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MÖLNDAL – A new research article led by a Swerea IVF scientist has proposed a standardised test method for measuring textile-derived microfibres shed during the everyday washing of garments.

One of the primary motivations for this research is said to have been the lack of conclusivity in similar studies which have taken place previously – the results of which have, in many cases, yielded results with a startling level of disparity.

This paper follows on from another recent study which that found textile-derived microfibres to be as harmful, if not more so, to certain types of aquatic crustaceans than microbeads which have already been banned from use in many nations.

Materials & Production News

Canadian firm pioneers aramid PPE recycling

Wednesday, 15 August 2018
VANCOUVER – Following ‘extensive R&D efforts’ at its recycling centre, a Canadian firm claims to have developed a proprietary technique for the post-consumer recycling of…

The view from…DuPont Industrial Biosciences

Tuesday, 14 August 2018
WILMINGTON – To discuss the company’s latest innovations, its stance on certifications and what comes next for one of the industry’s largest organisations, David Styles…

Apparel Impact Institute enters new era

Friday, 10 August 2018
SAN FRANCISCO – The Apparel Impact Institute (AII), which will soon celebrate its first year in operation, has revealed that its first president will be Lewis Perkins, who…

New plant boosts Sri Lankan recycled polyester

Thursday, 09 August 2018
COLOMBO – A new facility in the district of Horana has opened its doors prior to embarking on the manufacturing of polyester yarn from post-consumer PET flakes at a scale…

Cotton: A sector under stress?

Wednesday, 08 August 2018
WASHINGTON - Earlier this month, a seemingly ordinary press release from the International Cotton Advisory Committee caught the eagle eye of Ecotextile News, which told of…

Wecycled initiative awarded Natural Fibre prize

Friday, 03 August 2018
VELEN – German textile manufacturer Velener Textil GmbH has won the Discover Natural Fibres Initiative’s (DNFI) Innovation in Natural Fibres Award for its Wecycled system…

Cotton demand at record high, environmental stress impacts prospects

Thursday, 02 August 2018
WASHINGTON – Despite a strong demand for cotton in Asia with consumption projected to reach an all-time high of 27.5 million tonnes in 2018/19, less-than-ideal environmental…

Delta collaboration repurposes retired uniforms

Tuesday, 31 July 2018
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines, the second largest passenger carrier airline in the USA, which globally employs more than 800,000 people, has donated more than 350,000 pounds of…

China viscose sector launches sustainability roadmap

Tuesday, 31 July 2018
BEIJING – Ten major Chinese viscose producers which together make up an estimated 50 per cent of the world’s supply have released a new joint 3-year roadmap for the…
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