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ROICA™ launches its new smart strategy at Intertextile Shanghai © ROICA™
Aurora line by Wolford with ROICA(TM) V550
25.09.2019

ROICA™ launches its new smart strategy at Intertextile Shanghai

Shanghai - ROICA™ lands in Shanghai to showcase its complete range of premium stretch fibers for the modern wardrobe and disclose its visionary approach and strategy for a cutting-edge and sustainable fashion.

Shanghai - ROICA™ lands in Shanghai to showcase its complete range of premium stretch fibers for the modern wardrobe and disclose its visionary approach and strategy for a cutting-edge and sustainable fashion.

On show, leading material innovator Asahi Kasei introduces a premium stretch fiber starting from the ultimate ROICA Eco-Smart™ Family. The certified and multi-awarded range has astonished the textile world for its hyper-performative features. “The new premium stretch is synonymous of transformation: from standard to speciality, from basic to special, from ordinary to clever and from standard to Smart.” Explains Shinichiro Haga, Senior Executive Manager - ROICA™ Division.

Sustainability and a responsible approach are the true core of research and development to create high-tech engineered yarns.Such visionary imprint imbues all ROICA™ innovations:

  • ROICA Eco-Smart™ family: A true world-first with the most contemporary sustainable range of responsibly produced premium ingredients. ROICA Eco-Smart™ family offers 2 sustainably designed stretch yarns

- ROICA™ EF is GRS by Textile Exchange certified, thanks to the fact that more than 50% of yarn content comes from the recycling of pre-consumer waste.
- ROICA™ V550 yarn got the Cradle-to-Cradle® Innovation Institute’s GOLD LEVEL Material Health certificate for impacts on human and environmental health. This yarn is also Hohenstein Environment Compatibility Certificated, signifying at its end-of-life, ROICA ™ yarn smartly breaks down without releasing harmful materials.

  • ROICA Feel Good™ family: A unique range of advanced stretch yarns that deliver personal performance and measurable wellness, freshness and comfort metrics for travel, sport, leisure and more.
     
  • ROICA Colour Perfect™ family: A range of yarns that can give excellent, flawless and world unique colour dimensions in advanced fit solutions.
     
  • ROICA Resistance™ family: A high performance range of stretch solutions with performance resistance designed for match particular applications.
     
  • ROICA Contour™ family: A range of yarns that create new shaping, stretch and silhouette solutions for a calibrated fit, effortless control, softness, comfort and support.

 

ROICA™ already entered the most advanced collections of leading brands as: Wolford for exceptional European Skinwear including legwear, Sarah Borghi for hosiery, SITA Active for Smart pret-a-porter,  Daquini for athleisure, Livy for sensual lingerie, SCOTT Racing Team for cycling uniforms, Closed for denim, Un-Sanctioned for running suits, Vitamine A for beachwear and many others.

In Shanghai, ROICA™ is set to stand out as leader in Smart Innovation. As tangible proof of this, the company brings to Intertextile Shanghai some of its ultimate collaborations across China and the Far East.

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The new PG DENIM developments: overlapping seasonality and the five “Rs” of sustainability. (c) PG DENIM
04.09.2019

The new PG DENIM developments: overlapping seasonality and the five “Rs” of sustainability.

  • Circularity at the centre

PG DENIM, the designer project by Paolo Gnutti, is ready for several important events scheduled for the autumn with ground-breaking interpretations and a new – increasingly green – business model. The occasion is its participation in the Blue Zone at Munich Fabric Start (Munich, 3-5 September 2019), a space which is increasingly often reserved for companies and projects with a high innovation rate in the world of denim.

  • Circularity at the centre

PG DENIM, the designer project by Paolo Gnutti, is ready for several important events scheduled for the autumn with ground-breaking interpretations and a new – increasingly green – business model. The occasion is its participation in the Blue Zone at Munich Fabric Start (Munich, 3-5 September 2019), a space which is increasingly often reserved for companies and projects with a high innovation rate in the world of denim.

PG DENIM at the German exhibition will be presenting important product innovations, but most notably new concepts developed for the S/S 2021 season. The focus here is on circularity, seen from a dual perspective: the product with the no longer traditional alternation of seasons, and a sustainabilityoriented approach.

Seasons meet

The new PG DENIM approach is geared towards overlapping seasonality, with less and less marked separations between projects dedicated to the spring-summer and fall-winter lines. The collections by PG DENIM can thus be increasingly defined as a “mix of products without seasonality”. Its focal points are innovation alongside the concept behind the initial idea, as opposed to just the season. This trend, explains Paolo Gnutti, CEO and R&D Head at PG DENIM, is also due to registering the fact that seasonality – in terms of environment and trends – is changing at an increasingly rapid pace. As a response to this situation, the choice has been made to design new collections starting from macro-trends and presenting fabrics for garments which are “easy to wear”, suitable for both warm and cold temperatures, in a true melting pot  of weights and sizes.

The lines for the previous season are thus reintroduced and restyled playing with weights and sizes, within a range where flock meets ultra-light fabric bases, or where vinyl is combined with typically summer weights which shift the fabric towards the world of “paper” with crispy touches, resulting in extraordinarily lightweight and strong items at the same time. Also the GARAGE DENIM has been upgraded with fluid and smoothed touched for garments which are easy to wear and have a strong personality.

Partnership with The Denim Window

The PG DENIM season is also enhanced by its partnership in The Denim Window project, which has resulted in a limited series of Creative Capsule Collections, derived from the idea of bringing together companies which had already worked or were working together, trying to highlight – through small capsule collections – the best of what had already been produced by traditional businesses. This has resulted  in three trailblazing capsules, two of which designed in partnership by PG DENIM and companies the likes of M&J Group, Cadica and Greenwear. Several copies of these collections have been made to travel the world, and – after the official presentation in July – they will have a special corner, The Denim Window, in the Bluezone at Munich Fabric Start.

The “Circular Programme” and the five “Rs” of sustainability

Also the PG DENIM approach to accountability in production processes has been enhanced by implementing the “Circular Programme”. As part of our corporate vision, Italian-style production is combined with compliance with what have become known as “the five Rs”, that is to say key concepts underlying the design and manufacturing model: Reduce (everything you are not using), Repair (everything you can), Reuse (anything available to you), Recycle (all that is left), Respect (everything around you).

This is the philosophy underlying each individual process at PG DENIM, and leading to new specific programmes which have been its business focus over the past few months:

1) Reducing the environmental impact during the fabric dyeing phase in reaction and sulphurbased processes, where the use of chemicals has been reduced by 40%, water consumption by 50% and CO2 emissions by 60%, which has also resulted in better penetration and a better result in the crocking process. This has led to producing 10 new articles which will be launched on the market.

2) Recycling all waste from processing and after use, creating a range of garments where cotton is actually obtained from regenerating these two kinds of waste. In this regard, PG DENIM for now is the only company on the market able to process with a percentage of recycled product exceeding 60% of the total, whereas the average for this kind of manufacturing is generally about 35%.

As regards regular production, on the other hand, PG DENIM follows stringent international standards, including Dtox, Reach and Gots in all its processing phases, also using BCI cottons and the Organic Cotton Standard for raw materials. Last but not least, it was recently awarded the GRS (Global Recycled Standard) certification.

LENZING™ fibers are fully biodegradable in water, soil and compost (c) Lenzing
30.08.2019

LENZING™ fibers are fully biodegradable in water, soil and compost

  • Organic Waste Systems and TÜV confirm fiber biodegradability also in fresh water
  • All white LENZING™ Viscose, Modal and Lyocell fibers are now certified for all environments
  • Global legislators aim at limiting plastic waste persisting in the environment for centuries
  • EU Single-Use Plastics Directive partly regulates usage of plastic products
  • Biodegradable materials such as wood-based fibers are the best alternative to single-use plastics

The Lenzing Gr

  • Organic Waste Systems and TÜV confirm fiber biodegradability also in fresh water
  • All white LENZING™ Viscose, Modal and Lyocell fibers are now certified for all environments
  • Global legislators aim at limiting plastic waste persisting in the environment for centuries
  • EU Single-Use Plastics Directive partly regulates usage of plastic products
  • Biodegradable materials such as wood-based fibers are the best alternative to single-use plastics

The Lenzing Group received confirmation of the full biodegradability of its fibers in fresh water by the independent research laboratory Organic Waste Systems (OWS). The new and existing international certifications conducted by OWS and issued by TÜV Austria verify that LENZING™ Viscose fibers, LENZING™ Modal fibers and LENZING™ Lyocell fibers are biodegradable in all natural and industrial environments: in the soil, compost as well as in fresh and in marine water.

