This week in sustainability news, textile arts and the science of microfibers came under focus. Meanwhile, brands such as Adidas commit to science-based targets, which is the first step in having targets independently verified against a set of criteria developed by the Science Based Targets initiative, a nonprofit aligning company targets with climate science.
ART OF RECYCLING: Pantone and Westchester community members donated 10,000 square feet of excess fabric to support the build of “Metropolis Sunrise,” a large-scale art installation highlighting the importance of textile recycling. ArtsWestchester and artist Amanda Browder began work on the project, which is slated to be revealed in May.
SHEDDING LIGHT ON MICROFIBERS: Wearing clothes can release even greater quantities of microfibers to the environment than washing them, according to new research from scientists at the University of Plymouth and the Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials of the National Research Council of Italy. Researchers call attention to textile design as a focus for sustainable design.
Professor Richard Thompson OBE, Head of the University of Plymouth’s International Marine Litter Research Unit said: “The key story here is that the emission of fibers while wearing clothes is likely of a similar order of magnitude as that from washing them,” in a statement.
According to research, up to 4,000 fibers per gram of fabric could be released during a conventional wash, while to up to 400 fibers per gram of fabric are shed in just 20 minutes of normal activity, calling for an examination of fabric weave and yarn twist as part of sustainable design.
COMMITTED: Zipping along with sustainability commitments, zipper manufacturer YKK Corp., as well as Adidas and Arc’teryx committed to science-based emissions targets in February.
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