A net zero vision

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Shooting for the moon with new nylons in 2022

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Shifting the needle to Europe’s PET polyester waste

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Over the past half century, nonwovens production in Greater Europe has climbed fifty-fold. Photo courtesy of A.Wilson

A hail of silver bullets required – getting plastics to net zero What if all plastics, including synthetic fibers and nonwovens, could become net zero in greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 2050? This tantalizing possibility is raised in a new report, Reshaping Plastics by Munich-based Systemiq. The report was, in turn, cited as an example …

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The first US flag being planted on the moon by Buzz Aldrin on July 21st, 1969. Photo courtesy of NASA

There can be no more potent a symbol of the golden age of synthetic fibers than the planting of the U.S. flag on the moon by Buzz Aldrin on July 21st, 1969. The flag was famously purchased by a NASA secretary from Sears for $5.50, and despite nylon’s unbeatable durability, cannot possibly have endured what …

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The ongoing ‘Full Circle Textiles Project’, launched in September 2020, is focused on producing new manmade cellulosic fibers. (Clockwise from top left): Evrnu, Renewcell, CIRC and Infinited.

CuRe Technology (Emmen, The Netherlands) Garbo Srl (Cerano, Italy), gr3n (Chiasso, Switzerland), and PerPETual (Remscheid, Germany), are companies all involved in developing new processes for chemically recycling PET polyester for fabric and garment production. Their processes all involve various depolymerization techniques to break down the polymers of waste PET into useful chemicals. With the aim …

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Naia Renew fibers are the result of Eastman’s carbon renewal technology (CRT) and blend 40% recycled waste plastics with wood pulp.

For most of the 20th Century, Eastman Kodak held a dominant position in photographic film – back in 1976 it had an 89% market share of all U.S. photographic film sales. The company began to struggle financially in the late 1990s as a result of the decline in sales of film and also its slowness …

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Of all the garments processed by The Renewal Workshop over the past two years, around 50% have been resold without any repair work carried out.

The textile and apparel industry’s linear business model of make, use and dump has been perfected over many decades and ensures that the 80 billion new pieces of clothing now produced each year are worn on average only four times. It’s an unacceptable status quo many are now trying to change, including The Renewal Workshop …

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