PANGAIA and GOLDWIN join forces with Spiber to build a global circularity solution for transforming end-use textiles and agricultural byproducts into new materials
Spiber's long-term partners Pangaia and Goldwin have joined Spiber's revolutionary "biosphere circulation" program, dedicated to transforming discarded apparel and textiles and agricultural byproducts into nutrients for microbial fermentation and production of novel protein materials. Spiber invites industry stakeholders to join the project in order to implement the technologies, infrastructure, and policies required to realize this vision for a circular ecosystem of industrial materials that are biobased and biodegradable, and used as nutrients at their end-of-use. Spiber's first demo product, produced by Goldwin and made to identify the challenges of producing compliant products designed to be digestible for microbial fermentation, will be revealed at Future Fabrics Expo in London on June 26. TSURUOKA, Japan, June 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Spiber's groundbreaking initiative, the biosphere circulation program, presents a pioneering methodology for upcycling biobased and biodegradable textile and agricultural waste through the utilization of its proprietary fermentation technology. The primary objective of this program is to propel society towards the creation of fully circular textile products that can be regenerated into an innovative protein material known as "Brewed Protein™" at the end of their lifecycle. Left: First demonstration product developed by Spiber and Goldwin to help identify potential challenges to solve in determining a guideline for fully circular apparel products. Right: QR code leading to a demonstration webpage showing information on materials and chemicals used to make the demonstration product. Photo courtesy of Spiber Inc. Photo courtesy of Spiber Inc. The textile industry faces a challenge with textile recycling, with less than 1% of discarded textiles being recycled for new textile applications (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2017)1. Recognizing the challenges involved in end-use textile recycling, Spiber is dedicating significant resources to developing a comprehensive circulation infrastructure aiming for commercialization in the long term. The company has been testing various types of fibers, dyes, and processing chemicals that are used to make apparel products in order to verify what can be efficiently digested into nutrients. This information is being used to inform the development of requirements for textile products which will be published in the near future to ensure that the industry has the tools needed to adopt this innovative process. Understanding the pressing need to confront the challenges we currently encounter, Spiber advocates for a collaborative approach to expedite research and development, hastening the implementation of this cutting-edge system. In support of this vision, Spiber's long-term partners Pangaia and Goldwin have joined the program. This collaboration aims to catalyze the transition from a linear "take-make-use-dispose" model to a circular "take-make-use-reuse" model. "PANGAIA is delighted to explore the next phase of its partnership with Spiber by joining its biosphere circulation project. At PANGAIA, we are focused on accelerating the development and broader adoption of problem-solving technologies and materials into the fashion industry. This project aligns perfectly with those goals and our research focuses by tackling one of the industry's biggest and most complex issues – waste." – Craig Smith, Research & Development Director at PANGAIA The brands will support Spiber to accumulate valuable data and develop a comprehensive product design guideline that enables the decomposition of garments into biological nutrients, which can then be used as resources for production of upcycled materials. Furthermore, the brands will contribute to the advancement of product design guidelines applicable to a wide range of garment types, promoting industry-wide adoption of this sustainable approach. As a first step, Spiber has worked with Goldwin to create a demonstration product to identify potential challenges that need to be solved in order to further develop the guideline to design a fully circular final product that the fashion industry can comply with. Knowledge of what has been used to make products—from raw material to consumer goods—is critical for circularity at end-of-use. Accordingly, Spiber has created a demonstration webpage where users can access detailed breakdown information of materials and chemicals used to make the product. This webpage is just a glimpse into the company's vision for building a platform to enable their circularity solution through transparent access to data to enable verification of whether a product is or is not "digestible to nutrients" at end-of-use. During the process of development, Spiber has already identified several potential challenges that the industry needs to overcome. (Demonstration webpage, available until July 26: https://www.b-source.co/basque-shirt-demo) The demonstration product will be prominently displayed at Innovation Hub at Future Fabrics Expo in London, UK, from June 26 to 28. During the event, Kenji Higashi, Executive Vice President of Business Development, Sales & Sustainability, will participate in a panel discussion on June 27 to shed light on the challenges encountered and provide further insights on the dissemination of biomaterials and the circular economy. Given the pressing urgency of our current situation, it is vital and inevitable to confront resource depletion issues and establish a comprehensive circulation model and infrastructure across the industry. Spiber ardently advocates for a collaborative approach, welcoming industry players to join forces and enhance research and development efforts in pursuit of a more sustainable future. 