Profit margins are tight for a lot of industries, but this is especially true in the agricultural arena, where profits can be wiped out—in some cases virtually overnight—by events beyond the control of growers and producers. Consequently, pricing has become a huge concern for all involved, say manufacturers of fabric agricultural products designed to mitigate …

Raising awareness of fabric recycling and re-using keeps the conversation going. With the proliferation of social media, the general public has become accustomed to interacting with companies as well as each other. And companies increasingly appreciate the importance of being part of the larger conversation. Insularity is no longer a protection of corporate advantage. In …

With a projected global population of 9 billion in 2050, demand for natural resources is rapidly increasing, specifically for coal, gas and oil—resources upon which the industrial textiles industry heavily depends for raw materials. “Once they’re gone, they’re gone,” says Steve Jesseph, chief operating officer at Integrated Consulting Group, an international consulting organization specializing in …

Textile waste is gaining new life through closed-loop processes, creating more products (and some profits) in more industries. Forty-five years ago, Kermit (the frog) lamented, “It’s not easy bein’ green.” Environmentally speaking, it still may not be easy, but it’s becoming less difficult every day—and more profitable. “We introduced a recycled fabric prototype 15 years …

From yarn to fabric, and back to yarn: recycling and repurposing materials. For companies with vision, strategic moves often require a leap of faith. In 2012, Designtex began using yarn produced from recycled fabric waste it had accumulated. “At the time, we were not sure if we would be successful in making a first-quality yarn,” …

Commercial interior fabrics routinely take on a second life. Does it pay to be green? Yes, it may cost more to initiate the practice when it comes to manufacturing recyclable fabrics for use in commercial interiors—just as with most innovative initiatives—but down the road, it can pay off nicely. Plus, those not on the bandwagon …

Players will wear Repreve® jerseys. The Detroit Lions National Football League (NFL) team has selected Unifi’s Repreve recycled fiber brand as its official sustainability partner. Yarn manufacturer Unifi transforms recycled materials, including post-industrial waste and used plastic bottles, into a recycled fiber named Repreve. Lions players will wear Repreve jerseys, each made from 21 recycled …

Certified green “There are 107 textile environmental labels in our markets,” says Paul Taylor of Camira Fabrics Ltd. “You have to balance trying to drive the improvement of the product or process with how much it takes in resources to get the label.” These four certifications are among the most widely recognized: NSF/ANSI 336 NSF/ANSI …

Recognition for Blue Jeans Go Green™ program. The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), the Bureau of International Recycling’s Textiles Division (BIR) and the Council for Textile Recycling (CTR) held the first International Textile Recycling Summit (ITRS), June 2, in Miami, Fla. Conference attendees discussed trends, concerns and emerging markets in the used clothing …

Recycling Rangers program a success; NCTO meets with EURATEX. The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) is well on its way to the goal of reaching more than one million students within the first three years of its elementary student educational project. For the second consecutive school year, SMART provided no-cost lesson plans to …