supply chain – Bella Knitting Mon, 21 Feb 2022 04:31:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 supply chain – Bella Knitting 32 32 Freudenberg Performance Materials raises prices for nonwoven performance materials for flooring and filtration applications across EMEA Tue, 21 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000

ARNHEM, The Netherlands – December 20, 2021 – Freudenberg Performance Materials today announces a general upward adjustment to its prices for nonwoven performance materials for flooring and filtration applications in the EMEA region. This revision, effective January 1, 2022, has become necessary due to the sustained and unprecedented increase in the costs of raw materials, packaging, freight, consumables and energy, combined with disruptions in our supply chain. entering.

Pricing in all categories has far exceeded our expectations and is expected to remain at high levels throughout 2022. This historical pricing trend has put significant pressure on Freudenberg Performance Materials, and we understand our customers the same.

At this stage, our business can no longer absorb the effects of such high price levels. We will therefore be adjusting our prices for all of our Colback® and Lutradur branded nonwoven products for flooring and filtration application by double-digit increases based on product types.

Freudenberg Performance Materials will continue to work hard to improve productivity to offset inflationary pressure to maintain attractive price levels and avoid further price adjustments. We will continue to monitor market developments and in the event of sustained and unexpected downward trends, we will adjust our prices accordingly.

More than ever, Freudenberg Performance Materials stands by its customers, and we will continue to stand by our customers with our commitment to exceptional quality and service.

Posted on December 21, 2021

Source: Freudenberg Performance Materials

Australian fashion has a problem when it comes to sourcing raw materials Wed, 01 Dec 2021 04:06:10 +0000

For every brand making a sustainability claim, there is a tremendous amount of offshoring happening behind the scenes.

Earlier this year, the Australian Fashion Council released its 2021 Fashion Industry Report. Beyond reflections on the devastating effects of COVID on the local industry, and a bit of posturing about the significant financial and cultural contributions of Australian fashion, I noticed a rather disturbing statistic languishing among the colorful graphics and quotes. bold: the fact that only 29 percent of our local businesses source at least some of their raw materials from local suppliers.

“The EY 2021 Australian Fashion and Textile Industry Survey found that 88% of companies design their products in Australia, but only 29% have sourced some of their materials from local suppliers,” details the report. “There is a major opportunity for greater domestic supply. Every million dollars of industrial production potentially relocated to Australia – if this is commercially viable – could generate an economic return of around $ 1.2 million.

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Besides the obvious economic benefits of offshoring our raw materials and manufacturing industries, there is also a huge sustainability benefit in such a move – after all, air cargo and transportation pollution adds a sustainability cost to the economy. companies that are desperately trying to improve their green credentials.

So, can we really talk about sustainable local fashion in a credible way, when only 29% of the raw materials come from Australia? There are many challenges for local brands when it comes to sourcing local raw materials and sustainable fibers. As customers increasingly demand that their products be made in Australia, the answer isn’t as simple as “Okay, let’s do more of our fabrics here”. For small brands in particular, the issues are complex and varied.

What are the obstacles to the local supply of raw materials?

“The obstacle would be to be able to allow me to stock up on what I want”, explains Suzan Dlouhy, founder of SZN, a small label based in Melbourne.A lot of times I find something really good, and these companies don’t necessarily want to work with me because I’m too small. Their minimum order quantity can take me out of the game altogether.

During our conversation, Suzan tells me a story of trying to buy a small amount of knitting from a local mill, who told her that they need a minimum order of 1000 yards. This is the reason why many local manufacturers turn to overseas suppliers, as they often do not impose such onerous minimum order requirements.

Even the possibility of participating in a big order with other small manufacturers gets complicated – if you order something unique, do you really want five other Melbourne designers to make similar items from the same knit, over the course of? the same season?

It is clear that Australia has gaping holes in the raw materials processing industry. Maybe some cotton isn’t made here, but the resulting organic cotton fabric is. Or maybe local manufacturers can’t source a certain type of textile locally and have to look to overseas suppliers. This is a problem that often also complicates the highly regarded “Australian made” label – a label that does not necessarily guarantee that 100% of the processes have been completed in Australia.

