Sustainable options for functional fabrics

July 27, 2022  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

A recent report from the Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns about hazards caused by a projected global warming of 1.5 degrees C in the next two decades. The report emphasizes the importance of proper urban planning, infrastructure development, healthy living ecos…
2022 Equipment Showcase

July 21, 2022  |  Features

How often do you find yourself in the middle of an arduous task and think “There’s got to be a better way”? In the textile and fabric industry over the last few years, there have been many jobs and processes that technology has simplified or even automated to make life easier. 
Wide format graphics rebound

July 1, 2022  |  Graphics, Markets

To get a handle on how the wide format fabrics graphics industry is faring these days, as the worst of the pandemic fades, a good source to ask is Bill Farquharson, a well-known sales coach, author and print sales veteran who keeps his finger on the pulse of the field.
Observations on the SOI

July 1, 2022  |  Editorial

This issue features our 2022 State of the Industry Report. As the introduction to that story notes, the worldwide textile industry is clearly on a rebound after two years of uncertainty. That is also true of Specialty Fabrics Review readers, as well as readers of Marine Fabricator, InTents and Geosy…
Urban-Air Port builds vertiport

July 1, 2022  |  Projects

With the increasing use of drone aircraft in everything from surveying and photography to package delivery, it makes sense that there should one day be a drone airport. Well, that time has come.
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.