Ecotextile News http://www.ecotextile.com/ Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:20:09 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Scientists calls for more fluorinated chemstry research http://www.ecotextile.com/2017022222603/dyes-chemicals-news/scientists-calls-for-more-fluorinated-chemstry-research.html CALIFORNIA - Researchers from Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States are calling for more effective regulation of the entire class of fluorinated chemicals. In a new paper, the researchers claim that thousands of fluorinated chemicals continue to provide water-repellent, stain-resistant, and non-stick properties to furniture, carpets, outdoor gear, clothing and other products worldwide despite attempts to regulate some well-known polyfluoroalkyl substances.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:24:18 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017022222603/dyes-chemicals-news/scientists-calls-for-more-fluorinated-chemstry-research.html
US rPET extends Timberland partnership http://www.ecotextile.com/2017022222602/materials-production-news/us-rpet-extends-timberland-partnership.html PITTSBURGH - A US business which collects plastic waste from alongside canals and other waterways in Haiti and Honduras and converts them into fabric has published its fourth annual impact report. Thread was launched by Ian Rosenberger who visited Haiti in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and became intrigued by the possibilities of turning the huge amount of trash that had been washed up into fabric. Thread's Ground to Good fabric manufacturing process is outlined in the impact report which looks at the importance of the "First Mile" of the supply chain, from which Thread's materials are sourced.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:55:56 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017022222602/materials-production-news/us-rpet-extends-timberland-partnership.html
Exclusive interview with Doug Freeman, chief operating officer, Patagonia http://www.ecotextile.com/2017022222601/editor-s-pick/exclusive-interview-with-doug-freeman-chief-operating-officer-patagonia.html The current system of fast fashion and "hyper-consumption" is "absolutely killing the planet" according to Doug Freeman of Patagonia. Passionate and committed on the issue of environmental sustainability, it is rare to interview somebody in such a senior position who is prepared to talk so candidly about the seriousness of the challenges facing the global apparel industry.

To read the full interview and to see all 46 exclusive interviews with retail and brand CEO's, board executives, textile mill owners and leading environmental stakeholders, you can reserve your copy by subscribing to Ecotextile News HERE. And because it's our 10th Anniversary this year, we are offering new subscribers a 10 per cent discount using the code ETN102017.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:16:31 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017022222601/editor-s-pick/exclusive-interview-with-doug-freeman-chief-operating-officer-patagonia.html
ETI and brand members boycott Dhaka summit http://www.ecotextile.com/2017022122600/shows-events/eti-and-brand-members-boycott-dhaka-summit.html DHAKA – The Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) and member companies – including C&A, H&M, Inditex, Next and Tchibo – have pulled out of the Dhaka Apparel Summit in Bangladesh in protest at the country's clampdown on trade unions in the garment sector. The summit takes place on 25 February and will focus on achieving the ready-made garment (RMG) vision of 2021 of US$50bn in apparel exports.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:24:27 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017022122600/shows-events/eti-and-brand-members-boycott-dhaka-summit.html
Exclusive interview with Dr Michael Otto, founder, Otto Group http://www.ecotextile.com/2017022122599/editor-s-pick/eclusive-interview-with-dr-michael-otto-founder-otto-group.html As part of our 10th Anniversary edition of Ecotextile News, we interviewed Otto Group founder and noted long-time environmentalist Dr Peter Otto to find out more about his reasons for setting his company on a path to sourcing consumer goods in a more sustainable manner. He talks to us about how and why he launched the Aid by Trade Foundation back in 2005 and describes how through Cotton Made in Africa, he's managed to create a situation where cotton farmers who produce the raw material for textiles no longer have to suffer from "cotton prices on world markets that were artificially kept low by subsidies and thus prevented African smallholder farmers from generating a fair income."

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:16:58 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017022122599/editor-s-pick/eclusive-interview-with-dr-michael-otto-founder-otto-group.html
UK report suggests growth in organic textiles http://www.ecotextile.com/2017022122598/materials-production-news/uk-report-suggests-growth-in-organic-textiles.html BRISTOL - The UK-based Soil Association's 2017 Organic Market Report suggests a growing interest in organic textiles, with Soil Association Certification licensees increasing sales by 30 per cent to £28 million. The report claims a key growth driver is that more and more consumers now recognise the importance of organic when making purchasing decisions. "Overall, the UK organic market is evolving from food into lifestyle and future predictions show there will be greater crossover between people who buy organic food and non-food items including textiles and health and beauty products," says the report.

