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(c) nova-Institut GmbH
24.01.2023

Six nominees for„Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2023“

For the third time, nova-Institute awards the “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year” award in the frame of the “Cellulose Fibres Conference 2023” (8-9 March 2023). The conference advisory board nominated six remarkable products, including cellulose fibres from textile waste, banana production waste and bacterial pulp, a novel technology for producing lyocell yarns and a hygiene product. The innovations will be put to the vote of the conference audience on the first day of the event, with the awards ceremony taking place in the evening. The innovation award “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2023” is sponsored by GIG Karasek (AT).

For the third time, nova-Institute awards the “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year” award in the frame of the “Cellulose Fibres Conference 2023” (8-9 March 2023). The conference advisory board nominated six remarkable products, including cellulose fibres from textile waste, banana production waste and bacterial pulp, a novel technology for producing lyocell yarns and a hygiene product. The innovations will be put to the vote of the conference audience on the first day of the event, with the awards ceremony taking place in the evening. The innovation award “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2023” is sponsored by GIG Karasek (AT).

Here are the six nominees
Vybrana – The new generation banana fibre – GenCrest Bioproducts (India)

Vybrana is a Gencrest’s Sustainable Cellulosic Fibre upcycled from agrowaste. Raw fibres are extracted from the Banana Pseudo stem at the end of the plant lifecycle. The biomass waste is then treated by the Gencrest patented Fiberzyme technology. Here, cocktail enzyme formulations remove the high lignin content and other impurities and help fibre fibrillation. The company's proprietary cottonisation process provides fine, spinnable cellulose staple fibres suitable for blending with other staple fibres and can be spun on any conventional spinning systems giving yarns sustainable apparel. Vybrana is produced without the use of heavy chemicals and minimized water consumption and in a waste-free process where balance biomass is converted to bio stimulants Agrosatva and Bio Fertilizers & organic manure.

HeiQ AeoniQ™ – technology for more sustainability of textiles – HeiQ (Austria)
HeiQ AeoniQ™ is the disruptive technology and key initiative from HeiQ with the potential to change the sustainability of textiles. It is the first climate-positive continuous cellulose filament yarn, made in a proprietary manufacturing process and the first to reproduce the properties of polyester and nylon yarns in a cellulosic, biodegradable, and endlessly recyclable fibre.
HeiQ AeoniQ™ can be manufactured from different cellulosic raw materials such as pre- and post-consumer textile waste, biotech cellulose, and non-valorized agricultural waste, such as ground coffee waste or banana peels. It naturally degrades after only 12 weeks in the soil. Each ton of HeiQ AeoniQ™ saves 5 tons of CO2 emissions. The first garments made with this innovative cellulosic filament fiber were commercially launched in January 2023.

TENCEL™ LUXE – lyocell filament yarn – Lenzing (Austria)
TENCEL™ LUXE is LENZING’s new versatile lyocell yarn that offers an urgently needed sustainable filament solution for the textile and fashion industry. A possible botanical alternative for silk, long-staple cotton, and petrol-based synthetic filaments, is derived from wood grown in renewable, sustainably managed forests, and produced in an environmentally sound, closed-loop process that recycles water and reuses more than 99 % of organic solvent. Certified by The Vegan Society, it is suitable for a wide range of applications and fabric developments, from finer high fashion propositions to denim constructions, seamless and activewear innovations, and even agricultural and technical solutions.

Nullarbor™ – Nanollose & Birla Cellulose (Australia/India)
In 2020, Nanollose & Birla Cellulose started a journey to develop and commercialize tree-free lyocell from bacterial cellulose, called Nullarbor™. The name derives from the Latin “nulla arbor” which means “no trees”. Initial lab research at both ends led to a joint patent application with the patent “production of high-tenacity lyocell fibres made from bacterial cellulose”.
Nullarbor is significantly stronger than lyocell made from wood-based pulp; even adding small amounts of bacterial cellulose to wood pulp increases the fibre toughness. In 2022, the first pilot batch of 260kg was produced with 20 % bacterial pulp share. Several high-quality fabrics and garments were produced with this fibre. The collaboration between Nanollose & Birla Cellulose now focuses on increasing the production scale and amount of bacterial pulp in the fibre.

Circulose® – makes fashion circular – Renewcell (Sweden)
Circulose® made by Renewcell is a branded dissolving pulp made from 100 % textile waste, like worn-out clothes and production scraps. It provides a unique material for fashion that is 100 % recycled, recyclable, biodegradable, and of virgin-equivalent quality. It is used by fibre producers to make staple fibre or filaments like viscose, lyocell, modal, acetate or other types of man-made cellulosic fibres. In 2022, Renewcell, opened the world’s first textile-to-textile chemical recycling plant in Sundsvall, Sweden – Renewcell 1. The plant will eventually reach 120,000 tons of annual capacity.

Sparkle sustainable sanitary pads – Sparkle Innovations (United States)
Globally, around 300 billion period products are discarded every year, resulting in millions of tons of non-biodegradable waste. Since most conventional sanitary pads contain up to 90 % plastics, they do not biodegrade for around 600 years. Sparkle has designed sustainable, plastic-free, biodegradable and compostable Sparkle sanitary pads. From product to packaging, they are made up of around 90 % cellulose-based materials with top sheet, absorbent core, release paper, wrapping paper and packaging made of cellulose-based fibres. Whether Sparkle pads end up in a compost pit, are incinerated or end up in a landfill, they are a more sustainable alternative compared to conventional pads that contain large amounts of plastics, complex petro-chemical based ingredients and artificial fragrances. When tested according to ISO 14855-1 by a leading independent lab in Europe, Sparkle pads reached over 90 % absolute biodegradation within 90 days in commercial composting conditions.

20.01.2023

Third edition of the project "CirculART"

Art meets sustainable fashion in the third edition of the project "CirculART", the initiative that sees companies, artists and fashion designers working together with Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto, showing how new balanced forms of production, design and sharing can be explored through a careful choice of materials and of sustainable supply chains. Three key concepts underpin the circularity of sustainable fashion and therefore this project: Reduce - reducing the consumption of raw materials, Reuse - reuse of raw materials, Recycling - regeneration.

The project CirculART is conceived and developed in collaboration between Fashion B.E.S.T. and UNIDEE Residency Programs, and led by the Foundation's team of curators.

Art meets sustainable fashion in the third edition of the project "CirculART", the initiative that sees companies, artists and fashion designers working together with Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto, showing how new balanced forms of production, design and sharing can be explored through a careful choice of materials and of sustainable supply chains. Three key concepts underpin the circularity of sustainable fashion and therefore this project: Reduce - reducing the consumption of raw materials, Reuse - reuse of raw materials, Recycling - regeneration.

The project CirculART is conceived and developed in collaboration between Fashion B.E.S.T. and UNIDEE Residency Programs, and led by the Foundation's team of curators.

Fashion B.E.S.T. - Better Ethical Sustainable Think-Tank, Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto’ sustainable fashion office, was created by artist Michelangelo Pistoletto and Franca Sozzani. Since 2009, B.E.S.T. has been working on the development of sustainability in the textile sector, to lead to a contamination between art, which assumes social responsibility, and the world of fashion, which is looking to define a new ethical and sustainable model.

CirculART proposes a new link between fashion and art, engaging both in a conscious and innovative combination of sustainability, sensitivity, beauty and union. The project links territory and production factories, bringing together actors from the different sectors making up the textile supply chain that work on the basis of a circular economy with companies that have chosen to embrace the ideal of sustainability and develop an innovative business model.

The protagonists of this year’s edition are two international artists and two international fashion designers, selected through an open call launched by Cittadellarte: Augustina Bottoni, Lucia Chain, Huge Sillytoe and Rebecca Sforzani, young talents called upon to create a work with fabrics produced by partner companies, focusing on dialogue and on the enhancement of the textile industry production chain.

In early 2023, the programme will give the four selected artists the opportunity to visit and work actively with the partner companies that have joined the initiative.
These are: Achille Pinto S.p.a, manufacturer of textiles and textile accessories for the main international fashion brands; Albini Group, Europe's largest manufacturer of cotton fabrics for shirts; Erica Industria Tessile, a leading company in the creation of textile prints, original and customised designs; Filatura Astro, eco-sustainable regenerated yarns; G2B S.r.l., a chemical and environmental analysis laboratory working with vertical cultivation from which indigo is obtained; Lampo by Ditta Giovanni Lanfranchi S.p.A., leader in the creation and production of zips for fashion; Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti, a Biella-based weaver for haute couture; Lenzing, world leader in the production of fabrics made from fibres derived from renewable wood raw material; Milior, a producer of high quality fabrics; Officina +39 – Chemistry plus creativity, a chemical company with thirty years' experience dedicated to research and chemical application in textiles; Tessuti di Sondrio, a factory inspired by the century-old local textile tradition of processing cotton, linen, hemp and wool; Tintoria Emiliana, garment-dyed production and sustainable practices; Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia, a manufacturer of 100% Made in Italy fine combed and carded yarns.

