What are the latest news from the fabric manufacturers? Whether it's the anti-slip fibre technology, a new cellulose fibre or Smart-Indigo, we will tell you what is behind the terms and present you the latest trends in the field of fabrics.

Eastman launches Naia Renew

Eastman, the producer of sustainably sourced Naia cellulosic fiber, is launching its new Naia Renew portfolio sourced from 60% wood pulp and 40% recycled waste plastics. The new cellulosic fiber is traceable with certified biodegradability as it uses hard-to-recycle materials that would otherwise be destined for landfills.

Eastman Naia cellulosic fiber
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Eastman Naia cellulosic fiber
Available as both a filament yarn and a staple fiber, Naia Renew offers severa; advantages.

The filament features a silky hand, rich luster and fluid drape and is used to create fashionable womenswear garments. The fiber is inherently soft and quick drying, with reduced pilling properties, and can also be used for everyday casualwear.

Naia Renew is produced with a low carbon footprint in a closed-loop process as solvents are recycled back into the system for reuse. The fiber is made from wood pulp sourced from certified forests, and the recycled plastics feedstock is generated via Eastman’s patented carbon renewal technology (CRT). CRT is an integrated, molecular recycling technology that breaks down waste plastics, such as postconsumer carpet fiber and plastic packaging materials, into basic molecular building blocks for the manufacture of new products.



Lycra Anti-Slip hypes denim performance
During Intertextile Shanghai, which took place on September 23-25, The Lycra Company launched its new Lycra Anti-Slip fiber technology. The development offers a denim seam slippage solution for applications in single core spandex fabrics that require durable stretch and good recovery power. This patent-pending fiber helps maintain garment appearance for a long time as it is designed to help prevent seam slippage and improve garment quality and yield. It's a versatile fiber that can be applied for numerous fabric developments and constructions, including open structures, PES/viscose blends and cotton blends.

When used for other Lycra technologies such as Lycra DualFX and Lycra T400 denim fabrics get their properties enhanced guaranteeing that super stretch jeans last longer, keep their fit and shape.


Bluesign bets on Smart-Indigo
In July 2020 Bluesign Technologies AG and Sedo Engineering SA signed the Bluesign System Partner agreement. Bluesign Technologies is a Swiss company that provides solutions in sustainable processing and manufacturing to industries and brands. The Bluesign System Partners include chemical suppliers, manufacturers and brands committed to applying the Bluesign System and are required to meet a high level of safety for people and the environment, to use resources responsibly, and to continuously improve their environmental performance.

Bluesign
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Bluesign
Sedo Engineering SA is another Swiss company founded in 2014 with the purpose to invent sustainable technologies for the denim industry. It has recently joined the Bluesign System Partner with the aim to reduce the environmental impact of the denim industry through its innovative Smart-Indigo technology. Smart-Indigo technology uses an electrochemical process consuming fewer resources than other traditional methods. Using only indigo pigment, caustic soda, water and electricity, and through a fully automated process, Smart-Indigo solution can help denim production become more sustainable. The use of electricity, instead of chemicals, results in a process emitting considerably less CO2, consuming less energy and water, therefore it helps preserve the environment, creating healthier workplaces and saving costs.



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