Ecotextile News https://www.ecotextile.com/ Mon, 18 Dec 2017 22:29:33 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Textile Standards and Legislation 2018 – now in press http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121823156/labels-legislation-news/textile-standards-and-legislation-2018-now-in-press.html MCL News and Media has despatched to press its sixth printed edition of the 100 page Textile Standards and Legislation booklet which is designed to guide textile industry professionals through the minefield of standards and labels related to environmental and social compliance.

The new version of the booklet includes changes to over 60 textile environmental standards, legislation and frameworks and updates readers to the key criteria changes that have taken place since it was last published in August 2016.

With live updates to all the standards that we cover on our website at: www.textilestandards.com there have been several major revisions and additions since our last publication including changes to the Higg Index (page: 30), Cradle to Cradle, Recycled Claim Standard, GOTS, bluesign and tightening of third-party labels such as Oeko-Tex Standard 100.

For the first time, the Textile Standards & Legislation booklet features Downpass 2017, which presents the new ‘Zero Tolerance’ standard for the exclusion of live plucking, and for the monitoring of breeding conditions, which came into force this year. It is backed by 60 companies in 16 countries.

The publication also features updates and progress on the responsible Down Standard (RDS), which since 2016, has certified 2040 industrial farms and 1040 farms worldwide, which placed over 400 million birds under the protection of the RDS.

Other notable changes to the new booklet include the Recycled Claim Standard (RCS),and Global Recycled Standard 4.0 from Textile Exchange that were both revised and re-released with significant updates in June 2017. TSL highlights how the standard applies to products that contain 5 per cent or more recycled content and has removed several aspects of the standard relating to material collection and concentration, while new regulations stipulate that manufacturers and suppliers must hold valid Reclaimed Material Supplier Agreements.

In addition, the booklet gives details the Global Organic Textile standard (GOTS) which has been updated to version 5.0 and now features stricter criteria for regenerated fibres and the introduction of a new category for ‘combined products’ such as prams with textile fabrics, care seats or furniture with textile fabric upholstery.

Users signing up to Textile Standards & Legislation PLUS receive unlimited access to a dynamic, interactive web-site guide to environmental and social compliance through www.textilestandards.com PLUS the NEW 2018 printed version of the best-selling 100 page A5 guidebook – ideal for sharing around the office or reading away from your desk. The printed guide is now available to order and is being published in January 2018.

In addition to our unique on-line tool, the booklet informs readers on the latest voluntary and obligatory textile standards, legislation and routes to certification along with how to source textiles in a socially responsible manner.

If you are a buyer or a textile manufacturer wanting to know more about sourcing and producing eco-textiles this updated guide-book is a "must read" information resource.

To order your printed copy and access our online protal please visit this page: https://www.mclnews.com/guidebooks/tsl-plus

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Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:46:49 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121823156/labels-legislation-news/textile-standards-and-legislation-2018-now-in-press.html
New partnership for worker’s health in Bangladesh http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121823155/social-compliance-csr-news/new-partnership-for-worker-s-health-in-bangladesh.html DHAKA – Medical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Marks and Spencer, and CARE International have joined together for the HALOW+ programme. HALOW+ (Health Access and Linkage Opportunities for Workers, aims to improve the individual and community health of workers in the Ready Made Garment sector.

The full HALOW programme has launched with five new M&S factories, with plans to expand to 15, reaching 50,000 workers.

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Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:12:29 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121823155/social-compliance-csr-news/new-partnership-for-worker-s-health-in-bangladesh.html
Further luxury fashion brands to shun fur http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121823154/labels-legislation-news/further-luxury-fashion-brands-to-shun-fur.html LONDON – Michael Kors has announced its commitment to avoid the use of fur in its products and will be phasing out the use of all animal fur from Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo collections by the end of December 2018.

The company are the most recent of several large luxury fashion retailers to announce the discontinuation of fur products in their ranges. Last month, VF Corporation announced the removal of fur from its brand’s garments when it signed up to the International Fur Free Retailer Programme.

