Companies release eco-friendly denim

June 30, 2009

Tejidos Royo and Lezing Fibers have introduced E[DOS], an eco-friendly denim, as part of the Hybridenim collection. E[DOS] features a combination of organic cotton and TENCEL® cellulose fiber made from wood pulp. The result is comfortable denim that requires little maintenance. E[DOS] will be presented at Bread & Butter, a three-day tradeshow for street and …

The ephemeralization of energy production: Photovoltaics using fabric

June 29, 2009

The skinny on photovoltaics using fabric and where to find it By Amelia Amon Buckminster Fuller famously asked a group of architects “How much does your building weigh?” His query to us now might be, “How much energy is embedded in your photovoltaic installation?” Flexible amorphous PV panels, nano-tech films and solar fabrics on lightweight …

Invista to demonstrate Lycra® Sport

June 26, 2009

Invista will demonstrate its line of active wear, Lycra® at a press breakfast July 22 at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show. The demonstration will also include a history of the development and testing of Lycra® Sport. The breakfast will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the Invista booth (#39037).

Companies form new raw material supply agreement

June 25, 2009

3M company Dyneon LLC has formed an agreement with China-based Shandong Dongyue Polymer Material Co. Ltd., a producer of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). The agreement pertains to the raw material supply of suspension PTFE intermediate. Both companies seek to expand their presence in the PTFE market through the agreement.

Designing innovative fabric structures

June 24, 2009

How a German engineering/architecture firm is leading the way in designing exciting and unusual fabric structures By Mark Zeh Recently I had the pleasure of talking to Gerd Schmid and Bernd Stimpfle, the managing directors of form TL. form TL is a structural engineering consultancy located in Radolfzell in the south of Germany on the …

TENCEL® fiber available in powder form

The Lenzing Group announced the release the powder form of TENCEL® fiber, a cellulose fiber. TENCEL® offers a variety of natural functions for use in textiles for apparel and home applications. The particles of the eco-friendly powder form are almost spherical, making them easy to process, and the full range of applications for the powder …

Best Rental Management Software winner announced

June 23, 2009

Rental & Staging Systems magazine and InfoComm International named IntelliEvent the winner of the 2009 Best Rental Management Software award. IntelliEvent, a company specializing in management software, won the award for the second consecutive year based on a Rental & Staging Systems readers’ poll. The company received the award at the Orange County Convention Center …

OPM introduces new high performance films

June 22, 2009

OXPEKK® Permetta™ films, released by Oxford Performance Materials, have been released for use in the medical, industrial, electronic and aerospace markets. The eco-friendly films are made from OPM’s polyetherketoneketone polymer and are available in widths up to 393 mm and thickness up to 600 microns. The films offer strong adhesion, abrasion resistance and high thermal …

Upholstery fabrics go green

Upholstery fabric manufacturers are implementing earth-friendly production processes and developing high-quality fabrics with eco-sensitive features. By Holly O’Dell From magazine articles to seminars to trade show floors, the topic of sustainability has worked its way into the American business consciousness. As a result, companies are pioneering solutions that address the safety of the planet and …

DuPont™ releases Sorona® fiber for commercial use

June 19, 2009

Sorona®, a renewable fiber made partially with agricultural feedstock, has been released by DuPont™ for use in the commercial carpet industry. The eco-friendly polymer meets LEED requirements in three categories, and is 37 percent renewably sourced by weight. Sorona is also resistant to staining and fading.