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Listmania: LBC Red List and others

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I love lists – you know, all those “best of” lists – movies, books, toxic chemicals. Having a list makes it easy for us to tick off those bad chemicals that nobody wants to live with.  And in the building industry there have been a proliferation of lists which identify chemicals of concern:  the Perkins & …

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With the increased interest in avoidance of certain chemicals and industrial products that are particularly harmful to our environment, it’s not surprising that manufacturers are becoming ingenious in pointing out attributes that play to this script.  So we now see claims for “chrome free” leather, or for “eco friendly” leather. In last week’s post, I …

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Global Recycle Standard update

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Textile Exchange, which administers the new Global Recycle Standard, has introduced what it says is a “minor but important” change in GRS version 2.1, according to the April/May 2012 issue of Ecotextile News.  (If you’re wondering what the Global Recycle Standard is all about, please see our blog post on the subject:  click here .) The …

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How to buy safe fabric

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Design decisions influence our health.  Our children start life with umbilical cords infused with chemicals that affect the essence of human life itself  –   the ability to learn, reason and reproduce.  Google’s project coordinator for real estate, Anthony Ravitz, said that Google is trying to use safe building materials because: By focusing on the “health …

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Digital Printing

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The idea of digital  printing on textiles has been around for some time.  Carpet inkjet printing machines have beenused since the early 1970s.  Digital ink jet printing of continuous rolls of textile fabrics was shown at ITMA in 1995.   Again at ITMA in  2003, several industrial inkjet printers were introduced to the marketplace which made digital …

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Printing – part 3

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Yes, we’re still talking about the printing process!  As I warned you, it’s complicated. For the past two weeks we’ve concentrated on the first two steps of the basic 5 steps in printing a fabric, which  are: 1. Preparation of the print paste. 2. Printing the fabric. 3. Drying the printed fabric. 4. Fixation of …

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Printing – part 2

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Bear with me – I’ll eventually get to the environmental aspects of printing – including digital printing.  But I think it’s important to know the basic steps and processes in order to be able to understand green claims.  So there will still be a Printing – part 3 before we get to the environmental topics. …

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Printing – part 1

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It is well known that the “finishing” of a fabric is where a great deal of the environmental impact occurs –  it uses the most water, chemicals and energy. “Finishing” includes not only the application of treatments to make fabric perform in a certain way (i.e., to be free of something, such as static, wrinkles, …

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If you’ve bought baby bottles or water bottles recently, I’m sure you’ve seen a prominent “BPA Free” sign on the container. BPA stands for Bisphenol A, a chemical often used to make clear, polycarbonate plastics (like water and baby bottles and also eyeglass lenses, medical devices, CDs and DVDs, cell phones and computers).  And though it …

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Enzymes in textile processing

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Humankind has used enzymes for thousands of years to carry out important chemical reactions for making products such as cheese, beer, and wine. Bread and yogurt also owe their flavor and texture to a range of enzyme producing organisms that were domesticated many years ago. In the textile industry, one of the first areas which …

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