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The Fiber Year 2022 – Advance notice and key findings

Work for The Fiber Year 2022 still is in full swing when writing this article at the beginning of May. Early information on strategic enrichments and key findings in the new textile yearbook will be introduced subsequently.1.) Breakdown of wood-based cellulosic staple fibers into spinning processes2.) Changes at supply side3.) Feedstock investments Breakdown of wood-based …

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Don’t let environmental issues prevent you from earning the maximum $$$ when selling your business. If you hide your head in the sand on potential environmental issues prior to a business or property sale, you may unfortunately discover the sand is quicksand and watch the transaction’s expected profits sink fast. There are ways to mitigate …

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Over the past half century, nonwovens production in Greater Europe has climbed fifty-fold. Photo courtesy of A.Wilson

A hail of silver bullets required – getting plastics to net zero What if all plastics, including synthetic fibers and nonwovens, could become net zero in greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 2050? This tantalizing possibility is raised in a new report, Reshaping Plastics by Munich-based Systemiq. The report was, in turn, cited as an example …

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Fibers from textiles are recovered, sorted and processed depending on their condition, composition and value.

Recycling concepts of textiles and nonwovens continue to evolve. Textiles lead the way as textile recycling is one of the oldest and most established recycling industries in the world. Fibers from textiles are recovered, sorted and processed depending on their condition, composition and value. These materials have a robust recycling infrastructure. Textiles also have an …

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The first US flag being planted on the moon by Buzz Aldrin on July 21st, 1969. Photo courtesy of NASA

There can be no more potent a symbol of the golden age of synthetic fibers than the planting of the U.S. flag on the moon by Buzz Aldrin on July 21st, 1969. The flag was famously purchased by a NASA secretary from Sears for $5.50, and despite nylon’s unbeatable durability, cannot possibly have endured what …

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