Ecotextile News https://www.ecotextile.com/ Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:15:06 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Transformers highlights B2C sustainability disconnect http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042023427/shows-events/transformers-highlights-b2c-sustainability-disconnect.html AMSTERDAM – The series of presentations at this week’s Kingpins Transformers highlighted many innovative and sustainable ways in which the denim sector has been cleaning up its environmental reputation.

Much of what was discussed was impressive, but not surprising to those in the room who work in the industry. This in itself emerged as a real cause for concern. The difference in understanding between stakeholders versus consumers doesn’t appear to be shrinking.

As such, one common theme running throughout the speakers’ remarks was the need for a new approach in order to more successfully engage with consumers on the issue of sustainability efforts.

This sentiment was perhaps most succinctly communicated by Robin Cornelius, at Transformers to discuss the work of Product DNA, when he told attendees: “As long as we are just B2B we will be smart but we will not change the world.”

So how does an industry successfully communicate its message to the average high street shopper when it has become all too accustomed to discussing progress with peers who understand the relevant nuances of textile science and technology?

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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:56:12 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042023427/shows-events/transformers-highlights-b2c-sustainability-disconnect.html
Partnership seeks shift to luxury fashion circularity http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042023425/fashion-retail-news/partnership-seeks-shift-to-luxury-fashion-circularity.html SAN FRANCISCO – Stella McCartney and partner firm The RealReal have launched an advertising campaign aimed at promoting circularity among luxury fashion consumers to coincide with Earth Day.

'The Future of Fashion is Circular’ ad is said to have been designed to promote a "make well, buy well, resell" message, encouraging the consumption of high quality items that retain value and are therefore able to be resold.

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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:10:22 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042023425/fashion-retail-news/partnership-seeks-shift-to-luxury-fashion-circularity.html
Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2018 line-up finalised http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042023424/shows-events/copenhagen-fashion-summit-2018-line-up-finalised.html COPENHAGEN – The line-up of speakers for the 2018 Copenhagen Fashion Summit has now been finalised with the addition of several industry figures including Nike’s chief operating officer, Eric Sprunk.

It was announced in February that the keynote speakers at the conference, which for the first time has been extended as a two-day event, are fashion designer and sustainability campaigner, Stella McCartney and former editor of Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter.

The sixth edition of the event will centre around ‘sustainable solutions’ and host representatives from the textile industry, retailers and public bodies.

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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:31:33 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042023424/shows-events/copenhagen-fashion-summit-2018-line-up-finalised.html
Wrangler highlights best practice in cotton farming http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923423/materials-production-news/wrangler-highlights-best-practise-in-cotton-farming.html GREENSBORO – As it deepens its partnership with US cotton growers, denim brand Wrangler has today published a review of 45 scientific reports which it says highlight the most significant environmental benefits of farming cotton in a more sustainable way.

The US jeans maker, which sources more than half its cotton from the US, concludes that the practices of conservation tillage, cover crops and crop rotation result in the removal of three times the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere as conventional farming methods.

It also vows to double its use of ‘sustainably-farmed’ cotton by 2019.

“When combined, they function as a system with synergistic effects such as the potential to make significant improvements in soil health and soil organic carbon content, a key indicator of soil health,” said the company.

The jeansmaker is partnering with US farmers and organisations that are working to improve soil health, aiming for industry-wide progress. With 16 per cent of global cotton production across 12.5 million acres in the US, Wrangler says cotton producers in the country can lead an important and notable change to help soil reach its optimum potential.

The new summary of research on soil health in cotton production is Wrangler’s first ever position paper report.

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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:01:40 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923423/materials-production-news/wrangler-highlights-best-practise-in-cotton-farming.html
Guess partners with Better Cotton Initiative http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923422/labels-legislation-news/guess-partners-with-better-cotton-initiative.html LOS ANGELES – Fashion brand, Guess has announced its newly-established partnership with the Better Cotton initiative (BCI) in the latest of a series of initiatives undertaken by the company to improve its sustainability credentials.

Guess has cited a goal of lowering its overall water use – a significant percentage of which is accounted for during the production of cotton for its denim portfolio – as one of the main motivations behind the decision to join forces with BCI.

This comes after the firm’s new sourcing policy released last month which committed to reducing its consumption of wood not sourced from sustainable locations to decrease the risk of contributing to deforestation and endangering indigenous communities.

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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:49:38 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923422/labels-legislation-news/guess-partners-with-better-cotton-initiative.html
Stella McCartney partners with Colorifix for V&A exhibition http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923421/dyes-chemicals-news/stella-mccartney-partners-with-colorifix-for-v-a-exhibition.html LONDON – At the launch of the ‘Fashioned From Nature’ exhibition at the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum), Stella McCartney has unveiled her latest dress which has incorporated the innovative dyeing technology developed by Colorifix.

McCartney cited the firm’s ability to use around ten times less water and forego the traditional harmful chemicals associated with traditional dyeing techniques as her primary motivations for collaborating with the UK-based firm.