For starters, the current code is confusing at best – there are six groups of representations, each with their own criteria for compliance, including the most frequently used terms Product of Australia, Made in Australia, Grown in Australia and Made in Australia.

It’s fair to say that the average consumer wouldn’t know the subtle differences between the six groups – and even within these specific groups, the criteria never require that 100% of the product adhere to the label, only “virtually all”. “Or” “significant components.

Support the onhoring cycle

So while even ‘Australian Made’ certification does not guarantee 100% of products made in Australia, how are consumers supposed to support a local industry that appears to be struggling to survive?

“The biggest opportunity is local manufacturing and supporting smart offshoring,” says Elle Roseby, CEO of Country Road. “80% of our customers want to support Australian manufacturing. We send cotton and wool to Vietnam and China to be spun and woven when it could be done here. We all talk about reducing emissions but the current commodity model conflicts with that, we have to support the offshoring cycle.

“For the industry to thrive and be more sustainable, we need to invest in creating jobs in local manufacturing, as well as in technology and sustainability. We have to treat it as a serious industry if we are really going to attract the brightest minds and spur real innovation, ”she explains.

“Australia has a very small old-fashioned industry of making its own fabric,” says Kalaurie Karl-Crooks, creative director and designer of local brand Kalaurie. There are only a handful of knitting factories and weaving factories. It is actually quite difficult to source the tissue grown and ground in Australia. What we are still doing here is very basic.

Bringing the conversation back to sustainability is key to reviving the local raw materials and manufacturing industry here in Australia – especially given the huge shift in momentum we’ve seen in the industry towards labeling and packaging. sustainable marketing. However, transparency continues to be the key to achieving this and consumers should be careful when looking for products made in Australia.

“The fiber is made into yarn, the yarn into fabric and the fabric into clothing – that can literally be the number of times it crosses the ocean,” says Suzan. “So if you buy ‘Australian cotton’ from, say, Kmart, there is no guarantee how many times it has crossed the ocean. It’s not very clear – it’s not the transparency that people want in the supply chain.

Suzan’s point echoes my recent call for blockchain technology to help with tracking and transparency in the fashion industry. Going even further than ethical manufacturing tracing or raw material sourcing, blockchain could also potentially provide industry with an automated sustainability calculator.

Imagine being able to scan two competing garments via a QR code on a tag, and see the relative carbon footprint of both at the same time, calculated automatically by an algorithm running in the background.

Unfortunately, this kind of technology seems far away – after all, historically the fashion industry has not been good at integrating into the tech world, despite the huge opportunity for blockchain to respond to all of these. pressing ethical issues with far fewer resources. – in a heavy way.

“When we decided in the late ’80s and mid’ 90s to source more clothing from overseas and our industries were shutting down, that’s when I think we have limited our technological progress in fashion, ”explains Suzan. “Because if you are a manufacturing company, you are constantly improving yourself with your profits. You can get the next best machine… Our manufacturing has stalled.

So what is the answer to our raw material supply and sustainability issues?

Can we just invest the money in up-to-date technology and training, and hope for the best? “Personally, I think the industry could be revived through grassroots movements, job creation in the sector and awareness,” Kalaurie says.

“A lot of people don’t realize that Australia barely makes fabric and that although the raw materials are grown here, the fabric isn’t actually produced here. Relaunching jobs in this textile industry would be huge to pass the knowledge on to the next generation of fabric technicians to continue transforming Australian raw materials into fabrics made in Australia and then into products made in Australia.

“[But] I don’t think there is anything sustainable about the continued production of products. For me, sustainability is about making do with what you have to create something desirable with as little impact as possible, ”she notes.

This is something Courtney Holm, founder of circular label A.BCH, is also passionate about: the idea that the fashion industry needs to look at its production and start there, if it is to be taken seriously when it comes to sustainability. As part of the community she has built locally, she resells raw materials to other small manufacturers when large quantities of orders would otherwise deprive them of the market.

