Ecotextile News https://www.ecotextile.com/ Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:03:05 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Brands urged to sign new transition Accord in Bangladesh http://www.ecotextile.com/2018022223285/social-compliance-csr-news/brands-urged-to-sign-new-transition-accord-in-bangladesh.html AMSTERDAM – As the current Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety approaches its expiration date in May, NGO’s and garment worker unions have accused some apparel brands and retailers of dragging their heels when it comes to reconfirming their commitment to safe working conditions in the Bangladeshi garment sector.

The Accord, IndustriALL and UNI, and the four Accord witness signatories: Clean Clothes Campaign, International Labor Rights Forum, Maquila Solidarity Network and Worker Rights Consortium Dutch say that companies such as Marks and Spencer, Next, Sainsbury’s, Metro Group, Abercrombie & Fitch and Dansk Supermarked should sign the Accord’s successor – the 2018 Transition Accord – to continue the work of inspecting textile and garment factories in Bangladesh.

In agreement with the Bangladesh National Government, the idea is that the Bangladesh Accord on Fire, Health and Safety will continue operations beyond May 2018 until a local regulatory body can demonstrate ‘full capacity’ to inspect factories, compel remedies, and protect workers.

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:02:37 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018022223285/social-compliance-csr-news/brands-urged-to-sign-new-transition-accord-in-bangladesh.html
Pakistan organic cotton eyes certification http://www.ecotextile.com/2018022123284/labels-legislation-news/pakistan-organic-cotton-eyes-certification.html KARACHI – Up to 50,000 bales of organic cotton currently being cultivated in Pakistan will get certification from world agencies next year, the World Wildlife Fund Pakistan (WWF-P) and the Karachi Cotton Association (KCA) says. WWF-P will supervise the crop’s quality before it is then certified by an independent, verified body.

At the meeting organised by WWF-P to inform cotton stakeholders of certification plans, issues related to seed, production, demand, and textile supply chain linkages were discussed.

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:13:02 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018022123284/labels-legislation-news/pakistan-organic-cotton-eyes-certification.html
Millennial generation raises concerns over textiles and sustainability http://www.ecotextile.com/2018022123283/fashion-retail-news/millennial-generation-raises-concerns-over-textiles-and-sustainability.html ZURICH – The results of the latest Oeko-Tex global consumer survey on textiles and sustainability reveals that the ‘millennial generation’ of consumers are much more aware of the textile industry’s environmental and social shortcomings than their parents’ generation. Although it notes that parents’ product safety qualms do outpace the concerns of non-parents.

The newly published results, which sampled over 11,000 consumers worldwide, are the next round of findings from the on-going Oeko-Tex Association’s study on the ‘Key To Confidence: Consumers and Textile Sustainability—Attitudes, Changing Behaviors, and Outlooks,’ which focuses on current and future textile and apparel buying patterns.

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:11:09 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018022123283/fashion-retail-news/millennial-generation-raises-concerns-over-textiles-and-sustainability.html
ZDHC recognises GreenScreen http://www.ecotextile.com/2018022123282/labels-legislation-news/zdhc-recognises-greenscreen.html MASSACHUSETTS – Clean Production Action and ZDHC has announced GreenScreen as the newest certification standard for the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL). GreenScreen comes from Clean Production Action’s chemical hazard assessment tool.

GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals defines environmentally acceptable chemicals for textile industry standards. Standards include Bifma’s Level standard for sustainable furniture.

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:05:34 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018022123282/labels-legislation-news/zdhc-recognises-greenscreen.html
Traceability platform maps cellulosic supply chain http://www.ecotextile.com/2018022123281/materials-production-news/traceability-platform-maps-supply-chain.html LONDON – Control Union says its new supply chain traceability platform can successfully map cellulosic-based textile supply chains back to the origins of the raw materials.

It’s claimed the new ‘Connected’ platform will allow retailers and apparel brands to trace a product’s journey all the way from finished garment to the raw materials used in the production of viscose and lyocell.

Several textile fibre suppliers, including Lenzing, Aditya Birla and ENKA have already joined the platform.

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:11:42 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018022123281/materials-production-news/traceability-platform-maps-supply-chain.html
Virgin launches zero waste to landfill project http://www.ecotextile.com/2018022023279/social-compliance-csr-news/virgin-launches-zero-waste-to-landfill-project.html LONDON – Virgin Trains has launched its zero waste landfill initiative, which will see former company uniforms be recycled and used as blankets, bags, and coats for people living on the streets.

Approximately 30 million tonnes of corporate workwear is sent to landfill every year in the UK, Virgin says. As a result, Virgin uniforms will be transported to an onsite textile factory at HMP Northumberland so garments can be transformed by prisoners.

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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:16:37 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018022023279/social-compliance-csr-news/virgin-launches-zero-waste-to-landfill-project.html
Kering launches textile sustainability course http://www.ecotextile.com/2018022023278/fashion-retail-news/kering-launches-textile-sustainability-course.html LONDON – Kering has partnered with the London College of Fashion (LCF) to launch a sustainability course focussed on the environmental challenges facing the fashion industry. Fashion and Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World is a six week course, developed by academics from the LCF and Kering’s sustainability team.

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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:57:42 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018022023278/fashion-retail-news/kering-launches-textile-sustainability-course.html
Big business to tackle modern slavery http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021923277/social-compliance-csr-news/big-business-to-tackle-modern-slavery.html LONDON – American foundation, Humanity United has partnered with major corporations and the British Government to create Working Capital. The initiative aims to invest in technology start-ups that could ensure slavery is exposed in the global supply chain.

