E-fiber just got smarter

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harrisburg University and Rhode Island School of Design have created a fiber with digital capabilities that can sense, store, analyze and infer activity. The fiber contains memory, temperature sensors and a trained neural network progra…
Repurposed down offers a circular bedding solution

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Allied Home, a Montebello, Calif.-based manufacturer of bedding products designed for a better sleep experience, has launched RENU:700 Performance Recycled Down bedding, which the company describes as “the first of its kind on the market.”
Natural Fiber Welding named a “Technology Pioneer”

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Natural Fiber Welding Inc. (NFW), Peoria, Ill., is one of 100 promising companies named 2021 Technology Pioneers by the World Economic Forum. NFW’s patented technology platforms, MIRUM® and CLARUS®, use naturally abundant resources to produce high-quality textiles without relying on plastic. Thr…
New sustainable leather process

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Two Pennsylvania scientists have developed a proprietary process that turns discarded leather scraps into a new leather product they call Enspire Leather (the “E” is for “environmental”). Tom Tymon and Frank Fox, founders of Sustainable Composites LLC of Lancaster, Pa., have worked for more …
Barco hits sustainability milestone

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

With record sales of its scrubs during the pandemic, health-care apparel brand Barco® has reached a sustainability milestone of 40 million plastic bottles recycled, marking a 115 percent year-over-year increase. 
Parking structure punctuates Miami skyline

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Big Span Structures LLC, a provider of concept-to-completion solutions for signature lightweight tensile membrane structures, has completed a new tensile membrane shading structure on the top deck of the parking garage of the Care Resource Community Health Centers facility in Midtown Miami, Fla. 
Inflatable architecture on display

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

The first inflatable, the hot-air balloon, was invented in Paris in the 18th century. That watershed moment was followed by crewed flight, airships and military applications (along with some high-profile accidents) and inflatable enclosures. When inexpensive plastics became available in the 1960s, i…
The Shell amphitheater stuns on San Diego Bay

September 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Years in the making—and a year delayed by the pandemic—the new summer home of the San Diego Symphony is finally showing off its first-rate acoustics to audiences eager to come together as a community to enjoy live music. 
Strength in numbers

September 1, 2021  |  Editorial

The year 2021 marks the second year in the COVID-19 pandemic. While that may seem like a gloomy opening line, to me, it signifies a year of phenomenal, life-saving work conducted by a strong, capable and responsive textile industry. Fabricators, welders, sewers, suppliers, warehouse/shipping workers…
Hemp derivative market growth forecast

August 31, 2021  |  Industry News, News

Insight Partners’ research study on “Hemp Derivatives Market to 2028–Global Analysis and Forecast–by Type and Application,” the hemp derivative market is projected to reach US$ 20,977.94 million by 2028 from US$ 4,585.43 million in 2019; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 20.4% from 2022…