TAF launches sustainability campaign

September 17, 2018

Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd. (TAF) has launched a campaign positioning Radianza™ fiber as an eco-friendly and sustainable product for the textile and apparel industry. Called “Nature Thanks Back,” the campaign defines how this fiber helps to reduce the negative impacts on the environment by allowing minimum discharge of harmful chemicals, as well as conserving …

DHS awards $199K for development of energy harvesting fabric

September 10, 2018

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded $199,260 to Boston-based Protect the Force Inc. for the development of photovoltaic (PV) energy harvesting fabrics that will be able to produce and store electricity within the fabric’s weave to power portable devices. The company received its award for a project titled …

Textile solutions among the finalists in Green Challenge

August 20, 2018

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, one of the world’s largest competitions in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship, awards major grants to “green” start-ups from around the world for their promising sustainable business plans. The winner will receive €500,000 to further develop the product or service, and to bring it to market. The runner-up will receive …

ECO PASSPORT recognized by ZDHC

August 17, 2018

OEKO-TEX announced that its ECO PASSPORT certification has been recognized as a Level 3 ZDHC MRSL Conformance Indicator for the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme. The ZDHC organization’s Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) is integral to the ZDHC Gateway – Chemical Module, an advanced search engine for conforming formulations that support textile and leather manufacturers to find safer alternatives to hazardous …

Indorama Ventures expands PET recycling capabilities

August 16, 2018

Indorama Ventures (IVL) has entered into an agreement to acquire Sorepla Industrie, a plastics recycling facility in France, Innovation in Textiles reports. Sorepla Industrie is one of the largest recyclers in Europe and has 58 employees. The facility consists of three production lines; recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET), recycled high density polyethylene (rHDPE) and food-grade pellets, …

Polygiene technology aims to keep clothes fresher

August 13, 2018

Polygiene Stays Fresh Technology is applied to clothes with the aim of keeping the wearer fresh all day. Because a silver salt is permanently applied to each product, the company says that people can wear the garments more and wash them less, saving time, water and energy associated with washing. The Polygiene treatment is made from 100 …

Chinese viscose producers agree on sustainability roadmap

August 6, 2018

Ten major Chinese viscose producers have released a joint three-year roadmap for the sustainable development of the viscose manufacturing industry in China. These companies together produce about 50 percent of the world’s supply. Ecotextile News says that the roadmap is in partnership with two Chinese textile trade associations. It requires that members use a new …

Adidas aims to eliminate virgin polyester by 2024

July 30, 2018

Sportswear manufacturer adidas wants all its clothing and footwear products to use only recycled polyester, sportstextiles.com reports. “Our goal is to get rid of virgin polyester overall by 2024,” Eric Liedtke, adidas’ head of global brands, told the Financial Times. He explained that, because of the volume of polyester used in the company’s footwear and …

Eucalyptus fiber textiles are biodegradable

July 23, 2018

A design studio has launched clothing designed to discourage excessive consumption. The OMDANNE collection by Romanian-Danish studio SOLVE makes use of natural, renewable resources and product life-cycle traceability to create sustainable, multifunctional and compostable clothing. The collection includes three pieces of clothing that can transform into more than 10 styles each, from jumpsuits and dresses, …

The upcycling of ocean plastic waste

July 9, 2018

According to Parley for the Oceans, recent studies indicate that at least 5 trillion pieces of plastic weighing more than 250,000 tons are now floating in the world’s oceans. The majority of the debris sinks or remains in the five areas of the oceans called vortexes. However, a significant percentage washes onto coastlines daily. The …