China holds sustainability conference

December 12, 2019  |  EcoNote

Hosted by Wuhan Textile University, the conference for the international apparel and home fashion industry is scheduled for Dec. 13–17. It will cover sustainable product development, innovation and technology.   The conference is supported by the China Textile and Apparel Education Socie…
Start-up makes fiber from food waste

December 9, 2019  |  EcoNote

A U.S.-based startup is finishing trials on its food waste-based fibers. Circular Systems is using discarded biomass from crops such as rice, soy, hemp and corn to make fibers. The company says its technology covers 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It operates three solutions:…
Second generation adidas Futurecraft unveiled

December 2, 2019  |  EcoNote

Futurecraft.Loop 2, the second generation of the adidas 100 percent recyclable sneaker, has been unveiled. The company launched its first Futurecraft.Loop April 2019, releasing 200 pairs to content creators, influencers, employees and others. Now the company has gathered up those sneakers and recyc…
Fil Doux offers new degradable vinyl alternative

November 25, 2019  |  EcoNote

Otratex, the next generation of the VinylLife collection from Fil Doux Textiles introduced in 2016, has been reengineered, the company reports. The degradable vinyl alternative is engineered phthalate-free and incorporates enzymes that react with microorganisms found in landfills, acting as the cata…
ChemSec adds to its “SIN List” of chemicals

November 18, 2019  |  EcoNote

ChemSec, the International Chemical Secretariat, has revealed the latest additions of industrial chemicals to its SIN (Substitute It Now) List, a recent news release says. The organization urges manufacturers and others to make substitutions for more than 900 chemicals the organization says should b…
Textile from banana fibers wins design prize

November 11, 2019  |  EcoNote

Swiss backpack brand QWSTION has been awarded the Design Prize Switzerland 2019 in the textile category for its textile “Bananatex.” The technical textile is made from banana plant fibers known as banana hemp or abaca. The fibers are reported to give the bags strength and durability; a coating…
Three ways to clean up textile dyeing

November 6, 2019  |  EcoNote

The textile industry’s most efficient processes for dyeing textiles require large amounts of water, energy and chemicals, and that’s a problem, now being addressed by University of Borås doctoral student May Kahoush.  Currently the industry tries to solve that problem by using en…
Cannabis sneakers support sustainability

October 31, 2019  |  EcoNote

German sneaker brand nat-2, which has turned milk, plastic bottles, and coffee grounds into sneakers, recently presented sneakers made with cannabis leaves.  The unisex sneaker’s uppers are made from sustainably grown, chemical-free recycled cannabis leaves, which cover up to half the shoe’…
Rose Brand and Milliken partner on stage curtains

October 28, 2019  |  EcoNote

Rose Brand, supplier of stage curtains and other theater supplies, and textile manufacturer Milliken & Co., Spartanburg, S.C., have entered into an exclusive partnership to introduce ReVive IFR fabric, an article in Lighting and Sound Americareported. ReVive fabric is ma…
SMX develops textile recycling technology

October 16, 2019  |  EcoNote

Security Matters (SMX), an Australian-listed Israeli technology solutions company, believes it can help keep some textiles and garments from being incinerated or placed in landfills.  Sorting materials so they can be recycled is the fashion industry’s greatest hurdle when it comes to cre…