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Field Day Update

Field Day went off without a hitch!  Lucky for us, the weather cooperated and everyone had a great day out.  An introductory meeting was held after the guests arrived at the Pee Dee Research Center.

With Dr. Roy Dodd as the Master of Ceremonies, our distinguished guests were introduced as they spoke and addressed the crowd.  A grower’s guide was provided to all attendees and naturally allowed to ask questions along the way.  An introduction to CRAiLAR and flax was provided along with an explanation of the field display.  Guests were then shuttled to the field to see flax in various stages of growth and harvest along with the support equipment. Equipment representatives were available to answer any questions about machine settings & functions.

A big thank you goes out to everyone who came by to learn more about CRAiLAR and flax, share experiences from the past season, and prepare for the upcoming fall planting.  Our informative afternoon was capped off with a delicious dinner, catered by Roger’s Bar B Que.  Thank you for the great food and generous hospitality!

Clemson’s Pee Dee Center

The Pee Dee Center Grounds.

 Guests arrive and check out what’s happening at the CRAiLAR booth.

Guests listening intently to updates from the CRAiLAR Team.

Guests are shuttled out to the various flax fields.

Up close and personal with the recently harvested flax straw.

Machinery needed for the season.

Guests taking in the equipment presentations.

Guests lining up to enjoy Roger’s delicious bar-b-que.

Talk to you soon!
The CRAiLAR TEAM

21/05/2012 at 11:19 am Leave a comment

Patagonia Bares All with The Footprint Chronicles

Patagonia started The Footprint Chronicles in 2007 back when “corporate transparency” was not a buzz word.  Not entirely sure where The Chronicles would lead them they began with the notion that if the information they were receiving had them squirming in their seats they were probably on the right track.  Taking a close and personal look at their suppliers and manufacturers Patagonia has invested time, money and their employees into creating the most sustainable and eco-conscientious products for their consumers.  Something the industry now likes to call corporate responsibility.

They have since added to and expanded their transparency.  A global supply map displays the location of Patagonia’s material sourcing.  They even have a reference library which holds all information on the textiles they use, the treatments they go through and the processes as well.  With everything from paper use to compostability, Patagonia dedicates itself to leaving nature as uninterrupted as possible and rather themselves exposes the deepest roots of their corporation.  As stated in The Footprint Chronicles mission statement we couldn’t agree more that when one company can reduce or eliminate a harm, other businesses will be eager to follow suit.

16/05/2012 at 5:35 pm Leave a comment

New CRAiLAR Facility: update in pictures

We’ve been working fervently at our new CRAiLAR facility in Pamplico, SC, since we announced signing the lease in March this year.   As one can imagine, it’s not overnight that you can repurpose a former spinning mill into a newly designed and engineered facility, but we’re doing just that. Engineering the blueprints and purchasing new equipment began a while ago, and now we’re very happy and extremely proud to put these months of planning and hard work into action.  We also thought it would be interesting to show everyone what we’re up to, keeping you updated on our activities and progress along the way.  It’s certainly turning out to be dusty, sweaty, exhausting work, but we’d have it no other way.  There’s nothing we like better than getting some dirt under our fingernails.

 

CRAiLAR’s new home in Pamplico, SC.

 

Our engineering partners hard at work finalizing plans and blueprints.

 

Stack plan for flax bales prior to processing.

 
Our building cleaned out, prepped and ready for construction.

 

We’re raising the roof, so the ceiling comes down first.

 

Adams Electrical on site to ensure we don’t zap ourselves!

 

The dust promises to only get heavier, please stay in touch and look out for further updates… next project: Harvest time.
Speak to you soon!
The CRAiLAR Team

02/05/2012 at 12:40 pm 2 comments

NAT Supports Special Olympics Oregon

The Governors’ Gold Awards are an annually held event benefiting Special Olympics Oregon, a unique organization serving Special Olympics’ athletes statewide since 1972.  The G.G.A. recognizes individuals, companies, organizations and communities that have contributed to the “greatness” of Oregon.  NAT was honored to sponsor a table and be in the company of Oregon’s visionary corporate community.  Dan Wieden, of Wieden+Kennedy, Ken & Joan Austin, co-founders of A-dec, Inc. and Jean M. Auel, international best-selling author of the Earth’s Children series, were three of the honorees recognized that night.  CEO Ken Barker and his wife Diane Barker, CMO Jay Nalbach and Director of Corporate Communications Ryan Leverenz were joined by James Mast, interim director of Drive Oregon, Shayne Kniss, president of Iris Capital Management and Rick Anguilla, principal of Guidance Counsel.  The real stars however, were the Special Olympic athletes themselves.  Their stories of gained self-confidence and their determination to experience joy, while developing physical fitness, were an inspiration to all in attendance.

28/10/2011 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Reuters on volatile cotton market; search for alternative fibers

Denise Grunewald places socks on forms for pressing at the Wigwam factory in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

A Reuters story from this week, “Shoppers won’t get break from cotton price dip,” refers to NAT’s relationships with Levi’s and Hanes in the context of brands looking to diversify the types of fiber they use to ease costs against the volatile cotton markets. Robert Shearer, CEO of VF Corp, makes the exact point that we feel differentiates CRAiLAR:

“Consumers, when they pick up a pair of Wrangler jeans or Lee jeans, have certain expectations…experimenting with how jeans feel would ‘harm the brand.'”

CRAiLAR Flax, blended at significant rates, is indistinguishable from 100% cotton to the touch. This was a significant factor in why Hanes signed a 10-year purchasing agreement with us in March, and why brands like Levi’s, Cintas, Carhartt and others have been in joint development agreements with us this year evaluating how they might use CRAiLAR Flax in their product portfolio.

26/10/2011 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

For 2012, Organic Cotton Market Is Forecasted to Grow 20%

Textile Exchange, the global organization dedicated to promoting the use of organic cotton, just released its annual Global Sustainable Textile Market Report. According to the Report, organic cotton represented a $6.2 billion industry last year and stands to grow another 20 percent in 2012, ballooning to $7.4 billion.

Along with that forecast, the Report also published its list of the top 10 corporations using organic cotton. Just a quick glance reveals that the list is filled with industry-leading apparel companies who wield strong taste-making influence, from athletic brands like Nike and adidas to big box retailer Target or mall fashion brand Zara.

At the top of the list is Sweden’s H & M, which used more than 15,000 tons of organic cotton in 2010. According to CSR Product Manager Henrik Lampa, by creating demand for organic cotton, H & M is incentivizing cotton farmers to adopt sustainable cultivation practices.

Of course, there are many experts who think that cotton, as a crop, is too difficult to sustainably grow. Given that opinion, we won’t be surprised when next year’s edition of the Report begins to track the rise of organic cotton alternatives, such as flax and hemp.

07/10/2011 at 11:52 am Leave a comment

Wishing You a Happy New Year!

May the new year bring happiness, love and prosperity to you and yours.  Wishing you a Happy New Year!

31/12/2010 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

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