Isko: R&D for sustainable innovation

R&D for sustainable innovation

(Source: Isko)
(Source: Isko)

With the goal of overall advancement of the textile and denim industry through the development of smart and wearable solutions, Isko is participating in various R&D projects.

Isko, a brand of Sanko Tekstil, the textile division of the Sanko Holding AS, Gaziantep/Turkey, will contribute its expertise in textile innovation to the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) Alliances program. Run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA/USA, the program is a collaboration between CSAIL’s researchers, students and industry partners.

Furthermore, in its R-Two program, the company promotes sustainable innovation with fabrics made with certified reused and recycled fibers. This improves sourcing efficiency throughout the entire field-to-fabric production. The program is also working to develop fabrics with a guaranteed minimum 50%+ GRS (Global Recycle Standard) recycled content blend. This is expected to significantly reduce the carbon and water footprint of a fabric.

Additionally, Isko has also started a licensing agreement with the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) for the use of the Green Machine, a special technology that fully separates and recycles cotton and polyester (PET) blends at scale. The process is a closed loop and uses only water, heat and less than 5% biodegradable, eco-friendly chemicals. It does not damage the PET fibers and therefore maintains their quality, and the cellulose powders, which are clean and toxic-free, can be used in a variety of ways.


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