Huntsman introduces new DWRs for outerwear

November 20, 2017

Huntsman Textile Effects has introduced the new PHOBOTEX RSY non-fluorinated durable water repellent (DWR) providing rain and stain protection for high-performance outerwear. The product responds to consumers’ demand for rain-, stain- and soil-resistant qualities, as well as consumer and industry-level concerns about environmental health and worker safety. PHOBOTEX RSY durable water repellent is based on non-fluorinated technologies …

See-through solar collector developed

November 8, 2017

Scientists associated with Michigan State University (MSU) report that transparent solar materials applied to windows could capture as much power as rooftop solar units. According to information from MSU, the scientists believe that using transparent solar applications, together with the rooftop units, could nearly meet U.S. electricity demand and reduce the use of fossil fuels. …

OEKO-TEX surveys 11,000 consumers for textile sustainability study

October 30, 2017

The OEKO-TEX® Association, in commemoration of its 25th anniversary, announces that it has commissioned a global research study to assess consumer attitudes about textile sustainability. Titled The Key to Confidence: Consumers and Textile Sustainability—Attitudes, Changing Behaviors, and Outlooks, the study of more than 11,000 clothing and home textile consumers around the world examined topics ranging from concerns about …

DuPont and Unifi to create eco-friendly apparel insulation

October 23, 2017

DuPont and Unifi Inc. have announced a collaboration to create high-performance, renewably sourced, cold-weather garment insulation combining DuPont Sorona polymer and Unifi REPREVE®. DuPont Sorona is made from 37 percent renewable plant-based ingredients and is reported to use 30 percent less energy with 63 percent fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, compared to Nylon 6. Unifi’s proprietary …

Companies pledge increased rPET use

October 20, 2017

Textile Exchange announced that more than 45 textile, apparel and retail companies have signed a pledge to increase their use of recycled polyester (rPET) by at least 25 percent by 2020. The pledge has been adopted by major brands such as adidas, Dibella, Eileen Fisher, Gap Inc., H&M, IKEA, Lindex, MetaWear, Target and Timberland. A …

Mute acoustic panels are made of PET

October 4, 2017

Interior products maker De Vorm has a felt, acoustic panel made of recycled PET that doubles as a room divider and aesthetic element. Not only are the panels constructed of PET felt made from recycled plastic bottles, but at the end of their lives, the panels can be recycled as well. The product has a …

Partnership finds a process to recycle blended textiles

September 25, 2017

A four-year partnership between the nonprofit H&M Foundation and the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) reports finding a solution to recycle blend textiles into new fabrics and yarns—without quality loss—through a hydrothermal (chemical) process. H&M Foundation reports that the technology will be scaled up and made available to the global fashion …

Stratospheric balloon completes solar-powered flight

World View’s Stratollite navigable balloon recently achieved its first day–night cycle flight. The Tucson, Ariz.-based aerospace company reported that the Stratollite’s solar panels generated, stored and distributed full system power needed for flight throughout the night. Stratollites capitalize on rapid deployability and low-impact flight of balloons, then add solar power and the ability for station-keeping …

ZDHC recognizes ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX

September 20, 2017

ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX certification has been recognized by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) as an indicator of conformance with the organization’s Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL). The ZDHC’s mission includes removing hazardous chemicals from the apparel and footwear value chain so that they do not harm workers, consumers or the environment. John Frazier, senior …

‘Twistron’ yarns can harvest energy

September 11, 2017

An international research team has developed high-tech yarns that generate electricity when they are stretched or twisted. The team is led by scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas and Hanyang University in South Korea and includes researchers from South Korea, Virginia Tech, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and China. They recently published their findings …