Ecotextile News https://www.ecotextile.com/ Mon, 23 Jul 2018 00:28:37 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) NGO ‘condemns’ latest BGMEA wage proposal http://www.ecotextile.com/2018072023615/social-compliance-csr-news/ngo-condemns-latest-bgmea-wage-proposal.html AMSTERDAM – Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has spoken out regarding the ongoing wrangling in Bangladesh regarding a proposed increase to the minimum monthly wage received by garment workers.

This latest development caps off a week a turbulent week in the Bangladeshi garment sector; one which has seen tensions flare and protests be described as imminent by sources in the country.

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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:49:53 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018072023615/social-compliance-csr-news/ngo-condemns-latest-bgmea-wage-proposal.html
Eurojersey extends WWF partnership, launches microfibre project http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071823613/materials-production-news/eurojersey-extends-wwf-partnership-launches-microfibre-project.html MILAN – Italian warp knitted fabric supplier Eurojersey has signed a new three-year extension of its existing partnership with WWF Italia aimed at the conservation of water as a planetary resource.

The new partnership will take the form of multiple activities such as the calculation of the exact water footprint for Eurojersey’s branded ‘Sensitive’ stretch nylon textiles, the problems of synthetic microfibres and other plastics in the marine environment, together with the launch of a new campaign to promote sustainable fishing and the protection of sharks, as indicators of healthy marine eco-systems.

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Thu, 19 Jul 2018 14:42:41 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071823613/materials-production-news/eurojersey-extends-wwf-partnership-launches-microfibre-project.html
Primark unveils UNICEF partnership http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071923614/social-compliance-csr-news/primark-unveils-unicef-partnership.html DUBLIN – High street fashion retailer Primark has announced a three-year partnership with UNICEF which will see the organisations collaborate on work relating to education and emergency response.

In total, Primark has confirmed it will commit US$ 4.5 million towards UNICEF’s education work and a further US$ 1.5 million has been pledged to support emergency response efforts following humanitarian crises.

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Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:06:40 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071923614/social-compliance-csr-news/primark-unveils-unicef-partnership.html
New study gets the measure of microfibre shedding http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071823612/materials-production-news/new-study-gets-the-measure-of-microfibre-shedding.html MÖLNDAL – A new research article led by a Swerea IVF scientist has proposed a standardised test method for measuring textile-derived microfibres shed during the everyday washing of garments.

One of the primary motivations for this research is said to have been the lack of conclusivity in similar studies which have taken place previously – the results of which have, in many cases, yielded results with a startling level of disparity.

This paper follows on from another recent study which that found textile-derived microfibres to be as harmful, if not more so, to certain types of aquatic crustaceans than microbeads which have already been banned from use in many nations.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:57:07 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071823612/materials-production-news/new-study-gets-the-measure-of-microfibre-shedding.html
Protests expected as Bangladesh wage proposal rejected http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071823611/social-compliance-csr-news/protests-expected-as-bangladesh-wage-proposal-rejected.html DHAKA – At an industry press briefing, representatives of Bangladeshi garment workers have rejected the latest proposals from factory bosses as the wrangle regarding an increase to the nation’s minimum wage continues.

The most recent proposed amendment to minimum wage legislation would have seen the implementation of a monthly figure in the region of Tk 12,000.

Workers are believed to be holding out for the minimum monthly wage of Tk 16,000 which has been the focus of union and NGO campaigning in recent weeks. Local media sources are now claiming that protests are expected imminently.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:27:18 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071823611/social-compliance-csr-news/protests-expected-as-bangladesh-wage-proposal-rejected.html
UN flags up forests for fashion initiative http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071723610/fashion-retail-news/un-flags-up-forests-for-fashion-initiative.html NEW YORK – An ongoing event at the United Nations headquarters in New York during the 2018 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development is linking forest-based materials from sustainably managed forests, with the world of fashion.

The “Forests for Fashion” exhibit at the event showcases the work of young designers who have all used forest-derived cellulosic yarns for their fabrics, including the world’s first textiles certified by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), which can be traced back to sustainably managed forests.

Originally launched back in 2014 by UNECE-FAO, the forestry and timber section of United Nations, the ‘Forests for Fashion Initiative’ has struggled for widespread industry traction, but it now ramping up efforts to highlight its work with designers.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:57:19 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071723610/fashion-retail-news/un-flags-up-forests-for-fashion-initiative.html
EU, China align circular economy policies http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071723609/labels-legislation-news/eu-china-align-circular-economy-policies.html BEIJING – At the EU-China Summit currently taking place in the Chinese capital, both parties have expressed their commitment to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Circular Economy and have also established a deal on oceanic pollution legislature.

