Cannabis sneakers support sustainability

October 31, 2019

German sneaker brand nat-2, which has turned milk, plastic bottles, and coffee grounds into sneakers, recently presented sneakers made with cannabis leaves.  The unisex sneaker’s uppers are made from sustainably grown, chemical-free recycled cannabis leaves, which cover up to half the shoe’s surface, depending on the style. The leaves are layered into a green surface …

Devan launches CBD fabric treatments

October 30, 2019

Devan Chemicals has launched its CBD (cannabidiol) fabric treatment. The company says that its Acabada ProActiveWear is the world’s first CBD-infused activewear brand, intended to help people manage pain.  CBD molecules are infused into fabrics by wrapping microscopic droplets of zero-THC, hemp-derived CBD with a protective coating. Placed within the garments to align with muscle …

Producing polyamide microfibers

October 29, 2019

Oerlikon Barmag has signed contracts for two orders with a total of 120 spinning positions for manufacturing polyamide POY yarn with Chinese yarn manufacturers. All spinning positions will be equipped with the EvoQuench radial quenching system for polyamide; two well-known yarn manufacturers are now committing to the EvoQuench concept to produce polyamide yarn, equipping themselves …

Rose Brand and Milliken partner on stage curtains

October 28, 2019

Rose Brand, supplier of stage curtains and other theater supplies, and textile manufacturer Milliken & Co., Spartanburg, S.C., have entered into an exclusive partnership to introduce ReVive IFR fabric, an article in Lighting and Sound Americareported. ReVive fabric is made of 70 percent recycled material from discarded plastic bottles and is designed to have the performance and look of Encore …

“Sleep Robot” encourages restful sleep

October 25, 2019

The Somnox Sleep Robot is designed to help users fall asleep by mimicking breathing patterns.The device was developed by a team of engineers who met at the Robotics Institute of the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. The soft robot is meant to be cuddled like a teddy bear, helping to induce slow, rhythmic breathing and encourage restful …

Walking again with a brain-controlled exoskeleton

October 21, 2019

A 65 kilogram robotic suit has helped a paralyzed man walk again. The suit uses advanced computer software and two brain implants that read and transmit information from the part of the patient’s brain that controls motor function. As reported on designboom.com, the patient had surgery to place the implants on the surface of his brain, …

Hohenstein implements new 4D body scanner

The Hohenstein Institute has a new 4D body scanner that will be used in a series of research projects aimed at developing a standard method of analyzing how a clothing item restricts movement. Scanning in 4D shows body shape and size for the intended customer, helping to determine the impact of movement on the garment, …

Understanding your obligations with Prop 65

“Prop 65 is a warning law, not a ban,” said Jeff Post, vice president/general manager, CGPC America/Enduratex™, in his presentation “Proposition 65 and Coated Fabrics” at IFAI Expo. Prop 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.  A manufacturer is liable, …

More than a perfect fit

Startup focuses on functional intimate apparel for breast cancer survivors. by Marie O’Mahony Intimate apparel size and fit is a challenge for manufacturers and consumers alike, but for double mastectomy survivors there are additional problems to be overcome. Susanne Wroblewski is the Research Lab Coordinator at Central Michigan University and a co-founder of Elemental, a …

The waiting game

Businesses are challenged with making decisions in an uncertain trade environment. by Marie O’Mahony Editor’s note: The issue of U.S. trade is unusually dynamic and evolving today. This article represents information available when the speaker presented at IFAI Expo in early October. With international trade in a state of flux, it’s understandable that the advanced …