Interestingly, at the same time, she’s working with the community center and production house, The Social Studio, on a fascinating new project that could change the game of local raw materials.

“They’re doing a big study right now in Victoria on the raw materials that are in people’s warehouses – it’s more like a surplus material situation. We’ve been working on this idea of ​​how to move some of this material forward and actually help with this minimum orders problem.

“There are so many good raw materials made in Australia – hundreds of thousands of meters – that sit in warehouses unused. It’s a really crazy problem that people don’t really know about. There are so many ways that there could be better solutions for small business because they are either lower priced or minimum order quantity to make these really good and big steps in sustainability.

Ultimately, the approach will have to be multidimensional. While investing in our raw materials and local manufacturing capabilities may reduce the impacts of transportation on our sustainability goals, it is a short-term solution that only considers part of a circular environmental impact chain.

“It’s very difficult, and unless you’re totally circular, I don’t think you can claim to be sustainable,” says Kalaurie. “No brand is perfect, there is always room to grow – but doing the best you can is important.”

Learn more about circular fashion here.

lululemon partners with sustainable materials innovator Genomatica to bring bio-nylon to products Thu, 19 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000

VANCOUVER / SAN DIEGO, California – August 18, 2021 – lululemon Athletica inc. today announced a multi-year collaboration with sustainable materials company Genomatica to integrate bio-based materials from renewable sources into lululemon’s products. This is lululemon’s first-ever equity investment in a sustainable materials company and Genomatica’s largest retail partnership. Together, the two companies will create a low-impact vegetable-based nylon to replace conventional nylon, which is the largest volume of synthetic material currently used to make lululemon products.

Genomatica uses biotechnology and fermentation to convert plant-based ingredients into widely used chemical elements, like those used to make nylon. These building blocks are converted into pellets and yarns, and the companies will work closely with lululemon’s fabric supply chain to incorporate this material into future products. Through this collaboration, the companies seek to create positive change in the global $ 22 billion nylon market in sustainable supply chains.

Calvin McDonald, CEO of lululemon, said: “Our partnership and investment in Genomatica demonstrates our commitment to be a leader in creating products that help build a healthier future for ourselves, for our communities and for our planet. . Genomatica’s bio-based innovations, along with their distinctive track record of successful commercial applications, will help us meet the goals of our impact program to manufacture 100% of our products with sustainable materials and end-of-use solutions. by 2030, as we move towards a circular ecosystem.

“We are proud to partner with lululemon, a company that is taking meaningful action to help address our climate crisis,” said Christophe Schilling, CEO of Genomatica. “The combination of biotechnology, fermentation and renewable raw materials can provide a powerful means to disrupt the garment industry through sustainable sourcing. This unique collaboration will help meet growing consumer demand for more environmentally friendly products and set an example for consumer brand owners around the world.

Patty Stapp, Vice President, Raw Materials, Lululemon, said, “Replacing the petrochemicals that make up many popular materials with more sustainable alternatives is a big step forward in achieving the goals of our impact program. By switching our nylon to renewable content, we will impact more than half of the synthetic materials we use in our supply chain. We have seen Genomatica repeatedly and successfully deliver industry-changing bio-based materials on a commercial scale and believe this partnership can truly change the way we source products, while continuing to deliver exceptional quality. for which we are known.

In October 2020, lululemon released its first-ever Impact Agenda, outlining ambitious social and environmental goals and multi-year strategies for a more equitable, sustainable and healthy future. The collaboration with Genomatica is one of the many ways in which lululemon brings new sustainable innovations to its raw materials. Other examples include the company’s partnership with Mylo, to use leather made from mycelium, and LanzaTech, for polyester made from recycled carbon emissions.

Posted on August 19, 2021

Source: Genomatica / lululemon Athletica inc.

Shawmut: investing in the future of advanced materials Sun, 25 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000
An N95 particulate respirator
made by Shawmut

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

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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 Tue, 15 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000

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.