The meeting, which is the 20th of its kind between the EU and China, is set to see the announcement of an alignment on the policies to support an accelerated transition towards a circular economy – an agreement which senior figures say strengthens ties between two substantial trading partners.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:57:29 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071723609/labels-legislation-news/eu-china-align-circular-economy-policies.html
Bangladesh factory bosses offer minimum wage compromise http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071723608/social-compliance-csr-news/bangladesh-factory-bosses-offer-minimum-wage-compromise.html DHAKA – After a long-running debate between unions and factory owners, there has finally been a slight breakthrough in the stalemate over an increase to the minimum monthly wage currently in place for Bangladeshi garment workers.

Latest reports in country’s media claim that, in response to the most recent calls for a rise of over 125 per cent by worker representatives, a coalition of the RMG sector bosses has proposed a more modest 20 per cent rise.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:24:38 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071723608/social-compliance-csr-news/bangladesh-factory-bosses-offer-minimum-wage-compromise.html
Ternua goes nuts with Archroma EarthColors partnership http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071623607/dyes-chemicals-news/ternua-goes-nuts-with-archroma-earthcolors-partnership.html REINACH – Colour and specialty textile chemicals provider Archroma has announced a collaboration with Ternua, a Basque outdoor brand with sustainability at the heart of its business.

Ternua will work alongside Archroma to utilise its patented EarthColors technology to create a capsule collection of recycled t-shirts and sweatshirts, the materials for which will be sourced from agricultural waste – including walnut shells – sourced in the region near its headquarters.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:57:42 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071623607/dyes-chemicals-news/ternua-goes-nuts-with-archroma-earthcolors-partnership.html
Worn Again accelerates polymer recycling technology http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071623606/materials-production-news/worn-again-accelerates-polymer-recycling-technology.html LONDON – Research institute Worn Again Technologies has confirmed that it has successfully reached its investment target of £5 million to facilitate the acceleration of its breakthrough polymer recycling technology.

In the face of the growing concerns around marine plastic pollution, Worn Again has - after more than six years of R&D – reached the stage where its patented technology can move beyond the lab stage and move into the marketplace.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:12:17 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071623606/materials-production-news/worn-again-accelerates-polymer-recycling-technology.html
Helsinki Fashion Week partners with Circle Economy http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071623605/shows-events/helsinki-fashion-week-partners-with-circle-economy.html HELSINKI – As part of a drive to put circularity at the top of the fashion agenda, Helsinki Fashion Week (HFW) has confirmed Circle Economy as a knowledge and content partner for its annual industry event.

This year’s edition of the event, taking place from the 20-25th July, will focus on two key themes of the circular economy and sustainability.

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Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:59:39 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071623605/shows-events/helsinki-fashion-week-partners-with-circle-economy.html
NRDC initiative migrates to Apparel Impact Institute http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071323604/dyes-chemicals-news/nrdc-program-migrates-to-apparel-impact-institute.html SAN FRANCISCO – In a bid to double the number of textile facilities completing its Clean by Design programme in 2018, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has started to transition program operations to the newly formed Apparel Impact Institute which launched back in October 2017.

“Over the last few years the NRDC has focused on finding a long-term home for the Clean By Design program,” Kurt Kipka, vice president of the Apparel Impact Institute, told Ecotextile News. “Now we can really focus on scaling Clean by Design in terms of both its content and its regional presence in other parts of Asia outside China.”

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:57:54 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071323604/dyes-chemicals-news/nrdc-program-migrates-to-apparel-impact-institute.html
Huntsman calls for textile chemicals harmonisation http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071323603/dyes-chemicals-news/huntsman-calls-for-textile-chemicals-harmonisation.html SINGAPORE – Textile effects firm Huntsman has called on the textile chemicals sector to “take stock and consider” how to best take the next step towards the elimination of hazards and improve the industry’s economic and environmental performance.

The company has stated that in an industry “awash with disparate standards and approaches,” a unified approach – and ultimately uniting behind one industry standard – would benefit all stakeholders by freeing up resources currently wasted on conflicting efforts.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:58:05 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071323603/dyes-chemicals-news/huntsman-calls-for-textile-chemicals-harmonisation.html
Unifi partners with sustainability platform Pac-12 http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071323602/shows-events/unifi-partners-with-sustainability-platform-pac-12.html BOULDER – Unifi has announced a long-term partnership with Pac-12 which will see the Repreve fibre manufacturer serve as the Founding Sustainability Partner of Pac-12 Team Green and as a sponsor of the Pac-12 Sustainability Conference.

As part of the partnership, Unifi will also provide grant funding to all 12 of the platform’s member institutions in order to support sustainability initiatives and increase recycling efforts.

