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RISE Virtual Conference Highlights Next Generation Technologies for Nonwovens / Engineered Materials https://BellaKnitting.com/rise-virtual-conference-highlights-next-generation-technologies-for-nonwovens-engineered-materials/ Mon, 04 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/rise-virtual-conference-highlights-next-generation-technologies-for-nonwovens-engineered-materials/

CARY, NC – October 4, 2021 – Some 145 professionals in product development, materials science and new technologies have come together for the 11th annual RISE®-Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics conference is held virtually from September 28 to 30. The event was co-hosted by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, The Nonwovens Institute and North Carolina State University.

The program focused on developments in the science of nonwoven materials, sustainability, increasing circularity, promising innovations, process innovations, material innovations, government / NGO challenges for plastics to single use, machine-assisted learning development of biopolymers, and market intelligence and economic prospects. Attendees praised the program’s high quality content, in-depth panel discussions, networking, and Q&A where attendees pose questions to expert speakers regarding their focused presentations.

“RISE provides our industry with the latest nonwoven technologies, sustainability and market intelligence. On several occasions, I reached out to colleagues to discuss what I was hearing that sparked creativity! Said Dr. Bryan D. Haynes, Senior Technical Director, Kimberly-Clark Corp.

“I think more than any other year, RISE 2021 has given me a glimpse into the next generation of fiber,” noted Heidi Beatty, consultant, Crown Abbey. “My mind is full of ideas on how we can use these new innovations in nonwoven products for our customers, which will both improve the quality of life for consumers and be more environmentally friendly. RISE has become one of our most important conferences in the nonwovens calendar.

“It’s important for the nonwovens industry to have easy and regular communication with customers, suppliers and peers,” said Nick Lane, Account Director, Devan North America LLC. “RISE provided a wealth of technical information and a chance to have an open dialogue to help innovate and create opportunity. “

“I enjoyed the Virtual RISE this year and especially took advantage of the wide range of current information and discussions on the important topic of sustainability – from biopolymers to regulation to machine learning. As an industry, we all have to work together to find the necessary solutions, and that was a great way to cross-pollinate practical ideas, ”added Diane Toonen, Director of Global Strategic Marketing, Global Nonwovens Business Unit, Bostik.

“The quality of the content of the RISE virtual conference, as usual, was very informative and engaging. The virtual presentations and follow-up Q&A sessions via Zoom were an effective alternative, ”said Jon Woods, Managing Director, Fibers, Textiles and Nonwovens, Eastman Chemical Co.

“So many relevant and relevant topics were covered during the three-day format, giving RISE leading status as a premier technology conference focused on nonwoven and technical fabrics,” said Jeffrey Bassett, Managing Director of Fi -Tech Inc.

Highlights among the 26 presentations included sustainable solutions for our plastics planet situation, by Marc A. Hillmyer, Ph.D., McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair, University of Minnesota; Single Use Face Mask Closed Loop Recycling Pilot Project by Peter Dziezok, Ph.D., Director of Open Innovation, Proctor & Gamble; Innovating for a Sustainable Future for Nonwovens: A European Perspective, by Matt Tipper, Ph.D., CEO, Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute (NIRI); Phantom platform: the technology of coformed polyolefin-cellulose substrates, by Fabio Zampollo, CEO and founder of Teknoweb Materials; Guiding Environmentally Sustainable Innovations – From Reactive Management to Proactive Lifecycle Management, by Valentina Prado, Ph.D., Senior Sustainability Analyst, EarthShift Global LLC; Ultra-Gentle High Volume Hygiene Solutions, Paul E. Rollin, Ph.D., Senior Principal Scientist – Global Hygiene, Global Propylene-Vistamaxx-Adhesion (PVA) Technology, ExxonMobil Chemical Company; and Canadian Plastics Policy Update, by Karyn M. Schmidt, Senior Director, Regulatory and Technical Affairs, American Chemistry Council (ACC).

Other highlights include the announcement of Canopy Respirator as this year’s RISE® Innovation Award winner. The annual award recognizes innovation in fields within and on the periphery of the nonwoven industry that use advanced scientific and technical principles to develop unique or complex solutions to problems and advance the use of non-woven fabrics.

Winner of the RISE® Innovation Award

The RISE innovation award went to Canopy for its Canopy respirator. The product is an innovative fully mechanical, non-electrostatic respirator with a filter designed for superior breathability while providing facial transparency to the wearer. The revolutionary respirator features a water column resistance of 5.5 millimeters at 85 liters (3 cubic feet) per minute, 2-way filtration and a pleated filter that contains over 500 square centimeters of area. The patented Canopy respirator resists fluids and eliminates fogging of goggles. “We are honored and touched! Thank you to INDA for advocating for the national production of PPE and to INDA member companies who have played a key role as partners in making Canopy a reality, ”said Joe Rosenberg, Founder and CEO of Canopy.

