Recycled acrylic approved by bluesign

September 12, 2022  |  EcoNote

Regel fibre, the recycled acrylic fibre from Thai Acrylic Fibre Company (TAF), Aditya Birla Group, is now bluesign approved, in addition to being a GRS certified acrylic fibre. In a Knittingindustry.com report, the company says this approval certifies that Regel meets the safety and environmental re…
Bio-based creora® gets global SGS certification

August 9, 2022  |  EcoNote

Global elastane manufacturer Hyosung has received eco-product certification from Standard Global Services (SGS) guaranteeing that creora® bio-based elastane is made with plant-based materials and is produced in a harmless and eco-friendly environment, a Knitting Industry article reports. Hyosung…
Collaboration produces plant-based nylon-6

July 25, 2022  |  EcoNote

San Diego-based biotechnology company Genomatica, with its collaborator Aquafil, has successfully completed the first demonstration scale production runs for plant-based nylon-6. Aquafil is a major producer of nylon in Italy and worldwide. The new material is intended to contribute to reshaping the…
High-tech clothing company turns to black algae and hemp

July 11, 2022  |  EcoNote

Black algae and hemp are two of the most futuristic materials on the planet, says London-based high-tech clothing startup Vollebak. The company has just launched hoodies and sweatpants made entirely out of these materials, which, the company says, produce oxygen, clean up carbon dioxide and can even…
A wearable for cows among Terra Carta winners

June 27, 2022  |  EcoNote

A methane-reducing mask for cows was among the winners in a U.K. climate solution competition. Prince Charles and former Apple CDO Jony Ive recently announced the four winners of Terra Carta Design Lab, founded to develop climate crisis solutions. Out of 125 submissions, the awarded projects i…
Pilot production of cell-cultivated leather funded

June 9, 2022  |  EcoNote

VitroLabs has raised $46 million to build and scale what it says is the world’s first pilot production of cell-cultivated leather. The biotech company, based in Milpitas, Calif., says that funding is led by Aronomics; among additional investors are BESTSELLER’s Invest FWD, global luxury group K…
Nike sneakers recycle in three pieces

May 23, 2022  |  EcoNote

Recycling sneakers has been a problem because of the methods and materials used to make them. Nike will soon launch its new ISPA Link, a sneaker made without glue that, at the end of its usefulness, can be separated into three pieces for recycling.  The ISPA (Improvise, Scavenge, Protect, Adapt…
Scientists develop enzyme that breaks down PET 

May 23, 2022  |  EcoNote

A multidisciplinary team in primarily working at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), has developed a polyethylene terephthalate hydrolase (PETase) capable of breaking down untreated post-consumer PET in a single week, according to a study published in Nature.