Wood pulp and algae T-shirt decomposes at end-of-life

November 25, 2019

Tech-based clothing startup Vollebak has launched a T-shirt made entirely from wood pulp and algae. The shirt will break down in soil or in a composter within three months. Vollebak sources wood from eucalyptus, beech and spruce trees, which are chipped and pulped before being turned into fiber, then yarn and finally into fabric for …

The circular economy

What’s driving sustainable practices in today’s textile industry. by Marie O’Mahony The story of sustainability in the textile industry has grown and evolved, particularly in the last decade, with circularity now driving sustainability across the materials sector. According to the Ellen McArthur Foundation, “A circular economy is based on the principles of designing out waste …

Ford uses 3D knitting technology for seamless seat covers

Ford Motor Co., based in Dearborn, Mich, is exploring the idea of letting customers design their own seat covers, add custom touches such as pockets and padding, and use more breathable materials for summer, made possible by 3D, flat-knitting technology. According to knittingindustry.com, the group’s European subsidiary Ford of Europe is using the technology to …

Fil Doux offers new degradable vinyl alternative

Otratex, the next generation of the VinylLife collection from Fil Doux Textiles introduced in 2016, has been reengineered, the company reports. The degradable vinyl alternative is engineered phthalate-free and incorporates enzymes that react with microorganisms found in landfills, acting as the catalyst for its eventual decomposition. The goal for Otratex is to create a closed …

Collaboration to bring safer chemicals to the apparel industry

Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) and Hohenstein have announced a collaboration to utilize the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification system in the LS&Co. supply chain. This will amplify the capabilities of the Screened Chemistry program developed by LS&Co., helping to establish a clearer pathway toward safer chemistry in the apparel industry by providing enhanced levels …

Fibers from NFL uniforms recycled into fan wear

November 22, 2019

Global Fiber Technologies subsidiary, Authentic Heroes Inc. has signed a license agreement with talent agency IMG and its Football Greats Alliance (FGA), a division that represents retired National Football League players, a recent news release says.  Authentic Heroes takes event-worn clothing from an athlete or pop star to create a limited-edition series of fanwear. The company created a proprietary method to extract the fibers …

Teijin Aramid will expand with two new factories

November 21, 2019

Teijin Aramid has announced it will start its second round of Twaron fiber production expansions. The capacity increase will take place in the two factories in the Netherlands, Delfzijl and Emmen. Delfzijl is the production site for monomer and polymer; the plant in Emmen is used for spinning. The increase is expected to result in about …

Knit Vision exhibition scheduled for January

November 20, 2019

The Knit Vision exhibition for knitting, sewing, printing, finishing and allied machinery will be held January 18-21, 2020, at Dana Mandi, Ludhiana, India, with the participation of national and international companies. “A comprehensive and well integrated approach has been chosen for the development, promotion and the application of conventional and innovative products which would also …

CORDURA introduces MoveX stretch fabrics

November 19, 2019

CORDURA brand has introduced MoveX CORDURA NYCO, a range of stretch fabrics from Sapphire Mills. Innovation in Textiles reports that the new fabrics are said to offer specifically engineered enhanced stretch solutions to provide dimensional stability and chemical resistance required for garments subjected to higher-temperature washing.  The MoveX range is designed to offer excellent stretch and stretch-recovery properties as well as the …

ChemSec adds to its “SIN List” of chemicals

November 18, 2019

ChemSec, the International Chemical Secretariat, has revealed the latest additions of industrial chemicals to its SIN (Substitute It Now) List, a recent news release says. The organization urges manufacturers and others to make substitutions for more than 900 chemicals the organization says should be avoided in the global supply chain.  ChemSec expects the additions of per- …