14779 Tue, 07/01/2008 - 12:32pm
NEW YORK–Cotton Incorporated has released a new DVD describing global technology developments toward environmentally friendly fabric finishing.
Titled “Sustainability: the Textile Revolution,” the DVD is a followup to Cotton Incorporated’s DVD on cotton’s agricultural sustainability, and features “green” technologies and mill case studies from China, India, Latin America, Europe and the United States.
The DVD demonstrates new finishing innovations, including enzyme finishing, which can be used in place of high-alkaline chemicals in scouring; foam finishing that reduces water use and chemical discharge; digital printing of fabric that uses no harsh solvents and curtails the waste of fabric and ink; a low-salt reactive dyeing process that reduces salt use 20-fold; low-liquor dyeing that uses air rather than water to transport fabric; bleaching techniques that dramatically reduce water use; dyeing and finishing done in the same stage and in the same bath; and ozone finishing.
“We work hand in hand within the industry to get these new ideas into mills because we believe it’s our responsibility to increase the demand for cotton in a more sustainable manner,” said Berrye Worsham, Cotton Incorporated’s president and chief executive officer.