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Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:44:39 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121823154/labels-legislation-news/further-luxury-fashion-brands-to-shun-fur.html
Microfibre consortium outlines next step http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121823153/materials-production-news/microfibre-consortium-outlines-next-step.html The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has announced the next phase of its plans as part of the ongoing Outdoor Industry Microfibre Consortium project. The latest research venture, conducted in collaboration with biov8tion and University of Leeds, is seeking to address the issues surrounding microfibre pollution.

The consortium has confirmed it is to start work on an infographic and roadmap, alongside an applied research project; all designed to facilitate a shared understanding of the environmental issues posed by microfibres pollution and to try to find viable solutions for the textile industry to implement. 

This follows the Ecotextile News story that research conducted recently by the organisation discovered that continued exposure to UV light can lower the tenacity of some polyester fibres by up to 42 per cent.

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Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:20:32 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121823153/materials-production-news/microfibre-consortium-outlines-next-step.html
Mozambique looks to BCI to drive cotton sector http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121423151/materials-production-news/mozambique-looks-to-bci-to-drive-cotton-sector.html MAPUTO – In a bid to revitalise its cotton industry, the Mozambique government has partnered with the Better Cotton Initiative to set an ambitious goal to become the first country in the world to produce 100 per cent ‘Better Cotton’.

Although a relatively small grower of cotton in terms of global production, cotton is still a major contributor to Mozambique’s agricultural exports and is a main source of income for many rural communities in the African country.

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Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:40:18 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121423151/materials-production-news/mozambique-looks-to-bci-to-drive-cotton-sector.html
Collaboration underpins ZDHC event http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121423150/shows-events/collaboration-underpins-zdhc-event.html AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) today held its inaugural, invitation-only ‘Implementation Experience’ day across two venues in Amsterdam. The event, which culminated in the launch of the new ZDHC Implementation Hub, featured a wide variety of talks and forums involving a broad spectrum of textile and textile chemical industry leaders.

As well as launching the Implementation Hub, ZDHC used the conference to set out its vision for the coming years. New collaborations – perhaps most significantly, a new partnership with bluesign – were announced, along with a commitment to continue the organisation’s work beyond the date mentioned in the ‘Roadmap to 2020’ initiative (now named the ‘Roadmap to Zero’). David Styles reports from Amsterdam.

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Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:12:50 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121423150/shows-events/collaboration-underpins-zdhc-event.html
ZDHC launches ‘Implementation Hub’ http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121423149/dyes-chemicals-news/zdhc-launches-implementation-hub.html AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation, has today launched its official “Implementation Hub”, which aims to help to scale up chemical and environmental management in the textile, apparel, footwear and leather industries. David Styles reports from the ‘Friends of the ZDHC’ event in Amsterdam.

The ZDHC, which aims to guide the textile sector towards the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals, says the new hub will be a vehicle to drive continuous improvements through baselining, strategy setting and implementation based on a support service of ZDHC accredited experts.

The first projects under the hub will begin in January 2018 with individual ZDHC signatory brands and at country level with an initial focus on Italy, India and China.

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Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:12:30 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121423149/dyes-chemicals-news/zdhc-launches-implementation-hub.html
Study to identify source of textile microfibre pollution http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121323148/materials-production-news/study-to-identify-source-of-textile-microfibre-pollution.html STOCKHOLM – A new project scheduled to kick off next year which tackles textile-related microplastics pollution has landed funding to the tune of SEK 6 million from apparel brands, white goods producers and the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS).

Apparel brands and partners involved in the project includes: Bergans, Boob Design, Electrolux, Ellos Group, Fjällräven, Filippa K, Gina Tricot, Haglöfs, H&M, Peak Performance, Sustema, TPC Textile och Y. Berger & Co as well as other research groups.

While microplastic pollution in aquatic environments has been widely discussed for over a decade, the exact sources of these pollutants have been less clear. The issue of textiles shedding microplastics into oceans was first highlighted by Ecotextile News back in 2014 and, since then, public awareness and research in this area has continued to gather pace.