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:55:18 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017022122598/materials-production-news/uk-report-suggests-growth-in-organic-textiles.html
ILO says one third of Uzbek cotton pickers “non-voluntary” http://www.ecotextile.com/2017022122597/materials-production-news/ilo-says-one-third-of-uzbek-cotton-pickers-non-voluntary.html WASHINGTON – A report by the International Labour Organisation on Uzbekistan's 2016 cotton harvest has found that reducing the risk of child and forced labour remains a "prominent issue." The report estimates that around a third of the 2.8 million cotton pickers believed to be involved in the annual harvest were "non-voluntary."

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:27:07 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017022122597/materials-production-news/ilo-says-one-third-of-uzbek-cotton-pickers-non-voluntary.html
Five-year project measures LCA of garments http://www.ecotextile.com/2017022022596/materials-production-news/five-year-project-measures-lca-of-garments.html STOCKHOLM - After a five-year project, researchers from Chalmers University of Technology claim to be able to present the most comprehensive life-cycle-assessment (LCA) to date on the environmental impacts of garments. The research was led by Dr Sandra Roos who presents information on the sustainability of fibres and production processes, including chemical impacts.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:26:29 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017022022596/materials-production-news/five-year-project-measures-lca-of-garments.html
Lindex switches to cleaner dyeing process http://www.ecotextile.com/2017022022595/materials-production-news/lindex-switches-to-cleaner-dyeing-process.html GOTHENBURG – Swedish-based fashion retailer, Lindex, claims 90 per cent of its denim is now dyed using the cleanest, most environmentally benign dyeing process on the market as part of its drive to improve the sustainability of its production processes. The company says it is now using the pre-reduced indigo solution of Dystar – DyStar's Indigo Vat 40% Solution – for most of its denim dyeing.

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:24:24 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017022022595/materials-production-news/lindex-switches-to-cleaner-dyeing-process.html
Bangladesh unrest to cost garment sector US$100m http://www.ecotextile.com/2017022022594/materials-production-news/bangladesh-unrest-to-cost-garment-sector-us-100m.html DHAKA - The current labour unrest in Bangladesh has cost the country's textile industry US$100m in lost orders and associated disruption costs according to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA). The influential trade body has finally broken its silence about what some are claiming to be the "biggest crackdowns on workers' rights ever seen in the country's garment industry."

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:25:51 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017022022594/materials-production-news/bangladesh-unrest-to-cost-garment-sector-us-100m.html
EU recognises four phthalates as hormone disrupting http://www.ecotextile.com/2017021722593/dyes-chemicals-news/eu-recognises-four-phthalates-as-hormone-disrupting.html BRUSSELS - For the first time ever, EU member states this week voted in favour of recognising four phthalates - DEHP, DBP, DIBP and BBP – as being hormone disrupting for humans. This is the first time chemicals have been recorded as endocrine disrupting (EDCs) for humans on the EU Candidate List of SVHCs. Phthalates are a group of chemicals used as a softener for products that are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and products that require flexibility, such as bags and children's toys. Plastisol prints on garments may contain phthalates, which are used as lubricating oils, solvents, fixatives and detergents.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:26:13 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017021722593/dyes-chemicals-news/eu-recognises-four-phthalates-as-hormone-disrupting.html
SAC chief: going circular “isn’t enough” http://www.ecotextile.com/2017021722592/fashion-retail-news/sac-chief-going-circular-isn-t-enough.html SAN FRANCISCO - The switch from a linear to a closed loop business model might not be enough to mitigate the ongoing negative environmental impacts of the global textile industry – that's the view of Jason Kibbey, CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. In an exclusive interview with Ecotextile News for our tenth anniversary edition, Kibbey offered an insightful and candid assessment of the current challenges facing the apparel industry as it seeks to reduce its environmental footprint as well as the progress of the SAC as it looks to roll-out the Higg Index to ultimately become a consumer-facing model.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:26:46 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017021722592/fashion-retail-news/sac-chief-going-circular-isn-t-enough.html
Biobased certification for Lenzing fibres http://www.ecotextile.com/2017021622591/materials-production-news/biobased-certification-for-lenzing-fibres.html LENZING – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded its Biobased Product Label to the Lenzing Viscose and Lenzing Modal fibres, including all their product families. Lenzing's Lyocell fibre, Tencel, has already been certified as 100 per cent bio-based content since 2011, while Lenzing FR has now also been certified as 99 per cent bio-based, with the residual amount accounting for material used to make the fibre fire-resistant.

