Industry leaders engage on sustainable solutions and other hot topics in textile fiber applications and technology

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Considering cotton and natural fiber alternatives

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Elastane materials expand with ‘responsible’ stretch

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Dornbirn GFC director Friedrich Weninger

For the second year running, the Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress (GFC), now in its 60th edition, was held as a virtual event. Besides the ongoing theme of sustainability, there was a strong emphasis on the circular economy and digitalization, as well as discussions on a wide range of topics from fiber innovation to fashion. Synthetic …

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A collection of natural fibers

Cotton was undoubtedly the fiber of the 19th and early 20th centuries and is still by far the world’s most widely used natural fiber. But while cotton is a biodegradable and renewable resource, the use of conventional cotton to produce clothing could decrease going forward as retailers and consumers seek more sustainable alternatives in the …

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Lycra EcoMade fiber is the company’s first branded elastane made with pre-consumer recycled materials

Although not all fabrics need elastane to be stretchable, innovative and more sustainable alternatives are now available on the market Elastane – spandex or Lycra to many people – is a synthetic fiber known for its exceptional elasticity; it is, however, non-biodegradable. Elastane is used in fabrics to impart stretch properties, providing comfort and enhancing …

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EU Plastic Labeling Requirement

Viscose fibers are no longer classified as “plastic” under the European Commission’s long-awaited guidelines on single-use plastic products, which were finally published on May 31 after several months of delay. Earlier drafts of the Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD), which aims to combat environmental problems caused by single-use plastic products, had categorized some regenerated cellulosic fibers …

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Manmade cellulosic fibers

As a result of growing environmental awareness, forthcoming bans on single-use plastic products, especially in Europe, and restrictions and labeling for products containing plastic fibers, the demand for cellulose-based solutions appears promising. The market and especially retailers are looking for sustainable and renewable alternatives to oil-based synthetic fibers, which still account for more than 60% …

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