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Advancing life cycle sustainability of textiles through

Alberghini, M. et al. Sustainable polyethylene fabrics with engineered moisture transport for passive cooling. Nat. Sustain. 4, 715–724 (2021). Article  Google Scholar  Singh, R. P., Mishra, S. & Das, A. P. Synthetic microfibers: pollution toxicity and remediation. Chemosphere https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.127199 (2020). Borrelle, S. B. et al. Why we need an international agreement on marine plastic pollution. […]

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Kohl’s home sales continue to lag in volatile retail environment | Home Textiles Today

Koh’s expects the holiday season to grow more promotional and plans to end Q4 with clean inventories. Menomonee Falls, Wis. – Kohl’s yanked its guidance for the full year, citing a recent downturn in sales, the unpredictable macroeconomic environment and the unexpected departure last week of former CEO Michelle Gass. During this morning’s abbreviated Q3 […]

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Pets

Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ found in children’s textiles, pet food packaging

Cancer-linked “forever chemicals” are contaminating a broad assortment of pet food packaging and textiles made for babies and toddlers, a new investigation has found. These toxins — per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — are common ingredients in children’s and pet product coatings, and can wear off as dust over time, according to the Environmental Working […]

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Life Style

Counterculture design legend Kaffe Fassett: ‘I’m that bizarre beast – a man who does textiles’

It took the knitter and textile designer Kaffe Fassett two goes at buying his four-floor Victorian home in north London. In 1971, he got one floor with a £400 deposit but had to wait 20 years before buying the rest. “When I entered textiles, no one was doing what I was doing with colour. I […]

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Home at Kohl’s slams up against a new shopping environment | Home Textiles Today

Menomonee Falls, Wis. – Kohl’s is looking to ancillary areas for growth in home as the segment comes back down to earth following last year’s pandemic-fueled boom. Sales in home tumbled 17% in the first quarter ended April 30 compared to a 30% increase in last year’s Q1. The company expects category demand to remain […]

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US

Crate & Barrel announces senior exec role for the Metaverse | Home Textiles Today

Chicago – What kind of expertise does a retail exec delving into the Metaverse need? Answer: product development.   Sebastian Brauer Crate & Barrel Holdings‘ (CBH) new Metaverse maestro is Sebastian Brauer, who has been named SVP for product design, development and Metaverse. He was previously VP of product design and development. Brauer joined the company […]

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Entertainment

Netflix is the S&P 500’s worst performer this week — here are the next 14

Investors remained sour for a second consecutive session on Friday as they continued to digest comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell about the prospect for rapidly rising interest rates. The action had the broad indexes revisiting their mid-March lows: The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA fell 981.36 points (or 2.8%) to close at 33,811.40, […]

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Technology

Teen spending report shows they love Apple, Nike and Lululemon, use Apple Pay over Venmo

What are the kids into today? New research suggests that most teens own an iPhone and they’re snapping up Nike and Lululemon merch, ordering Chick-Fil-A and shopping on Amazon — and they expect to drop a collective $66 billion doing so this year.    What’s more, they’ve moved away from PayPal and Venmo, and are […]

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Ikea US rolls out Sustainable Living shops | Home Textiles Today

Conshohocken, Penn. – Ikea is turning Black Friday green, opening sustainable product shops and accepting used furniture a part of an effort to reduce its climate footprint. The Sustainable Living Shops will open at all stores nationwide on Friday. The dedicated section in each store will make it easier for customers to shop for sustainable […]

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Health

Lowell artist devotes career to addressing racial identity, ‘historical trauma’ with textiles

LOWELL — Karen Hampton traveled 1,000 miles to St. Augustine, Fla., where she rented a boat, looked out at the shoreline and imagined her ancestors’ traveling there some 200 years ago. And while standing there, after tracing her family back to this exact spot, she acquired a truth and understanding beyond what any historical document […]