Partnership pursues closed-loop textile recycling

January 25, 2021  |  EcoNote

Swiss fluid engineering company Sulzer announces that its partnership with H&M Group and Worn Again Technologies is developing technology for closed-loop recycling of textiles. Textile waste is one of society’s pressing environmental issues, Sulzer says, and because of the complexity of garme…
DSM and Clariter partner in chemical recycling solutions

January 19, 2021  |  EcoNote

Royal DSM, a global science-based company and Clariter, an international clean-tech company, have announced a strategic partnership to pursue a next-generation chemical recycling solution for products based on DSM’s Dyneema®, an ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber.  In line w…
Fungus can be used as a sustainable sound absorber

January 11, 2021  |  EcoNote

The Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) reports that it has teamed up with the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP) to investigate the use of fungus-based materials for the fabrication of eco-friendly sound absorbers. Sound absorbers can improve …
“The Sweater” is knitted from a plant-based biopolymer

December 21, 2020  |  EcoNote

Japanese technical apparel brand, Goldwin, and biomaterial innovator, Spiber, have created what the companies call the world’s first knitted garment made with Brewed Protein™, a biopolymer created from a plant-based microbial fermentation process. Named simply “The Sweater,” it is the pa…
Designer grows shoes from bacteria

December 7, 2020  |  EcoNote

Biodesigner Jennifer Keane is moving forward with her efforts to help create a more sustainable future by “replacing the petrochemical-based materials of today with more sustainable ones.” She has been working with the k.rhaeticus bacteria that “naturally grow a tiny fiber calle…
Pvilion honored with architectural award

October 26, 2020  |  EcoNote

Pvilion, Brooklyn, N.Y., was recently chosen as a winner in the Outdoor Products category in the Architectural Products Design Awards for its Solar Sail shade canopies. The canopies provide both shade and solar-powered USB ports for cellular charging, AC outlets and LED lighting.  The solar can…
SABIC and Fibertex collaborate on recycled nonwoven

October 15, 2020  |  EcoNote

Designer knits biodegradable children’s shoes

October 12, 2020  |  EcoNote

In a day when fast fashion is the norm, and so much of what we wear ends up in landfills, one designer has a fresh idea: biodegradable knit shoes for children that come with an expiration date. “What if we could buy clothes the same way we buy milk, according to our needs and taking into &hel…
Salomon introduces recyclable performance running shoe

October 8, 2020  |  EcoNote

French outdoor brand Salomon as unveiled Index.01, a performance running shoe made to be recycled. The result of three years of research and development at Salomon’s Annecy Design Center in the French Alps, the shoe has been constructed to reduce material waste by using circular life cycle princip…
Lenzing launches carbon-zero TENCEL™ branded fibers

September 28, 2020  |  EcoNote

Following wider corporate commitments made by the Lenzing Group in 2019 to drive sustainability and combat climate change, TENCEL™, Lenzing’s flagship brand for textiles, is introducing its first carbon-zero TENCEL™ branded lyocell and modal fibers to the market. Following the strict guide…