Other nominees for the award included John Mansville for its Evalith® 1000 series, an innovative Alpha binder that is a formaldehyde-free, high biocarbon and non-toxic binder formulation; and TiGuard LLC for its fiber-coated, heat-sealable, breathable and hybrid protective fabric.

For more information on the 12th edition of the Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE®) conference in 2021, visit inda.org

Posted on October 4, 2021

Source: INDA, Nonwovens Industry Association

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Toray to Showcase Advanced Carbon Fiber, Thermoplastic and Thermoset Composite Materials at CAMX 2021 in Dallas, Texas https://BellaKnitting.com/toray-to-showcase-advanced-carbon-fiber-thermoplastic-and-thermoset-composite-materials-at-camx-2021-in-dallas-texas/ Fri, 01 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/toray-to-showcase-advanced-carbon-fiber-thermoplastic-and-thermoset-composite-materials-at-camx-2021-in-dallas-texas/

TACOMA, Washington – September 30, 2021 – Toray Industries, the market leader in carbon fibers and advanced composites, will showcase its wide range of high performance materials for the composites market at the upcoming Composites and Advanced Materials (CAMX) trade fair on the 19th October 21 in Dallas, Texas. The Toray booth (# Q39) will showcase its specialty product portfolio, including carbon fiber and advanced thermoplastic and thermosetting composites for the aerospace and defense, consumer and industrial markets.

At the Toray booth, the focus will be on materials supporting the growing urban and advanced air mobility (UAM / AAM) market. Toray meets the challenges of this industry with high quality products that meet stringent requirements for strength, weight and safety. Two of Toray’s North American divisions – Toray Composite Materials America and Toray Advanced Composites – will showcase products that meet the needs of the UAM / AAM market for materials that enable affordable development and mass production.

Toray Composite Materials America (CMA) will be showcasing its High Performance Adaptive 2700 Prepreg System at the CAMX Theater in the Showroom on Tuesday, October 19 at 1:00 PM. The 2700 Prepreg System meets the most stringent aerospace structural design criteria and enables emerging aerospace programs to move from prototype to high volume production. It cures in less than 5 minutes and can be used in a variety of processing methods including compression molding, out-of-autoclave processing, vacuum-only processing, AFP / ATL, and manual laying.

Toray Advanced Composites (TAC) will feature Toray Cetex® TC1225, an LMPAEK-based thermoplastic composite material that exhibits high-quality and cost-effective processing characteristics as well as outstanding mechanical performance properties. It enables high throughput processing in a wide range of processing methods.

Toray Performance Materials Corporation (PMC) will present Toray CFRT® NRG sheets. NRG sheets are unidirectional thermoplastic laminates manufactured using Toray Cetex® TC940 (PET). Toray CFRT® NRG Plates are used in medical applications to limit movement such as with Turf Toe or Hallux Rigidus and partial foot amputations. They are also used to improve the gait of patients and to redistribute pressure to less sensitive areas of the foot for diabetic patients.

Other materials shown include:

  • Torayca® T1100, the next generation intermediate modulus (IM +) carbon fiber with excellent processability in high performance manufacturing methods
  • AmberTool® HX56 Composite Tooling Prepreg that enables the production of a precision composite tool with superior precision and surface finish

Participating Toray companies:

Toray Composite Materials America, Inc. (CMA)

Developer, manufacturer and supplier of polyacrylonitrile based carbon fibers and carbon fiber prepregs.

Toray Advanced Composites (TAC)

Developer, manufacturer and supplier of thermosetting and thermoplastic materials, including fabric prepregs, unidirectional tapes, bulk molded compounds and reinforced thermoplastic laminate formats.

Toray Performance Materials Corporation (PMC)

Manufacturer of thermoplastic composite sheets reinforced with continuous fibers and components.

Posted on October 1, 2021

Source: Toray Composite Materials America, Inc.

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Circular Systems, Tintex Launches Premium Knitwear Collection Using Low Impact Materials and Dyeing Technology https://BellaKnitting.com/circular-systems-tintex-launches-premium-knitwear-collection-using-low-impact-materials-and-dyeing-technology/ Tue, 28 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/circular-systems-tintex-launches-premium-knitwear-collection-using-low-impact-materials-and-dyeing-technology/

LOS ANGELES, Calif .– September 16, 2021 – Circular Systems has partnered with Tintex, a sustainable textiles company based in Portugal, to launch a premium knitwear collection designed with high quality Texloop ™ RCOT ™ recycled cotton yarns Primo using Tintex Colorau ™ natural dye. Treatment, some of the least impacting materials and treatments available on the market. The collaboration sets a new precedent for the textile industry using a revolutionary patented process that replaces synthetic dyes with natural extracts and combines with ground fabric with yarns containing up to 50% recycled cotton.

Circular Systems and Tintex have teamed up to bring this essential solution to the fashion industry. Dyeing is one of the most polluting aspects of the textile industry. The World Bank estimates that 17 to 20 percent of industrial water pollution comes from the dyeing of textiles and the finishing treatments applied to the fabrics. Some 72 toxic chemicals have been identified in water from textile dye alone, 30 of which cannot be removed. The Colorau natural dyeing process incorporates naturally occurring compounds like plants into substrates to produce a functional, ecological and sustainable technology. This technology also focuses on its environmental impact by eliminating potentially toxic effluents generated by synthetic dyes.

