Why synthetics must be part of the sustainability movement
Céleste Lilore, Director of Industry Engagement for Textile Exchange, a non-profit organization focused on accelerating sustainability in the Textile Value Chain, made the case for synthetics at the recent Texworld event. To companies looking to make improvements in this volatile and quickly evolving environment, Lilore recommends what she calls...
4 Feb 2020
Video: Fashion's toxic threads
Learn about the problems with using polyester and the invisible threat of microplastic fibers with The Economist. Source: Youtube, The Economist
20 Dec 2018
How sustainable is recycled polyester?
Nearly half of the world’s clothing is made of polyester and Greenpeace forecasts this amount to nearly double by 2030. Why? The athleisure trend if one of the main reasons behind it: an increasing number of consumers are look for stretchier, more resistant garments. The problem is, polyester is not a sustainable textile option, as it is made...
15 Nov 2018
Epson launches direct-to-garment printer for polyester
Polyester is one of the most challenging fabrics to print on, but Japanese electronics company Epson is launching a direct-to-garment printer for companies working with 100 percent polyester apparel, such as activewear and faux leather. “To date, the direct-to-garment industry has been limited to printing on 100 percent cotton or...
19 Oct 2018
H&M Foundation and HKRITA to open textile recycling facilities in Hong Kong
The H&M Foundation and The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) have announced the opening of two textile recycling facilities which will put HKRITA’s hydrothermal method for recycling cotton and polyester blends to use. Blends are the most used type of textile in the world -- yet, they are still unrecyclable. “This is a...
5 Sep 2018
Greenpeace expedition finds microplastics in remote Antarctic waters
Water and snow samples collected in a recent Greenpeace expedition to the Antarctic have revealed the presence of microplastics and persistent chemicals. Their findings confirm that plastic can be found even in the most remote areas of the planet. The extensive use of polyester in the fashion industry is partially to blame for the problem:...
19 Jun 2018
Blend Re:wind: A new recycling technique for cotton & polyester separation
London - A new recycling technique developed by Mistra Future Fashion could change the future of the fashion industry. Named Blend Re:wind, the chemical method separates both cotton and polyester from cotton/polyester blends which can be used again in new, high-quality products. Cotton and polyester fibres in the blended textile are separated...
23 Nov 2017
G-Star Raw x Plastic Soup Foundation: 'Stop the microfiber!'
London - The fashion industry remains one of the most polluting industries on earth. However most of the damage done to the environment is linked to the manufacturing and shipping of clothing, rather than what we consumers own. But what many consumers are not aware of is the continual damage the machine washing of synthetic clothing has on our...
26 Apr 2016