Enzymes power cotton-polyester blend separation

October 1st, 2023

Shown is cotton that the enzymes degraded into a slurry of fibers and blue glucose syrup that are later separated by filtration. Photos: North Carolina State University Researchers at North Carolina State University (NC State) are trying to reduce the amount of textile waste using enzymes to separate cotton-polyester blends, making it possible to recycle […]

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Is it the end of polyester (as we know it)?

July 1st, 2023

Bottle wars may not end well for fiber producers. Photo: © Evgeniy Salov, Where would we be without polyester? Fibers created from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) are ubiquitous in our apparel, home furnishings, automotive, filtration and personal care industries. In 2021, they represented 57.57% of the global fiber market, according to Fibre2Fashion’s market insight tool […]

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New chemical recycling technology

May 25th, 2022

Teijin Frontier Co. Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fibers and products converting company, announced that it has developed a recycling technology using a new depolymerization catalyst to recycle colored polyester fibers without losing the quality of polyester fibers made from petroleum-derived raw materials. The new technology also lowers environmental load compared to conventional recycling. The technology […]

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Deep dive into roller shades

November 13th, 2020

Interior shade can be an important aspect of how people perceive the comfort of a room in terms of lighting, temperature and acoustics. While people may take that shading for granted, says Colin Blackford, director of business development at Mermet USA, the right type of shading gives “occupants a sense of control over their environment.” […]

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Global polyester fibers market outlook

October 30th, 2020

According to the report “Polyester Fibers—Global Market Trajectory & Analytics,” from, amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Polyester Fibers (estimated at US$103.9 billion in the year 2020), is projected to reach a revised size of US$164.3 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 6.8% over the period. The polyester fibers market […]

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Recycled biodegradable polyester

November 1st, 2019

Designed for the commercial interiors heavy duty upholstery market, Clean Impact Textiles™ represent a step forward in establishing an advanced bicircular economy model for textiles. Under this model, polyester fabric at the end of its useful life can flow through either a biological or technical cycle. This technology is used to create high performance fabrics […]

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Folded fabric sculpture

February 1st, 2018

The London Design Festival is an annual event that promotes London as the design capital of the world. It showcases the exciting and often cutting-edge work of artists, architects and designers at exhibits and installations in locations around the city. The Victoria & Albert Museum, the world’s leading museum of art and design, was the […]

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Fabric pots for everyday gardening

August 1st, 2017

Why use heavy, breakable terra cotta or nonporous plastic pots for plants and flowers when you can use pots made of breathable fabric? That’s the idea behind Jardisac, the all-fabric containers. Jardisac pots are permeable, allowing water to run through the soil for maximum air circulation and drainage to keep the plant’s roots healthy. The […]

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Red overhead

September 1st, 2015

The Guildford Town Center in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, wanted to spice up the looks of its newly renovated mall with long fabric ribbons above two of the mall’s second-level walkways. The designer envisaged a continuous ribbon of constant width, and Transformit Inc., Gorham, Maine, accepted the challenge. To comply with fire code, the ribbons […]

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Durable marine fabric

September 1st, 2015

WeatherGuard™ is a tough and cost-effective marine fabric made of solution-dyed polyester that’s resistant to water, tearing, abrasion, UV and mildew. It remains soft and pliable with use, and is lightweight enough to be easily folded and stored. Introduced by Ameritex Fabric Systems, a supplier of engineered canvas enclosures, tops and covers for OEM boatbuilders, […]

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