Researchers discover new waterproofing solution

May 10, 2021

A new coating solution discovered by researchers at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, can transform regular materials into waterproof surfaces. The university reports that the product will be free of harmful fluorinated compounds, and effective on a variety of materials. SFU chemistry professor and project lead Hogan Yu estimates that their patented waterproofing …

Teijin offers recycled fiber breakthrough

May 7, 2021

Fibre manufacturer Teijin has developed technology to mass produce a new version of its Nanofront ultra-fine polyester. The Japanese company has described Nanofront as the world’s first nanofiber to be made from recycled polyester raw materials. It also said that the new technology it has developed will enable it to produce all of its polyester …

Conference on the sustainable finishing of textiles scheduled

April 26, 2021

A special edition of the World Congress on Textile Coating (WCTC) will be held to consider all aspects of sustainable finishing of textiles. The conference will take place live online Sept. 30–Oct. 1 and Oct. 7–8, 2021. The aim of the event is to explore the materials, processes and machinery that can help dyers, finishers, …

NILIT launches Sensil® BioCare

NILIT, a global provider of Nylon 6.6, has introduced Sensil® BioCare, a sustainable premium Nylon fiber enhanced with a technology that helps reduce the persistence of textile waste in sea water and in landfills. The product is the newest addition to the Sensil® portfolio of responsibly manufactured, environmentally considerate premium Nylon products that benefit the …

H&M, Good News launch sustainable shoe collection

April 12, 2021

A partnership with retailer H&M and U.K.-based shoe brand Good News has produced a unique trainer collection that uses recycled rubber from car tires and old shoes, with uppers made of recycled cotton, Vegea® and Bananatex®. Bananatex is a material based on the fiber from the banana plant family, which is made in the Philippines …

New technology makes foldable solar cells possible

March 8, 2021

Researchers at Pusan National University, Rep. of Korea, have built on recent developments in foldable electronics and phone screens to develop a foldable technology in solar panels. A key requirement for an efficient foldable conductor is the ability to withstand the pressure of bending within a very small radius while maintaining its integrity and other desirable …

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 …