 

Source:

Officina +39 / Menabò Group srl

Photo: Carbios
13.01.2023

Carbios and Novozymes deepen collaboration in biorecycling of PET

Carbios and Novozymes announced an exclusive long-term global strategic partnership. This major agreement ensures the long-term production and supply of Carbios’ proprietary PET-degrading enzymes at an industrial scale for the world’s first biological PET-recycling plant due to start production in 2025 in Longlaville (France), as well as Carbios’ future licensee customers.
 
Carbios and Novozymes have had a partnership since 2019 to develop enzyme-based solutions and address  the sustainability challenge of plastic pollution, both within PET-recycling[1] and PLA-biodegradation[2].  Building on the current Joint Development Agreement (JDA), under the new agreement, Carbios and Novozymes will extend their collaboration to develop, optimize and produce enzymes that will subsequently be supplied by Novozymes to all licensees of Carbios’ technology.  The new agreement grants both parties exclusivity in the field of the partnership.
 

Carbios and Novozymes announced an exclusive long-term global strategic partnership. This major agreement ensures the long-term production and supply of Carbios’ proprietary PET-degrading enzymes at an industrial scale for the world’s first biological PET-recycling plant due to start production in 2025 in Longlaville (France), as well as Carbios’ future licensee customers.
 
Carbios and Novozymes have had a partnership since 2019 to develop enzyme-based solutions and address  the sustainability challenge of plastic pollution, both within PET-recycling[1] and PLA-biodegradation[2].  Building on the current Joint Development Agreement (JDA), under the new agreement, Carbios and Novozymes will extend their collaboration to develop, optimize and produce enzymes that will subsequently be supplied by Novozymes to all licensees of Carbios’ technology.  The new agreement grants both parties exclusivity in the field of the partnership.
 
The strategic partnership supports the large-scale industrial deployment of Carbios’ patented PET-recycling technology starting with Carbios’ future industrial reference unit in Longlaville (France), which will be the world’s first biological PET-recycling plant. Construction will begin later this year, and both building and operating permits having been filed with local authorities.  Production at the plant is set to start in 2025 and the processing capacity will be 50,000 tonnes of waste per year.

Source:

Carbios

Grafik: econAN international GmbH
11.01.2023

Geförderte Geschäftsanbahnungsreise nach Finnland: Textilrecycling und neue textile Fasern

Die AHK Finnland führt in Kooperation mit der econAN international GmbH, dem bvse-Fachverband Textilrecycling e.V. und German RETech Partnership e.V. im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz, eine Geschäftsanbahnungsreise nach Finnland durch. Es handelt sich dabei um eine projektbezogene Fördermaßnahme. Sie ist Bestandteil der Exportinitiative Umwelttechnologien und wird im Rahmen des Markterschließungsprogramms für KMU durchgeführt. Zielgruppe sind vorwiegend kleine und mittlere deutsche Unternehmen (KMU).

Die AHK Finnland führt in Kooperation mit der econAN international GmbH, dem bvse-Fachverband Textilrecycling e.V. und German RETech Partnership e.V. im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz, eine Geschäftsanbahnungsreise nach Finnland durch. Es handelt sich dabei um eine projektbezogene Fördermaßnahme. Sie ist Bestandteil der Exportinitiative Umwelttechnologien und wird im Rahmen des Markterschließungsprogramms für KMU durchgeführt. Zielgruppe sind vorwiegend kleine und mittlere deutsche Unternehmen (KMU).

Für die Projektteilnehmer*innen werden individuell auf ihre Anforderungen zugeschnittene Geschäftsgespräche mit potenziellen Kooperationspartnern, Kunden und Branchenexperten organisiert. In Vorbereitung auf die Geschäftsanbahnungsreise erhalten sie eine Zielmarktanalyse, die auf die relevante Branche, deren Marktentwicklung, Vertriebsinformationen sowie die rechtlichen und steuerlichen Rahmenbedingungen auf dem finnischen Markt eingeht. Im Rahmen einer fachbezogenen Präsentationsveranstaltung werden die deutschen Teilnehmer*innen die Möglichkeit haben, dem finnischen Fachpublikum bestehend aus Vertreter*innen der Wirtschaft, Verbänden, Verwaltung und Presse ihre Leistungen, Produkte und Technologien vorzustellen.

Für etablierte Unternehmen und Start-ups aus den Bereichen Textilrecycling und neue Textilfasern bieten sich viele Geschäfts- und Kooperationsmöglichkeiten auf dem finnischen Markt. Ebenfalls ist der finnische Markt interessant für deutsche Unternehmen, die Textilien in ihren Produkten nutzen und diese nachhaltiger gestalten möchten. Nachgefragt sind u.a. Lösungen für eine effiziente Sortierung von Textilien und für die Identifizierung von Textilarten, Innovationen für die Verwendung von recycelten Fasern, Recyclingtechniken sowie Maschinenhersteller. Deutsche Unternehmen dürfen mit einem großen Interesse an Kooperationen rechnen, denn die finnische Textilindustrie benötigt Partner in allen Phasen der Wertschöpfungskette.

Zielgruppe: Unternehmen aus den Bereichen Textilrecycling sowie neue textile Fasern. Die gesamte Wertschöpfungskette ist angesprochen – von Zulieferern von Maschinen und Rohstoffen bis zu Anbieter von Produkten aus recyceltem Material.

Inhalt: Die TeilnehmerInnen erhalten Unterstützung bei Markteintritt bzw. -bearbeitung in Finnland:

  • Während einer Fachkonferenz präsentieren sie ihre Produkte und Dienstleistungen dem regionalen Fachpublikum (aus Wirtschaft, Politik und Verbänden).
  • Zur Vorbereitung erhalten sie eine branchenspezifische Zielmarktanalyse mit Informationen zu den Marktpotenzialen und -entwicklungen, rechtlichen Rahmenbedingungen etc.
  • Das Herzstück des Programms sind individuelle Termine mit Entscheidungsträgern und potenziellen Geschäftspartnern. Diese werden im Vorfeld für jedes Unternehmen durch eine individuelle Geschäftspartnersuche ermittelt.

Der Teilnahmebetrag liegt je nach Firmengröße zwischen 500€ und 1.000€ netto. Es können maximal 12 Unternehmen teilnehmen.

Weitere Informationen und zum Anmeldeformular online unter: https://www.econan.com/textilrecycling-und-neue-textile-fasern-in-finnland/  

Source:

econAN international GmbH

(c) Haelixa
05.01.2023

Damteks and Haelixa collaborate: Tracing recycled acrylic fiber

Haelixa, the Swiss traceability company and Damteks Textiles have announced a collaboration to mark and trace recycled acrylic fiber. Damteks is offering their recycled yarn to customers whereby they are able to place an order with the unique Haelixa DNA already attached.

The Haelixa solution is DNA markers which are solved in liquid and applied to fibers as a fine spray. Spot checks are completed after spraying to determine the presence of DNA and identify the product. The test is based on PCR technology that is 100% reliable and has forensic validity.

Damteks saw an increase in demand for blended yarn in the last year. The request is most often a composition of 30% recycled fiber with 70% standard fiber. Brands are looking for options to be more sustainable and Damteks proactively sought out an answer. They are offering the yarn with Haelixa DNA to validate the recycled acrylic in the mix.

Haelixa, the Swiss traceability company and Damteks Textiles have announced a collaboration to mark and trace recycled acrylic fiber. Damteks is offering their recycled yarn to customers whereby they are able to place an order with the unique Haelixa DNA already attached.

The Haelixa solution is DNA markers which are solved in liquid and applied to fibers as a fine spray. Spot checks are completed after spraying to determine the presence of DNA and identify the product. The test is based on PCR technology that is 100% reliable and has forensic validity.

Damteks saw an increase in demand for blended yarn in the last year. The request is most often a composition of 30% recycled fiber with 70% standard fiber. Brands are looking for options to be more sustainable and Damteks proactively sought out an answer. They are offering the yarn with Haelixa DNA to validate the recycled acrylic in the mix.

The haelixa team visited the Damteks recycling facility in Istanbul to kick off the partnership that will continue throughout 2023. The traceability program has the DNA sprayed on the recycled fibers before spinning. The project also saw the use of a tailored Haelixa liquid sprayer designed by the team based in Switzerland. When manufacturers do not have built-in moisturizing systems, Haelixa provides them with a custom unit to shower the DNA liquid onto the fibers. This sprayer is engineered to match the mechanical processing of the customer.

Damteks is a family-owned business that pride itself in carefully selecting environmentally responsible options for its production processes. On top of the certifications they have obtained including - GRS, RCS, GOTS, OCS - Damteks decided to have their products "Marked and Traced by Haelixa" to add additional credibility and reliability. Damteks plans to offer marked and traced by Haelixa yarn in different dyes as their offering to brands.

