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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Dye textiles the natural way with the Onion Society

November 1st, 2019

Dyeing fabric the natural way with onion skins is a zero-waste process and cuts down on food waste by providing an alternative use for skins of the much beloved onion. Photos: Parsons School of Design. Onions are great on burgers, in spaghetti sauce and, of course, in French onion soup. But this vegetable possesses qualities […]

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Vegan leather, beyond beLEAF™

November 1st, 2019

Leather made from leaves has the feel and texture of traditional leather while offering an environmentally sustainable option. Photos: Ricardo Perini. A material that looks and feels like leather is actually made from leaves. Natural and renewable, beLEAF™ is the creation of Nova Kaeru, a Brazilian company dedicated to developing ethical, sustainable and innovative products. The […]

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Sustainable zipper

November 1st, 2019

Made from PET bottles, old fiber and other polyester remnants, the NATULON® zipper is a resource-conserving, recycling-oriented product. With production now in Macon, Ga., the zipper’s environmental impact is even lower for U.S.-based companies that no longer have to source the product overseas and will also benefit from reduced lead times. Some 10,000 NATULON zippers […]

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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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The state of sustainability: textile companies work to give themselves an eco-friendly edge

October 1st, 2019

As climate change and pollution concerns remain at the forefront of public attention, textile companies work to give themselves an eco-friendly edge.  by Jeff Moravec A decade ago in this magazine, the growing attention to sustainability in the textile supply chain was a hot topic. Guess what? It still is. This doesn’t mean the industry hasn’t […]

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Rising to sustainable heights: solar balloons

October 1st, 2019

Like a field of sunflowers that tilt their heads towards the sun, the solarCLOUD canopy of solar balloons floats higher in the sky during daylight hours via solar energy. Photos: Superspace. Imagine a thousand balloons gently floating in the air above a public square collecting energy from the sun. That’s the vision of Superspace, an […]

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The Eco Pavilion at Wonderfruit 2018

September 1st, 2019

With sheltering umbrellas, Wonderfruit’s circular Eco Pavilion was created to respond to the needs of the activity it contains while integrating seamlessly into the landscape. Photos: Wonderfruit. While the U.S. has Burning Man and Coachella, Thailand has Wonderfruit, a pioneering festival that attracts more than 10,000 people to the lush hills west of Pattaya on […]

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From train seat to handbag

September 1st, 2019

Made from reused leather train seats, batches five and six of the Amtrak collection of recycled leather goods include handbags, cardholders, sunglass cases, weekenders, totes, travel kits and backpacks. Photo: People for Urban Progress. Amtrak’s Acela Express trains, which offer comfort and upscale amenities for passengers along the northeast corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C., […]

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