Vegan leather upholstery fabric

October 1, 2021  |  Products

Compo-SiL® silicone rubber-based marine leather is a green alternative to toxic leather and leatherette materials used for interior and exterior marine upholstery. Non-toxic and free of PPA, lead, latex and halogens, it is maintenance-free and easy to clean. It withstands the harsh sunlight and sal…
Polartec eliminates PFAS across its performance fabrics line

October 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Biotechnology company LanzaTech, Skokie, Ill., is partnering with athletic apparel company lululemon to create what the companies say will be the world’s first yarn and fabric using recycled carbon emissions that would otherwise be emitted to the atmosphere as pollution. 
Performance-enhanced marine fabric

October 1, 2021  |  Products

Armada, a durable, cost-effective line of coated marine fabrics, has been further performance enhanced with the addition of Forbid SRT®, a proprietary topcoat by Enduratex. Adding the topcoat increases the performance value and longevity of its upholstery applications, which include marine, outdoor…
Seamless shoe features Dyneema fiber

October 1, 2021  |  Swatches

A new seamless trail running shoe by norda™ is constructed with biobased Dyneema® fiber, offering lightweight performance and sustainability. As the Canadian company’s flagship product, the norda001 shoe features a seamless upper with increased foot stability and comfort for the wearer. Dyneema…
Improved premium shade fabrics

October 1, 2021  |  Products

Polyfab USA’s Polytex+ and Comtex+ are improved versions of its premium shade fabrics that are now stentered (heat-set). Heat-setting gives the knitted fabric a softer hand and better “lay-flat” qualities, which means less curling on the edges making it easier to work with. The stentered fabri…
KnittedKeyboard II breaks new musical ground

October 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Musical keyboards with digital interfaces (MIDI) come in many sizes, but all rest on a rigid, heavy structure. Irmandy Wicaksono from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab found a user-friendly alternative in textiles and developed an interactive textile-based musical interface, la…
Bio-based laminate membrane

October 1, 2021  |  Products

HDry is an advanced technology for waterproofing outdoor products through direct 3D lamination of a waterproof-breathable membrane. The HDry compound is made by a polyurethane ester-based waterproof-breathable membrane combined with thin polyester knit. Material saving and lightness are its greatest…
Mosquito-resistant clothing prevents bites in trials

October 1, 2021  |  Swatches

North Carolina State University (NC State) researchers have created insecticide-free, mosquito-resistant clothing using textile materials they confirmed to be bite-proof in experiments with live mosquitoes. They developed the materials using a computational model of their own design that describes t…
Dino-sized tent

October 1, 2021  |  Projects

Sandone Productions Inc., a Dallas, Texas-based full-service event company that specializes in tents and awnings, recently completed a project of brachiosaurus-sized proportions—literally. NBC/Universal Studios needed a structure for “Jurassic World: The Exhibition,” an eight-month interactive…
Bioresorbable patch could heal broken bones

October 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have developed a biodegradable, electro-stimulating implant that can speed wound healing, including bone fractures. Xudong Wang, professor of materials science and engineering, and collaborators including Weibo Cai, professor of radiology and medic…