1. Ellen MacArthur Foundation, A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion's future (2017) Progress to date Challenges specific to this demo product To make this demo product compatible with biosphere circulation, the garment was assembled with cotton thread in place of polyester thread. This change may slightly impact the performance of the product, as cotton thread doesn't have the same stretch, strength, and performance properties as polyester thread. This may cause the shirt to be slightly more prone to wear and tear around the neckline and sleeves at the seams. Challenges involved in the development of any textile product There are challenges to circulating chemically processed and colored textiles. The chemicals and colorants must be identifiable when textiles reach end-of-use, and they must be confirmed to not hinder the "degradation to nutrient" process. We are currently focusing research efforts to identify the types of chemicals and colorants that are acceptable with the process, and are actively gathering data through lab-scale testing. Brewed Protein™ fibers Brewed Protein fibers are lab-grown, plant-derived, circular materials made through a proprietary microbial fermentation process. The fibers are a compelling solution to the growing demands of animal and petrochemical-free fibers to address numerous pressing environmental issues and risks. The potential environmental impact of a forward-looking Brewed Protein fiber production plan was found to be significantly smaller than cashmere and merino wool, largely due to the lower environmental impacts of inputs for Brewed Protein polymer production (primarily plant crops and renewable electricity) when compared to livestock farming for cashmere and wool production. Production scale has been growing and Brewed Protein fibers, yarns, and fabrics are now available for purchase at commercial scale. Spiber's Sustainability webpage: https://spiber.inc/en/sustainability/ Spiber Inc. Established in September 2007, Spiber Inc. is a Japanese biotechnology startup utilizing cutting-edge synthetic biology, polymer science, and material science for the development of its novel Brewed Protein materials made from plant-based sugars utilizing microbial fermentation technology. Spiber website: https://spiber.inc/en/ Spiber is a trademark or a registered trademark of Spiber Inc. in Japan and other countries. Brewed Protein™ is a trademark or a registered trademark of Spiber Inc. in Japan and other countries. PANGAIA PANGAIA is a purpose-driven leisure lifestyle company bringing problem-solving materials science innovations to the world. We are a global collective of one heart and many hands - scientists, technologists, designers – creating essential products from innovative tech and bio-engineered materials powered by nature. Our vision is to inspire and accelerate an earth positive future as we design a business model where our products are better for the planet than if they did not exist. Every product we create is born from science and purpose, each solving an environmental problem of the industry. Pangaia website: www.pangaia.com GOLDWIN INC. Founded in 1951, GOLDWIN Inc.'s original brand Goldwin proposes products that combine minimalist design with rationality, comfort, and convenience, derived from its experience with skiing and the outdoors, as well as Japanese aesthetics. Since 2018, Goldwin has opened directly managed stores in Tokyo (Marunouchi and Harajuku), the United States (San Francisco), Germany (Munich), and China (Beijing), and is actively building a global base. Goldwin website: https://www.goldwin.co.jp/goldwin/
NEW YORK, Feb. 29, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- LILYSILK, the world's leading silk brand with a mission to inspire people to live spectacular, sustainable lives, has become Kelly Clarkson's go-to wardrobe choice in 2024 while hosting her eponymous daytime talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show. The popular Grammy-winning singer has been looking spectacular throughout January and February in several stylish LILYSILK pieces including the Solomon Sweater, Vivi Knit Dress, Polka Dots Georgette Blouse, and the Amalfi Stripe Silk Shirt. Kelly Clarkson has been looking spectacular in several stylish LILYSILK pieces while hosting her eponymous daytime talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show On January 11, Kelly wowed audiences with a heartfelt performance of Avery Anna's Just Cause I Love You adorned in the elegant Solomon Sweater from the LILYSILK Spring 2023 Collection. Made with 90% silk and 10% cashmere, this turtleneck mid-sleeve shirt feels sumptuous against the skin while helping to shape the body for an elegant look. On January 18, dressed in the sophisticated Black Vivi Knit Dress from LILYSILK paired with golden accessories, Kelly performed En Vogue's classic Don't Let Go (Love). This off-the-shoulder silhouette is made from spun silk yarn, with the pleated skirt designed with rib-knit technique creating a sense of fluidity. On February 9, Kelly was back gracing the stage with a mesmerizing rendition of Mitski's My Love Mine All Mine, this time wearing the Polka Dots Georgette Blouse from the LILYSILK Autumn 2023 Collection. The especially light georgette ensures a comfortable fit and subtle transparency, while the long bow sleeves and decorative ruffles on the button closure add a touch of lightness and freshness. On February 12, Kelly delivered a captivating performance of It Was A Sin by The Revivalists while sporting an Amalfi Stripe Silk Shirt from the LILYSILK Spring 2023 Collection, one of LILYSILK's best-sellers, in a similar style to Jessica Alba and Emma Roberts. The contrast of classic navy blue and natural white vertical bold stripes brings out the beauty of a vivid and standout look, displaying a more premium fashion taste. "Seeing our designs come to life on The Kelly Clarkson Show has been an exhilarating experience. Kelly embodies the timeless appeal and sustainable ethos of our creations, making her the ideal muse for LILYSILK," commented David Wang, CEO of LILYSILK. "It is such a tremendous honor to have our products featured on such a prominent platform and we are eager to continue motivating individuals to incorporate the elegance and environmental consciousness of silk into their everyday lives."
