OEKO-TEX addresses sustainability at FIT and AAFA events

May 25, 2017

Global standards for the textile industry will be discussed by OEKO-TEX at the Summer Conference at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) June 5–8, 2017. The Summer Conference at FIT, titled “Sustainability & Textiles—New Models,” will address sustainability standards, closed loop and circular economies, farm to fashion and textile innovations. The AAFA Product Safety Seminar sponsored by OEKO-TEX will be …

Plastic debris spun into adidas running shoes

May 15, 2017

Adidas and Parley for the Oceans are turning plastic debris into performance footwear as part of a two-year partnership. Parley for the Oceans is an organization dedicated to bringing creatives together to help end the pollution of our oceans. The new UltraBOOST running shoes will repurpose an average of 11 found plastic bottles per pair …

Project recycles to create new raw material for textiles

May 9, 2017

The TeKiDe project is a collaboration between VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University with the goal of transforming wood fibers and discarded cotton textiles, such as used sheets and towels, into viscose-type fiber to be used as raw material for textile products. The project focuses on the carbamate, BioCelSol and Ioncell-F technologies, …

Sympatex partners with Lenzing on laminates

May 4, 2017

Sympatex Technologies recently presented the first results of its new cooperation with Austrian fiber manufacturer Lenzing AG. The companies are producing functional laminates based on botanic TENCEL® fibers. The laminates are intended to provide clothing with breathability and comfort while protecting the wearer from wind and water. According to Lenzing, TENCEL fibers are produced using …

New polyester dyeing process developed

April 24, 2017

Swiss companies Schoeller and Textilcolor have collaborated to create a new auxiliary concept used in polyester dyeing. “Ecodye” technology is said to accelerate the dyeing process and, in turn, cut costs and preserve the environment. Used on polyester yarns and piece goods, Schoeller says that it will shorten the heating phase, which can accelerate the …

Danish recycling company announces transaction

April 21, 2017

Really, a Danish sustainable materials company founded by Wickie Meier Engström, Klaus Samsøe and Ole Smedegaard in 2013, recycles wool and cotton from the fashion and textile industries to create new materials. The company announced that Danish manufacturer of design textilesKvadrat had acquired 52 percent of the operation. Really’s products are tapping symbiotic relationships in the textile …

Recycling textiles: every thread counts

April 7, 2017

According to the latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Advancing Sustainable Materials Management Report, out of 16.22 million tons of discarded textiles in 2014 only 2.62 million tons were recycled. According to Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) executive director Jackie King, more than 95 percent of all textiles can be recycled or reused …

Lenzing launches Refibra™ lyocell fibers

March 24, 2017

Lenzing has introduced its new Refibra™ branded lyocell fibers, made from recycled cotton fabric and responsibly harvested wood, and produced in the lyocell production process. The company is the first manufacturer to offer cellulose fibers of this kind on a commercial scale. The company says that the need to extract virgin raw materials from nature is …

GOTS 5.0: Stricter criteria, more opportunities

March 16, 2017

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has announced its latest standard: Version 5.0. In the new standard, the criteria for “additional fiber material” are now stricter regarding environmentally improved and certified regenerated cellulosic fibers. Also, the use of viscose and modal is now restricted to 10 percent (25 percent for sportswear and socks). GOTS defines …

Companies advance recycled carbon fiber for automotive uses

March 10, 2017

ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd. (Coseley, U.K.) and Adesso Advanced Materials Co. Ltd. (Wuhu, China) have announced their memorandum of understanding regarding cooperation to develop lightweight composite components for the automotive industry based on ELG’s recycled carbon fiber materials. Initially the companies will focus on applications to make the Chery eQ1 electric vehicle lighter. The longer-term …