Ecotextile News https://www.ecotextile.com/ Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:30:07 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Backlash as China proposes textile scrap ban http://www.ecotextile.com/2017082222923/labels-legislation-news/backlash-as-china-proposes-textile-scrap-ban.html WASHINGTON – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has filed comments with the World Trade Organisation in response to China’s proposed ban on scrap imports, which ISRI says would have a negative impact on textile recycling industries in the US and China.

Chinese government officials say the proposed ban will stop scrap textile waste from polluting the environment, while ISRI says the ban will damage the recycling potential of the textile industry and lead to more waste.

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Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:03:51 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017082222923/labels-legislation-news/backlash-as-china-proposes-textile-scrap-ban.html
Growing awareness of “eco-fibres” http://www.ecotextile.com/2017082222922/materials-production-news/growing-awareness-of-eco-fibres.html SAN FRANCISCO – There is a growing awareness of and investment in “eco-fibres” within the textile industry, according to a new report which suggests the market will grow to over US$93 billion by 2025. The Eco Fiber Market Analysis by Product report suggests a compound annual growth rate of 7.3 per cent from 2017 until 2025. The report also suggests that there has been a rise in more sustainable methods of textile waste disposal, linked to increased awareness of its potential impact on human life in developing countries.

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Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:48:35 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017082222922/materials-production-news/growing-awareness-of-eco-fibres.html
Vaude to broaden environmental stewardship initiative http://www.ecotextile.com/2017082122921/materials-production-news/vaude-to-broaden-environmental-stewardship-initiative.html TETTNANG – German outdoor clothing firm, Vaude has announced it will be extending its ‘Environmental Stewardship in the Supply Chain’ initiative to all its textile suppliers. Vaude says the project has saved firms over US$58,000 each over the last two years. Previously, the project covered 80 per cent of the primary materials and lining fabrics used in the company’s products, but now Vaude says it wants to roll out the project to 100 per cent of its material suppliers.

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Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:14:14 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017082122921/materials-production-news/vaude-to-broaden-environmental-stewardship-initiative.html
Bangladesh set to launch its own garment worker safety initiative http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081922920/social-compliance-csr-news/bangladesh-set-to-launch-its-own-garment-worker-safety-initiative.html DHAKA – Bangladesh textile and apparel companies have reportedly drawn up new proposals to launch their own factory inspection and remediation initiative – similar to those currently been run by overseas interests such as the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Safety and the Alliance for Worker Safety.

The new move to strengthen workplace safety in the Bangladesh apparel sector via a local organisation is consistent with the Bangaldesh Accord’s own objectives, which hopes that a Bangladesh-based regulatory body will take over its work by 2021.

The Accord recently announced a 3-year extension of its tenure in Bangladesh, which was opposed by garment makers in the country.

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Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:41:47 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081922920/social-compliance-csr-news/bangladesh-set-to-launch-its-own-garment-worker-safety-initiative.html
Digitalisation focus at sustainable textile school http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081822919/shows-events/digitalisation-focus-at-sustainable-textile-school.html CHEMNITZ – A new 'Online Textile University 4.0' will be launched at the Sustainable Textile School event to be held at Chemnitz University of Technology next month. Organisers note sustainability and digitalisation will dominate the textiles industry in the future – the second largest environment polluter after the oil industry.

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Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:19:56 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081822919/shows-events/digitalisation-focus-at-sustainable-textile-school.html
Record revenue for Cotton made in Africa http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081722918/materials-production-news/record-revenue-for-cotton-made-in-africa.html HAMBURG – Cotton sustainability initiative Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) has announced record revenue figures for its production of cotton in 2016. In 2016, Cotton made in Africa increased its license revenues by 47 percent in comparison to 2015, reaching 1,484,546 Euros. Through the granting of marketing rights for the CmiA license, the Aid by Trade Foundation generated increased revenues of 70 per cent compared to the previous year.

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Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:31:29 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081722918/materials-production-news/record-revenue-for-cotton-made-in-africa.html
Legislation drives China textile sector progress http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081722917/materials-production-news/legislation-drives-china-textile-sector-progress.html BEIJING – A new report on the Chinese textile sector, suggests the industry not only wants to improve its environmental footprint, but is also exploring how to plug into the circular economy as it comes to terms with tougher government regulations. Wastewater and chemical management have being identified as top priorities.