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Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:46:22 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121323148/materials-production-news/study-to-identify-source-of-textile-microfibre-pollution.html
Timberland reveals use of organic cotton http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121223147/fashion-retail-news/timberland-reveals-use-of-organic-cotton.html STRATHAM – Fashion brand Timberland has announced its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) results for Q3 2017. The report is broken down into Product, Outdoors, and Community.

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Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:32:07 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121223147/fashion-retail-news/timberland-reveals-use-of-organic-cotton.html
Crude growth predicted oil use in textile sector http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121223146/materials-production-news/crude-growth-predicted-for-textile-oil-use.html EDINBURGH – The rise and fall of black gold, a white paper put forward by research company Wood Mackenzie has raised questions about the textile industry’s role in future global oil consumption. Chemicals, such as those frequently used in the textile supply chain, have been forecast to account for nearly 20 per cent of global oil demand by 2035 – the year it earmarks as the point of peak oil demand.

Moving away from typical primary concerns such as the fuel used in the transport sector, and with an increased consumption from developing nations – many of which are considered ‘textile hubs’ – the textile sector faces questions over its oil usage in the coming years.

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Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:22:46 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121223146/materials-production-news/crude-growth-predicted-for-textile-oil-use.html
Fashion brands call on Myanmar government to uphold rights http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121223145/social-compliance-csr-news/fashion-brands-call-on-myanmar-government-to-uphold-rights.html LONDON – Fashion brands and trade associations from Europe and the United States have called on the Government of Myanmar to respect the rights of ethnic minority populations of the Rakhine state.

16 organisations, including Ethical Trade Initiative, Fair Labor Association, American Apparel & Footwear Association, and the Foreign Trade Association, say they have raised concerns in a letter to the President of the country, along with Government ministers.

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Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:14:47 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121223145/social-compliance-csr-news/fashion-brands-call-on-myanmar-government-to-uphold-rights.html
VF Corporation announces sustainability strategy http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121223144/fashion-retail-news/vf-corporation-announces-sustainability-strategy.html NORTH CAROLINA -  Apparel firm VF Corporation has announced its new sustainability and responsibility strategy. Made for Change outlines VF’s aims to advance environmental and social improvements in its supply chain and in communities.

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Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:26:04 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121223144/fashion-retail-news/vf-corporation-announces-sustainability-strategy.html
White paper seeks organic cotton progress http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121223143/materials-production-news/white-paper-seeks-organic-cotton-progress.html A report published by European fashion giant Kering and Textile Exchange has addressed the challenging issues of pricing and the existing trading models that are used in today’s organic cotton supply chain. Increasingly, it says today’s business sourcing models are becoming less ‘fit for purpose’.

The newly released 66 page white paper includes a ‘how to’ guide for companies at all levels of the organic cotton supply chain and says that getting trade and pricing mechanisms right for cotton and other commodities in the textile industry will be critical if international sustainable development goals are to be met.

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Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:23:02 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121223143/materials-production-news/white-paper-seeks-organic-cotton-progress.html
Climate change threatens Chinese textile industry http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121223142/materials-production-news/climate-change-threatens-chinese-textile-industry.html BEIJING – A study published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management suggests that increased temperatures and rising sea levels will damage textile manufacturing. Researchers say the temperature changes will leave coastal factories underwater and workers overheated.

According to the study, which tracked temperatures from 1998 to 2007, one extra day of temperatures above 90 Fahrenheit costs Chinese textile plants US$10,000 each.

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Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:37:16 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121223142/materials-production-news/climate-change-threatens-chinese-textile-industry.html
Lucky 13 for Bangladesh Alliance http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121123141/social-compliance-csr-news/lucky-13-for-bangladesh-alliance.html DHAKA – The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has announced that since releasing its fourth annual report in November, a further 13 factories affiliated to the Alliance have achieved all the necessary material components outlined in the Corrective Action Plans (CAPs).

