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Just one word
I
f someone were to remake the 1967 Oscar-winning film The
Graduate, they might also want to rewrite one of its more famous
lines. At his college graduation party, young Benjamin Braddock,
played by Dustin Hoffman, is pulled aside by Mr. McGuire, a family
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friend, who offers him a sage piece of advice. " I want to say one word
to you. Just one word, " McGuire confides. " Plastics. "
Today that one word might be " biosynthetics. "
Since the 1990s, synthetic fibers produced from non-renewable,
fossil-fuel origins have dominated the market,
with its share only expected to grow according to
a recent report by Textile Exchange. The Texasbased
Textile Exchange (textileexchange.org) is
a global nonprofit that is building " a community
that can collectively accomplish what no individual
or company can do alone. " And what it wants to
accomplish is a phaseout of fossil-fueled fabrics.
The report makes the point that fiber's potential
lies not in virgin synthetics but increasingly in
biosynthetics, fibers that are wholly or partially
derived from bio-based resources, such as corn,
sugar beets, hemp and even eucalyptus trees.
You've read numerous examples of biosynthetic
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development in the pages of Specialty Fabrics
Review over the years. But, according to the
report, polyester's market share was about 52%
of total global fiber production in 2020, while
biosynthetics barely registered.
Of course, market dominance is primarily
attributed to polyester's easy availability and almost
limitless uses, while biosynthetics are not produced
on a wide enough scale to be competitive-yet. And biosynthetic
textiles need to follow a few more rules than traditional textiles. For
instance, they must be responsibly sourced from renewable biomass,
have no negative impact on the ecosystems, and can decompose or be
recycled at the end of their use.
The key will be not in finding whether bamboo makes better fibers
than hemp, or whether pineapple leaves are preferable to mycelium.
Unlike polyester, it's not a one-size-fits-all scenario. The key will be in
finding what alternative fabric or textile is best suited for a particular
use and then planning production accordingly.
September 2022
Marine Fabricators Association
Southeast Regional Workshop
SEPTEMBER 16-17 / Riviera Beach, Fla.
textiles.org/UTAC
October 2022
2022
Oct. 12-14 / Education: Oct. 11-14
Charlotte Convention Center
Charlotte, N.C. USA
ifaiexpo.com
November 2022
Upholstery and Trim
Annual Convention
NOVEMBER 16-18 / Las Vegas, Nev.
textiles.org/utac
December 2022
CPA Zone 7 Conference 2022
DECEMBER 7-9 / Pittsburgh, Pa.
canvaszone7.com/
January 2023
Tent Conference 2023
JANUARY 11-13 / Hyatt Regency Savannah,
Savannah, Ga.
textiles.org/tentconference
NECPA Expo 2023
JANUARY 19-21 / Sheraton Monarch Place,
Springfield, Mass.
necpa.org
Marine Fabricators
Conference 2023
JANUARY 26-28 / Sheraton New Orleans,
New Orleans, La.
textiles.org/marineconference
February 2023
Geosynthetics Conference 2023
FEBRUARY 5-8 / Kansas City, Mo.
geosyntheticsconference.com
All calendar events are subject to change.
Please check event websites for the latest information.
6 SPECIALTY FABRICS REVIEW / August 2022
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