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An eco-friendly stain release
formula launched
T
extile innovator Green Theme Technologies
Inc. (GTT) has launched EMPEL DSR™ a new
version of its PFAS-free and water-free textile
finishing treatment with a durable stain release
formula. The company works to eliminate toxic
chemicals, reduce water usage and pollution in
creating high performance textile products. The company says that its
protective PFAS-free treatment outperforms other currently available
C6 and C0 options, including repelling difficult stains such as mustard,
red wine, coffee, salad dressing, suntan oil and motor oil.
The treatment was applied to polyester and acrylic fabrics commonly
used in upholstery and outdoor furniture. Researchers let the stains sit
for 24 hours, and then washed the samples in a home washing machine
for one cycle in cold water with liquid detergent. The post laundry
scores showed excellent results, based on AATCC 130 stain standards.
The company says the treatment continued to release new stains even
after 20 previous washes. Photo: GTT
Fiber sourced from
eucalyptus and seaweed
L
ondon- and New York-based materials
science company Pangaia offers a biobased
fiber that's made from a mix of eucalyptus
pulp and seaweed powder. Pangaia says that
C-FIBER™ is 100 percent biodegradable in
soil, landfills, compost or water. The company
has described the material as carbon neutral,
water- and energy-saving and part of a " natural
solution " to the current inefficient use of the
planet's resources. The seaweed powder comes
from seaweed harvested every four years to
allow for regeneration. The lyocell is derived
from eucalyptus wood pulp.
" Our C-Fiber is made from abundant plants
that use ocean water and rainfall instead
of scarce freshwater resources and reuses
elements from the production process to create
closed-loop systems, " the company says.
Garments created with the fiber range from
Pure, 100 percent C-Fiber, which has a smooth,
silky feel; Fusion, derived from 54 percent
C-Fiber with a soft, fuzzy feel; and styles with 20
percent of the fiber, which provides a soft, cottonlike
feel. Photo: Pangaia
A sock for
posture correction
B
ecause taping techniques
meant to correct ankle posture
are " time consuming and a hassle
to apply, " student researchers at
North Carolina State University have
developed a posture alignment sock to
address pain and discomfort caused
by improper alignment. The project
was in collaboration with a startup
founded by a physical therapist and a
patient. The therapist discovered that
back and shoulder pain are correlated
with the ankles, which indicates the
need for proper alignment of the
ankles, knees and hips to support
correct posture. The students created
the design of the knit and studied how
the sock itself could respond to the
wearer in order to improve posture.
The team consisted of Marissa Noon,
undergraduate research assistant;
Robert Seevers, M.S. candidate in
Textile Engineering; and Ryan Darden,
M.S. Candidate in Textile Engineering.
Photo: North Carolina State University
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