Columbia U. researcher turns soil into textiles

March 27th, 2023

Photos: Natural Materials Lab.   Researchers at Columbia University have succeeded in creating a fabric that’s made from at least 60 percent dirt. Penmai Chongtoua, working with Columbia’s Natural Materials Lab director Prof. Lola Ben-Alon, began to explore the possibility of wearing “earth.” After graduating from the MA in Climate and Society program at the Columbia Climate School in 2022, […]

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Expanding the definition of “textile”

June 9th, 2022

The MINIMA MAXIMA installation in Kazakhstan by Marc Fornes is made from composite layers of perforated or ultra-thin powdered aluminum that mimic fabric. Photo: VERYMANYSTUDIO. When is a material a textile? When is a textile a fabric? The unprecedented scope of new materials in development—by academia, government-funded technology groups, and start-ups—is challenging traditional concepts of […]

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Collaboration yields bio-based garment

March 8th, 2021

Photo: Charlotte McCurdy Designer Phillip Lim has partnered with New York-based industrial designer Charlotte McCurdy to create a dress made of a biodegradable base layer and covered in algae-grown bioplastic sequins. reports that the collaboration is part of the One X One project, an incubator organized by the Slow Factory Foundation that pairs high-profile designers with sustainability innovators. “Sustainability in […]

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Designer works with researchers to create “biogarmentry”

September 14th, 2020

"Biogarmentry" explores the future of fashion by combining research from the fields of synthetic biology and design. Photo: Roya Aghighi.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. consumers send about 70 percent of the clothes and footwear produced each year to landfill. Project Biogarmentry, by designer Roya Aghighi, has been launched to address the drastic increase […]

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Schoeller launches biodegradable textile line

October 15th, 2019

Schoeller Textil AG has introduced its new PROEARTH™ collection of biodegradable textiles.  The company says that the new collection is composed of bluesign® approved fabrics using biodegradable polyester; it debuted as part of the company’s FTC line, a joint venture between Schoeller Textil and the Taiwanese Formosa Taffeta. The company says that the PROEARTH line as a continuation […]

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