What’s new in the Bedding Industry?
Cotton manufacturing has dramatically changed during the last 150 years. Cotton needs lot of water to grow and require not once lot of fertilizers. Today, bio-enzymes and water waste reduction technologies are refining production processes.
Cotton has been the heart of the industrial revolution. Since then, the process of manufacturing cotton fibers into diversified fabrics like shirts, jeans and sheets among them has developed and improved enormously.
Cotton, represents over one-third of the world textile fiber demand, and still needs much more innovation.
Cotton is cultivated in over 80 countries and almost each one of the countries manufacture products involving cotton, therefore cotton is a global business.
There are several steps involved in the process such that each one of them has a strong impact on water supply, energy and pollution from chemicals. To create the essential improvements many counties faces big challenges. In addition, we often forget that, before it materializes as a garment or bed sheet, the cotton plant is first cultivated and harvested, the fiber is extracted, there are preparation processes such as cleaning and combing to turn that raw cotton into yarn; then there’s the spinning and weaving, and finally finishing processes like dyeing, bleaching, scouring and printing.
On the solution to more sustainable cotton, lies in strong relationships between different players in the chain. That way, brands will be able to communicate much more to consumers about the process behind the products they choose, potentially driving demand for best practice.
There are companies that lives up to its creed that traceability is the way forward, starting with raw material production. These companies connects East African farmers with each other, and then with mills which can supply global brands. This way, the cotton delivered to a brand can easily be traced back to producers.
One of the major steps forward is based on Biological enzymes that remove the need for highly corrosive and polluting chemicals.
Meanwhile, behind the closed doors of milling factories, new approaches are minimizing the impact of cotton manufacturing, one step at a time. One new development is the use of biological enzymes, which remove the need for highly corrosive and polluting chemicals traditionally used in cotton manufacturing processes for scouring and bleaching, denim abrasion and shade change. Enzymes allow treatments to be undertaken at lower temperatures, with neutral PH solutions; this chemical-free process requires less washing, thereby decreasing water and energy consumption.
DuPont is a leader in the field. They have been trailing its new bio-enzyme set Prima Green since. Following a pilot with Cotton Incorporated in 2011, it has now designed a way of processing and dyeing knits using exclusively enzymes. In addition, other companies reduces water, energy, pollutants and processing time, but the final result is a higher quality of fabric, in terms of softness and color.”
Expert such as Mary Ankeny, Director of Dyeing Research at Cotton Incorporated, agrees that bio-enzymes are part of the future of cotton processing and points to several collaborating companies whose innovations could change the market. For example, Huntsman’s new revolutionary Avitera dyes, which reduce water consumption and allow for low temperature dyeing, have already been adopted by the well-known brands. Other innovations are in the use of spongy material. This new technique dramatically reduces water consumption but also has been found to increase fabric strength.
Most of these new technologies are found in several leading brands including in EasySheet, I personally find that brand is amazing soft and rich with a normal price tag, but also their special patent keep the covers on the bed and not on the floor.