Green Button: Hohenstein named an authorized certification body

February 17, 2021

Textile testing provider Hohenstein has been authorized by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to verify compliance for the Green Button, a German government certification for sustainable textiles. Now, in addition to certification for MADE IN GREEN by OEKOTEX®, a qualifier for the Green Button, Hohenstein certifies for the 46 Green Button …

Process for reusing silk textiles in thermal insulation developed

February 5, 2021

Freudenberg Performance Materials and Ratti, the Italian fashion textile company, have been working together on sustainability projects. The first fruit of this collaboration is a process for reusing silk textiles in the manufacture of high-performance thermal insulation.  The practice of using recycled materials from other industries, such as post-consumer PET bottles, has been common practice …

Partnership pursues closed-loop textile recycling

January 25, 2021

Swiss fluid engineering company Sulzer announces that its partnership with H&M Group and Worn Again Technologies is developing technology for closed-loop recycling of textiles. Textile waste is one of society’s pressing environmental issues, Sulzer says, and because of the complexity of garments’ production, chemical recycling techniques to date have been applied to a minor share of …

DSM and Clariter partner in chemical recycling solutions

January 19, 2021

Royal DSM, a global science-based company and Clariter, an international clean-tech company, have announced a strategic partnership to pursue a next-generation chemical recycling solution for products based on DSM’s Dyneema®, an ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber.  In line with its sustainability targets and following the successful launch of bio-based Dyneema® (mass balance), DSM Protective Materials is …

Fungus can be used as a sustainable sound absorber

January 11, 2021

The Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) reports that it has teamed up with the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP) to investigate the use of fungus-based materials for the fabrication of eco-friendly sound absorbers. Sound absorbers can improve a room’s acoustics, for example in a busy office space. But many of …

“The Sweater” is knitted from a plant-based biopolymer

December 21, 2020

Japanese technical apparel brand, Goldwin, and biomaterial innovator, Spiber, have created what the companies call the world’s first knitted garment made with Brewed Protein™, a biopolymer created from a plant-based microbial fermentation process. Named simply “The Sweater,” it is the partnership’s first Brewed Protein™ garment brought to market in the U.S. It was designed to emulate a traditional ski sweater, with …

Designer grows shoes from bacteria

December 7, 2020

Biodesigner Jennifer Keane is moving forward with her efforts to help create a more sustainable future by “replacing the petrochemical-based materials of today with more sustainable ones.” She has been working with the k.rhaeticus bacteria that “naturally grow a tiny fiber called nanocellulose, which is eight times stronger than steel and stiffer than Kevlar, transparent and incredibly lightweight,” …

Pvilion honored with architectural award

October 26, 2020

Pvilion, Brooklyn, N.Y., was recently chosen as a winner in the Outdoor Products category in the Architectural Products Design Awards for its Solar Sail shade canopies. The canopies provide both shade and solar-powered USB ports for cellular charging, AC outlets and LED lighting.  The solar canopies are a pilot project operated by Pvilion under the …

SABIC and Fibertex collaborate on recycled nonwoven

October 15, 2020

SABIC, a global chemicals industry company, is collaborating with Fibertex Personal Care, manufacturer of spunbond nonwovens for the hygiene industry, to create a range of nonwovens using high purity recycled plastics from SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio and services.  This will be the world’s first nonwovens range based on recycled plastics in the hygiene industry. The initiative …

Designer knits biodegradable children’s shoes

October 12, 2020

In a day when fast fashion is the norm, and so much of what we wear ends up in landfills, one designer has a fresh idea: biodegradable knit shoes for children that come with an expiration date. “What if we could buy clothes the same way we buy milk, according to our needs and taking into …