Last week at Friedrichshafen on the northern shoreline of Lake Constance in Southern German hundreds of brands assembled for the Outdoor Show, Europe’s largest trade event for outdoor activities apparel – from clothes and shoes, to kayaks, climbing equipment, tents and much more. I was honoured to be invited to deliver a presentation about the growing demand for bio-based, and it was fantastic to meet with and learn about so many brands truly innovating in our area.
A walk around the numerous expo halls, showed how brands were now rising to the challenge and manufacturing using different techniques and new materials. Just some of the results included backpacks made from recycled fishing nets, T-Shirts made from ocean waste and recycled laminates made from PET bottles which are now a serious functional alternative to less eco-friendly membranes. The event is going to generate a number of features for us, but one brand in particular, Taiwanese textiles manufacturer, Singtex is doing some particularly interesting work in the bio-base space.
Every year, more than 116 million tons of waste clothes are trashed due to fast fashion. Singtex, who have a sustainable focus on the manufacturer of functional fabrics, has developed BIOTEC series to tackle this issue. It reuses organic materials such as coffee grounds to make coffee oil membrane and castor beans to produce bio-nylon fabrics.These bio-based materials replace more than 25% petroleum consumption during production and offer a better wearing experience.
Singtex marketed S.Café yarn in 2009. Through the S.Café producing process, it extracts 11% coffee oil from coffee grounds. The coffee oil is not only used in cosmetics but also in shelter membrane. S.Café AIRMEM contains 26% of coffee oil replacing petroleum-based materials. This technology has received U.S. and Taiwan patents and USDA bio-based product certification.
AIRMEM features odor-control, water-resistant, windproof and breathability. Fabrics laminated with AIRMEM™ have received ISPO Textrends Award selection in 2015 and Top 10 in 2018.
Singtex is also proud to introduce Singtex BIOTEC bio-based nylon, a new innovative fabric made of EcoPaXX from DSM. EcoPaXX is a high-performance material made of 70% fully renewable resource: castor bean oil. With this sustainable, high-performance material,
Singtex not only offers a nylon fabric that is perfectly suitable for the outdoor environment but also contributes to reducing the dependence of the textile industry on fossil fuels, a wish that was increasingly visible whilst visiting stands at the Outdoor Show.
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