The use of low temperatures in the dyeing process and the substitution of traditional auxiliaries with natural alternatives also contributes to the overall reduction of the impacts of the process. There is no sacrifice in color durability, as Colorau focuses on natural extracts with inherent color fastness properties that can also be antimicrobial. This unique technology is designed to mimic the beauty and authenticity of nature. The collection will be available in the colors Thyme, Chestnut, Gambier and Morus Tinctoria.

Texloop RCOT Primo recycled cotton is Circular Systems’ most widely adopted impact solution, reaching millions of consumers to date. With its own innovative GRS classification from Textile Exchange (PD0067), RCOT Primo are the highest quality ring spun yarns with up to 50 percent recycled cotton with a multitude of applications in fashion products. This fabric collection marks the first time that Circular Systems has partnered with a leading partner factory like Tintex to execute a complete circular material solution, from raw materials to finished fabrics with a natural dye.

“We have admired Tintex’s work for a long time. It is one of the most sophisticated knitwear and dye finishing plants in Europe, with a strong commitment to creating low impact processes and products, ”said Isaac Nichelson, CEO and co-founder of Circular Systems. “We have worked with the great team at Tintex for years. In the latest project, we are delighted to have combined our finest Texloop RCOT Primo recycled cotton with their Colorau process to produce a beautiful collection of knit fabrics, with both durable colors and circular design fabrics.

“This collaboration with Circular Systems is a great example of how the industry is evolving to become a synergistic and integrated platform of ideas. Through a co-creation process, we put the consumer at the center of the business. We celebrate how our teams have aligned to achieve this common goal of bringing the best technologies to market. said Ricardo Silva, CEO of TINTEX.

The collection is available for purchase through Tintex and can be viewed on their website. The collection will also be presented to commercial buyers at Premiere Vision Paris from September 21 to 23. Tintex booth number 3B4 3C3.

Posted on September 28, 2021

Source: Tintex

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Shawmut: investing in the future of advanced materials https://BellaKnitting.com/shawmut-investing-in-the-future-of-advanced-materials/ Sun, 25 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/shawmut-investing-in-the-future-of-advanced-materials/
An N95 particulate respirator
made by Shawmut

Accustomed to innovation and change, Shawmut is committed to helping customers resolve pressing business challenges quickly.

TW Special report

FBorn in 1916, Shawmut Corp., based in West Bridgewater, Mass., is no stranger to innovation and change. The fourth-generation, family-owned global business is the largest independent laminator of technical fabrics in the United States, providing advanced material solutions for the automotive, health and safety, military and protection, and customized lamination solutions. Shawmut employs more than 700 people worldwide, operating 10 manufacturing plants and seven sales offices in North America, Europe and Asia.

A story of change

What began as the location of America’s oldest woolen mill producing braided fabric and synthetic yarn, has grown over time into a company that creates a range of flexible composite materials and technical textiles. , and provides lamination solutions. Over the years, Shawmut has supplied a variety of products ranging from branded knitted children’s clothing to yarns used by the US Army during WWII for parachute guy lines, knitted blankets, field jackets and parachutes. bombs. In the 1950s, the company focused on flame lamination for use with its jersey fabric, a process that continues today. In the mid-1980s, Shawmut moved to its current West Bridgewater headquarters to focus on product development processes in advanced materials technologies.

Shawmut CEO James Wyner (left) with Fallon Co. CEO Joe Fallon, who was a majority investor in the Shawmut face mask operation.

“Since our inception 105 years ago by my grandfather Rudolph Wyner, Shawmut has always had the ability to adapt to changing markets and create innovation,” said CEO James Wyner. “Our history gives us a vast knowledge and expertise of materials to design our own techniques and production capabilities that put us ahead of our competition. Our customers tell us that we can develop solutions to their difficult demands much faster and with better results than our competitors. We embrace what we have learned, but always seek to innovate to create better solutions. Our goal of “material innovations for a better world” might sound a little ambitious, but we really try to apply it to everything we do. “

An automotive leader

Shawmut is a global supplier to the automotive market that supplies everything from laminated headlining to pillars, roller shades, seats, door and trim lamination, sun shades, packaging trays and shelves to package. A few years ago, Glen Raven Technical Fabrics (GRTF) leading automotive and specialty industrial fabrics business merged with Shawmut after an 18-year strategic partnership between the two companies. The merger fully integrated Shawmut’s composites development capabilities and global lamination platform with Glen Raven’s specialty industrial fabrics business. Of the company, Shawmut said at the time: “Our recent merger with the Specialty Industrial Business Unit of Glen Raven Technical Fabrics represents the combination of strengths between two long-standing partners. We now offer the full line of automotive interior and industrial solutions, from durable high performance knitted fabrics to flexible multi-layered composite composites.

