Ecotextile News https://www.ecotextile.com/ Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:22:24 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Leaders in US ‘Still In’ on Paris Agreement http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062622833/fashion-retail-news/leaders-in-us-still-in-on-paris-agreement.html NEW YORK - Thousands of businesses, many of them from the global apparel industry, have now signed an open letter expressing their continued support for actions to meet the Paris Agreement and their disappointment at the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the climate deal. Patagonia, Lululemon, Adidas, Eileen Fisher, Wrangler, Nike, The North Face, Gap Inc, Walmart and Columbia Sportswear are among the growing list of signatories, which also includes international investors, higher education authorities, government officials and mayors from US counties and states.

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Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:21:48 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062622833/fashion-retail-news/leaders-in-us-still-in-on-paris-agreement.html
China textiles mills save millions in sustainability drive http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062622832/materials-production-news/china-textiles-mills-save-millions-in-sustainability-drive.html SHANGHAI - A group of Chinese textiles mills last year made millions of dollars' worth of savings by implementing simple measures aimed at driving sustainability. In the Greater Suzhou Area, 23 textile mills implemented 138 factory projects, saving US$8.4 million in water, energy, and chemical operating costs. The projects had an average payback of just 17 months and collectively saved 4 million cubic metres of water and 30,000 tons of coal (or its energy equivalent).

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Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:28:16 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062622832/materials-production-news/china-textiles-mills-save-millions-in-sustainability-drive.html
US move towards protectionism in used textiles market http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062622831/materials-production-news/us-move-towards-protectionism-in-used-textiles-market.html LONDON - Banning used clothing imports will not support textile production in East African Community (EAC) states as, "used clothing is not a significant factor affecting the economic prosperity of textile producers," – that's the view of Alan Wheeler, director with the Textile Recycling Association. Wheeler was commenting in the context of new calls in the US for Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda to lose access to the American market through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) after some East African member states announced plans to ban imports of second hand clothes and shoes.

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Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:46:28 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062622831/materials-production-news/us-move-towards-protectionism-in-used-textiles-market.html
Textile Exchange releases organic cotton guide http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062322830/materials-production-news/textile-exchange-releases-organic-cotton-guide.html TEXAS – Textile Exchange has released a Quick Guide to Organic Cotton, which gives an overview of the positive environmental benefits of organic cotton, in a bid to kick-start the growth and adoption of organic cotton by apparel retailers and brands after its supply has somewhat tailed off in recent years. Alongside the new guide, Textile Exchange (TE) has also published a series of frequently asked questions, with answers that claim organic cotton is the preferred fibre to choose.

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:19:46 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062322830/materials-production-news/textile-exchange-releases-organic-cotton-guide.html
OutDoor reports solid event http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062322829/shows-events/outdoor-visited-by-over-21-000.html FRIEDRICHSHAFEN – This week, OutDoor’s 24th annual trade show was visited by over 21,000 trade visitors from 90 countries. The four day industry showcase changed its date to June this year, from the usual July show, which Outdoor says gives vendors and buyers an improved platform for the coming business year. At the event a series of new research figures suggests that as the world becomes more urbanised, the outdoor sector is successfully adapting to the change by producing more consumer goods for city dwellers with a liking for outdoor style.

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:20:24 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062322829/shows-events/outdoor-visited-by-over-21-000.html
Euratex warns against ‘hard Brexit’ http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062322828/labels-legislation-news/euratex-warns-against-hard-brexit.html BRUSSELS - The European Apparel and Textile Confederation, Euratex, has warned that the imminent Brexit will create a real risk of "regulatory divergence" in areas such as chemical regulation and REACH, CO2 emissions and consumer protection rules and standards. In a new position paper, it warned against a hard Brexit, suggesting it is in the "common interest" of the UK and the EU27 industries to push for a smooth Brexit, thus enabling, "the current highly integrated supply chains to keep on working smoothly from fibres to end products."

