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Gregory: Ausrüstungspartner der Merrel Skyrunner World Series 2024 (c) Gregory
16.04.2024

Gregory: Ausrüstungspartner der Merrel Skyrunner World Series 2024

Gregory, ein Unternehmer für Outdoor- und Reiseausrüstung, stattet mit seiner Alpaca Gear Organization Kollektion das Team der Merrel Skyrunner World Series 2024 aus.

Nach einem erfolgreichen Probelauf im vergangenen Jahr haben Gregory und die weltweite Trailrunning Serie ihre Partnerschaft für die aktuelle Saison bestätigt. Gregory stattet das gesamte Team der Merrell Skyrunner World Series auf ihren Reisen zu 21 Rennen auf vier Kontinenten mit Produkten der neuen Alpaca Gear Organization Kollektion aus. Dabei testet Gregory Produkte, die für den Transport von schwerem Material in schwierigen Umgebungen entwickelt wurden, vor Ort, um sowohl die Leistungen der Sportler als auch die eigenen Produkte zu optimieren.

Durch die strategische Allianz mit Gregory soll die Reiselogistik der Skyrunner World Series verbessert, die Ausrüstung bestmöglich geschützt und die Standards für Transportleistungen im Outdoor-Sport auf globaler Ebene erhöht werden.

Gregory, ein Unternehmer für Outdoor- und Reiseausrüstung, stattet mit seiner Alpaca Gear Organization Kollektion das Team der Merrel Skyrunner World Series 2024 aus.

Nach einem erfolgreichen Probelauf im vergangenen Jahr haben Gregory und die weltweite Trailrunning Serie ihre Partnerschaft für die aktuelle Saison bestätigt. Gregory stattet das gesamte Team der Merrell Skyrunner World Series auf ihren Reisen zu 21 Rennen auf vier Kontinenten mit Produkten der neuen Alpaca Gear Organization Kollektion aus. Dabei testet Gregory Produkte, die für den Transport von schwerem Material in schwierigen Umgebungen entwickelt wurden, vor Ort, um sowohl die Leistungen der Sportler als auch die eigenen Produkte zu optimieren.

Durch die strategische Allianz mit Gregory soll die Reiselogistik der Skyrunner World Series verbessert, die Ausrüstung bestmöglich geschützt und die Standards für Transportleistungen im Outdoor-Sport auf globaler Ebene erhöht werden.

Gregory wird das Team mit Produkten wie der Gear Box, dem Gear Basket und dem Gear Wagon ausstatten, die mit modernster Technologie, Lösungen und zum Teil aus recycelten Stoffen hergestellt werden. Aber auch Rucksäcke und Daypacks wie Border, Nano und Rhune kommen zum Einsatz

Source:

Gregory / crystal communications GmbH

rain forest Formidable Media
09.04.2024

“Designing for Circularity” Panel Discussion in Portland

Quickly becoming the benchmark for sustainability, circularity presents a simple solution for many of the world’s complex waste issues. However, in a quickly changing textile marketplace with increasing regulatory pressures, designing circular products can be anything but simple.

To help demystify this accelerating paradigm shift, the Designing for Circularity panel is coming to Portland’s Functional Fabric Fair, where expert panelists will inform and inspire the next generation of product designers and developers.

Scheduled for Wednesday, April 17th at 2:00pm and hosted by textile industry communications agency Formidable Media, the Designing for Circularity panel will bring together experts in materials sourcing, textile finishes, trims, sustainability, recycling, natural materials, and more, to help designers, product developers, and brand representatives make the choices needed to become leaders in the future of sustainable products.

Quickly becoming the benchmark for sustainability, circularity presents a simple solution for many of the world’s complex waste issues. However, in a quickly changing textile marketplace with increasing regulatory pressures, designing circular products can be anything but simple.

To help demystify this accelerating paradigm shift, the Designing for Circularity panel is coming to Portland’s Functional Fabric Fair, where expert panelists will inform and inspire the next generation of product designers and developers.

Scheduled for Wednesday, April 17th at 2:00pm and hosted by textile industry communications agency Formidable Media, the Designing for Circularity panel will bring together experts in materials sourcing, textile finishes, trims, sustainability, recycling, natural materials, and more, to help designers, product developers, and brand representatives make the choices needed to become leaders in the future of sustainable products.

“Fashion is regularly listed among the top five largest polluting industries in the world and our panel of experts hope to  help shape future design and sustainability decisions to mitigate fashion’s outsized impact on the environment,” said Scott Kaier, Founder and President of Formidable Media. “Informed and innovative design is the first step in creating circular products, so today’s designers will be instrumental in creating a cleaner, more sustainable future.”

Hand-picked from across the outdoor, fashion, lifestyle, and footwear industries, the Designing for Circularity panelists include:

  • Daniel Uretsky, President, ALLIED Feather + Down
  • Martin Flora, VP of Business Development, Green Theme Technologies
  • Sarah Schlinger, R&D Commercialization Manager, Woolmark
  • Sharon Perez, Senior Business Development Manager, Lenzing Group
  • Brian La Plante, Senior Manager of Sustainability, YKK
  • Theresa McKenney Director of Sustainability, NEMO Equipment
Source:

Formidable Media

Green Theme Technologies
27.03.2024

Green Theme Technologies partners with Hwasung International

Green Theme Technologies, suppliers of the EMPEL® water-free and PFAS-free textile finishing platform, continues a trajectory of exponential growth by partnering with Korean-based global textile innovator Hwasung International. Hwasung is the first Korean mill to offer the EMPEL® high performance technology to global footwear brands and regional Korean mill customers.
      
Known globally for providing high performance textiles that incorporate functional yarns such as Dyneema, Kevlar and Cordura, Hwasung will now broaden their high performance and sustainable offerings by scaling EMPEL into their global supply chain.
      