More information:
DNA marker acrylic fiber
Source:

Haelixa

30.12.2022

Future Fabrics auf der MUNICH FABRIC START

Die MUNICH FABRIC START ist in Deutschland eine führende Messe für zukunftsrelevante Textilinnovationen für den Fashionbereich. Ob auf der integriert stattfindenden internationalen Denim Tradeshow BLUEZONE oder in den Areas Fabrics und Additionals mit Materialneuheiten für alle Bekleidungssegmente, ReSOURCE und Sustainable Innovations für nachhaltige Denkansätze, Design Studios mit Stoffdesigns und neuen Entwicklungen für Prints, dem Innovationshub KEYHOUSE oder im neuen Sourcing-Areal THE SOURCE für internationale, vertikale Integration – nachhaltige Entwicklungen ziehen sich durch alle Bereiche. Dazu gehören:

Die MUNICH FABRIC START ist in Deutschland eine führende Messe für zukunftsrelevante Textilinnovationen für den Fashionbereich. Ob auf der integriert stattfindenden internationalen Denim Tradeshow BLUEZONE oder in den Areas Fabrics und Additionals mit Materialneuheiten für alle Bekleidungssegmente, ReSOURCE und Sustainable Innovations für nachhaltige Denkansätze, Design Studios mit Stoffdesigns und neuen Entwicklungen für Prints, dem Innovationshub KEYHOUSE oder im neuen Sourcing-Areal THE SOURCE für internationale, vertikale Integration – nachhaltige Entwicklungen ziehen sich durch alle Bereiche. Dazu gehören:

Tee-Textilien
WASTEA by SCAYS: Von Schuhen, über Gürtel und Taschen bis hin zu Flugzeugen oder Yachten – in all diesen Bereichen könnte in Zukunft eine neue pflanzenbasierten Lederalternative zum Einsatz kommen: WASTEA. Nach der Einführung von Apfelleder hat die Unternehmensgruppe mit Sitz in Istanbul, SCAYS, auf der vergangenen Edition der MUNICH FABRIC START seine neueste Entwicklung präsentiert: Leder aus Teeabfällen. WASTEA basiert auf zwei Komponenten – einem Textil als Basis und einer Beschichtung aus dem neuen Tee-Material. Für ein späteres Recycling könnten die Schichten voneinander getrennt werden, so SCAYS. Aus dem Textil werden wieder Textilien, aus WASTEA wird WASMENT – eine neue Art Zement, aus dem das Unternehmen in der nahen Zukunft Schulen bauen möchte.

Blumenleder
Flower Matter by Irene Purasachit: Täglich entstehen Unmengen an Blumenabfällen – die in Finnland lebende Designerin Irene Purasachit schenkt ihnen ein zweites Leben. Blumenstiele und -blätter recycelt sie zu Stoff und Papier – eine vegane Alternative zur Herstellung von Taschen, Geldbeuteln oder Blumenpapier. Da das sogenannte „Flaux“ Material zu 100 Prozent aus Blumenresten besteht, ist es komplett natürlich, biologisch abbaubar, plastik- und lederfrei.

Bakterielle Zellulose
Biotic by Studio Lionne van Deursen: Man nehme Hefe, Bakterien und gesüßten grünen Tee – nach einem Fermentationsprozess wird daraus biologisch abbaubares, widerstandsfähiges und hochflexibles Material. Wie das funktioniert? Mikroben spinnen Nanofasern aus bakterieller Zellulose auf eine Oberfläche. Sobald diese Schicht getrocknet ist, wird sie zu einem festen Material, das sich in den Eigenschaften sehr ähnlich zu Leder verhält. In Experimenten mit Pflanzenfarben und Farbstoffen aus Fruchtabfällen hat die gleichnamige Designerin des Studios für Materialforschung und Produktdesign „Lionne van Deursen“ aus den Niederlanden eine Stoffkollektion in bunten Farben, mit unterschiedlicher Lichtdurchlässigkeit und abwechslungsreichen Mustern entwickelt.

Upcycling mit Alpaka
Re-Up-Cycle by Incalpaca: Der Alpaka-Spezialist Incalpaca hat eine hochspezialisiertes Re- und Upcycling-
Verfahren entwickelt, bei dem aus Textilresten neue langlebige High-End-Gewebe entstehen. Dafür kauft Incalpaca Stoffreste wie Webkanten, Muster oder Garne aus alten Lagerbeständen, mischt diese mit Alpakafasern und stellt daraus hochwertige Re-Up-Cycle-Garne her. Verwendet werden können Abfälle aus Wolle und Nylonmischungen sowie recyceltes Nylon, mit Acryl und Baumwolle hingegen funktioniert das Verfahren nicht. Auch extrem kurze Fasern können verarbeitet werden. Das Ergebnis: 120.000 Kilogramm recyceltes und upcyceltes Garn jährlich – zum Beispiel für Capes, Throws und Mäntel.

UV-sensible Garne
Sunkolor by Panorama Fabrics: Mit dem zunehmenden Klimawandel steigt auch die Menge der unsichtbaren UV-Strahlen der Sonne. Das Problem daran: Die jeweilige Stärke ist mit bloßem Auge nicht zu erkennen. Genau das kann mit Sunkolor gelingen, denn das Material hilft dabei, die Sonneneinwirkung visuell wahrzunehmen. Das Berliner Design Studio Panorama Fabrics hat eine Technologie für Garne entwickelt, die UV-Strahlen in Textilien sichtbar machen. Durch die Sonneneinstrahlung verwandelt sich die Farbe der Sunkolor-Garne und zeigt für die menschliche Haut gefährliche UV-Indexbereiche an.

Nachhaltige Innovationen werden den Besucher:innen auch auf der kommenden MUNICH FABRIC START Spring.Summer 24 vom 24. bis 26. Januar 2023 im MOC München sowie auf der BLUEZONE und im KEYHOUSE vom 24. bis 25. Januar 2023 auf dem Zenith Areal quer durch alle Schritte der Wertschöpfungskette finden: von zahlreichen zukunftsweisenden Materialien über wasserloses Färben und sauerstoffbasierte Veredlung bis hin zu KI-gesteuerten Verfahren.

Source:

MUNICHFABRICSTART Exhibitions GmbH

30.12.2022

Carbios hosts PET Biorecycling Summit

  • Scientific researchers from 10 countries, including North America, UK, Japan and Germany
  • Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse Foundation, as Keynote Speaker
  • Speakers from strategic partnerships: L’Oréal, Salomon, and McKinsey

Carbios hosted the first PET Biorecycling Summit from 7 to 8 December 2022 in Paris. The event attracted over 100 international participants from the scientific, academic, and industrial worlds to exchange on the advances in the field of biological recycling, and how to bring these innovations for a circular economy to market.

  • Scientific researchers from 10 countries, including North America, UK, Japan and Germany
  • Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse Foundation, as Keynote Speaker
  • Speakers from strategic partnerships: L’Oréal, Salomon, and McKinsey

Carbios hosted the first PET Biorecycling Summit from 7 to 8 December 2022 in Paris. The event attracted over 100 international participants from the scientific, academic, and industrial worlds to exchange on the advances in the field of biological recycling, and how to bring these innovations for a circular economy to market.

The two-day conference gathered scientists from various academic institutions to share their latest research on PET enzymatic depolymerization.  Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation[1], joined as the Keynote Speaker for the last session focused on PET circularity, and praised Carbios’ contribution to reducing plastic pollution. The Summit concluded with a visit of Carbios’ demonstration plant in Clermont-Ferrand. The demonstration plant was inaugurated in September 2021 and brings Carbios’ technology one step closer to industrialization. Following the demonstration plant’s success, Carbios is on track to build and operate the world’s first industrial-scale enzymatic PET recycling plant (with a processing capacity of 50.000 tons of PET waste per year) in France (Longlaville) by 2025[2], and to start licensing its technology throughout the world.


[1] To address sustainability challenges while enabling economic growth, Bertrand Piccard and the Solar Impulse Foundation have identified 1000+ clean and profitable solutions. More details available on the official website.

[2] Cf. Press release dated 23 February 2022.

Source:

Carbios

22.12.2022

SOEX neues Mitglied im Innovationsbündnis BIOTEXFUTURE

Die SOEX-Gruppe wird als erster Textilrecycler offizielles Mitglied des Innovationsbündnisses BIOTEXFUTURE. Im November hatte sich die SOEX-Gruppe mit einem Vortrag an der BIOTEXFUTURE-Konferenz beteiligt. BIOTEXFUTURE arbeitet mit Partnern aus Industrie und Wissenschaft zusammen, die die gemeinsame Vision teilen, die textile Wertschöpfungskette von erdölbasierten auf biobasierte Produkte umzustellen.

