Eco-Textiles

Colombian Plant Fiber Rids Water of Harmful Textile Dyes in Minutes

Photo by Wikimedia Commons Textile dyes and other pollutants can kill waterways. The dyes are not only toxic, but they discolor the water enough to prevent plants and algae from getting…

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"Plastics Make It Possible" Vending Machine Dispenses Recycled T-Shirts

Stroll past Columbus Circle on Eighth Avenue from now through September 11 and you might run into an unusual sort of vending machine. It accepts only plastic bottles as currency, for…

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Biowool: A Tough Shell-Like Fiber Derived From Bioresin, Waste Wool

BIOWOOL /’bīō wul’/ n 1 a: Composite material currently in trial development made from bio-resin and carded wool waste fiber from the carpet industry. b. Application…

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Alcantara: A Carbon-Neutral Faux-Leather Fabric From Italy

ALCANTARA \ˈal kan tära\ n 1 a: A certified-carbon-neutral fabric with the versatility to be used in fashion, automotive, interior decor, and consumer electronics application. b. A…

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Precious Surface: A Technology that Embeds 24-Karat Gold Into Fabrics

PRECIOUS SURFACE \ˈpreshəs ˈsərfis\ n 1 a: A patented infusion technology that deposits 24kt gold into leather, silk, or fur, leaving the material texture unchanged. b: A…

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Nike Launches New App to Help Designers Make Eco-Friendlier Choices

TOOL FOR CHANGE The global apparel industry is expected to produce more than 400 billion square meters of fabric annually—enough to blanket the state of California—by 2015,…

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Low-Grade Cotton Offers Effective, Eco-Friendly Way to Absorb Oil Spills

Photo by Shutterstock Although it is painful to think about the potential for future oil spills, the reality is that disasters like Deepwater Horizon can still occur. Prevention of oil…

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UC Davis Scientists Develop Waterproof Fabric That Drains Away Sweat

Photo by Shutterstock Summer heat waves are around the corner, and so to are baskets of sweaty, smelly laundry. Scientists at UC Davis have invented a fabric that may help to combat the…

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Muji Bankrolls Eco-Friendly Dyeing Plant in Cambodia

Muji has announced the development of an eco-friendly natural-dye plant in Cambodia as part of its commitment to the Business Call to Action, a global initiative to “accelerate…

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Nike, NASA, Team Up With USAID to Crowdsource Fabrics of Tomorrow

Traditional manufacturing processes of fabrics we use in clothing, personal products and the like, include the overuse of water, toxic chemicals used in the process and the harmful…

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Varanasi Silk: A Hand-Loomed Jacquard That Revives an Ancient Tradition

VARANASI SILK \ˈväranasi ˈsilk\ n 1 a: An intricate jacquard fabric woven by artisans in Varanasi, India, using foot-powered looms. b: Based on a 500-year-old tradition that has…

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Orange Fiber: A High-Fashion Textile Derived From Citrus Waste

ORANGE FIBER \ˈôrənj ˈfībər\ n 1 a: A textile fiber made by extracting cellulose from citrus fruits. b: Said to release vitamins A, C, and E upon contact with skin, a result of…

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Wool & Prince Claims Its Shirt Stays Fresh for 100 Days Without Washing

WILD AND WOOLY Sheep’s clothes, per Wool & Prince’s research, is a natural insulator that keeps bodies warm in winter yet cool in summer. Studies conducted at both the…

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Palm Leather: A Vegan Textile With the Same Properties as Animal Hide

PALM LEATHER \pä(l)m ˈleT͟Hər\ n 1 a: A sturdy textile created by Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven in the Netherlands using the leaves of the Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens). b:…

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"Traces of You" Uses Textiles, Digital Media to Mourn A Loved One

When a loved one passes away, it is difficult to pin down feelings and emotions generated by a host of memories. Through a multimedia piece entitled “Traces of You” by Zubin…

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Lotus Fabric: A Natural, Waste-Free Alternative to Waterproof Synthetics

Photo by Samatoa LOTUS FABRIC \lōtəs ˈfabrik\ n 1 a: Hand-woven Cambodian/Burmese textile derived from the discarded stems of the lotus plant (Nelumbo nucifera), an aquatic…

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Nike Partners With Bluesign to Access Sustainable Materials, Technologies

Nike has thrown in its lot with one of the world’s most stringent textile standards for environmental protection, health, and safety. The sportswear giant announced on Monday a new…

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European "Healthy Seas" Initiative to Turn Used Fishing Nets Into Socks

Our oceans are full of trash and debris, but now a new consortium of European companies and NGOs have a plan in place to collect that debris and recycle it. Aided by the European Centre…

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