Groundbreaking Textile Innovation Fights Environmental Issue Caused by Cotton Cultivation
Fibrenamics, a leading institute for fiber-based solutions and composites, announced the success of the TerryPlanet project, in partnership with Mundotêxtil. The project, which aimed to develop innovative terry cloth based on circular economy principles, was a major step towards exploring sustainable strategies in the production of terry cloth, a type of structure often used in bath towels.
This required the use of recycled materials, emerging natural fibers with less environmental impact, and the implementation of structural engineering technologies.
Figure 1 - The team responsible for the TerryPlanet project.
One of the most critical aspects of the TerryPlanet project was the search for emerging natural fibers with less environmental impact than cotton. Cotton cultivation is responsible for a large part of the global ecological problem, due to the excessive use of pesticides and water, among other factors. By using alternative natural fibers, such as using fibers that require less water to be grown and reducing the use of raw materials, Fibrenamics and Mundotêxtil are contributing to reducing the environmental impact of textile production.
The TerryPlanet project resulted in the creation of 5 innovative terry prototypes. Reborn is made with 50% recycled material, while Pure and Natural are made with emerging fibers. Pure is made of 100% Aloe Vera and Natural is composed of 84% Combed Cotton/Bamboo and 16% Tencel/Hemp. Airy was created with the intention of reducing the amount by 5% of raw material used in its production, and Everlasting not only consumes 8% less raw material but also has a 20% higher durability than competing products on the market.
Figure 2 - Prototypes that resulted from the TerryPlanet project.
Vânia Pais, Project Manager at Fibrenamics, highlights the importance of the partnership with Mundotêxtil in the success of the TerryPlanet project:
"Together, the companies were able to create terry that meets the requirements of the hotel segment, ensuring the incorporation of sustainable aspects without compromising the performance of the fabrics' structures, such as the humidity absorption and release capacity, touch, and appearance."
According to Cátia Pinto, Head of the Innovation and Sustainability Department at Mundotêxtil: "With the TerryPlanet project, Mundotêxtil is moving from price-based to value-based competition, and from fast to slow fashion. In addition, we expect a 5% reduction in our carbon footprint and we hope to strengthen our international positioning by offering more sustainable alternatives to cotton and enhance our relationship with customers."
With the success of the TerryPlanet project, Fibrenamics strengthens its position as an innovation partner in textile technology and demonstrates its commitment to creating sustainable and innovative solutions.
The company looks forward to continuing working in partnership with Mundotêxtil and other leading textile companies in order to further contribute to the development of more sustainable and innovative solutions.
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