Archive for April, 2011

CRAiLAR Flax Fields

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Have a glimpse of what we’re up to South Carolina these days.  Planted just a few months ago, we now have 300+ acres of flax growing close by our facility.  We are fortunate to have flax fibre harvested from previous seasons available in our warehouse, as it’s allowed us to begin production immediately.  We are moving full speed ahead in developing the capacity to rapidly increase production thereafter to meet the demands of our development partners and to respond to increasing interest from new customers in the denim, workwear, home furnishings and knitwear markets.

29/04/2011 at 11:50 am Leave a comment

A Billion Acts of Green

In celebration of Earth Day, we’d like to encourage you to join the the world’s biggest online climate action movement!  A Billion Acts of Green allows you to show your commitment to the earth by pledging an “Act of Green”.  It can be as simple as setting up a compost in your home, riding your bike to work daily to offsetting your flights.

What are you waiting for…..sign up today to make your commitment in making our world a better place to live!

21/04/2011 at 8:04 am Leave a comment

The Greatest Movie That Ever Sold

Boundary-pushing Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock explores the world of product placement, marketing and advertising in POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, a film that was fully financed through product placement from various brands, all of which are integrated transparently into the film.

While using brands in film promotion is not new for Hollywood, it certainly is new territory for the documentary format.  Spurlock exploits the phenomenon to new heights, with everything from branded pizza boxes and in-flight film promotions to branded-everything in-film.

With humor and insight, POM Wonderful Presents: THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD unmasks the marketing process to bring audiences behind closed doors directly into the pitch meetings and marketing presentations which ultimately inform our everyday entertainment decisions.

In theatres this Friday, April 22nd.

19/04/2011 at 10:25 am Leave a comment

Levi Strauss Signs on With CRAiLAR

We are pleased to announce that we have  entered into a short term CRAiLAR® Flax fiber development agreement with Levi Strauss & Co. beginning in April 2011 to support evaluation of processing CRAiLAR flax fiber in woven casual apparel products, specifically denim and non-denim, bottom and top weight fabrics.

“Levi’s and Dockers are the quintessential denim and casual wear brands,” said Ken Barker, CEO of NAT.  “We are very excited to be working with a company like Levi’s because it aligns with our broad strategic goal of identifying and partnering with the most important brands in categories upon which we believe can make the greatest impact.  I have great confidence in the ability of CRAiLAR to make a performance and economic impact for Levi’s products.”

Last month, we announced a 10-year purchasing agreement with Hanesbrands.  This was the first commercialization agreement for our CRAiLAR flax fiber.  We also announced a short term purchasing agreement with Georgia-Pacific to further evaluate the use of our CRAiLAR in formed materials.

15/04/2011 at 5:30 am Leave a comment

One Minute Water Calculator

We’re all aware that water consumption is a pressing global issue but did you know that the average Canadian’s water usage is 125,000 litres of water per person per year compared to that of the average European’s at 73,000 litres? contains information and a Personal Carbon Manager that allows you to measure, track and manage your carbon emissions.

To figure out your yearly water consumption, visit the One Minute Water Calculator – you’ll be surprised at how much water you use.

14/04/2011 at 5:30 am Leave a comment

Hemmed in by Cotton, Hanes Eases into Flax

A big thanks to Rachel Dodes of the Wall Street Journal for an excellent write up on our partnership with Hanesbrands Inc.

Touching on the issue of rising cotton prices and the development and benefits of new cotton/flax blend products,we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Click Here to See Naturally Advanced Technologies in The Wall Street Journal

12/04/2011 at 7:20 am 2 comments

Global Corporations Plan to Increase Cleantech Investments

Venture capital investing recently rose to the second highest quarterly figure ever for the industry.  According to a new report out from Ernst & Young, three quarters of corporate investors surveyed said they plan to increase their budgets for cleantech investments between 2012 and 2014.

Specifically 44% of the corporate investors surveyed said they plan to spend over $50 million on cleantech, and 12 percent said they plan to spend over $250 million on cleantech during that time.  These are the types of companies that are international and have revenues of $1 billion or more, and are active in cleantech investing.

Forty percent of the corporate investors surveyed said they plan to spend their cleantech-targeted funds on research and development for cleantech products, while 20 percent of those surveyed said that they plan to increase cleantech investment in order to directly increase revenue.  The report says that companies invested in energy efficiency technologies during the down turn to save money, but then those efficiencies have now turned into a competitive advantage.

Acquisitions are also high on corporate investors minds.  The Ernst & Young report says that almost three quarters of respondents have acquired a cleantech company or plan to consider acquiring a cleantech company in the future.

07/04/2011 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Building a Business With a Social Mission

Eric Ryan, co-founder of method – a company providing green home and personal care cleaning products – believes that meaning in work is central to a strong corporate culture.

“Having a purpose larger than profits has been key to our success. By contrast, most corporate values are just that – the values of the corporation.  No matter how much ambition, camaraderie, and loyalty an employee brings to work, no one is taking those corporate values home to share with friends and family.  But those same values become immeasurably more meaningful when they’re tied to a higher purpose.”

He recently shared his thoughts and practices on building a business with a social mission with Fast Company.  To hear what he has to say and to be inspired, click here.

05/04/2011 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

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