Ionic skin could improve prosthetic devices

July 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Researchers have worked to build a smart skin that can mimic the sensing capabilities of natural skin, but until now, this has been elusive. A team of scientists at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have had success with ionic skins made of flexible, biocompatible hydrogels that use ions to c…
Modular sneakers are renewable

July 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Portuguese industrial designer Diogo Pimenta has launched a three-part modular sneaker called LAYERS, designed to support the circular economy. Its consumption model is based on two complementary loops that are similar to biological cycles in nature: an increased product life with customization, and…
Spun yarn adds stretch

July 1, 2022  |  Swatches

DuPont has announced that JP Modatex India and DuPont Biomaterials are launching a new spun yarn collection made with a blend of natural fibers and DuPont™ Sorona® staple fibers. The collection brings together linen and partially plant-based Sorona® fibers to create spun yarns for apparel with s…
Insulating material inspired by squid skin

July 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) have invented a new insulation material inspired by cephalopod (squid) skin. The innovation is an infrared-reflecting metallized polymer film developed in the laboratory of Alon Gorodetsky, UCI associate professor. The composite material regu…
Alternative leather from cows?

July 1, 2022  |  Swatches

We’ve seen all kinds of alternative leather products made from such things as mycelium, pineapple leaves, coconuts, apple waste and more. But how about an “alternative” leather product that isn’t really an alternative? It sounds odd, but VitroLabs Inc., a California-based biotech company, is…
Color by nanocrystal

July 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Colorful fabrics are beautiful, but creating them is one of the world’s largest sources of water pollution. Textile mills have been known to dump residual dyes and hazardous chemicals into canals, streams and rivers. 
Weaving in Wi-Fi

July 1, 2022  |  Swatches

For most of us technology becomes part of our day almost from the moment we wake up. At the Simon Fraser University School of Interactive Art and Technology (SIAT), researchers are weaving “threads” of Wi-Fi into fabric as a way of pushing boundaries to further understand how technology impacts …
Cotton, polyester … and okra

July 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Many commercial textiles today are made of cotton and polyester blends and can be found in everything from T-shirts to canvas products. But researchers in Lahore, Pakistan, are adding a new ingredient to the list: okra. The stem waste from okra—also known as ladyfingers—is being used to create v…
Company pays towns for used textiles

July 1, 2022  |  Swatches

The town of Bow, N.H., will soon join 17 other communities in the Northeast, in a program that pays the town to let a company pick up used clothing, textiles and shoes at people’s homes so they can be reused rather than trashed.
Spider silk replica made from brewed protein

July 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Spider silk is incredibly strong—five times stronger than steel—and it has been used in far-ranging applications, including wear-resistant lightweight clothing, ropes, parachutes, biodegradable bottles, surgical bandages and more.