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USAgain (pronounced “use-again”) has released an info-graphic illustrating how many pounds of textiles Americans trash every year. Pulling information from the EPA as well as running a 1,500 people survey, the green for-profit enterprise claims that 11 million tons of clothing end up in landfills each year. The recycling firm works to reduce textile waste by providing thousands of convenient locations across the US where we can drop off our gently used clothes and shoes any time of the day, any day of the year. By putting them back in the use cycle we conserve precious natural resources, prevent greenhouse gas emissions and save landfill space. We at CRAiLAR think it’s not only important that we make a concerted effort to recycle our fashion by-products but also that we buy clothing that is sourced and manufactured sustainably.
Naturally Advanced Technologies and the Austria based company, Lenzing Fibers, the world wide leader in cellulosic man made fibres, have entered into a joint agreement. NAT’s CRAiLAR Flax is to be blended with the Lenzing Fibers TENCEL® and Lenzing Modal®.
“This is an important development for CRAiLAR Flax in that, to-date, both of our commercial and exploratory partnership agreements have been focused on how CRAiLAR can blend at varying levels with natural fibers for apparel, home and industrial applications,” said Ken Barker, Chief Executive Officer, Naturally Advanced Technologies. “With Lenzing, we can now evaluate the opportunity to expand the host fibers with which CRAiLAR can blend to identify new performance attributes, applications and industries. This is truly a new frontier for the future of our natural fibers, and working with the global leader Lenzing creates a very powerful industry platform in both sustainability and performance. This partnership will have applications in industry sectors where polyester fibers have been the norm, in addition to our existing applications as a sustainable complement to cotton.”
Lenzing, the only company worldwide to house the manufacturing of each of these three manmade cellulosic fiber generations on an industrial scale, recently released its eco MicroModal® fiber at Paris Fashion Week in February 2012. Shortly following, Lenzing announced a record-setting year at the company with double-digit growth in sales and profits.
“With CRAiLAR Flax and the applications that we have discussed to date, we look forward to taking advantage of its unique attributes, and to extending the range of products we can introduce with CRAiLAR Flax to our global brand partners,” said Peter Bartsch, Head of Marketing Apparel.
The agreement, signed April 24, calls for CRAiLAR to be evaluated according to specifications for any of Lenzing’s cellulosic fiber categories. Lenzing is a pioneer in global fiber markets dating back nearly 75 years. Its raw material for fibers is wood, which is the basis for producing dissolving pulp subsequently processed into cellulose fibers. Its commitment to the principles of sustainability has led Lenzing to be recognized for setting some of the highest environmental standards in the industry. To read the full press release please click here.
Following our last update, we have included a few more pictures documenting the progress we are making at our Pamplico Facility. The inefficient lighting has been stripped from the ceiling and old ductwork has been dismantled. These materials will then be organized and carted off to the recycling center. All asbestos has been removed and contained properly. The lead paint has been encapsulated which brings the building up to code. We’re closing in on next steps and ready for the deliveries and installation of the rigs and supports, creating the “skeleton” upon which all of our equipment will operate.
Adams Electrical on site to ensure we don’t zap ourselves!
Alexandra Wexler reports today that “despite heavy purchases, China still needs millions of tons of cotton to feed its mills”, “traders are positioning themselves for a rise in cotton prices.” For the full article, click here.
This week, we announced that we have partnered with PVH Corp to evaluate the performance of CRAiLAR Flax fibres in the apparel company’s dress and sports shirts, which will give us a great opportunity to show the performance of the fiber in a category that demands a lot at the consumer level. PVH has iconic brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and IZOD in it’s portfolio, so we are excited to be tested by some of the best in the category.
To read the full press release, including comments from PVH Chairman and CEO, Emanuel Chirico, click here.