Giving nonwovens another life

November 22nd, 2021

Studies show that sustainability concerns influence consumer buying decisions. In 2017 there was 10.1 million tons of nonwovens produced globally. That's 270 billion square meters totaling $43 billion worth of textile money. Of that, Michael Savarie says, only about 37 percent of it was classified as sustainable. Saverie, sustainability manager at Piana Nonwovens LLC, Cartersville, […]

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Circularity: an opportunity for innovation

November 23rd, 2020

The Natulon zipper from YKK uses recycled plastic taken from waste collected along the Sri Lanka coast. Photo: YKK IFAI Expo participants demonstrate the various routes to a shared goal. by Marie O’Mahony Social and environmental impacts have made their mark amongst this year’s exhibitors and presenters at IFAI Virtual Expo 2020. In North America, President-elect […]

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Textiles, sports and sustainability

July 13th, 2020

Major brands have led initiatives to improve sustainability in the textile industry.  by Marie O’Mahony The sports industry has become one of the leading drivers of sustainability in textiles, after having got off to a slow start initially. Designers, such as Stella McCartney with her longstanding relationship with global sports brand adidas®, have played an […]

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Milliken at Circular Economy Forum

March 4th, 2020

Milliken & Company joined Waste Management and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in sponsoring the National Geographic Circular Economy Forum. The forum was designed to foster engagement and collaboration in pursuit of closing the loop of the world’s economy, defining waste as an opportunity to create valuable renewable resources, stated a recent news release.  Attendees participated in rethinking […]

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EU Green Deal intends to reduce textile waste by half

February 28th, 2020

The European Union’s “Green Deal” places textiles as a top priority in the EU’s plans to reduce its waste by 50 percent by 2030. Leading the EU’s efforts to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050, Frans Timmermans, the executive vice president of the European Commission, recently spoke to European lawmakers in Brussels about […]

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What “going circular” means for the apparel and textile industry

February 10th, 2017

The apparel and footwear industry is forecast to generate double-digit growth to 2020 according to business analysts McKinsey & Co. One of the challenges is reconciling this growth with sustainability initiatives. As this report states it, “Sustainability and rapid business growth are not compatible; to pretend otherwise would be disingenuous.”  The solution proposed is an […]

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