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In 2020 companies faced a unique challenge: How to sell textiles without being able to touch and feel fabric. The natural order of the textile world was turned upside down this year with online fairs replacing in-person interactions and video conferencing the new sales call.

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Eco Entrepreneurs’ Next Steps in Leveling Up Production Capacity

Innovation is rampant within the sustainability sector as new ideas for climate positive product and responsible production processes continue to define today’s textile industry. Now the challenge becomes the ability to bring these novel ideas to scale.

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Eco Incentives to Shelter Better

With the home now the central hub for all areas of our lives, indoors is the new outdoors in terms of staying healthy and being environmentally aware. “By choosing safe and sustainable materials, we can positively impact our own health along with the health of the planet.

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A Modern Make

Concerned about the impact of fast fashion’s carbon footprint and spectacular levels of textile and apparel waste, today’s forward-thinking manufacturers are elevating the age-old concept of custom-make by investing in high-tech platforms built for efficiency, low minimums and transparency.

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All Star Solutions

What’s new in online marketing? Recently launched #SupimaStrong COVID-19 Relief Project where we reached out to Supima Design Competition alumni and offered fabric to make homemade masks for...

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Hard C.O.R.E.

Looking to meet today’s customers’ sustainability needs and influence garment design, as market direction increasingly turns to a more holistic eco approach that stretches beyond textiles, Morito Scovill Americas (MSA) has introduced C.O.R.E., composed of environmentally-responsible...

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The New Wave

Gather around old timers. Remember the backpacking boom of the early 1980s? Those exciting days when the intersection of army surplus DEET, Chinese made sleeping bags and freeze-dried food allowed a diaspora of young people to go off into the wilderness and wander about for days at a time.

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Cotton Incorporated Intros Go-To Digital Tool

At a time when companies, independent designers, industry organizations, emerging professionals and textile services are looking to transition to a new virtual reality, Cotton Incorporated’s state-of-the-art online resource Cottonworks covers all the bases.

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An Economic Outlook for 2020 & Beyond

Roger Tutterow, Ph.D., professor of Economics, Kennesaw State University, addressed the Southern Textile Association’s Summer Marketing Forum with a presentation that balanced good news with caveats, resulting in an outlook that portrayed progress being made on the economic front mixed with...

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Coats Adapts HeiQ Viroblock for New Product Range

U.K.-based Coats, a leading industrial thread company, is partnering with HeiQ to incorporate HeiQ Viroblock technology into its engineered yarns. The agreement also gives Coats exclusive global access to the technology for use in sewing threads.

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Sustainability Stands Out in Spring ’21 Collections

Patagonia’s Spring ’21 product assortment includes an extension of the brand’s Regenerative Organic Cotton pilot line. Patagonia has long endorsed use of organic cotton, dating back almost 25 years to its first line of organic cotton t-shirts, yet less than one percent of...

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Bringing Climate Positive Products to Scale

In the sustainability business it’s not a lack of smart ideas or innovative product that stalls promising start-ups from achieving next level success. Rather, the problem is a matter of volume. Jane Palmer, a self-described “serial entrepreneur” for 20 years, has faced this problem head on.

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Polartec Collabs Raise the Bar on Performance & Comfort

Polartec is all about partnerships this season. Two recent collaborations – with apparel brand Myles, and HOKA One One footwear — result in new shirt developments that feature Polartec fabric technology.

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Trade Show Environment Remains Virtual

Mid-July is typically a busy time for textile trade fairs, and such is the case next week, with three summer shows overlapping July 20 – 23rd. However, this time around all events will take place virtually. And that looks to be the norm for...

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Making Masks to Fill Multiple Needs

Mercado Global typically designs for Levi Strauss, Stitch Fix, Free People, and other big name fashion brands, but during this moment in time, the non-profit social enterprise has pivoted to making masks – with an important twist.

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Anti-Viral Textile Tech Developments Spread Globally

Innovation in anti-viral textiles in response to the COVID-19 crisis is taking off with ingredient suppliers around the world contributing new treatments to help protect from coronavirus. Swiss textile company HeiQ has been leading the charge and recently announced a new partnership with...

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ISKO Unveils Impact Sustainability Report

Following in the footsteps of the company’s Responsible Innovation platform, ISKO has issued its first Impact Sustainability Report. The document provides an overview of the denim brand’s commitment to the planet and its people, and confirms ISKO’s holistic vision.

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New Formats, Dates for Industry Trade Shows

From July 21-23, 2020, the outdoor community will gather online in an interactive environment. The Outdoor Retailer Online platform is designed to replicate the Summer Market experience with exhibiting brands showcasing product lines for F/W ‘20 and S/S ’21, along with...

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