The biodegradability of cellulosic products and the synthetic fiber polyester was tested in fresh water at OWS according to valid international standards, e.g. ISO 14851. At the end of the trial period, LENZING™ wood-based cellulosic fibers, cotton and paper pulp were shown to be fully biodegradable in fresh water in contrast to synthetic polyester fibers. The fact that synthetic materials are not biodegradable leads to major problems in wastewater treatment plants and potentially marine litter. In turn, this not only harms fish and birds living in and close to the oceans but also all marine organisms and us humans.

“The Lenzing Group operates a truly circular business model based on the renewable raw material wood to produce biodegradable fibers returning to nature after use. This complete cycle comprises the starting point of the core value of sustainability embedded in our company strategy sCore TEN and is the ‘raison d’etre’ of our company”, says Stefan Doboczky, Chief Executive Officer of the Lenzing Group. “In living up to this positioning, we not only enhance the business of our suppliers, customers and partners along the value chain but also improve the state of the entire textile and nonwovens industries.”

Both the textile and nonwovens industries face huge challenges with respect to littering. If current trends continue, the oceans could contain more plastic than fish by 2050. Therefore, legislative bodies worldwide can no longer ignore the issue and have moved towards plastics legislation aimed at limiting the vast amount of waste. In response, European lawmakers issued the Single-Use Plastics Directive currently being transposed into national legislation in the EU member states.

Conventional wet wipes and hygiene products mostly contain plastic and were thus identified as one of the product categories to be singled out. Less polluting alternatives are generally encouraged by NGOs and legislators, e.g. products made of biodegradable wood-based cellulosic fibers. Plastic waste including microplastic can persist in the environment for centuries. In contrast, biodegradable materials are the best alternative to single-use plastics because they fully convert back to nature by definition and thus do not require recycling.

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Lenzing Aktiengesellschaft

Weltneuheit: HUESKER führt ecoLine ein (c) HUESKER Ecoline EN
Erstes Geogitter aus 100 % recyceltem PET-Garn weltweit
23.07.2019

Weltneuheit: HUESKER führt ecoLine ein

  • Produkt und Umwelt
  • Recyclingwerkstoff schont natürliche Ressourcen
  • Erstes Geogitter aus recycelten PET-Flaschen
  • Gleiche Qualität und Produkteigenschaften wie konventionelles PET
  • Asphaltbewehrungsgitter HaTelit C eco wird als erstes Produkt der ecoLine vorgestellt

Gescher – HUESKER stellt weltweit erstes Geogitter aus hundert Prozent recyceltem PET vor.

  • Produkt und Umwelt
  • Recyclingwerkstoff schont natürliche Ressourcen
  • Erstes Geogitter aus recycelten PET-Flaschen
  • Gleiche Qualität und Produkteigenschaften wie konventionelles PET
  • Asphaltbewehrungsgitter HaTelit C eco wird als erstes Produkt der ecoLine vorgestellt

Gescher – HUESKER stellt weltweit erstes Geogitter aus hundert Prozent recyceltem PET vor. Mit Einführung der neuen ecoLine setzt das Unternehmen auf noch umweltbewusstere Lösungen, die bereits bei der Herstellung natürliche Ressourcen schonen und auch qualitativ den konventionellen Produkten in nichts nachstehen. Den Anfang der Markteinführung bildet das seit mehr als 40 Jahren am Markt etablierte Asphaltbewehrungsgitter HaTelit C, das bei der Sanierung von Asphaltflächen eingesetzt wird. Es ist ab sofort in der ecoLine Ausführung in gewohnt hoher Qualität mit den gleichen Produkteigenschaften verfügbar. Schon bald sollen weitere Produkte der ecoLine folgen.

Die natürlichen Ressourcen der Erde sind begrenzt. Umso wichtiger ist es Lösungen zu entwickeln, die den Verbrauch nachhaltig reduzieren und Verschwendung, zum Beispiel in Form von Abfällen, vermeiden sowie Materialkreisläufe schließen. Hier knöpft das Konzept der ecoLine an. Als erster Hersteller von Geotextilien weltweit stellt die HUESKER Gruppe, mit Hauptsitz in Gescher/Westf., ab sofort eines seiner beliebtesten Geogitter, die Asphaltbewehrung HaTelit C, aus hundert Prozent recycelten Polyethylenterephthalat (PET) Garnen her.

HaTelit C wird seit mehr als 40 Jahren erfolgreich als Bewehrung bei der Sanierung von Asphaltstraßen eingesetzt. Anders als bei den klassischen HaTelit Bewehrungsgittern, die aus konventionell hergestelltem PET bestehen, werden bei der ecoLine die Garne zu hundert Prozent durch recycelte PET-Garne ersetzt. „Der verantwortungsvolle und schonende Umgang mit Energie und Ressourcen ist Teil unserer Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie und wird in der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette gelebt“, betont Dr. F.- Hans Grandin, Geschäftsführer der HUESKER Gruppe. „Zudem ist es von je her unser Ziel konventionelle Bauweisen durch den Einsatz innovativer Produkte und Anwendungen aus Geokunststoffen dort zu ersetzen, wo sie aufgrund ihrer vielen positiven Eigenschaften in Sachen Qualität, Sicherheit und Zuverlässigkeit und besonders auch Nachhaltigkeit eine bessere Alternative sind“, fügt Sven Schröer, ebenfalls Geschäftsführer bei HUESKER, hinzu.

Gewonnen wird das recycelte Material aus entsorgten PET-Flaschen, die über den Warenkreislauf in Form eines Granulates wieder einer neuen Aufgabe zugeführt werden können. „Das recycelte PET, das wir verwenden, ist ein gleichwertiger Ersatz für das originäre PET-Garn. Es ist von gleich hoher Qualität und bringt dieselben Eigenschaften mit“, so Schröer. Dies war Voraussetzung für die Produkteinführung der eco-Version, um in vollem Umfang das Einsatzgebiet des klassischen HaTelit C abdecken und gleichsam eine ressourcenschonende Alternative anbieten zu können. Zum Vergleich: Mit jedem Kilogramm Recycling-PET-Garn werden etwa 4,3 kg CO2 Emissionen eingespart, wenn auf konventionelles PET-Garn verzichtet wird. Dies entspricht einer Autofahrt von 33 km (PKW mit Emissionen von 130 g äqu. CO2/km). Hochgerechnet auf die Produktion von Geotextilien in der Größe der Fläche eines Fußballfeldes (7.140 m2) werden etwa 1.200 kg CO2 eingespart, was einer Strecke von 42.000 km mit dem PKW entspricht.

Die Geotextilien von HUESKER werden weltweit in den unterschiedlichsten Projekten angewendet. Hierzu zählen die Bereiche Erd- und Grundbau, Straßen- und Verkehrswegebau, Wasserbau, Umwelttechnik oder auch Bergbau. Sie tragen vielfach enorme Lasten, sind starken Beanspruchungen ausgesetzt und müssen hohe Anforderungen in ihren Einsatzgebieten erfüllen, wie zum Beispiel als Hangsicherung, Abdichtung zum Grundwasserschutz, Hochwasserschutz oder Bewehrung im Straßenbau. Um die hohe Qualität und Zuverlässigkeit nachzuhalten, unterliegen Produkte von HUESKER regelmäßigen Qualitätskontrollen sowie einer qualifizierten Überwachung des gesamten Fertigungsprozesses durch das hauseigene akkreditierte Labor sowie auch Fremdüberwachungen durch amtliche Materialprüfungsinstitute.

„Wir prüfen unsere Produkte sehr sorgfältig. Sie werden erst dann dem Markt zur Verfügung gestellt, wenn alle erforderlichen Nachweise erbracht sind und sie unsere hohen Anforderungen erfüllen. So wie es auch bei den verwendeten recycelten PET-Garnen der Fall ist“, stellt Schröer heraus. „HaTelit C ist nur der erste Schritt. Wir sind uns unserer Verantwortung bewusst und werden in naher Zukunft mit weiteren Produkten unsere ecoLine fortsetzen“, so Schröer.

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HUESKER Synthetic GmbH

Borealis launches recycling technology Borcycle™ and new rPO compound at K 2019 © mtm plastics
25.06.2019

Borealis launches recycling technology Borcycle™ and new rPO compound at K 2019

  • Borealis’ EverMinds™ ambition moves industry one step closer to plastics circularity thanks to new recycling technology and improved recyclate
  • Borealis also announces significant material improvements to existing Purpolen® recyclate materials

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, announces the introduction of a new plastics recycling technology, Borcycle™.

  • Borealis’ EverMinds™ ambition moves industry one step closer to plastics circularity thanks to new recycling technology and improved recyclate
  • Borealis also announces significant material improvements to existing Purpolen® recyclate materials

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, announces the introduction of a new plastics recycling technology, Borcycle™. This evolving technology will be used to produce high-quality compounds made of recycled polyolefins (rPO) such as the newly-launched Borcycle™ MF1981SY, an rPO with over 80% recycled content intended for use in visible appliance parts. Borealis also announces a series of significant material improvements to existing recyclates in the established Purpolen™ brand portfolio. These market launches and product improvements are important technology advancements and thus accelerate the transformation to a circular economy of plastics. Borealis and its wholly-owned subsidiary, mtm plastics, will showcase the new Borcycle technology and recyclate innovations at the K 2019 in October.

