Sustainability: public engagement

October 15th, 2015

Raising awareness of fabric recycling and re-using keeps the conversation going. With the proliferation of social media, the general public has become accustomed to interacting with companies as well as each other. And companies increasingly appreciate the importance of being part of the larger conversation. Insularity is no longer a protection of corporate advantage. In […]

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How to survive through 2035

October 6th, 2015

With a projected global population of 9 billion in 2050, demand for natural resources is rapidly increasing, specifically for coal, gas and oil—resources upon which the industrial textiles industry heavily depends for raw materials. “Once they’re gone, they’re gone,” says Steve Jesseph, chief operating officer at Integrated Consulting Group, an international consulting organization specializing in […]

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Textile companies collaborate to improve sustainability

September 28th, 2015

Textile Exchange (TE), a global nonprofit organization that works to accelerate sustainable practices in the textile industry, released the findings of a comprehensive benchmarking report that measures the progress of 57 leading textile companies in their effort to become more sustainable. Companies ranging from small start-ups to global brands submitted detailed data about their use […]

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Fifty years of Lenzing Modal®

September 21st, 2015

The Lenzing Group is celebrating 50 years of the production and marketing of Lenzing Modal, the Austrian company’s ecological modal fiber that is made with beech wood, a replenishable raw material. Up to 95 percent of the chemicals used in the production process are recycled. Using the Kawabata Evaluation System, measurements of the softness factor […]

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W.L. Gore to invest $15 million in new DWR solutions

September 9th, 2015

W.L. Gore & Associates, a Newark, Del., manufacturing company specializing in products derived from fluoropolymers, plans to invest more than $15 million in developing “new approaches” to durable water repellent (DWR) solutions in the next five years. There has been debate in the outdoor industry over PFCs, which can be formed as a byproduct of […]

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Rethinking cotton in nonwovens

May 1st, 2015

Sustainability concerns and better processes are making the use of cotton in nonwovens more attractive. By Paul Sawhney, D.Sc. The words “cotton” and “advanced textiles” have not, typically, been used in the same breath. There are some good reasons for that, including the price tag. But new processes for integrating small amounts of cotton into […]

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New cotton sustainability assessment tool

April 16th, 2015

Online tool from Textile Exchange measures environmental, economic and social aspects of organic cotton production. Textile Exchange (TE), a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating sustainability in textile manufacturing, has launched the Organic Cotton Sustainability Assessment Tool (OC-SAT), an online tool for assessing the environmental, economic and social impacts of organic cotton agriculture. TE will hold an […]

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SMART’s education program reaches 1 million students

April 16th, 2015

Three-year campaign teaches students the importance of recycling used textiles. The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), an international trade association for the for-profit used clothing recycling industry, has reached more than 1 million students through its elementary education program. The program, developed with The Education Center LLC, provides grade-appropriate resources for elementary teachers […]

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Huntsman, Daechun sign pact

April 14th, 2015

Huntsman Textile Effects will support the growth of Daechun Co. Ltd. with sustainability model. Dye and chemical maker Huntsman Textile Effects has entered an agreement with Korean fabrics producer Daechun Co. Ltd. to streamline operations and train technical staff at its textile mill in Gyunggi Province. The partnership reinforces the mill’s growth as an eco-friendly […]

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