Mit einem Beitrag zum Thema „Wie lässt sich nachhaltiges (biobasiertes) Textilrecycling aus-bauen?“, machte Jonas Stracke auf der Konferenz als SOEX-Projektleiter im Bereich Innovation im Textilrecycling auf eines der branchenrelevantesten Themen aufmerksam. Ziel des Vortrags war es, die Rolle der SOEX-Gruppe im Bereich der Altkleider-Sortierung offenzulegen und gemeinsam mit Akteuren aus Forschung und Industrie Methoden zu diskutieren, um den Einsatz von biobasierten Rohstoffen in der Textilindustrie zu fördern.
Im Anschluss wurde SOEX als Teil der Initiative in das Bündnis aufgenommen.

Die SOEX-Gruppe wird als erster Textilrecycler offizielles Mitglied des Innovationsbündnisses BIOTEXFUTURE. Im November hatte sich die SOEX-Gruppe mit einem Vortrag an der BIOTEXFUTURE-Konferenz beteiligt. BIOTEXFUTURE arbeitet mit Partnern aus Industrie und Wissenschaft zusammen, die die gemeinsame Vision teilen, die textile Wertschöpfungskette von erdölbasierten auf biobasierte Produkte umzustellen.

Mit einem Beitrag zum Thema „Wie lässt sich nachhaltiges (biobasiertes) Textilrecycling aus-bauen?“, machte Jonas Stracke auf der Konferenz als SOEX-Projektleiter im Bereich Innovation im Textilrecycling auf eines der branchenrelevantesten Themen aufmerksam. Ziel des Vortrags war es, die Rolle der SOEX-Gruppe im Bereich der Altkleider-Sortierung offenzulegen und gemeinsam mit Akteuren aus Forschung und Industrie Methoden zu diskutieren, um den Einsatz von biobasierten Rohstoffen in der Textilindustrie zu fördern.
Im Anschluss wurde SOEX als Teil der Initiative in das Bündnis aufgenommen.

„Als Teil der Initiative wollen wir uns an der Entwicklung von Projekten beteiligen, die sich vor allem auf die Untersuchung der Rezipierbarkeit von biobasierten Materialien fokussieren. Als erster Textilrecycler im Bündnis werden wir darüber hinaus eigene Projekte ins Leben rufen, um weitere Wege zu erforschen, wie unsere sortierten Fraktionen mittels der NIR-Technologie künftig eine hochwertige Anwendung finden können“, kommentiert SOEX-Geschäftsführer Walter J. Thomsen die neu geschlossene Kooperation.

Um dem verschwenderischen Umgang mit Textilabfällen und Ressourcen entgegenzuwirken und den Einsatz von wertvollen biobasierten Rohstoffen zu fördern, hat es sich die SOEX-Gruppe zur Aufgabe gemacht, so viele aussortierte Kleidungsstücke wie möglich zu retten. Dafür steht die exakte Sortierung der getragenen Textilien nach Materialien im Vordergrund. So wird die Recyc-lingquote von Rohstoffen, insbesondere der biobasierten Rohstoffe, gemeinsam mit der Mode-branche erhöht und die Ressourcen im Kreislauf gehalten. Verknüpft mit umfassenden Sortier- und Recyclingangeboten und einem internationalen Partnernetzwerk trägt die SOEX-Gruppe dazu bei, dieses Ziel zu erreichen. Das BIOTEXFUTURE-Innovationsbündnis ist daher ein treffender Partner, um dieses Netzwerk aus Wissenschaft und Industrie weiter auszubauen.

Gemeinsam widmen sich die SOEX-Gruppe und BIOTEXFUTURE zukünftig dem Ziel, eine nach-haltige Textilindustrie weiter auszubauen. Dafür sind nachhaltige Materialien und Rohstoffe ein entscheidender Faktor. Immer noch basieren 73 Prozent aller Fasern für die Herstellung von Textilprodukten auf Erdöl. Zeitgleich bestehen nur 9 Prozent der in der Bekleidungsindustrie eingesetzten Kunststoffe aus nachwachsenden Rohstoffen. Die Kooperation soll nun einen Rich-tungswechsel anstoßen und einen Schritt in Richtung Nachhaltigkeit fördern.

More information:
SOEX BIOTEXFUTURE Recycling
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Soex

(c) TEXAID
21.12.2022

TEXAID introduces recycled tote bag with a digital product passport

With the aim of increasing the use of post-consumer fibers in textiles, TEXAID launches a white tote bag. The fabric is a mixture of 50% used textile waste collected by TEXAID in Switzerland and Germany. At TEXAID's largest sorting facility in Apolda, Germany, white cotton textiles that can no longer be worn were sorted out and later spun, woven, and manufactured in Italy. Plastic waste makes up the other 50%. Unifi rescued this ocean-bound plastic waste and recycled it into fiber.

The cotton material was transformed into a fiber by Marchi & Fildi in Biella, IT, which was then spun into a yarn using recycled cotton and recycled polyester fibers. This yarn was woven into textile by Tessitura Casoni.T.F.C.. The care label and flag label were produced by the German company Bornemann-Etiketten GmbH, and an NFC chip from circular.fashion was also integrated into the product. All components were then assembled into this bag in Tuscany by benefit company Alisea Srl Società Benefit with their partner Paimex SRL and also screen printed with our design on it.

With the aim of increasing the use of post-consumer fibers in textiles, TEXAID launches a white tote bag. The fabric is a mixture of 50% used textile waste collected by TEXAID in Switzerland and Germany. At TEXAID's largest sorting facility in Apolda, Germany, white cotton textiles that can no longer be worn were sorted out and later spun, woven, and manufactured in Italy. Plastic waste makes up the other 50%. Unifi rescued this ocean-bound plastic waste and recycled it into fiber.

The cotton material was transformed into a fiber by Marchi & Fildi in Biella, IT, which was then spun into a yarn using recycled cotton and recycled polyester fibers. This yarn was woven into textile by Tessitura Casoni.T.F.C.. The care label and flag label were produced by the German company Bornemann-Etiketten GmbH, and an NFC chip from circular.fashion was also integrated into the product. All components were then assembled into this bag in Tuscany by benefit company Alisea Srl Società Benefit with their partner Paimex SRL and also screen printed with our design on it.

This NFC chip is a circularity.IDⓇ digital product passport, developed by the Berlin-based company, circular.fashion. By scanning the NFC chip on the bag with a cell phone, customers are redirected to the circularity.IDⓇ product platform. On this platform, they can find further information on the supply chain as well as instructions on how to refurbish or return the bag for proper recycling. Through this digital product passport, a total transparency over the entire bag production is enabled and for customers it is an easy and quick way to get the information they need.

The chip also allows the manual sorters to getthe product information much faster to make a better sorting decision, e.g. the fiber composition. For this purpose, circular.fashion's intelligent sorting stations are used to scan the chip. Several of these stations have been installed at TEXAID's sorting facility in Apolda, Germany, to facilitate optimized reuse and recycling decisions and ensure another life for the product or fiber.

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TEXAID

20.12.2022

Mey and Hologenix® launch first menswear collection with Celliant® Viscose

Mey GmbH & Co. KG, a global manufacturer of underwear, nightwear and lingerie based in Germany, is launching the world’s first men’s nightwear with CELLIANT® Viscose, which converts body heat into infrared energy.

Called mey Zzzleepwear - THE NEW SLEEP-LIFE BALANCE, the collection follows the successful debut of the similarly named women’s collection in 2021. It consists of four designs in Indigo available in T-shirts, short pants, long-sleeved shirts and long pants. CELLIANT works by recycling the heat emitted by the body into full-spectrum infrared energy and then returns it to the body. As a result, it increases the supply of oxygen to the cells and promotes a restful sleep.

Mey GmbH & Co. KG, a global manufacturer of underwear, nightwear and lingerie based in Germany, is launching the world’s first men’s nightwear with CELLIANT® Viscose, which converts body heat into infrared energy.

Called mey Zzzleepwear - THE NEW SLEEP-LIFE BALANCE, the collection follows the successful debut of the similarly named women’s collection in 2021. It consists of four designs in Indigo available in T-shirts, short pants, long-sleeved shirts and long pants. CELLIANT works by recycling the heat emitted by the body into full-spectrum infrared energy and then returns it to the body. As a result, it increases the supply of oxygen to the cells and promotes a restful sleep.

CELLIANT Viscose was developed by Hologenix®, creators of CELLIANT, a textile-based infrared ingredient brand, and Kelheim Fibres, a leading manufacturer of viscose specialty fibers. CELLIANT Viscose features natural minerals embedded into plant-based fibers and is biodegradable. It provides all the benefits of being a viscose fiber — lightweight, soft, highly breathable, excellent moisture management — as well as the fiber enhancements from CELLIANT infrared technology. In addition, CELLIANT is durable and will not wash out.

