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 …

Sustainability report on INSQIN waterborne PU

September 8, 2017

A recent life-cycle assessment (LCA) suggests that Covestro’s INSQIN, which uses waterborne polyurethane (PU) for the manufacture of PU synthetic, is a more sustainable way to produce coated textiles than solvent-based technologies, according to information provided by the company. An independent third party conducted a review of the LCA study and results in accordance with …

Woolam first certified cotton gin to use DNA traceability system

August 30, 2017

Applied DNA Sciences Inc. has announced that the Woolam Gin in O’Donnell, Texas, was awarded the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS v5.0) certification, making it the first certified U.S. organic cotton gin utilizing Applied DNA’s molecular tagging system, SigNature T. The system tags, tests and tracks organic cotton fibers throughout a certified supply chain. “SigNature T assures …

Eco fibers market worth $93.27 billion by 2025

August 28, 2017

The global eco fiber market is expected to reach $93.27 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 12.1 percent, according to a new report by Grand View Research Inc. This market includes bamboo fibers, organic cotton and other products that strive to create environmentally friendly textiles, as well as safe environments and fair wages for workers. A …

IAAC announces breakthroughs in passive cooling and ventilation

August 24, 2017

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) has developed a series of materials and advanced systems for passive cooling and ventilation, which allow reducing indoor temperatures by up to 5 degrees and air conditioner use by more than 25 percent. These alternatives help to sharply decrease hot indoor temperatures in locations where the weather …

You are your own power source

August 21, 2017

The University of Surrey, U.K., is developing technology that will allow people to act as their own power source by wearing clothing such as smart shirts and shoes that harvest and store electricity. According to information reported in Energy Harvesting Journal, the wearable power sources are triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs)—energy harvesting devices that convert the movements …

Patagonia offers Iron Forge Hemp™ canvas workwear

August 17, 2017

Patagonia is launching a line of workwear made with Iron Forge Hemp™ canvas, a new blend of industrial hemp, recycled polyester and organic cotton that is more durable, abrasion resistant and comfortable off the rack than conventional cotton duck canvas. With farmers, builders, ranchers, foresters and environmental activists in mind, Patagonia set out to build …

Natural and performance fibers meet for sustainability

August 7, 2017

Performance fabrics and sustainability can go hand in hand. That’s what Denim North America (DNA), a division of DNA Textile Group, set out to prove with its Sustainable R3 Denim collection, EcoSure BioBlast Denim. DNA collaborated with the Poole Company, creator of the EcoSure BioBlast fiber, a biodegradable fiber made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled water bottles. DNA reports …

Outdoor brands are EOCA conservation champions

July 28, 2017

The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) has named Arc’teryx, Ortlieb and Snugpak as 2017 Conservation Champions, an award given to members that have “gone the extra mile” to support conservation. The 2017 winners are being recognized for having “taken the initiative to raise extra money for and awareness of conservation,” EOCA stated. Canadian outdoor brand Arc’teryx …