Green Theme’s EMPEL® platform can be applied successfully to a wide range of synthetic knit, woven, non-woven and novel fabrics that are traditionally hard to treat. The diverse list of EMPEL® markets include: Outdoor, High Fashion, Footwear, Automotive, Furniture, Workwear, Athleisure Wear and Military. Because no water is used during the treatment application, EMPEL® can remove pollution and waste from any textile manufacturing process.

Green Theme Technologies, suppliers of the EMPEL® water-free and PFAS-free textile finishing platform, continues a trajectory of exponential growth by partnering with Korean-based global textile innovator Hwasung International. Hwasung is the first Korean mill to offer the EMPEL® high performance technology to global footwear brands and regional Korean mill customers.
      
Known globally for providing high performance textiles that incorporate functional yarns such as Dyneema, Kevlar and Cordura, Hwasung will now broaden their high performance and sustainable offerings by scaling EMPEL into their global supply chain.
      
Green Theme’s EMPEL® platform can be applied successfully to a wide range of synthetic knit, woven, non-woven and novel fabrics that are traditionally hard to treat. The diverse list of EMPEL® markets include: Outdoor, High Fashion, Footwear, Automotive, Furniture, Workwear, Athleisure Wear and Military. Because no water is used during the treatment application, EMPEL® can remove pollution and waste from any textile manufacturing process.

Source:

Green Theme Technologies

08.03.2024

Infinited Fiber Company completes development financing round

Infinited Fiber Company has successfully completed a two-part development financing round totaling 40 million euros, with significant investments from new investors Inditex, TTY Management, Youngone and Goldwin, in addition to existing ones.

The new investors are Inditex Group, the parent company of Zara and other brands, and TTY Management B.V., an asset management company privately owned by Tadashi Yanai, Chairman, President and CEO of Fast Retailing. Outdoor clothing manufacturer Youngone (YOH CVC Fund 1 Limited Partnership) and Japanese sportswear manufacturer Goldwin (GOLDWIN Play Earth Fund Investment Limited Partnership) are also among the new investors who joined in the recent second closing of EUR 27 million.

The first part of the development financing round, closed in summer 2023, included investments from existing investors. Apparel companies H&M Group, adidas, BESTSELLER, and Zalando further reinforced their long-term commitment to Infinited Fiber. Also investment company VTT Ventures participated in the first closing, and investment companies Security Trading and Nidoco AB in both closings of the round.

Infinited Fiber Company has successfully completed a two-part development financing round totaling 40 million euros, with significant investments from new investors Inditex, TTY Management, Youngone and Goldwin, in addition to existing ones.

The new investors are Inditex Group, the parent company of Zara and other brands, and TTY Management B.V., an asset management company privately owned by Tadashi Yanai, Chairman, President and CEO of Fast Retailing. Outdoor clothing manufacturer Youngone (YOH CVC Fund 1 Limited Partnership) and Japanese sportswear manufacturer Goldwin (GOLDWIN Play Earth Fund Investment Limited Partnership) are also among the new investors who joined in the recent second closing of EUR 27 million.

The first part of the development financing round, closed in summer 2023, included investments from existing investors. Apparel companies H&M Group, adidas, BESTSELLER, and Zalando further reinforced their long-term commitment to Infinited Fiber. Also investment company VTT Ventures participated in the first closing, and investment companies Security Trading and Nidoco AB in both closings of the round.

After the development financing round, Inditex, TTY Management and H&M Group are the largest shareholders of Infinited Fiber Company.

Source:

Infinited Fiber Company

08.03.2024

Archroma: New wet-fastness improver

Archroma has developed a new wet-fastness improver that helps brands and mills produce durable clothing, towels, linens and other textile products with long-lasting colors without compromising on quality or introducing hazardous chemicals.

ALBAFIX® ECO PLUS is a next-generation fixing agent that delivers a strong wet-fastness for all reactive dyes on cotton and other cellulosic fibers and polyester-cotton blends. It will not change the shade of the dyed fabric or negatively impact light-fastness. The product also avoids production challenges – such as foaming, acid hydrolysis and migration problems during drying – to promote efficiency and quality output.

ALBAFIX® ECO PLUS is suitable for jet applications, and for other dyeing and washing equipment with vigorous liquor circulation, and can also be applied by exhaustion, by padding or from the last bath of the soaping process after dyeing or printing.

Archroma has developed a new wet-fastness improver that helps brands and mills produce durable clothing, towels, linens and other textile products with long-lasting colors without compromising on quality or introducing hazardous chemicals.

ALBAFIX® ECO PLUS is a next-generation fixing agent that delivers a strong wet-fastness for all reactive dyes on cotton and other cellulosic fibers and polyester-cotton blends. It will not change the shade of the dyed fabric or negatively impact light-fastness. The product also avoids production challenges – such as foaming, acid hydrolysis and migration problems during drying – to promote efficiency and quality output.

ALBAFIX® ECO PLUS is suitable for jet applications, and for other dyeing and washing equipment with vigorous liquor circulation, and can also be applied by exhaustion, by padding or from the last bath of the soaping process after dyeing or printing.

Like ALBAFIX® ECO, the latest addition to the ALBAFIX® family has a positive influence on chlorine-fastness. When applied with double fixing, it achieves the same high performance on polyamide and PA/Elastane fabrics, as it does on cellulosic fibers. This makes it ideal for the production of swimwear, as well as sportswear and outdoor clothing.

ALBAFIX® ECO PLUS complies with global eco-standards and initiatives, including Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), bluesign® and the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Roadmap.

Source:

Archroma

Eastman and Patagonia join forces to address textile waste (c) Eastman
28.02.2024

Textile waste: Eastman and Patagonia join forces

Eastman announces a partnership with Patagonia to address textile waste.

The outdoor apparel company teamed up with Eastman to recycle 8,000 pounds of pre- and post-consumer clothing waste, which Eastman processed through its molecular recycling technology. The process involves breaking down Patagonia’s unusable apparel into molecular building blocks that Eastman can use to make new fibers.

"We know apparel waste is a major problem, and consumers increasingly want better, more sustainable solutions when their most loved clothing reaches the end of its life," said Natalie Banakis, materials innovation engineer for Patagonia.

