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Battelle develops soy-based chemistry for 'green' diapers
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Anyone who's had a baby knows how fast diapers can pile up. Scientists at Battelle, an independent research and development organization, have developed a chemistry to make diapers and other absorbent products friendlier to the environment - with the aim of making them cost competitive. The next step is to commercialize this new, green innovation-concept that uses soybean meal to replace a third of the petroleum products currently found in such items. More

Texas Tech's Fibertect® appears on New Innovations Timesaver List in National Guard magazine
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Fibertect®, a decontamination technology developed by researchers at Texas Tech University, was one of seven new innovations featured in National Guard magazine that already is proving its worth to improve National Guard response time to domestic incidents. The July cover article, "New Gear," described how the Georgia Guard tested Fibertect® and found that it cut down on time used to set up decontamination shower tents and scrub affected people with water and decontamination solutions. When fashioned into a mitt, Fibertect® could be used to quickly wipe away contaminants. More

Textile Rental Association rejects shop towel study
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The Textile Rental Services Association of America is lashing out against a recent study that suggests workers who use laundered shop towels may be at risk of exposure to heavy metals. TRSA called the study's claims unsubstantiated and pointed out the research was released by an industry with a vested interest in the study results. More

Buckeye flat ahead of earnings
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Shares of Buckeye Technologies Inc. are trading flat by ahead of its quarterly earnings release. Buckeye, the producer of cellulose-based specialty products is expected to release its quarterly results on Aug. 2. Wall Street analysts consensus calls for a profit of $0.72 a share on $243.39 million revenue. More

India cuts customs duty on crude oil and petroleum products
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On June 24, the Indian government's Empowered Group of Ministers slashed the customs duty on crude oil and other petroleum products, which should result in the price reduction of synthetic fibers. "This will definitely benefit the textile industry," said J. Thulasidharan, chairman of the Southern India Mills Association. In a statement released on June 25, Thulasidharan hailed the slashing of the customs duty and the reduction in the central excise on diesel. The reduction should enhance investments in the technical textiles sector in India. More

Do taxes protect the environment?
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As some readers will recall, the Hong Kong government implemented a levy on plastic shopping bags in 2009. Since then, consumers have paid H.K. $0.50 (U.S. $0.064) for each one (with retailers adding the cost of every bag to customers' bills). It's now two years since the levy was introduced, and the Hong Kong Plastic Bags Manufacturers' Association has conducted a survey to understand the major trends that have emerged. More

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USDA-Agricultural Research Service makes initiatives in nonwovens
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The Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made a significant investment toward the research and development of mostly cotton-based nonwovens in order to promote value-added, high volume utilization of the natural, renewable and, hence, sustainable cotton fiber. To accomplish this, new, state-of-the-art nonwovens equipment has been installed and commissioned to allow for small-scale production of nonwovens at the ARS-Southern Regional Research Center in New Orleans. In addition, several new and modern textile finishing machines and test instruments have been added to enhance properties and performance of the research and prototype products produced. More

The right tools
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For thousands of years, our tools have defined our progress. When they're well designed and specifically matched to the task, they're also an integral part of our profits. Tools for specialty fabrics manufacturers include an ever-broadening array of equipment, from new versions of old standards to innovations that take production in a whole new direction. More

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