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S.M.A.R.T. clothing recycling

September 1, 2013

Helping communities manage clothing and textile recycling; NCTO welcomes new president. The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), Bel Air, Md., is taking several positive steps focusing on the issues surrounding clothing collection bins, as part of its continuing effort to provide leadership in the clothing and textile recycling industry. The association recently developed …

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First U.S. offshore grid-connected wind turbine

The University of Maine, leading the DeepCwind Consortium, deployed the first grid-connected offshore wind turbine in U.S. waters, the VolturnUS 1:8, near Brewer, Maine, on May 31. The approximately 65-foot-tall wind turbine prototype includes a tower constructed of fiberglass-reinforced composite material, a first for wind energy installations, according to Kevin McDonald, general manager for fiber …

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PET fibers get a second life

August 1, 2013

Recycled PET fibers are gaining a significant foothold in the U.S. nonwovens industry. By Adrian Wilson The well-known U.K. environmental journalist George Monbiot has little time for recycling. In a recent column entitled “Let’s Stop Hiding Behind Recycling and Be Honest about Consumption” for the British newspaper The Guardian he deemed it, “the amulets people …

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Techtera launches 2013 innovation initiatives

July 1, 2013

Three projects will focus on eco-design for environment and human health. Eco-design, environmental protection, recycling and public health are the themes that underlie the Techtera Technical Textiles Rhone-Alps cluster’s latest R & D projects. ECOSILAC, REVAMED and TECHNYMAT, funded through the 15th call for projects, will start in the second half of 2013. ECOSILAC, a …

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TenCate Geotube transforms a wasteland

[TenCate Geosynthetics] Pendergrass, Calif., U.S.A. TenCate Geotube® dewatering technology contributed to the transformation of what was once a “wasteland” into an ecologically friendly wetland and recreational lake for the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City development. The new Qingjing Lake was integrated into the 1,000-year-old Ji Canal that flows through the development site—a place that is half the …

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Flint Industries turbidity barrier breakthrough

[Flint Industries] Metter, Ga., U.S.A. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used 5,500 linear feet of TITANBoom® turbidity barrier for a major restoration of Ship Island near Gulfport, Miss. The barrier not only endured through the 12-month project, it withstood the impact of a Category I hurricane and several tropical storms—with no damage to the …

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Advanced roofing overcomes technical hurdles to generate electricty

A city carport in Munich—and a prototype for efficiency and sustainability. By Lynn Keillor It’s not always easy being green: that’s what Wika Pösl discovered when attempting to build a ground-breaking carport roof for a public works building in Munich, Germany. The project, which involved an ETFE film roof with photovoltaic cells, came under close …

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Low-grade cotton better at oil pick-up

A pound of low-micronaire cotton, a cotton of lesser value in the fiber market, can pick up more than 30 pounds of crude oil, making it an effective absorbent for cleaning up spills. Researchers at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, published their findings in the journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. Low micronaire cotton, about …

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Creating the future of textiles: Bearable lightness

June 1, 2013

Building energy research in Germany finds inspiration from polar bears. By Mark Zeh Fabric materials offer quite a few advantages in the construction of roofs, such as efficiency of material use, ease of transport and good light transmissivity, but a big disadvantage is their poor thermal insulation performance. Over the last several years, many advances …

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Underwater tenting helps advance marine science

Clear vinyl pyramids are proving to be a valuable tool for checking reef health. By Lynn Keillor It may seem that Dr. Nichole Price has a job in paradise: cruising between remote tropical, often deserted, islands in the South Pacific, doing a bit of diving and pitching tents. As a postdoctoral researcher at the Scripps …