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Stryv Medical gowns appearing in
a lab-and on a screen-near you

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Berry-compliant Level 2 FDA-approved
gowns from Stryv Medical offer
protection to health care workers
in low-risk situations, such as labs.
Photo: Stryv Medical.

tryv Medical, maker of innovative and stylish healthcare work apparel based
in St. Cloud, Minn., has advanced to produce Level 2 U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA)-approved medical gowns. The gowns support health
care workers performing blood draws, suturing, and working in intensive care units
(ICUs) and pathology labs.
But that's not all: The company's gowns caught the attention of NBC's streaming
service Peacock, which will be adapting the Dr. Death podcasts into a television
series. Dr. Death tells the true story of neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch, who was
convicted of gross malpractices against his patients. The production for the series is
set for this fall, featuring Stryv Medical's gowns.
The FDA follows the American National Standards Institute/Association for the
Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (ANSI/AAMI) standard for liquid barrier
performance. Level 2 offers protection against low-risk situations, such as pathology
labs. To assess barrier protection performance and qualify as FDA approved, medical
gowns are tested for water impact and water pressure on the gown material.
Stryv Medical combines fashion with sustainability to increase durability, function,
comfort and breathability. The gowns are woven and finished directly in the U.S.
under environmentally sustainable practices and are Berry compliant. The company
oversees every stage of the garment development process, from conception through
production and distribution, which results in quality and consistency throughout the
product life cycle.

Fashion for Good consortium launches
resource-efficient cotton farming pilot project

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otton makes up nearly 30 percent of global textile production, and accounts for 24 percent
of global insecticide use, according to Fashion for Good, a global initiative to spark and
scale innovation in the fashion industry. Being a water-intensive crop, an individual cotton
plant can require 10 gallons of water to maximize its yield. Innovations in cotton farming
practices are greatly needed to reduce pesticide, land and water use.
Fashion for Good has launched a two-year pilot project in collaboration with leading brands
Kering and PVH Corp. and global textile manufacturer Arvind Ltd. that will explore resourceefficient cotton farming technology provided by Materraâ„¢ (formerly hydroCotton). Materra's
innovative combination of precision agriculture, environmental control and real-time data
tracking facilitates resilience for cotton farming in developing regions where climate and
resources prove challenging.
The aim of the project is to test a farming approach in the Gujarat cotton-growing region in
India, where there are limited solutions for successful pest control and where farmers have
had limited success in growing extra-long staple cotton, which is often used in more high-end
products. More than 60 percent of the world's cotton is produced by small cotton farmers,
around 90 percent of these estimated 100 million farmers live in developing countries and
grow the crop on less than two hectares.
12 SPECIALTY FABRICS REVIEW / May 2021

A hydroponic cotton facility.
Materra's approach to cotton
farming combines precision
agriculture and controlled
environments to create
radically resource-efficient
cotton farms. Photo: Materra.



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