The United States Textile Industry represents nearly 250,000 workers within the U.S. manufacturing workforce. Being within a globally competitive industry, it is important to stay current on all things textile. Specifically, as sustainability and innovation come into play. Here are this month’s top stories in textile that we found interesting!
Brother Unveils New Direct-to-Garment Printer
Brother’s latest direct-to-garment printer has been unveiled! The Brother GTXpro is a high end, environmentally friendly printer. It utilizes Innobella Textile Inks and comes with an additional Print Height Sensor. The printer is designed for easy printing on various materials and sizes using the same ink. Plus, it is operator friendly – it does not get much better than that! Read more about this story here.
Americans Say They Prefer Products Made in USA and Will Pay More for Them
Great news for American Made! A recent survey was completed by The Reshoring Institute, which included nearly 500 Americans. In the survey, individuals were asked if they preferred purchasing “Made in USA” products. And if so, would they be willing to pay more for these items? According to the survey, nearly 70% said they would prefer American-made products, with a little over 83% saying they would pay up to 20% more for domestic products. Read more about this story here.
American & Efird (A&E) to Purchase Charles Craft Performance Yarns
American & Efird (A&E), a division of Elevate Textiles, has announced that it will be purchasing Charles Craft Performance Yarns. A&E is a global thread and fabric giant. Combined, A&E and Charles Craft will bring together the leading expertise in yarn, serving some of the industry’s most iconic brands. Read more about this story here.
U.S. Scientists Assess Synthetic Fibers Pollution on Land
A study on synthetic fiber emissions was recently prepared by scientists at the UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science. In this study it was estimated that 5.6 million metric tons (Mt) of synthetic microfibers were emitted from the washing of apparel between 1950 and 2016. 2.9 Mt have found their way into waterbodies and another 2.5 Mt have found their way into the land. Read more about this story here.
How the Events of 2020 Have Impacted the Cotton Textiles Sector
2020 has been an interesting year to put it nicely. There are many factors this year that have begun to reshape the textile industry as we know it. The United States continues to be a leading producer and consumer of cotton. Globally, it has been made apparent that cost competitiveness, good quality, and value are what will lead the industry forward. Read more about this story here.
We hope that you have found this month’s top stories in textile as fascinating as we did! Have other news from the world of textile manufacturing or sustainable design that you would like to share with us? Post a link to the article in the comment section below!