World Cup t-shirts tested for toxicity and quality

June 23rd, 2014

Global testing and certification organization TÜV Rheinland purchased 90 fan t-shirts for teams participating in the World Cup and tested them against the relevant European limits for toxic substances in textiles and for quality. The tests established that more than 30 percent of the fan t-shirts exceeded the limit values for the toxic substances. Purchased […]

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“BuzzBuilding” would house an insect farm

June 23rd, 2014

It would take a lot of insects, but Belatchew Labs is developing a concept project termed InsectCity with the aim of making Stockholm self-sufficient in protein through urban insect production. In order to visualize what an urban insect production might look like, Belatchew Labs has developed, in theory, the insect farm BuzzBuilding that would be situated […]

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Going to extremes: the outer limits

June 23rd, 2014

Winter will return, but people who have to work outdoors in extreme cold and wind don’t have to be miserable. Carhartt Inc., a global premium work clothing company, has teamed up with Mount Vernon FR to create a new line of outerwear that offers a superior level of warmth and comfort through greater wind resistance […]

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Testing textiles in space

June 23rd, 2014

The Hohenstein Institute, Bönnigheim, Germany, will go to the ends of the earth—and beyond—in its search for better ways to find textile solutions for extremes of stress, climate and even zero gravity. The six-month “Blue Dot” space mission launched in May, and a German astronaut on the International Space Station will carry out the first […]

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Ohmatex announces partner for stretch sensors

June 23rd, 2014

Ohmatex has announced a partnership with Danfoss PolyPower® A/S to supply their stretch sensors to the textile industry.  Stretch sensors have many applications; the smart textile industry is just one of the markets that can utilize the high-quality capacitive sensor. The partnership supports the company’s efforts to share its expertise in integrating stretch sensors in […]

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HeiQ’s GLIDER reduces textile friction

June 23rd, 2014

Swiss specialty chemicals producer HeiQ’s new GLIDER is a textile surface treatment that reduces friction against the skin in underwear, workwear and athletics apparel. There are two available products: HeiQ Glider FREE, suitable for synthetics and blends with cellulosic; and HeiQ Glider CEL, which is appropriate for cellulosic fabrics (cotton). Both products provide a durable […]

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‘Recycling Rangers’ school program a success

June 23rd, 2014

An academic program developed by the Maryland-based Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) is yielding positive results among the elementary school teachers who used its lesson plans focused on the benefits of recycling used clothing. In addition to lesson plans, this year’s educational outreach included the Recycling Rangers program to encourage schools to identify […]

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France and Japan formalize textile cooperation

June 23rd, 2014

France and Japan recently agreed to formalize a partnership by signing a “Memorandum of Cooperation for Textiles.” The agreement follows a six-year relationship between Up-Tex and Techtera, the two French innovation clusters; and the major Japanese entities in the textiles and advanced materials sector: The Japan Chemical Fiber Association, and The Society for Fiber Science […]

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Adidas Group announces bluesign partnership

June 23rd, 2014

The adidas Group recently announced a strategic partnership with bluesign® technologies ag to further drive sustainable solutions in the Group’s global supply chain. Citing its leadership in chemical management, Frank Henke, adidas Group vice president, Global Social & Environmental Affairs, says, “The partnership with bluesign technologies will bring our program to the next level.” The […]

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Desso unveil new lines

June 23rd, 2014

Dutch carpet manufacturer Desso, which recently partnered with The Dixie Group’s Masland Contract to serve U.S. hospitality markets, unveiled a trio of new products at Neocon international trade fair in Chicago, including AirMaster carpet tiles, Light Transmissive and Visions of. Desso AirMaster carpet tiles are eight times more effective at capturing and retaining fine indoor […]

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