GOLDWIN Becomes Third Japanese Company to Join "The Fashion Pact" to Proactively Help Improve Global Environment
TOKYO, Feb. 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- -Global Initiative for Fashion Industry to Reduce Environmental Burdens - GOLDWIN INC., headquartered in Tokyo, joined in February 2024 "The Fashion Pact," a global initiative for the fashion and textile industry to curtail environmental burdens. GOLDWIN has become the third Japanese company to join the global initiative. The Fashion Pact's logo:https://cdn.kyodonewsprwire.jp/prwfile/release/M108062/202402206761/_prw_PI1fl_JWMKDq88.jpg The Fashion Pact is an organization launched at the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Biarritz, France, in August 2019 by 32 companies in the fashion and textile industry, mainly from Europe, with their commitments to achieving specific shared objectives in the three fields of climate change, biodiversity, and ocean protection. The organization was founded after French President Emmanuel Macron asked Francois-Henri Pinault, the chairman and CEO of Kering S.A., in April 2019 to forge such an initiative. The Fashion Pact, intended for companies related to the luxury, retail, apparel, sports, and lifestyle sectors, currently has more than 60 member companies including Kering, CHANEL, Burberry, Nike, and adidas. The Fashion Pact's shared targets:https://kyodonewsprwire.jp/attach/202402206761-O4-Bk0hUJhc.pdf In its long-term vision called "PLAY EARTH 2030," GOLDWIN pledges to "promote green design," "realize decarbonized society," and "realize recycling-oriented society" as key environment-related targets aimed at improving the global environment, while working out medium- and long-term goals and specific measures to improve the environment. GOLDWIN's target-setting toward improving the environment:https://kyodonewsprwire.jp/attach/202402206761-O2-y4555K3K.pdf GOLDWIN is working toward resolving the issue of climate change to improve the global environment under its business philosophy: "Realizing affluent and healthy life through sports." Details of GOLDWIN's environment-conscious efforts:https://corp.goldwin.co.jp/sustainability/environment Comments from GOLDWIN President Takao Watanabe:https://kyodonewsprwire.jp/attach/202402206761-O3-9AwKFIPJ.pdf Overview:- GOLDWIN will proactively conduct activities to improve the global environment as it joined The Fashion Pact, a global initiative for the fashion and textile industry to reduce environmental burdens, in February 2024. - GOLDWIN is the third Japanese company to join the international organization. It is hoped that there will be an increase in the number of companies in Japan that are keen to work together with the common objectives. - GOLDWIN aims to achieve the common goals set forth in The Fashion Pact as well as its own important environmental issues for the improvement of the global environment. For more news, please visit GOLDWIN's website: https://corp.goldwin.co.jp/eng/news The Fashion Pact's official website: https://www.thefashionpact.org/
World Champion and Olympic Medalist Marion Clignet, Technological Co-Founder of Jelenew Launches "Sprinters Jersey Lab"
With 30 Years of Cycling Experience and Dedication, Creating Cycling Apparel Truly Made for Women WILMINGTON, Del., Feb. 21, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- "When I was 22, I woke up on the floor of a store, surrounded by people asking me my name and where I lived. I knew the answers, but I couldn't tell them." This seizure and the following diagnosis of epilepsy cost Marion Clignet her driver's license, and she started commuting by bicycle. Thus began the champion's journey of an epilepsy patient. Since 1990, she has placed first in six world championship and won two silver medals at the Olympics representing France. She also broke the world record at the time in 1996 and won the French national championship many times including individual pursuit and road races. projects. She achieved more than 350 victories in her career, including stage wins and winning jerseys in the women's Tour de France and the Giro Women's Tour. Besides cycling, Clignet was also an accomplished mountain runner, winning the French long-distance running and cycling duathlon championship and six middle-distance triathlons. She competed against men in Brittany multiple times, winning many supporters and bringing more public attention to women's cycling. After retiring from competitive cycling, she continued to invest in cycling education and the rights of female cyclists, dedicated to advancing women's cycling. Throughout her 30-year cycling career, she overcame the hardships of training and the unfair treatment of women in the competition but never found cycling apparel truly designed for women, fitting their anatomical structure, physiological needs, and aesthetic demands. In her professional journey, Clignet tried various cycling shorts and jerseys only to find out that most ill-fitting apparel caused severe skin damage, sweat accumulation hindered temperature regulation impairing endurance, and chafing from the saddle led to injuries. Whether in training or competition, she looked for cycling apparel that perfectly addressed muscle protection, comfort, and aesthetics. She believed that solving these issues could make more women