Category Sustainability

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Blocking the escape of microfibres

Microplastics have become a huge social problem. Particles that are invisible to the human eye are now present in abundance in the world’s oceans. Textiles and clothing made from synthetic fibre are among the major causes of environmental pollution. They release microfibres during wet processing at the manufacturing stage, in use and when washed. The ... Read more...

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A digital way to sustainable clothing

Resource-saving and sustainable clothing manufacture is not possible without digitisation. Software solutions and smart systems make supply chains more transparent and utilise the latent potential for making improvements at all stages of production. Sabine Anton-Katzenbach Read more...

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Washday

Washday, when, once a month, kilos of dirty washing would have to be boiled, trampled, swung, rinsed and wrung, was not something that people particularly looked forward to in the past. The invention of the washing machine turned this back-breaking job into a thing of the past. But the notion of ‘washday’ remains. Ronny Eckert Read more...

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Dyeing with fruit and rhubarb

Anyone, who has removed the seeds from a pomegranate and, in doing so, has inadvertently got some of the delicious juice on their clothes, knows that the accidental batik-like colouring is damnably intense. No wonder, then, that this fruit has something of a reputation in the world of dyeing. Ronny Eckert Read more...

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Rubber – a comeback in shoes

If Sébastien Kopp has his way, a shoe’s sustainability will not begin and end merely with its biodegradability. According to the co-founder of French sneaker label “Veja”, the entire production chain should be put on the “green test bench”. We spoke to him at “FashionSustain” in Berlin in July. Ronny Eckert Read more...

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Mistra Future Fashion: Blend Re:wind

Back to the future: The “Blend Re:wind” project, from the interdisciplinary research initiative Mistra Future Fashion, was created in 2011 by three partners: Chalmers University of Technology, the RISE Research Institute of Sweden, and the international forest-industry group Södra in Sweden. For six years, under the direction of researchers Dr. Hanna de la Motte and ... Read more...

Geometric form of a 3-layer spacer fabric with different layer thickness and pole yarn density ©FRA-UAS

Air-conditioned comfort without poles

Expanded foam spacer textiles are incredibly robust. A tent made from these three-dimensional textiles is not just strong and stable, but also has good insulation properties and is easy and quick to erect. With such a tent Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (FRA-UAS) has won an award. Kirsten Rein Read more...