"Our collaborations show the world what’s possible when it comes to sustainability,” said Carolina Sister Cohn, global marketing lead for Eastman textiles. “We have the technology to make the textiles industry circular, and we know it requires collaboration with innovative brands to make circular fashion possible. This is only the beginning, and we look forward to more collaborations throughout 2024."

Eastman announces a partnership with Patagonia to address textile waste.

The outdoor apparel company teamed up with Eastman to recycle 8,000 pounds of pre- and post-consumer clothing waste, which Eastman processed through its molecular recycling technology. The process involves breaking down Patagonia’s unusable apparel into molecular building blocks that Eastman can use to make new fibers.

"We know apparel waste is a major problem, and consumers increasingly want better, more sustainable solutions when their most loved clothing reaches the end of its life," said Natalie Banakis, materials innovation engineer for Patagonia.

"Our collaborations show the world what’s possible when it comes to sustainability,” said Carolina Sister Cohn, global marketing lead for Eastman textiles. “We have the technology to make the textiles industry circular, and we know it requires collaboration with innovative brands to make circular fashion possible. This is only the beginning, and we look forward to more collaborations throughout 2024."

DITF: Biopolymers from bacteria protect technical textiles Photo: DITF
Charging a doctor blade with molten PHA using a hot-melt gun
23.02.2024

DITF: Biopolymers from bacteria protect technical textiles

Textiles for technical applications often derive their special function via the application of coatings. This way, textiles become, for example wind and water proof or more resistant to abrasion. Usually, petroleum-based substances such as polyacrylates or polyurethanes are used. However, these consume exhaustible resources and the materials can end up in the environment if handled improperly. Therefore, the German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF) are researching materials from renewable sources that are recyclable and do not pollute the environment after use. Polymers that can be produced from bacteria are here of particular interest.

Textiles for technical applications often derive their special function via the application of coatings. This way, textiles become, for example wind and water proof or more resistant to abrasion. Usually, petroleum-based substances such as polyacrylates or polyurethanes are used. However, these consume exhaustible resources and the materials can end up in the environment if handled improperly. Therefore, the German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF) are researching materials from renewable sources that are recyclable and do not pollute the environment after use. Polymers that can be produced from bacteria are here of particular interest.

These biopolymers have the advantage that they can be produced in anything from small laboratory reactors to large production plants. The most promising biopolymers include polysaccharides, polyamides from amino acids and polyesters such as polylactic acid or polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), all of which are derived from renewable raw materials. PHAs is an umbrella term for a group of biotechnologically produced polyesters. The main difference between these polyesters is the number of carbon atoms in the repeat unit. To date, they have mainly been investigated for medical applications. As PHAs products are increasingly available on the market, coatings made from PHAs may also be increasingly used in technical applications in the future.

The bacteria from which the PHAs are obtained grow with the help of carbohydrates, fats and an increased CO2 concentration and light with suitable wavelength.

The properties of PHA can be adapted by varying the structure of the repeat unit. This makes polyhydroxyalkanoates a particularly interesting class of compounds for technical textile coatings, which has hardly been investigated to date. Due to their water-repellent properties, which stem from their molecular structure, and their stable structure, polyhydroxyalkanoates have great potential for the production of water-repellent, mechanically resilient textiles, such as those in demand in the automotive sector and for outdoor clothing.

The DITF have already carried out successful research work in this area. Coatings on cotton yarns and fabrics made of cotton, polyamide and polyester showed smooth and quite good adhesion. The PHA types for the coating were both procured on the open market and produced by the research partner Fraunhofer IGB. It was shown that the molten polymer can be applied to cotton yarns by extrusion through a coating nozzle. The molten polymer was successfully coated onto fabric using a doctor blade. The length of the molecular side chain of the PHA plays an important role in the properties of the coated textile. Although PHAs with medium-length side chains are better suited to achieving low stiffness and a good textile handle, their wash resistance is low. PHAs with short side chains are suitable for achieving high wash and abrasion resistance, but the textile handle is somewhat stiffer.

The team is currently investigating how the properties of PHAs can be changed in order to achieve the desired resistance and textile properties in equal measure. There are also plans to formulate aqueous formulations for yarn and textile finishing. This will allow much thinner coatings to be applied to textiles than is possible with molten PHAs.

Other DITF research teams are investigating whether PHAs are also suitable for the production of fibers and nonwovens.

Source:

Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung (DITF)

adidas Terrex and National Geographic: Rainforest-Inspired Hiking Collection (c) adidas AG
02.02.2024

adidas Terrex and National Geographic: Rainforest-Inspired Hiking Collection

adidas TERREX and National Geographic collaborate once again to launch a collection that pays homage to the rainforest supporting National Geographic efforts.

Throughout the collection, images captured by National Geographic photographers are interpreted in different ways on different products, taken through different hues and applied in various ways on garments across the range:

adidas TERREX and National Geographic collaborate once again to launch a collection that pays homage to the rainforest supporting National Geographic efforts.

Throughout the collection, images captured by National Geographic photographers are interpreted in different ways on different products, taken through different hues and applied in various ways on garments across the range:

  • ADIDAS TERREX | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC RAIN.RDY JACKET – Crafted from waterproofing materials and construction, adidas RAIN.RDY products keep the water out. The jacket also features easily-accessible pockets, a stowaway hood and elongated sleeves with hook-and-loop.
  • ADIDAS TERREX | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WINDSTOPPER JACKET - Made from GORE-TEX WINDSTOPPER, this WIND.RDY jacket is wind-resistant and water-repellent.
  • ADIDAS TERREX | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WINDBREAKER - Using advanced materials, adidas WIND.RDY is designed to resist the wind and provide optimised breathability hikers can feel protected and comfortable.
  • ADIDAS TERREX | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GRAPHIC LONG SLEEVE / SHORT SLEEVE TEE – The long sleeve tee combines technical materials with style beyond the mountain, including Aeroready material that wicks sweat to keep dry and comfortable.
  • ADIDAS TERREX | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PANTS - Marry style and functionality by combining outdoor-informed design and street-informed style together, complemented by Durable Water Repellent (DWR) material to stay dry and comfortable.
  • ADIDAS TERREX | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SKIRT - Made in adidas' wind and water-resistant WIND.RDY fabric, this skirt is for adventures on or off the trail.

