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NAPLES – Italian researchers claim to have developed a new textile finish based on sugars derived from agricultural waste products, such as sunflower oil and fruit juice, that reduces the release of nylon microfibres when washing clothes by up to 90 per cent.

The development is a direct response to the urgent need to combat the release of synthetic microfibres during washing which have been blamed for up to 35 per cent of all microplastic pollution in marine and freshwater eco-systems.

Ecotextile News is aware of new commercial textile finishes that are currently under development to significantly reduce the release of polyester microfibres during washing, but this is the first time sugars have been modified and then applied to nylon fabrics to stabilise the fabrics while they are being laundered. 

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  • Thursday, 16 August 2018

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  • Monday, 13 August 2018

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  • Thursday, 12 July 2018

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  • Saturday, 07 July 2018

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  • Thursday, 05 July 2018

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    Wednesday, 27 June 2018

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  • Friday, 15 June 2018

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  • Friday, 15 June 2018

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  • Thursday, 14 June 2018

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  • Thursday, 24 May 2018

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  • Tuesday, 10 April 2018

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  • Tuesday, 03 April 2018

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  • Friday, 16 March 2018

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  • Wednesday, 14 March 2018

    DyStar optimises reactive/disperse dyeing

    SINGAPORE – Global textile dye producer DyStar has extended its water, waste and energy saving ‘Cadira’ system with a new module for dyeing open-width polyester/cotton fabrics which comes with up to 40 per cent savings on resources.
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    ToxServices teams up with NSF International

    WASHINGTON – US-based ToxServices, a third-party reviewer for the likes of the ZDHC and Cradle-to-Cradle, which specialises in toxicology and risk assessment, has teamed up with the standards and certification company NSF International. ToxServices…
  • Monday, 12 March 2018

    Enzyme solution to upcycle polyester fabrics

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  • Monday, 12 March 2018

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  • Monday, 12 February 2018

    Buried textile waste unearths wider Chinese problem

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  • Friday, 09 February 2018

    NGOs seek global chemical frameworks post-2020

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  • Tuesday, 06 February 2018

    ZDHC and SAC to host joint manufacturer forums

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  • Monday, 05 February 2018

    Archroma and WWF in water conservation partnership

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  • Monday, 05 February 2018

    Indonesian President signals river pollution reform

    BANDUNG – Indonesian President, Joko Widodo looks set to issue new regulations to accelerate the prosecution of river polluting textile facilities as the situation in the nation’s Citarum river worsens. Four textile production facilities in the West…
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