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Airline’s new upcycling project

Monday, 01 September 2014

article thumbnailSouthwest Airlines has announced the launch of LUV Seat: Repurpose with Purpose, a global sustainability initiative to upcycle 80,000 used leather seat coverings – some 43 acres of material – into new products that will benefit communities by providing access to employment, skills training and livelihoods.  So far, the material from 6,000 used traditional leather seat covers have been donated to communities in Kenya where they are being upcycled them into items such as shoes and footballs in a scheme that is also teaching people valuable upholstery and converting skills.The...


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September 2014

Sweeping change: Is China really surging ahead in the areas of both innovation and sustainable development? Flushable wipes: Strong enough to do their job but weak enough to disperse in water? Carbon fibre leader: The ongoing repercussions of BMW’s ambitious i Series programme. Closed loop care: Big opportunities for manufacturers of renewable nonwovens for hospitals and institutions. Electrospun SAPs: BASF reports a high surface area and improved fluid absorption and retention properties with a new technique for making SAP nanofibres. Cradle-to-gate LCA study on a new spunbond and pulp technology.

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Focus on high performance

Monday, 01 September 2014

article thumbnailFollowing on from the highly successful first Conference on Nonwovens for High-performance Applications, NHPA2015 will take place from March 4-5 2015, again in Cannes, France.  The event will...

RKW joins Zero Pellet Loss project

Monday, 01 September 2014

article thumbnailLeading manufacturer of both nonwovens and plastic films RKW has joined the Zero Pellet Loss initiative formed by the German trade associations PlasticsEurope Germany and the VCI (Association of the...


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Apples and apples?

Thursday, 31 July 2014

article thumbnailLife cycle assessment (LCA) is increasingly being applied to support public policy making, to the consternation of some researchers and practitioners.But does it employ brushstrokes that are too...

Dedicated to diversion

Thursday, 31 July 2014

article thumbnailA new technology developed in the UK offers corporations a golden opportunity to take much greater responsibility for their used uniforms and workwear.  Heeding government messages and the...


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Finishing flair

Thursday, 31 July 2014

article thumbnailMicrofibre expertise, advanced finishing technology and an endlessly inventive R & D team combine to give Italy’s Orsa a highly differentiated lead in the nonwovens industry.   As part of...

A first for flax

Thursday, 31 July 2014

article thumbnailIt’s not often that a bio-sourced composite outperforms all the affordable competition in a structural application but this is the case with FibriCard. Developed by EcoTechnilin, headquartered in...


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