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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:18:22 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923421/dyes-chemicals-news/stella-mccartney-partners-with-colorifix-for-v-a-exhibition.html
AMFI unveils new circular fashion master’s degree http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923420/materials-production-news/amfi-unveils-new-circular-fashion-master-s-degree.html AMSTERDAM – A collaboration between Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI), Circle Economy and Fashion for Good has led to the development of the world’s first master’s degree focused on circular fashion entrepreneurship.

It is hoped that this first-of-its-kind course will equip students to be more aware of the problems facing the fashion industry, thus enabling them to establish businesses of their own which champion societal, cultural and environmental values.

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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:44:17 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923420/materials-production-news/amfi-unveils-new-circular-fashion-master-s-degree.html
Timberland studies sustainable shopping habits http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923419/fashion-retail-news/timberland-studies-sustainable-shopping-habits.html STRATHAM – Timberland has conducted a survey of US consumers aimed at building a greater understanding of apparel purchasing habits, with a particular emphasis on the environmental motivations exhibited by shoppers.

The ‘Wardrobe Values’ study asked respondents to detail their preferred method of purchasing, usage and disposal of garments along with an explanation for this practice.

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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:40:52 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923419/fashion-retail-news/timberland-studies-sustainable-shopping-habits.html
Action Aid finds nearly half Rana Plaza survivors unemployed http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923418/social-compliance-csr-news/action-aid-finds-nearly-half-rana-plaza-survivors-unemployed.html DHAKA – The Five years of Rana Plaza tragedy: Invitation to Advancing Decent Work Agenda: Departure from Rana Plaza report conducted by Action Aid Bangladesh has found that around 48 per cent of Rana Plaza survivors have been left unable to work.

Just under half of those currently out of work are said to still be contending with a variety of physical and mental health conditions related to the disaster, while many survivors who have found work continue to face low wages and are yet to receive compensation.

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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:46:54 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923418/social-compliance-csr-news/action-aid-finds-nearly-half-rana-plaza-survivors-unemployed.html
A Pitch for our Planet: Colorifix http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923417/shows-events/a-pitch-for-our-planet-colorifix.html VANCOUVER – In the second instalment of this pre-event series, we cast an eye over UK-based Colorifix, a firm which has developed a novel method of harnessing protein DNA to produce microorganisms with the ability to deposit and fix dyes to fabrics.

Colorifix, along with six other industry innovators will be presenting as part of the ‘Pitch for our Planet’ platform at Planet Textiles in Vancouver on May 22.

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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:26:20 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923417/shows-events/a-pitch-for-our-planet-colorifix.html
Self-healing squid biopolymers aim for scale-up http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041823416/materials-production-news/self-healing-squid-biopolymers-aims-for-scale-up.html PHILADELPHIA – A new type of protein-based biopolymer derived from squid, which is being used to produce programmable, thermoplastic textile fibres that are said to be stretchable, tough, recyclable and even self-healing will be one of several start-ups to pitch at the forthcoming Green Chemistry & Commerce Council annual networking event.

This new self-healing fibre technology is said to result in stretch textile and leather products with reduced microfibre shedding, longer lifecycles, and minimal waste – as well as much reduced air and water pollution.

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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:02:35 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041823416/materials-production-news/self-healing-squid-biopolymers-aims-for-scale-up.html
Planet Textiles: In with the innovators http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041823415/shows-events/planet-textiles-in-with-the-innovators.html AMSTERDAM - With the 2018 edition of Planet Textiles - which will feature the inaugural ‘Pitch for our Planet’ innovation platform - fast approaching, Ecotextile News has taken the opportunity to visit Fashion for Good’s headquarters to discuss what lies ahead for both the organisation and the companies which seek a place on its much-coveted innovation and scaling platforms.

Despite only having been established relatively recently, Fashion for Good has built a wide array of industry partners and received hundreds of applications from firms looking for a place on the organisation’s accelerator and scaling programmes. Collaboration and a wide pool of industry partners has been key to this early success; perfectly summed up by managing director, Katrin Ley when she told us: “Each partner brings their own lens.”

At least one of the companies to pitch their innovations at Planet textiles’ “Pitch for our Planet” session will gain entry to the Amsterdam-based organisation’s aforementioned innovation platform. The platform has already been responsible for several partnerships having been established between fledgling innovators and big industry names.

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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:42:09 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041823415/shows-events/planet-textiles-in-with-the-innovators.html
PVH teams up with WWF to improve water stewardship http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041823414/materials-production-news/pvh-teams-up-with-wwf-to-improve-water-stewardship.html NEW YORK – PVH Corp., parent company of Tommy Hilfiger Van Heusen and Calvin Klein has teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund in a new 3-year partnership to improve water stewardship within its supply chain.

Under the new agreement, PVH and WWF will work together to help conserve freshwater resources in Ethiopia’s Lake Hawassa and India’s Cauvery River basins – work which builds on existing collaborative efforts by the organizations in China and Vietnam.

These key locations were identified as high-risk in a global water-risk assessment conducted for PVH by WWF.

