Circularity: an opportunity for innovation

November 23rd, 2020

The Natulon zipper from YKK uses recycled plastic taken from waste collected along the Sri Lanka coast. Photo: YKK IFAI Expo participants demonstrate the various routes to a shared goal. by Marie O’Mahony Social and environmental impacts have made their mark amongst this year’s exhibitors and presenters at IFAI Virtual Expo 2020. In North America, President-elect […]

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Textiles, sports and sustainability

July 13th, 2020

Major brands have led initiatives to improve sustainability in the textile industry.  by Marie O’Mahony The sports industry has become one of the leading drivers of sustainability in textiles, after having got off to a slow start initially. Designers, such as Stella McCartney with her longstanding relationship with global sports brand adidas®, have played an […]

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Getting greener all the time

July 13th, 2020

By Janet Preus Sustainability is a broad topic, even when it’s narrowed down to industrial textiles. It includes everything from assuring the health and safety of workers, to recycling fabric waste, to sourcing from “green” suppliers and more. The importance of sustainability in the industry is not waning—even during the pandemic, but the focus seems […]

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OIA launches new sustainability platform

March 12th, 2018

The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) announces that it has launched a new education and content platform under its sustainability pillar on The platform provides tools and resources created by the OIA Sustainability Working Group (SWG), which has been addressing supply chain issues for over a decade. The site launch coincided with Outdoor Retailer + […]

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A global concern

December 20th, 2017

Supplier compliance is a complex issue for sustainable textile companies. The issue of compliance can be complicated for textile companies, which have to comply with various regulatory and voluntary company standards for product safety and restriction of substances. In the U.S., for example, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) contains provisions that aim to […]

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September 20th, 2017

ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX certification has been recognized by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) as an indicator of conformance with the organization’s Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL). The ZDHC’s mission includes removing hazardous chemicals from the apparel and footwear value chain so that they do not harm workers, consumers or the environment. John Frazier, senior […]

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REPREVE kicks off #TurnItGreen recycling tour

December 4th, 2015

REPREVE®, the recycled-fiber brand of Greensboro, N.C.-based yarn maker Unifi Inc., has launched a national recycling education tour as the next phase of its #TurnItGreen™ movement. Together with such partners as Marvel Universe LIVE!, the Detroit Lions professional football team and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the REPREVE mobile tour showcases the high-quality REPREVE-based […]

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Advanced Textiles Conference addresses textile industry’s future

October 9th, 2015

IFAI Expo 2015 events opened October 6 in Anaheim, Calif., with the Advanced Textiles Conference, offering a full slate of presentations, organized in three tracks, covering a range of topics including testing, business and market issues, “super fabrics,” wearables, stretchable electronics, 3D printing, antibacterials and antivirals and more. Steve Jesseph, CEO, ICG Group, delivered the […]

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High performance fabrics focus on comfort

May 22nd, 2015

TechTextil at Messe Frankfurt in May hosted 1,662 exhibitors showing materials and products across the large spectrum of markets in the textile world. Messe Frankfurt Monitor APP was introduced to help visitors navigate. The exhibits were diverse, ranging from fibers and yarns to robot-assisted production processes. Three strong themes emerged: performance with comfort, sustainability and […]

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AATCC conference focuses on sustainability and innovations

April 27th, 2015

The historic city of Savannah, Ga., hosted a gathering of more than 200 people, who participated in deliberations on the latest developments in consumer trends, textile chemicals, fiber and material innovations. The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) Conference had three distinct tracts: concept-to-consumer issues, chemical applications and materials. There were 44 papers […]

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