Shawmut recently announced plans to introduce an all-new customer-focused technical center at the Burlington, NC facility on Park Avenue, home to the merged operations. The Park Avenue Tech Center will provide customers with unprecedented access to Shawmut’s advanced design, engineering and production expertise, multiple quality and testing labs, and customer collaboration tools from tip, all under one roof. The development of the Technical Center helps achieve Shawmut’s goal of accelerating the timeline of the finished product with even higher quality production leading to an improved customer experience. The Park Avenue Tech Center is also Shawmut’s first facility to be ISO 14001 certified and is a 100% landfill-free facility, meaning less than 1% of the waste that leaves the facility goes to a landfill. Waste is mainly reused and recycled by external sustainable development operations.

Shawmut has invested in the world’s most advanced meltblown filter media production system from German company Reifenhauser Reicofil GmbH & Co. KG.

Invest in health, safety

In early 2021, Shawmut announced the creation of a new Health and Safety business unit, which was a strategic expansion into markets where Shawmut already had a presence. According to the company, the new unit applies “the advanced materials, textile manufacturing and process innovation techniques of the company to produce[e] High-quality health and safety products made in the United States, including its Protex ™ line of personal protective equipment (PPE) made in the United States. “

For decades, the company has produced medical grade barrier and filtration fabrics, orthopedic medical devices, and some inflatable medical devices. In the spring of 2020, Shawmut expanded its scope to produce PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company quickly developed its Protex ™ N95 particulate respirator and now also manufactures medical isolation gowns and surgical barrier fabrics. With these additional product lines, it was time to bring in additional staff with health and safety expertise and launch the new business unit.

“This is a very exciting time in the 105-year history of Shawmut Corporation as we deepen the healthcare solutions space,” noted Wyner. “We have a long-term commitment to developing innovative health and safety products made in the United States and compliant with the Berry Amendment, not only for this time of great need, but well beyond so that our country is never never faced with critical PPE. shortage again.

Shawmut upgraded 70,000 square feet of space to accommodate production for its Health and Safety business unit.

Make room, start

According to Shawmut, the company upgraded nearly 70,000 square feet of space at its West Bridgewater manufacturing facility to produce isolation gowns and N95 respirators. Shawmut acquired nearly 60 tonnes of specialized, high-precision meltblown machines from German company Reifenhauser Reicofil GmbH & Co. KG, which were expedited and shipped on an expedited schedule to the Port of Boston. In addition, Shawmut installed a fully automated and flexible production system to support its line of N95 particulate respirators and installed approximately 50 new gown and mask assembly lines, some of which are complemented by advanced robotic capabilities. .

The multi-million dollar investment enables Shawmut to help its customers meet demand and respond quickly to their evolving business needs.

Clockwise from top left: one of Shawmut’s original locations; Shawmut manufactures products for the global automotive market; Shawmut’s new Health and Safety business unit produces US-made PPE, such as medical isolation gowns; Shawmut recently created a Military & Protective Materials business unit which will produce ultra-specific and high-performance technical fabrics.

A military focus

More recently, Shawmut announced another strategic expansion with the creation of a new Military & Protective Materials business unit. The unit will produce high-quality, USA-made technical fabric solutions of very high specification and high performance, many of which will also comply with the Berry Amendment. Shawmut’s military and protection solutions feature waterproof, windproof, flame retardant, and chemical and biological protection properties, and are ideal for the high-stakes uses required by military and field professionals who require equipment. high performance to do their jobs safely. With new leadership in onboard business development focused on high performance material solutions, the division integrates Shawmut’s textile manufacturing, dyeing, finishing and laminating capabilities to develop revolutionary new technologies that will enable Shawmut to become a key player within the high performance United States. textile and clothing industry.

Provide protection

Shawmut’s leadership position in lamination technology has resulted in multiple applications in protective equipment, including products in the high quality utility workwear market; flame retardant fabric area; and the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear protection markets. Shawmut’s ability to fabricate high water vapor transmission laminates provides solutions for firefighter equipment; surgical gowns; and waterproof and breathable utility and outdoor equipment, among other applications. The waterproof, yet breathable attributes also extend to products such as footwear, military outerwear, as well as boots for hunting, hiking, and military use.

Clean water

Shawmut leverages its advanced processing technologies and technical fabric expertise to deliver custom-designed material solutions and solve complex challenges. Their global team believes that no challenge is too big, and they have a long history of solving a wide variety of industry needs through dynamic and innovative textile approaches. As an example, Shawmut is part of the global push for innovative textile water filtration technologies as a producer of technical knitted fabrics that are used as permeate carriers in reverse osmosis filtration systems and processes. of salt and brackish water. Shawmut reports that its nonwoven filter fabric is US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compliant and certified by the National Sanitation Foundation.