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Hologenix, LLC,

20.12.2022

Carbios publishes first Sustainability Report

Carbios published its first Sustainability Report using 2021 as the baseline year. The report outlines Carbios’ commitment to developing environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives that go beyond the industrial development of its innovative plastics biorecycling technologies. Although not subject to the regulatory requirement of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD), Carbios has nonetheless structured its report in accordance with the requirements of the European directive on Extra-Financial Performance Statements.

Carbios’ sustainability strategy is based on three pillars (governance and ethics, the environment, social and societal issues) divided into 22 priority material challenges. Carbios’ Sustainability Report reflects the company’s dedication to transparency in action and highlights its efforts in areas such as environmental sustainability; employee relations, diversity and inclusion; and corporate governance.

Within its 2021 Sustainability Report, Carbios has formalized several targets including:

ENVIRONMENTAL OBJECTIVES

Carbios published its first Sustainability Report using 2021 as the baseline year. The report outlines Carbios’ commitment to developing environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives that go beyond the industrial development of its innovative plastics biorecycling technologies. Although not subject to the regulatory requirement of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD), Carbios has nonetheless structured its report in accordance with the requirements of the European directive on Extra-Financial Performance Statements.

Carbios’ sustainability strategy is based on three pillars (governance and ethics, the environment, social and societal issues) divided into 22 priority material challenges. Carbios’ Sustainability Report reflects the company’s dedication to transparency in action and highlights its efforts in areas such as environmental sustainability; employee relations, diversity and inclusion; and corporate governance.

Within its 2021 Sustainability Report, Carbios has formalized several targets including:

ENVIRONMENTAL OBJECTIVES

  • Use the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method to maximize circularity and aim for the lowest carbon impact
  • Commit to depolymerizing 60 tons of PET in 2023 at the Demonstration Plant in Clermont-Ferrand: the equivalent of about 3.2 million plastic bottles or 4 million food trays

SOCIAL OBJECTIVES

  • Contribute to local economic development in France: the world’s first industrial-scale enzymatic PET recycling plant in Longlaville will create 150 direct and indirect jobs
  • In a context of strong growth, promote employee well-being and safety by developing training, and ensuring the management and prevention of psycho-social risks
  • Strengthen commitment to supporting international research through academic partnerships and scientific publications

GOVERNANCE OBJECTIVES

  • Achieve 40% female members of the Board of Directors by end 2023, and 40% on Executive Committee by end 2024
  • Achieve 60% independent members of the Board of Directors by end 2024
  • Structure CSR governance with the creation of a CSR committee and integrate sustainability objectives into Executive’s compensation starting fiscal year 2023
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Carbios

(c) FET
Business Secretary Grant Shapps discusses FET’s wet spinning system with Mark Smith, FET R&D Manager
16.12.2022

FET extrusion system features in UK Business Secretary’s visit

The UK’s new Business Secretary, Grant Shapps has visited the Henry Royce Institute’ hub in Manchester to seal the second phase of R&D investment in the institute of £95 million. Fibre Extrusion Technology Limited (FET) of Leeds, England had previously installed its FET-200LAB wet spinning system at the University of Manchester site and this proved to be a focus for the Business Secretary’s interest, as he discussed the project with FET’s Research and Development Manager, Mark Smith.

This wet spinning technology enables fibres to be derived from sustainable wood pulp to produce high quality apparel and trials are now underway to perfect this process. FET is a world leading supplier of laboratory and pilot melt spinning systems, having successfully processed more than 35 different polymer types in multifilament, monofilament and nonwoven formats.

During his visit, Shapps spoke of the investment programme as a means of reinforcing the UK’s standing as a leader in advanced materials research, development and innovation.

The UK’s new Business Secretary, Grant Shapps has visited the Henry Royce Institute’ hub in Manchester to seal the second phase of R&D investment in the institute of £95 million. Fibre Extrusion Technology Limited (FET) of Leeds, England had previously installed its FET-200LAB wet spinning system at the University of Manchester site and this proved to be a focus for the Business Secretary’s interest, as he discussed the project with FET’s Research and Development Manager, Mark Smith.

This wet spinning technology enables fibres to be derived from sustainable wood pulp to produce high quality apparel and trials are now underway to perfect this process. FET is a world leading supplier of laboratory and pilot melt spinning systems, having successfully processed more than 35 different polymer types in multifilament, monofilament and nonwoven formats.

During his visit, Shapps spoke of the investment programme as a means of reinforcing the UK’s standing as a leader in advanced materials research, development and innovation.

“R&D investment is a critical way to turbocharge Britain’s growth. Growing an economy fit for the future means harnessing the full potential of advanced materials, making science fiction a reality by supporting projects from regenerative medicine to robots developing new recycling capabilities, right across the country. Today’s £95 million investment will do just that, bringing together the brightest minds across our businesses and institutions to help future-proof sectors from healthcare to nuclear energy.”

The Henry Royce Institute was established in 2015 with an initial £235 million government investment through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the latest £95 million sum represents the second phase of the investment.

Opportunities being investigated by Royce include lightweight materials and structures, biomaterials and materials designed for reuse, recycling and remanufacture. Advanced materials are critical to the UK future in various industries, such as health, transport, energy, electronics and utilities.

12.12.2022

ANDRITZ recycling line for agricultural plastic waste nets

RecyOuest, France, has successfully started up the world's first recycling line for agricultural plastic waste nets at its mill in Argentan. The innovative recycling line featuring a unique dry-cleaning system was delivered, installed and commissioned by the international technology group ANDRITZ in August 2022.

RecyOuest, based in Argentan, France, is a green economy company that handles the recycling contaminated filamentary thermoplastics such as round bale nets and twines. With its recycling process, RecyOuest is part of a circular economy approach.

The ANDRITZ recycling line can process up to 8,000 tons of waste and produce recycling fibers for nonwoven applications and also for pellets made of waste from agricultural single-use plastic nets and twines. These pellets are then returned to the plastics industry by mixing both recycled and virgin raw materials, thus reducing the amount of virgin plastic used.

RecyOuest, France, has successfully started up the world's first recycling line for agricultural plastic waste nets at its mill in Argentan. The innovative recycling line featuring a unique dry-cleaning system was delivered, installed and commissioned by the international technology group ANDRITZ in August 2022.

RecyOuest, based in Argentan, France, is a green economy company that handles the recycling contaminated filamentary thermoplastics such as round bale nets and twines. With its recycling process, RecyOuest is part of a circular economy approach.

The ANDRITZ recycling line can process up to 8,000 tons of waste and produce recycling fibers for nonwoven applications and also for pellets made of waste from agricultural single-use plastic nets and twines. These pellets are then returned to the plastics industry by mixing both recycled and virgin raw materials, thus reducing the amount of virgin plastic used.

This line, inspired by the techniques from textile wastes recycling, is equipped with a unique mechanical dry-cleaning system that allows resource savings by avoiding the use of water and chemicals. This state-of-the-art ANDRITZ equipment allows RecyOuest to produce recycling fibers for nonwoven applications and also pellets for ever new eco-designed nets and twines for the agricultural sector, with the lowest possible environmental impact.

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ANDRITZ AG

Photo: Alexander Donka
08.12.2022

Lenzing and Renewcell sign large-scale supply agreement

The Lenzing Group, a leading supplier of sustainably produced specialty fibers, and Renewcell, the Swedish textile-to-textile recycling pioneer, have signed a multi-year supply agreement to accelerate the transition of the textile industry from a linear to a circular business model. The agreement contains the sale of 80,000 to 100,000 tonnes of Renewcell’s 100 per cent recycled textile Circulose® dissolving pulp to Lenzing over a five-year period, for use in the production of cellulosic fibers for fashion and other textile applications.

“The textile industry must change. By signing the agreement with Swedish textile-to-textile recycling company Renewcell, Lenzing is able to further integrate recycling and accelerate the transition of the textile industry from linear to circular. As champions of sustainability, we know that moving towards a circular economy is vital to address the enormous textile waste challenges of the industry”, says Christian Skilich, Chief Pulp Officer of the Lenzing Group.

The Lenzing Group, a leading supplier of sustainably produced specialty fibers, and Renewcell, the Swedish textile-to-textile recycling pioneer, have signed a multi-year supply agreement to accelerate the transition of the textile industry from a linear to a circular business model. The agreement contains the sale of 80,000 to 100,000 tonnes of Renewcell’s 100 per cent recycled textile Circulose® dissolving pulp to Lenzing over a five-year period, for use in the production of cellulosic fibers for fashion and other textile applications.

“The textile industry must change. By signing the agreement with Swedish textile-to-textile recycling company Renewcell, Lenzing is able to further integrate recycling and accelerate the transition of the textile industry from linear to circular. As champions of sustainability, we know that moving towards a circular economy is vital to address the enormous textile waste challenges of the industry”, says Christian Skilich, Chief Pulp Officer of the Lenzing Group.

