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Can Plastic Bags Make Performance Fabrics?

Fashion is at a crossroads: continue with cutting-edge strategies developed to persevere during Covid or slide back into familiar (yet unprofitable) habits? Get the experts' perspective at our in-person Sourcing Summit, Oct. 19 at New York’s Cipriani 42nd Street.

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) may have solved a key issue discouraging apparel makers from working with polyethylene (PE), the material commonly used in plastic wrap and grocery bags. Though thin, lightweight and cooler than most other materials, PE’s anti-wicking properties lock in water and sweat, effectively shutting the door on any…

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