Archive for the ‘Materials’ Category

Coffee R+D for Textiles; Is Hawaii Paying Attention?

Coffee R+D for Textiles; Is Hawaii Paying Attention?

Located in Taiwan, SINGTEX® is an admirable company fixated on research and development. They came up with S.Café® — a patented process that converts the coffee grounds into yarn. From yarn, they manufacture knitted and woven fabrics, as well as soft-shell fabrics. Why eco-friendly status?

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Silk Farms on Hawaii: Can Do!

Silk Farms on Hawaii: Can Do!

Silk farms on Hawaii and inter-islands have great potential. I was first fascinated by the naturally-dyed hemp and silk yarns from Cheryl Kolander of Aurora Silk in Oregon during the late 90′s. That door opened many learning aspects of sustainable fashion and design. What impressed

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Bamboo Fabrics Got Greenwash Sentence

Bamboo Fabrics Got Greenwash Sentence

Bamboo Fabrics Got Greenwash Sentence Around six years ago green-movement “insiders” corresponded about the upcoming bamboo fabric crash. Bamboo clothing sales were peaking, so every eco-fabric industry leader wanted to ride the wave as long as possible. Once word got to customers two years later,

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Banana Fiber Production

Banana Fiber Production

History on Wikipedia tells us that Japan’s cultivation for banana textiles dates back to the 13th century. The traditional process requires many handmade steps without machinery. In Nepal the process differs and is more silk-like. Typically fibers are sent to Kathmandu Valley for making rugs.

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