BastCore bets big on hemp

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New SUPD guidance calls biopolymers ‘plastic’; yet PHA, PLA stakeholders remain optimistic for the long term

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TSG Finishing leverages its legacy

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Coleman Beale, CEO, BastCore

Hemp has a long history as a raw material for American industry. Jamestown settlers introduced hemp to colonial America in the early 1600s for rope, paper, and other fiber-based products; they even imposed fines on those who didn’t produce the crop themselves. U.S. presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp. The U.S. Constitution and …

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Biodegradable polymers in different environments. Illustration courtesy of Nova Institute.

The European Commission’s Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD) has been hotly debated since its initial publication in July 2019. While the aim of the legislation is a noble one – minimizing plastic waste in the environment – getting a firm grasp on what is, and what is not, a plastic has proven to be more challenging …

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Until the early 1960s, the bulk of TSG’s business was centered around processing wool suiting fabrics.

Founded in 1901 in Baltimore as Levy’s Water Shrinking and Drying, TSG Finishing is now in its fifth generation of family leadership. With more than a century of experience in creating customized finishing solutions for a range of textile products, the company is an expert in refining and applying high-performance technologies to meet customer needs. …

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Fiber Innovations Center, Gaston College

In 1941, the North Carolina Textile School was established by an act of legislation, and it officially opened in 1943 with a series of classes including weaving, spinning, knitting and equipment maintenance. The school awarded its first diploma in 1945, and it established the first Associate Degree Program in Textile Manufacturing Technology in 1971. In …

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Nonwoven fiber production facility

In light of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the supply chain challenges this global emergency has presented for the manufacture of critical nonwoven-intensive products, such as personal protective equipment (masks, gowns, hair covers, shoe covers, etc.) and wipes of various kinds, IFJ reached out to leading nonwoven industry associations in China, Europe and North …

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