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The effect of REACH on carbon fiber and PAN textile production

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A reprieve for viscose as European Commission publishes new SUPD

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The textile recycling black hole

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Detlef Braun, member of the board at Messe Frankfurt GmbH: “The industry is adept at meeting challenges with new ideas, developments and business models.” Photo courtesy Messe Frankfurt

It was very apparent at this year’s combined Techtextil, Texprocess and one-time-only Heimtextil Summer Special shows which were held in Frankfurt, Germany, from June 21-24, that European legislation is currently driving textile innovation as never before. Among other things, from January 1, 2025, the separate collection of textile waste, which is already in place in …

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REACH regulation summary

Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) is a polymer with exceptional resistance to sunlight and chemicals. It is usually used as textile owing to its soft and wool-like touch. Most PAN textiles are produced by the wet-spinning process, where the polymer is dissolved in a solvent to be then extruded into a bath of fluid. The polymer solidifies in …

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EU Plastic Labeling Requirement

Viscose fibers are no longer classified as “plastic” under the European Commission’s long-awaited guidelines on single-use plastic products, which were finally published on May 31 after several months of delay. Earlier drafts of the Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD), which aims to combat environmental problems caused by single-use plastic products, had categorized some regenerated cellulosic fibers …

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Loop’s technology allows plastics of no or little value to be recycled

New legislative measures aimed at protecting the environment within the European Union are likely to make things extremely difficult for synthetic fiber producers in the coming years. The European Green Deal will see €750 billion pumped into a wide range of projects with the overall aim of making the entire continent climate neutral by 2050. …

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Fatbergs under London

The further development of plastic-free and flushable products will be key themes at INDA’s World of Wipes (WOW) 2020, which will now be an all-virtual event Aug. 24-27. For my own presentation at the event, I provided the half-jokey title “London: Why do all the problems start in the pesky UK’s capital?” back in January. …

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