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Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:03:37 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071323602/shows-events/unifi-partners-with-sustainability-platform-pac-12.html
First viscose filament yarn audit finds ENKA ‘low risk’ http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071223601/materials-production-news/first-viscose-filament-yarn-audit-finds-enka-low-risk.html OBERNBURG – German firm ENKA has become the first viscose filament yarn producer to complete an independent verification audit in association with Rainforest Alliance and Canopy.

The results of this first-of-its-kind audit categorised the company as low risk when considering the potential for sourcing from ancient and endangered forests, with its sole supplier being located in Sweden.

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Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:53:01 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071223601/materials-production-news/first-viscose-filament-yarn-audit-finds-enka-low-risk.html
Greenpeace marks Detox milestone with progress report http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071123600/dyes-chemicals-news/greenpeace-marks-detox-milestone-with-progress-report.html HAMBURG – A new report released today from Greenpeace claims that in the seven years since it first launched its Detox campaign, fashion companies who have signed up to its demands have made ‘significant progress’ to reduce their use of hazardous chemicals in supply chains.

However, the environmental action group also cautions that 85 per cent of the textile industry is still not doing enough on hazardous chemicals and it calls for the textile chemical sector to be more transparent on formulations, and for policy-makers to step in to develop and launch a worldwide industry ‘detox’ standard.

In light of the rapidly approaching phase-out deadline of 2020, we asked Greenpeace if this was probably as far as the Detox campaign could go on the removal of hazardous substances in the textile sector without government regulation.

Kirsten Brodde, project lead Detox my Fashion told us: “Only policies can secure in the long term what we achieved by commitment and extend it to the whole industry. Local regulations are required to tackle specific hazardous substances such as APEs which are identified as a remaining problem in the supply chain of Detox committed companies, or to set wastewater standards that will reflect the best practice. Global mechanisms should enforce due diligence in the supply chain with high standards embedding the Detox achievements – we don't have to wait for a global UN agreement, this could be championed right now by EU legislation.”

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Thu, 12 Jul 2018 08:23:53 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071123600/dyes-chemicals-news/greenpeace-marks-detox-milestone-with-progress-report.html
Automation predicted to increase labour abuses http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071123598/social-compliance-csr-news/automation-predicted-to-increase-labour-abuses.html BATH – Drastic job losses in South East Asia resulting from the onset of automation are predicted to produce a spike in slavery and labour abuses in global supply chains unless governments take action, according to a new report from risk analysis company Verisk Maplecroft.

The researchers flag the garment, textile and footwear industry as being at particular risk from automation in Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.

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Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:16:31 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071123598/social-compliance-csr-news/automation-predicted-to-increase-labour-abuses.html
Man-made cellulosic fibres added to ZDHC roadmap http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071123599/materials-production-news/man-made-cellulosic-fibres-added-to-zdhc-roadmap.html AMSTERDAM – ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) has confirmed that, as part of the wider implementation of raw material production into its Roadmap to Zero Programme, man-made cellulosic fibres will now form part of its apparel value chain portfolio.

The organisation, which began its remit to focus solely on the hazardous chemicals associated with textile dyeing and finishing, has now significantly expanded its horizons by adding this area of textile fibres to its repertoire.

This comes shortly after ZDHC launched an online textile wastewater public disclosure portal, which draws verified information from its Gateway tool, along with unverified wastewater test data from the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs in Beijing.

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Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:01:51 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071123599/materials-production-news/man-made-cellulosic-fibres-added-to-zdhc-roadmap.html
Outdoor coalition opens assembly doors to entire sector http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071123597/shows-events/outdoor-coalition-opens-assembly-doors-to-entire-sector.html BRUSSELS – The It’s Great Out There Coalition has invited stakeholders in the outdoor apparel sector to attend its 2018 Annual Assembly, set to take place on the eve of the EOG (European Outdoor Group) Outdoor Summit in Malmo. 

The non-profit initiative was founded by the EOG and now has a membership of 35 organisations including Primaloft, The North Face and Vaude.

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Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:46:56 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018071123597/shows-events/outdoor-coalition-opens-assembly-doors-to-entire-sector.html
Italian high fashion sustainability awards back for second year http://www.ecotextile.com/2018070923596/fashion-retail-news/italian-high-fashion-sustainability-awards-back-for-second-year.html MILAN - The Green Carpet Fashion Awards (GCFA) Italia - which seek out the sustainability-minded collections created in the luxurious world of high fashion - will this year be following a theme of ‘Handprint of Fashion’.

A ceremony to mark the achievements of those selected for recognition will take place during Milan's Fashion Week in September.

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Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:03:25 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018070923596/fashion-retail-news/italian-high-fashion-sustainability-awards-back-for-second-year.html