Ioncell technology creates eco-textile clothing fibers from birch trees

April 9, 2019 by  
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With clothing production leading the world as one of the highest-polluting industries, a new fiber contradicts the earth-damaging qualities of traditional materials. Ioncell technology , developed at Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, uses a range of materials, including wood, recycled newspaper, cardboard and old cotton to make fabric. This is good news for an environment scarred by cotton production and the development of synthetic fibers. The new and improved material can also be recycled at the end of its life cycle, significantly reducing clothing waste . In a country already acutely aware of sustainable practices in forest management, the trees sourced from Finland offer a much lower carbon footprint than traditional clothing. Ioncell materials also protect the water supply by using ionic liquid in place of harsh chemicals. Related: The convenience of “highway fitting” your clothes is hurting the planet While the designers focus on sustainable sourcing and manufacturing, the clothing also avoids contributing to a massive post-consumer waste problem. That’s because the fibers are biodegradable. Additionally, the fibers do not contain any harmful microfibers now associated with massive ocean pollution and damage to sea life. Sourced from birch trees , the wood is responsibly harvested as part of a forest management program that grows more trees than they harvest. Once cut into smaller logs, the wood is sent through a machine that turns it into large chips. At this phase, the chips are sent to the cooker and then turned into sheets of pulp. The pulp is then mixed with the ionic liquid that results in a cellulose material. Fibers are then spun into yarn and turned into fabric. Designers and researchers involved in the project report that the resulting material is soft and drapes naturally, making it a good choice for formalwear, coats, scarves, gloves and other products. It also accepts dye well. The process for making Ioncell fibers is still in the research and development phase and they currently only produce it on a small scale, but they are hoping to unveil a preliminary product line as early as 2020. + Aalto University Via World Economic Forum Images via Aalto University

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Episode 142: Champions of clean energy equity, Land O’Lakes digs into stewardship

September 27, 2018 by  
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Also featured: A dialogue about public-private innovation in water security with the World Economic Forum’s water project lead, Callie Stinson.

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The climate at Davos: 3 sustainability hotspots to watch

January 26, 2016 by  
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The World Economic Forum is building on the ambitions of COP21.

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From Davos: Unleashing the power of nature in cities

January 25, 2016 by  
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At the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, the important topic of urbanization keeps coming up in various discussions. For environmentalists like us, it’s a critical issue, too.As the world’s population grows and as our planet increasingly urbanizes, we need to redefine the relationship between cities and nature. It is no longer enough for us to “protect the last great places,” as we used to say at our organization, the Nature Conservancy.

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Unilever, Nestle, USDA, Rockefeller unite to cut food waste

January 21, 2016 by  
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A group of 30 leaders from business, government and NGOs joined ranks at the World Economic Forum in Davos to halve food waste in 15 years.

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Thai startup develops tech to recover pulp and plastic from laminated paper

December 6, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: New process could produce paper from hard to recycle products. Flexoresearch , a Thailand-based startup, has developed a new process to recover pulp and plastic from materials which until today were thought to be hard or impossible to recycle. The company has developed a series of blended enzymes that can recover pump or fiber from laminated paper such as stickers or milk cartons, which can help save trees

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Konarka achieves world record efficiency for organic-based PV solar cells

December 6, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Organic photovoltaic solar cells with efficiency of 8.3 percent. The National Energy Renewable Laboratory has announced that Konarka Technologies ’ new organic-based photovoltaic solar cells have demonstrated a record breaking 8.3 percent conversion efficiency. While the new record efficiency is much lower than the over 40 percent efficiency achieved by inorganic solar cells, it is significantly better than other prototypes.

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Green Cab all-electric concept taxi helps keep highways clean

December 3, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Concept electric car powered by solar and kinetic energy. The rise in pollution levels on highways has served as a catalyst in the development of clean electric vehicles.

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Wind Cubes concept could power your home with wind energy

December 3, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Concept wind turbine can be used to generate renewable energy. With the cost of energy rising with every passing day, designers over the world have focused their attention on systems that can help homeowners generate renewable energy to reduce their electricity bills. Industrial designers Liao-Hsun Chen and Wen-Chih Chang have come up with a concept wind energy generating system, dubbed Wind Cube, which can somehow generate enough energy to take your home off the grid.

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Iceland Leads World in Environmental Performance – US in 61st Place Narrowly Beating Venezuela

January 28, 2010 by  
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Gullfloss waterfall, Iceland.

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