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:30:21 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062322828/labels-legislation-news/euratex-warns-against-hard-brexit.html
Birla praised in Canopy fibre sourcing report http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062322827/materials-production-news/birla-praised-in-canopy-fibre-sourcing-report.html MUMBAI - Birla Cellulose, a company of the Indian conglomerate Aditya Birla Group, has received praise from NGO Canopy and the Rainforest Alliance following an  independent verification of its fibre sourcing supply chains. A report into the company suggests its supply chains are "confirmed as low risk for sourcing from ancient and endangered forests or other controversial sources," and that it has a "strong commitment to the company policy to avoid sourcing from ancient and endangered forests." The praise from Canopy follows a recent report from Changing Markets Foundation which cited evidence of serious pollution incidents related to viscose production - and in which Birla was named. Ecotextile News is still awaiting a response from Birla to our story on this report.

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:58:01 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062322827/materials-production-news/birla-praised-in-canopy-fibre-sourcing-report.html
Vietnam textile mills save US$15m in sustainability drive http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062322826/materials-production-news/vietnam-textile-mills-save-us-15m-in-sustainability-drive.html HO CHI MINH – US$15 million of savings in water, energy and chemical operating costs have been achieved by a group of Vietnamese textile suppliers to VF Corporation and Target Corporation over the past 18 months. 28 suppliers, with cut-and-sew, dyeing-and-printing, and garment-washing operations, are part of the IFC's Vietnam Improvement Program (VIP) which fosters investment in sustainability measures to drive business performance. The businesses collectively invested US$9.9 million in resource efficiency measures, achieving a significant ROI in the process.

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:12:22 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062322826/materials-production-news/vietnam-textile-mills-save-us-15m-in-sustainability-drive.html
Burberry Foundation awards £3 million to RCA http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062222825/fashion-retail-news/burberry-foundation-awards-3-million-to-rca.html LONDON – Burberry and the Royal College of Art have announced the establishment of the Burberry Material Futures Research Group. The Group will become the first 'STEAM' (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) research centre to be based at a traditional art and design university, and will apply "radical thinking to invent more sustainable materials, transform consumer experience." The centre is supported by a £3 million grant from the Burberry Foundation.

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:14:33 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062222825/fashion-retail-news/burberry-foundation-awards-3-million-to-rca.html
Brands shift towards supplier transparency http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062122824/fashion-retail-news/brands-shift-towards-supplier-transparency.html LONDON - More than 100 fashion brands across 42 companies are now publishing lists of their suppliers according to new research, representing a dramatic increase in transparency in the past 18 months. Fashion Revolution assessed 40 leading fashion brands in 2016 and found that only 5 brands published a list of their manufacturers and only 2 published the names and addresses of sub-contractors or fabric/yarn suppliers. Follow up research in June this year found a dramatic push towards transparency, with106 brands across 42 companies/parent groups disclosing at "least some of the facilities making their clothes."

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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:59:21 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062122824/fashion-retail-news/brands-shift-towards-supplier-transparency.html
C&A Foundation report highlights achievements http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062122823/social-compliance-csr-news/c-a-foundation-report-highlights-achievements.html ZUG – The C&A Foundation has published its 2016 Annual Report, which highlights its increasingly influential role in the global textile sustainability sphere. Among other achievements, the report notes how the Foundation has funded 26 new initiatives across all its programmes, helped 75,000 cotton farmers and workers through its cotton, working conditions and forced labour programmes, and supported the transition of over 25,000 farmers from conventional to organic cotton, while engaging the Indian government and universities - as well as brands and retailers - to work together to accelerate the organic cotton market.

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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:16:31 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062122823/social-compliance-csr-news/c-a-foundation-report-highlights-achievements.html
Garment hubs in world’s worst places to work http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062122822/materials-production-news/garment-hubs-in-world-s-worst-places-to-work.html BRUSSELS - Many of the world's leading garment sourcing hubs are ranked among the worst places in the world to work according to the latest edition of the ITUC Global Rights Index. Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Egypt, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines and Turkey are all ranked as a '5' in the index. "Countries with the rating of 5 are the worst countries in the world to work in," says a note from the index. "While the legislation may spell out certain rights workers have effectively no access to these rights and are therefore exposed to autocratic regimes and unfair labour practices."

