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Financing for industrial hemp innovators in Horizon Europe and CBE-JU

The Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU) is a €2 billion partnership between the European Union and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) that funds projects advancing competitive circular bio-based industries in Europe. The partnership is building on the success of its...
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Close the Loop - Guide for a circular fashion industry

Close the Loop is a tool that guides fashion entrepreneurs through the basics of a more sustainable and circular way of working. For each phase of a fashion product lifecycle (resources, design, production, retail, consumption, end of life), the tool formulates five resource-efficient strategies...
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Enzymes for finishing cotton fabrics

Resource-friendly fabric finish Biopolishing is a textile finishing process using cellulase enzymes to modify the surface of cotton fabrics. Pilling (lint balls on the fabric) is reduced, colour retention is improved and stronger, longer-lasting fabrics are produced. Processing times can be...
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Reducing microfibres in textile sector wastewater

Watershed moment for microfibres Microfibres shed by synthetic textiles during washing are currently in the spotlight, especially their impact on aquatic ecosystems. Researchers are investigating this problem and how to prevent fibres from escaping into the environment.[1] In municipal water...
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Enzymatic treatments in textile wet processing

The wet processing of textiles is energy and water intensive, as well as requiring the use of numerous chemicals. Wet processing steps, depending on the textile product, can include sizing, desizing, scouring, bleaching, mercerisation, printing, and finishing. Many of these steps require high...
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Improving fabric use in clothing production

Fabric utilisation depends directly on marker efficiency. Markers are usually paper consumables showing the outlines of the pattern for making cutting and making clothes. CAD design tools are usually used to calculate how best to arrange the pattern components on the fabric layer but in small-scale...
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Life cycle assessment – Levi’s jeans case

LCA for 501s ... Levi's iconic 501 brand of jeans was put through a full life cycle assessment which revealed a number of valuable insights One pair of jeans uses equivalent to 3 days’ water usage by the average American family And CO2 equivalent 69 miles driven by the average American car Life...
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New yarns from discarded fishing nets

Collaborative solution to ghost fishing ... Collaborative programme for gathering and recycling old nylon fishing nets makes a business case for saving vulnerable marine environments 80 387 kilograms of discarded fishing nets have already been collected ready to be made into new yarns One of the...
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Powerful environmental improvements via low-pressure plasma technology

Proof is in the savings ... Innovative solution can help transform an energy and high-impact water-proofing process into a cleaner, more cost-effective one The process uses 80 % less chemical substances, and completely eliminates the need for rinsing water Europlasma has quickly grown from a start...
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World’s first scaled-up water-free and chemical-free dyeing solution

This solution is just to 'dye' for ... New scaled-up dyeing solution is faster and uses less materials and energy, which saves costs Innovative clean technology successfully combines profitability with sustainability DyeCoo, based in Weesp, The Netherlands, has developed the first large-scale 100 %...
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Kivikko seat: sustainable, efficient design

Eco-elegance, by design... At Isku, responsible design means taking into account the environment in a product's whole life cycle The award-winning Kivikko seat is a prime eco-design example Isku is a Finnish furniture producer and retailer, founded in 1928. The company's mission is to provide...
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Eco-efficient textile finishing

Finishing is a series of processing operations applied to a textile material that improves its appearance, performance, ‘hand’ (feel) and/or functional properties. Finishing processes are usually applied directly to fabrics after, or in combination with, dyeing. Technologies available for mechanical...