fall in love with the sport of cycling. However, most women's cycling apparel on the market was just a scaled-down version of men's with a different print, until she encountered Jelenew, a women's sports brand genuinely committed to addressing these issues. She decided to join Jelenew and start her new venture—creating cycling apparel that truly meets women's needs and promotes the development of women's cycling. Just as she overcame the obstacles of her illness and continuously broke her records, creating high-performance and aesthetically pleasing cycling apparel became her new challenge. Jelenew used haute couture draping techniques to solve issues for female cyclists such as chest pressure, weak waist and abdominal core muscle support, and insufficient fit and flexibility in shoulders and armpits area. After joining Jelenew, Clignet co-founded "Sprinters Jersey Lab" with the Jelenew design team—a lab that could lead a revolution in sports apparel, with Sprinters Jersey holding special significance for Clignet, as it was the jersey she won in the longest women's stage race in Idaho. In the lab, Clignet turned past troubles into research topics. She works with the Jelenew design team to derive solutions from haute couture techniques, addressing fitting issues with CurveTec™ technology, reducing friction, providing muscle protection, and aiding in power generation. The Sprinters Jersey Lab created a internal climate control system with fabric technology tailored for different body zones. The Sprinters Jersey Lab also developed cutting-edge seamless fit technology, friction-free stitching technology, and scientific seam positions to avoid wear and damage to sensitive areas. After each development, Clignet personally participated in testing and refinement with professional cyclists to ensure the product met both athletic performance as well as women's needs. When she wore Jelenew's cycling apparel to the "Le Marion Clignet" epilepsy charity bike race, she was praised for the design of her cycling apparel for the first time, reinforcing her belief that fashion is an indispensable part of women's sports. Following the haute couture approach, Clignet and the design team continuously sought outstanding collaborators in the industry, applying top garment-making techniques to upgrade the performance of sportswear while also adding a touch of fashion. Blending performance with aesthetics to improve women's athletic performance and make sports more enjoyable. This is the promise issued by Clignet through Jelenew's "Sprinters Jersey Lab". This project is her new journey to accomplish her mission to empower women cyclists around the world. About Jelenew Founded in 2021, inspired by cycling, Jelenew provides sportswear that perfectly blends performance and aesthetics for women and extends to a lifestyle collection based on speed and power sports to meet more diversified needs. Jelenew, joined by world women's cycling champion Marion Clignet for technical guidance, founded "Sprinters Jersey Lab" based on Jelenew's proprietary technology CurveTec™ and 30 years of cycling experience to lead industry innovation.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif., Feb. 21, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- FEELINGIRL, a self-confidence-oriented brand that creates and offers various styles of shapewear, is excited to announce a significant brand upgrade and the launch of new products featuring a variety of colors. This move is aimed at enhancing the comfort and style of its customers in the new year, allowing them to enjoy a chic and comfortable wearing experience. With the tagline "Undergarments for Every Age, Every Stage," FEELINGIRL is committed to becoming a lifelong partner for consumers, offering body shaping solutions that cater to every age and stage of life. This commitment is reflected in its brand mission: to provide women with a range of affordable shapewear that suits all body shapes and sizes, enriching their lifestyle with more color and variety. FEELINGIRL champions a minimalist yet elegant style, using high-quality fabrics to meticulously craft its garments. Its aim is to elevate the daily life quality of every woman, enabling them to wear supportive and empowering clothing that allows them to face life's challenges and opportunities with grace and confidence. To achieve a perfect blend of elegance and comfort, FEELINGIRL incorporates unique techniques as the brand's key design elements. This is evident in its latest product offerings. Take its new shapewear garment All Day Every Day Tummy Control Slimming Bodysuit for example. It is designed to enhance natural curves while providing support and comfort. This innovative garment effectively flattens the abdomen, lifts the buttocks, and supports the breasts, creating a streamlined silhouette. Lightweight and offering ideal stretch and recovery, the ultra-soft material ensures all-day comfort. Two bottom designs are available: a seamless thong back and mid-thigh shorts for additional coverage. Two gusset designs cater to convenience, with overlapping closures for the shorts and snap closures for the thong styles. Adjustable, stretchy straps allow for a All Day Every Day Tummy Control Slimming Bodysuit customized fit. Breathability is a key feature of this shapewear, providing a comfortable feel