A coral reef, upcycled

May 1st, 2019

A mix of upcycled wool, cotton and lyocell, Coral Garden is a call to action to the textile industry to use more sustainable practices. Photos: Vanessa Barragão. Textile artist Vanessa Barragão grew up in the seaside town of Albufeira, Portugal. s a designer she expresses her love of the ocean in the stunning art installation, […]

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The protective textiles market

May 1st, 2019

Advanced textiles sector participants can benefit from strong growth predictions.  by Seshadri Ramkumar The Army’s new Soldier Protection System includes a new vest and an Army combat shirt with built-in protection pieces. Photo: Alan Lessig / Staff. The protective textiles sector is expected to grow at an annual rate of 4 percent, according to a […]

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Are you ready for the new digital future?

May 1st, 2019

Industrial Revolution 4.0 is here. by Connie Huffa Reprinted with permission of Steiger Participations SA, Vionnaz, Switzerland. Humans were born to learn and innovate. By nature, we constantly define, measure, analyze, improve and control our environments. Whether we know it or not, by wanting the latest and greatest we are changing not only how we […]

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Beanie hardens into a safety helmet

May 1st, 2019

Available in multiple styles, the revolutionary cap-helmet means snow skiers don’t have to sacrifice comfort and style for safety on the slopes. Photo: ANTI Ordinary. One of the quickest ways to get hurt downhill skiing is to skip the helmet. In fact, 88 percent of all snow sport-related deaths are due to head injuries, yet […]

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The value proposition

May 1st, 2019

Thirty years ago, I was working as a magazine editor in a small Minneapolis-based trade publishing company, and at the time we had no desktop publishing capability; we typed our copy and sent it to a local printer, who would typeset it and then deliver it to us in his battered green pickup. Sometimes he’d […]

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Retractable canopies keep concert-goers protected

May 1st, 2019

A new retractable canopy enables the Merriweather Post Pavilion to host open-air events on sunny days and provide instant protection from the elements when needed. Photos: Uni-Systems LLC. Located in a forest setting between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md., the Merriweather Post Pavilion is an historic outdoor music venue. Designed by architects Frank Gehry and […]

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Crafting skilled employees and happy customers at Charman Motor Trimmers

May 1st, 2019

With a growing business and a dearth of skilled labor, Kimber Buglass trains his own employees, fostering project ownership and pride in the job. Photos by Sarah Horn Photographer "Treat every job as if it’s your own job,” says Kimber Buglass, owner and managing director of Charman Motor Trimmers and Upholsterers Ltd. “I try to […]

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Innovative and sustainable: GERES Zero Gravity down jacket

May 1st, 2019

The stylish GERES Zero Gravity down jacket, created by Berg Outdoor, was the ISPO Awards 2019 Gold Winner in the outdoor category due to its innovative performance, high-quality workmanship and sustainable features. Photo: Porcher Industries. Berg Outdoor, the Portugal-based clothing and gear brand, creates outerwear with five goals in mind: it must be lightweight, versatile, […]

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Watershed Dry Bags for airtight protection

May 1st, 2019

Sometimes the solution is in the simplest idea: That’s why Watershed® looked to closures on freezer food storage bags to create a seal for its Watershed Dry Bags that is 100 percent leakproof. Photos: Watershed. The folks at Watershed® like to say they are obsessed with water. CEO Eric Revels began his career as a […]

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