Paris debuts a ‘grand’ temporary venue

November 1, 2021  |  Swatches

While the Grand Palais, Paris’ historic exhibition hall and museum complex, is closed for a multi-year restoration project, a membrane-wrapped temporary venue installed on the Champ de Mars in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower is taking its place.
Newlight and Nike partner in carbon-negative technology

November 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Newlight Technologies Inc., Huntington Beach, Calif., is partnering with Nike to explore the use of AirCarbon, a carbon-negative biomaterial produced by microorganisms from the ocean. AirCarbon is currently used in fashion applications as a carbon-negative substitute for leather and plastic in produ…
Desserto recognized worldwide for sustainable product

November 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Less than two years after its launch, Mexico-based vegan cactus leather creator Desserto® has garnered eight international awards. 
Adidas skips the dye with new golf shoe collection

November 1, 2021  |  Swatches

With the introduction of its new no-dye collection, footwear brand adidas is betting that at least some of its fans are more concerned with the environment than the color of their shoes. 
‘Chainmail’ fabric uses shape-shifting technology

November 1, 2021  |  Swatches

A new type of shape-shifting technology modeled on ancient chainmail armor has been developed by scientists at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and the California Institute of Technology in the U.S., as reported by the two universities. Described by the researchers as a type of “wea…
Wound dressing made from tropoelastin

November 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Customized, biomedically applicable materials based on tropoelastin, a human protein, are being developed in Halle, Germany, in a joint project by Skinomics GmbH, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems. The material combines…
Safe and easy orthopedic care for pets

November 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Finnish material innovation company Dassiet and Westminster, Colo.-based pet orthosis manufacturer OrthoPets are collaborating to create sustainable, safe and user-friendly pet health care products. According to information provided by the companies, they will first address the issues in veterinary …
Robotic hand gives amputees tactile control

November 1, 2021  |  Swatches

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) News Service reports that engineers at MIT and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have designed a soft, lightweight and potentially low-cost neuroprosthetic hand that can give an amputee the ability to perform daily activities with dexterity. Additionally, …