Looking forward

A fourth generation international family business is not common today, and Shawmut is by no means a joint venture. Drawing on over 100 years of experience in fabric forming and lamination, Shawmut uses materials innovation, engineering expertise, advanced processes and global supply chain strategies to help solve quickly meet customers’ advanced material design challenges, setting itself apart from conventional New England textiles. stereotype of the company. Shawmut’s story is rooted in agile technology application, advanced processes, performance testing and quality, while keeping customer needs first.

“We are excited to leverage our expertise in textile engineering, process innovation and commitment to excellence to produce the highest quality materials for the best performing individuals,” Wyner said of the new military and protective materials business unit. This enthusiasm, commitment and problem solving is at the heart of Shawmut.

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Shawmut Corp. announces new military and protective materials business unit https://BellaKnitting.com/shawmut-corp-announces-new-military-and-protective-materials-business-unit/ Tue, 15 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/shawmut-corp-announces-new-military-and-protective-materials-business-unit/

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Massachusetts – June 15, 2021 – Today Shawmut Corp. announced the establishment of a new military and protective materials business unit that will apply advanced materials manufacturing, textile manufacturing and high-quality United States trademark process innovation techniques. – ultra-high specification and high-performance technical textile solutions. Shawmut’s military and protection solutions feature waterproof, windproof, flame retardant, and chemical and biological protection applications and are ideal for the high-stakes uses required by military and field professionals who require high equipment. performance to do their jobs safely.

This new Military & Protective Materials Business Unit is a natural extension of Shawmut’s 105-year history of advanced materials manufacturing and builds on the company’s deep experience in innovation, design and expertise. manufacture of high performance materials. Since World War I, Shawmut has supplied technical materials and clothing for critical military applications. Shawmut is also widely recognized as a leading producer of laminated components for high performance technical fabric applications, such as wind, flame and water resistance used in rain gear, backpacks, shoes, bulletproof vests and more.

“Military personnel and other high performing individuals in the utility industry live and work in a high specification, high stakes world. Yet many of the market’s leading fabrics and designs for military and protective clothing fall short of the demands of these jobs, ”said James Wyner, CEO of Shawmut. “We are excited to leverage our expertise in textile engineering, process innovation and commitment to excellence to produce the highest quality materials for the best performing individuals. “

Shawmut’s Military & Protective Materials division integrates the company’s textile manufacturing, dyeing, finishing and laminating capabilities to develop breakthrough new technologies and make Shawmut a key player in the U.S. textile and manufacturing industry. clothing. The new division positions Shawmut as a catalyst for change and innovation in this highly specialized industry that needs progress.

To lead the development of this new business unit, Shawmut hired Noelle Christensen, a seasoned leader in the military and high performance protective materials industry with over 20 years of supply chain and business development experience. Noelle brings to Shawmut a diverse perspective and a wealth of knowledge in textile manufacturing, the national and federal apparel supply chain, business development, operations and innovation. As the leader of this new business unit, she will position the company as a key supplier of innovative textile technologies for high performance applications, with a focus on military and protective materials.

Prior to joining Shawmut, Noelle spent 14 years at Massif, a developer of advanced flame retardant clothing for military and other high performance applications. Most recently, she served as Vice President / General Manager of Massif, where she led the brand through exponential growth as it launched new textile innovations and high performance clothing categories.

“As a former Shawmut customer, I bring a unique perspective to the team, having seen their engineers solve seemingly intractable problems,” Christensen said. “I am excited about everything Shawmut has to offer that the market thinks it is, such as our ability to quickly solve complex problems and test products on the fly for rapid innovation, and our dedication to quality control that guarantees premium and consistent results. for our clients. The company’s commitment to sustainable development initiatives while expanding our presence in this market is a natural extension of its core expertise acquired in another demanding vertical market: the automotive industry.

Posted on June 15, 2021

Source: Shawmut Corp.

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Heimtextil launches digital material library https://BellaKnitting.com/heimtextil-launches-digital-material-library/ Wed, 02 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/heimtextil-launches-digital-material-library/

FRANKFURT, Germany – June 1, 2021 – Progressive hardware innovations presented digitally: Following the cancellation of this year’s show due to the corona pandemic, Heimtextil is expanding its range of digital services and launching a new online materials library titled ” Future Materials Library ”. 24 materials of the future for interior applications are now available at www.heimtextil.messefrankfurt.com/future.

Heimtextil now presents a selection of innovative materials from around the world in the digital Future Materials Library. At the last physical Heimtextil in 2020, visitors had the opportunity to explore the Future Materials Library with all their senses. Now, in the online version of the library, visitors can discover the potential of previously unknown textiles at any time. The Future Materials Library invites visitors to open their minds to experimental approaches and revolutionary ideas.

The curators of the new materials library are the London-based futures research agency FranklinTill. “We are moving into a materials revolution that will help restore balance in our relationship with our planet. As part of Heimtextil Trends 21/22, we are presenting a new selection of materials for interior applications with exciting innovations from around the world, ”said Caroline Till of FranklinTill.