Borealis is leading the industry by applying its Visioneering Philosophy™ to the development and implementation of novel polyolefins-based solutions that enable plastics reuse, recycling, and recovery, and by designing for circularity. These wide-ranging activities are gathered under the symbolic roof of EverMinds™, the Borealis platform dedicated to promoting a more circular mind-set in the industry. By capitalising on its profound expertise in virgin polyolefins and collaborating with value chain partners, Borealis keeps discovering new opportunities for business growth within the circular economy.

Advancing technology to bring about polyolefin circularity

The new technology, Borcycle, transforms polyolefin-based waste streams into recyclate material such as pellets. As a transformative technology, it complements the existing Borealis virgin polyolefins portfolio with a range of pioneering, circular solutions. It unites state-of-the-art technology with the profound Borealis polymer expertise gained over decades.

As a scalable and modular technology, Borcycle has been developed to meet growing market demand for high-quality recyclate. Leading appliance brand owners, for one, have pledged to increase the amount of recycled plastics in their goods. Yet until recently, producers have not been able to rely on a consistent supply of high-quality recyclate. The Borcycle technology will help address this challenge. Compounds made using the Borcycle technology deliver high performance, add value and offer versatility. Producers and brand owners in a range of industries will profit from the availability of high-quality recyclate that helps them meet environmental and regulatory challenges.

“Advancing technology is crucial if our aim is to implement value-creating solutions in the circular sphere,” claims Maurits van Tol, Borealis Senior Vice President, Innovation, Technology & Circular Economy Solutions. “‘Building tomorrow together’ means innovating, collaborating, focussing on the customer, and above all – taking action. The launch of our new recycling technology Borcycle is tangible proof of our commitment to achieving plastics circularity.”

New and improved recyclate for high-end applications

Borcycle™ MF1981SY is the first of several upcoming launches of rPO solutions made under the umbrella of the Borcycle technology. Borcycle™ MF1981SY will be available to Borealis customers in Europe. The compound is an exciting addition to the rPO portfolio because it is a 10% talc-filled compound that contains over 80% recycled material. It offers an ideal balance between stiffness and impact. The compound is especially suited for use in visible black parts, for example in small appliances.

Like its relatives in the mtm plastics family of recyclate materials, Borcycle™ MF1981SY is a truly sustainable offering. Recyclates from mtm save approximately 30% of CO2 emissions compared to virgin materials.

A number of significant improvements have been made to existing recyclate grades in the Purpolen portfolio.

“Mechanical recycling is presently a most eco-efficient method to implement the principles of the circular economy,” explains Guenter Stephan, Head of Mechanical Recycling, Borealis Circular Economy Solutions. “Borealis and mtm plastics are leveraging their respective areas of expertise to make significant progress in achieving polyolefin circularity by upscaling recycling output and ensuring the reliable supply of high-quality plastics recyclate for European producers, in particular.”

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  Borealis AG

04.06.2019

ATMYSPHERE as the keynote theme for DOMOTEX 2020

  • Inspired by the health megatrend, the keynote theme for DOMOTEX puts wellbeing, naturalness and sustainability at the top of the agenda  
  • Stronger focus on contract business
  • Manufacturers invited to creatively frame their products as expressions of the keynote theme

Preparations are already ramping up for the 2020 edition of the world’s leading trade show for carpets and floor coverings DOMOTEX.

  • Inspired by the health megatrend, the keynote theme for DOMOTEX puts wellbeing, naturalness and sustainability at the top of the agenda  
  • Stronger focus on contract business
  • Manufacturers invited to creatively frame their products as expressions of the keynote theme

Preparations are already ramping up for the 2020 edition of the world’s leading trade show for carpets and floor coverings DOMOTEX. The upcoming show, to be held from 10 to 13 January 2020, has ATMYSPHERE as its keynote theme, symbolizing its central focus on all those qualities of floors and floor coverings that contribute to wellbeing, naturalness and sustainability.
 
Examples of products from the floor coverings industry that possess these qualities include floors with acoustic properties or sound-insulation components; carpets that bind fine dust particles or have thermal insulation properties; resilient floor coverings that are hypo-allergenic; and natural-wood floorboards that improve the interior climate by capturing excess humidity and releasing it again when the air in the room is dry. Other qualities that enhance positive indoor atmospherics include softness and pleasantness to the touch, sustainability, and aesthetic details that help transform rooms into oases of personal wellbeing.
 
“This year, as indeed in previous years, the lead theme is inspired by a current megatrend,” explains Sonia Wedell-Castellano, Deutsche Messe’s Global Director DOMOTEX. “And that trend is society’s heightened focus on health. Health is synonymous with quality of life and living well – and therefore translates into high expectations of the spaces around us. Alongside this, considerations of sustainability and recycling – and hence natural materials – continue to play a major role in our society. In terms of floor coverings, these are considerations and themes that are currently very much to the fore with our exhibitors and their work, especially given the great importance of floors as elements of creative interior design. With the right materials and design, carpets and floor coverings can be important factors in personal wellbeing and in the design of homes and workplaces that promote it. That is why ATMYSPHERE is of such definitive importance for all our exhibitors and visitor target groups.”

The “Framing Trends” showcase at DOMOTEX 2020 is a unique opportunity for manufacturers, artists and students to stage interior designs inspired by the ATMYSPHERE keynote theme and hence position themselves as trend leaders in innovative products and solutions for today’s modern floors and their positive, lifeaffirming qualities. Applications for participation at the “Framing Trends” showcase  are now open. Interested exhibitors and flooring-industry companies are invited to submit their ideas for displays of indoor oases of wellbeing that are built from the floor up.

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Domotex 2020
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04.06.2019

Autoneum publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2018

Assuming social responsibility and acting sustainably has been Autoneum's focus since it became an independent company. In order to achieve the best results possible, the Company last year has defined a number of quantitative and qualitative targets in the areas of “Sustainable Products and Production Processes”, “Fair and Attractive Workplace”, “Good Corporate Citizenship” and “Responsible Supply Chain Management” for 2025. In all these areas Autoneum has achieved important successes already in 2018.

Assuming social responsibility and acting sustainably has been Autoneum's focus since it became an independent company. In order to achieve the best results possible, the Company last year has defined a number of quantitative and qualitative targets in the areas of “Sustainable Products and Production Processes”, “Fair and Attractive Workplace”, “Good Corporate Citizenship” and “Responsible Supply Chain Management” for 2025. In all these areas Autoneum has achieved important successes already in 2018.

Through the consistent implementation of environmental efficiency projects – a total of over 80 worldwide – Autoneum reduced its environmental impact further in 2018. For example, both the amount of waste (–5.9%) and water consumption (–13.4%) have fallen sharply. At the same time, various plants – particularly in Asia and North America – have expanded their recycling capacity, significantly increasing the amount of production waste reused in the manufacturing process (14.9%).

To further improve working conditions especially in production, measures were taken in all Business Groups in 2018 to enhance occupational health and safety and well-being in the workplace. A global employee satisfaction survey conducted in fall last year has confirmed the first positive effects of these measures.

A complete overview of all targets and activities during the past year can be found in the Corporate Responsibility Report 2018 and is available at www.autoneum.com/corporateresponsibility/.

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Autoneum Management AG

(c) Schoeller Textil AG
17.05.2019

Industrial partnership wear2wear: recycled, recyclable and PFC-free functional fabrics

wear2wear is an innovative industrial partnership dedicated to high-quality and sustainable clothing. Five expert partners in Europe have come together to cover the entire recycling loop. On cutting-edge production systems, textile fibres from used clothing will be turned into functional fabrics. Schoeller Textil AG is supplying a wholistic textile portfolio for the workwear area. At Schoeller Textil, the recyclable, functional fabrics from the wear2wear concept belong to the Inspire fabric group.

wear2wear is an innovative industrial partnership dedicated to high-quality and sustainable clothing. Five expert partners in Europe have come together to cover the entire recycling loop. On cutting-edge production systems, textile fibres from used clothing will be turned into functional fabrics. Schoeller Textil AG is supplying a wholistic textile portfolio for the workwear area. At Schoeller Textil, the recyclable, functional fabrics from the wear2wear concept belong to the Inspire fabric group. These are high-quality protective workwear fabrics made of 100 percent polyester, which offer the greatest clothing comfort and often feel just like cotton. They are also compliant with the stringent requirements of the bluesign® system.

