The World of Textiles

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February 7, 2023

Textiles are an important part of our world and of American history There was a time not so long ago when textile manufacturing was one of the most important industries in the United States. Today, however, the domestic industry is a shadow of its former self, having been eclipsed by cheaper foreign competition. Despite this …

Are your clothes killing you slowly? A closer look at formaldehyde in textiles

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February 6, 2023

Introduction The textile industry is one of the largest industries in the world. It is also one of the most polluting. The textile industry is responsible for a large number of toxic chemicals being released into the environment – including formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable gas that is commonly used in the textile industry …

Textile Waste Costs Property Managers in Northern California Millions of Dollars Each Year

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February 4, 2023

Introduction All over the world, textile waste is a growing problem. In the United States alone, it is estimated that around 15 million tons of textile waste are generated each year. A large portion of this waste ends up in landfills, where it takes up valuable space and creates environmental hazards. In Northern California, textile …

The Importance Of Textile Recycling In Improving Urban Communities

The Importance of Textile Recycling
February 3, 2023

The Importance of Textile Recycling As the global population continues to grow, so does the number of textiles produced each year. It is estimated that over 92 million tons of textile waste are generated annually. And with the rise of fast fashion, this number is only expected to increase in the years to come. While …

The Fascinating Stories of the Historic People Who Built the Textile Industry

Historic People of the Textile Industry
January 30, 2023

Summary Historic People Behind the Textile Industry James Hargreaves, Jedediah Strutt, and Sir Richard Arkwright were pioneers in the field of textile manufacturing. Robert Hooke predicted that one day we would chemically create a fiber that resembled silk. In 1785, James Watt invented the first steam engine for a cotton mill. Joseph Marie Jacquard, a …

Can Medical Plastics be Recycled?

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April 1, 2022

Globally more than 400 million tons of plastic waste is produced each year, of which only 9 percent is recycled. Medical Plastics and Sustainability in the Health Care Industry During a visit to my dentist’s office this past week I asked my dentist why he doesn’t recycle plastic cups. The answer baffled me, he said …

Sustainability in the Healthcare Industry: Medical Textiles

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March 14, 2022

According to a recent study, sustainability programs have tremendous potential to decrease the environmental footprint of the healthcare industry and drastically reduce costs. While there are many opportunities within the healthcare industry to reduce waste and improve sustainability efforts. One area often overlooked that creates a huge impact is hospital linen services which include the …

From Rags to Ditches

February 12, 2022

From Rags to Ditches Why turning old t-shirts into rags is not sustainable. If you google textile recyclers you will find a list of companies that take your old t-shirts and rip them up into rags. Now while this all sounds well and good, we all know that rags get soiled and used for the …

The Fall Of The American Textile Industry

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February 7, 2022

The American Textile Industry Before the industrial revolution, the textile industry operated out of homes and was known as the cottage industry. A once-booming industry here in the United States, today’s textile industry in the U.S. is a fraction of what it once was. It all began in 1785 when Edmund Cartwright patented the very …

Eco-Conscious Consumers Seek Sustainable Options

October 11, 2021

Today’s consumer trends are shifting and now is the best time to market your sustainable brand. Marketing your brand is an essential part of building brand awareness and establishing a customer base and consistent revenue. Typically most brands spend thousands of dollars a year on marketing. Reaching your target market can be tricky and with …