Algae used to make new biopolymer

April 13, 2020

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 produces sustainable products using aquaculture and water remediation.According to

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C6 ban expected in the EU

April 13, 2020

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 consultation period is in effect until Sept. 25, 2020.

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GOTS response to misleading advertising

March 17, 2020

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 later stage

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Truetzschler discusses technology for cotton fiber in wipes

March 12, 2020

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 discuss technologies that may

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NCTO launches sustainability blog

March 9, 2020

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 mitigate the impact of manufacturing processes

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Milliken at Circular Economy Forum

March 4, 2020

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 opportunity to create valuable renewable resources, stated a recent news

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Matmarket launches new Insite Contoura Insoles

March 3, 2020

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-based alternatives, Susterra propanediol produces 48 percent less greenhouse gas emissions and uses 46

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EU Green Deal intends to reduce textile waste by half

February 28, 2020

The European Union’s “Green Deal” places textiles as a top priority in the EU’s plans to reduce its waste by 50 percent by 2030. Leading the EU’s efforts to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050, Frans Timmermans, the executive vice president of the European Commission, recently spoke to

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Polartec announces latest Power Air technology

February 19, 2020

Polartec has announced its latest Polartec Power Air fabric technology, made to be 100 percent recyclable and circular, as well as 25 percent lighter than the initial product, according to a Knitting Industry article. Encapsulated lofted fibers within a multilayer, continuous yarn fabric construction are designed to offer advanced thermal efficiency in the new product.

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Dynamic Modifiers introduces VersaCHAR PVC alternative

February 18, 2020

Dynamic Modifiers has incorporated its PAL technology in the company’s latest product, VersaCHAR. PAL compounds are an environmentally sustainable, 100 percent recyclable, olefin-based alternative used to replace melt-extruded flexible PVC, the company reports. The product is designed to be lightweight and meet non-halogen, low smoke (NHLS) flame retardant requirements of some green

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