AAFA publishes restricted substance list

May 31, 2019

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has published the 20th edition of the Restricted Substance List, a go-to resource for industry professionals tasked with chemical management. The list includes banned and restricted chemicals and substances for finished apparel, footwear, and home textile products and identifies the most restrictive regulations worldwide. The Restricted Substance List …

Planet Textiles 2019 complete lineup announced

May 30, 2019

The complete lineup for the sustainable textile summit, Planet Textiles, was announced in an Ecotextile Newsarticle. Planet Textiles will be held June 22, 2019, within the ITMA textile exhibition in Barcelona.  Pascal Brun, H&M’s head of production sustainability, will deliver the keynote address. Also at the podium will be Susanna Wilson, HSBC’s global head of sustainable networks, …

Sympatex will close the loop by 2030

May 29, 2019

Sympatex Technologies believes recycled functional textiles from old PET bottles can soon be a thing of the past, a recent press release says. As soon as 2020, the company is slated to offer its first laminates made from used textile materials acquired through a circular economy. The greater goal is to have, within the next five years, …

Argar ONE

May 28, 2019

Argar put a spotlight on the technical and sustainability characteristics of its product line, ONE, at a hands-on meeting at Techtextil 2019,a recent Innovation in Textilesarticle reported. To meet the goal of creating textiles with lower impacts on the environment, ONE fabrics use recycled PET and organic cotton that are GRS and GOTS certified, meeting criteria for …

Devan Chemicals launches new technologies

May 24, 2019

Devan Chemicals launched two new technologies at Techtextil this year: Bio-flam, a bio-based flame retardant (FR) treatment and Odour Breakdown, a non-biocidal odour control product. Bio-flam is made from renewable, vegetable sources and enables the FR-treated products to be biodegradable. The active components are halogen- and heavy metal-free, the company reports. Bio-flam P307 is designed to …

Piave Maitex new line: Again

May 23, 2019

Italian knitted fashion fabrics producer Piave Maitex recently launched a new line called Again. Piave Maitex is a European producer of elastic fabrics, underwear fabrics and sportswear fabrics. The dyeable and transfer printable fabrics are designed to combine functionality with sustainable features in performing jerseys, a recentKnitting Industryarticle reports.  Two Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certified …

New interleaving veils improve carbon fiber toughness

May 20, 2019

New Zealand company Revolution Fibres has collaborated with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company Inc. to develop a next-generation nanofiber interleaving veil for improving the toughness of carbon fiber composites. According to the companies, the new material, Xantu.Layr® XLB, has particularly strong application possibilities in the aerospace sector. The product is an ultra-thin nonwoven web consisting of …

Soft robotics pair with textile technologies

New shape memory capabilities have application in several markets. At last week’s Smart Fabrics Virtual Summit, sponsored by IFAI, Brad Holschuh, Ph.D., assistant professor of wearable technology and apparel design in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota (UMN), gave a presentation titled, “Soft-Robotic Textiles Using Integrated Active Materials.” In his talk, he …

Growth meets change in protective textiles

Innovating and commercializing to participate in future opportunities. by Seshadri Ramkumar The textiles sector has been reshaping itself due to the increasing cost of raw materials, sustainability issues, labor costs and regulatory issues. These, in a way, have been a boon to the traditional textiles sector, prompting more diverse products and value-added products with industry …

Grooved surface for light-weight solar power

A new solar cell design has been created by scientists at the University of Sheffield, in collaboration with energy technology company Power Roll. The result may prove that creating a new type of back-contacted solar cell is possible. A recent Off Grid Energy Independence article reported that researchers demonstrated how an architecture based on a …