Ecotextile News https://www.ecotextile.com/ Mon, 23 Oct 2017 02:23:28 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Accord, Alliance agree to leave Bangladesh next year http://www.ecotextile.com/2017102223034/social-compliance-csr-news/accord-alliance-agree-to-leave-bangladesh-next-year.html DHAKA – The Bangladesh Accord and The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety have both agreed to end their tenures in Bangladesh by June 2018 and hand over their responsibilities on workplace safety in the ready-made-garment sector to a government-led initiative.

The organisations reached a consensus on how the Bangladesh garment sector should be policed going forward which will result in the formation of a ‘Remediation Coordination Cell’, which will include government representatives, NGO’s, industry associations, trade unions and international retailers and brands. 

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Sun, 22 Oct 2017 23:14:56 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017102223034/social-compliance-csr-news/accord-alliance-agree-to-leave-bangladesh-next-year.html
Assessing the environmental impacts of polyester http://www.ecotextile.com/2017102223033/materials-production-news/assessing-the-environmental-impact-of-polyester.html LONDON – A UK consultancy firm says it has developed a new method to measure the impact of polyester production on an asset-by-asset basis. It says that by looking at the facilities individually – rather than using data from aggregation or industry averages – the true environmental impacts of polyester manufacture can be more accurately assessed.

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Sun, 22 Oct 2017 23:05:57 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017102223033/materials-production-news/assessing-the-environmental-impact-of-polyester.html
Recycled sewing thread from A&E http://www.ecotextile.com/2017102023032/materials-production-news/recycled-sewing-thread-from-a-e.html NORTH CAROLINA – Industrial textile manufacturer American & Efird (A&E) has launched a new recycled polyester sewing thread designed especially for athletic wear and high-performance apparel. The new air-entangled sewing thread is made with Repreve recycled polyester, a brand of US yarn supplier Unifi. 

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:51:36 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017102023032/materials-production-news/recycled-sewing-thread-from-a-e.html
Polluting textile units unplugged http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101823031/materials-production-news/polluting-textile-units-unplugged.html TIRUPUR – A number of Indian textile printing and washing units which had reportedly discharged untreated chemical effluents have been closed down by government officials after a request from the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board.

The power supply was ordered to be pulled at the companies after it was claimed that none of the wet textile processing facilities had received the correct clearance from officials at the TNPCB.

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:40:19 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101823031/materials-production-news/polluting-textile-units-unplugged.html
Unions call for EU action on Bangladesh labour rights http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101823030/labels-legislation-news/unions-call-for-eu-action-on-bangladesh-labour-rights.html AMSTERDAM – Clean Clothes Campaign and other trade unions has called for the European Commission to launch a trade investigation into Bangladesh labour rights. This comes as trade unions say the Bangladeshi government have continually failed to reform law and trade union rights in the country’s Ready Made Garment sector.

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:15:29 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101823030/labels-legislation-news/unions-call-for-eu-action-on-bangladesh-labour-rights.html
Textile suppliers to rate apparel buyers http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101823029/materials-production-news/textile-suppliers-to-rate-apparel-buyers.html DELAWARE – A new initiative underway which plans to give textile and apparel suppliers the ability to anonymously rate their customers – including the big brand retailers – is set to gain new momentum as it gears up to share some of the results of its pilot testing. Ratings for the system cover seven aspects – planning and forecasting, design and development, cost and cost negotiations, sourcing and order placement, management of the purchasing process, payment and terms, and CSR harmonisation.

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:35:25 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101823029/materials-production-news/textile-suppliers-to-rate-apparel-buyers.html
Legal moves put pressure on Bangladesh Accord http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101723028/social-compliance-csr-news/legal-moves-put-pressure-on-bangladesh-accord.html DHAKA – The Bangladesh High Court has frozen the extension to the widely opposed Accord 2018 agreement on Fire and Building Safety, which was signed in June this year by leading apparel brands and retailers. The Court also questioned the legality of the implementation of Accord 2018 agreement, which was scheduled to go into effect after the expiry of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh in May next year.

The move comes at the same time as another legal judgement allowed complaints to launch proceedings against two global fashion brands for allegedly violating the Accord agreement. The two cases will be the first that the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague judges under the Accord.

