Editorial: Developments and innovations in home textiles at Heimtextil 2020

Editorial: Developments and innovations in home textiles at Heimtextil 2020

The 2020 edition of Heimtextil--the largest international trade fair for home and contract textiles--was held in Frankfurt, Germany, during January 7-10, 2020. The 2020 fair marked the 50th edition of Heimtextil, affirming the popularity of the event and its importance to the global home textiles industry. Textiles Intelligence visited the fair to identify the latest developments and innovations first hand. Highlights at the fair included the awarding of the 2019 Discover Natural Fibres Initiative (DNFI) Innovation Award and the latest developments from the Social Labour Convergence Program (SLCP) in overcoming challenges associated with audits. The fair was also the first to feature a Future Materials Library, which showcased the latest developments in a broad range of environmentally sustainable materials. Several companies took the opportunity to present their latest developments and innovations at the fair, including Advansa, Biederlack, Devan Chemicals, HeiQ, Himatsingka, İpeker, Lasa Group, Lenzing and OceanSafe.


INTRODUCTION
Exhibitor and visitor numbers
Expansion of the Heimtextil portfolio
SUSTAINABILITY: MORE THAN A BUZZWORD
2019 DNFI natural fibre award
Verifying socially and environmentally responsible operations
Testing and certification institutions
Challenges associated with auditing
TRENDS PRESENTED IN THE HEIMTEXTIL TREND SPACE
Trends for 2020/21
FUTURE MATERIALS LIBRARY
Remade
Biological Byproducts
Natural Assets
Living Materials
INNOVATIONS AT HEIMTEXTIL 2020
Advansa: back friendly duvets and Aerelle Blue fibre fill
Biederlack: blankets incorporating yarn made from recycled jeans
Devan Chemicals: bio-based finishes for home textile products
HeiQ: bio-based temperature control treatment
Himatsingka: Himêya brand and Vitamin D collection
İpeker: vegan certified home textile products
Lasa Group: Natura collection
Lenzing Group (Lenzing): bedding incorporating Tencel Lyocell with Refibra technology
OceanSafe: OceanSafe biodegradable fabrics
List of tables
Table 1: United Nations’ (UN’s) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 2020
List of figures
Figure 1: Trend Space at Heimtextil 2020
Figure 2: Maximum Glam fabrics at the Heimtextil Trend Space
Figure 3: Pure Spiritual fabrics at the Heimtextil Trend Space
Figure 4: Active Urban fabrics at the Heimtextil Trend Space
Figure 5: Heritage Lux fabrics at the Heimtextil Trend Space
Figure 6: Multi-Local fabrics at the Heimtextil Trend Space
Figure 7: Biederlack Green Line blankets at Heimtextil 2020
Figure 8: Bedding products from Himêya’s Vitamin D collection
Figure 9: OceanSafe fabrics at Heimtextil 2020

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