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Recycled ground coffee used to make an odor control, fast drying, environmentally friendly, absorbent fabric. Brilliant!

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Hi Folks.  I was introduced to this amazing video recently and couldn't wait to pass it along.  Water soluble fabrics are used to create garments. What a fantastic experiment of chemistry and fashion. The point? To get us thinking about the materials we use and what happens to them when we've decided we're done. Take [...]

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Yes, that Starbucks.  No, they haven't stopped making coffee.  What they have started doing, though, is furnishing their interiors with a revolutionary new textile made from natural and renewable materials. Through upcycling (creating waste materials into new products), Starbucks coffee sacks are combined with wool to create a completely unique sustainable fabric called "WoJo".  The [...]

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You may remember that back in April, I wrote a little piece on the use of a polymer that is made using  castor beans. At the time of writing, the round bodied and lustrous yarns were mainly being used in undergarments.  One curious reader commented on the post asking why it was only really being [...]

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You heard me right. A scientist in Spain has developed a most incredible process for creating spray on clothes made from a mix tiny cotton fibers and plastic. The fibers are applied with a solvent that quickly dries and allows for the clothing to become removable.  And, like most other clothing, can be machine washed [...]

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While scouring YouTube for some interesting textile-related videos, I found one imparticular that talks about smart textiles of the future.  Presently, fabrics that light up, have memory, and/or react to the body's temperature are impression and intersting.  But this video explores even further into the potential of textile innovation. Now it wasn't until the end [...]

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You may remember a few months back when I wrote about AirDye, the delightfully innovative company that dyes and prints fabric without the use of water.  That was interesting, right?  If your answer is yes then you should keep reading. The other day, while browsing and attempting to keep abreast of industry news, I learned [...]

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This week, while making a purchase with the leather company Pergamena, I was introduced to a new product they will be offering in the coming months. And it's a good one; Waterproof Leather. You may remember I wrote about Pergamena in the past but in case you're new to our little blog here, I will [...]

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While spending some time skimming through yet another fashion blog (I'm a bit of a self proclaimed addict), I came across a teaming of an interesting sort.  Nike recently joined forces with a fourth generation family-run textile business called Maharam to develop a new shoe using a unique washed open weave canvas.  While personally I [...]

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As someone who has always been only mediocre when it comes to navigating the never-ending capabilities of my fancy-pants sewing machine, I thought it was pretty darn cool to stumble upon Freedom of Creation's 3D Printing Process. Yep, you heard me right. An enormous contraption it may be but it does, in fact, print out [...]

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