Textile World - Walmart, The Walmart Foundation and The U.S. Conference of Mayors recently announced this year's U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund grant recipients at the 85th Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington.
The 2017 Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund grant winners are:
- Washington State University to establish an environmentally friendly process to recycle cotton waste by fiber regeneration using a wet spinning technique.
- North Carolina State University to create a universal and sustainable commercial textile dyeing method that doesn't use salt or alkali; doesn't produce effluent; and produces more than 95 percent savings of both energy and water.
- Clemson University for development of sustainable polyester fibers that achieve a high level of water and oil repellency.
- Oregon State University to develop a sustainable, cost-effective dyeing and printing of smart fabrics process.
- Texas Tech University to support research on various aspects of textile manufacturing, dyeing efficiency and specialty finishes.
- University of Massachusetts Lowell to develop magnetic dyeing technology to address the technical and environmental issues of current dyeing techniques.