The theme of this season’s drop was inspired by National Geographic’s seasonal focus on educating people around rainforest awareness and conservation.

More information:
adidas Outdoor outdoor apparel
Source:

adidas AG

Gear Aid: Reparatur-Patches für Outdoor-Ausrüstung (c) Gear Aid
22.01.2024

Gear Aid: Reparatur-Patches für Outdoor-Ausrüstung

Egal, ob beim Campen, Wandern oder Bergsteigen, beim Wasser-, Reit- und Jagdsport, beim Skifahren oder einem Bootstrip – die neuen Hex-Patches von Gear Aid verlängern die Lebensdauer von Outdoor-Ausrüstung.

Die neuen Hex Patches sind aufgrund ihrer achteckigen Form vielseitig kombinierbar – je nach Größe und Form der Reparaturstelle, und verhindern ein weiteres Einreißen. Es sind weder Nähkenntnisse noch Hitze erforderlich; einfach die Schutzfolie abziehen, den selbstklebenden Patch auf der Reparaturstelle anbringen und kurz andrücken. Der Klebstoff repariert dauerhaft Outdoor-Materialien wie Nylon, Vinyl, Gummi, Kunststoff u.v.m.

Somit lassen sich die Hex Patches zur einfachen und schnellen Reparatur von Jacken und Hosen aller Art, Regen- und Skibekleidung, Rucksäcken, Zelten, Schlafsäcken, Matten, Unterlagen, Planen leichten Ausrüstungsgeständen usw. verwenden. Sie bestehen aus leichtem 70D-Gewebe und sind mit einer wasserfesten Beschichtung versiegelt, die auch häufigem Waschen standhält.

Egal, ob beim Campen, Wandern oder Bergsteigen, beim Wasser-, Reit- und Jagdsport, beim Skifahren oder einem Bootstrip – die neuen Hex-Patches von Gear Aid verlängern die Lebensdauer von Outdoor-Ausrüstung.

Die neuen Hex Patches sind aufgrund ihrer achteckigen Form vielseitig kombinierbar – je nach Größe und Form der Reparaturstelle, und verhindern ein weiteres Einreißen. Es sind weder Nähkenntnisse noch Hitze erforderlich; einfach die Schutzfolie abziehen, den selbstklebenden Patch auf der Reparaturstelle anbringen und kurz andrücken. Der Klebstoff repariert dauerhaft Outdoor-Materialien wie Nylon, Vinyl, Gummi, Kunststoff u.v.m.

Somit lassen sich die Hex Patches zur einfachen und schnellen Reparatur von Jacken und Hosen aller Art, Regen- und Skibekleidung, Rucksäcken, Zelten, Schlafsäcken, Matten, Unterlagen, Planen leichten Ausrüstungsgeständen usw. verwenden. Sie bestehen aus leichtem 70D-Gewebe und sind mit einer wasserfesten Beschichtung versiegelt, die auch häufigem Waschen standhält.

snowfield-bulky-down-jacket-icicle Photo ALLIED Feather + Down
28.12.2023

Down Apparel for the European Market

ALLIED Feather + Down, global leaders in high performance, ethically sourced down, and MN Inter-Fashion, manufacturers of high performance luxury outerwear, announced that the ALLIED Feather + Down outerwear collection will be available to the European market.  

Originally released only in Japan, the exclusive collection will be available to select European boutique retailers for the fall 2024 season. Limited to a few hundred pieces, this line will showcase the breadth of ALLIED’s down offering, from their industry-leading ExpeDRY down insulation to their exceedingly high performance 1000 fill power down. It will also include MN Inter-Fashion’s experience delivering quality design and craftsmanship to some of the best known fashion houses in the world.

Designed, cut, and sewn by MN Inter-Fashion in Japan using materials from ALLIED and Pertex, the jackets shall represent a collision between cutting edge fashion aesthetics and materials normally reserved for highly technical outerwear. The result is a unique garment with a sophisticated urban look blended with performance that rivals the most technical outdoor apparel available. 

ALLIED Feather + Down, global leaders in high performance, ethically sourced down, and MN Inter-Fashion, manufacturers of high performance luxury outerwear, announced that the ALLIED Feather + Down outerwear collection will be available to the European market.  

Originally released only in Japan, the exclusive collection will be available to select European boutique retailers for the fall 2024 season. Limited to a few hundred pieces, this line will showcase the breadth of ALLIED’s down offering, from their industry-leading ExpeDRY down insulation to their exceedingly high performance 1000 fill power down. It will also include MN Inter-Fashion’s experience delivering quality design and craftsmanship to some of the best known fashion houses in the world.

Designed, cut, and sewn by MN Inter-Fashion in Japan using materials from ALLIED and Pertex, the jackets shall represent a collision between cutting edge fashion aesthetics and materials normally reserved for highly technical outerwear. The result is a unique garment with a sophisticated urban look blended with performance that rivals the most technical outdoor apparel available. 

Source:

ALLIED Feather + Down

13.12.2023

ECHA: Hazardous chemicals found in fashion products

An EU-wide enforcement project of the ECHA Forum found excessive levels of hazardous chemicals, such as lead and phthalates, in products that are sold to consumers. In total 18 % of the inspected products breached the EU laws.

The national enforcement authorities in 26 EU countries checked over 2 400 products, most of them intended for consumers, and found more than 400 of them breaching the EU’s chemicals laws.

The most common product types breaching the laws were:

An EU-wide enforcement project of the ECHA Forum found excessive levels of hazardous chemicals, such as lead and phthalates, in products that are sold to consumers. In total 18 % of the inspected products breached the EU laws.

