Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) clarifies organic product standards

March 12th, 2020

GOTS has issued a statement in response to a recent claim by a company stating they hold a certification that’s “More important than organic” and “Textiles with the organic label can still be treated with toxic chemicals at a later stage of production.” While this is possible for uncertified products made from organic fibers, according...

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DSM announces partnership with SABIC and UPM Biofuels to create bio-based Dyneema®

March 12th, 2020

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, and UPM Biofuels, a leading producer of sustainable raw materials, recently announced a partnership that will help to reduce the environmental footprint of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber. The collaboration will see Dyneema transition to...

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GOTS registers highest growth rate ever in 2019

March 4th, 2020

In 2019, the number of Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)-certified facilities globally grew by 35 percent, from 5,760 to 7,765 located in 70 countries. The number demonstrates that GOTS successfully serves as a sustainable solution. The required certified organic fibers protect the climate by absorbing CO2, and every processing step, from field to fashion, must...

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Levi Strauss & Co. and Hohenstein collaborate to bring safer chemicals to the apparel industry

November 19th, 2019

Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) and Hohenstein have announced a collaboration to utilize the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification system in the LS&Co. supply chain. This will amplify the capabilities of the Screened Chemistry program developed by LS&Co., helping establish a clearer pathway toward safer chemistry in the apparel industry by providing enhanced levels of...

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Price and value in the agricultural markets

October 11th, 2016

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, 2015

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, 2015

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, 2015

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, 2015

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, 2014

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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