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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Don’t like what you see? DIY!

October 1st, 2019

In just a little over an hour, inspired novice designers can create their own one-of-a-kind shopping bag at Freitag’s Sweat-Yourself-Shop. Photos: Roland Tännler. You see the perfect bag but wish it were just a bit more tangerine. Now Freitag®, the German-Swiss maker of recycled bags, has a proposition that eco-conscious trendsetters can’t refuse: make it […]

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Parà Group’s green initiatives focus on conservation, preservation and clean energy.

May 1st, 2019

By Paul Johnson Parà Group’s cutting-edge wastewater treatment plant treats approximately 530,000 gallons of water per day with a 94 percent yield. Photo: Parà Group. As a world leader in the manufacture of marine, awning and outdoor fabrics, Parà Group makes a wide range of products for iconic brands, such as Ralph Lauren Home, Fendi […]

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Recycle, repurpose, reclaim

April 23rd, 2019

Companies are finding creative ways to address the growing push toward recycling and repurposing used fabrics. Excess shade sail material makes great fabric planters. Photo: Green Bag Company. It’s tempting to think that recycling was “invented” sometime in the late 1960s, but that would ignore the fact that back in the 11th century, Japan was […]

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YKK Group’s global commitment to efficiency and sustainability

April 1st, 2019

The YKK Group, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, has implemented a bold and broad-based strategy for energy efficiency, reduced carbon output and sustainability. YKK’s green approach has substantially decreased the environmental impact of its 111 facilities operating in 73 countries and regions. But beyond the environmental benefits, these measures have also lowered operating costs, improved safety […]

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From fashion waste to aerogel

October 1st, 2018

Fashion waste continues to be a problem. It’s estimated that in the U.S. alone, nearly 13 million tons of unwanted garments end up in landfills each year. Researchers at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Engineering have one solution: They developed a method to convert cotton-based fabric waste into highly compressible and ultra-light cotton […]

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ReGAIN launches recycling app

June 8th, 2018

ReGAIN has introduced the first UK app to tackle the recycling of unwanted clothing items. The app enables consumers to turn their unwanted clothes into discount coupons for leading retailers in the country. Consumers simply box up unwanted clothing and ship it free of charge to reGAIN. They can use the discount coupons online or […]

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Closing the loop: long-term sustainability strategies for textile manufacturers

July 1st, 2017

Textile manufacturers are deploying sustainability strategies and forming partnerships to green up products and processes, helping manufacturers meet the requirements of even the most eco-concerned customers—and getting a good start on the circular economy of the future. For most manufacturers, eco-friendly, sustainable products are becoming a competitive necessity. And as concern over environmental issues has […]

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Covering the environment

February 20th, 2017

Eco-concerns increase in truck and tarp industry These days, nearly every business is burdened with some kind of environmental challenge. These challenges include cutting landfill deposits, disposing toxic-laden wastes in a proper manner and educating employees on workplace recycling. Nearly every company has pressures from regulators and customers to change their products and processes to […]

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Recycling: The Tour

February 1st, 2016

These days, there are many reasons to keep that plastic water bottle out of the trash—especially when it can be turned into recycled fiber that can be made into shirts, blankets, artwork and other items. Unifi Inc., the Greensboro, N.C.-based manufacturer of REPREVE®, a leading recycled fiber brand, wanted to educate consumers about the advantages […]

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