natural fibres

Patent for natural fireproof textile fibers

Patent for natural fireproof textile fibers

The use of synthetic fabrics fireproof for the decor is now indispensable, given the new requirements in terms of safety. However, the negative influences that synthetics fabrics cause on the internal microclimate aren’t negligible. The tissues of naturally derived, on the contrary, can act positively on human health and ensure the health of the surrounding environment; these tissues are in...

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Ecomondo 2011

Ecomondo 2011

9-12 November 2011 Rimini Fiera – Italy 15th International Trade Fair of Material & Energy Recovery and Sustainable Devolopment. Flainox was there! Ecomondo is the biggest expo of green technologies and new lifestyles, a special forum where businesses in the environmental and sustainability sectors can meet institutional stakeholders, trade associations, local/central governments, NGOs...

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Workshop in Natural Dyeing

Workshop in Natural Dyeing

Natural Dyes Stefano Panconesi 4-6 November 2011 The course aims to introduce the participants into the wonderful world of natural dyes will use the historical dyeing plants dried and wild plants collected in the territory; dye yarn and fabric in various fibers: wool, silk, cotton, linen, etc. we’ll see how the color will change with the variation of mordent, the pH of the bath. will dye...

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Maldives Stock Exchange

Maldives Stock Exchange

The Maldives has today announced another milestone on its high profile journey towards becoming a low carbon economy, declaring that it is now home to the world’s first “carbon neutral” stock exchange. The Maldives Stock Exchange (MSE) announced that it had teamed up with UK-based CarbonNeutral Company to measure and offset its carbon emissions. The company said that it had...

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Carbon Footprint

Carbon Footprint

Known as ‘the elephant in the room‘ the textile industry has a heavy impact on the environment. As current practices are unsustainable, companies, environmentalists, and consumers are looking at strategies for reducing the textile carbon footprint. According to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, industrial manufacturing accounted for 18.5 percent of carbon dioxide...

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Polartec and Repreve put bottles to use

Polartec, a leading manufacturer of technical, high-performance fabrics, is partnering with Unifi to introduce fabrics made with Repreve 100 — a recycled fiber made with 100% clear plastic water bottles. When you look at post-consumer waste, the numbers are staggering. More than 21 billion plastic bottles enter landfills every year. Happily, Polartec and Repreve 100 can now help consumers...

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Textiles and water use

Textiles and water use

Water.  Our lives depend on it.  It’s so plentiful that the Earth is sometimes called the blue planet – but freshwater is a remarkably finite resource that is not evenly distributed everywhere or to everyone.  The number of people on our planet is growing fast, and our water use is growing even faster.  About 1 billion people lack access to potable water, and about 5 million people die...

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The Sustainability Learning Curve

A recent American Apparel Producers Network (AAPN) meeting in Miami Beach drew strong attendance and even stronger interaction. Why? Well, this group has never had a problem getting people talking, but with sustainability in the apparel supply chain as the main topic, they weren’t just talking. There was a real effort among fiber producers, spinners, knitters, weavers, dyers,...

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Fibres back to natural fibres

Fibres back to natural fibres

Until comparatively recent times we relied on natural fibres to produce our clothes, cloths, carpets, cordage, paper, ships sails, and insulation and building materials. The use of natural fibres, both plant and animal, to meet our needs goes back thousands of years and plays a significant role in history. In the history of natural fibres, one of the oldest recorded uses of plant fibre for...

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Year of Natural Fibres

Year of Natural Fibres

Since the 1960s, the use of synthetic fibers has increased dramatically,  causing the natural fiber industry to lose much of its market share. In December 2006, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2009 the International Year of Natural Fibres (IYNF); a year-long initiative focused on raising global awareness about natural fibers with specific focus on increasing market demand to help...

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Natural fibre industries

Natural fibre industries

Natural fibre industries employ millions of people 
and contribute to a greener planet. The International Year of Natural Fibres will be officially launched on 22 January 2009, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome. Objectives raise awareness and stimulate demand for natural fibres; promote the efficiency and sustainability of the...

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