Price and value in the agricultural markets

October 11th

Gale’s recent advancements include the use of diamond lock-stitch with four-yarn crossover in its knitted and netting products. Quad Crossover also promotes plant growth by creating micro-climates and helps save water by reducing evaporation and spray drift. Photo: Gale Pacific Ltd. Profit margins are tight for a lot of industries, but this is especially true...

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Sustainability: public engagement

October 15th

In 2011, Glen Raven debuted Sunbrella® Renaissance, made from 50 percent reclaimed and reprocessed fiber and fabric, including some from the company’s Recycle My Sunbrella program. Photo: Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC. Raising awareness of fabric recycling and re-using keeps the conversation going. With the proliferation of social media, the general public has become accustomed...

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How to survive through 2035

October 6th

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...

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Making the rounds

October 1st

Martex Fiber’s Jimtex Yarns division in Lincolnton, Ga., produces yarns from textile waste that have been sorted and refiberized by Martex. Jimtex blends the fiber with acrylic or polyester for strength and beauty. The yarns are made in the U.S. and certified for recycled content by SCS Global Services. Photo: Martex Fiber Textile waste is...

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Loopy thinking

September 17th

Hyphen, made from recycled polyester, is Designtex’s second upholstery fabric established in the Loop to Loop process. Photo: Designtex. 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...

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Recycle, upcycle

September 1st

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...

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Detroit Lions partner with Unifi

August 21st

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...

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Getting creative

August 1st

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...

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Cotton Inc. wins recycling innovator award

July 17th

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...

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Lesson plans

July 1st

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...

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