when worn underneath clothing. Its invisibility, even under figure-hugging attire, ensures a seamless look. This shapewear is not just about enhancing appearance, but also about boosting confidence. Another highlight is the V Neck Tummy Control Thong Bodysuit. One of the standout features is its deep V-neckline, which adds a touch of fashion-forward sensuality. The open back design is a perfect match for low-cut and backless outfits, adding an extra layer of style and sophistication. The thong design not only enhances the buttock area but also eliminates the issue of visible panty lines. The shoulder straps, which are 1.8 centimeters wide, are adjustable and made from a delicate material that ensures a comfortable, non-constricting fit. The alloy buckle and ring are resistant to deformation, further enhancing the durability of the shapewear. This breathable shapewear, crafted from moisture-absorbing elastic satin, comfortably tucks the tummy and shapes the waist. Resistant to pilling and deformation, it offers durability and can be worn alone or layered. It's a versatile wardrobe addition, perfect for brides or those seeking body shaping solutions. FEELINGIRL recognizes that each stage of life brings unique emotions and experiences. Whether it's the excitement of teenage years with school dances and parties, the pivotal moment of marriage, the transformative experience of motherhood, or the challenges and triumphs in the workplace, FEELINGIRL is committed to being there, providing the utmost comfort and support for every woman, at every stage of her life's journey. For more information, please visit: https://feelingirl.com/ . About FEELINGIRL FEELINGIRL is a brand that embodies self-confidence through a diverse collection of shapewear. Utilizing advanced technology and superior infrastructure, FEELINGIRL crafts garments inspired by real movement. Prioritizing comfort, FEELINGIRL uses quality fabrics for an unparalleled feel. FEELINGIRL provides inclusive shapewear for all body types that enhances natural beauty and curves, fostering confidence and poise.
SPARTANBURG, S.C., Feb. 21, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Milliken & Company is pleased to announce Bethany Smith as its Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, overseeing all HR matters on behalf of the diversified global manufacturer. Smith has served as Interim Chief Human Resources Officer since October 2023, stepping into the position upon the departure of Craig Haydamack. Bethany Smith becomes Milliken's new Chief Human Resources Officer. "Bethany stepped up and filled a critical role on our leadership team," shares Milliken President and CEO Halsey Cook. "Over the years, Bethany has earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues by demonstrating excellence and leadership in every task she takes on. She is the right person to lead Human Resources at Milliken." Prior to becoming Interim Chief Human Resources Officer, Smith served as Vice President of Human Resources for Milliken's Corporate Support functions, providing strategic HR support to Milliken's six corporate enabler functions. In this role, she was the HR business partner to the senior leaders of these functions—all while being an active participant in Milliken's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program. Other previously held roles included HR Vice President for Milliken's Healthcare Division, HR Director for Milliken's Textile Business and Director of Talent Acquisition and Learning and Development. Smith began her career at Milliken in manufacturing, working in three different plants within Milliken's Textile and Floor Covering divisions. She was part of the project team responsible for rebuilding Live Oak Plant after the 1995 fire. Although half of her career has been devoted to Milliken, Smith also spent fifteen years with MAU Workforce Solutions, providing HR support to numerous global manufacturing companies, including Milliken. Smith is a proud engineering graduate of Clemson University. She is a board member for the Charles Lea Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and is on the advisory boards of the University of South Carolina Business Partnership Foundation and the YMCA of Spartanburg. She has held various certifications throughout her career, including Certified Personnel Consultant (National Association of Personnel Services), Korn Ferry Leadership Architect/360 and SHRBP (Human Capital Institute). Smith was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer on February 12, marking a seamless transition from her interim period to her formal acceptance of the role. About MillikenMilliken & Company is a global manufacturing leader whose focus on materials science delivers tomorrow's breakthroughs today. From industry-leading molecules to sustainable innovations, Milliken creates products that enhance people's lives and deliver solutions for its customers and communities. Drawing on thousands of patents and a portfolio with applications across the textile, specialty chemical, flooring and healthcare businesses, the company harnesses a shared sense of integrity and excellence to positively impact the world for generations. Discover more about Milliken's curious minds and inspired solutions at milliken.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.