Ecotextile News https://www.ecotextile.com/ Tue, 23 May 2017 10:52:59 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Better Work and Fair Wear to collaborate http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052322773/social-compliance-csr-news/better-work-and-fair-wear-to-collaborate.html HAGUE - Better Work has announced plans to collaborate with Fair Wear Foundation, an international multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at improving working conditions in the garment industry, to streamline factory-level operations and offer business partners new benefits. An agreement was signed at the Human Rights and Garment Conference in the Hague, the Netherlands while the collaboration will officially begin with an 18 month pilot from June.

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Tue, 23 May 2017 09:12:34 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052322773/social-compliance-csr-news/better-work-and-fair-wear-to-collaborate.html
ECAP confident of meeting 2019 goals http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052322772/materials-production-news/ecap-confident-of-meeting-2019-goals.html WAKEFIELD - The European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) has outlined its goals and commitments in an exclusive interview with Ecotextile News. Keith James, manager of sustainable textiles at ECAP and WRAP says ECAP is confident of meeting its 2019 goals which include diverting 90,000 tonnes of clothing waste from landfill or incineration every year; stopping 1.6 million tonnes of CO2e arising through more sustainable practices; and saving 588 million m3 of water.

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Tue, 23 May 2017 08:56:55 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052322772/materials-production-news/ecap-confident-of-meeting-2019-goals.html
Website offers alternatives to toxic chemicals http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051922771/dyes-chemicals-news/website-offers-alternatives-to-toxic-chemicals.html GOTHENBURG - A new marketplace style website has been launched which offers safer alternatives to potentially toxic chemicals. The developers say the website is aimed at progressive companies looking to future-proof their chemicals management and, given the ongoing drive to find safe alternatives to a number of hazardous chemicals currently used in the global textile industry, could potentially be of interest to organisations such as the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC).

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Fri, 19 May 2017 10:05:36 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051922771/dyes-chemicals-news/website-offers-alternatives-to-toxic-chemicals.html
Overconsumption of clothing a “global phenomenon” http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051922770/fashion-retail-news/overconsumption-of-clothing-a-global-phenomenon.html HAMBURG – Overconsumption of clothing is a global phenomenon according to an international survey of consumers, with compulsive fashion shoppers regularly overspending on new clothes in spite of not being able to use them, and post-shopping excitement often turning into guilt after less than a day.

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Fri, 19 May 2017 08:54:00 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051922770/fashion-retail-news/overconsumption-of-clothing-a-global-phenomenon.html
M&S exec: consumers won't pay more for sustainable clothing http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051822769/shows-events/m-s-exec-consumers-won-t-pay-more-for-sustainable-clothing.html BERLIN - Lack of willingness by consumers to pay more for green products is a "major dilemma" for the apparel industry - that's the view of Marks & Spencer sustainability manager Fiona Wheatley.

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Thu, 18 May 2017 12:01:35 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051822769/shows-events/m-s-exec-consumers-won-t-pay-more-for-sustainable-clothing.html
Interview: Angelo Radici, president, Radici Group http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051822768/editor-s-pick/interview-angelo-radici-president-radici-group.html Angelo Radici, president of the Italian global manufacturer of synthetic fibres and plastic materials says the biggest challenge for his our Group in the coming years is 'undoubtedly the complete recyclability of synthetic fibres'. He reveals the company has for some time been working with certain customers to define formulations that can make the finished product fully recyclable.

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Thu, 18 May 2017 12:00:17 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051822768/editor-s-pick/interview-angelo-radici-president-radici-group.html
Industry leaders launch sustainable cotton coalition http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051822767/labels-legislation-news/industry-leaders-launch-sustainable-cotton-coalition.html LONDON – A number of leading apparel brands and retailers, cotton standards, existing industry initiatives and other stakeholders across the supply chain have come together to form ‘Cotton 2040’ – a newly developed initiative designed to “accelerate action” and help evolve sustainable cotton into a mainstream commodity.

Led by sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future, alongside the C&A Foundation, the initiative includes support from M&S and Target, the Better Cotton Initiative and Cotton Made in Africa (CMiA), Textile Exchange, the Fairtrade Foundation, Cotton Connect, IDH, Cotton Australia, Value Added in Africa and Organic Cotton Accelerator, as well as the London College of Fashion.