“Lenzing is a major player in our industry, with an inspiring track record of path-breaking technical excellence and sustainability leadership. Our new partnership fits perfectly into Renewcell’s strategy to accelerate the scale-up of circular materials by collaborating with fashion’s most important players. We are more than pleased to join forces with Lenzing with the shared goal of making fashion circular.” said Patrik Lundström, CEO of Renewcell, in a comment on the agreement.

Canopy, a not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting forests, species, and climate, welcomes the agreement between Lenzing and Renewcell.
“Accelerating the transition to low-impact, circular production is the challenge of the decade for the fashion industry. That is why this partnership between Renewcell and Lenzing is so refreshing – it will bring low-carbon Next Gen solutions to market at scale,” exclaimed Nicole Rycroft, Executive Director of Canopy. “With the climate and biodiversity clocks ticking, the race to circularity is one we need all companies to win.”
 
It is an essential part of Lenzing’s corporate strategy and ambitious sustainability targets to become a true champion of circularity and to offer TENCEL™ and LENZING™ ECOVERO™ branded specialty textile fibers with up to 50 percent post-consumer recycled content on a commercial scale by 2025. To reach this goal Lenzing partners with recycling pioneers like Renewcell.
Circulose® originates 100 per cent from textile waste, like old jeans and production scraps, and turns into dissolving pulp. It transforms textile waste and production scrap into new high-quality textile products.

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Lenzing AG / Renewxell

28.11.2022

Autoneum introduces fully recyclable polyester carpet systems

Automotive carpets are typically multi-layered systems that can be challenging to recycle. By introducing a carpet made of 100% polyester, Autoneum now opens up new opportunities for vehicle manufacturers to meet their sustainability targets. The innovative carpet systems are fully recyclable, thus paving the way for an improved and more sustainable end-of-life recycling of electric vehicles. In addition, the high content of recycled PET as well as the zero waste and less energy-intensive production process further improve the carbon footprint of Autoneum’s new monomaterial needlepunch and tufted carpets.

Automotive carpets are typically multi-layered systems that can be challenging to recycle. By introducing a carpet made of 100% polyester, Autoneum now opens up new opportunities for vehicle manufacturers to meet their sustainability targets. The innovative carpet systems are fully recyclable, thus paving the way for an improved and more sustainable end-of-life recycling of electric vehicles. In addition, the high content of recycled PET as well as the zero waste and less energy-intensive production process further improve the carbon footprint of Autoneum’s new monomaterial needlepunch and tufted carpets.

Autoneum’s fully recyclable carpet systems ensure a closed material loop and are thus proof of the Company’s commitment to improving the sustainability performance of its products and manufacturing processes. The 100% polyester carpets build on the existing lightweight and particularly sustainable Autoneum Pure technologies: the carpet surface, for example, is made of Di-Light or Relive-1, while Hybrid-Acoustics PET is used for the decoupler. Thanks to Autoneum’s innovative alternative backcoating (ABC) process, which uses a thermoplastic adhesive instead of latex, the production of the new monomaterial needlepunch and tufted carpets also requires significantly less energy and no water at all.

Autoneum’s sustainable tufted carpet system made of 100% polyester is already in development for an electric model of a German vehicle manufacturer that will be available in Europe and Asia.

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Autoneum

Foto: Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann
24.11.2022

Trendbörse EuroShop 2023

  • Materials & Surfaces: was Design in schwierigen Zeiten bewirken kann
  • Nachhaltigkeit ist Leitgedanke
  • Natur und Harmonie als Rezept gegen Krisenmodus
  • Custom-made Design gewinnt

Aufgeschäumtes Aluminium, transluzente Betonflächen oder filigrane Gespinste, die das Gewicht massiver Steinbrocken zu balancieren scheinen – die Inszenierung von Shopping-Erlebnissen spielt gern mit dem visuellen Wow. Die Dimension Materials & Surfaces der EuroShop, the World’s No. 1 Retail Trade Fair, vom 26. Februar bis 02. März 2023 in Düsseldorf, ist Trendbörse und Inspiration für Store-Architekten, Ladenbauer und Kreative.

  • Materials & Surfaces: was Design in schwierigen Zeiten bewirken kann
  • Nachhaltigkeit ist Leitgedanke
  • Natur und Harmonie als Rezept gegen Krisenmodus
  • Custom-made Design gewinnt

Aufgeschäumtes Aluminium, transluzente Betonflächen oder filigrane Gespinste, die das Gewicht massiver Steinbrocken zu balancieren scheinen – die Inszenierung von Shopping-Erlebnissen spielt gern mit dem visuellen Wow. Die Dimension Materials & Surfaces der EuroShop, the World’s No. 1 Retail Trade Fair, vom 26. Februar bis 02. März 2023 in Düsseldorf, ist Trendbörse und Inspiration für Store-Architekten, Ladenbauer und Kreative.

Veränderte Vorzeichen, innere Werte
Der Rahmen für den klassischen Einkaufsbummel hat sich verschoben, der andauernde Krisenmodus stellt das stationäre Shopping vor neue Aufgaben – und damit auch die Hersteller von Ladenbau-Werkstoffen. „Im Vergleich zu der Zeit vor Corona ist es heute nicht mehr nur das Ziel der Planer, die Kunden durch eine angenehme Atmosphäre möglichst lange zum Verweilen im Shop zu bringen, sondern sie durch eine gewisse Leichtigkeit und Einfachheit von den vielen Alltagssorgen abzulenken“, analysiert Klaus Monhoff, Leiter Dekor- und Designmanagement bei Egger Holzwerkstoffe. Lebendige Feelgood-Szenarios sind gefragt und geprägt von „Überraschung, Individualisierung, Kreativität, Erlebnis, Innovation, Sinnlichkeit, Komfort“, so Eleonora Zappanico, Marketing Operation Manager beim italienischen High-Tech-Textilspezialisten S.I. Srl. Allen Details, die die Sinne berühren, kommt wachsende Beachtung zu, auch eine samtig-schmeichelnde Oberfläche ist haptische Willkommensgeste und erhöht die Aufenthaltsqualität in einem Store.

Die funktionalen Eigenschaften nehmen allgemein an Bedeutung zu, es werden performante Alleskönner für reibungsarme Prozessabläufe gesucht: Robustheit für eine erhöhte Langlebigkeit, gut desinfizierbare, leicht zu reinigende und Antifingerprint-Oberflächen. Dekore und Werkstoffe sollen vielseitig einsetzbar und super miteinander kombinierbar sein, alles flexibel, schnell verfügbar und in größtmöglicher Vielfalt.

Während die „inneren Werte“ an Relevanz zunehmen, tritt die plakative Optik etwas in den Hintergrund zugunsten gemäßigterer Oberflächen. Hölzer haben nicht mehr die ganz markante, rustikale Maserung, reines Weiß wird seit Corona von gebrochenen Tönen und warmer Farbigkeit abgelöst, eine gewisse Reduktion beim Design ist allseits erkennbar, Harmonie gewinnt.

Vom Charme der Natur
Warme Holzoptiken, Beton-Look, Stein- und Mauerwerk-Verkleidungen an Wänden, Böden und den Ladenmöbeln – naturnahe, authentische Oberflächen passen nach wie vor ins Bild. Auffällig ist, dass typische Outdoor-Texturen zunehmend in die Innen- und Ladenräume wandern und die Grenzen zwischen Außen und Innen aufheben. „Farben und Materialien aus der Natur, die das Einkaufserlebnis bereichern, sind ein Trend, der im biophilen Design seinen maximalen Ausdruck findet“, so Francesco Maffei vom italienischen Fliesenhersteller Ceramiche Keope. Ein „Raw Earth Effect“ wurde bei Keope der Bodenfliesen-Serie ‚Geo‘ zugrunde gelegt: Fliesen mit Toneffekt, die die optische Unvollkommenheit von Erde in ihr – dabei sehr elegantes – Design übersetzen.

Bei imi surface design, Spezialist für originalgetreue Oberflächen wie z.B. Beton-, Rost-, Altholz- und Steinoptik für unterschiedliche Trägermaterialien, ist eine schöne helle Kalkstein-Optik als biegbare und versiegelte Variante neu im Programm. Mit herkömmlichem Tischlerwerkzeug zu verarbeiten, lassen sich damit Wände, Böden und selbst Möbelstücke in der eigentlich spröden, porösen Textur von Kalkstein gestalten, die dann aber eben nicht bröseln und bröckeln, sondern die im Ladenbau erforderliche Festigkeit und Strapazierfähigkeit aufweisen.

