Jury's in: Our most intriguing new materials
Furniture Today Staff -- Furniture Today, February 4, 2013
NEW YORK - Each month Material ConneXion holds in its headquarters here a jury of 15 professionals from the most diverse fields, who evaluate and decide which materials will be entered into the library. The session usually sees about 20-30 materials pass the test. The novelties offer the library new technologies, advancements and sustainable traits, and spark the most unimaginable ideas.
For this month's column Material ConneXion shares some of the most intriguing materials from the last jury sessions. For more information please visit www.materialconnexion.com.
High performance coating technology
This coating technology combines the high performance spill and stain resistance of Nano-Tex with a safe non-leaching antimicrobial that controls microorganisms that cause odors. It stands up to microbes including bacteria, fungi and algae. This coating slows the degradation of the textile and contains no arsenic, tin, heavy metals or silver. It can be applied to any textile and will not affect the inherent properties of the material. It will remain effective on the fabric up to 50 commercial washings and does not affect the recyclability of the fabric. Applications are for window coverings, seating, panel fabrics and wall coverings in health care, hospitality, and educational environments.
Fast-dye rayon fiber
MC # 6971-01
100% cellulosic, activated viscose (rayon) fiber with more than 10 times the dye-pick up capacity and dye-pick up speed of standard viscose, reducing cost, time, water and energy. This fiber does not require the addition of salt or soda to the dyebath, and makes one bath dyeing of blended fabrics possible, both natural and synthetic. The fiber is produced through a wet spinning process whereby the extruded filaments are solidified in a coagulation bath. This material can be blended with natural or synthetic fibers. The fiber can be converted into yarn for woven or knitted fabrics or processed with non woven and wetlaid technologies for applications such as color catching sheets for laundry, filtration or to obtain cross dyeing or mélange effects on blended fabrics.
Recycled silk fiber
This 100% recycled silk fiber has been recovered from the silk waste disposed of in the silk reeling process, as well as from the cut cocoons (from the silk breeding facilities) that are un-reelable and unusable. This silk is naturally a shiny creamy color but can be dyed using natural and synthetic reactive color-dye into any desired color. Applications include fabrics, especially for lightweight blouses, neckties, scarves, handkerchiefs, underwear, Japanese kimonos and Indian saris.
PLA biopolymer yarn
Compostable, solution-dyed, anti-microbial PLA biopolymer yarn. The PLA (poly-lactic acid) polymer used for the production of the yarn is not made from oil derivatives, but is obtained from renewable agricultural resources. The PLA polymer is produced from dextrose (sugar) obtained from the processing of corn grown for other industrial applications. Sugar from corn, sugar beets, wheat or sugar cane can be used to yield the lactic acid. The anti-microbial effect is achieved through the release of silver ions incorporated into the fiber. Applications include bags for laptop, mobile phone, tablet, pens, under and body wear.
A water-based nano-coating material that is composed of silicon dioxide (SiO2), water (H2O) and a proprietary bonding agent. This coating can be applied to materials as wide ranging as textiles or building facades via a dispersing pump spray and is intended to add protection to the applied surfaces against dirt, water and stains. The coating itself is transparent and will not affect the material's appearance, breath ability or color that it is applied to. This coating is free of solvents and is safe for contact with skin. The applied coatings are also UV-stable and can survive between 30-60 washes. It is also safe for food contact according to tests performed by the Korea Textile Inspection & Testing Institute (KOTITI certificate).