The sustainable wear2wear concept is synonymous with high-quality, responsible clothing. In European operations, textile fibres from used garments are used to produce new functional fabrics. Depending upon the area of intended use, they also meet strict waterproofing, breathability, protection and comfort requirements. To ensure that the raw material cycle comes full circle, these textiles can be recycled again when they reach the end of their service life. As a result, there is no waste, and they go on to produce new garments. As the wear-2-wear partner companies guarantee that – from the quality of the raw materials to the guaranteed recycling end process – these are 100 percent recyclable, functional fabrics made of recycled textile fibres. Water- and dirt-repelling technologies based on renewable raw materials, along with the most advanced membrane technology, will ensure that the textiles are manufactured and impregnated entirely without the use of PFC in the future too.

Five partner companies  
The five European partner companies in the wear2wear cooperation cover the entire recycling loop. Heinrich Glaeser Nachfolger GmbH is a German fibre and yarn producer and the “recycler” in the loop. Märkischen Faser GmbH (D) is the “upcycler” and fibre manufacturer. Carl Weiske GmbH & Co. KG (D) develops the polymers, fibres, yarns, chemical additives and textile systems, and TWD Fibres GmbH (D), a fully-integrated filament yarn producer, covers the entire range of polyester and polyamide 6.6 continuous filament yarns. Schoeller Textil AG, the innovative Swiss company, is responsible for textile production and manufactures sustainable high-tech fabrics with maximum clothing comfort. The matching climate-neutral and similarly 100 percent recyclable PTFE and PFC-free membrane, as well as recycled outer materials and linings, are supplied by Sympatex Technologies (D), the ecological alternative among the textile function specialists. DutchSpirit is a Dutch company which has been dedicated to environment-friendly clothing since 2010. Its mission is to significantly increase the awareness for sustainable clothing and offer recyclable clothing in the workwear segment. DutchSpirit is the initiator for the development of the Inspire products from Schoeller Textil and provided the inspiration for the wear2wear concept. Further garment-making partners who now also belong to the cooperative group include: Anchor Workwear BV (NL), Hüsler Berufskleider AG (CH), Groenendijk Bedrijfskleding BV (NL), Bedrijfskledingdiscounter BV (NL) and Rifka'S (NL).

Oerlikon feiert vier Weltpremieren zur ITMA Barcelona 2019 (c) Oerlikon
Oerlikon Shuttle ITMA 2019
08.05.2019

Oerlikon celebrates four world premieres at ITMA Barcelona 2019

  • Clean Technology. Smart Factory.

Remscheid – Oerlikon invites all visitors to this year's ITMA in Barcelona on a journey into the future of manmade fiber production. From 20 to 26 June 2019, the world market leader will show all its guests its vision of a sustainable and automated manmade fiber production in a virtual 4D showroom at its 1,000 m² stand in Hall 7, A101: "Clean Technology. Smart Factory." is the motto of the future. And this is only a stone's throw away from reality at the stand.

  • Clean Technology. Smart Factory.

Remscheid – Oerlikon invites all visitors to this year's ITMA in Barcelona on a journey into the future of manmade fiber production. From 20 to 26 June 2019, the world market leader will show all its guests its vision of a sustainable and automated manmade fiber production in a virtual 4D showroom at its 1,000 m² stand in Hall 7, A101: "Clean Technology. Smart Factory." is the motto of the future. And this is only a stone's throw away from reality at the stand. Because today Oerlikon is presenting four world premieres for efficient machine and plant concepts in a new, innovative industrial design. Together with numerous other innovations, all this forms the new DNA of the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers segment.

The challenges for the manmade fiber industry are manifold and Oerlikon shows its customers solutions:

1. Choosing the right business model
Price pressure on fiber and yarn manufacturers is growing due to global market consolidation. Here it is important to position oneself correctly. Are you producing polyester, nylon or polypropylene for the niche market and skimming off good margins with innovative products and ingenious material properties, or are you looking for business success through economies of scale in the volume market such as the constantly growing apparel sector? Oerlikon has the right answers for both business models. And the most important thing: the market leader supplies all solutions from a single source. See for yourself at the world premieres of the machine and system concepts of WINGS FDY PA6, BCF S8 Tricolor and the revolutionary eAFK Evo texturing machine.

2. Finding alternatives for good personnel
Finding good operators in the manmade fiber industry is becoming increasingly difficult, even in emerging industrial nations such as China, India and Turkey. The solution is obvious. What, for example, the automotive industry achieved years ago with the 3rd Industrial Revolution is now also taking its course in the textile industry. And at the same time it is even shifting up a gear. In the next step, automation in combination with digitization will lead to new, sustainable production. Oerlikon will be showing how automation and digitization interact at ITMA. Self-learning machines and systems, artificial intelligence (AI), remote services and edge computing are just a few of the key words in the digital half of the new Oerlikon Manmade Fibers DNA.

3. Guarantee quality and traceability
The qualities of the fibers and yarns must meet the highest demands and their production must be traceable throughout the textile value chain. This no longer only plays an important role in the automotive industry, where safety is of paramount importance. Other branches of industry that use fibers, yarns and nonwovens also want to know where the raw materials they produce for consumer articles come from. Legal regulations are demanding this more and more frequently. Oerlikon offers optimal solutions with its DIN ISO certified manufacturing processes. More than half of the world's manmade fiber producers are convinced every day that the qualities produced on Oerlikon Barmag, Oerlikon Neumag and Oerlikon Nonwoven equipment are right – and all visitors to ITMA can do the same on site.

4. Efficient and sustainable production
In the future, the materials produced from manmade fibers must become part of a further improved global recycling economy. The recycling of polyester – with over 80% market share the most frequently used manmade fiber in the world – has not only been on the agenda since today. Oerlikon already has solutions at hand: from PET bottles to fibers and filaments, to textiles and carpets. ITMA is the next step. With the VacuFil® Oerlikon in cooperation with the subsidiary company BBEngineering presents the world premiere No. 4 – a recycling solution within a running polyester production with a waste-free approach.

Vision becomes reality
The Oerlikon Manmade Fibers segment thus demonstrates what the ITMA in Barcelona promises as the world's leading trade fair for textile machinery and plant construction: "Innovating the world of textiles – sourcing for a sustainable future". In Hall 7, A101, this is already reality.

More information:
ITMA Oerlikon Fibers Automation
Source:

Oerlikon

(c) GB Network
18.04.2019

Bemberg™ by Asahi Kasei smart innovation value recognized by Museo Salvatore Ferragamo for “SUSTAINABLE THINKING”

Bemberg™ to be selected for the “Sustainable Thinking” project by Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, an initiative that explores Ferragamo’s sustainability from the pioneering spirit of its founder in his use of natural, recycled and innovative materials to the experimentation with sustainable materials and techniques along with an artistic/cultural perspective on the vital issue of sustainability.

Bemberg™ to be selected for the “Sustainable Thinking” project by Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, an initiative that explores Ferragamo’s sustainability from the pioneering spirit of its founder in his use of natural, recycled and innovative materials to the experimentation with sustainable materials and techniques along with an artistic/cultural perspective on the vital issue of sustainability.

Sustainable Thinking turns to a wider public, aiming to inspire reflection on the increasingly crucial and contemporary issue of environmentalism, using the language of fashion, art and materials. Materials are the common theme throughout the exhibition: the suggested itinerary begins with the research into materials in the 1920s, including hemp, cellophane and fish skin, to then explore the stories behind luxurious materials that, after reaching the end of their first life cycles, are transformed into quality products, becoming tangible  examples of a circular economy. Installations created using ancient crafting techniques present both the art of recycling and the rediscovery of handcrafting traditions, fundamental aspects of sustainable thinking. Through experimentation, smart technologies open the door to change, leading to a virtuous rediscovery of natural fibers in an inexorable return to nature.

At Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, will be showcased the circularity of the Bemberg™ story:  its  source, manufacture and end-of-life credentials. In this way Bemberg™ adds value to its premium position on responsible issues.

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Bemberg™
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GB Network

12.03.2019

Recycling of Coated and Painted Textile and Plastic Materials

The EU-funded Project, in which Devan Chemicals is a key partner, held a kick off meeting end of February 2019 at the EU Commission in Brussels, Belgium. The project consortium, led by Belgian R&D centre CENTEXBEL, consists of 17 European partners from across the value chain including design, manufacturing, NGOs, and research and innovation.

The EU-funded Project, in which Devan Chemicals is a key partner, held a kick off meeting end of February 2019 at the EU Commission in Brussels, Belgium. The project consortium, led by Belgian R&D centre CENTEXBEL, consists of 17 European partners from across the value chain including design, manufacturing, NGOs, and research and innovation.

The focus of the consortium is on coated and painted textiles and plastic materials which are currently not recyclable. Ambitious plastic recycling targets of 50% have been set by the European Plastics Industry, and to meet these targets, smart solutions to enable the circular use of textile and plastic parts with multi-layer coatings must be considered.

