Vegan “leather” footwear launched

December 31, 2018

German family-run brand Thies has launched a footwear line made from “olivenleder,” a vegan leather created from olive leaves. The shoes are created via a process offered by wet-green®. Developed by a company of the same name, the product is a plant-based concentrate produced from an aqueous olive leaf extract. This patented method for producing leather uses the …

Hohenstein Lab opening in India

December 21, 2018

Testing service provider and research partner, Hohenstein, has opened a textile-testing laboratory in Gurugram, India, offering its customized services in one of the world’s textile hotspots. The business cites good, consistent cooperation, expediting a close exchange among the laboratories in Germany, Hong Kong, Bangladesh and India to ensure more customer proximity and faster order processing. …

Shoes are made of car interior material

December 19, 2018

Joris de Groot teamed up with Low & Bonar, a manufacturer of performance materials, for the in4nite II project, which examined various techniques applied in the manufacturing of car interiors and translated them into a collection of shoes. Designboom.com reports that Studio de Groot has molded Low & Bonar Colback car upholstery material around shoe lasts. The …

Study confirms negative impact of fluorinated DWORs

December 17, 2018

A three-year, EU life-cycle assessment study to evaluate alternatives to fluorine-based durable water- and oil-repellents (DWOR) for textiles has concluded that fluorinated formulations have a negative environmental impact “10 to 40 times larger” than fluorine-free alternatives. Ecotextile News reported that the study also confirmed that fluorine-free water repellent coatings can do the same job as …

Sustainability successes in textiles

Both large picture and incremental changes can have a positive impact. Two major challenges facing the advanced textile industry in its pursuit of sustainability are first, meeting consumer expectations and secondly, meeting global industry standards. This second challenge one might expect to be more straightforward, but for the fact that new information about environmental impacts …

PFOA-free repellent for nonwovens developed

AGC Chemicals Americas has developed AsahiGuard E-Series fluorinated repellents that are free of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and made for nonwoven fabrics. Drawing on fluorine’s properties, the chemicals provide protection and durability against water, oil and dry soil without changing the texture, color or breathability of a fabric or material, the company reports. The products are …

Flexible TPE body protection introduced

The French company Hexaflex has developed a patented padding technology based on hexagonal-pyramidal shapes molded with TPE, a recent release says. The design uses a thermoplastic elastomer compound from KRAIBURG TPE and is intended to provide flexibility, lightweight and full articulation characteristics of the modular system for shock- and vibration-absorbing applications for sportswear, personal protection …

Coconut waste is turned into sweaters 

Nanollose has created a sweater using its tree-free rayon fiber, Nullarbor FibreTM, sourced from coconut waste. The company points to the sweater as proof that Nullarbor can be used within current industrial protocol, since the fiber was spun into yarn, made into fabric and manufactured into the garment using existing industrial equipment. Nanollose’s biomaterial technology …

Shoes are made of car interior material

Joris de Groot teamed up with Low & Bonar, a manufacturer of performance materials, for the in4nite II project, which examined various techniques applied in the manufacturing of car interiors and translated them into a collection of shoes. Designboom.com reports that Studio de Groot has molded Low & Bonar Colback car upholstery material around shoe …

Serge Ferrari project creates an outdoor oasis

December 14, 2018

Improving the water system on Penn State University’s main campus included replacing the water tower, and with its replacement came the opportunity to create an oasis-like area. The new water tower includes a seating and stage area covered by Flexlight Xtrem TX30-III membrane from Serge Ferrari, the company says. Initial design of the tensile structure …