Building materials cost more, which impacts the construction of new homes Wed, 09 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – The cost of lumber and other building materials is on the rise and is having a major impact on home construction.

Homebuilding across Cape Fear and across the country are being hit hard by rising costs of building materials.

With demand for new homes remaining high, home construction companies must pass these increased costs on to homebuyers, who in turn could face higher tax bills due to the increased value of their homes.

“The consumers themselves obviously have to come in and watch these price increases if they have a contract with a builder, it could be today or 6 months ago, then you have a price increase, and of course the consumer will have to pay these additional prices, ”said Cameron Moore, general manager of the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association.

Lumber isn’t the only material that builders struggle to buy, they also struggle to find windows and doors to buy.

This has an impact on the construction schedule of many houses. Windows typically takes 4-6 weeks for an average release, now it’s more than double.

“They’re now between 16-18 weeks, and now I mean 20-22 weeks, just to keep the house mostly dry and secure, which is a big deal. Windows and doors are a very necessary critical path to take the next step in the construction process ”,

Dave Spetrino, owner of PBC Design and Build, said that initially there were no concerns about the price increases.

“When it started going up, well, it only hit the actual price in 2017-18, because it had been so artificially low. When it started to expand beyond the things we had seen in the past you start to get a little anxious, you get a little nervous, you start asking more questions, ”said Dave Spetrino, owner of PBC Design and Build.

Spetrino said his company is now purchasing materials in hopes of planning future projects in the months to come, trying to fight further material price inflation. They also warn customers that there may be delays in home construction deadlines.

“Let’s kind of go back and figure out when is the right time for you. You know, instead of moving in June 2022, September 2022 is it a business killer, and if it doesn’t, this little breath allows us to take a little more time in the design, to be a little more thoughtful and efficient in the way we select materials, but also solve problems while waiting for some of the supply chain problems to resolve themselves, ”Spetrino said.

The Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association says the price of materials is going up every week. There has been a 300% increase in lumber packaging prices alone since September of last year.

]]> JanSport Launches A Line Of Backpacks Made 100% With Surplus Materials Tue, 13 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0000

The JanSport Surplus Ski n ‘Hike collection is made from 100% excess material.

DENVER – April 12, 2021 – JanSport today introduced Surplus Ski n ‘Hike, the brand’s first collection of backpacks made with surplus factory materials that might otherwise have ended up in landfills. The launch marks another milestone in the brand’s mission to become a leader in the design and manufacture of sustainable backpacks. The new collection will be available from Monday, April 12, 2021 at

The US EPA estimates that 85% of all textile waste ends up in landfills1. Available in Vintage Pink, Red Tape and Forge Gray, the Surplus Ski n ‘Hike collection revives an iconic JanSport style made entirely from surplus materials, underscoring JanSport’s commitment to careful use of raw materials and manufacturing. Every component in this collection of limited edition packs, from fabric and lining to ladder locks and zipper pulls, is derived from pre-existing factory materials.

Understanding the principles of Generation Z and their conscious consumption habits rooted in activism has generated a strong bond between JanSport and its target consumer. This relationship has also fueled the brand’s overall commitment to offer more products that meet their sustainability standards while remaining fashionable and functional, such as the Recycled SuperBreak launched last year; JanSport’s first backpack made in part with 100% recycled fabric.

“As part of our sustainability efforts, JanSport wants to keep the fabric off the cutting room floor and ensure that our unused products are not wasted. We challenged our designers to create a collection of backpacks entirely from excess fabric and components from our factory, and we couldn’t be more impressed with the result, ”said Roger Spatz, President of JanSport. “The Ski n ‘Hike Surplus breathes new life into an archived silhouette and uses textiles in a smarter, more sustainable way that prevents these items from potentially being landfilled.”

