A new technology called Clarus, combined with the technique of fiber-wielding, could change the way cycling apparel is made, adding both to the longevity of garments, as well as a major step forward in sustainability.
According to the Illinois-based biotech company, Natural Fiber Welding, Clarus alters virgin and recycled plant fibers like cotton, and transforms them into high-performance materials, providing a more sustainable alternative to synthetics. Moreover, fiber-wielding takes the intermolecular bonding properties found in natural polymers, and uses them to lengthen and strengthen the natural fibers.
“It uses ionic liquids to swell, mobilize and then reconstruct cellulosic bonds at the molecular level. By retaining the all-natural polymeric properties of the input fibers, what starts as circular by nature can end as circular by nature. When Clarus returns strength and tenacity to recycled fibers, resource demands for virgin fibers are reduced. Our closed-loop chemistry process enables naturally plentiful materials – like cotton, hemp, and wool – to take new shapes and perform at new levels. This means synthetic-like performance but from 100% natural sources,” explains Natural Fiber Welding.
Additionally, Natural Fiber Welding claims Clarus has superior wicking properties as well. To wit, “by using hydrogen bonding networks to change the form factor and shape of natural yarns, Clarus improves the way natural materials absorb transport and evaporate moisture – a moisture management breakthrough to rival synthetics.”
Natural Fiber Welding also points out that the process of fiber-welding increases fabric strength, which leads to the greater lifespan of garments.
“The Clarus platform drives extensive hydrogen bonding between natural fibers, resulting in performance-ready yarns and fabrics resistant to fraying, piling and abrasion damage,” says Natural Fiber Welding.
You can learn more about the technologies by visiting clarus.naturalfiberwelding.com.
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