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 …

Flexible flags collect solar and wind energy

March 11, 2019

A team at the University of Manchester has developed flags that collect wind and solar energy.  Flexible photovoltaics do their job capturing the sun’s energy while piezoelectric strips allow the flag to generate power through movement. The University of Manchester study is said to be the first of its kind to harvest wind and solar …

Sustainability Charter gains support in Europe

February 21, 2019

The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has secured further international backing for its Sustainability Charter with four national associations from Poland, Spain, The Netherlands and Russia signing up for the initiative, which calls for good corporate citizenship and environmental responsibility among its member associations. The Ecotextiles News report also says that nearly 75 percent of the …

Study backs up calls for fluorinated textile ban

February 14, 2019

An article in Exotextile News reports that researchers in the U.K. and Sweden have developed a new test method for water- and oil-resistant textiles, which uses an innovative ‘roll-off’ method to assess repellence with movement to more actively reflect how clothes behave in everyday use. As part of this research, it was also found the …

Partnership to curb the impact of microfibers in the environment

February 11, 2019

Sympatex Technologies, based in Munich, Germany, says that experts believe that a viable future for the global apparel industry lies in a closed loop, in which the raw materials in the textiles are separated, recycled and re-used for new products. While many companies have already begun to align their future product strategies with this view, …

SANITIZED AG announces its solution to permastink

Odor-free polyester, functional clothing is now possible, according to Sanitized AG, which has developed Sanitized Odoractiv 10, a patented, non-biocidal technology. An unwelcome odor can quickly develop in polyester sport and functional clothing, even if freshly washed; this is called “permastink.” It’s a challenge for the textile industry as it generally reduces the attractiveness (and therefore …

Flexible solar cells meld technologies

Scientists have fabricated a flexible solar cell with a power conversion efficiency of 21.5 percent. The project is a collaboration of Solliance and MiaSolé Hi-Tech Corp., an article in Off Grid Energy Technology reports. The new cell uses two thin-film solar cell technologies to create a four-terminal tandem solar cell stack consisting of a flexible …

EPA finalizes amendments on air pollutant standards

January 21, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing minor amendments to the 2002 and 2003 National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Surface Coating of Large Appliances; Printing, Coating, and Dyeing of Fabrics and Other Textiles; and Surface Coating of Metal Furniture. The EPA says in a summary of the report that the …