Recycling ghost nets

May 13, 2019

Art, marine plastic recycling and 3D printing have come together in a new initiative. The Second Nature project aims to create awareness about the damage to marine wildlife caused by abandoned fishing nets, a recent release says. The New Raw design studio began the project by working with Greek fishermen and divers to collect discarded …

Infinited Fiber forms partnerships for sustainably produced fiber

May 6, 2019

Finnish textile startup Infinited Fiber Co. (IFC) recently formed new partnerships with fashion retailer H&M, Finnish investment company Virala, and clean energy and resource efficiency company Fortum, with the aim of more opportunities to close the loop for textiles.  “Fortum is studying possibilities to grow business that is based on the more efficient use of biomass. …

Biodegradable fibrous oil sorbent created

April 25, 2019

by Seshadri Ramkumar A Texas Tech University’s (TTU) alumni has invented a line of oil-absorbent mats and wipes. The product, named “Towelie,” evolved out of a collaboration between India and the U.S., utilizing strengths in the textile and advanced materials sectors in the two nations.  Ronald Kendall Jr. showed interest in finding sustainable solutions for …

UniFirst on Barron’s Most Sustainable Companies list

April 17, 2019

UniFirst Corp. has been included on Barron’s second annual list of the 100 Most Sustainable Companies in the United States, a recent release announced. Barron’s partnered with Calvert Research and Management to analyze the 1,000 largest publicly held companies by market value with headquarters in the U.S. Each company was assessed against 300 performance indicators …

Agroforestry supports sustainable fabrics and communities

April 8, 2019

The principles of agroforestry are guiding a Brazilian startup’s creation of sustainable fabrics. FarFarm uses a system that involves deliberate planting of multiple species of trees and other plants. According to a Sportstextiles.com article, this type of agroforestry encourages the sharing of resources among compatible species. The benefits include lower consumption of water, increased carbon …

Hohenstein now offers wastewater testing

Following its recent recognition by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Program as a partnering wastewater testing laboratory, Hohenstein now offers customers the security of ZDHC-compliant manufacturing. As an internationally accredited testing laboratory, service provider and research partner of the textile industry, Hohenstein is pleased to further support the objectives of the ZDHC and …

AATCC Millson Award announced

April 3, 2019

Patrick R. Gruber will receive the Henry E. Millson Award for Invention from the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), a recent release announced. The award recognizes inventions that are outstanding contributions to textile technology. Gruber’s invention is a green chemistry–based continuous process for producing polylactic acid fibers known as PLA. Chemists had spent …

Devan joins consortium

March 21, 2019

Devan Chemicals is participating in a new consortium consisting of 17 European partners representing all links in the value chain: research and innovation, design, manufacturing and nongovernmental organizations, an article in Innovation in Textiles reports.   The consortium’s DECOAT initiative will explore methods of separating coatings from base materials. Devan’s role will be to develop …

GOTS reports growth in certification of organics supply chain

March 20, 2019

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) reports that 2018 figures show an increase of 14.6 percent in facilities certified in the organics supply chain. A total of 5,760 certified facilities employ more than 2 million workers. Certified facilities are now located in 64 countries. GOTS certification covers the processing of certified organic fibers along the entire …

Mesh and bamboo harvests water from the air

March 15, 2019

More than 1 billion people worldwide are affected by water scarcity, according to a recent designboom.com report. People often travel great distances to gather water and may not be able to rely on the water’s cleanliness. Arturo Vittori was inspired to create a solution to gathering potable water after visiting northeastern Ethiopia. He observed women …