Blog: Leonie BarrieFirefighters to boldly go...

Leonie Barrie | 6 March 2006

Good to hear that the work being done by the European Space Agency - which bills itself as ‘Europe’s gateway to space’ – is also benefiting those of us with our feet firmly on the ground. The technology used in space suits to protect astronauts from overheating when exposed to direct sunlight during space walks is now being used to develop protective clothing to safeguard firefighters and steel workers who often work in extremely hot and dangerous conditions.
 
Apparently heat strokes and heat stress affects more than 50,000 European workers each year, so the ESA’s Safe&Cool project is now researching a special 3D protective material with a built-in cooling system.

The cooling apparatus has already been used in clothing for Formula-1 McLaren mechanics and the Spanish Moto-GP driver, Sete Gibernau. But one company in the Safe&Cool consortium wants to use the system inside passenger seats in cars and public transport. Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘sitting in the hot seat’ doesn’t it?

Space suit technology can protect workers from heatstroke


BLOG

Levi Strauss leads on green supply chain in China

Sustainability remains top of mind for the industry with Levi Strauss, Adidas and C&A ranked amongst the leading brands to have made progress in environmental supply chain management in China over the...

BLOG

UK clothing exports to US to be hit by further 25% duties

Cashmere jumpers, anoraks and swimwear made in the UK and exported to the US are among products being hit by an extra 25% tariff as part of the ongoing dispute between the US and the EU over aircraft ...

BLOG

New US trade trends taking shape?

In a reversal of trends seen in July, the three Central American countries that are the largest suppliers of clothing to the US – Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras – saw a dramatic fall in shipments in...

BLOG

Weaving a new vision for US denim

The closure of the last US selvedge denim mill two years ago might have marked the end of an era. But thanks to the vision of Daniel Feibus and his team, the original looms have found a new home at Vi...

just-style homepage



Forgot your password?