Eco-friendly stain cleaner

June 1st, 2022

Textile innovator Green Theme Technologies Inc. (GTT) has launched EMPEL DSR™ a new version of its PFAS-free and water-free textile finishing treatment with a durable stain release formula. The company works to eliminate toxic chemicals, reduce water usage and pollution in creating high performance textile products. The company says that its protective PFAS-free treatment outperforms […]

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Adidas skips the dye with new golf shoe collection

November 1st, 2021

Adidas’ new golf shoe collection cuts out the pre-treatment phase of conventional dye techniques, saving water and energy in the process. Photo: adidas. With the introduction of its new no-dye collection, footwear brand adidas is betting that at least some of its fans are more concerned with the environment than the color of their shoes.  […]

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Designtex partners with Native Energy and Southern Plains Land Trust

September 22nd, 2020

In partnership with Native Energy and the Southern Plains Land Trust in Colorado, Designtex has balanced its 2020 operational footprint by investing in the Medford Spring Grasslands Conservation Project in southeastern Colorado. The investment helped the Trust to acquire 6,900 acres of shortgrass prairie in February 2020—land which otherwise would have been converted into cropland, […]

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Lenzing announces findings from Global Consumer Perception survey

September 3rd, 2020

According to a press release from Lenzing Group, a leader in sustainably produced wood-based specialty fibers, the company has announced findings from its Global Consumer Perception Survey on Sustainable Raw Materials in Fashion and Home Textiles. The survey, which was conducted in early 2020, assessed the perceptions and behaviors of Conscious Consumers towards sustainable clothing […]

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An evolutionary jacket, upcycled

May 1st, 2020

The first circular functional jacket made from used textiles could lead the way to a waste-free synthetic clothing industry. Comfortable and waterproof, it’s certified by OEKO-TEX® and bluesign® in line with the stringent STANDARD 110. Photos: Sympatex. In 2017, five European companies that committed to manufacturing textiles from 100 percent recycled materials teamed up to […]

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Sustainability in textiles

May 1st, 2020

As sustainability becomes more important to consumers, suppliers and manufacturers are pressed to verify product claims and become more eco-friendly. by Pamela Mills-Senn There are plenty of fashion trends hitting the runways this season, such as this year’s hottest color (orange is very in), patterns (think floral) and capes—lots of capes. But sustainable fashions are […]

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The Limitless Milk Shirt

April 1st, 2020

The Limitless Milk T-shirt saves an unlimited amount of resources. Every five shirts save one glass of milk from going to waste. Photo: Mi Terro. That memorable question, “Got milk?” takes on a whole new meaning in today’s technological marketplace. That’s because the Los Angeles-based startup Mi Terro is making the Limitless Milk Shirt, a […]

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Technical textiles go bananas

March 1st, 2020

Sustainable, smart and fashionable bags are sourced from banana trees instead of synthetic textiles that can be environmentally harmful. Photos: QWSTION. When designing a more sustainable future, sometimes the solution lies in unexpected places. That’s the idea behind Bananatex®, a durable, waterproof fabric made from banana plants.  The textile is derived from Abacá, also known […]

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Wheat straw gets a wearable makeover

January 1st, 2020

The eco-friendly process to create fabric from wheat straw, developed by Spinnova and Fortum, can also be applied to various biomasses without further technology development. Photo: Spinnova. Wheat straw, long regarded as agricultural waste, is getting a makeover as a unique textile. The first knitted T-shirt, jacket and skirt were introduced in October 2019 at […]

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A community space, upcycled

January 1st, 2020

Designed to be a bright orange beacon for community gatherings in Coshocton, Ohio, all summer long, this breezy structure was sent back to the fabric manufacturer for recycling once it was dismantled. Photos: Brad Feinknopf. What do you see in used scrap material? Designers Ann Ha and Behrang Behin saw a work of art. Their […]

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