The new report, due to be released during World Water Week in Stockholm, details the results of a survey of 85 Chinese textile mills on their specific challenges to going ‘clean and circular’, as well as what practical assistance they require from industry stakeholders such as apparel brands.

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Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:38:55 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081722917/materials-production-news/legislation-drives-china-textile-sector-progress.html
Foreign investors disappoint Ethiopia http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081622916/materials-production-news/foreign-investors-disappoint-ethiopia.html ETHIOPIA – The Ethiopian government has expressed disappointment at the rate of progress of its developing textile and apparel manufacturing sector after a slowdown in recent investments in new ventures; together with the failure of existing projects such as a controversial manufacturing business previously controlled by Turkish investors – where swathes of biodiverse land was bulldozed in the Lower Omo Valley to make way for cotton agriculture.

Both China and Turkey have been heavily involved in the development of Ethiopia’s textile and garment manufacturing industries over the past few years.

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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:54:53 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081622916/materials-production-news/foreign-investors-disappoint-ethiopia.html
Finch bags award with recycled polyester http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081622915/fashion-retail-news/finch-bags-award-with-recycled-polyester.html NORTH CAROLINA – Chinese swimwear brand, Finch Designs has been awarded the Project JUST Seal of Approval for its commitment to transparency and ‘sustainability’ in the textile supply chain. Finch uses Unifi’s branded Repreve fibre in its swimwear, a polyester fibre which is made from recycled plastic bottles, polyester chip and textile fibres.

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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:49:58 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081622915/fashion-retail-news/finch-bags-award-with-recycled-polyester.html
I:Co partners with Suitsupply on recycling initiative http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081522914/fashion-retail-news/i-co-partners-with-suitsupply-on-recycling-initiative.html HAMBURG – Apparel recycling innovator I:Co will collaborate with in-store retailer Suitsupply to give customers the opportunity to return old clothing and shoes to be recycled worldwide. The textiles can be returned to selected Suitsupply stores across the globe. Clothing is then sorted –  garments in a good condition can be recycled into new clothing, whilst clothing deemed unwearable is downcycled.

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Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:54:59 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081522914/fashion-retail-news/i-co-partners-with-suitsupply-on-recycling-initiative.html
US textile recyclers say export ban will reduce jobs http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081522913/labels-legislation-news/us-textile-recyclers-say-export-ban-will-reduce-jobs.html ABINGDON – Representatives from the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) have objected in front of the US Trade Representative, to a proposed ban on secondhand clothing imports from the US, which was tabled by the East African Community (EAC) earlier this year. The EAC says the imports of secondhand US clothing has caused a decline in the local African textile industry. SMART says 40,000 US jobs in the private sector and 150,000 third sector jobs will be negatively affected by the ban, causing up to 75 per cent reduction in revenues for some US textile businesses.

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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:23:23 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081522913/labels-legislation-news/us-textile-recyclers-say-export-ban-will-reduce-jobs.html
Bio start-up to scale dye technology http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081522912/materials-production-news/bio-start-up-to-scale-dye-technology.html CAMBRIDGE - A UK-based start-up says it has found a novel method of harnessing protein DNA to produce microorganisms which can deposit and fix dyes to fabrics. Using synthetically grown organisms that effectively concentrate and readily absorb nutrients, salts and other elements, the company claims once scalability has been achieved its new technology can make the deposition and fixation of dyes more efficient and eliminate the use of metal salts and heavy metals to raise or lower pH levels.

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Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:30:03 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081522912/materials-production-news/bio-start-up-to-scale-dye-technology.html
Otto Group calls for greater Alliance cooperation http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081522911/fashion-retail-news/otto-group-calls-for-greater-alliance-cooperation.html HAMBURG – The Otto Group has voluntarily published its own environmental targets for 2017, following a successful external audit, the company has announced. While Otto Group is a member of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles for Sustainable Textiles (PST), the action plan has been published separately from the PST, but the German multi-channel retailer has also called on all members to work together for the future of the Alliance, which has recently seen a dip in member numbers to around the 140 mark.

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Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:42:45 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081522911/fashion-retail-news/otto-group-calls-for-greater-alliance-cooperation.html
Garments ‘made in China’ could be from North Korea http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081422910/materials-production-news/garments-made-in-china-could-be-from-north-korea.html BEIJING – Clothing imported by major apparel retailers and brands with the ‘Made in China’ label could actually have been made by extremely low-paid garment workers in North Korea, which are then exported back across the border for sale on the international market.