This means that a total of 247 facilities have now completed this goal, while the Alliance has also announced 164 factories have now been suspended from its list of members.

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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:56:16 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017121123141/social-compliance-csr-news/lucky-13-for-bangladesh-alliance.html
‘Disruptive innovation’ focus at Fashion for Good http://www.ecotextile.com/2017120923140/shows-events/disruptive-innovation-focus-at-fashion-for-good.html AMSTERDAM – Following the launch of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s industry report last week, which called for the collective implementation of more sustainable strategies to introduce a circular economy, the Fashion for Good end-of-year event proved a fertile space for industry leaders to discuss disruptive innovation and scalability. Chris Remington reports from Amsterdam.

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Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:23:30 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017120923140/shows-events/disruptive-innovation-focus-at-fashion-for-good.html
UN resolution aims to combat microplastics, as textiles concern rises http://www.ecotextile.com/2017120923139/materials-production-news/un-resolution-aims-to-combat-microplastics-as-textiles-concern-rises.html NAIROBI – In a move that could once again turn the spotlight back on to the release of synthetic microfibres from textiles, the United Nations Environment Assembly has this week established a specialist group to look at the options to tackle marine plastic pollution.

The new resolution was backed by more than 200 nations in a bid to eliminate marine plastic pollution by examining the role of waste prevention, re-use and recycling and highlighting the potential key role of extended producer responsibility.

The move also comes after several textile industry initiatives are now underway to understand not only how much the sector contributes to marine plastic pollution, but also how synthetic textile fibres such as nylon and polyester are released from clothing.

Scientists are becoming increasingly concerned that textiles are indeed an important source of oceanic microplastic pollution. New research has just been published which shows how organisms from six of the deepest places on Earth were found to contain man-made fibres and plastic in their digestive systems.

“Isolating plastic fibres from inside animals from nearly 11 kilometres deep (7 miles) just shows the extent of the problem,” the research team noted.

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Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:26:17 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017120923139/materials-production-news/un-resolution-aims-to-combat-microplastics-as-textiles-concern-rises.html
Ethiopian textiles back on track? http://www.ecotextile.com/2017120723138/materials-production-news/ethiopian-textiles-back-on-track.html ADDIS ABABA – The Kombolcha Industrial Park (KIP), in northern Ethiopia is set to start production in February 2018, according to an announcement by an Ethiopian official.

Despite the concerns previously reported by Ecotextile News about sourcing from companies in southern Ethiopia (Omo Valley), the nation’s government, in partnership with Chinese investors, is pressing ahead with investments in the textile industry.

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Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:05:17 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017120723138/materials-production-news/ethiopian-textiles-back-on-track.html
Refibra refreshes and renews denim collaboration http://www.ecotextile.com/2017120723137/materials-production-news/refibra-refreshes-and-renews-denim-collaboration.html NEW YORK – US denim company DL1961 has announced a renewed collaboration with Austrian fibre producer Lenzing which the organisations say will result in more sustainable denim apparel.

Using Lenzing’s Refibra lyocell fibres, DL1961 aim to create a textile with all the typical qualities of denim but with less environmental impact – a range of garments utilising the material is anticipated to be launched in autumn 2018.

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Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:24:10 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017120723137/materials-production-news/refibra-refreshes-and-renews-denim-collaboration.html
Fashionsustain Berlin set for January http://www.ecotextile.com/2017120623136/shows-events/fashionsustain-berlin-set-for-january.html BERLIN – Messe Frankfurt has announced the launch of Fashionsustain, a new two-day event in the textile industry calendar, set to be held in January 2018 as part of Berlin Fashion Week.

Described by the organisers as an ‘incubator for responsible innovation’, the event will feature two one-day conferences – Fashionsustain and Fashiontech – alongside a fashion show and a ‘Thinkathon’, for industry representatives to discuss ideas around the ‘Run for Circularity’ theme.

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Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:23:52 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017120623136/shows-events/fashionsustain-berlin-set-for-january.html