Hanesbrands signs on to use sustainable hemp-based Crailar fibers

Click here to read the full article, written by “Radical” Russ Belville and published Jan. 8,2010 on NORML.org:

Portland (EcoTextile News) — Hanesbrands Inc. has purchased its first batch of ‘Crailar’ produced bast fibres from Naturally Advanced Technologies, according to the Canadian-based developer of the new fibre extraction technique.

The deal follows the signing of multiphase joint development agreement between NAT and Hanesbrands last August in which the socks and activewear manufacturer confirmed it would use Crailar bast fibres in some of its commercial knit products. The feedstock for these fibres grows without the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides or herbicides to the standards set out by the USA’s National Organic Program (NOP).

This sale is believed to be for around 10,000 pounds of Crailar in the first quarter of 2010, which will be used to supply a full-scale trial later with the company’s proposed manufacturing equipment supplier in Germany. After that, the company will conduct another trial on commercial-scale spinning equipment at a Hanesbrands facility which will be followed by consumer testing…”


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