The Surplus Ski n ‘Hike is just the last step in JanSport’s sustainability journey. JanSport continues to be transparent by tracking its sustainability progress with recent notable milestones and initiatives including:

  • Fight against plastic waste: JanSport saved the equivalent of 13,000,000 plastic water bottles * last season by using recycled fabrics and linings in certain styles.
  • Enabling Renewable Energy: Integrating energy efficiency and renewable energy sources into the supply chain to help reduce our carbon footprint.
  • Careful Processing and Manufacturing: All JanSport products are designed to be PVC free.
  • A Greener World: JanSport uses 100% recycled paper for hang tags on its products, which helps mitigate the effects of the manufacturing process on our planet and our overall well-being.
  • Continually Make Things Better: JanSport and its business partners adhere to the highest ethical standards, focusing on safe and legal manufacturing practices that adhere to the Fair Labor Association Code of Conduct.

* Based on a 16 oz bottle.

Posted on April 13, 2021

Source: JanSport®

Santoni opens a new Materials Experience Center in Shanghai Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:00:00 +0000

© Santoni.

The leader of circular knitting machines Santoni, in collaboration with designers Eva x Carola, officially inaugurated its new Materials Experience Center (MEC) at Santoni’s facilities in Shanghai. The new space is a center for contemporary research and inspiration for leading textile industry professionals to meet clients, research ideas and work on tailor-made projects. It will be a pivotal space for inspiration, ideation, implementation and knowledge sharing.

Designing the future

The MEC is designed to meet the needs of a modern textile producer who consistently advocates for sustainability and futuristic design in clothing, the company said in a statement today.

Santoni CEO Gianpietro Belotti said: “The establishment of this new network has allowed us to think differently and be ready to cross new frontiers. This will allow us to achieve our mission of inspiring knitters around the world with cutting edge solutions.

© Santoni.

A modular and flexible space

The Material Experience Center was developed to suit different uses and projects and simplicity and adaptability were at the heart of the final design. The idea is that people can easily fit different products, samples and demonstrations into the space, using the areas provided. With this in mind, the space also includes:

• An ideal place for workshops and seminars

• A break area for coffee and snacks

• A relaxed environment for more informal meetings

• A space for brainstorming, development and initiation of innovative partnerships

• A creative open configuration to analyze test results and decide on next steps

• A place where projects are securely saved, stored and made easily accessible

“The main objectives of MEC are therefore: inspiration, ideation, implementation and knowledge sharing with the overarching objective of helping to create a better connected and smarter textile industry. The center will promote the importance of collaboration, providing a dedicated space to meet with key industry players and work on developing the performance knits of tomorrow, ”the company said.

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© Santoni.

“It will be a focal point around which stakeholders in the supply chain industry can come together, including brands, manufacturing companies and yarn suppliers. Above all, there is also the possibility of working alongside the Santoni machines. The applications of the different machines are promoted and explained, and it is also possible to work alongside the machine itself, where the results can be analyzed and updated on the spot. This means that the ideas can be realized in the shortest possible time.

Open and bright space

The finished environment is open, bright and has a high tech feel. Elements such as wire mesh, stainless steel, LED walls and touch screens have been incorporated. It is a clean, sophisticated and airy space where you feel in harmony with all that is technological and futuristic.

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© Santoni.

The space itself is a key attraction for visitors who encounter Santoni Shanghai, and consists of an entrance, concept, exhibition area, function room and lounge. . The first area visitors come across is the entrance, an area that connects the reception area of ​​the Santoni factory to the Materials Experience Center. This reception area can be closed to the makerspace to guarantee privacy and confidentiality. Elsewhere in the MEC, research and concepts are displayed and supported by datasheets, spools of thread, and concept explanations.

Over 2000 samples

The final touch at MEC is the Santonis Sample Archive, an automated storage room with over 2,000 samples that serve as examples for almost any application. This can be viewed online or in person. A mechanical arm in the center of the library delivers any sample requested at the show, which is a nod to the ingenuity and technological innovation that we believe the MEC and its users are synonymous with. For those who prefer to test in their own business, samples can also be borrowed. An additional database of threads and materials is currently being set up for external and internal use, as well as an internal thread store with a large number of different threads.

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© Santoni.

For more information on the Materials Experience Center, Santoni Shanghai or Eva x Carola, contact [email protected] Where [email protected]