NASA and Nike Seek Sustainable Fabrics for the Future

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – NASA and Nike, Inc. (NASDAQ: NKE), along with the US Department of State and USAID joined hands to form LAUNCH, a global initiative to promote sustainable innovations that address global challenges. The goal of LAUNCH is to highlight and support innovative solutions through a series of forums. It searches for visionaries with promising ideas, technologies or programs that can make a real impact on the society.

LAUNCH 2013 is an innovation challenge that seeks innovations that will transform the system of fabrics to one that pushes forward equitable growth of the global economy, advances human prosperity and replenishes essential resources of the planet. The program is aimed at identifying and promoting sustainable textile fabrics for the future.

Los Angeles based Fabdesigns, Inc., specializing in flat knit engineering, has been chosen as one of the top 20 finalists in the “LAUNCH 2013 Systems Challenge.” Its flat knitted armored compression space suit is a breakthrough protective space-wear that protects astronauts against radiation and offers a high degree of flexibility and additional fire resistance.

Fabdesigns takes pride in its sustainable manufacturing practices that are geared to minimize impact on the environment. The company says that reducing energy consumption, minimizing waste, optimizing efficiency and building manufacturing knowledge are important goals for it. The company’s manufacturing system is designed to minimize waste and make optimal use of the fabric materials to reduce its manufacturing carbon footprint.

Source: Innovation In Textiles