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How one company is tackling the tricky — and expensive — task of recycling clothing

May 1, 2023
Diverting textiles from landfills is more difficult and more expensive than doing so for paper and glass. A group of formerly incarcerated workers is paving the way.
Companies send in unsold stock and returned clothes to divert their waste from landfills.
Caleigh Wells

For one self-starter, a bad experience spun a new business venture

Nov 11, 2021
Adella Colvin began her yarn-dyeing business, LolaBean Yarn Co., after noting how few makers of color there were in the industry.
Adella Colvin with her daughter, Lola, who inspired the name for LolaBean Yarn Co. “I didn’t see many makers of color" in yarn and textiles, Colvin said.
Photo courtesy Adella Colvin

For a Honduran textile factory, the pandemic means uncertainty

Jul 14, 2020
Amid the global pandemic, even supply chains get sick. The director of a polyester yarn factory in Honduras describes how COVID-19 is affecting business.
People queue at a crowded market in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The pandemic has caused problems for the Honduran textile industry, which exports goods to the United States.
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Britain's textile industry gets an unexpected boost from COVID-19

Apr 13, 2020
After the coronavirus lockdown in China, British clothing retailers turn back to British manufacturers.
Cloth is produced in the Lochcarron Tartan Factory in the Scottish town of Selkirk in 2016.
Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images

The story behind the spacesuits that got us to the moon

Dec 25, 2019
Spoiler alert: It features a clash between NASA and Playtex, the women's underwear company.
Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin walked on the moon on July 20, 1969 wearing a 21-layer spacesuit.
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Sustainability, while fashionable, is a challenge for the industry

May 15, 2019
The drive for environmental sustainability will need to pick up if it is to match the industry's rapid growth.
A craftwoman passes by pieces of leather on October 12, 2018 at the Louis Vuitton leather work factory in Juilley, western France. Fashion giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has signed a five-year biodiversity partnership with UNESCO, committing to an ambitious set of environmental goals.

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Four things to know about the North Korea economy

Jun 12, 2018
There’s a state-run economy, where the state employs people and sends everyone official rations, and the underground economy.
Portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il on the April 25 Palace, the venue of the 7th Workers Party Congress in Pyongyang in 2016.
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In North Carolina, an old mill town reinvents itself

Oct 27, 2016
Textile manufacturing defined Kannapolis for decades, but those days are gone.
A rendering of what Kannapolis' new downtown will look after its revitalization.
Courtesy city of Kannapolis

Clothes that can hear

Jul 13, 2010
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