The national enforcement authorities in 26 EU countries checked over 2 400 products, most of them intended for consumers, and found more than 400 of them breaching the EU’s chemicals laws.

The most common product types breaching the laws were:

  • Electrical devices such as electrical toys, chargers, cables, headphones. 52 % of these products were found non-compliant, mostly due to lead found in solders, phthalates in soft plastic parts, or cadmium in circuit boards.
  • Sports equipment like yoga mats, bicycle gloves, balls or rubber handles of sport equipment. 18 % of these products were found to be non-compliant mostly due to SCCPs and phthalates in soft plastic and PAH in rubber.
  • Toys like bathing/aquatic toys, dolls, costumes, play mats, plastic figures, fidget toys, outdoor toys, slime and childcare articles. 16 % of non-electric toys were found to be non-compliant, mostly due to phthalates found in soft plastic parts, but also other restricted substances such as PAHs, nickel, boron or nitrosamines.
  • Fashion products such as bags, jewellery, belts, shoes and clothes. 15 % of these products were found non-compliant due to the phthalates, lead and cadmium they contained.

In cases where non-compliant products were found, inspectors have taken enforcement measures, with most of them resulting in the withdrawal of such products from the market.

The non-compliance rate was higher in products which originated from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or whose origin was not known.

More information:
ECHA hazardous chemicals
Source:

European Chemicals Agency

Trevira CS at Heimtextil 2024 (c) Indorama Ventures Fibers Germany GmbH
04.12.2023

Trevira CS at Heimtextil 2024

The Trevira CS® brand will be presenting itself with 17 customers and partners as well as an innovative special exhibition at Heimtextil, which takes place in Frankfurt from January 9 to 12, 2024.

Trevira CS customers and partners will be exhibiting their flame retardant products and new collections for the home textiles and contract market at individual stands on the joint booth. Visitors can discover innovations in the areas of yarn production, woven and knitted fabrics and interior solar shading. The exhibitors at the Trevira CS stand will represent all textile applications with their products, from lightweight curtains to heavy upholstery fabrics. In addition to the yarn and fabric manufacturers, one exhibit is dedicated to presenting a traditional craft at the Trevira CS joint stand. The trimming maker Jende Manufaktur will be demonstrating the manufacture of trimmings from flame retardant, UV-stable, spun-dyed Trevira® yarns as well as from materials from the co-exhibiting yarn manufacturers.

The Trevira CS® brand will be presenting itself with 17 customers and partners as well as an innovative special exhibition at Heimtextil, which takes place in Frankfurt from January 9 to 12, 2024.

Trevira CS customers and partners will be exhibiting their flame retardant products and new collections for the home textiles and contract market at individual stands on the joint booth. Visitors can discover innovations in the areas of yarn production, woven and knitted fabrics and interior solar shading. The exhibitors at the Trevira CS stand will represent all textile applications with their products, from lightweight curtains to heavy upholstery fabrics. In addition to the yarn and fabric manufacturers, one exhibit is dedicated to presenting a traditional craft at the Trevira CS joint stand. The trimming maker Jende Manufaktur will be demonstrating the manufacture of trimmings from flame retardant, UV-stable, spun-dyed Trevira® yarns as well as from materials from the co-exhibiting yarn manufacturers.

The following Trevira CS customers and partners will be exhibiting a wide variety of flame retardant products at the joint stand in January:
Casalegno Tendaggi S.r.l., Chamatex SAS, F.lli Baroni s.r.l., FIDIVI Tessitura Vergnano S.p.A., Hoftex Färberei GmbH, Ilcat by Lei Tsu s.r.l., Jende Manufaktur GbR, Lodetex S.p.A., Mattes & Ammann GmbH & Co. KG, Mottura S.p.A., Pozzi Arturo S.p.A., PUGI R.G. S.R.L., Tessitura Mario Ghioldi & C. s.r.l., Tintoria Sala s.r.l., Torcitura Fibre Sintetiche S.p.A., Torcitura Padana S.p.A. and Wintex S.r.l..

The Trevira CS special showcase 2024 will be held under the motto #treviracsCore. The term "core" means core element / heart and is used in conjunction with a hashtag and another defining term in the digital media for a trend / lifestyle that people feel connected to and follow.

This time, the special show is about demonstrating what Trevira CS fabrics are capable of achieving in addition to their functionality and performance in the design of textile spaces. From a sustainably furnished lounge, to a luxurious interior or a casual outdoor area, to a cozy retreat.

For the design of the special show, all Trevira CS customers were invited to submit their latest Trevira CS products as part of the annual Trevira CS fabric competition. A total of well over 200 articles from more than 50 customers were available. This year's special show will also feature trimmings made from Trevira CS yarns.

Source:

Indorama Ventures Fibers Germany GmbH

Devan Chemicals Photo Devan Chemicals
27.11.2023

DEVAN REPEL: A new brand in the water repellency market

In a world where water-repellent textiles play an important role in various industries, Pulcra Chemicals has joined forces with its subsidiary, Devan Chemicals, to introduce DEVAN REPEL. The first product, DEVAN REPEL ONE, is a durable water repellent for Polyester and blends. The development of DEVAN REPEL ONE is a joint to Devan and Pulcra's dedication to innovation and sustainability.

The solution offers a range of benefits:

In a world where water-repellent textiles play an important role in various industries, Pulcra Chemicals has joined forces with its subsidiary, Devan Chemicals, to introduce DEVAN REPEL. The first product, DEVAN REPEL ONE, is a durable water repellent for Polyester and blends. The development of DEVAN REPEL ONE is a joint to Devan and Pulcra's dedication to innovation and sustainability.

The solution offers a range of benefits:

  • Superior Performance: The technology offers outstanding water repellency performance, ensuring that textiles remain dry. Whether it's rain and outdoor wear, outdoor furnishing, shower curtains or multiple technical textiles, the new solution can handle it, making it a strong choice for industries where water resistance is paramount.
  • Flexibility: The versatility of this technology can be applied to a wide range of materials, with especially good results on polyester and its blends, offering flexibility for various applications across industries.
  • Enhanced Sustainability: This technology is free from perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), and free from isocyanates.
  • Longevity: Products treated with this water repellency technology are protecting from the elements for a longer lifespan.

