Age-old dyes foster today’s sustainability

September 18, 2019

Recent works by four fashion students used millenia-old techniques of dyeing textiles using onion skins to showcase the growing sustainability movement.  The project, sponsored in part by the National Onion Association, came to fruition when New York fashion designer Maria Elena Pomboopened her studio to the New York Parson’s School of Design students. Pombo opted for the students …

Hohenstein accredited to test textile wastewater

September 17, 2019

The Hohenstein Institute recently reported on its accreditation to test wastewater. The technology responds to what the company notes as global campaigns that have drawn the public’s attention to the use of 11 harmful chemical groups in textile production. Hohenstein’s global laboratories test wastewater to reduce companies’ environmental impact. The company reports it is accredited …

New garment designed to control odor in body armor

September 16, 2019

Protective garment startup DragynSkyn has recently announced an upcoming line of compression apparel designed to perform under ballistic body armor. The new product uses a three-layer design to control body odor in protective armor. One layer pulls moisture away from the body and vaporizes it, and a microporous laminate keeps odor-causing bacteria from reaching the body armor or …

IFAI Expo 2018 show named a Gold 100 Grand Award finalist

September 13, 2019

Industrial Fabrics Association International’s (IFAI) Expo 2018 show has been announced as a finalist for Trade Show Executive Magazine’s Gold 100 Grand Award for the Do-Gooder award category for work with the Manufacturing for Good booth. The Do-Gooder category is specifically for shows that promote events for philanthropy or social causes. IFAI Expo 2018 made giving back …

Devan R-Vital® CBD-infused textiles hit the market

September 12, 2019

With the recent launch of Acabada ProActiveWear, CBD-infused textiles are now available. The fabric treatment behind the CBD-infused textiles was developed by Devan Chemicals, a Belgian company specializing in functional finishes for textile markets. Devan launched its CBD (Cannabidiol) fabric treatment at Heimtextil 2019 in Frankfurt as part of their R-Vital® range of microencapsulated active …

Medical textiles: value and limitations

September 9, 2019

How Medical Device Master Files can support a productive business partnership. by Elaine Duncan Medical Device Master Files, known as a MAF, have value for textile contract manufacturers and the medical device developer in many ways. Most medical device manufacturers who incorporate a medical textile into their product will seek a knowledgeable textile contractor who …

The future of wearables is medical

by James Hayward Wearable technology and medical devices have many prominent synergies. Electronic devices on the body are perfectly placed for sensors to collect data relevant to healthcare, with communication options allowing them to be the gateway to digital health data. Common sensor options within wearable devices include options for motion, such as fall detection …

Bally Ribbon Mills introduces E-WEBBINGS®

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM) has introduced E-WEBBINGS® e-textile product base, specifically designed to serve as a customizable base for a wide range of smart textile applications within the Internet of Things (IoT). These smart textiles serve as the foundation layer to which electronic intercommunication technology is integrated directly, and they allow for smaller final product …

Visible light can remove toxic dyes

A team of Texas Tech University (TTU) researchers working in advanced textiles has found a new way to remove toxic dye pollutants from wastewater, and their approach is safer, cheaper and easier than traditional methods, a recent release from TTU says.   Water contaminated with leftover synthetic dyes and pigments, a result of washing the textiles …

Nothing ventured, nothing gained

by Janet Preus The medical textiles market is expected to reach $23.3 billion by 2025, according to a release May 29, 2019 from reportlinker.com. Non-implantable goods, the report says, takes the largest share, which is not at all surprising for obvious reasons. What’s a bit surprising is the growth in medical devices, including those that …