Abacá plant said to produce the strongest natural fiber

March 25, 2024  |  EcoNote

Environmental organization Parley (or Parley for the Oceans) says that it’s calling for a “material revolution,” to “change the way we make things in order to create the future,” and to that end, it is talking about the innovators and scientists who are trying to remodel the material world…
Syre is on a mission to decarbonize the textile industry

March 11, 2024  |  EcoNote

Swedish textile impact company Syre has launched an initiative to decarbonize and eliminate waste in the textile industry through textile-to-textile recycling at hyperscale, starting with polyester. Initiated by Swedish investment firm Vargas and fashion and design company H&M Group, Syre is sup…
Oyster shells used to insulate a new puffer jacket

March 11, 2024  |  EcoNote

Apparel company Jetty is offering a new puffer jacket with insulation made, in part, with oyster shells. The innovative material is called Oystex and is a mix of crushed oyster shells and recycled plastics. The fill is comparable to 600-fill down.
Translucent, washable fabric is made from apple waste

February 26, 2024  |  EcoNote

Japanese studio Sozai Center has developed a process to recycle apple waste, or pomace, to make a product it calls “Adam Sheet.” Made from 100 percent apple pomace from Aomori Prefecture in Japan, one of the country’s leading apple-producing regions, the product is meant to address the amoun…
Acoustic material crafted from biomaterials

February 12, 2024  |  EcoNote

Designer Jonas Edvard has introduced a sound-absorbing screen developed using mushroom mycelium, hemp and willow. Created for the Mindcraft Project 2023, and titled Myx Sail / Floor, the project takes shape as a one-meter by one-meter panel, showcasing the structural qualities of this composite bio…
Alpaca fiber offers alternative to petroleum-based fleece

January 29, 2024  |  EcoNote

Gear Junkie reports that PAKACLOUD from clothing startup PAKA is a high-quality alpaca fiber that could be the warmest, softest and most wearable alternative to petroleum-based fleece yet. As brands and consumers become more sustainably minded, the outdoor industry’s demand for fleece fabric alt…
Researchers create unique biopolymer composite films

January 29, 2024  |  EcoNote

Materials with enhanced structure derived from crustaceans and seaweed could be part of a next-generation answer to the challenge of replacing petroleum-based plastic films, according to new research from North Carolina State University (NC State). The university’s news service article explains th…
Bio-materials company offers more sustainable textiles

January 15, 2024  |  EcoNote

According to sustainable bio-design technology company Modern Meadow, eco-friendly bio-materials will be in the spotlight for fashion brands in 2024, calling them “the next generation of materials.” The company offers a range of bio-based textiles.