SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2021 Issue
Welcome Circular; Goodbye Take, Make & Dispose
The drumbeat for greater industry alignments and stronger collaborative partnerships has grown louder and the engines of eco-innovation are making noise on many fronts within the industry. We’re seeing successes in cutting edge technology and integration of forward-thinking design principles.
Good & Clean
Sustainability has sparked a surge in responsible developments in functional fabrications in recent years, and continues to serve as a strong market driver. Yet despite recent advances in PFC-free and bio-based textile solutions, belief remains, that going “green” means giving up performance.
Passion for the Planet
We recently caught up with a couple of eco experts who are doing important work in developing new ways to improve textile recycling and the problem of waste along with identifying new material alternatives that are better for the environment.
Generating Green Advantages
Sustainability is nothing new at Milliken & Company. The business was green when green was just a color in the rainbow. Founded in 1865, the company had a recycling policy in place in the 1900s and has been reporting on water usage and waste for decades all the while advocating for worker safety.
New eVent BIO Technology Combines Sustainability and All-Weather Performance
With a 20-year history of keeping users dry and comfortable in the widest range of temperatures and conditions, eVent fabrics maintains some of the industry’s highest performance standards.Read More
Momentum to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and curb environmental impacts is gaining traction as shoe brands re-evaluate processes and materials. Carbon is a key talking point this season with carbon offsets, carbon neutrality and carbon negative labeling all coming into play...
Rising Up Post Pandemic
Serving in the past as an accelerant after the long European summer holidays, Munich Fabric Start has been a favorite of mine. The fair kickstarted the show season and got me in the mood for work, especially before the onslaught of the supersize shows later in the Fall season.
The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol
Carolina Cotton Works Inc. - CCW Takes with Sustainable Actions for a Better Planet
The US cotton industry’s commitment to the environment has a strong regulatory framework: the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, a series of standards that farmers adhere to in the United States.
Sustainability = Usefulness
I once sold a tent to a middle-age woman. After careful consideration and obvious consternation, she arrived at an expensive and extremely well made choice. With the high-tech shelter rolled up snug in its stuff sack on the counter between us, she sighed and said something...
Can Cotton Close the Loop?
As environmental awareness grows in response to high-profile issues such as climate change and pollution, sustainability has become an increasingly important issue. Environmental sustainability means adopting practices that don’t deplete our natural resources or harm the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Extending Product Life
It is becoming increasingly clear how important changing consumer behavior is to achieve reductions in the environmental impact of textile and apparel products. Many brands are now turning to the Swedish firm Polygiene® for technologies that help provide a solution.