Textile waste is turned into dye powders

November 12, 2018

Officina+39, an Italian textile chemical company, is preparing to scale up the production of Recycrom colour powders made from used clothing and textile waste. The new technology developed by Officina+39 uses 100 percent recycled materials to create long-lasting colors with a natural washed-out look. The product offers a range of pigment powders using textile fibers …

Biodegradable synthetic insulation introduced

PrimaLoft Inc. announces that it has introduced PrimaLoft Bio, a synthetic insulation made from 100 percent recycled, biodegradable fibers. The idea was born in 2014 when a PrimaLoft product manager said during a weekly research and development meeting, “Why can’t we just make a jacket insulation that we can bury in the backyard?” PrimaLoft then …

Sustainability in women’s wear

October 25, 2018

Eastman Chemical Co. recently launched Naia, a cellulosic yarn, into the women’s wear market. Naia’s origins are traceable and sustainably sourced wood pulp; Eastman holds FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody certification. According to the company, the cellulosic yarn is produced in a closed-loop process that involves recycling solvents for reuse within the system. In …

ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® adds a third stage of testing

October 8, 2018

Established two years ago, the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification serves to examine textile chemicals used as aids in production. The certification by Hohenstein supplements the existing OEKO-TEX® certifications, such as STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX. A third stage was recently added to the certification process. In the interests of sustainability, this stage will address environmental …

Vivobarefoot shoes will be made with more PET

October 5, 2018

Vivobarefoot’s latest developments continue to offer leather-alternative shoes designed to uphold the company’s tagline: Healthy feet, healthy planet. In 2018, the company says it’s introducing more recycled and traceable fibers into over 50 percent of its vegan line, including eco-mesh linings and uppers. The shoes feature an ultra-thin sole that the company says “gives you …

Avalon debuts unmanned airship

October 3, 2018

The EOS from Avalon Airships is the company’s new zero-emission, unmanned airship, which has been designed from the ground up to cater to a wide range of roles across multiple industries. The vehicle could be used to improve policing, surveillance, ambulance and rescue services, in farming, and in commercial settings to haul freight, for entertainment …

ECOTEC® by Marchi and Fildi announces new partners

September 24, 2018

ECOTEC® smart cotton by Marchi & Fildi, widens its international reach with new partners that offer a range of products. The trademark represents high-quality 100 percent traceable yarns made in Italy, and a certified manufacturing process, which support the company’s contemporary values, such as as chemical safety and human health. The company says that, compared …

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 …