Cotton consumes 16 percent of all the insecticides and 7 percent of all herbicides used globally

It feels like synthetic fibers are under siege. The fabrics used to manufacture a major part of the world’s clothing have been shown to shed microfibers that, when laundered, end up polluting the marine environment. As much as 35 percent of microplastics in the world’s oceans are fibers from synthetic clothing – and this amount …

Monforts texCoat Installation

Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG will be providing information on its range of coating and finishing technologies for the production of nonwovens and technical textiles at the forthcoming Techtextil India exhibition. “India is already a very important market for Monforts and there are exciting prospects ahead for Indian manufacturers of technical textiles, who are …

Fiber diameter of electrospun templates regulates in vitro NETosis

Allison Fetz is pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Memphis, where she is conducting research on electrospun biomaterials within the Tissue Template Engineering and Regeneration Laboratory, a joint program by the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Fetz’s research is …

The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment logo

The year 2018 can be considered an annus horribilis for plastics, including synthetic polymer and fiber-based products that rely on such materials. The issue of microplastics in the oceans generated a mountain of negative publicity and calls for far-ranging action against the industry and, at the same time, the publicity surrounding so-called ‘fatbergs’ created, in …

Trends in wipes market through 2023

Demand for wipes used in healthcare settings is expected to increase 3.8% per year to $594 million in 2023, according to a new report. Gains will be driven by robust growth in hard surface disinfectant wipes sales, following concerns over the risk of cross-contamination and healthcare-associated infections (HAI); continued adoption of wipes over alternative products, …