SMART promotes “recycling renaissance”

April 30, 2018

The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) invites next generation recyclers to revitalize the way people think about recycling. SMART would like to see millennials and members of Gen Z lead the way in making conscious decisions about recycling textiles. “The ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ motto, launched in April 1970, has been a powerful force in encouraging …

Hybrid silkworms spinning larger cocoons

April 27, 2018

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. recently announced the first production of recombinant spider silk cocoons from the new line of hybrid transgenic silkworms created at its Michigan production and research facility. The new line was created by combining one of Kraig Biocraft’s best performing recombinant spider silk lines with a commercial strain, resulting in the largest …

U.S. Secretary of Commerce shares insights at Smart Fabric Summit

April 26, 2018

IFAI and the Dept. of Commerce sponsored the event April 24 in Washington, D.C. “I’m taking this up there with me,” U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross told his interviewer, Amit Kapoor, as the two of them stepped on stage for the Secretary’s “fireside chat” at IFAI’s Smart Fabrics Summit April 24. Kapoor is chair …

Colosio introduces circular knitting machine for shoe uppers

April 25, 2018

Italian sock knitting machine manufacturer Colosio has introduced a new knitting machine for the production of shoe uppers to meet global demand for sports and fashion shoes with knitted uppers. A recent Knitting Industry article says that the S1+ is a circular knitting machine based on Cesare Colosio’s Argyle Intarsia sock knitting technology. According to …

Fair trade: imports, tariffs and the textile industry

April 24, 2018

In August 2017, the President formally instructed the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to determine whether to launch a 301 investigation of “laws, policies, practices, or actions of the Government of China that may be unreasonable or discriminatory and that may be harming American intellectual property rights, innovation, or technology development.” After deciding …

New product attacks “permastink”

April 23, 2018

Microban has announced a new odor-control product for applications ranging from workout clothes and footwear to athletic gear and bedding. The company says that its “Scentry Revive” apparel odor protection lasts four to five consecutive wears and maintains its freshness through up to 50 home launderings. Its footwear odor control protects up to one year. …

ATP invites Student Design Challenge applications

  The Advanced Textile Products (ATP) Student Design Challenge is open until May 15 and invites students to submit projects to this annual competition. The Challenge was established to encourage college and university students of design, textiles engineering and allied curricula to solve safety and protection problems by using technical textiles and narrow fabrics in …

Developing the xEMU for deep space exploration

NASA’s next generation spacesuit will require new textiles to meet extreme demands. Human space exploration is one of the most ambitious and exciting endeavors upon which mankind has ever embarked, and it has always been an integral part of the U.S. space program. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sent our first astronaut, Alan …

Napapijri introduces digitally knitted garments

Italian fashion label Napapijri, launched its latest innovative endeavor, “Ze-Knit” at Milan Design Week. The line of digitally-knitted urban “future wear” is the result of the label’s research into sustainable manufacturing alternatives. Ze-Knit garments are digitally knitted from a single yard, which can mean up to 30 percent fabric waste reduction of raw material, water, and dye …

New testing for organic cotton announced

OEKO-TEX® recently announced new testing methods to identify genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in cotton that is labeled organic. Today, about 70 percent of cotton globally is genetically altered, OEKO-TEX says. Some forms of cotton have been engineered to be herbicide-resistant. Others have been infused with an insecticide to kill pests like boll weevils. Producers may …