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Thu, 18 May 2017 10:52:39 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051822767/labels-legislation-news/industry-leaders-launch-sustainable-cotton-coalition.html
BCI: time to preach "beyond choir" on sustainability http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051822766/shows-events/bci-time-to-preach-beyond-choir-on-sustainability.html BERLIN - The Better Cotton Initiative has revealed season projections for BCI production during the 2016-17 period. At the ongoing BCI conference in Berlin, BCI chairman Alan McClay said 3,500,000mt of Better Cotton are forecast to be produced in 23 countries on 1,400,000 acres of land. If these figures are reached, this would see Better Cotton taking 14 per cent of the global cotton market, with ambitions to increase this drastically in the next few years.

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Thu, 18 May 2017 09:26:27 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051822766/shows-events/bci-time-to-preach-beyond-choir-on-sustainability.html
Pulse report slammed by Greenpeace http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051822765/social-compliance-csr-news/pulse-report-slammed-by-greenpeace.html AMSTERDAM – The high profile Pulse of the Fashion Industry report which was presented at the Copenhagen Fashion summit last week has come under fire from Greenpeace for being in thrall to the growth-obsessed fast fashion industry.

As noted by Ecotextile News in our recent story on Pulse, the report claims fast fashion is not an immediate problem for the global apparel sector – a claim many in our industry will take great issue with given its resource-intensive, wasteful nature.

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Thu, 18 May 2017 08:57:01 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051822765/social-compliance-csr-news/pulse-report-slammed-by-greenpeace.html
One week to Planet Textiles 2017 http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051722764/shows-events/one-week-to-planet-textiles-2017.html There are only seven days to go before Planet Textiles 2017 takes place next week in Bangalore, India and it’s the last chance for delegates to sign up for event as places are now strictly limited.

You can see the full agenda HERE, which includes 4 breakout sessions on water use, wastewater pollution, chemical management, a special session run by the ZDHC Foundation and a table top exhibition of solution providers.

You can register as a last-minute delegate HERE – although we anticipate that registration will have to close in the next few days.

Perhaps the strongest Planet Textiles event yet, the highly topical issues of water availability, water conservation in wet processing, wastewater discharge, the circular economy and the rise of environmental awareness in India will dominate this year’s event which is being held on 24th May at the JW Marriot Hotel in Bangalore, India.

The event takes place in partnership with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and is sandwiched between the two-day SAC annual members meeting and the SAC manufacturers forum. For anyone interested in practical solutions to the issue of sustainability in the global textile sector this is a unique, 'must attend' event.

Registered delegates including some of the biggest brand names in apparel retail and a healthy representation of the Indian textile industry, NGOs and textile suppliers.

A table top exhibition will feature 20 different solutions providers.

More information can be found at the Planet Textiles website.

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Wed, 17 May 2017 12:37:40 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051722764/shows-events/one-week-to-planet-textiles-2017.html
Hakro joins Cotton made in Africa http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051722763/social-compliance-csr-news/hakro-joins-cotton-made-in-africa.html HAMBURG – Hakro, an apparel supplier for the corporate fashion, leisure and sport industries, has signed a partnership agreement with Cotton made in Africa (CmiA), pledging to buy CmiA-certified cotton in the future.

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Wed, 17 May 2017 10:38:36 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051722763/social-compliance-csr-news/hakro-joins-cotton-made-in-africa.html
Record results for fibre maker Lenzing http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051622762/materials-production-news/record-results-for-fibre-maker-lenzing.html LENZING – Austrian speciality fibre maker Lenzing achieved the best quarterly results in its history for the first quarter of 2017. Revenues for the quarter were €586.2 million, up 14.3 per cent on the corresponding period in 2016.

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Wed, 17 May 2017 12:16:48 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051622762/materials-production-news/record-results-for-fibre-maker-lenzing.html
IWTO: Addressing wool and sustainability http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051622761/shows-events/iwto-addressing-wool-and-sustainability.html HARROGATE – Current life cycle assessment tools fail to properly take into account the sustainability credentials of wool, according to speakers at the 86th International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) Congress. Stacey Dove reports from Harrogate, UK.

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Wed, 17 May 2017 12:17:24 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051622761/shows-events/iwto-addressing-wool-and-sustainability.html
Archroma and Patagonia collaborate on colour http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051522760/dyes-chemicals-news/archroma-and-patagonia-collaborate-on-colour.html REINACH - Archroma, a global leader in colour and specialty textile chemicals, has announced a collaboration with Patagonia, the American outdoor clothing company. The products in Patagonia's Clean Color Collection are all coloured with dyes made from natural sources, including, along with other supply sources, EarthColors by Archroma, a range of dyes synthesised from agricultural waste. EarthColors is a line of plant-based dyes, sourced from up to 100 percent renewable resources. The colours change and fade over time, which is part of what makes these dyes unique.