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:36:33 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101723028/social-compliance-csr-news/legal-moves-put-pressure-on-bangladesh-accord.html
Asos worker’s rights agreement welcomed http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101623027/social-compliance-csr-news/asos-worker-s-rights-agreement-welcomed.html LONDON – The UK platform of Clean Clothes Campaign, Labour Behind the Label (LBL) has welcomed the recent agreement between fashion brand Asos and trade union federation IndustriALL. LBL says global framework agreements (GFAs) such as this can act as a tool to aid companies in the implementation of their human rights obligations.

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:35:13 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101623027/social-compliance-csr-news/asos-worker-s-rights-agreement-welcomed.html
Fashion brands incinerate waste clothing http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101623026/fashion-retail-news/fashion-brands-incinerate-waste-clothing.html ROSKILDE – Fashion brands H&M and Bestseller have incinerated tonnes of both returned and unused clothing at an incineration facility in Denmark, says a new TV investigation which is due to be aired tonight. Both companies have previously encouraged customers to return used clothing for recycling, with H&M claiming to give unwanted clothing “a new life”.

Bestseller and H&M both defended their actions. H&M said it was: "very rare for us to send our products for incineration," while Bestseller noted it had: "has no economic or environmental interest in destroying products that we don’t find fault with."

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:58:26 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101623026/fashion-retail-news/fashion-brands-incinerate-waste-clothing.html
Report ranks brands on China environmental progress http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101623025/materials-production-news/report-ranks-brands-on-china-environmental-progress.html BEIJING – Newly released data from the Chinese government, online monitoring by NGO’s and corporate disclosure agreements has shown the textile industry has boosted its environmental performance in partnership with leading international brands.

However, the findings, which are reported in the 4th annual Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI), show that although China’s strengthening of environmental supervision has prompted more brands to recognise supply chain environmental risks, insufficient monitoring capacity is still hindering companies from going green.

In the report, Levi Strauss, Esquel Group and Adidas Group were ranked the top three apparel companies for supply chain practices.

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:05:39 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101623025/materials-production-news/report-ranks-brands-on-china-environmental-progress.html
Amsterdam to host responsible denim event http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101323024/shows-events/amsterdam-to-host-responsible-denim-event.html AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good has announced it is set to host Long Live Denim!, an event that will enable brands to gather and discuss the progress made by the two-year long Alliance for Responsible Denim (ARD) project, which has recently passed its half way point.

The organisers say the mission of ARD is to “make the denim industry cleaner and smarter so that we can produce denim in the most sustainable way possible.”

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:37:20 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101323024/shows-events/amsterdam-to-host-responsible-denim-event.html
Report shows textile firms go green http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101323023/social-compliance-csr-news/report-shows-textile-firms-go-green.html BEIJING – Following the release of the 4th annual Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI) today, findings have highlighted that the textile industry in particular is increasingly adopting greener, more sustainable methods in their overseas supply chains, this coincides with a national effort to clamp down on the environmental effects associated with manufacturing across industry. Of the 267 brands assessed, apparel manufacturing giants including Levi Strauss, Adidas, Gap and Puma were named within the top ten contributors. 

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:16:55 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101323023/social-compliance-csr-news/report-shows-textile-firms-go-green.html
Regenerative organic certification takes shape http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101323022/social-compliance-csr-news/regenerative-organic-certification-takes-shape.html WASHINGTON – A new standard for regenerative organic agriculture, which applies to cotton production is now in the process of being set up by a coalition of farmers, nonprofits, scientists, and brands such as Patagonia in collaboration with the certification body NSF International, which is facilitating a public comment process to ensure broad stakeholder engagement as the protocol is developed.

Led by the Rodale Institute, the move aims to increase soil organic matter over time, improve animal welfare, provide economic stability and fairness for farmers to create resilient regional ecosystems and communities.

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:53:08 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101323022/social-compliance-csr-news/regenerative-organic-certification-takes-shape.html
GM cotton report sparks war of words http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101223021/shows-events/gm-cotton-report-sparks-war-of-words.html WASHINGTON – The cotton industry has never been free from controversy. Whether debating sustainability, organic cotton status or genetic modification (GM), views across the industry have seldom been aligned.

