Scientists discover how to grow colored cotton

July 13, 2020  |  EcoNote

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 Sc…
Baldwin’s TexCoat G4 offers sustainable finishing

July 2, 2020  |  EcoNote

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 …
Unifi achieves recycling milestone

June 18, 2020  |  EcoNote

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 te…
Algae used to make new biopolymer

April 13, 2020  |  EcoNote

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 …
C6 ban expected in the EU

April 13, 2020  |  EcoNote

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 consultatio…
GOTS response to misleading advertising

March 17, 2020  |  EcoNote

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 l…
Truetzschler discusses technology for cotton fiber in wipes

March 12, 2020  |  EcoNote

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 discu…
NCTO launches sustainability blog

March 9, 2020  |  EcoNote

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 mitigat…
Milliken at Circular Economy Forum

March 4, 2020  |  EcoNote

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 opport…
Matmarket launches new Insite Contoura Insoles

March 3, 2020  |  EcoNote

Matmarket has launched the latest version of Insite Contoura Insoles, featuring 25 percent bio-based Susterra propanediol made by DuPont.  Susterra is a renewably sourced, plant-based building block, according to the company’s recent news release. Compared with conventional petroleum-bas…