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Textile Industry Targeted as a Major Contributor to PFAS Pollution

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A net zero vision

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The future of textile recycling

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A Claros scientist de-stills PFAS waste to a highly concentrated solution, making it more cost-effective and efficient to destroy in high quantities.

Technology that captures, concentrates, and destroys PFAS can also help eliminate associated environmental, legal, and regulatory risks of ‘forever chemicals.’ Today’s textiles offer superior performance such as water and oil repellence, stain resistance, and flame retardancy. What has made it possible is a family of synthetic chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Known as …

TenCate grass

TenCate Grass, the world’s leading manufacturer, distributor and installer of synthetic turf for sports and landscape applications, announced a first-of-its-kind program in the U.S. to recycle end-of-life artificial grass – a groundbreaking initiative that leverages Cyclyx’s feedstock processing expertise and ExxonMobil’s ExxtendTM technology for advanced recycling. The goal of this effort is to help solve …

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 …

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 …

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 …