Following the release of the recent Soil Association (SA) report on GM cotton in India – interpreted on the whole as a damning account of what it described as “the astronomical rise and catastrophic fall of GM cotton in India” – another tempestuous row has erupted with cotton at the centre. David Styles reports.

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:47:07 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101223021/shows-events/gm-cotton-report-sparks-war-of-words.html
India drags on organic cotton volumes http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101223020/shows-events/india-drags-on-organic-cotton-volumes.html WASHINGTON – Latest organic cotton production figures show that total global production fell 4 per cent in the 2015 – 16 season with volumes at 107,980 metric tonnes as production in number one region India fell to just over 60,000 metric tonnes – still 56 per cent of total global output.

In 2015/16, world cotton production declined by 19 per cent to 21.3 million tons, which was the lowest volume since 2002/03. In this period organic cotton represented an estimated 0.5 per cent of global production.

Top buyers of organic cotton in this period included C&A, H&M, Tschibo, Nike and Inditex, respectively, although exact volumes purchased were not detailed in the new report released today.

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:35:57 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101223020/shows-events/india-drags-on-organic-cotton-volumes.html
Kering sustainable fashion award winners confirmed http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101223019/shows-events/kering-sustainable-fashion-award-winners-confirmed.html LONDON - Over 350 guests, including sustainability experts, journalists and fashion industry professionals gathered in London last night for the 2017 Kering Talk, where Marco Bizzarri, president and CEO of Gucci, was the guest of honour and keynote speaker. Kering and ceremony hosts, the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion, UAL, revealed the winners of the 2017 Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion.

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Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:58:00 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101223019/shows-events/kering-sustainable-fashion-award-winners-confirmed.html
More brands sign sustainable cotton initiative http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101123018/shows-events/more-brands-sign-sustainable-cotton-initiative.html WASHINGTON – 36 apparel brands and textile manufacturers have today joined the 13 original Sustainable Cotton Communique signatories in a pledge to use 100 per cent sustainable cotton by the year 2025. The announcement came at the annual Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference, which this year features more than 500 textile and apparel brands which have gathered to discuss sustainability issues facing the industry. 

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Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:02:09 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101123018/shows-events/more-brands-sign-sustainable-cotton-initiative.html
New report shines light on pesticide use in cotton http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101123017/materials-production-news/new-report-shines-light-on-pesticide-use-in-cotton.html LONDON – Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) has published a report into the current rate of pesticide use in cotton. With support from the C&A Foundation, PAN UK says, while pesticide use patterns have changed from more toxic pesticides to selective, less harmful chemicals, this is due to the coverage of sustainability standards increasing to cover over 1.7 million farmers.

However, the report also suggests that many hazardous pesticides are still used, particularly in smallholder cotton production.

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Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:22:16 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101123017/materials-production-news/new-report-shines-light-on-pesticide-use-in-cotton.html
Argentina to adopt Responsible Wool Standard http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101123016/labels-legislation-news/argentina-to-adopt-responsible-wool-standard.html POTOMAC – The Argentinian government and its Industry Wool Federation – the Federation Lanera Argentina – which represents wool scourers, topmakers and exporters have said they will adopt the language, content and best practices of the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), which is run by Textile Exchange. 

The move, which was announced today at a Textile Exchange press briefing in Maryland, USA, means that from 2018, the Argentinian wool sector, will use the RWS as a basis for the outreach and training of the country’s sheep farmers.

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Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:12:36 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101123016/labels-legislation-news/argentina-to-adopt-responsible-wool-standard.html
Plans unveiled to boost recycled polyester use http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101023015/materials-production-news/plans-unveiled-to-boost-recycled-polyester-use.html WASHINGTON – Today more than 40 textile, apparel and retail companies including brands such as Adidas, Dibella, Eileen Fisher, H&M, Lindex, Target and Timberland have signed either commitments or supporter agreements to increase their use of recycled polyester by at least 25 per cent by 2020.

This new pledge has been organised by the Textile Exchange recycled polyester workinggroup and is in-line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal target 12 which aims to achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources, including reducing material footprints.

Progress will be measured via the signatories annual participation in the Textile Exchange Preferred Fiber and Materials Benchmark Survey, where reported 2016 useage of recycled polyester will be taken as a base for growth.

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Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:08:49 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017101023015/materials-production-news/plans-unveiled-to-boost-recycled-polyester-use.html