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Lenzing: car concept with biodegradable car seat covers

The producer of cellulosic fibers, Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria, has partnered with the automotive think tank Rinspeed AG, Zumikon/Switzerland, to introduce highly sustainable fibers for automotive interiors in Rinspeed’s 2019 concept vehicle “microSnap”.
Under the collaboration, Lenzing’s sustainably produced botanic fibers are incorporated in the seat cover fabrics of the “microSnap” to enhance sustainability of the futuristic vehicles, while offering new levels of softness moisture management and body temperature regulating technologies.
Fibers for the trademark “Lenzing for Automotive Interiors” comprise of Lenzing Lyocell and Modal fibers, which are produced from renewable wood sources through eco-responsible production processes and certified as compostable and biodegradable. Combined with the innovative Eco Color Technology, Lenzing for Automotive Interiors fibers also feature long-lasting color-fastness with color pigment embedded in fibers during production process. This technology has a relatively lower environmental impact than conventional resource-intensive dyeing process, bringing a further upgrade to vehicle sustainability.
The partnership also complements the on-going collaboration with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to manufacture automotive interior components using Lenzing for Automotive Interiors fibers.

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Freudenberg: performance through sustainability

For improving the environmental footprint of carpets, the producer of technical textiles Freudenberg Performance Materials Holding SE & Co. KG, Weinheim/Germany, is using high-performance materials.
At the Domotex in Hannover/Germany, on January 11-14, 2019, Freudenberg showcased tufted carpet backings, which bring the necessary dimensional stability required by digital printing machines for carpets. These primary and secondary backings for carpet tiles, broadloom carpets and walk-off mats are polyester spunlaids manufactured using a proprietary technology. They provide high dimensional stability, reliable and precise pattern repeat, optimal lay-flat characteristics and constant surface uniformity, as well as non-fraying edges.
In order to guarantee sustainability, Freudenberg recycles production waste materials, works continuously on developing products with a high share of recycled content and avoids the use of chemical binding agents. Furthermore, the polyester tuft backings made by Freudenberg are 100% recyclable.

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Oeko-Tex: new regulations 2020

At the start of 2020, the supplier of testing and certification systems Oeko-Tex Association, Zurich/Switzerland, updated their existing guidelines as well as the valid test criteria and limit values for their certifications and services – in line with consistent consumer protection and the sustainability of textiles and leather products. Following a transition period, all new regulations will come into effect on April 1, 2020.
Beginning January 2020 it will also be possible to award the Made In Green label to leather products. Leather articles labelled with Made In Green have been tested for harmful substances in accordance with the Leather Standard and have been produced in environmentally friendly facilities in socially acceptable workplaces in accordance with STeP.
After one year of observation, the carcinogenic N-nitrosamines and N-nitrosables substances have been included in the Standard 100 and the Leather Standard. Also following one year of observation, the herbicide glyphosate and its salts have also been included in the limit value catalogue for the Standard 100. Specific limit values for the total content of the toxic heavy metals arsenic and mercury have also been defined in the Standard 100 and Leather Standard.
In 2020, Oeko-Tex will observe various new substances based on the latest scientific findings and conformity with precise specifications. This primarily concerns some substances newly classified as SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern). However, various dyes, pesticides and perfluorinated compounds will also be examined carefully in the future.
To manage the increasingly complex demands in textile and leather production, beginning April 1, 2020, Detox To Zero will be an obligatory element for STeP-certified facilities using large quantities of water and chemicals.
For further information: www.oeko-tex.com

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Heimtextil celebrates 50th anniversary with focus on sustainability

For the 50th time, the Heimtextil in Frankfurt/Germany will bring together the international home textiles industry. The first event in January 1971 had 679 exhibitors. This year, 2,952 companies from 65 countries are presenting their innovations at the world’s largest trade fair for home and contract textiles from January 7-10, 2020.
Sustainability is the major overarching theme of the industry. At Heimtextil 2020, green aspects is again be at the top of the fair’s agenda. The 10th edition of the Green Directory, the exhibitor directory for sustainable producers, includes 259 companies. The “Green Village” is also enjoying growth. In the sustainability area in hall 12.0, which acts as a first port of call for all questions relating to green issues, recognized certifiers and seal awarders are presenting themselves. New to this area is the German government's “Grüner Knopf” textile seal, launched in September 2019, and the United Nations Office for Partnerships, which will present the global Sustainable Development Goals at Heimtextil.
Sustainable aspects are also at the forefront of the concept for this year’s “Trend Spaces”. Together with designers, the goal of creating a sustainable show was set and a material manifesto was adopted for this purpose. The aim was to minimize the environmental impact by selecting materials in an intelligent way. This means: wherever possible, alternative, sustainable materials have been used.
With the motto Where I Belong, visitors interested in design will experience around 1,000 exhibits by international exhibitors in the “Trend Space” in hall 3.0. The approach of the new Future Materials Library, part of the Trend Space, is also progressive and sustainable. Here, visitors can explore the nature and production method of innovative materials. The focus is on recycled fabrics and cultivated – so-called living – textiles, among other things.

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Rich Dodge (L-to-R) Kerry Bannigan, Detlef Braun, Jürgen Schulz and Robert Skinner

Messe Frankfurt: partnership with UN for more sustainability in the textile industry

On December 17, 2019, at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, NY/USA, the Texpertise Network of Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt/Germany, the Conscious Fashion Campaign and the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) reported on how to collaborate in furthering the implementation of their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the fashion and textile industry.
The global engagement of the private sector and other stakeholders for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is important. The international fashion and textile industry have a potential to advance the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Together with Messe Frankfurt and Conscious Fashion Campaign, UNOP welcomes the opportunity to reach a broad and professional audience, raise awareness of the goals and galvanize support.
Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board at Messe Frankfurt, explained: “Along with digitalization, sustainability is a topic currently exerting a significant influence on the global textile industry. Messe Frankfurt has been accompanying this development with its worldwide textile events under the umbrella of the Texpertise Network for more than 10 years. It is therefore a logical conclusion that the Sustainable Development Goals should be integrated in worldwide textile events to generate acute awareness of the importance of sustainability in the textile industry.”
With its Texpertise Network, Messe Frankfurt supports the Sustainable Development Goals within the framework of the cooperation with the Conscious Fashion Campaign and UNOP. The goals will be presented at the more than 50 textile events at venues around the globe. Planning currently includes interactive information stands, presentations, discussion forums, fair tours and the integration of special activities in the trade fair program.
Photo (left to right): (Photo: Rich Dodge)

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Lenzing: joint venture in Brazil to build dissolving wood pulp plant

The producer of cellulosic fibers, Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria, and Duratex S.A., São Paulo/Brazil, one of the largest producers of industrialized wood panels, announce that they will build a 500,000 tons dissolving wood pulp plant in the State of Minas Gerais, near São Paulo.
The start-up is planned for the 1st half of 2022. In the joint venture, Lenzing holds a 51% and Duratex a 49% stake. The expected industrial capital expenditure will be approx. US$ 1.3 billion. The project is financed through long-term debt. The corresponding financing contracts are expected to be concluded at the end of the 1st quarter of 2020.
In planning the new production facility, particular importance was given to sustainability aspects. The plant will operate among the highest productive and energy-efficient in the world.


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