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Wed, 17 May 2017 12:22:23 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051522760/dyes-chemicals-news/archroma-and-patagonia-collaborate-on-colour.html
Sinterama and Polygiene partner on odour control http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051522759/materials-production-news/sinterama-and-polygiene-partner-on-odour-control.html MALMÖ – Polyester yarn business Sinterama has partnered with odour control tech company Polygiene to develop a 100 per cent recycled fibre which is imbued with odour control technology during production rather than having a standard topical application in the yarn and fabric finishing stages. Featured in Sinterama's 'Newlife' range, the process offers customers 100 per cent post-consumer recycled, anti-bacterial yarns. As the yarn is treated at fibre-level, it is claimed it will bring considerable benefits to the customer in terms of odour control.

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Mon, 15 May 2017 09:20:21 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051522759/materials-production-news/sinterama-and-polygiene-partner-on-odour-control.html
Bangladesh establishes new factory safety body http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051522758/materials-production-news/bangladesh-establishes-new-factory-safety-body.html DHAKA - Bangladesh has launched a new body to manage safety and remediation issues in its ready-made-garment sector. The Remediation Coordination Cell (RCC) is launched at a time when the Bangladesh Accord and Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety both have just a year left before being disbanded, at a time when many factories are yet to have carried out the required work to make them safe.

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Wed, 17 May 2017 12:22:55 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051522758/materials-production-news/bangladesh-establishes-new-factory-safety-body.html
Unions key to safety in Bangladesh, claims HRW http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051222757/social-compliance-csr-news/unions-key-to-safety-in-bangladesh-claims-hrw.html DHAKA - Union leaders in Bangladesh's ready-made garment (RMG) sector continue to be vulnerable to violence and beatings, while factory bosses are threatening, intimidating and firing factory workers who attempt to form unions. This is the claim of Aruna Kashyap, senior counsel for the women's rights division of Human Rights Watch.

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Fri, 12 May 2017 09:38:27 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051222757/social-compliance-csr-news/unions-key-to-safety-in-bangladesh-claims-hrw.html
Israeli business develops ‘waterless’ thread dyeing http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051122756/dyes-chemicals-news/israeli-business-develops-waterless-thread-dyeing.html FRANKFURT - An Israeli start-up has explained to Ecotextile News how it has developed a 'waterless' and automated thread dyeing process which, after having worked on the proprietary technology for over two years, is expected to become available for embroiders, knitters and weavers in mid-2018.

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Wed, 17 May 2017 12:24:38 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051122756/dyes-chemicals-news/israeli-business-develops-waterless-thread-dyeing.html
Ellen MacArthur launches circular fibres initiative http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051122755/materials-production-news/ellen-macarthur-launches-circular-fibres-initiative.html COPENHAGEN - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has launched a new initiative that brings together key industry stakeholders such as H&M, Nike and Cradle to Cradle to build a circular economy for textiles starting with apparel. Ellen MacArthur will launch the new initiative alongside Wendy Schmidt of the Schmidt Family Foundation and Lewis Perkins of Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute at today's Copenhagen Fashion Summit.

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Wed, 17 May 2017 12:25:02 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051122755/materials-production-news/ellen-macarthur-launches-circular-fibres-initiative.html
Interview: Berrye Worsham, CEO, Cotton Inc. http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051022754/editor-s-pick/interview-berrye-worsham-ceo-cotton-inc.html In a wide ranging interview on cotton, cotton subsidies, GM cotton and environmental issues, Cotton Inc CEO Berry Worsham argues that to effect real change, it would be preferable to have one environmental label, "rather than 101". Saying that many in the industry would argue that there are currently too many environmental labels: "these can compete with each other and in the process confuse consumers and even desensitise them from caring about environmental impact."

To read the full interview and to see all 46 exclusive interviews with retail and brand CEOs, board executives, textile mill owners and leading environmental stakeholders, you can reserve your copy by subscribing to Ecotextile News. 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, 17 May 2017 12:25:17 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051022754/editor-s-pick/interview-berrye-worsham-ceo-cotton-inc.html