Designtex debuts Loop to Loop upholstery fabric made from already recycled textile waste

October 31, 2013

When the wood industry formalized the process called “chain of custody” to shepherd sustainable practices through its supply chain, it illuminated the path from forest to lumber yard to finished product. Now, four companies within the textile supply chain have pioneered a polyester trail that stretches from resin to fiber to yarn, on to fabric …

Sustayn™ by Spilfyter® launched

October 23, 2013

NPS Nonwovens, a division of NPS Corp., Green Bay, Wis., is introducing new, state-of-the-art absorbent products branded as Sustayn™ by Spilfyter®. These products are produced from 100 percent recycled polypropylene, and all of the packaging components are made from 100 percent recycled materials, as well. “At the very beginning of the development process, we envisioned …

Smarter swimwear

October 18, 2013

Arena Group will be represented at Smart Fabrics Europe 2013 with its Powerskin Carbon Pro racing swimwear. According to the company’s website, Powerskin Carbon Pro is the first racing suit integrating a carbon cage to deliver intelligent muscle compression, combined with unprecedented fit. Compression in a competition suit is associated with increased support, efficiency and …

Stoll launches new flat-knitting machine

October 15, 2013

Flat-knitting machine manufacturer H. Stoll GmbH & Co. KG, Reutlingen, Germany, has launched its new CMS ADF-3 knitting machine, a milestone in the evolution of STOLL knitting machines. With its unique yarn-carrier technology, the machine offers many features for innovative knitting in structural technique and color combinations. The machine sets new standards with its 16 …

Breakwater X wins Innovation Award

October 14, 2013

Safety Components Fabric Technologies, Greenville, S.C., recently won an Innovation Award for its Breakwater X in the Boatbuilding Methods & Materials category. The awards were presented at the 2013 International BoatBuilders Exhibition & Conference (IBEX). Breakwater X is a PVC alloy fabric with a 10-year warranty for permanent tops and enclosures. According to the company, …

Lighting up a rainy night

October 11, 2013

Lumi is a one-of-a-kind umbrella designed in collaboration with renowned dance company Pilobolus and inspired by their live show “UP: The Umbrella Project.” This limited edition umbrella was created following the original design used as part of that project, a participatory performance developed by the Connecticut-based modern dance company and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial …

Vapor barrier products launched

October 8, 2013

Strong Man Building Products Corp., Pequannock, N.J., manufacturer of weather and debris enclosures, is expanding its product line with the addition of VaporBlock®, vapor retarder/barrier products manufactured by Raven Industries Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D. These products meet or exceed ASTM E-1745 requirements for water vapor retarders used in contact with soil or granular fill under …

Sound-activated garment creates its own aesthetic

A project named “Incertitudes” by Canadian designer Ying Gao features a dress made of PVDF (Polyvinylidene fluoride), dressmaker pins and electronics that cause the garment to respond to sound, specifically activated by a spectator’s voice. Says the designer, “Through the motion of the pins, the garments engage the spectator on a conversational level, which is …

Kinetic energy lights up a carousel

The Centre for Visual Arts in the city of Dordrecht in The Netherlands, in cooperation with the Amsterdam design bureau Carve, invited 10 European design firms to develop inventive,  resourceful and multi-age friendly playful objects to complete the design for a new public space in that city. Ecosistema Urbano’s “Energy Carousel” was one of the …

What’s the holdup?

Try Googling “photovoltaic fabrics” sometime. The first page will yield articles from 2010. Solar collector technology (the kind you might see on the roof of a house) I’ve been told has not changed substantially since I bought a house with an active solar heating system in 1979.