The global antimicrobial coatings market is expected to reach USD 4,520.3 million by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research Inc. Growing demand for medical device coatings is expected to remain a key market driver over the next six years. In addition increasing market penetration of indoor air quality products, mainly in the U.S. is also expected to have a positive impact on the market over the forecast period. (more…)
Whether the active lifestyle is of your making or the making of your children, most people today are faced with a life of running from point to point. For many, the automobile is a mobile locker room where kids change from their dance shoes to soccer cleats. Carpets get muddy, seats get wet, shoulder straps get sweaty.
It’s not the major floods, but it’s the build up of minor insults over time that can make the interior of an automobile smell like a locker room.
There are a number of aesthetic factors that affect the value of an automobile but few other factors have grown as dramatically as the cabin environment. Cabin noise reduction has always been a differentiator among automotive classes. With today’s entertainment systems the cabin environment is more inviting to drivers and passengers. Just as cabin comfort is essential to safety; cleaner, greener interiors that resist nasty odors provide peace of mind and enhanced value that is recognizable to its occupants.
The shoulder strap that lies against a wet torso after a pick-up basketball game ends, the Capri-Sun that spurts all over the seat when your eight year old is trying to jab in the straw after the soccer match while you’re driving down the road at 30 miles per hour. The trunk liner that smells a little funky because you forgot about the towels you threw in the trunk after yoga class. These are the everyday occurrences that cause automotive odors. Antimicrobial treated interior components can resolve these odors and provide a cleaner, fresher cabin environment. For more information on how this unique feature can be utilized in your automotive components contact the IAC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taking Water Conservation to the Next Level in Textiles
For the last ten years textile mills have been focusing on conserving water during the production of textiles. Much of this concern has been promulgated by apparel retailers and apparel brands requesting that the mills produce their goods in a more sustainable manner. The International Antimicrobial Council applauds the work that has been done in this area and the leadership shown by the entire textile industry. As important as it is to save water during the production of textiles, the majority of water used for textiles is in the maintenance of textiles by consumers, or laundering.
According to the Alliance for Water Efficiency the average American family washes almost 400 loads of laundry each year. A family of four using a standard clothes washer will consume over 12,000 gallons ( 45.4 m3) of water annually. A family that wears antimicrobial treated apparel will be able to wear the apparel as much as three times as long before laundering. Considering that 60% of an American family’s laundry is apparel, this will save each household 5400 gallons (20,400L) of water a year. If their home products are also treated it will save each family 9,000 gallons (34,000L) of water. (Also can figure the water use per good based on weight of the good in relationship to the total weight of a load of laundry.).
If we are really going to get serious about conserving water we really need to begin reducing the need for such frequent laundering
According to some estimates, 60 million metric tons of textiles are dyed each year at the rate of 100 liters of water per kilogram of material, which translates to some 6 trillion liters of water — equivalent to approximately 2.36 million Olympic-sized swimming poolfuls, or, put another way, equivalent to 219 days' supply of drinking water for the entire world population. In China alone, it is estimated that traditional textile dyeing generates 2.27 trillion liters of untreated wastewater each year.
Polyester materials comprise more than half of all textiles dyed, with 39 million metric tons projected to be dyed annually by 2015. Cotton textiles make up a large majority of the rest.
Dyeing and finishing machinery manufacturers have developed technologies to reduce the amount of water needed to process fabrics, yarns and apparel. And textile dye/chemical manufacturers have developed technologies that considerably reduce the amount of salt and other chemicals needed in the dyeing process and offer improved dye uptake rates in the fibers, thus reducing the amount of chemicals discharged in wastewater as well as the amount of water needed for dyeing/finishing operations. Other new technologies aim to reduce still further or even eliminate altogether the amount of water needed for these processes and the impact of dyes and chemicals on effluent water quality.
(Textile World Nov/Dec 2012)
About 1 billion people lack access to potable water, and about 5 million people die each year from poor drinking water, or poor sanitation often resulting from water shortage – that’s 10 times the number of people killed in wars around the globe. (Ecotextiles, Feb 24, 2010)
the Indian textile industry uses 425,000,000 gallons of water every day  to process the fabrics it produces. Put another way, it takes about 20 gallons of water to produce one yard of upholstery weight fabric. If we assume one sofa uses about 25 yards of fabric, then the water necessary to produce the fabric to cover that one sofa is 500 gallons. Those figures vary widely, however, and often the water footprint is deemed higher. The graphic here is from the Wall Street Journal, which assigns 505 gallons to one pair of Levi’s 501 jeans. (CSE study on pollution of Bandi river by textile industries in Pali town, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, May 2006 and “Socio-Economic, Environmental and Clean Technology Aspects of Textile Industries in Tiruppur, South India”, Prakash Nelliyat, Madras School of Economics)
By 2015, the global apparel industry is expected to produce more than 400 billion square meters of fabric per year, representing nearly enough material to cover the state of California annually. These fabrics will be produced from nearly 100 million tonnes of fiber and filament yarns, about 40% of which are agriculturally derived (i.e., cotton, wool, …) and 60% synthetic (i.e., polyester, nylon, …). (Gugnami and Mishra 2012)
One key resource utilized by the textiles industry is water. In 2009, the New York Times (reporting on a California study) revealed that several dozen gallons (or more than 400 pounds) of water were required to process one pound of textiles. (Peters 2009) Mapping this consumption rate onto the countries where production is concentrated shows that the industry’s use and discharge rates constitute a significant fraction of available water resources. As an example, in 2009, textile production ranked third among major industries in China in terms of total wastewater discharge, emitting over 2.5 billion tons primarily from the dyeing and finishing steps of manufacture. (IPE 2012).
High Efficiency Washers need High Efficiency Towels
Jillee at onegoodthingbyjillee.com recently wrote “I’ve noticed that ‘smelly towels’ is a subject that is pinned a lot on Pinterest, and lately I’ve been receiving emails asking about this as well. This leads me to believe it’s a pretty big problem. So, I thought it was high time I addressed it. For heaven’s sake…we can’t have people suffering needlessly from “Smelly Towel Syndrome”!” (1)
Yes that “Smelly Towel Syndrome” that originates from your high efficiency washer does have an easy fix. In fact it is much easier than you could ever imagine. The next time you go shopping for towels just buy towels that are specifically designed for your high efficiency washer. There are several lines of towels that are specifically designed to remain fresh after being laundered in front loading washers, even after multiple uses and even after being left on the floor of the kids or your bathroom for two days. Read the label carefully to make certain that the towels you buy are treated to control odors and remain fresh.
Odor control treatments are regulated by the USEPA and since towel odors come from fungal and bacterial contamination, only towels with properly approved odor control technologies should be purchased. Look for an EPA number on the label where the “freshness” claim is made to feel assured that the towel will do what it claims. If the towel displays the IAC mark you can be assured that the manufacturer has submitted towels for testing to the International Antimicrobial Council and that they have passed the required freshness standards even after more than 20 launderings.
The IAC works closely with ANERCA, a leading market research firm in textiles, to help its members identify consumer behavior and to position product features that capitalize on these trends. The IAC also performs certification testing for a host of treated products, from socks and underwear to ceramic tiles and ceiling tiles. Practically anything that you want to keep from developing foul odors due to bacteria or fungus can be tested and certified by the IAC. Only those manufacturers that demonstrate that they can manufacture products that actually control microbes and malodor can display the IAC mark. Go to www.amcouncil.org/membership.html to become a member today.