FabricLink’s Top 10 Textile Innovation Award Winners

The educational resource, FabricLink, announced the winners of it’s 4th annual Top 10 Textile Innovation Awards for 2017-2018. They consist of a wide-variety, ranging from active-wear to sustainable recycling systems. These advancements require thorough research before being launched. In addition, to qualify for the award, development must occur in the previous year and be commercially available during the current year. The overall goal of these advancements of course being environmental sustainability.
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Ahlstrom-Munksjo, PureArmor

protects the wearer and their work environment, such as clean rooms and other sensitive environments; strong, soft, highly breathable, water-repellent outer layer, comfortable inner layer for longtime wear

CORDURA Brand, DuPont Tate & Lyle’s Susterra and DuPont Sorona
Susterra – 50% less greenhouse gas emissions & 100% sustainably/renewably sourced (source: duponttateandlyle.com); polyurethanes, unsaturated polyester resins, heat-transfer fluids, solar and geothermal systems, low-temperature/food-safe fluids, engine coolants, and deicing fluids
Sorona – 63% less greenhouse gas emissions and 30% less energy than nylon; this performance fiber derived from corn is one of many sustainable fabrics created by DuPont who made a formerly chemical process eco-efficient
“We believe science should learn from nature—that a product is timeless when it’s renewable, and that a single fiber can make a world of difference. We know that we never have to sacrifice performance to be sustainable, or the other way around. To us, finding ways to leave a smaller footprint just comes naturally, so we do it every step of the way.” (source: Sorona.com/our-story/)
Eastman Naia, cellulosic yarn
derived from wood pulp using closed-loop manufacturing; comfortable, low-maintenance, hypoallergenic, stain-resistant, moisture managing, high-quality performance fabric


FilSpec Inc., FireFil
firefighters and industrial workers use this yarn with a glass filament center; it’s flame-resistant, fire-resistant, cut-resistant and tear-resistant


Heathcoat Fabrics, DecelAir Superlight
lightest available parachute fabric which will be used for the next Mars Rover landing in 2020 thanks to pairing with NASA
(Image: www.x4jfiber.com)
(Image: www.x4jfiber.com)
Lubrizol, X4zol-J
360 degree stretch & support for a breathable, durable fabric with cooling properties; cleaner production process than Spandex with a more durable result

Paltex, sustainable yarn
discarded fishing nets and plastic bottles from the ocean are regenerated to produce polyester and nylon fabrics

Safety Components’, Filament Twill Technology
firefighters use this lighter, stronger, flexible textile which allows for easier movement

Honeywell, Spectra Centurion
law enforcement apparel; high-performance, bullet-resistant; 40% lighter due to extra fabrics, stitching and webbing being eliminated

Teijin Aramid, Twaron ComForte SB3
law enforcement and military use; flexible and lightweight with ballistic protection

While awareness is necessary for reversing current/preventing future environmental strain caused by the global textile marketplace, it’s only the first step. FabricLink takes it to the next level by recognizing and highlighting the innovative leaders of this movement. Hopefully, this encourages a future where everyone contributes and creates with the environment at the forefront of their minds.

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