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Belgium's Ontex, Woosh working to recycle used disposable diapers

5th Apr 2021

Ontex and startup Woosh are collaborating to make recycling of used disposable diapers a reality in Belgium. With other partners from the waste industry, Woosh and Ontex aim to create the first diaper recycling site in the country. The diaper waste will be recycled into new raw materials. Ontex is working with other companies to make its diapers...

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US brand NewBreath launches activewear tops with built-in face masks

26th Mar 2021

NewBreath has launched essential activewear, for addressing the ‘new normal’, as people emerge out of quarantine and re-enter more public spaces, even with certain restrictions still in place. It has launched an array of long and short-sleeve tops, featuring extended funnel neck face masks that fit snugly around the nose and mouth with elastic ear...

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Malaysian firm Durio launches 4-ply solid colour surgical face masks

12th Mar 2021

Durio PPE Sdn Bhd, the largest manufacturer of face masks and melt-blown fabrics (middle filtration layer of a mask) in Malaysia, has launched a new series of 545 Trendish solid colour 4-ply surgical face masks with a theme of 'Colour Your Life', making masks more stylish. The four new solid colours are black, denim blue, maroon red and dark purple.

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Italian group Piana develops tech to protect textiles against viruses

9th Mar 2021

Piana Group, the 439-year-old textile company known for breakthrough chemical treatment innovations for fibre and nonwoven textiles in automotive, appliance and bedding markets, has developed a new technology which protects any textile or porous surface against viruses and bacteria. The technology involves an antiviral and antibacterial treatment for...

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US company 5.11 uses 3M’s Carbon Black embellishment technology

9th Mar 2021

5.11, the global innovator of purpose-built apparel, footwear and gear, has partnered with 3M to become first in the public safety space to offer 3M Scotchlite Carbon Black embellishment. This patented reflective film has a high level of durability while maintaining flexibility which makes this glass bead technology perfect for use in uniform and...

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Valley Guard Supply to produce PPE in Harrisonburg

3rd Mar 2021

Valley Guard Supply is setting up a personal protective equipment manufacturing facility in the City of Harrisonburg with an investment of $1 million. A service-disabled, veteran-owned company, Valley Guard produces three-ply disposable masks that are totally made in the US and intends to produce other types of safety and security gear in the future.

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US research institute developing face coverings with 3D knitting tech

2nd Mar 2021

The Navy Exchange Service Command’s Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility (NCTRF), co-located at the Natick Soldier Systems Centre in Natick, Massachusetts, has developed face coverings using 3D knitting technology. The technology reduces the amount of time and labour required in typical traditional cut and sew manufacturing techniques.

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Shawmut establishes new Health and Safety business unit

26th Feb 2021

Shawmut Corporation has established a new Health and Safety business unit that will use its trademark advanced materials, textile manufacturing and process innovation techniques to produce high-quality, US-made, health and safety products, including its Protex line of PPE. Shawmut broadened its medical focus last year to include PPE for COVID-19...

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Livinguard's self-disinfecting textile gets EPA's nod

24th Feb 2021

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Livinguard’s patented self-disinfecting textile. The new textile is effective against Gram negative and Gram positive bacteria to the tune of 100,000 times in 10 minutes. Livinguard's self-disinfecting technology remains effective after 30 industrial washes, making it useful across many...

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