Textiles

  • 2/13/2013

    Crailar says new debt offering part of move to major stock exchange

    Crailar Technologies Inc. on Tuesday said it expects to raise at least $3 million from a private debt offering, calling it a key step towards its move to a major stock exchange. The company, formerly…

  • 11/29/2012

    Nike unveils greener soccer shoe

    While Americans were pulling up their chairs to the Thanksgiving table, Nike in Europe was unveiling its latest soccer footwear offering, the Nike GS2. The soccer shoe — or boot as its known in Europe…

  • 11/28/2012

    Crailar flax fiber goes into production in December

    Crailar Technologies Inc., the company that until earlier this month was known as Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc., announced Wednesday it will start up its first full-scale manufacturing plant on…

  • 11/28/2012

    Sustainable products need innovative materials

    Innovating for the athlete is an exhilarating process. As designers, we get to imagine and create products that make athletes better. But we’re not just innovating for the athlete — we’re trying…

  • 10/12/2012

    Naturally Advanced closes $2 million private placement

    Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. announced this week that it closed the final tranche of a private placement, selling just over 1 million shares and warrants for a total of $2,359,780. The money will…

  • 8/30/2012

    Newsmakers: Elizabeth Cline on cheap fashion and sustainable apparel

    The way Elizabeth Cline sees it, consumers have been coerced by retailers into buying cheap clothing in an effort to keep up with the latest fashion. Cline is the New York-based author of “Overdressed:…

  • 8/9/2012

    Kenyan marathon uniform marks Nike's first use of waterless fabric dyeing

    Kenyan marathoner Abel Kirui will run for the gold medal in London on Sunday wearing a Nike Inc.-made singlet that was dyed in his nation's colors without the use of water. The uniform marks the first…

  • 7/30/2012

    Vogue Knitting bolsters Imperial Knits' reputation

    For Imperial Knits Yarn, 2012 has shaped up to be a very busy year, and Dan and Jeanne Carver, owners of the Maupin-based Imperial Stock Ranch and the ranch’s yarn division, don’t have any plans of…

  • 7/16/2012

    Looptworks moves into leather upcycling with iPad cases

    Looptworks, which has built a business around rescuing textiles from the waste stream and turning them into clothing and accessories, is making its first foray into leather upcycling with a new line of…

  • 7/9/2012

    Naturally Advanced wins labeling victory

    Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. announced Monday that the Federal Trade Commission will allow the company to label products made with its fiber as "flax" rather than "linen." The distinction is important…

  • 6/7/2012

    Report claims Nike, Adidas Euro jerseys contain 'worrying levels' of chemicals

    A European consumer watchdog group this week said several of the jerseys to be worn in the European championships starting Friday contain harmful toxic substances, including a Nike Inc. made shirt it said…

  • 6/5/2012

    Nike joins Coke, Ford, Heinz and P&G to develop plant-based plastics

    Nike Inc. is part of a new collaborative of major consumer brands unveiled Tuesday that hope to accelerate the development of plant-based plastics. In addition to Washington County-based Nike (NYSE: NKE),…

  • 5/11/2012

    Nike hosting 'hackathon' for sustainability index

    Nike is inviting the geeks of Portland to a one-day "hackathon" to play with — and generate ideas for improving — its Nike Materials Sustainability Index. "We hope that releasing this framework and…

  • 5/10/2012

    Naturally Advanced partners with Lenzing Group

    Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. added to its partnership roster Thursday announcing it would team with Austria-based Lenzing Group on blending fibers for high-performance fabrics. Naturally Advanced,…

  • 4/26/2012

    YOLO Colorhouse adds organic fabric line

    YOLO Colorhouse added a selection of organic fabrics to its product line aimed at designing colorful children's rooms, marking the first time the company has branched out beyond environmentally friendly…

  • 4/12/2012

    Portland-backed Eco Index effort gets White House nod

    A Portland-pioneered effort to improve the sustainability of the outdoor apparel industry's supply chain helped get the Outdoor Industry Association named a "Champion of Change" by the White House. Representatives…

  • 3/29/2012

    Nike's Flyknit has a sustainable business story to tell

    When Nike Inc. unveiled its new Flyknit shoe technology last month, it was hailed for doing all of the things Nike shoes are supposed to do. The Flyknit Racer running shoe is lightweight, performance…

  • 3/21/2012

    Habitat for Humanity recycles billboards to bags

    Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East offered the billboard banners from a recent advertising campaign to their fundraising partner ReStore and the store's managers saw an opportunity — to make bags. ReStore,…

  • 3/14/2012

    Naturally Advanced investing $8M in S. Carolina plant

    Flax fiber innovator Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. announced Tuesday plans to invest $8 million in a South Carolina manufacturing facility that will employ 25 people. The announcement was made…

  • 2/21/2012

    Nike unveils eco-friendly innovations

    Nike Inc. showed off the latest handiwork of its Nike Better World initiative Tuesday when it unveiled its so-called Summer of Innovation lineup at an event in New York. The new products are aimed at…

  • 2/21/2012

    Naturally Advanced hires Oregon flax adviser

    Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. on Tuesday morning announced it hired a Salem-based crop adviser to contract with farmers to grow flax in the Willamette Valley for use in the company's natural fibers…

  • 2/7/2012

    Nike partners with Dutch firm on waterless fabric dyeing

    Nike Inc. on Tuesday said it has formed a partnership with a Dutch company that has developed a way to dye textiles without using water. Netherlands-based DyeCoo Textile Systems Inc. has developed what…

  • 1/30/2012

    Naturally Advanced signs partnership with Tuscarora Yarns

    Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. announced Monday it will partner with a North Carolina yarn company to adapt flax fiber for use in the apparel and home furnishing markets. Tuscarora Yarns, which…

  • 12/1/2011

    Naturally Advanced to grow flax in Willamette Valley

    Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. said Thursday it will look to source flax in the Willamette Valley to keep up with demand for its CRAiLAR fiber, a sustainably developed alternative to cotton. Lake…

  • 12/1/2011

    Naturally Advanced strikes deal with Target

    Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. on Thursday said it struck a deal with Target Corp. to test the use of its flax-based CRAiLAR fiber in the retailer's domestic textiles such as towels and sheets. Though…