Neue Hölzer
Diversifizierung kennzeichnet die Holzoptiken. Bisher dominierten im Ladenbau die Klassiker Nuss und Eiche, nun sei die Zeit reif für neue Akzente, so David Lahnsteiner aus der Dekorentwicklung bei Kaindl, Hersteller von Dekor- und Schichtstoffverbundplatten und -Böden. „Schön, ausgewogen und elegant setzen die Nadelhölzer Abies, Polar Pine und Fichte neue Trends im Interior-Design.“ Beim Bestseller Eiche wird die Hell-Dunkel-Skala ausgebaut. „Die Dekorfamilie der Eiche Evoke zeigt schier grenzenlose Möglichkeiten im Bereich „Dark & Light“. Die fast schwarze "Infinity" greift den aktuellen Trend nach dunklen homogenen Holztönen auf, die helle jugendliche "Light“ mit ausgeprägten Farbkontrasten ist die perfekte Kombination zu vielen Uni-Farbtönen“, so Lahnsteiner.

Besonders authentisch wirken Naturoptiken auf Trägermaterialien durch eine dekorgleiche dreidimensionale Strukturprägung – die sog. Synchronprägung oder Synchronpore, die die Textur von Stein und Beton oder die charakteristische Maserung von Hölzern auch haptisch hervorhebt. Bei Egger Holzwerkstoffe hat man noch einen draufgesetzt und unter dem Namen ‚PerfectSense Feelwood‘ die Synchronporen-Oberflächen mit einem matten Lackfinish und Anti-Fingerprint-Eigenschaft veredelt – auf einem emissionsarmen Holzwerkstoffträger mit Recyclinganteil.

Design 4.0
Helles Holz an Betonoptik, Marmoreffekte neben hochglänzendem Farblack, derber Bruchstein kombiniert mit changierendem Acrylglas oder auch Spiegelrelief – in unüblichen Materialkontrasten, die die Sehgewohnheiten überraschen, liegt Innovationspotenzial. „Dass die Designs Aufmerksamkeit erregen, jedoch nicht vom Produkt ablenken, und etwas Besonderes sind, das man nicht überall sieht, das sind die Herausforderungen für Store-Architekten“, so Julian Theisen, Geschäftsführer bei Sibu Design, österreichischer Spezialist für Design-Paneele. Lebendige Oberflächen der Design-Panels, Reliefs und Strukturen, samtig-matte Oberflächen sind bei Sibu Design im Fokus. Auch „Spiegeloberflächen in den verschiedensten Farben, glatt bis grob strukturiert, sind nach wie vor sehr gefragt. Besonders oft stellen wir die genauen Farben des Corporate Designs nach; von der Spiegel- bis zur Stoffoberfläche. Auch der Anteil an gedruckten und gestanzten Logos steigt an“, ergänzt Theisen. – Customizing, einzigartige Details, die sich abheben, individuell konfektionierte Elemente gewinnen an Bedeutung.

Fundstücke aus der Manufaktur
Store-Design im gehobenen Level greift verstärkt auf (kunst)handwerklich Gefertigtes aus Manufaktur-Betrieben zu, um sich gegenüber Wettbewerbern, Mainstream und Discount zu profilieren. Auch diesbezüglich wird man auf der EuroShop 2023 reichlich fündig. Etwa bei der Glashütte Lamberts aus Waldsassen. Die Faszination mundgeblasener farbiger Flachgläser, die zunächst in der hochwertigen Architektur, internationalen Hotels und bei Luxusmarken Anwendung fanden, haben inzwischen auch die Gastro-Szene, Bäckereien und Handelshäuser für sich entdeckt. Sie kommen für Vitrinen, Glasgestaltung für Trennwände und hinterleuchtete Wandverkleidungen, Deckenverglasungen (Kuppelverglasungen, etc.) und Design-Leuchten, Tresen, Möbel, Tische, Fassaden und Fenster zum Einsatz.

Auch die Zahna-Fliesen GmbH ist so ein Manufaktur-Betrieb, der in Handarbeit mehrfarbige unglasierte Fliesen nach historischem Vorbild in Kleinserien herstellt. Oder auch das portugiesische Pendant Viúva Lamego, das neben industrieller Stückzahl-Fertigung auch die portugiesische Tradition der handbemalten Taylor-made-Fliesen lebendig hält. Durch Kollaborationen mit internationalen Künstlern und Architekten werden neue Einsatzgebiete ausgelotet und z.B. Wandfreskos aus Fliesen – modern bis retro – für Gasträume realisiert.

Auch die filigranen High-Tech-Vorhänge und Raumteiler aus Textil oder Kettengliedern von Herstellern wie i-mesh oder Kriskadecor seien hier erwähnt. Deren semitransparente Szenografie dient in Store-Konzepten hochkarätiger Marken wie Dior, Natuzzi und den niederländischen Luxus-Warenhäusern von de Bijenkorf als Struktur- und Design-Element.

Flexibel, digital und crossmedial
Flexibilität ist auch bei Material-Anbietern zum zentralen Stichwort geworden. Digitalisierung und Technologie-Einsatz erfordern von Läden flexiblere, wandelbare Einrichtungskonzepte und mehr Eventcharakter, Ladenräume werden häufig als dynamische, multifunktionale und vielseitig nutzbare Umgebungen konzipiert. Daher sind Lösungen gefragt, die einen schnellen Umbau erlauben. Sibu Design etwa bietet Dekorplatten mit Magnetrücken, die perfekt geeignet sind, um mit wenigen Handgriffen umzudekorieren und ein frisches Ambiente zu erzeugen.

Auch ein Fotoboden – fotorealistisch bedruckbarer Vinyboden von visuals united – wird nicht mehr nur als „Kundenstopper“ und temporäre Werbefläche am POS eingesetzt, berichtet Silke Hüsgen von der visuals united AG. „Mutige Kunden nutzen ein kreatives Design auf einem Fotoboden in Kombination von Augmented-Reality-Content, um die analoge Welt am POS mit der digitalen zu kombinieren“, so Silke Hüsgen von der visuals united AG. Denn: „Die letzten Jahre haben die Welt auf den Kopf gestellt. Nicht nur die Pandemie, auch die Auswirkungen des Ukraine-Kriegs erfordern neue bzw. andere Produktions-, Kommunikations- und Vertriebswege. Vom Retail fordert diese Situation zukunftsweisende Lösungen in den Bereichen ‚Nachhaltigkeit‘ und einen ‚crossmedialen POS‘.“

Recycling-Design auf grünen Wegen
Ausnahmslos alle Hersteller von Fliesen, Holz- und Verbundwerkstoffen, Dekorpaneelen und Sonderprodukten für den Ladenbau haben es auf dem Schirm: Die aktuell größte Herausforderung ist, ressourcenschonende Prozesse und nachhaltige Produkte und mittelfristig den Umbau zu geschlossenen Material- und Produktionskreisläufen anzustoßen und damit tragfähige Zukunftsperspektiven für den Ladenbau zu entwickeln, der von Wechsel und Veränderung lebt und damit nicht ganz optimal zu Nachhaltigkeit und Zirkulärwirtschaft passt. Sollte man meinen. „Würden wir ganz anders betrachten, denn unter dem Nachhaltigkeits-Aspekt müsste die beschichtete Spanplatte eigentlich einen Umwelt-Nobelpreis bekommen“, räumt Klaus Monhoff von Egger Holzwerkstoffe ein. „Begonnen bei der Herstellung, bei der schon ein hoher Anteil Recyclingholz eingesetzt wird, kann die Platte nach der Verwendung zum Ende des Lebenszyklus auch wieder zu 100 Prozent recycelt werden und bleibt also komplett im eigenen Umweltkreislauf.“

Eine Reihe marktfähiger ‚Win-win-Lösungen‘, die die Anforderungen an Umweltverträglichkeit mit den qualitativen Anforderungen von Store-Architekten zusammenbringen, präsentiert Bencore, italienischer Hersteller von Verbundplatten und Mitglied des Green Buiding Councils Italia, dem dortigen Verband für nachhaltiges Bauen. Darunter ‚Wasbottle‘, ein Kunststoff aus recycelten Kunststoffflocken, der gemeinsam mit Autogrill entwickelt wurde, um den anfallenden Abfall des Travelfood-Unternehmens wiederzuverwerten. Das Schmelzen und Verpressen der bunten Flocken kreiert eine ganz eigene Recycling-Ästhetik in fröhlich bunter Terrazzo-ähnlicher Anmutung, die sich sehen lassen kann. Kommentar Bencore: „Wir sind der festen Überzeugung, dass die Herstellung von recycelten und recycelbaren Produkten ein Muss für Marken und Lieferanten sein sollte.“

Source:

EuroShop Messe Düsseldorf

(c) INDA
22.11.2022

INDA's Hygienix 2022 concludes eighth annual Conference

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry convened 500 absorbent hygiene and personal care professionals from 30 countries and throughout the supply chain to participate in the eighth edition of Hygienix™ – the premier event for absorbent hygiene & personal care markets – held in New Orleans, Louisiana, Nov. 14-17.

