Interfiliere New York presents the new SWIMxSPORTxINNOVATION forum this season. This area is dedicated to displaying the products of truly innovative companies that show dedication to sustainability and performance.
The technical center will focus on 5 functionalities that are true innovations for both swimwear and sport:
Quick Drying – Quick drying fabrics offer the upmost comfort for a swim or sport wearer. To create a quick drying functionality, manufacturers can channel the cross section of fibers which encourages the evacuation of perspiration to the outside of the product. Alternatively, they can utilize microfibers which have a good capacity for moisture transfer.
Muscular Compression – Elasticity in textile materials results in products that hug the body and keep their shape after wearing and washing. Swim and sport wearers can benefit from greater comfort, ease of wear, and functionality during their use.
UV Protection – “Regular” fabrics let in harmful UV rays, especially those of lighter color typically worn in the summer. In order to protect the wearer against prolonged exposure to the sun, several parameters of clothing must be considered including, the weight of the fabric, the material thread count (weave), the type of fiber used, the textile color, and the presence of an anti-UV treatment.
Chlorine Resistant – Chlorine which is present in swimming pools, attacks polyamide fibers and elastane fibers. To remedy this issue, manufacturers offer 2 main solutions. First, they can substitute elastane with a ‘modified’ polyester fiber or an elastolefin fiber. Secondarily, they can functionalize elastane to be resistant to chlorine.
Iso Thermal – it is important that the sports garment conserves body heat of the wearer, to minimize how much energy they use up to maintain an optimal temperature to improve performance. Thermal regulation can be achieved through bioceramics. Bioceramics are a mixture of volcanic rock that contain mineral oxides. This characteristic captures and reflects the waves given off by the human body by the rays.
Synthetic fibers, which are mainly manufactured from petroleum, were created to cover the world shortage of natural fibers, but also in order to have textile fibers at a moderate cost with specific properties (solidity, easy care, extensibility, etc.) which guarantee optimal quality/ performance for the practice of water sports. The major environmental challenge with these fibers is how to recycle them, in order to reduce dependency on the non-renewable raw materials used by the textile sector. With this information – we focus on sustainability in this hub as well.
- Recycled Materials