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 …

Milliken launches fluorine-free upholstery fabric

March 8, 2017

Milliken & Co., Spartanburg, S.C., recently launched Breathe by Milliken™, a line of performance home upholstery fabric in both manmade and natural fibers. The company says the new product addresses consumers’ concerns about the content, safety and sustainability of home textiles by offering sustainable options: they are fluorine-free; use a plant-based water repellent; and incorporate natural …

Companies push for more sustainable finishing technologies

February 24, 2017

HeiQ and Patagonia have formed an exclusive research partnership to explore sustainable textile finishing technologies to achieve breathable and durable water repellence (DWR). HeiQ reports that recent studies quantify the hazardous effects of perfluorinated chemistries (PFCs) on human health and the environment. Alternatives to PFCs exist, including first-generation nonfluorinated DWRs. The companies’ teamwork may help …

Arc’teryx withdraws from Outdoor Retailer show

February 22, 2017

Arc’teryx, a company with a history of supporting the preservation of wild spaces, has announced its withdrawal from Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, Utah, due to the state’s efforts to rescind protection of Bears Ears National Monument and other public lands. The company’s announcement stands in support Patagonia’s decision Feb. 7 to leave Outdoor …

Lenzing fibres receive USDA Biobased certification

February 21, 2017

Cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has announced that its Viscose and Modal fibres have been granted the U.S. Dept. of Agiculture’s (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label. The company said that this means that all of its standard Lenzing fibres have now been verified as derived 100 percent from nature. Its Lyocell Tencel fibre was certified as …