The news of further unauthorised sub-contracting of garment production in North Korea using exported Chinese-made textiles will concern many retailers and brands sourcing from the region; and comes at a time when the UN Security Council has unanimously voted for sanctions on the North Korean State to ban exports of coal, iron, iron ore, seafood, and lead but – did chose not to ban exports of textiles and clothing.

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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:21:53 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081422910/materials-production-news/garments-made-in-china-could-be-from-north-korea.html
Fabric of Change awards 180,000 euros http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081422908/labels-legislation-news/fabric-of-change-awards-180-000-euros.html BANGALORE – Ashoka and the C&A Foundation have awarded 180,000 euros to participants in the Fabric of Change project, the companies have announced. Launched in 2015, the project aimed to address questions surrounding gender inequality, human rights abuses, unnecessary waste and child labour in the textile industry.

The Fabric of Change initiative has been pioneered by social innovators, Ashoka, and the C&A Foundation, who fund the project. Last month, the prize money was awarded from the project’s ‘Scaling Impact Fund’, to four participants who Ashoka says will be able to address these environmental and social questions.

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Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:31:40 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081422908/labels-legislation-news/fabric-of-change-awards-180-000-euros.html
EU Eco-Label for textiles gets update http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081422907/labels-legislation-news/eu-eco-label-for-textiles-gets-update.html BRUSSELS – The European Commission (EC) has fine-tuned its criteria the voluntary EU Ecolabel for textiles, including its definition of textiles to include accessories and intermediate products used in textiles and it has extended the validity of the assessed criteria for 78 months from the adoption of the amendment. The criteria were due to expire in June 2018. 

The amendment also clarifies the exceptions applying when recycled fibres or organic cotton fibres are used and revises the calculation required with regards to the percentage of these fibres used in EU-Ecolabelled textiles. Other criteria for chemical management, such as water repellent finishes are mentioned alongside new rules for wool and pesticide residues on cotton are also clarified.

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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:22:17 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081422907/labels-legislation-news/eu-eco-label-for-textiles-gets-update.html
Sewbots to combat textile CO2 emissions http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081122906/materials-production-news/sewbots-to-combat-textile-co2-emissions.html AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good has teamed up with SoftWear Automation Inc., to help scale-up the use of fully automated ‘sewbots’ for finishing t-shirts and fabrics in a bid to fast-track innovative and more sustainable ways of producing clothing and textiles.

The idea is that by creating autonomous sewn products for home goods, footwear and apparel, it allows retailers and brands to use textile manufacturers local to where their products are being sold and by bringing manufacturing closer to the consumer, reduces inventory, waste, shipping and the associated carbon dioxide emissions.

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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:23:59 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081122906/materials-production-news/sewbots-to-combat-textile-co2-emissions.html
China steps up hemp R&D efforts http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081122905/materials-production-news/china-rediscovers-hemp.html HEILONGJIANG – China's Heilongjiang Province has stepped up its research and development efforts to develop fine hemp fibres at a large-scale, in a bid to provide a credible alternative to cotton. Managing director of bio-based institute and consultancy Nova Institute Michael Carus shares updates on China's hemp industry.

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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:22:50 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081122905/materials-production-news/china-rediscovers-hemp.html
Bestseller joins Global Fashion Agenda http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081122904/fashion-retail-news/bestseller-joins-global-fashion-agenda.html COPENHAGEN – Danish fashion company Bestseller, whose brands include Jack & Jones and Vero Moda, has joined the Global Fashion Agenda’s (GFA) founding group of strategic partners. The GFA aims to encourage the fashion industry to adopt new sustainable approaches to the way materials are produced, marketed and consumed.

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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:24:14 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017081122904/fashion-retail-news/bestseller-joins-global-fashion-agenda.html
Modern slavery risks rise in 20 EU countries http://www.ecotextile.com/2017080922903/social-compliance-csr-news/modern-slavery-risks-rise-in-20-eu-countries.html BATH – Modern slavery risks have risen in nearly three quarters of the 28 member states of the European Union over the last year, according to a new study, whilst chief garment manufacturing hubs in Asia, including Bangladesh, China and Myanmar, all feature in the ‘extreme’ or ‘high risk’ categories.

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Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:15:50 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017080922903/social-compliance-csr-news/modern-slavery-risks-rise-in-20-eu-countries.html