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Sustainability and change
Sustainability is the magic word in
today's textile sector, and bio-based
textiles, grown from bacterial or plant
feedstocks such as algae or mycelium,
are a hot topic in the push to replace
fossil fuel synthetics. Interdisciplinary
designer and Rhode Island School of
Design assistant professor Charlotte
McCurdy works with algae to
create bio-based, carbon-negative,
petrochemical-free plastic textiles.
" The technologies that climate
change will push us to develop
will incrementally transform the
composition of the industry in terms
of feedstock and aggregation, but
climate change itself will be the most
fundamentally disruptive part of the
change we will see over the coming
decades, " says McCurdy. " Novelty in
materials has been predominantly
supply-led. We are in an era of so
many urgent challenges; we need more
demand-led innovation. "
At Pennsylvania's Bally Ribbon
Mills, weaver of narrow textiles for
industrial and medical markets,
sustainably driven innovation is
still in its infancy, according to
Ted Fetterman, vice-president of
sales and marketing. " Bally is 100
percent petroleum-based synthetics.
Performance and specific properties
are key, " Fetterman says. " We are about
full-bore, industrial, self-development,
in partnership with our customers.
This stuff is just not on the radar. "
However, Fetterman says he is aware
that the U.S. Department of Defense is
looking into bio-based textiles. " While
we are just starting to investigate
bio-based materials, we must have
performance, " he adds.
The ascent of nonwovens
The market for nonwovens is growing,
driven by the demand for personal
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