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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:43:11 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017021622591/materials-production-news/biobased-certification-for-lenzing-fibres.html
Unifi partners with sports brands to promote recycled fibre http://www.ecotextile.com/2017021622590/materials-production-news/unifi-partners-with-sports-brands-to-promote-recycled-fibre.html NORTH CAROLINA – US yarn manufacturer Unifi has announced a new collaboration with seven professional sports teams, including those from the NBA and NHL, aimed to informing end consumers about the environmental benefits of Repreve, its recycled fibre brand made from plastic bottles. The collaboration involves engaging crowds in messages aimed at environmental responsibility, as well as the launch of the Repreve Ultimate Sports Fan Experience, a sweepstakes series consisting of once-in-a-lifetime experiences with multiple franchises, including the Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild and New Jersey Devils.

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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:16:20 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017021622590/materials-production-news/unifi-partners-with-sports-brands-to-promote-recycled-fibre.html
Cleaner textile programme announces developments http://www.ecotextile.com/2017021622589/materials-production-news/cleaner-textile-programme-announces-developments.html DHAKA - The latest results have been announced from a programme which aims to help Bangladesh's textile wet processing sector become cleaner and more efficient. From 2013-16, water PaCT: Partnership for Cleaner Textile saved 18.4 billion litres of fresh water per year, developed environmentally safe sourcing guidelines for global brands, provided guidance to 215 textile factories in Bangladesh on how to implement cleaner production and helped leverage investments of US$31 million.

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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:51:34 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017021622589/materials-production-news/cleaner-textile-programme-announces-developments.html
Mango launches sustainable fashion line http://www.ecotextile.com/2017021522588/fashion-retail-news/mango-launches-sustainable-fashion-line.html BARCELONA – Spanish fashion brand Mango has launched a new women and men's collection which is made up of garments manufactured with sustainable materials, reflecting a commitment to "working in an environmentally-friendly manner and adopting sustainable development criteria." The Mango Committed collection will be the main attraction in the company's March show and will be available at mango.com and in selected stores worldwide. This is Mango's first such collection and follows similar offerings such as H&M's Conscious Collection.

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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:46:16 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017021522588/fashion-retail-news/mango-launches-sustainable-fashion-line.html
ILO concerned about Cambodia union repression http://www.ecotextile.com/2017021522587/materials-production-news/ilo-concerned-about-cambodia-union-repression.html GENEVA - An International Labour Organisation (ILO) report has expressed serious concerns about the contentious sacking of unionists from Cambodia's garment industry as well as a divisive new trade union law which has made it more difficult for workers to unionise and for unions to operate. The report has concerning echoes of the current situation in Bangladesh, where a clampdown on garment sector unions is bringing into question the country's favourable trading arrangements with the EU.

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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:30:26 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017021522587/materials-production-news/ilo-concerned-about-cambodia-union-repression.html
BCI aims to double lint in 2017 http://www.ecotextile.com/2017021522586/materials-production-news/bci-aims-to-double-lint-in-2017.html GENEVA - The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has revealed the top ten users of BCI cotton by volume. Top of the list is H&M, followed by IKEA, Adidas, Nike and Levi Strauss, while the top ten users as a percentage of total consumption are Stadium, IKEA, Adidas, BabyBjorn and Marks & Spencer. The BCI now has more than 1,000 members.

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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:57:27 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017021522586/materials-production-news/bci-aims-to-double-lint-in-2017.html
Spanish businesses partner for ocean plastic brand http://www.ecotextile.com/2017021422585/fashion-retail-news/spanish-businesses-partner-for-ocean-plastic-brand.html MADRID - Three leading Spanish textile businesses have joined forces to create a new brand of fibres which is produced from recycled plastic collected from the ocean. Seaqual is the brand name of a yarn developed by Ecoalf, Antex and Textil Santanderina.

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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:56:00 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017021422585/fashion-retail-news/spanish-businesses-partner-for-ocean-plastic-brand.html
Garment union crackdown continues in Bangladesh http://www.ecotextile.com/2017021422584/social-compliance-csr-news/garment-union-crackdown-continues-in-bangladesh.html DHAKA - A further nine trade union members from an Industriall Global Union affiliate in Bangladesh have been arrested amid growing calls for the European Union to investigate alleged violations of workers' rights in Bangladesh and whether these are raising questions about Bangladesh's illegibility for the the EU's 'Everything But Arms' trade scheme.

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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:12:14 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017021422584/social-compliance-csr-news/garment-union-crackdown-continues-in-bangladesh.html