Archroma launches ultra-low VOC polymer coating

July 18, 2019

With the goal of creating safer and more ecological products for the textile industry, specialty chemical manufacturer Archroma has launched a water-based ultra-low VOC polyurethane polymer coating technology, a recent release announced. The company says it has developed Lurapret N5396 & N5392 liq to provide textile manufacturers with an additional water-based

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Toxic gas risk found in burning PTFE

July 15, 2019

People in low income countries could be exposed to highly toxic gases from the uncontrolled incineration of outdoor clothing made with fluorine-based membranes, says a recently published study, received from Sympatex. Results from the Frankfurt-based independent testing house, Warringtonfire, appear to show that highly-toxic hydrofluoric acid (HF, up to 63

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Improved graphene production method discovered

July 15, 2019

A team of researchers from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, RMIT University, and the National Institute of Technology in Warangal, India, have used eucalyptus bark extract to create graphene, a material touted as the thinnest and strongest material knows to humans.  Graphene’schemical and physical properties give it the potential for applications

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ORTA awards Prize for Bio-Inspired Textile Processes

July 9, 2019

The ORTA Biodesign Challenge program partners university and high school students with artists, designers and biologists to reimagine biotechnology. ORTA, a sustainable denim manufacturer, headquartered in Turkey, awarded its Prize for Bio-Inspired Textile Processes to a team of Australian students from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, RMIT University.  The students developed Enzer, a water

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Indigo mimicry for denim

July 8, 2019

Archroma announces the launch of its new Diresul Smartdenim Blue, a liquid sulfur blue dye designed to mimic indigo. The product will be the core of Archroma’s Indigo Reflection, a coloration system that behaves like indigo but aims to be a more sustainable and efficient application process. The latest product completes the

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Huntsman joins Roadmap to Zero

July 2, 2019

Huntsman Textile Effects announced recently it will join the ZDHC Foundation as a contributor. ZDHC oversees the Roadmap to Zero Programme, a global collaboration to implement safer chemical management. As a contributor, the company will upload key products onto the ZDHC Gateway Chemical Module; support the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substance List;

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DuPont, Unifi announce new insulation

June 28, 2019

DuPont Biomaterials and Unifi have teamed up to create a new range of insulation products marketed under the name ECOLoft eco-elite. reports that the insulation will feature DuPont’s Sorona bio-based fiber and Unifi’s Repreve recycled polyester. South Korea–based textile and apparel manufacturer Youngone Corp. is also partnering on the

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Candiani recognized for sustainable innovation

June 24, 2019

Candiani SpA has won the ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award for Re-Gen, its “circular denim” fabric created from regenerated and recycled raw materials, a recent release from ITMA reports. The Candiani Re-Gen denim was created to commemorate the company’s 80th anniversary. Re-Gen is composed of 50 percent Tencel x Refibra Lyocell

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WRAP to support textile recycling ideas

June 21, 2019

UK-based campaign group WRAP has announced details of a new grant program to support projects that provide infrastructure and technologies with the potential to significantly increase recycling capacity for difficult-to-recycle plastic packaging or textile materials.According to information reported on, WRAP is looking for organizations that are creating new methods

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Ecco and BASF work on 3D printing for footwear

June 20, 2019

Danish shoe manufacturer Ecco and German chemistry firm BASF are partnering on a new footwear project. Trials have taken place at Ecco’s research and development center in Denmark to test the combination of BASF 3D printing materials and Origin’s open additive printing platform. An article on says that Ecco’s

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