COOLMAX GOES ECO: Invista has introduced a legwear fiber made from recycled bottles. Coolmax EcoTech fiber has been under development since May 2007 and is getting its introduction to the U.S. market with two socks brands, DeFeet and Injini.

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COTTON DRYS OUT: As part of its effort to become more competitive with quicker drying synthetic fibers, Cotton Inc. has launched a moisture management technology dubbed TransDry. David Earley, director of supply chain marketing at Cotton Inc., said the treatment allows cotton to better transfer moisture from the skin and has performed better than synthetic fabrics in tests.


HELP FOR TRUCKERS: The port of Long Beach has started taking applications from truck owners who need financial assistance to replace their vehicles as required by the port’s Clean Trucks Program. Three financing options include lease-to-own, grants for purchasing a new truck and grants to retrofit older trucks. Truckers can receive as much as 80 percent of the cost of a new vehicle in grants of up to $20,000 for equipment to retrofit trucks built between 1994 and 2003.

The Clean Trucks Program seeks to lower air pollution 80 percent by 2012. On Oct. 1, all truck models older than 1988 will be barred from the port. Truck models between 1989 and 1993 and models from 1994 to 2003 that haven’t been retrofitted will be banned as of Jan. 1,