The program kicked off with recycling approaches for disposable absorbent hygiene waste, followed by business impacts of period product legislation and regulation, new menstrual products, consumer trends, and three finalist presentations for the 2022 Hygienix Innovation Award™.

The event also included presentations from 18 other industry experts along with 13 hours of scheduled face-to-face networking, and 50 tabletop display exhibits and banquet receptions on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

One highlight of the event was the presentation of INDA’s prestigious Hygienix Innovation Award™ to Egal Pads for Pads on a Roll™ a wrapped super-thin absorbent period pad that dispenses like toilet paper in public bathroom stalls. The product aims to prevent the personal embarrassment of not having a menstrual product when needed.

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry convened 500 absorbent hygiene and personal care professionals from 30 countries and throughout the supply chain to participate in the eighth edition of Hygienix™ – the premier event for absorbent hygiene & personal care markets – held in New Orleans, Louisiana, Nov. 14-17.

The program kicked off with recycling approaches for disposable absorbent hygiene waste, followed by business impacts of period product legislation and regulation, new menstrual products, consumer trends, and three finalist presentations for the 2022 Hygienix Innovation Award™.

The event also included presentations from 18 other industry experts along with 13 hours of scheduled face-to-face networking, and 50 tabletop display exhibits and banquet receptions on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

One highlight of the event was the presentation of INDA’s prestigious Hygienix Innovation Award™ to Egal Pads for Pads on a Roll™ a wrapped super-thin absorbent period pad that dispenses like toilet paper in public bathroom stalls. The product aims to prevent the personal embarrassment of not having a menstrual product when needed.

INDA President Tony Fragnito presented the 2022 INDA Lifetime Service Award to Dave Rousse, INDA President Emeritus, for his long-established service to the nonwovens industry and INDA. Rousse led the acquisition of the INSIGHT conference, and combined the INDA Vision Conference to launch the Hygienix™ conference for the absorbent hygiene and personal care market in 2015, and initiated the purchase of INDA Media.

Hygienix™ 2023 will be held Nov 13-16, in New Orleans, Louisiana .

Source:

INDA

(c) Hologenix, LLC
18.11.2022

Hologenix® celebrates 20-year anniversary

Hologenix®, creators of CELLIANT®, began 20 years ago with the idea of improving the quality of people's lives and health with an emphasis on non-invasive, natural, holistic healing. Co-founder and CEO Seth Casden became fascinated with the effect infrared has on the body and worked with a dedicated team to develop and market CELLIANT® infrared technology and thus materials science innovator Hologenix came to be.

CELLIANT, a proprietary blend of IR-generating bioceramics that are ethically sourced, is a unique combination of nature and performance. CELLIANT captures and converts body heat into infrared energy for increased local circulation and cellular oxygenation, resulting in stronger performance, faster recovery and better sleep. It is a key ingredient in textiles, spanning both performance and fashion apparel, sleep and lounge wear, bedding, upholstery, uniforms and medical supplies.

Hologenix®, creators of CELLIANT®, began 20 years ago with the idea of improving the quality of people's lives and health with an emphasis on non-invasive, natural, holistic healing. Co-founder and CEO Seth Casden became fascinated with the effect infrared has on the body and worked with a dedicated team to develop and market CELLIANT® infrared technology and thus materials science innovator Hologenix came to be.

CELLIANT, a proprietary blend of IR-generating bioceramics that are ethically sourced, is a unique combination of nature and performance. CELLIANT captures and converts body heat into infrared energy for increased local circulation and cellular oxygenation, resulting in stronger performance, faster recovery and better sleep. It is a key ingredient in textiles, spanning both performance and fashion apparel, sleep and lounge wear, bedding, upholstery, uniforms and medical supplies.

The first partnership Hologenix secured was with the Ireland-based fiber company Wellman International Limited, a fully owned subsidiary of Indorama Ventures and a pioneer in recycling technologies. Hologenix still works with them today, a tribute to the company’s ability to form long-term partnerships with like-minded organizations, and their joint project of pure white CELLIANT rPET fiber was shortlisted for a prestigious Drapers Sustainable Fashion Award earlier in the year.

On the brand side, many of the first brands to incorporate CELLIANT were in the sportwear industry, including Adidas, Reebok, Saucony, Eastern Mountain Sports, Sierra Designs sleeping bags and Superfeet insoles.

In 20 years, Hologenix has achieved many scientific milestones, and CELLIANT has been and continues to be rigorously tested by a Science Advisory Board composed of experts in photobiology, nanotechnology, sleep medicine, and diabetes and wound care. The Science Advisory Board has overseen nine peer-reviewed published studies that demonstrate CELLIANT’s effectiveness and the benefits of infrared energy.

Looking ahead, Hologenix is continuing to research applications for CELLIANT in the agriculture industry and wound healing and diabetes. Expansion into the FemTech market with both product applications and scientific research about the benefits of infrared for women’s health issues is also on the horizon.

Source:

Hologenix, LLC / Sarah P. Fletcher Communications

15.11.2022

Renewcell and Eastman collaborate to develop textile-to-textile recycled yarns

The Swedish textile-to-textile recycling company Renewcell has signed a Letter of Intent with Eastman, a leading US cellulosic acetate fiber producer, for a collaboration to develop Naia™ Renew ES yarns sourced from Circulose®, Renewcell’s 100% recycled textile raw material. The agreement is Renewcell’s first with a US-based fiber producer and an important step in developing the first acetate-based applications to use Circulose® feedstock.

”Eastman considering Circulose® as a feedstock in the production of a premium yarn like Naia™ Renew reflects very well on the Renewcell team’s ability to work with partners to adjust and optimize our product for new fiber applications. This agreement signals an acceleration of our joint efforts to bring Naia™ Renew ES yarns derived from Circulose® to market. I look forward to working alongside Eastman in making fashion circular.” comments Patrik Lundström, CEO of Renewcell.

The Swedish textile-to-textile recycling company Renewcell has signed a Letter of Intent with Eastman, a leading US cellulosic acetate fiber producer, for a collaboration to develop Naia™ Renew ES yarns sourced from Circulose®, Renewcell’s 100% recycled textile raw material. The agreement is Renewcell’s first with a US-based fiber producer and an important step in developing the first acetate-based applications to use Circulose® feedstock.

”Eastman considering Circulose® as a feedstock in the production of a premium yarn like Naia™ Renew reflects very well on the Renewcell team’s ability to work with partners to adjust and optimize our product for new fiber applications. This agreement signals an acceleration of our joint efforts to bring Naia™ Renew ES yarns derived from Circulose® to market. I look forward to working alongside Eastman in making fashion circular.” comments Patrik Lundström, CEO of Renewcell.

Ruth Farell, GM of Eastman Textiles says: ”we are thrilled to collaborate with a pioneeer such as Renewcell to lower our reliance on virgin feedstocks, redefine the essence of textile waste and close the loop within the textiles industry. This collaboration is at the heart of our strategy to launch a portfolio of products with increased recycled content”

(c) Robin Inizan – Lucas Pavy Production
Tearing line by ANDRITZ in operation at the Renaissance Textile plant
11.11.2022

Renaissance Textile starts up the first textile recycling line by ANDRITZ in France

Renaissance Textile in Laval, France has successfully started up a complete textile recycling line, delivered, installed, and commissioned by ANDRITZ Laroche, part of the international technology group ANDRITZ.

The ANDRITZ textile recycling equipment enabled Renaissance Textile to become the first French recycling platform dedicated to industrial end-of-life textiles. The project aims to produce new fibers from the collected post-consumer apparel, which will be used to weave new recycled fabrics in the end.

The new 12,000 m² plant is equipped with a complete tearing line whose design is the result of close collaboration between R&D specialists from ANDRITZ Laroche and Renaissance Textile, as well as customized trials carried out jointly by the two parties at the ANDRITZ technical center in Cours, France.

Renaissance Textile in Laval, France has successfully started up a complete textile recycling line, delivered, installed, and commissioned by ANDRITZ Laroche, part of the international technology group ANDRITZ.

The ANDRITZ textile recycling equipment enabled Renaissance Textile to become the first French recycling platform dedicated to industrial end-of-life textiles. The project aims to produce new fibers from the collected post-consumer apparel, which will be used to weave new recycled fabrics in the end.

The new 12,000 m² plant is equipped with a complete tearing line whose design is the result of close collaboration between R&D specialists from ANDRITZ Laroche and Renaissance Textile, as well as customized trials carried out jointly by the two parties at the ANDRITZ technical center in Cours, France.

The new clothing produced based on this type of circular economy model thus reflects the social and sustainability commitments of Renaissance Textile in terms of decarbonizing the textile industry, the fight against global warming, autonomy in raw material sourcing, and promotion of local staffing, particularly for people who have been unemployed for a long time or are seeking to enter the labor market for the first time. By 2025, for example, Renaissance Textile plans to create no less than 110 direct jobs.