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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:47:16 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041823414/materials-production-news/pvh-teams-up-with-wwf-to-improve-water-stewardship.html
Freudenberg launches student sustainability competition http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041823413/shows-events/freudenberg-launches-student-sustainability-competition.html WEINHEIM – The Performance Materials Apparel arm of Freudenberg has launched a ‘Fashioning Sustainability’ competition open to fashion and design students across Europe.

25 colleges in Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK are taking part in the competition which the company says is aimed at promoting sustainability as a key factor in apparel innovation among the new generation of designers.

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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:19:59 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041823413/shows-events/freudenberg-launches-student-sustainability-competition.html
JD.com boss foresees AI future for fashion retail http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041823412/fashion-retail-news/jd-com-boss-foresees-ai-future-for-fashion-retail.html MADRID – At the 2018 World Retail Conference, a panel discussion has tackled the issue of financial sustainability and longevity in the retail jobs market with advances in AI (artificial intelligence) casting an ever-growing shadow over the role of humans in future retail business models.

The panel included representatives from JD.com and John Lewis and proceedings only served to highlight the disparity of opinion in the industry regarding the future of artificial intelligence (AI) in fashion retail systems.

Opinions ranged from warnings regarding unsafe levels of computerised operations to members of the panel stating that an entirely AI powered workforce was an inevitable development.

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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:34:52 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041823412/fashion-retail-news/jd-com-boss-foresees-ai-future-for-fashion-retail.html
New app aims to divert clothing from landfill http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041823411/fashion-retail-news/new-app-aims-to-divert-clothing-from-landfill.html LONDON – A new app launched in the UK to help consumers recycle unwanted clothes is being supported by fashion brands and retailers such as Superdry, Asics, New Balance, boohoo and Missguided, in a bid to divert an estimated 300,000 tonnes of clothing per year from UK landfill.

After downloading the app, customers can box up unwanted clothing and ship them to reGAIN free of charge from over 20,000 drop-off points and earn discount coupons to use online or in store.

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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:06:56 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041823411/fashion-retail-news/new-app-aims-to-divert-clothing-from-landfill.html
Cotton traceability under spotlight at Transformers http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041723410/shows-events/cotton-traceability-under-spotlight-at-transformers.html AMSTERDAM – The opening presentations of the transparency edition of today’s Kingpins Transformers have focused on the role of cotton identification techniques that aim to achieve reliable traceability in the sector.

Representatives from Supima, Oritain and Bayer Fiber Development all took the stage to discuss innovations developed and adopted by the industry which they say counter the idea that cotton provenance claims can never be entirely certain. By David Styles.

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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:19:45 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041723410/shows-events/cotton-traceability-under-spotlight-at-transformers.html
Lenzing urges denim industry to reject ‘greenwash’ http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041723409/shows-events/lenzing-urges-denim-industry-to-reject-greenwash.html AMSTERDAM – Speaking at Kingpins Transformers, Lenzing’s director of global business development, Tricia Carey spoke of a worrying rise of ‘greenwash’ in textile and denim industry communications and urged those in attendance to be more active in holding brands to account for their choices.

Carey also spoke about the ever-growing issue of microfibre pollution and the successes of companies which have already forged a path for firms to follow in terms of supply chain traceability and transparency. David Styles reports from The Netherlands.

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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:43:18 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041723409/shows-events/lenzing-urges-denim-industry-to-reject-greenwash.html
Improved enzyme munches polyester http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041623408/materials-production-news/improved-enzyme-munches-polyester.html PORTSMOUTH – Scientists have successfully modified a bacterial enzyme to break down polyester more efficiently in a move that could have wide ranging implications for the plastics recycling, waste and textile industries.

Ecotextile News reported back in 2016, how an enzyme produced by bacteria living at a plastic bottle recycling site in Japan could digest polyethylene terephthalate (PET). But now, scientists at the University of Portsmouth and the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) inadvertently engineered an enzyme that is even better at degrading the plastic than the original one that evolved naturally.

The discovery could result in a more effective recycling solution for millions of tonnes of plastic bottles, made of PET, which currently have to undergo a complex chemical process to break them down into their respective monomers for reforming into virgin grade polyester fibres and other materials.

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018 21:27:07 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041623408/materials-production-news/improved-enzyme-munches-polyester.html
Bangladesh garment suppliers to rate customers http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041623407/social-compliance-csr-news/bangladesh-garment-suppliers-to-rate-customers.html LONDON – The Ethical Trading Initiative has teamed up with Better Buying, the platform which allows textile and apparel suppliers to anonymously rate their customers as part of an 18-month plan to promote responsible buying in the Bangladesh garment industry.

Funded by the C&A Foundation and Humanity United, Better Buying gives brands and retailers anonymised ratings from suppliers on seven key aspects of purchasing practices: planning and forecasting, design and development, cost and cost negotiation, sourcing and order placement, payment and terms, management of the purchasing process, and CSR harmonisation. 

UK clothing company, Bonmarché has already been working with Better Buying since the fourth quarter of 2017.

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:24:07 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041623407/social-compliance-csr-news/bangladesh-garment-suppliers-to-rate-customers.html