A mix of products and commercially viable early stage developments

Imaginative designers and environmentally conscious manufacturers: The Future Materials Library 2021 provides materials pioneers with a platform and showcases a premier mix of economically proven and groundbreaking developments. FranklinTill organized the materials into four themes: regenerative crops, remade fibers, harvesting waste streams, and sustainable color.

An example of a supplier of regenerative crops is the British company Tengri, which sources rare yak fibers directly from a cooperative of nomadic yak herders in the Khangai region of Mongolia. In this way, Tengri enriches the pool of sustainable natural materials which, in addition to yak fibers, include hemp, nettle and flax.

When it comes to remade fibers, the Finnish pioneers of Ioncell provide a pioneering material: they use an ionic liquid to transform used textiles, pulp, old newspapers and cardboard into strong textile fibers, which are then used to make durable, high quality fibers. quality fabrics.

The Franco-Dutch company Tarkett also recycles waste and gives a second life to installed and used floor coverings. Using revolutionary technologies, the two main components of carpet tiles – the yarn and the backing – are separated and a yarn purity of 95% guaranteed.

Against the backdrop of 28 million tonnes of food thrown away in Japan each year, the country’s Food Textile company is dedicated to reducing food waste, which it uses to make sustainable dyes. In a patented process, blueberries, red cabbage, coffee and matcha are made into natural, shiny textile dyes.

With their different approaches, these textile pioneers make an exciting contribution to the transformation of the current linear system of production and consumption into a circular model. This is in line with the objectives of the “Future Materials Library”, which aims to convince both producers and consumers of the advantages of the economic principle of circular flow.

Resources are running out

Thus, the new Heimtextil material library tackles one of the main problems of the modern era: the scarcity of resources on earth. In particular, textile production creates enormous and ever-increasing amounts of waste. And, over the past few decades, the design industry has developed a ‘take, make, and throw’ pattern of consumption that is incredibly harmful to our planet. In the age of climate emergency, however, forward-looking designers are learning from and collaborating with nature. They strive to use the power of highly efficient natural circular systems to create textiles and materials that are better for people and the planet.

Heimtextil Trends: a guide for the international sector

The Future Materials Library is part of the Heimtextil Trends which, for almost three decades, has provided direction to the industry by revealing design trends for the coming season. Even during the crisis, the Heimtextil Trends remain an essential part of the overall concept of the fair and provide important content for all target groups involved in the global sector. As a result, Heimtextil aims to shine a light on design developments that define style and take place within the broader context of lifestyle trends. At the same time, Heimtextil’s trend experts travel the world of exhibitors’ products and identify unequivocal trends in the sector. In this regard, special attention is paid to sustainability aspects along the entire value chain, both in the new digital library and live at the fair next January.

To the future material library: www.heimtextil.messefrankfurt.com/future

Posted on June 2, 2021

Source: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

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Recycled materials ‘not enough’, says startup whose synthetic tights ‘fully biodegrade in landfills’ https://BellaKnitting.com/recycled-materials-not-enough-says-startup-whose-synthetic-tights-fully-biodegrade-in-landfills/ Tue, 18 May 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/recycled-materials-not-enough-says-startup-whose-synthetic-tights-fully-biodegrade-in-landfills/

It is common knowledge that our disposable clothing culture contributes millions of tons to landfill waste every year. The majority of these garments contain synthetic fibers like polyester and nylon, which release microplastics upon washing, wear and disposal. Circular economy business models have quickly emerged to divert clothing and footwear from landfills to resale, rental and recycling. But there is one category of products that generally do not meet the criteria for these avenues due to product fragility, hygiene restrictions and recycling limitations: hosiery. As much as 8 billion pairs of tights are made, worn a handful of times and thrown away every year. Statista reports that the hosiery tights and leggings segment is expected to grow in volume to reach 387 billion pieces per year by 2025. Pantyhose in landfills biodegrade into plastic fragments that leach into waterways, contributing to microplastic pollution. Sophie Billi-Hardwick, 33, and Marie Bouhier, 27, co-founded Billi London two years ago to address this problem. They set out to create a sustainable pantyhose product and say they “now own 100% of the biodegradable pantyhose market”, while the juggernauts of the hosiery industry are lagging behind.

The journey to launch biodegradable tights required 2 years of research and development by the two entrepreneurs, who had no prior experience in the hosiery industry. The duo visited 5 pantyhose factories in Europe and conducted extensive research on biodegradable synthetic yarns and consumer attitudes towards pantyhose. They found that out of 300 consumers wearing pantyhose, most of them “generally put on 1-2 pairs per month”, which created guilt (due to the waste generated) and reluctance to continue wearing pantyhose. , given their cost and negative impact on the environment. After studying biodegradable nylons in clothing products during a master’s degree at the London College of Fashion, Maire Bouhier wondered why this innovation was not applied to tights usually knitted from nylon and elastane yarns.

