Biodegradable pads from sisal to combat period poverty

February 1, 2024  |  Swatches

Of all the things that keep girls out of school in developing nations, biological processes shouldn’t have to be one of them. But the simple lack of access to or money for menstrual pads, often referred to as “period poverty,” can mean some girls can miss 20% of their school term. Even in Keny…
Wolverine, Metallica support education in the trades

February 1, 2024  |  Swatches

The labor shortage is sad but true: Skilled tradespeople are retiring faster than students are stepping up to replace them. Among the workforce pipeline efforts is a partnership of boot company Wolverine Inc. and rock band Metallica. In mid-November 2023, Wolverine created a limited-edition black le…
Materials from public art display upcycled for Olympic tents

January 1, 2024  |  Swatches

Recycled materials from L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, 1961–2021, a former public art installation, will be used to make shade structures and tents for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympic Games, a collaboration between Parley for the Oceans and the Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation.
unspun tackles sustainability via on-demand apparel

January 1, 2024  |  Swatches

Producing less by design means less wasted or discarded product on the back end, saving resources and time on the front. Denim in particular is also a significant player when it comes to water pollution. Technology company unspun tackles those environmental issues with custom-fit on-demand jeans sol…
Seastex develops acoustic tiles made of mussel filaments

January 1, 2024  |  Swatches

Founded in June 2021 by Belgian designer Sander Nevejans, Seastex has developed a method to turn mussel beard (byssus) waste into lightweight acoustic tiles and insulation.
Nanofilament breaks down dye in textile wastewater

January 1, 2024  |  Swatches

Water pollution from textile dyeing is a perennial concern because of the caustic nature of the chemicals used. Researchers at Drexel University have found that a nanofilament made of titanium oxide can break down two widely used dye pollutants, rhodamine 6G and crystal violet.
3D-printed seaweed polymer cleans up wastewater pollutants

January 1, 2024  |  Swatches

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have created a living material that can help clean up pollutants in water, including textile dyes. The gel, made from alginate, a polymer derived from seaweed, and cyanobacteria, was engineered to produce an enzyme that can neutralize chemicals s…
MIT dataset helps predict biodegradable polyesters

January 1, 2024  |  Swatches

Biodegradable polymers, including those found in textiles, are a huge area of current research, in part because even some materials that are labeled as compostable break down only in industrial composting equipment, not in the environment, and thus still contribute to pollution. A team at the Massac…
Runners rejoice: Nike releases self-ventilating jacket

January 1, 2024  |  Swatches

Using the vents on most running jackets can be disruptive to runners, who must manually open and close them. The Nike Run Division Aerogami Jacket is designed to solve this problem with vents that open and close in response to moisture.