the textile industry in its movement toward sustainable products and practices. How much can textile suppliers and manufacturers realistically accomplish toward embracing sustainable/green practices at this …

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Flexible fabric provides disaster relief

When disaster strikes, flexible fabric products offer aid. By Meleah Maynard Whether it’s flooding in Iowa or earthquakes in China, disasters in today’s global society seem to touch everyone. Victims need clean water, shelter and fuel quickly, but the traditional means of supplying these things have long been cumbersome and costly—if it was possible to …

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Fabric transforms buildings and allows creativity

Enlivening building facades and streetscapes to create welcoming places for people. By Paula Rees It’s time that designers take a breath of responsibility and think creatively. Fabric architecture’s uses, new materials and technological advances offer endless options and incredible design possibilities. As an environmental designer, the main focus of my work is with how places …

Worldwide outlook for nonwovens industry to be released

The third edition of the “Worldwide Outlook for the Nonwovens Industry 2007–2012” will be released this fall by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, in cooperation with its European counterpart EDANA. The report covers worldwide industry statistics, including size of regional markets and projections for growth in all major nonwovens markets and technologies, and …

AATCC to hold Fourth Annual Materials Design Competition

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists has announced its Fourth Annual Materials Design Competition for graduate and undergraduate students, with the goal of promoting innovative product development from a materials standpoint. Focus areas for this year’s competition: industrial/technical, sports materials, medical/biomedical/protective materials and devices, and smart/electronic/optoelectronic and nanomaterials. Preliminary design proposals must be …