Further research by Bouhier and Billi-Hardwick, who joined forces in 2019, uncovered two yarn suppliers willing to provide improved versions of nylon 6.6 (the type typically used in tights) and spandex . The improvement was a change in the molecular structure of nylon and spandex that makes them susceptible to microbes. This susceptibility leads to the nylon and spandex being “digested” by microbes in landfills, resulting in non-toxic byproducts and no microplastics. But with this improved biodegradability comes added complexity in handling the yarn and creating a high-quality, high-performance product, and that’s what entrepreneurs believe is hindering the widespread adoption of these yarns, which are readily available from suppliers. in Europe.

To use these yarns, which are optimized for apparel products, not hosiery, Billy London has partnered with a tights manufacturer to use specific knitting machine technology with a high degree of specificity when it comes to combining nylon and spandex and programming the knit structure and tights specifications. Two years of R&D, wearer trials, testing and external biodegradability certification indicate that disrupting the pantyhose market is something only a scrappy start-up on a singular mission seems ready to undertake. Their closest competitor (a global tights brand) only uses a portion of biodegradable yarn in its comparable product. However, the entrepreneurs conceded that they don’t have a total biodegradable pantyhose solution and can currently only offer one layer of pantyhose (30 denier, retailing at around $32) while they solved the problems with their prototype thinner 15 denier tights, where the challenges posed by the biodegradable properties of the yarn are heightened.

Having briefly worked in the pantyhose business myself, I know how challenging this product can be, both in terms of performance and inherent seasonality, with demand dwindling for about half of the year. However, Billi-Hardwick revealed during our interview that “socks and leggings are next on the agenda” for biodegradable disruption. Since these products usually include at least some synthetic fibers (often spandex) for stretch and recovery, this seems like a brilliant move. It also seems smart given that the startup will soon launch a funding round in anticipation of market expansion plans, which will no doubt be catapulted by a universal product like socks.

On the topic of biodegradability benchmarks, I dug into the requirements for optimal decomposition with some skepticism. I have often seen biodegradability and compostability data based on very specific (and inaccessible) conditions. Billi London goes against this trend. Bouhier explained that the tights require “the biodegradability conditions of a well-controlled landfill, which now accounts for the majority of landfills in the EU”. These landfills are characterized by “high humidity, absence of oxygen and high (levels) of specific anaerobic bacteria that produce (organic compounds) biogas and biomass”. Biodegradability tests have shown that Billi London tights biodegradable in 5 years, compared to 40-100 years for traditional tights. Clarifying a common question about composting as an optional disposal method, Bouhier explained that “it doesn’t work (for Billi tights) because (composting is) not anaerobic.”

On the direction of the startup and its founding values, Billi-Hardwick said “something extremely important and in our DNA (is) we want to bring innovation to market. We have a challenger mindset”. Asked about the company’s long-term vision, she said, “We want to build the brand as a materials science and consumer goods brand. We really believe in partnerships, so we can reach out to others and collaborate,” which echoes the philosophy and business model of other sustainable product disruptors I recently interviewed.

When evaluating recycling versus landfill for plastic waste (including synthetic fibres), it is useful to know that less than 10% of all plastic produced since 1950 has been recycled, with 79% in landfill or natural environment (the rest is incinerated, releasing CO2 and other dangerous additives into the atmosphere). Recycling plastic is complex and expensive, and the recycled material can be more expensive (and sometimes of lower quality) than its virgin counterpart. The separation of different synthetic materials is also a complication, for example when traditional nylon and spandex are mixed together. As a result, plastic microparticles from the degradation of plastics in our environment reach catastrophic levels. “Aggravated by the COVID-19[female[feminine pandemic, plastic waste has become a major part of the global pollution crisis, along with biodiversity loss and climate change. This represents a ‘triple emergency’ that needs to be tackled, according to a recent UNEP report report. The report also demonstrated how the world’s most marginalized populations bear the brunt of the impacts of plastic pollution.

Global brands are starting to take an interest in these solutions, as evidenced by materials science partnerships and investments, driven by consumers who are increasingly vigilant about the environmental consequences of plastics. But struggling with entrenched materials sourcing and manufacturing processes, incumbent market leaders in product categories such as hosiery may lack momentum and a “challenge mindset” (such as cited by Billi-Hardwick) to embark on innovation journeys. Such initiatives can be seen as costly, risky and threatening to results. But the toxic consequences of plastic waste from commercially successful products can no longer hide behind the business mantra “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. The planet is broken and innovation offers the promise of fixing it.

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Choose local to take advantage of great Black Friday deals on yarn, patterns and more at Needles in the Hay https://BellaKnitting.com/choose-local-to-take-advantage-of-great-black-friday-deals-on-yarn-patterns-and-more-at-needles-in-the-hay/ Tue, 26 Nov 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/choose-local-to-take-advantage-of-great-black-friday-deals-on-yarn-patterns-and-more-at-needles-in-the-hay/
Needles in the Hay owner Deanna Guttman outside her popular yarn shop at 385 Water Street in downtown Peterborough. The independent local business, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020, has everything for your knitting and crochet needs, including free weekly teaching sessions. Needles in the Hay has several special promotions, starting on Black Friday and running all weekend or while supplies last. (Photo: Amy E. LeClair)

When we choose to support local independent businesses, it’s good for us because it’s good for our community. Choosing local first means more of the money we spend stays in our community, which translates into better paying jobs and contributes more to the local tax base.