Performance, particularly on effect durability, can be boosted to meet different requirements with new DEVAN EXTENDER GEN3. This extender is free of Isocyanate, Butanone-oxime and 2-dimethylpyrazole.

Hologenix honored twice in ISPO Textrends Awards Photo: Hologenix, LLC
22.11.2023

Hologenix honored twice in ISPO Textrends Awards

Twice a year ISPO recognizes innovative fibers, fabrics and components that are used to manufacture sports apparel. Two innovations from Hologenix have scored wins in the ISPO Textrends Fall/Winter 2025/2026 Awards: CELLIANT® with REPREVE® Nylon, introduced with textile solutions provider UNIFI®, makers of REPREVE®, and CELLIANT® Print. They were both Selections in the Fibers & Insulations Category.

Twice a year ISPO recognizes innovative fibers, fabrics and components that are used to manufacture sports apparel. Two innovations from Hologenix have scored wins in the ISPO Textrends Fall/Winter 2025/2026 Awards: CELLIANT® with REPREVE® Nylon, introduced with textile solutions provider UNIFI®, makers of REPREVE®, and CELLIANT® Print. They were both Selections in the Fibers & Insulations Category.

CELLIANT with REPREVE Nylon
CELLIANT with REPREVE Nylon consists of CELLIANT infrared (IR) technology embedded into REPREVE. REPREVE creates high-quality fibers made from 100% recycled materials, including post-consumer plastic bottles and preconsumer waste. CELLIANT with REPREVE Nylon is strong and durable with great stretch and a silky hand. It is ideal for underwear, stockings, tights/leggings, socks, seamless knits, baselayers and many other categories. With CELLIANT’s ability to convert body heat into infrared energy, improving local circulation and cellular oxygenation, it also provides performance for outdoor/sportswear, outerwear, swimwear among other categories. This is the second carrier type for CELLIANT with REPREVE, as it was introduced in polyester last fall and won three awards.

CELLIANT Print
CELLIANT Print makes the natural blend of IR-generating bioceramic minerals more widely available from Hologenix as a printed coating, expanding the uses of the technology. Traditionally, CELLIANT has been embedded directly into fibers, yarns and fabrics. However, for its print applications, CELLIANT fine mineral powder can be adhered to many different fabric types as a topical coating, making CELLIANT Print a versatile and cost-effective solution. Key CELLIANT partners, such as Under Armour with their UA RUSH™ line, and KT Tape with its PRO Oxygen™ kinesiology tape utilize CELLIANT Print. Safe and CELLIANT® Print CELLIANT® with REPREVE® Nylon durable, CELLIANT Print has undergone mechanical testing for wash tests and can be confirmed to last the useful life of the product, for 50+ washes.

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Hologenix, LLC

10.11.2023

Garmont: Andrea Nalesso als neuer CEO

Garmont International hat Andrea Nalesso zum neuen CEO ernannt. Mit langjähriger Erfahrung in der Outdoor- und Sportbranche übernimmt Nalesso die Nachfolge von Pierangelo Bressan, der Vorstandsvorsitzender und Aktionär von Garmont bleibt.

Riello Investimenti SGR – über seinen Italian Strategy Fonds Mehrheitsaktionär von Garmont International – hat gemeinsam mit den Minderheitsaktionären Andrea Nalesso zum Chef Executive Officer (CEO) berufen, der die Marke in den kommenden Jahren auf dem eingeschlagenen Weg konsequent weiterzuführen soll.

Zu den innovativen Vorhaben, die Garmont in den letzten Jahren umgesetzt hat und die Andrea Nalesso fortführen soll, gehört die Entwicklung von Schuhen mit einem nachhaltigen Fußabdruck. In einem Bereich, in dem die Produktion erhebliche Auswirkungen auf die Umwelt hat, ist das eine ebenso wichtige wie klar kommunizierte Entscheidung. In wirtschaftlicher Hinsicht wird der neue CEO den Weg der Internationalisierung fortsetzen, neue Märkte erschließen und die bestehende Vertriebsbasis um einen Omnichannel-Fokus erweitern.

Garmont International hat Andrea Nalesso zum neuen CEO ernannt. Mit langjähriger Erfahrung in der Outdoor- und Sportbranche übernimmt Nalesso die Nachfolge von Pierangelo Bressan, der Vorstandsvorsitzender und Aktionär von Garmont bleibt.

Riello Investimenti SGR – über seinen Italian Strategy Fonds Mehrheitsaktionär von Garmont International – hat gemeinsam mit den Minderheitsaktionären Andrea Nalesso zum Chef Executive Officer (CEO) berufen, der die Marke in den kommenden Jahren auf dem eingeschlagenen Weg konsequent weiterzuführen soll.

Zu den innovativen Vorhaben, die Garmont in den letzten Jahren umgesetzt hat und die Andrea Nalesso fortführen soll, gehört die Entwicklung von Schuhen mit einem nachhaltigen Fußabdruck. In einem Bereich, in dem die Produktion erhebliche Auswirkungen auf die Umwelt hat, ist das eine ebenso wichtige wie klar kommunizierte Entscheidung. In wirtschaftlicher Hinsicht wird der neue CEO den Weg der Internationalisierung fortsetzen, neue Märkte erschließen und die bestehende Vertriebsbasis um einen Omnichannel-Fokus erweitern.

Nach mehreren Jahren als Verkaufsleiter bei GEOX und Dainese war Nalesso Geschäftsführer mehrerer Ausrüstungs- und Schuhmarken der Oberalp-Gruppe. Er wechselte zurück zu Dainese, bevor er nun als CEO bei Garmont anheuerte.

Um Kontinuität und Konsistenz der Wachstumspläne zu gewährleisten, bleibt Pierangelo Bressan wie vorgesehen Präsident des Verwaltungsrats und Aktionär des Unternehmens. Er hatte 2014 die Leitung des Unternehmens übernommen, um den Relaunch der Marke zu verantworten.

