AATCC Newsletter

  • Mask Up

    Erika Simmons October 6, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    As the world wrestles with COVID-19, including its variants, face coverings continue to be a useful tool to slow the progression. The last two years have seen companies enter and then subsequently exit the face covering market. Manufacturers have adjusted their supply chains to accommodate the demand. In addition to their primary function, face coverings […]

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  • Learn and Connect at AATCC Committee Meetings

    Erika Simmons October 4, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    Learn and Connect at AATCC Committee Meetings AATCC research committee meetings are always a valuable opportunity for textile industry stakeholders to influence the future of testing, standards, and more. The meetings are open to all and there is no fee to attend in person or virtually. Research committees develop and maintain the standards used around […]

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  • Repurposed Textiles: Are Leftover Fabrics the Key to Sustainable Fashion?

    Guest September 28, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    Repurposed Textiles: Are Leftover Fabrics the Key to Sustainable Fashion? By Nicola Davies In a single year, the fashion industry generates a whopping 13 million tons of fabric waste. That means approximately 64% of the world’s garment production ends up dumped in landfills, where it will take the next 200 years to decompose. Another 15% […]

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  • Consumers, Apparel, and Sustainability

    Guest September 10, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    By James W. Krueger, Head of Brand Solution at Sanitized AG Defining Sustainability The last 18 months have revealed how fragile and yet how resilient the economies of the world can be. The economic impact of a global pandemic has helped reinforce the revised definition of sustainability. The term sustainability was synonymous with environmentalism in […]

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  • AATCC Committee Meetings: Connect, Meet, Attend

    Erika Simmons September 7, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    AATCC Committees provide the helping hands, hearts, and minds that bring textile industry standards to life.  Each year, AATCC committees provide groundbreaking standards and conferences that fill urgent gaps in the industry. More than 40 AATCC committees will meet this fall to develop test methods, conferences, and other educational programs or publications. When you connect […]

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  • Cotton: The New Generation

    Guest August 27, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    By Kim Anderson Cotton has always been the workhorse of fibers, making it one of the best choices for denim. It has also made an appearance on the finer side of fabrics—showing up in high end garments adorned with satin stitches, sequins, and embroidery. However, cotton has had to combat specific drawbacks that have made […]

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  • AATCC Method Quantifies Fiber Shedding

    Erika Simmons August 17, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    AATCC TM212-2021, Test Method for Fiber Fragment Release During Home Laundering, provides a standardized method for quantifying fiber fragment shedding in the ongoing challenge to combat aquatic pollution. These fragments are sometimes referred to as “microfibers” or “microplastics.” AATCC TM212 was developed to provide a means to determine the mass of fiber fragments released in […]

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  • Transparency: A Clear Foundation for Standards Development

    Erika Simmons August 4, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    By Erika Simmons, AATCC Technical Director AATCC standards are developed, specified, and performed around the world. With such a global reach, transparency must serve as the foundation for standards development.  AATCC standards adhere to the six principles defined by the World Trade Organization(WTO) for the development of international standards.  Transparency Openness Impartiality and Consensus Effectiveness […]

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  • Innovative Breathable and Sustainable Fabrics

    Maria Thiry July 26, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    Innovative Breathable and Sustainable Fabrics by Dr. Thanaseelen Rajasakran   Global warming has spawned global “heated” conversations and debates. The threat of climate change and the issue of sustainability affecting lives and livelihoods still does matter. Result: there is immense pressure on a variety of industries in terms of environmental sustainability—escalated by the influence of […]

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  • Counterfeiting: A Global Fake Out

    Erika Simmons July 8, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    Counterfeiting: A Global Fake Out By Erika Simmons   Counterfeiting and piracy are global issues. The United States, France, Switzerland, and Germany were most affected by counterfeiting activity in a 2016 study; however, increases were noted in Singapore, Hong Kong, Brazil, China, and other emerging markets. (OECD, 2019) Countries worldwide are impacted by product fakes […]

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  • From Hot to Cold and Cold to Hot: Fabrics that Work with your Body Temperature

    Guest June 29, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    From Hot to Cold and Cold to Hot: Fabrics that Work with your Body Temperature  By Dr. Nicola Davies   Clothing is traditionally categorized by seasons—thick insulating jackets for winter and absorbent cottons during the hot summer. However, recent advances in temperature-sensitive textiles may blur some of the traditional lines dividing consumer garments. Today, textile […]

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  • Everything the Light Touches Can Fade

    Carrie Gray June 14, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    Everything the Light Touches Can Fade By Carrie Gray   The future is as bright as the sun!  This summer, people will be putting up awnings at their campsite, pitching the game day tent with their favorite team’s colors, and relaxing on patio furniture.   Textiles encounter a variety of light that can cause color […]

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