Collaboration supports greener chemical formulas

July 13, 2020

Hohenstein and Scivera have streamlined the process for chemical suppliers to assess and validate preferred chemicals and to proactively improve formulations to ZDHC MRSL conformance level 3 and beyond for apparel, footwear and home textiles. The collaboration integrates software, certification and analytical testing to enable suppliers to improve and verify greener formulations. Brands taking action …

Scientists discover how to grow colored cotton

Scientists in Australia say they have discovered a genetic modification that makes it possible to grow colored cotton. The scientists hope it will remove the need for chemical dyes, which can be harmful to the environment.  Colleen MacMillan leads the team of scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science …

Baldwin’s TexCoat G4 offers sustainable finishing

July 2, 2020

Skyrocketing demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) to combat the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a worldwide tightened supply of durable water repellents (DWR) and antimicrobials that are used in the textile finishing process. While the surging need for face masks and other protective medical gear can be a boon for the industry, as mills …

Unifi achieves recycling milestone

June 18, 2020

Unifi Inc., an innovator in recycled and synthetic yarns, has reached a key goal set in 201 of transforming more than 20 billion PET bottles. The driver of this new milestone was Unifi’s REPREVE® platform of recycled performance fibers, which has been adopted by more than 500 global brand and textile partners. Tom Caudle, president and …

Algae used to make new biopolymer

April 13, 2020

In 2019 the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture registered algae as an agricultural commodity, making it a tradeable material and industry feedstock. That action may mean that more manufacturers will use the commodity to create textile technologies. Algix LLC is a clean technology company that produces sustainable products using aquaculture and water remediation.According to a recent report in Sportstextiles.com, the company …

C6 ban expected in the EU

The use of fluorocarbon-based C6 water repellents in textiles and other consumer goods in Europe may be coming to an end this year.  According to an Ecotextile News article, Germany has submitted proposed new rules to restrict perfluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA) coming onto the market. A consultation period is in effect until Sept. 25, 2020. Appeals to the proposed new …

GOTS response to misleading advertising

March 17, 2020

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has issued a response to what it calls a misleading claim by a company stating they hold a certification that’s “more important than organic.” The company also claims, “Textiles with the organic label can still be treated with toxic chemicals at a later stage of production.” While this is …

Truetzschler discusses technology for cotton fiber in wipes

March 12, 2020

Cotton’s strength, absorbent capacity and softness make it ideal for single-use dry and wet wipes, Truetzschler says in a recent news release. It also notes that price and variability in quality can make cotton a secondary choice over viscose/polyester blends. At INDEX 2020, the company will discuss technologies that may make cotton a more sustainable …

NCTO launches sustainability blog

March 9, 2020

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) is launching a new blog series on sustainability in the U.S. textile industry, a news release has announced. The organization reports it will “use the series to highlight the significant strides the U.S. textile industry has made to mitigate the impact of manufacturing processes on the environment.” NCTO blog …

Milliken at Circular Economy Forum

March 4, 2020

Milliken & Company joined Waste Management and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in sponsoring the National Geographic Circular Economy Forum. The forum was designed to foster engagement and collaboration in pursuit of closing the loop of the world’s economy, defining waste as an opportunity to create valuable renewable resources, stated a recent news release.  Attendees participated in rethinking …