DECOAT has therefore been established to investigate triggerable smart polymer material systems and appropriate recycling processes. The solutions will be based on smart additives (like microcapsules or microwave triggered additives) that will enable the efficient of coatings and other finishes, activated by a specific trigger (heat, humidity, microwave, chemical) to permit recycling.        

Devan’s specific role is in the development of microcapsules that will release its active core on application of a certain trigger (e.g. heat) at the end of life of the article. This active core material may be something that, for example, will promote the detachment of different coating layers (by separating them), opening the possibility for recyclability/re-use of the base materials. Different active core ingredients will be evaluated, and Devan will develop processes for each type of core ingredient and for each type of coating layer/matrix.

The bold aim of the four-year project is to decrease landfill by 75% of coated articles that are presently difficult to recycle, such as clothing, electronic goods and automotive components. A reduction in the carbon footprint by at least 30% for the considered products is aimed for. By enabling the recycling of such materials, DECOAT is expected to generate in the medium term a new market valued at over 150 million Euros in Europe.

More information:
Devan Chemicals NV Devan
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Marketing Solutions NV

“mtex+” textile fair & convention raises profile and increases international appeal (c) mtex+ / Kristin Schmidt
These Czech exhibitors presented technical textiles and lightweight textile components at the 2018 “mtex+” at Chemnitz Trade Fair Centre. The 8th “mtex+” is being held as the “Fair & Convention for Hightech Textiles” in the new Carlowitz Congresscenter at the heart of Chemnitz for the first time on 9 – 10 June 2020.
20.02.2019

“mtex+” textile fair & convention raises profile and increases international appeal

  • 8th edition to be held as the “Fair & Convention for Hightech Textiles” at the Carlowitz Congresscenter Chemnitz for the first time on 9 – 10 June 2020 – Textile themes from the LiMA exhibition for lightweight design are being integrated in the new format

 

  • 8th edition to be held as the “Fair & Convention for Hightech Textiles” at the Carlowitz Congresscenter Chemnitz for the first time on 9 – 10 June 2020 – Textile themes from the LiMA exhibition for lightweight design are being integrated in the new format

 
The “mtex+” is raising its profile and is moving to an attractive setting. The 8th edition of the international exhibition entitled “Fair & Convention for Hightech Textiles” will be held in the new Carlowitz Congresscenter at the heart of Chemnitz for the first time on 9 and 10 June 2020.
 
“The “mtex+” is a trade event that experts from various sectors greatly appreciate on account of its emphasis on dialogue and in-depth contacts – and because everything is on the spot. The modern, exciting ambiance at the new venue facilitates our desire to create the best possible atmosphere for cooperation in a trusting environment,” Dr Ralf Schulze, Managing Director of C3 GmbH, the organising company, explains. “In its future form, the “mtex+” will act as a source of ideas and inspiration for developers and manufacturers as well as for users of all kinds of high-tech textiles, specifically including composites, to a greater degree than in the past. Textile composite materials are becoming increasingly important for many processors. That’s the reason why we’re transferring the textile themes of the LiMA lightweight design exhibition, which has been held alongside the “mtex+” in the past, into our new trade fair format. Lightweight textile design in all its facets will be one of the major emphases at the “mtex+”.”    
 
The major topics covered by the 8th “mtex+” will include process development, textile engineering, digitalised value-added chains, services with potential for use across different sectors as well as recycling. The highlights of the programme will include workshops on effective and sustainable production, smart textiles, acoustic textiles, a special exhibition on health and protective textiles as well as an entertaining network evening entitled “Excellent connections”.

The North-Eastern German Textile and Clothing Industry Association (vti) believes that this concept exactly matches the needs of its target audience. “Chemnitz is located at the heart of the Central German industrial and research region, which is developing with great dynamism,” says vti Managing Director, Dr.-Ing. Jenz Otto. “Any firm that presents its products and services here will find itself in a very interesting market. Located not far from the border with the Czech Republic and Poland, the “mtex+” will also act as a dialogue forum for potential cooperation partners across sector and international boundaries, both for these and other Eastern European countries.”
 
The “mtex+” will continue to be held in Central Germany’s industrial city of Chemnitz every two years in future too. 159 exhibitors from seven different countries (in conjunction with the LiMA lightweight design exhibition) attended the 7th edition in the spring of 2018. 22 percent of the approx. 1,000 trade visitors came from abroad.

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mtex
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vti-pressedienst      mtex+ press service

Final report Heimtextil 2019 (c) Messe Frankfurt
11.01.2019

Heimtextil 2019: A lively start to the new furnishing season gives hope for a good business year ahead

The international home textiles industry has enjoyed a promising start at Heimtextil in Frankfurt am Main, which finished Friday, 11 January. The challenging economic situation and uncertainty in the retail sector were countered by a positive and confident mood at the world’s leading trade fair.

The international home textiles industry has enjoyed a promising start at Heimtextil in Frankfurt am Main, which finished Friday, 11 January. The challenging economic situation and uncertainty in the retail sector were countered by a positive and confident mood at the world’s leading trade fair.

3025 exhibitors from 65 countries* took the international trade fair for home and contract textiles to a 15-year high: ‘Exhibitors and visitors accepted the new trade fair concept with great enthusiasm and confirmed the trade fair’s position as the world’s most important meeting place for the industry. The quality of the decision-makers impressed the exhibitors, as did the number of new business contacts from 156 countries, especially international ones – thus enabling Heimtextil to set a new benchmark’, says Detlef Braun, Member of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt. ‘Around 67,500 visitors* ensured that there was a busy atmosphere in the halls, despite a slight decline due to various reasons, such as difficult travel conditions on account of the storms in the alpine region and airport strikes in Germany’. [*For comparison, 2018: 2,975 exhibitors from 64 countries; 68,584 visitors from 135 countries, FKM-tested)]

3025 exhibitors from 65 countries* took the international trade fair for home and contract textiles to a 15-year high: ‘Exhibitors and visitors accepted the new trade fair concept with great enthusiasm and confirmed the trade fair’s position as the world’s most important meeting place for the industry. The quality of the decision-makers impressed the exhibitors, as did the number of new business contacts from 156 countries, especially international ones – thus enabling Heimtextil to set a new benchmark’, says Detlef Braun, Member of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt. ‘Around 67,500 visitors* ensured that there was a busy atmosphere in the halls, despite a slight decline due to various reasons, such as difficult travel conditions on account of the storms in the alpine region and airport strikes in Germany’.

One topic that occupied both exhibitors and visitors was the current and future economic situation. A further challenge is the increasingly evident changes that are happening in trade. Increasing revenues and revenue shares in online retailing stand in the way of the efforts made by the stationary retail trade to maintain their inner-city businesses. ‘The small business specialist trade, but also department stores and multibrand stores, and thus the heart of our visitor target groups, are under pressure from the constantly increasing levels of e-commerce. With Heimtextil and our consumer goods fairs in general, we offer these retailers in particular clear perspectives and diverse inspiration in an ambiguous world’, continues Braun.

Heimtextil made it easier for its visitors to access valuable inspiration and business momentum thanks to an optimised trade fair concept and the associated new hall structure. ‘The new concept brought more visitors to the stand’, was the feedback from Andreas Klenk, Managing Director of Saum & Viebahn from Kulmbach in Franconia about hall 8.0 which offered textiles editeurs and manufacturers of curtain and sun protection systems a common platform for the first time. ‘It was the right decision to merge the different segments. We had high quality discussions with respect to both export and domestic business, and are satisfied with the trade fair’.

As part of the new concept, Heimtextil expanded its unique product range across the entire exhibition site and also included the new hall 12, which has been an additional architectural highlight on the Frankfurt exhibition grounds since September.

Top international companies from the Bed & Bath Fashion segment presented their wares here. For the company Curt Bauer from Aue in Saxony, the première of the new hall was a successful one. ‘We're very enthusiastic about the new hall 12. The product range there was very well received. We are very satisfied with the quality of visitors to our stand. In addition to a good frequency of German visitors, we are particularly pleased about growth from China and Russia’, says Managing Director Michael Bauer.

Natural materials, PET and ocean plastics 
Heimtextil set a standard in terms of sustainability: after the first global climate protection agreement for the textile industry was signed by 40 leading fashion companies, organisations and associations at the World Climate Conference in Katowice last December, the focus in Frankfurt was also on environmental progress in the textile industry. Numerous exhibitors presented progressive solutions, for example in the recycling of PET bottles and ocean plastic as well as in the use of certified natural materials. ‘Sustainability was the theme for us at this year’s Heimtextil. Major media players visited us and the 'Green Tour’ guided tour stopped by. We presented many things, including our first vegan duvet and fair silk products, all 100 per cent produced in Austria’, says Denise Hartmann, Marketing Manager at Hefel Textil. The topics of water consumption in the textile industry and microplastics also increasingly came to the fore. The exhibitor directory ‘Green Directory’ alone contained around 150 progressive companies listing sustainably produced textiles. The offer was supplemented by its own lecture series as well as theme-specific tours, which provided valuable impetus and
underpinned the pioneering green position of the trade fair.