More information:
Garmont CEO Outdoor Sportbekleidung
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Garmont International

Decathlon launched Ski Socks with CELLIANT® infrared technology (c) Decathlon
08.11.2023

Decathlon launched Ski Socks with CELLIANT® infrared technology

Making outdoor sports accessible to as many people as possible since 1976 through quality, innovative gear, powerhouse sporting goods brand Decathlon has launched the first product of its long-term partnership with CELLIANT® infrared technology from Hologenix® – Adult Ski Socks. They are introduced in its Wedze range of ski and snowboarding socks (“wed’ze” means ‘“a small turn on the snow” in the Savoyard dialect in the Alps where this brand is headquartered).  

Making outdoor sports accessible to as many people as possible since 1976 through quality, innovative gear, powerhouse sporting goods brand Decathlon has launched the first product of its long-term partnership with CELLIANT® infrared technology from Hologenix® – Adult Ski Socks. They are introduced in its Wedze range of ski and snowboarding socks (“wed’ze” means ‘“a small turn on the snow” in the Savoyard dialect in the Alps where this brand is headquartered).  

Decathlon was attracted to CELLIANT’s ability to convert body heat into infrared energy, improving local circulation and cellular oxygenation to support stronger performance and faster recovery. Skiers who often suffer from muscle fatigue in the calf area will appreciate the infrared infusion and light compression attributes that were specifically chosen with this in mind. The sock was also thoughtfully designed for minimum thickness, allowing for a comfortable fit within the ski boot, without sacrificing warmth or durability. Anti-friction thread on the sole and toes helps limit irritation, and seams are intentionally positioned to eliminate discomfort. The socks are offered in a Asphalt Blue color in a variety of sizes, both online and in retail stores worldwide.

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Hologenix, LLC

PrimaLoft ernennt Anne Cavassa zur neuen Präsidentin (c) PrimaLoft
Anne Cavassa, Präsidentin
08.11.2023

PrimaLoft ernennt Anne Cavassa zur neuen Präsidentin

PrimaLoft, Inc. hat Anne Cavassa zur neuen Präsidentin des Unternehmens ernannt. Dieser strategische Schritt unterstreicht das Engagement von PrimaLoft, Wachstum, Innovation und Nachhaltigkeit weiter voranzutreiben. Mike Joyce wird PrimaLoft weiterhin als CEO leiten und sich auf die langfristigen strategischen Aktivitäten sowie die Ausrichtung des Unternehmens konzentrieren. Cavassa wird die Verantwortung für das Tagesgeschäft übernehmen und beiden werden eng zusammenarbeiten.

Cavassa kommt mit einer beeindruckenden Erfolgsbilanz zu PrimaLoft. In ihren bisherigen Rollen standen vor allem Wachstumsförderung durch strategische Unternehmensausrichtung und Förderung eines kollaborativen Umfelds im Fokus. Zuletzt war sie als Präsidentin von Saucony tätig und hatte außerdem Führungspositionen bei Brooks, Nike und Timberland inne. Cavassa bringt eine Fülle von Erfahrungen mit, um die Marktposition von PrimaLoft weiter zu stärken. Denn sie war im Schuh- und im Bekleidungsbereich, Produktdesign, Merchandising, Brand-Marketing, Customer Experience und Fachhandel tätig.

PrimaLoft, Inc. hat Anne Cavassa zur neuen Präsidentin des Unternehmens ernannt. Dieser strategische Schritt unterstreicht das Engagement von PrimaLoft, Wachstum, Innovation und Nachhaltigkeit weiter voranzutreiben. Mike Joyce wird PrimaLoft weiterhin als CEO leiten und sich auf die langfristigen strategischen Aktivitäten sowie die Ausrichtung des Unternehmens konzentrieren. Cavassa wird die Verantwortung für das Tagesgeschäft übernehmen und beiden werden eng zusammenarbeiten.

Cavassa kommt mit einer beeindruckenden Erfolgsbilanz zu PrimaLoft. In ihren bisherigen Rollen standen vor allem Wachstumsförderung durch strategische Unternehmensausrichtung und Förderung eines kollaborativen Umfelds im Fokus. Zuletzt war sie als Präsidentin von Saucony tätig und hatte außerdem Führungspositionen bei Brooks, Nike und Timberland inne. Cavassa bringt eine Fülle von Erfahrungen mit, um die Marktposition von PrimaLoft weiter zu stärken. Denn sie war im Schuh- und im Bekleidungsbereich, Produktdesign, Merchandising, Brand-Marketing, Customer Experience und Fachhandel tätig.

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PrimaLoft

Three Swiss Brands introduce the "Extraordinary Jacket" Photo: Mammut
The Extraordinary Jacket, a joint development by Nespresso, Mammut, and HeiQ
06.11.2023

Three Swiss Brands introduce the "Extraordinary Jacket"

In a celebration of Innovation and Swiss identity the three brands Nespresso, Mammut, and HeiQ have joined forces to create the "Extraordinary Jacket".

The Extraordinary Jacket is a testament to Swiss design and innovation. Mammut's super-light Ajungilak® insulation now incorporates HeiQ XReflex technology powered by Xefco, which contains part of the aluminum from recycled Nespresso capsules.

Being up in the mountains comes with significant temperature drops. Mammut, HeiQ and Nespresso have cocreated this high-performance insulation jacket that delivers great heat retention while being breathable, so one can enjoy more time above the tree line.

What makes the Extraordinary Jacket genuinely extraordinary is its ability to retain 20% more heat than a conventional insulation jacket of similar thickness. The innovative HeiQ XReflex 3D aluminized scrim layer reflects the body's heat radiation within the insulation layers, so the wearer doesn’t have to produce more energy to stay warm, resulting in effortless comfort even in harsh and demanding conditions.

