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HHC attended TEXWORLD USA, since textile sourcing is one of this consultancy’s prime missions. The show was very extensive, with many state-of-the-art innovations in both structure and content. Sustainable alternatives and technical innovations were strongly represented. Many vendors were using sustainable options, such as Lenzing Fibers feathering closed-loop technology, like the Lyocell process (Trade name Tencel™) is similar to viscose, and uses pulp from eucalyptus trees, which are grown on sustainably run farms certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The fiber carries the Pan European Forest Council (PEFC) quality seal. The US Federal Trade Commission defines Lyocell as “a cellulose fabric that is obtained by an organic solvent spinning process”. Lyocell uses a renewable raw material, is fully biodegradable – taking only six weeks in an aerated compost heap. It can be planted on marginal lands and does not require irrigation or pesticides. The wood pulp is processed in a non-toxic organic solvent (amine oxide) solution which is non-corrosive, and all the effluent produced is non-hazardous. Up to 99% of the solvent can be recovered, purified, and reused in a closed-loop spinning process that conserves energy and water. Lyocell requires no bleaching prior to processing, as the fiber is already clean. Processing does not utilize any of the harmful chemicals (like formaldehyde) sometimes used to treat the fibrillation of these fibers.

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There was also a spotlight on textiles made from recycled and up-cycled components: Recycled Polyester, Recycled Nylon, and Recycled Cotton & Wools. Up-cycled cotton and wool derived from clothing is then broken-down info fiber and spun into new yarn. The yarn is then used to produce textiles, both woven and knit fabrics.

Texworld‘s Educational Seminar Series organized by Lenzing Fibers was back for Winter 2018. Sessions were hosted by curated panels of industry experts, who discussed the global textile and sourcing landscape. Also included were sustainable solutions and the circular economy. In addition, featured discussions were led by Sourcing Journal, Eileen Fisher, Trend Council and NSF International.

Supply Chain Mapping was one of the main focus points.