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Patagonia Hid a Secret, R-Rated Message On Some of Its Clothing Tags
September 16, 2020 at 11:48 am

If you happened to have purchased Patagonia’s Road to Regenerative Stand Up Shorts, you might have noticed a tiny little message on a tag. Or, maybe you didn't notice it. To tie in with the shorts’ purpose of rehabilitating farmland through a partnership with organic farmers, Patagonia slipped a little message in on the tag...

Dye-Free Future? Australian Scientists Hack Cotton DNA to Grow All Different Colors
August 17, 2020 at 12:02 pm

Researchers in Australia’s national science agency think they've found a way to tweak the molecular code of cotton so that it grows in all different colors. So far, they’ve created cotton in red, gold, purple and black in petri dishes, and hope to create reproducing plants in the near future. The implications for apparel manufacturing are pretty huge...

Gemline Announces Partnership With Gardening Brand Modern Sprout
August 13, 2020 at 11:51 am

Gemline, Lawrence, Mass., announced yesterday a strategic partnership with Chicago-based Modern Sprout to bring a collection of smart, simple, sustainable indoor and outdoor gardening products to its growing product portfolio. Modern Sprout uses the logic of hydroponics redesigned to create beautiful, space-savvy products. Its company mission is simple: un-complicate indoor gardening. Since its founding, Modern…

Single-Use Face Masks Could Be the Next Major Ocean Pollutant
August 10, 2020 at 11:36 am

Environmental experts worry that improperly disposed single-use face masks could make the issue of ocean pollution worse. More face masks are popping up in waterways across the world as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and people take precautions to protect themselves and others...

FDA List of Dangerous Hand Sanitizers Reaches 114, Includes Ohio Manufacturer
August 5, 2020 at 2:11 pm

The FDA list of potentially dangerous hand sanitizers containing or manufactured in facilities containing methanol has reached 114 products. The latest round of additions includes products from several suppliers based in Mexico, as well as Ohio-based Spartan Chemical Co. Inc....

Chipotle Is Using 300 Million Avocado Pits to Make Dye for Its New Branded Apparel Line
August 5, 2020 at 11:21 am

Chipotle is keeping things very on-brand and eco-friendly for its next round of merchandise by using avocado pits as dye for its branded apparel. According to Nation’s Restaurant News, Chipotle is using about 300 million avocado pits from its food supply and creating a plant-based dye for T-shirts, sweaters and tote bags...

QR Code Menus: The Touchless Revolution In Restaurants and Hospitality
August 3, 2020 at 11:24 am

Rather than picking up a menu, restaurant patrons scan a QR code. From there, the menu loads on your smartphone. This has helped against surface contamination during the ongoing fight against the spread of COVID-19, but it’s reduced the need for physical menus. Still, QR code stickers could be a source of new business for promo distributors...

Researchers Develop a Reusable Face Mask that Kills Viruses with a USB Charger
June 19, 2020 at 11:09 am

Researchers in Haifa, Israel, have created what they believe is a reusable face mask that kills harmful particles by heating itself up with a smartphone charger. It’s been pretty incredible how quickly the scientific community has acted during the COVID-19 pandemic. New developments that sometimes take years have happened in weeks. This has included much…

SanMar Becomes Exclusive Promotional Supplier for Allmade
June 12, 2020 at 11:58 am

SanMar, Issaquah, Wash., announced that it is partnering with Allmade to be the exclusive supplier of Allmade’s ethically and environmentally conscious blank apparel to the promotional apparel and imprinted sportswear industries. Founded by screen printers for screen printers, Allmade is an impact-driven company…

Delta Apparel Joins Cotton LEADS Program
June 10, 2020 at 12:03 pm

Delta Apparel, Greenville, S.C., has joined the Cotton LEADS program, signifying its commitment to sustainability and acknowledging the ongoing improvements U.S. and Australian cotton growers continue to make under both countries’ stringent regulatory environments. The aim of the Cotton LEADS program is to raise awareness of sustainable and responsible cotton growing practices, and to keep…