Sleep becomes new lifestyle theme
Heimtextil also focused on sleep as one of the upcoming lifestyle trends. While a balanced diet and sufficient exercise are now a natural part of a healthy lifestyle, restorative sleep is still neglected* although it is one of the most important building blocks for long-term physical and mental well-being. At Heimtextil, a number of new products and aspects came to the fore that help people become sensitised to and analyse their sleep behaviour and promote healthy sleep. Around the redesigned hall 11.0 and in the adjoining lecture area ‘Sleep! The Future Forum’, representatives from the national and international bed industry enjoyed attractive product presentations and superb speeches on the topics of sustainability, hospitality, sport and digital.

In addition to the renowned trend show, the trade fair also focused on contract business, particularly in the hotel and hospitality sector, as well as decorative and upholstery fabrics, digital printing solutions and wallpapers.

The next Heimtextil in Frankfurt am Main – its 50th edition – will take place from 7 to 10 January 2020.

*According to a forsa investigation commissioned by the Techniker Krankenkasse

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Heimtextil
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Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

Die Aufbereitung von Kunststoffen, das sogenannte Compoundieren, ist zentraler Schritt bei der Kunststoffproduktion, so auch beim Recycling. (c) KUZ
Die Aufbereitung von Kunststoffen, das sogenannte Compoundieren, ist zentraler Schritt bei der Kunststoffproduktion, so auch beim Recycling.
20.12.2018

Kreislaufwirtschaft mit Kunststoffen: Forscher der Zuse-Gemeinschaft liefern Lösungen

Am 1. Januar 2019 tritt das Verpackungsgesetz mit seinen steigenden Anforderungen an das Recyceln von Kunststoff-Verpackungen in Kraft. Wie lässt sich die Wiederverwertung von Kunststoffen ausweiten und weiter verbessern? Antworten darauf haben Forschungsinstitute der Zuse-Gemeinschaft. Expertise in Sachen Kunststoffe ist in zahlreichen der bundesweit mehr als 70 Institute stark vertreten.

Am 1. Januar 2019 tritt das Verpackungsgesetz mit seinen steigenden Anforderungen an das Recyceln von Kunststoff-Verpackungen in Kraft. Wie lässt sich die Wiederverwertung von Kunststoffen ausweiten und weiter verbessern? Antworten darauf haben Forschungsinstitute der Zuse-Gemeinschaft. Expertise in Sachen Kunststoffe ist in zahlreichen der bundesweit mehr als 70 Institute stark vertreten.

Kunststoffe lassen sich am besten wiederverwerten, wenn sie nicht nur sortenrein getrennt zur Verfügung stehen, sondern sich auch in ihren Ausgangsstoffen gleichen. Allerdings geben Unternehmen ungern die sensiblen Daten ihrer Rezepturen preis. Hier setzt ein Projekt des Kunststoff-Zentrums SKZ an. Ohne die einzelnen Zutaten der Kunststoffe zu kennen, erfassen die Würzburger Wissenschaftler in einem neuen, von der EU geförderten Kooperationsprojekt, wichtige Messgrößen bei der Produktion wie Temperatur, Druck und Fließeigenschaften des Materials, die mittels digitaler Technologien für die Wiederverwertung bereitgestellt werden. „Wir entwickeln einen digitalen Werkzeugkasten, so dass die einzelnen, in der Neuware verwendeten Inhaltsstoffe nicht unbedingt bekannt sein müssen, um später ein hochwertiges Recycling-Produkt herzustellen“, erläutert Dr. Hermann Achenbach vom Geschäftsfeld Nachhaltigkeit des SKZ. So kann Recycling künftig schon verstärkt beginnen, bevor das Produkt aus Neuware überhaupt vermarktet ist. Das SKZ-Projekt zielt nämlich vor allem auf Reste aus der Produktion und gewerbliche Abfälle.

Source:

Zuse-Gemeinschaft

Fast Concept - Paper leather jacket, by Prof Kay Politowicz and Dr Kate Goldsworthy UAL (c) RISE AB
Fast Concept - Paper leather jacket, by Prof Kay Politowicz and Dr Kate Goldsworthy UAL
23.11.2018

New research pushing the limits for ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ fashion towards a sustainable, circular future

  • conceptual and commercial garments presented at exhibition in London

After two years of research Mistra Future Fashion is honoured to present, in collaboration with Centre for Circular Design at University of the Arts London and Filippa K, an exhibition pushing the limits of ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ fashion. Started in 2017, the industry-embedded project Circular Design Speeds takes a unique systemic approach, showcasing what could be accomplished using existing value chains as well as what the future of sustainable fashion holds.

  • conceptual and commercial garments presented at exhibition in London

After two years of research Mistra Future Fashion is honoured to present, in collaboration with Centre for Circular Design at University of the Arts London and Filippa K, an exhibition pushing the limits of ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ fashion. Started in 2017, the industry-embedded project Circular Design Speeds takes a unique systemic approach, showcasing what could be accomplished using existing value chains as well as what the future of sustainable fashion holds. Ground-breaking textile research from University of the Arts London is questioning normative use and design of garments in creating prototypes to be worn across a spectrum of 24 hours to 50 years. By implementing research into existing value chains, Filippa K have produced a coat that is 100% recycled and recyclable, as well as a concept dress that is 100% bio-based and biodegradable. The research results and garments will be presented at the launch event at the University of the Arts London, on November 23rd and open to public on the 24th and 25th of November.

On Friday November 23rd the exhibition Disrupting Patterns: Designing for Circular Speeds opens up at University of the Arts London. The exhibition is the results of a two-year research project called Circular Design Speeds aiming at pushing the limits of ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ fashion by testing new concepts for sustainable design in an industry setting. On display are exploratory prototypes, as well as commercial garments produced by industry partner Filippa K using existing value chains. In addition, research results on innovative materials, consumer acceptance, composting studies and Life Cycle Assessments are presented. The aim of this project is to implement research results in a real fashion industry context, focusing on speed of use and maximising fabric value retention in products.

The Service Shirt developed by Professor Rebecca Earley is designed to last for over 50 years. The concept garment explores the multiple complexities, challenges and opportunities associated with design for circular business models in extended use contexts. The Service Shirt was designed as a ‘deliberate extreme’ to have a total lifecycle of 50 years. This lifecycle includes in-house and external remanufacturing processes, as well as various use cycles – often moving between single ownership and rental and sharing contexts. It becomes the lining for a jacket and then crafted in to fashion accessories, before finally being chemically regenerated in the year 2068.

On the opposite side of the spectrum the Fast-Forward concept, developed by Prof Kay Politowicz and Dr Kate Goldsworthy, explores alternative modes of production and use for a sustainable ‘fast-fashion’ application. Advantages with regards to climate impact are enabled through lighter material choices, nonwoven fabric production, no launder, clear routes to recovery and redistributed manufacturing systems. A sliding scale of ‘speed’ from ultra-fast forward through to a more widely accepted length of use, with adaptations to production processes and end of life, is presented. The prototypes are made from a new bio-based nonwoven material co-developed with Dr Hjalmar Granberg at RISE Research Institute of Sweden & University of the Arts London. The composition of the paper is a mix of cellulose pulp and bio-based PLA fibre, making the garment 100% biodegradable or recyclable in existing paper recycling systems.

Working closely with industry partner Filippa K made commercial testing possible. By implementing research into existing value chains, Filippa K was able to produce a coat that is 100% recycled and recyclable, as well as a concept dress that is 100% bio-based and biodegradable. The garments are a part of Filippa K’s Front Runner series and will be available in selected stores on November 26th. With a focus on products’ length of use and maximizing fabric value retention, Filippa K are dedicated to becoming fully circular by 2030.

“Being part of the fashion industry comes with many challenges, especially when considering the fact that we are the second most polluting industry after oil. Our industry needs to change and we believe adapting to circular models, like nature’s ecosystem, is one important solution. We want to be able to offer beautiful clothing and to make business within the planetary boundaries.”
- Elin Larsson, Sustainability Director, Filippa K

To validate the design research presented, a Life Cycle Assessment was performed on the prototypes. Mistra Future Fashion affiliated Dr. Greg Peters, Chalmers University of Technology, together with additional LCA Researchers at RISE, conclude that the production of fibres and fabrics are the main processes impacting the environment during the garment life cycles. Therefore, to extend the lifetime of existing garments and design for re-use, as done in the Service Shirt, is indeed the superior alternative compared to a reference garment.

