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A net zero vision

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Shooting for the moon with new nylons in 2022

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

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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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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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roller coupling

In the after-treatment line of polyester staple fiber production, although the fiber strength after drawing is high, because of the large internal stress, the fiber shrinks under the heat action, and the stability is not good. In order to improve the fiber’s thermal stability, it is necessary to eliminate the residual stress due to drafting …

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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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