Specialty Fabrics Review August 2022 - 46

[ MARKETS ] ADVANCED TEXTILES
protection equipment (PPE), diapers
and incontinence products, and
insulation materials for electric
vehicles. Polyester, polypropylene and
superabsorbent polymers comprise
the bulk of these disposable products,
which are not usually biodegradable.
AFFOA's Rein acknowledges a
" For the textile industry
to be viable in the U.S.,
all stakeholders should
consider innovation. "
Michael Rein
AFFOA
sustainability-driven demand for
biodegradable PPE from various
organizations, including the U.S.
Department of Commerce, which
is funding this effort through the
National Institute of Standards. In
the EU, personal care wet wipes and
hygiene products that contain plastic
are subject to strict labeling and
disposal regulations.
Natural, cellulosic and
biodegradable fibers such as Lenzing
VEOCELTM
, and polylactic acid (PLA)
as used in Asahi Kasei EcoriseTM
nonwovens, are beginning to disrupt
the nonwovens industry. Wet-laid
manufacturing of nonwovens on
paper-making machinery using staple
cellulosic fibers is increasingly utilized
for biodegradable consumer products
such as wipes.
Air-laid paper is a textile-like
material, categorized as a nonwoven
fabric, made from cellulose fluff pulp;
it is bulky and highly absorbent.
Creating fabrics without fibers
Textile films are another approach to
nonwovens. A cellulose film, grown
from the bacteria xylinum acetobacter
by Brooklyn-based bio-designers
Sum Studio, offers an alternative to
traditional PPE.
Developed at the University of
British Columbia, I-skins made from
ionically conductive hydrogels with
superior transparency, stretch and
biocompatibility are assisting prosthetic
wearers and robots by responding to
touch, temperature and injury.
A sweat-absorbing film containing
hygroscopic chemicals can be 3D
printed into shoe insoles. Its inventors
at National University of Singapore
 Lenzing's Veocel fiber is revolutionizing
nonwovens. Photo: Lenzing
 The MINIMA MAXIMA
installation in Kazakhstan
by Marc Fornes. Photo:
THEVERYMANY Studio
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