Fibers, finishes take aim at textile waste reduction, circularity

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New introductions address sustainability and well-being

Jennifer Marks // Editor in Chief •June 4, 2019

New York – In the recent past, “performance” products simply wicked moisture or repelled benzoyl peroxide stains. Consumers considered cotton and bamboo inherently eco-friendly just by dint of being plants and most major retailers had zero interest in textile certifications.

A lot has changed fairly rapidly — and more change is in the pipeline. A certain amount of baseline sustainability is mandatory now, and products that take the concept even further are true differentiators. No surprise then that the menu for “Intel Inside” solutions is expanding to meet the demand.

Circular Systems plans to begin marketing its Texloop and Agraloop technologies to the soft home sector this summer, expanding beyond its current work with fashion apparel. The clean-tech new materials company is focused on the development of innovative circular and regenerative technologies.

“We’re at this juncture where the fashion industry has finally recognized that it’s critical not just to habitat and the human species but to the survival of the industry to achieve resource efficiency,” said Isaac Nichelson, CEO and co-founder of the Los Angeles-based company. “The supply chain is responding to that. There’s a big opportunity for home textiles to engineer real circularity.”

Its Agraloop technology transforms food crop waste into high-value natural fiber products in a cost competitive and scalable way, providing sustainable and regenerative benefits. Feed stocks include oilseed hemp and oilseed flax straw as well as pineapple leaves, banana trunks and sugar cane bark. Its blending agents are organic cotton, recycled poly or Tencel.

June quote Circular SystemsTexloop is a recycled product made from pre- and post-consumer waste, industrial waste, staple fiber and filament fiber. Texloop and Agraloop are doing scaled production in China, and the company signed its first production license in Portugal this past spring.

“We’re realizing some pretty amazing scale economies. When the materials are scaled we’re going to see they will eventually cost less than cotton,” said Nichelson.

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