In a celebration of Innovation and Swiss identity the three brands Nespresso, Mammut, and HeiQ have joined forces to create the "Extraordinary Jacket".

The Extraordinary Jacket is a testament to Swiss design and innovation. Mammut's super-light Ajungilak® insulation now incorporates HeiQ XReflex technology powered by Xefco, which contains part of the aluminum from recycled Nespresso capsules.

Being up in the mountains comes with significant temperature drops. Mammut, HeiQ and Nespresso have cocreated this high-performance insulation jacket that delivers great heat retention while being breathable, so one can enjoy more time above the tree line.

What makes the Extraordinary Jacket genuinely extraordinary is its ability to retain 20% more heat than a conventional insulation jacket of similar thickness. The innovative HeiQ XReflex 3D aluminized scrim layer reflects the body's heat radiation within the insulation layers, so the wearer doesn’t have to produce more energy to stay warm, resulting in effortless comfort even in harsh and demanding conditions.

DITF: Lignin coating for Geotextiles Photo: DITF
Coating process of a cellulose-based nonwoven with the lignin compound using thermoplastic processing methods on a continuous coating line.
27.10.2023

DITF: Lignin coating for Geotextiles

Textiles are a given in civil engineering: they stabilize water protection dams, prevent runoff containing pollutants from landfills, facilitate the revegetation of slopes at risk of erosion, and even make asphalt layers of roads thinner. Until now, textiles made of highly resistant synthetic fibers have been used for this purpose, which have a very long lifetime. For some applications, however, it would not only be sufficient but even desirable for the auxiliary textile to degrade in the soil when it has done its job. Environmentally friendly natural fibers, on the other hand, often decompose too quickly. The German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF) are developing a bio-based protective coating that extends their service life.

Textiles are a given in civil engineering: they stabilize water protection dams, prevent runoff containing pollutants from landfills, facilitate the revegetation of slopes at risk of erosion, and even make asphalt layers of roads thinner. Until now, textiles made of highly resistant synthetic fibers have been used for this purpose, which have a very long lifetime. For some applications, however, it would not only be sufficient but even desirable for the auxiliary textile to degrade in the soil when it has done its job. Environmentally friendly natural fibers, on the other hand, often decompose too quickly. The German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF) are developing a bio-based protective coating that extends their service life.

Depending on humidity and temperature, natural fiber materials can degrade in the soil in a matter of months or even a few days. In order to significantly extend the degradation time and make them suitable for geotextiles, the Denkendorf team researches a protective coating. This coating, based on lignin, is itself biodegradable and does not generate microplastics in the soil. Lignin is indeed biodegradable, but this degradation takes a very long time in nature.

Together with cellulose, Lignin forms the building materials for wood and is the "glue" in wood that holds this composite material together. In paper production, usually only the cellulose is used, so lignin is produced in large quantities as a waste material. So-called kraft lignin remains as a fusible material. Textile production can deal well with thermoplastic materials. All in all, this is a good prerequisite for taking a closer look at lignin as a protective coating for geotextiles.

Lignin is brittle by nature. Therefore, it is necessary to blend the kraft lignin with softer biomaterials. These new biopolymer compounds of brittle kraft lignin and softer biopolymers were applied to yarns and textile surfaces in the research project via adapted coating systems. For this purpose, for example, cotton yarns were coated with lignin at different application rates and evaluated. Biodegradation testing was carried out using soil burial tests both in a climatic chamber with temperature and humidity defined precisely according to the standard and outdoors under real environmental conditions. With positive results: the service life of textiles made of natural fibers can be extended by many factors with a lignin coating: The thicker the protective coating, the longer the protection lasts. In the outdoor tests, the lignin coating was still completely intact even after about 160 days of burial.

Textile materials coated with lignin enable sustainable applications. For example, they have an adjustable and sufficiently long service life for certain geotextile applications. In addition, they are still biodegradable and can replace previously used synthetic materials in some applications, such as revegetation of trench and stream banks.

Thus, lignin-coated textiles have the potential to significantly reduce the carbon footprint: They reduce dependence on petroleum-based products and avoid the formation of microplastics in the soil.

Further research is needed to establish lignin, which was previously a waste material, as a new valuable material in industrial manufacturing processes in the textile industry.

The research work was supported by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Food, Rural Areas and Consumer Protection as part of the Baden-Württemberg State Strategy for a Sustainable Bioeconomy.

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Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf (DITF)

adidas TERREX and National Geographic: Aurora Borealis-Inspired Collection (c) adidas AG
20.09.2023

adidas TERREX and National Geographic: Aurora Borealis-Inspired Collection

Following the successful inaugural launch last Spring, adidas TERREX and National Geographic join forces once again with a collection designed to capture the awe-inspiring beauty of the Aurora Borealis.

The core images of the Northern Lights, as captured by National Geographic photographers, are interpreted in different ways on different products, taken through different hues and applied in different places per garment. These include:

Following the successful inaugural launch last Spring, adidas TERREX and National Geographic join forces once again with a collection designed to capture the awe-inspiring beauty of the Aurora Borealis.

The core images of the Northern Lights, as captured by National Geographic photographers, are interpreted in different ways on different products, taken through different hues and applied in different places per garment. These include:

  • The TERREX Swift R3 GORE-TEX National Geographic hiking boot – Blending the lightweight design and cushioning of a trail running shoe with the stability and durability of a hiking boot
  • The all-gender TERREX National Geographic RAIN.RDY 3-IN-1 Jacket – Combining 2.5L waterproof RAIN.RDY shell and polar fleece inner jackets for elevated protection and versatility with a strong visual design inspired by the northern lights.
  • The TERREX National Geographic Softshell Jacket – A functional and stylish option for any adventure outdoor-seekers may have on their agenda. Reinforced shoulders, chest and forearms provide abrasion resistance.
  • The TERREX National Geographic High Pile Fleece Jacket – The add-on for chilly days in the great outdoors. The Fleece Jacket features reflective elements that ensure visibility and safety in the low lights.
More information:
adidas Outdoor outdoor apparel
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adidas AG