Activewear eliminates sweat with volcanic sand

January 1, 2024  |  Swatches

Boulder, Colo.-based company 37.5® Technology has harnessed particles of volcanic minerals and activated carbon from coconuts to create thermoregulating fabrics used in athleisure wear. Clothing brands such as Janji and Fourlaps have incorporated this technology into their apparel, helping athletes…
Art meets utility for textile cricket shelters in Qatar

December 1, 2023  |  Swatches

Some steel framing, shade cloth and oil paint—that seems a simple enough recipe to build shelters for cricket team members while they’re in the hot sun in Lusail, Qatar. But when handled by an artist and design studio, a simple shelter inspired by temporary spaces for construction workers is any…
Textiles could make brine lithium extraction easier and faster

December 1, 2023  |  Swatches

Lithium mining requires large amounts of land and time to extract the salts from briny water, but a collaboration between Princeton University and University of Maryland researchers found that cellulose fibers could improve the process.
Pitchers can up their game with data-collecting arm sleeve

December 1, 2023  |  Swatches

Instead of using radar guns, cameras and video to collect information about a baseball pitcher’s performance and arm health, sensors sewn into a fabric sleeve called the Nextiles Arm Sleeve can gather and report biometric data in real time. 
Car cloak helps moderate EV battery temperatures

December 1, 2023  |  Swatches

Electric vehicles’ (EV) batteries perform best within a range of temperatures, roughly 60 to 80 F, give or take several degrees. On cold mornings, warming them up before you leave is essential, and when it’s really hot outside, the battery management system cools the batteries. Both processes sa…
Modified silkworms create spider silk

December 1, 2023  |  Swatches

Production of spider silk on a commercial scale may soon be possible. Chinese scientists recently synthesized full-length spider silk fibers thanks to genetically modified silkworms.
Spiders inspire smart textile fiber spinning method

December 1, 2023  |  Swatches

In their efforts to develop a method to create soft fibers that are stretchy, strong and electrically conductive and thus suitable for smart textiles, researchers at the National University of Singapore have drawn inspiration from the way spiders spin silk. 
Honda workers give the shirts off their backs

December 1, 2023  |  Swatches

Honda is working toward becoming 100% carbon neutral and using only sustainable materials and clean energy by 2050—goals that require creative recycling solutions. One initiative already in practice repurposes old worker uniforms,transforming the textiles into sound-absorbing insulation used in ve…
Textiles help turn mycelium into building material

November 1, 2023  |  Swatches

A team of scientists and engineers in the Living Textiles Research Group in the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environmentat Newcastle University in Tyne, England, may have produced a cheaper, more eco-friendly alternative to conventional materials, such as foam, timber and plastic, using myceli…
Fire-resistant mycelium sheets may be used in construction

November 1, 2023  |  Swatches

Researchers at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University in Melbourne, Australia, have created a fire-resistant material using mycelium that has the potential for construction applications.