Stryv medical gowns are FDA-approved

May 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Stryv Medical, maker of innovative and stylish healthcare work apparel based in St. Cloud, Minn., has advanced to produce Level 2 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medical gowns. The gowns support health care workers performing blood draws, suturing, and working in intensive care unit…
Fashion for Good launches cotton farming pilot project

May 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Cotton makes up nearly 30 percent of global textile production, and accounts for 24 percent of global insecticide use, according to Fashion for Good, a global initiative to spark and scale innovation in the fashion industry.
Textiles dominate Canadian grants to solve the problem of plastic waste

May 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Through the Innovative Solutions Canada program, four Canadian companies have been awarded grants to develop solutions to address plastic waste, with three of the four solutions involving textiles.
Mobile ad hoc network-enabled stratospheric balloons could support rapid response

May 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Persistent Systems LLC of New York City, a leader in mobile ad hoc networking solutions, and lighter-than-air platform provider Raven Aerostar, a division of Raven Industries Inc. of Sioux Falls, S.D., have successfully conducted a demonstration of how a stratospheric constellation of communications…
Devan launches range of bio-based fragrances for textiles

May 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Fabric appeals to the human senses of touch and sight. Now, Belgium-based textile innovator Devan is working toward appealing to the sense of smell.
Designer creates a decomposing dress from algae

May 1, 2021  |  Swatches

London-based designer Scarlett Yang has created a means to use algae extract and silk cocoon protein to create a glass-like dress that grows over time and can decompose in water within 24 hours.
Sustainable shoes to be made from ‘Plant Leather’

May 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Sustainable footwear brand Allbirds Inc. has invested $2 million in the startup Natural Fiber Welding (NFW) with plans to use its plant-based leather in Allbirds shoe. Ecotextile News reports that NFW has created a special version of its Mirum leather alternative called Plant Leather, which has been…
Cinnamon is the secret in a new odor-controlling fabric

May 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Novoleap Co. Ltd. (Koup) has developed a shirt using fabric made from recycled plastic bottles infused with cinnamon extract, which the company says is an antimicrobial that can prevent odor-causing bacteria. Cinnamon has a natural compound, cinnamaldehyde, that provides the antimicrobial properties…