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 …

OEKO-TEX “zero discharge” program

January 31, 2017

OEKO-TEX announces that it has has joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme. OEKO-TEX supports the programme’s vision of “widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry and best practices in the textile and footwear industries to protect consumers, workers and the environment.” The ZDHC Programme consists of brands and other contributors that believe industry-wide change in transparency, …

Bolger & O’Hearn embraces solar energy

January 20, 2017

Specialty chemical developer Bolger & O’Hearn announces that it has recently installed solar panels at its Mass.-based headquarters. With an output of roughly 87kWh, the panels will convert sunlight into clean energy, providing more efficient, responsibly sourced power to its facilities and reducing its carbon footprint. “The decision to implement solar panels is really emblematic …

Thermore’s Ecodown approved by bluesign®

January 12, 2017

Thermore announced its Ecodown 100 percent recycled insulation is now bluesign® and Global Recycle Standard certified. On average, the use of Ecodown in a jacket means up to 10 PET bottles have been recycled. With the latest certification, all key Thermore product categories are bluesign approved. The company also announced the launch of its redesigned …

Biosteel fibers certified for safety and biodegradability

January 11, 2017

AMSilk production and product development processes as well as the biological degradability of the company’s Biosteel fibers were confirmed. Biosteel fiber received certification from OEKO-TEX Standard 100 (Confidence in Textiles) for product class 1 by the Hohenstein Institute. Product class 1 textiles receive this certification if they pass tests regarding pollutants and product safety. The …

ClearView Power™ provides transparent solar energy

January 6, 2017

Silicon Valley technology company Ubiquitous Energy has developed what it says is the world’s first truly transparent solar technology. As reported in Energy Harvesting Journal, ClearView Power™ transmits visible light and selectively absorbs non-visible light converting it to electricity. It can achieve power conversion efficiencies over 10 percent, while maintaining up to 90 percent visible …

Recycling textiles is a gift to the Earth

January 3, 2017

According to the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), more than 95 percent of all textiles can be recycled or reused in some way. While nearly half of what already is recycled is reused as apparel, the trade organization says, another 30 percent become wiping rags or polishing cloths used in commercial and industrial …