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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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