“Compared with garments of the same mass, the extended life garments represent a large improvement in environmental performance over the reference garments, outperforming the reference garments in all effect categories. This superiority is primarily a consequence of avoiding garment production via reprinting and reassembly of the initial garment to extend its useful life.”
- Dr Greg Peters, LCA Researcher at Chalmers University of Technology

Another way to circumvent the impacts of fast fashion is to develop materials with considerably lower impacts during production, and which also avoid the barriers to recycling faced by conventional garments. Instead of hinder consumers from buying new, the act of acquiring a new garment could in fact be sustainable. The paper-based short life garments considered in this assessment show considerable impact savings when compare to the benchmark garment. Dr. Peters says,

“The paper-based garments benefit from the lower impacts of the material (fibre production, spinning and knitting) compared with conventional cotton, from their relatively light weight and also on account of the lower impacts in garment production and use.”

(c) PrimaLoft GmbH
13.11.2018

PrimaLoft erweitert biologisch abbaubare Technologien

  • PrimaLoft® Bio™ Performance Fabric – der erste Funktionsstoff aus 100% recycelten, biologisch abbaubaren Fasern

LATHAM, NY - MÜNCHEN: PrimaLoft, Inc., weltweit führendes Unternehmen für innovative Materialtechnologien, hat sein Portfolio an biologisch abbaubaren* Technologien erweitert. Mit der Einführung von PrimaLoft® Bio™ Performance Fabric, dem ersten zu 100% recycelten und biologisch abbaubaren synthetischen Funktionsstoff ergänzt das Unternehmen die kürzlich vorgestellte PrimaLoft® Bio™ Insulation, die ebenfalls die erste Technologie ihrer Art ist.

  • PrimaLoft® Bio™ Performance Fabric – der erste Funktionsstoff aus 100% recycelten, biologisch abbaubaren Fasern

LATHAM, NY - MÜNCHEN: PrimaLoft, Inc., weltweit führendes Unternehmen für innovative Materialtechnologien, hat sein Portfolio an biologisch abbaubaren* Technologien erweitert. Mit der Einführung von PrimaLoft® Bio™ Performance Fabric, dem ersten zu 100% recycelten und biologisch abbaubaren synthetischen Funktionsstoff ergänzt das Unternehmen die kürzlich vorgestellte PrimaLoft® Bio™ Insulation, die ebenfalls die erste Technologie ihrer Art ist. Grundlage beider Innovationen ist eine technisch weiter entwickelte Fasertechnologie, die einen stark beschleunigten biologischen Abbau unter bestimmten Umweltbedingungen ermöglicht und so ein potentiell wichtiger Faktor bei der Problematik von Mikroplastik in den Meeren werden könnte. Sowohl PrimaLoft® Bio™ Performance Fabric als auch PrimaLoft® Bio™ Insulation sollen ab Herbst 2020 im Handel verfügbar sein.

„Seit Beginn der Entwicklung unserer biologisch abbaubaren Materialien waren Funktionsstoffe ein wichtiger Bestandteil für uns. Dank dieses Durchbruchs können Kleidungstücke ab sofort komplett den Weg zurück in die Natur finden“, sagte Mike Joyce, Präsident und CEO von PrimaLoft. „Da wir bei der Leistung keine Abstriche machen, mussten wir sicherstellen, dass unsere biologisch abbaubaren Fasern dem Herstellungsprozess von Hochleistungs-Funktionsstoffen standhalten und gleichzeitig ihre Fähigkeit zum biologischen Abbau behalten.  Diese Entwicklung öffnet uns neue Horizonte und wir wollen damit Maßstäbe setzen, um die Umweltauswirkungen der Textilindustrie erheblich zu verringern.“

PrimaLoft® Bio™-Fasern bestehen zu 100% aus Recyclingfasern, die sich unter bestimmten Gegebenheiten wie sie in einer Mülldeponie oder im Meerwasser vorherrschen, biologisch abbauen. PrimaLoft hat diese Fasern weiterentwickelt, um sie attraktiver für dort natürlich vorkommende Mikroben zu machen. Diese Mikroben verdauen die Fasern schneller und sorgen dafür, dass der Funktionsstoff zersetzt wird und am Ende lediglich die natürlichen Elemente Wasser, Methan, CO2 und Biomasse zurückbleiben. Die neue Technologie wird dabei  helfen, das wachsende Problem von Mikroplastik in den Ozeanen zu verringern – ein bedeutendes Thema für die Textilindustrie und andere Industriezweige. Laut Schätzungen der Ellen Macarthur Foundation landen jährlich rund eine halbe Million Tonnen Mikrofasern beim Waschen von Textilien auf Kunststoffbasis wie Polyester, Nylon oder Acryl im Meer. PrimaLoft® Bio™-Fasern werden nur abgebaut, wenn sie in Kontakt mit natürlich vorkommenden Mikroben auf Mülldeponien oder im Meer kommen. Dadurch bleiben die Fasern während der gesamten Produktlebenszeit des Kleidungsstücks gewohnt dauerhaft strapazierfähig.

Spezifische Testergebnisse zeigen einen biologischen Abbau von 84,1% in 423 Tagen unter ASTM D5511- Bedingungen* (beschleunigte Deponiesimulation) und 55,1% biologischen Abbau in 409 Tagen unter ASTM D6691- Bedingungen** (beschleunigte Meerwassersimulation). „Wir haben Recycling nie als die endgültige Lösung gesehen. Mit PrimaLoft® Bio™ haben wir nicht nur den Code zur biologischen Abbaubarkeit unserer Fasern geknackt, sondern gehen auch den nächsten Schritt in Sachen Nachhaltigkeit“, sagt Joyce. „Mit neuen Fasertechnologien wie dieser versuchen wir unseren negativen Umwelteinfluss so gering wie möglich zu halten. Das ist Teil unserer Selbstverpflichtung, jeden Tag aufs Neue Verantwortung zu übernehmen. “

Bis heute hat PrimaLoft mehr als 90 Millionen Plastikflaschen wiederaufbereitet und daraus Premium- Isolationen hergestellt. Anfang dieses Jahres präsentierte PrimaLoft bereits seine ersten Isolationen aus 100% recyceltem Material. Bis 2020 werden 90% der PrimaLoft-Isolationsprodukte aus mindestens 50% recyceltem Material (PCR = Post Consumer Recycled) bestehen, ohne dabei Einbußen bei der Leistung aufzuweisen.

PrimaLoft plant, mit einem ähnlichen Bekenntnis zu biologisch abbaubaren Technologien in seinem gesamten Produktportfolio, die Branche weiter voranzutreiben. Mehr Informationen zu PrimaLoft Bio gibt es auch hier: http://primaloft.com/primaloftbio

* Standardtestmethode zur Bestimmung des anaeroben biologischen Abbaus von Kunststoffmaterialien unter anaeroben Verdauungsbedingungen mit hohem Feststoffgehalt
** Standardtestmethode zur Bestimmung des aeroben biologischen Abbaus von Kunststoffmaterialien in maritimer Umgebung durch ein definiertes mikrobielles Konsortium oder ein natürliches Meerwasser-Inokulum

(c) crystal communications GmbH
23.10.2018

Bahnbrechende Technologie: PrimaLoft® Bio ist weltweit erste synthetische Isolation, die zu 100% aus biologisch abbaubaren Recyclingfasern besteht

Einen Schritt voraus - Isolationsfasern zeigen deutlich schnelleren biologischen Abbau in 394 Tagen

Einen Schritt voraus - Isolationsfasern zeigen deutlich schnelleren biologischen Abbau in 394 Tagen
PrimaLoft, Inc., führender Experte in der Entwicklung innovativer Materialtechnologien, präsentiert mit PrimaLoft® Bio die erste synthetische Isolation komplett aus recycelten, biologisch abbaubaren* Fasern. Dieser Durchbruch gelang den PrimaLoft-Forschern nach vier Jahren intensiver Entwicklungsarbeit – ohne dabei Abstriche bei den Leistungsmerkmalen der Isolation zu machen. In einem beschleunigten Test (nach ASTM D5511*) wurden die Bedingungen einer Mülldeponie simuliert, unter denen sich die PrimaLoft®-Bio-Fasern in 394 Tagen fast vollständig zersetzten, ein Quantensprung verglichen mit den vernachlässigbaren Abbauraten herkömmlichen Polyesters, unter gleichen Bedingungen. Die neue Technologie beeinflußt weder die Produkteigenschaften, Haptik sowie Verarbeitungsmöglichkeiten und wird voraussichtlich ab Herbst 2020 im Handel erhältlich sein.

