Flexible, paper-based battery biodegrades in soil

January 10, 2022  |  EcoNote

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have created a paper-based battery that is fully biodegradable in soil after about a month. The battery could eventually be used in non-disposable, flexible electronic devices and smart fabrics. One version of the battery is just …
Floating solar panels studied

December 20, 2021  |  EcoNote

A consortium led by the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) has launched a study on floating, flexible solar energy systems. IDTechEx reports that the system of floating units has been installed in the Fieldlab Green Economy Westvoorne in Oostvoornse Meer lake, near the Ma…
Giving nonwovens another life

November 22, 2021  |  EcoNote

Studies show that sustainability concerns influence consumer buying decisions. In 2017 there was 10.1 million tons of nonwovens produced globally. That’s 270 billion square meters totaling $43 billion worth of textile money. Of that, Michael Savarie says, only about 37 percent of it was classi…
Nature-based infrared wellness announced

November 8, 2021  |  EcoNote

Hologenix, the makers of Celliant, has introduced a fully biodegradable infrared viscose material that is embedded with an infrared mineral complex designed to harness and reflect human energy.  At the Advanced Textiles Conference at IFAI Expo 2021, the company’s chief supply chain officer, C…
PrimaLoft® develops new manufacturing platform

October 25, 2021  |  EcoNote

For decades, insulation manufacturing methods have relied on fossil fuels like coal and natural gas. These industrial processes, widely used by manufacturers across the globe, are leading contributors of greenhouse gas emissions. In response, many brands have focused on material solutions and certif…
New, eco-friendly dying process for jeans developed

October 11, 2021  |  EcoNote

As much as consumers love blue jeans, few may realize their favorite casual clothes are not environmentally friendly to manufacture. Specifically, the process by which they’re dyed is the problem. A new coloration technique, however, has been developed that researchers at the University of Geo…
Hybrid Air Vehicles announces passenger service

September 27, 2021  |  EcoNote

British manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) is bringing a new – and quite luxurious – option into the passenger transportation market. Billed as the “world’s largest aircraft,” the company expects its Airlander 10 to be ready for passenger transportation in 2025. The exterior l…
Footwear maker reaches net-zero emissions

September 13, 2021  |  EcoNote

Twisted X®, a Twisted X Global Brands company, and maker of sustainable footwear, announces that the company has reached net-zero emissions and is furthering its commitment to maintaining carbon neutrality. This qualification comes after assessing 2020 emissions from business operations at their he…
adidas, Allbirds collaboration produces low-carbon running shoe

June 28, 2021  |  EcoNote

Adidas and allbirds have collaborated on a shoe with a carbon footprint measured at 2.94kg CO2e. The companies say that the Futurecraft.Footprint was produced with 63 percent lower emissions when compared to a comparable shoe.  The project participants also adopted a lower-carbon development…
New funding supports a garment recycling push

June 14, 2021  |  EcoNote

Resortecs® announces that it has raised €960k for industrial disassembling ovens and dismantable rivet buttons, as part of its effort to increase clothing recycling by making it more cost-effective and efficient. The company currently produces a stitching thread that dissolves in high temperature…