Athletic-shoe maker adidas has unveiled the first performance shoe made using Biosteel® fiber—a replication of natural silk that’s 100 percent biodegradable through a natural process. The adidas Futurecraft Biofabric prototype shoe features an upper made from 100 percent Biosteel fiber, a nature-based, high-performance fiber developed by German biotech company AMSilk; the material is 15 percent …

The Zurich-based International OEKO-TEX Association, which tests and certifies textiles for hazardous substances at all levels of production, will unveil a new branding strategy and new products in January. With the portfolio of OEKO-TEX products growing in response to textile industry needs—the most recent addition was DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX to help eliminate hazardous …

Researchers at Australia’s Griffith University have discovered significant new potentials for light harvesting through narrowing the bandgap of titania (TiO2) and graphene quantum dots. According to a report by IDTechEx’s online Energy Harvesting Journal, the researchers for the first time have found a quantum-confined bandgap-narrowing mechanism where ultraviolet absorption of grapheme quantum dots and TiO2 …