Eine spezielle Behandlung der neuen Fasern von PrimaLoft® Bio macht sie attraktiver für natürlich vorkommende Mikroben auf Mülldeponien oder im Ozean. Diese Mikroben verdauen die Fasern schneller und sorgen dafür, dass die Isolation zersetzt wird und so ihren Weg zurück in die Natur findet. Der biologische Abbauprozess lässt nur Wasser, Methan, CO2 und Biomasse (tote Organismen, organische Rückstände) zurück. PrimaLoft® Bio bleibt im alltäglichen Gebrauch über die gesamte Produktlebenszeit des Kleidungsstücks gewohnt dauerhaft strapazierfähig und zersetzt sich nur in Kontakt mit Mikroben, die auf Deponien und in Ozeanen vorkommen.

* 80,3 % biologischer Abbau in 394 Tagen im beschleunigten Testverfahren unter ASTM-D5511-Bedingungen.

Clean Green certification (c) TRSA
Clean Green certification
05.10.2018

Handcraft Linen Services Achieves Clean Green Certification

Virginia-based Launderer Recognized for Commitment to Sustainability and Conservation Practices
Handcraft Linen Services, the Richmond, VA-based independent medical launderer, has been certified Clean Green, reflecting the company’s dedication to operational efficiency and sustainability. Linen, uniform and facility services companies receive this distinction by adhering to TRSA-designated water and energy use thresholds and deploying best management practices (BMPs) consistent with the ASTM International environmental laundering standard.
 

Virginia-based Launderer Recognized for Commitment to Sustainability and Conservation Practices
Handcraft Linen Services, the Richmond, VA-based independent medical launderer, has been certified Clean Green, reflecting the company’s dedication to operational efficiency and sustainability. Linen, uniform and facility services companies receive this distinction by adhering to TRSA-designated water and energy use thresholds and deploying best management practices (BMPs) consistent with the ASTM International environmental laundering standard.
 
Handcraft Linen Services’ customers can be assured their reusable healthcare textiles are washed, dried and finished with processes that maximize sustainability and reduce greenhouse emissions. Clean Green certified operations demonstrate significant commitment to conservation and green operations through these BMPs:
•             Recovering heat from drained hot water and heat dispersed from the process of warming water
•             Recapturing drained water from rinses for reuse
•             Using environmentally friendly detergents
•             Removing solids and liquids from wastewater
•             Solar energy and energy-efficient lighting
•             Recycling programs
•             Re-routing trucks to save vehicle fuel
•             Spill prevention plans
 
The Clean Green certification is valid for three years at a time. TRSA inspects laundry facilities seeking certification and approves documentation of their water and energy use and BMP deployment through production reports they submit to auditors during the inspections. TRSA’s certification management protocol includes auditor training by the association’s inspection program administrator.
Clean Green aligns with the ASTM International standard, Guide for Sustainable Laundry Practices, which recognizes key criteria for the certification as universal indicators of maximum sustainability in commercial laundry work. ASTM’s review of TRSA BMPs verified these as the most effective and practical techniques for a laundry to achieve green objectives.
TRSA members prompted development of the standard, which was vetted in the sustainability subcommittee of the ASTM Committee on Textiles. Top technical experts, scientists and environmental professionals from outside the linen, uniform and facility services industry reviewed the BMPs. ASTM is the global leader in developing and delivering voluntary consensus standards unparalleled in building consumer confidence in product and service quality.
 
“I applaud Handcraft Linen Services for their sustainability efforts and maintaining the highest standards in their production and delivery operations,” said Joseph Ricci, TRSA president and CEO. “Meeting all the criteria for certification is not easy, but the company is committed to industry-leading processes and technologies.”

 

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TRSA

prAna präsentiert weiche Basics aus Hanf (c) prAna
04.09.2018

prAna präsentiert weiche Basics aus Hanf

  • Aus Hanf mach Fleece

CARLSBAD, CA – Die Hanffaser ist umweltfreundlich herzustellen, biologisch abbaubar und passt so erstklassig zum Sustainable Clothing Movement. Begeistert von der pflanzlichen Textilfaser, hat prAna für die Winterkollektion 2018 ein eigenes Fleece-Material aus Hanf kreiert: das Cardiff Fleece. Das flauschige, langlebige und nachhaltige Material wird für warme und weiche Teile wie dem Cozy Up Sweatshirt eingesetzt.

  • Aus Hanf mach Fleece

CARLSBAD, CA – Die Hanffaser ist umweltfreundlich herzustellen, biologisch abbaubar und passt so erstklassig zum Sustainable Clothing Movement. Begeistert von der pflanzlichen Textilfaser, hat prAna für die Winterkollektion 2018 ein eigenes Fleece-Material aus Hanf kreiert: das Cardiff Fleece. Das flauschige, langlebige und nachhaltige Material wird für warme und weiche Teile wie dem Cozy Up Sweatshirt eingesetzt.

Im Herbst setzt prAna noch stärker auf die nachhaltigste aller Fasern: Hanf. Die außerordentlich robuste Pflanze kann ohne chemische Schädlingsbekämpfer und Dünger angebaut werden. Die Handhabung des schnell nachwachsenden Rohstoffs ist positiv und sicher für Landwirte und hinterlässt außerdem fruchtbare Böden. Auch für Endverbraucher lohnt sich der Griff zur Hanffaser, denn sie besitzt eine natürliche klimaregulierende Funktion, leitet Feuchtigkeit weiter, ist antimikrobiell und sehr langlebig.

Entgegen der landläufigen Meinung kann Hanf auch zu einem sehr flauschigen Material verarbeitet werden. Für den extra Kuschelfaktor hat prAna aus der ökologischen Faser ein eigenes Fleece-Material entwickelt. Das Cardiff Fleece-Material besteht aus Hanf, recyceltem Polyester und dem Zellstoff Tencel®. Das Zusammenspiel der drei nachhaltigen Rohstoffe überzeugt. Dank dem Tencel®-Anteil ist das Fleece butterweich und liegt flauschig auf der Haut. Hanf steuert seine natürliche Langlebigkeit bei, und der Anteil an recyceltem Polyester sorgt für schnellere Trocknungszeiten und geringes Gewicht.

Das Cardiff Fleece-Material wird in lässigen Basics wie Cozy Up Sweatshirt, Wayfree oder Trawler Hooded Henley Fleece verarbeitet. Damit präsentiert prAna nachhaltige, warme und langlebige Allrounder – ideal für Abenteuer an kalten Tagen.

Borealis strengthens its commitment to plastics recycling and further develops mechanical recycling capabilities (c) Borealis
29.08.2018

Borealis strengthens its commitment to plastics recycling and further develops mechanical recycling capabilities

  • Successful acquisition of Austrian plastics recycling company Ecoplast Kunststoffrecycling GmbH

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, announces today that it has fully acquired the Austrian plastics recycler Ecoplast Kunststoffrecycling GmbH (“Ecoplast”).

  • Successful acquisition of Austrian plastics recycling company Ecoplast Kunststoffrecycling GmbH

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, announces today that it has fully acquired the Austrian plastics recycler Ecoplast Kunststoffrecycling GmbH (“Ecoplast”). Based in Wildon, Austria, Ecoplast processes around 35,000 tonnes of post-consumer plastic waste from households and industrial consumers every year, turning them into high-quality LDPE and HDPE recyclates, primarily but not exclusively for the plastic film market.

The expectation of Borealis is that the recycled PO market will grow substantially by 2021, which is the strategic rationale behind the acquisition. The company has made PO recycling a key element of its overall PO strategy because of its potential to support both growth and sustainability. Borealis has been an industry frontrunner in making polyolefins more circular. In 2014, it began offering high-end compound solutions to the automotive industry, consisting of 25% and 50% post-consumer recycled content. Borealis was also the first virgin PO producer to explore the possibilities of mechanical recycling, by acquiring one of Europe's largest producers of post-consumer polyolefin recyclates - mtm plastics GmbH and mtm compact GmbH – in July 2016. Since then it has continued to invest into the development of technology and new products in the area of circular polyolefins.

“Borealis recognises the increasing need for plastic recycling and sees the Circular Economy as a business opportunity. Borealis already has a long-term collaboration with Ecoplast and this acquisition is the next logical step in building our mechanical recycling capabilities. As an important complement to mtm in Germany, Ecoplast will help us address critical sustainability challenges and become a polyolefin recycling leader. Eventually, we want to use our experience to develop an effective blueprint for the end-of-use phases for plastics that can be applied in other parts of the world,” says Borealis Chief Executive Alfred Stern.

“We are very happy that the transaction with a strong and reliable partner such as Borealis has been successfully concluded and are looking forward to our common future activities on the recycling market. We have located potential synergies in many operative and strategic areas, especially in product quality R&D and future applications of polyethylene-film-recyclates. The combination of Ecoplast and Borealis holds the potential to be groundbreaking for the market,” says Ecoplast’s Managing Director Lukas Intemann.