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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:59:09 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062122822/materials-production-news/garment-hubs-in-world-s-worst-places-to-work.html
Sustainability takes centre-stage at OutDoor 2017 http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062022821/shows-events/sustainability-takes-centre-stage-at-outdoor-2017.html FRIEDRICHSHAFEN – The days of perfluorocarbons (PFCs) in the outdoor industry are numbered – that would appear to be one of the take-away messages from this year's OutDoor 2017, with a dozen companies, including big players such as Marmot, Haglöfs, Jack Wolfskin and Vaude, presenting PFC-free membrane jackets.

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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:59:53 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062022821/shows-events/sustainability-takes-centre-stage-at-outdoor-2017.html
EarthColors receives OutDoor Industry Award 2017 http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062022820/dyes-chemicals-news/earthcolors-receives-outdoor-industry-award-2017.html REINACH – Global speciality chemicals business, Archroma, has announced that its EarthColors dyestuff range has won the Gold Winner award at the the OutDoor Industry Award 2017, Sustainable innovations Category. The award distinguishes further the EarthColors range - out of the 330 entries - as one of the most innovative products to be introduced to the industry in recent years. 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, 21 Jun 2017 11:58:57 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062022820/dyes-chemicals-news/earthcolors-receives-outdoor-industry-award-2017.html
Circular fashion ‘call to action’ gathers momentum http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062022819/fashion-retail-news/circular-fashion-call-to-action-gathers-momentum.html COPENHAGEN - Around 7 per cent of the global fashion industry has now signed up to the Global Fashion Agenda's Call to Action for a Circular Fashion System - a commitment which aims to encourage and support brands and retailers to take action on circularity. The GFA is targeting a sign-up of 10 per cent (based on revenues) of the fashion industry by 30 June. There are 45 signatories so far and among them are Asos, Bestseller, Eileen Fisher, H&M, Kering, Marks & Spencer, Target, Inditex, KappAhl, Lacoste, Lindex, and VF Corporation.

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:18:36 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017062022819/fashion-retail-news/circular-fashion-call-to-action-gathers-momentum.html
EU set to tighten grip on textile regulations http://www.ecotextile.com/2017061922818/labels-legislation-news/eu-set-to-tighten-grip-on-textile-regulations.html FRIEDRICHSHAFEN – Federation of European Sporting Goods (FESI) has identified textile chemicals that cause skin sensitisation as the next big target for European regulators; noting that ongoing research is  progressing that could justify further EU restriction of a range of regulation of commonly used chemicals in the textile supply chain.

He also gave his views on the possible restriction of 50 substances used in textile processing that have been identified as potentially carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) and the chances of future EU regulation on the circular economy, nanomaterials and waste in relation to the textile sector. John Mowbray reports from Germany.

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:58:21 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017061922818/labels-legislation-news/eu-set-to-tighten-grip-on-textile-regulations.html
Outdoor Industry Microfibre Consortium formed http://www.ecotextile.com/2017061922817/materials-production-news/outdoor-industry-microfibre-consortium-formed.html ZURICH – The European Outdoor Group has formed an Outdoor Industry Microfibre Consortium, in order to tackle synthetic microfibre aquatic pollution. While harmful to marine life, when polluted into the ocean, microfibres can enter the food chain, carrying hazardous chemicals with them.

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:44:33 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017061922817/materials-production-news/outdoor-industry-microfibre-consortium-formed.html
Concerns raised that PFC-free DWRs contain palm oil http://www.ecotextile.com/2017061922816/materials-production-news/concerns-raised-that-pfc-free-dwrs-contain-palm-oil.html FRIEDRICHSHAFEN - More than a third of PFC-free durable water repellents (DWRs) were found to contain palm oil in laboratory tests carried out by a leading international outdoor brand. The findings raise the very real prospect that consumers could be wearing jackets which, while being free of PFCs, actually contain palm oil - a controversial commodity which has been strongly linked to deforestation in recent years. John Mowbray reports from Friedrichshafen.

