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Helmtextile: The Sustainability Revolution

Sustainability is all about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. Companies like Helmtextile are making a difference in the world of sustainable materials.

Recycling and sustainable product is a world trend and a necessity to save our environment. This was very prominent at Heimtex 2020 with a lot of exhibitors showing their recycled products as the main attraction.

In the trend area, a section was committed to recycled, remade, re-crafted, biological and natural products. Various companies all over the world are participating in creating products from sustainable plant materials or remaking redundant materials.

Banana leaves, Orange fiber, Pineapple leaves, Corn husks, Palm leaves (to name just a few) are converted into yarns for weaving and vegan leather. Palm leather for instance can be used for furniture, book bindings, bags and shoes.

Corrugated steel and PVC can now be replaced with hemp fiber bound with sugar-based resin made from agricultural waste products such a corn cobs and oat hulls.

Woollen jerseys are shredded up and reprocessed into carpeting as part of repurposing materials. Another example of repurposing is denim jeans being bonded in layers with water-based epoxy. Once dried the slabs can then be cut into shapes and used for furniture.

What if new materials can be grown instead of made from a source?

These projects are inspired by closed-loop, circular systems found in the natural world. Fungi and bacteria are used to grow biodegradable materials such as mycelium, lab-grown vegan leathers and textile dyes.

The most popular product in textiles, as far as recycling goes are PET bottles and other plastics turned into yarns.


With so much to learn and explore in the world of sustainability, we’re glad to see the strides companies are making to take note of this trend.

Helm has been using recycled and sustainable yarns in a variety of products for many years. Their Fibretech range is derived from South African soil and is also easily recyclable. They also used recycled polyester in a range made from PET plastics. Throughout their endeavours, Helm supports the local natural fibre manufacturers and is making a difference to the world of sustainable materials.

For more visit Helmtextile.

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