Choosing local first also reinforces the uniqueness of our community, while reducing our impact on the environment. And local business owners are also residents of our community, supporting local charitable causes as well as other local businesses, creating a domino effect throughout the local economy.

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Starting Black Friday and all weekend, Needles in the Hay in downtown Peterborough is offering several special promotions, including $31 off a bundle of projects featuring this Hipster Shawl pattern from Joji Locatelli and five skeins from Myak baby yak medium.  (Photo: Joji Locatelli)
Starting Black Friday and all weekend, Needles in the Hay in downtown Peterborough is offering several special promotions, including $31 off a bundle of projects featuring this Hipster Shawl pattern from Joji Locatelli and five skeins from Myak baby yak medium. (Photo: Joji Locatelli)

Peterborough’s favorite yarn store, Needles in the Hay in downtown Peterborough, is owned by local resident Deanna Guttman, who bought the freelance business from store founder Bridget Allin in the summer of 2016.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020, Needles in the Hay is a place where you can find high quality natural fibers in a myriad of beautiful colors and socialize with people who share your passion for fiber arts.

Guttman and his staff work hard to bring you the best selection of high quality yarns at a variety of price points, and research high and low to ensure you get the best products at the best value.

They have a particular passion for wool, but you will also find yak, cashmere, alpaca, silk, linen, etc. at the shop. Needles in the Hay is one of the few dealers in Canada to carry the famous Brooklyn Tweed wire line.

As well as selling yarn and accessories for hand knitting and crocheting, Needles in the Hay also provides support and builds a community around fiber arts in Peterborough. The store has recently offered weekly “Knit Doctor” and “Crochet Doctor” sessions. Knit Doctor (knitting only, basic to advanced) takes place Tuesdays from 5-6 p.m. with Deanna, and Crochet Doctor (crochet, but also basic to intermediate knitting) takes place Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. with Grace. Sessions are open to everyone (no purchase necessary).

On Friday, November 29, Needles in the Hay is open for additional hours (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and offers Black Friday specials through Sunday, December 1 (or while supplies last):

  • Brooklyn Tweed Bundle: 15% off your project, when you purchase the pattern and yarn together (includes Ranch 02). This promotion runs all weekend from Black Friday.
  • Select Bulky Skeins Clearance for $10. These skeins all weigh 200g and above. In store only, while supplies last.
  • Selected clearance yarns for $4.50 per bale. In store only, while supplies last.
  • 10% off everything Lopi Blankets (100% Icelandic wool, made in Iceland) all weekend from Black Friday.
  • $31 off hipster shawl (by Joji Locatelli) Together. Includes pattern and five skeins of Myak baby yak medium. On sale for $125 (regular price is $156). This promotion runs all weekend from Black Friday.
Owner Deanna Guttman in front of the wool wall at Needles in the Hay in downtown Peterborough, which is one of the few retailers in Canada to carry the popular Brooklyn Tweed line.  Needles in the Hay is launching BT by Brooklyn Tweed, two quick and fun patterns written for the beginning knitter.  Great projects to give as gifts, and free with the purchase of yarn, they are only available until December 4th.  (Photo: Amy E. LeClair)
Owner Deanna Guttman in front of the wool wall at Needles in the Hay in downtown Peterborough, which is one of the few retailers in Canada to carry the popular Brooklyn Tweed line. Needles in the Hay is launching BT by Brooklyn Tweed, two quick and fun patterns written for the beginning knitter. Great projects to give as gifts, and free with the purchase of yarn, they are only available until December 4th. (Photo: Amy E. LeClair)

The Brooklyn Tweed Bundle, Lopi Blankets and Hipster Shawl Bundle will also be available for purchase on Needles in the Hay’s website at needlesinthehay.ca starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, November 29. Other promotions are available in-store only. To note: No stacking of discounts on promotions (e.g. Needles in the Hay cannot apply loyalty points in addition to Black Friday promotions).

In addition to the Black Friday weekend promotions, Needles in the Hay is also launching BT by Brooklyn Tweed. These two quick and fun patterns, written for the beginning knitter but can be enjoyed by knitters of all skill levels, are great projects to give as gifts. The patterns will only be available at Brooklyn Tweed stockists, including Needles in the Hay, through December 4. Free with yarn purchase.

Needles in the Hay is located at 385 Water Street in downtown Peterborough. For more information, call 705-740-0667 or email info@needlesinthehay.ca. For more information on products, classes and events, and to order online, visit needlesinthehay.ca. You can also follow Needles in the Hay on Twitter, Facebook, and instagram.

Do you own a local independent business? If you would like to be featured in our “choose local” promotion, contact kawarthaNOW editor Jeannine Taylor at 705-742-6404 or jt@kawarthanow.com.

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