Designtex debuts Loop to Loop upholstery fabric made from already recycled textile waste

October 31, 2013  |  EcoNote

When the wood industry formalized the process called “chain of custody” to shepherd sustainable practices through its supply chain, it illuminated the path from forest to lumber yard to finished product. Now, four companies within the textile supply chain have pioneered a polyester trail that st…
Sustayn™ by Spilfyter® launched

October 23, 2013  |  EcoNote

NPS Nonwovens, a division of NPS Corp., Green Bay, Wis., is introducing new, state-of-the-art absorbent products branded as Sustayn™ by Spilfyter®. These products are produced from 100 percent recycled polypropylene, and all of the packaging components are made from 100 percent recycled materials…
Kinetic energy lights up a carousel

October 8, 2013  |  EcoNote

The Centre for Visual Arts in the city of Dordrecht in The Netherlands, in cooperation with the Amsterdam design bureau Carve, invited 10 European design firms to develop inventive,  resourceful and multi-age friendly playful objects to complete the design for a new public space in that city. Ecosi…
Windows let in light, keep out heat

October 8, 2013  |  EcoNote

Quite a lot of U.S. energy consumption goes out the window, literally. Now, nanotechnology could produce a coating for glass that is affordable and effective at saving energy. Windows are wonderful for flooding the indoors with light, but they are also a drain on energy. In the cold-weather months, …
Cooley Group Earns ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Standard Certification

September 10, 2013  |  EcoNote

Cloth from bark offers renewable alternatives

September 10, 2013  |  EcoNote

BARKTEX® by Bark Cloth Ltd. is a contemporary take on traditional bark cloth, which is produced from the Ugandan Figus tree. Once the bark is stripped form the tree, new bark grows in its place, making it a truly sustainable product. BARKTEX can be treated with bright colors to create a unique mate…
New meaning for “carpetbag”

September 10, 2013  |  EcoNote

A young New Zealand designer found inspiration for an innovative product in an industry that has deep historical roots in his country: sheep farming. In researching the wool value chain, Daniel Mclaughlin identified high volumes of post-industrial and post-consumer waste as a space for potential in…
Carnegie launches plant-based interior textile

August 8, 2013  |  EcoNote

After seven years of research and development, Carnegie Fabrics, Rockville Centre, N.Y., has unveiled its high-performance interior textile—the first with a majority of plant-based content. This major breakthrough boasts 60–85 percent bio content, depending on pattern, although the U.S. governme…
OutDoor recognizes Ecorepel

August 1, 2013  |  EcoNote

Schoeller Technologies ecorepel® has won the OutDoor Industry Award at the OutDoor trade fair in the category “products of high ecological and sustainable value.” According to the company, the textile finish biomimics the natural impregnation water-repellent function exhibited by the feathers o…
Freudenberg showcases eco-friendly nonwovens

July 1, 2013  |  EcoNote

Freudenberg Nonwovens introduces its innovative and eco-friendly nonwoven product Lutradur® ECO made with REPREVE® recycled PET resin. REPREVE is a brand made with recycled materials, including plastic bottles, to the highest quality standards in the industry, with certifications that ensure produ…