New textile solutions for thermal management

December 1st, 2021

Coolwave's shape-shifting technology creates a true bidirectional thermal textile. The Coolwave technology opens or closes the fabric's pores to cool or warm the wearer. Photo: Faye Levine, University of Maryland. Life on Earth—as we know it—would not be viable without managing the temperature levels of our personal climates, our environments and the perishable materials we […]

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IFAI Expo: Nature-based infrared wellness

November 2nd, 2021

Hologenix, the makers of Celliant, has introduced a fully biodegradable infrared viscose material that is embedded with an infrared mineral complex designed to harness and reflect human energy. Monday afternoon, during the Advanced Textiles Conference at IFAI Expo 2021, the company’s chief supply chain officer, Courtney O'Keefe, delivered a detailed presentation on the new technology, […]

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IFAI Expo: Implementing greener chemistry in supply chains

November 2nd, 2021

The global textile industry is moving steadily toward a future dependent on greener chemistries than many of the ones currently in use. There are several factors driving this trend, including increasing consumer demand for greener products, but the process involved with converting to more sustainable chemistries and processes is both complex and risky. According to […]

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Polartec eliminates PFAS across its performance fabrics line

October 1st, 2021

Polartec has eliminated PFAS in its durable water-repellent treatments with no loss of performance, according to company leaders. Photo: Polartec. Milliken & Co. brand Polartec® has announced that it has eliminated per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in its durable water- repellent (DWR) treatments across its line of performance fabrics. A non-PFAS weather protection fabric treatment, […]

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Seamless shoe features Dyneema fiber

October 1st, 2021

When shoe brand norda™ set out to create a high-performing, sustainable trail running shoe, it looked outside the standard materials used in the footwear industry and selected biobased Dyneema® fibers, according to norda founders Willamina and Nick Martire. Photo: Chris DeStefano/Royal DSM A new seamless trail running shoe by norda™ is constructed with biobased Dyneema® […]

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Choose your fruit, choose your shoes

October 1st, 2021

French footwear startup MoEa has launched a sustainable, recyclable vegan sneaker made from fruits and plants. Each pair of sneakers is made from one fruit and plant; purchasers may choose among apple, pineapple, cactus, corn and grape, and pick from two color options per fruit and plant. To stabilize the biomass waste, fruits and plants […]

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Barco hits sustainability milestone

September 1st, 2021

Barco uniform fabric incorporates five to seven plastic bottles into each garment. Lined up end to end, the 40 million plastic bottles the company has recycled would stretch approximately 4,875 miles. Photo: Barco. With record sales of its scrubs during the pandemic, health-care apparel brand Barco® has reached a sustainability milestone of 40 million plastic […]

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Bio-based textile treatment made from crab shells

September 1st, 2021

Tidal Vision, based in Bellingham, Wash., is intent on creating a positive and systemic environmental impact by advancing chitosan chemistry solutions as a replacement for toxic synthetic chemicals. Its textile treatment Tidal-Tex™ is a natural, clean, water-based chitosan solution, ready to use for curing, spraying, dipping and compositing with other materials to provide antimicrobial and […]

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Hohenstein develops new method to detect genetic modifications in organic cotton

August 16th, 2021

Hohenstein has developed a new quantification method specifically for genetically modified cotton. One of the first labs with this ability, Hohenstein uses DNA analysis to identify known genetic modifications and calculate their percentage in organic cotton. Stakeholders will use the data to distinguish between minor contaminations and mixtures, control quality and verify claims. For qualitative […]

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Moss Inc. partners with SEAQUAL INITIATIVE to offer sustainable graphics solution

August 6th, 2021

Custom exhibit display provider Moss Inc. of Franklin Park, Ill., is partnering with the SEAQAUL INITIATIVE to add an innovative ocean plastic-based fabric solution to its sustainable product portfolio. The SEAQUAL INITIATIVE works with ocean clean-up programs worldwide to transform recovered marine litter into upcycled marine plastic. The partnership has launched SustainaTex Ocean, a fabric […]

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