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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:58:23 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017061922816/materials-production-news/concerns-raised-that-pfc-free-dwrs-contain-palm-oil.html
Vaude project calls for environmental stewardship http://www.ecotextile.com/2017061622815/materials-production-news/vaude-project-calls-for-energy-stewardship.html TETTNANG – Outdoor brand Vaude has announced that the project it launched two years ago, to encourage emissions management, has come to a successful end. The ‘Environmental Stewardship in the Supply Chain’ project ended its two year course after working with Vaude’s Asian suppliers on the issues of environmental protection, energy stewardship and emissions management.

Long and complex supply chains mean many apparel products contain around 50 different components by the time of completion. As a founding member of the ‘Alliance for Sustainable Textiles’, Vaude has therefore focussed on their own suppliers to establish higher environmental standards and improve resource efficiency in the supply chain. To ensure all products are made with the cleanest production methods possible, Vaude aimed to create full transparency throughout the entire supply chain.

The report of the project has found there has been 550MT of waste saved, alongside 5500mᵌ of water and 18 million kWh of energy. The report also claims that the project has reduced CO₂ emissions by 5,000 tonnes annually. Not only the environment has benefit from the project, with the factories themselves saving an estimated 50,000 Euros per year.

Alongside Arqum GmbH experts for occupational safety and environmental management, the project provided training and workshops with a view to “helping people to help themselves”, as Vaude put it in a statement. Bettina Roth, head of quality and chemicals management at Vaude, designed the project, which saw 8 suppliers take part. After 36 individual factory consultation visits, Vaude CEO Antje von Dewitz said: “I am delighted that the project has brought so many measurable results and sustainable improvements for our partners, for us and for the environment. It shows that with collective determination, an ideological goal can be professionally implemented when we succeed in convincing the participants of the importance of the issues”.

Voluntary participation by Vaude’s largest suppliers meant that 80 per cent of their primary materials and lining fabrics were covered by the project. While aiming to transfer knowledge into practical action through the use of intensive workshops, 100 improvement measures in technology and organisation are being implemented.

Jens Haubensak, Managing Director of Arqum GmbH said: “The results are impressive and show quite clearly that a factory's commitment to sustainability also pays off in financial terms. With this project, we could also demonstrate that with coordinated and partnership-based collaboration, the demanding requirements within the industry can become more efficient and be addressed more effectively than by many isolated, individual measures”.

A modernization process, as a result of the project, has led to reductions in energy use in all the factories that took part. Vaude say this was achieved by insulating pipes, shutting down hydraulic pumps when inactive, introducing LED lights and by installing solar panels.

The safety conditions of the factory’s workers has also improved after safety instructions were translated into local languages and training in protective work and chemical handling was provided. The introduction of professional chemical management systems at all factories, had led to the automation of storage, transportation and disposal of chemicals.

Although the project has now come to an end, Vaude says it is looking to roll out the same project to all of their material suppliers and also work with their competitors to promote the issue of energy stewardship. 

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:17:45 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017061622815/materials-production-news/vaude-project-calls-for-energy-stewardship.html
Bangladesh “not listening” to labour rights concerns http://www.ecotextile.com/2017061622814/social-compliance-csr-news/bangladesh-not-listening-to-labour-rights-concerns.html BRUSSELS - The chair of the European Union's International Trade Committee (INTA) claims the Bangladesh government is simply "not listening" to international requests for it to improve labour rights issues in its ready-made-garment (RMG) sector. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have now adopted a resolution saying Bangladesh needs to "step up its efforts" to prevent the exploitation of textile workers. The MEPs claim textile workers in Bangladesh continue to suffer long working hours, low wages, uncertainty and hazardous conditions, while trade union leaders are often persecuted.

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Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:35:29 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017061622814/social-compliance-csr-news/bangladesh-not-listening-to-labour-rights-concerns.html