The US$23 million fund has received money from the C&A Foundation, Walmart, and Disney, Humanity United says. The company says the project comes as consumer pressure has put modern slavery in the spotlight and now requires firms to guarantee their supply chains are free of forced labour, child labour and slavery.

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:13:20 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021923277/social-compliance-csr-news/big-business-to-tackle-modern-slavery.html
Report outlines airborne textile microfibre problem http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021923276/materials-production-news/report-outlines-airborne-textile-microfibre-problem.html PARIS – A newly published scientific review claims that breathing in both synthetic and natural ‘fibrous microplastics’ derived from textiles could be having a significant detrimental impact on human health.

According to a newly published literature review, when inhaled, these microscopic fibres are bio-persistent and extremely durable in physiological fluid, with no dissolution or changes to surface area after long exposures.

Scientists at the Université Paris-Est, and Kings College London, which undertook the study, call for greater collaboration between environmental, epidemiological and air quality communities, a focus on the length and diameter of these micro-fibres and how humans are exposed to these materials.

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:03:06 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021923276/materials-production-news/report-outlines-airborne-textile-microfibre-problem.html
Partnership for due diligence in textile supply chains http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021923275/materials-production-news/partnership-for-due-diligence-in-textile-supply-chains.html AMSTERDAM – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles have announced a new cooperation initiative, which will see the organisations focus on better working conditions and increased environmental protection across textile supply chains.

The organisations say they will align their tools and verification systems so that joint member companies can make use of joint activities to work towards a responsible supply chain.

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:12:44 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021923275/materials-production-news/partnership-for-due-diligence-in-textile-supply-chains.html
Indian textile union alleges wrongful dismissal http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021623274/social-compliance-csr-news/indian-textile-union-alleges-wrongful-dismissal.html CHENNAI – An Indian trade union has called for the support of 130 global garment brands in a dispute with a major apparel label supplier. Workers’ rights campaigners claim this case highlights an area of the supply chain which is effectively invisible and therefore the subject of rights violations.

The Garment and Textile Workers Union (GATWU) are pursuing the claim for fair wages and the reinstatement of more than 50 employees dismissed in recent months from Avery Dennison’s factory in southern Karnataka state.

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Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:38:58 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021623274/social-compliance-csr-news/indian-textile-union-alleges-wrongful-dismissal.html
Japanese energy-saving initiative for Bangladeshi factories http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021623273/materials-production-news/japanese-energy-saving-initiative-for-bangladeshi-factories.html TOKYO – The Japanese International Co-operation Agency is offering textile manufacturers in Bangladesh a loan programme to support the purchase and adoption of energy-saving technology.

The programme is said to allow companies which buy specified equipment to get loans at a rate of around 4 per cent. Three deals have already been struck under the initiative, with ten further deals also under discussion.

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Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:11:48 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021623273/materials-production-news/japanese-energy-saving-initiative-for-bangladeshi-factories.html
C&A Foundation seeks transparency proposals http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021523272/social-compliance-csr-news/c-a-foundation-seeks-transparency-proposals.html Instituto C&A, the Brazilian branch of C&A Foundation is launching a new call for proposals to find innovative initiatives to use information and data to bring about systematic changes in working conditions in the Brazilian fashion industry.

The organisation believes through the project facilitating access to relevant data and information, stakeholders at each stage of the value chain can prioritise choices that will improve conditions for garment workers.

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:10:14 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021523272/social-compliance-csr-news/c-a-foundation-seeks-transparency-proposals.html
A new sort of textile circularity http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021523271/materials-production-news/a-new-sort-of-textile-circularity.html AMSTERDAM – Circle Economy has officially launched the Fibersort Project, debuting technology which it claims is able to automatically sort large volumes of mixed post-consumer textiles based on fibre composition.

Along with project partners – Valvan Baling Systems, Reshare, Procotex, Worn Again, and Smart Fibersorting – the organisation will soon undertake testing on the sorted materials and the results will be shared in future Fibersort reports.

A ‘Demo Day’ has been scheduled for March 14th to show the Fibersort technology at work and to share performance information with the industry for the first time. The event will also see project partners host workshops designed to increase understanding of the systemic issues around recycled textiles.

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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:00:52 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021523271/materials-production-news/a-new-sort-of-textile-circularity.html
EU report lifts lid on REACH non-compliance http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021523270/dyes-chemicals-news/eu-report-lifts-lid-on-reach-non-compliance.html The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has recently published a report which details a staggering level of non-compliance against EU chemical standards for various substances, formulations and articles.

The scope of the project covered 14 different restriction entries in REACH Annex XVII, which includes substances commonly used in the global textile and clothing sectors.

The report doesn’t make pretty reading and will send shudders down the spines of apparel industry executives that have both corporate and personal responsibility to ensure the products they place on the EU market are safe.

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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:40:45 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021523270/dyes-chemicals-news/eu-report-lifts-lid-on-reach-non-compliance.html
PET recycling up in Europe after China import ban http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021523269/materials-production-news/pet-recycling-up-in-europe-after-china-import-ban.html BRUSSELS – New research has highlighted a growth in the capacity of European plastic recyclers, providing a boost to manufacturers of fibres derived from recycled PET. The latest figures provide some optimism for the sector following the uncertainty instigated by the Chinese government’s decision to ban the import of plastics from abroad.

This week has also seen the annual Petcore conference held in Brussels, featuring speeches from organisations including the Ellen MacArthur Foundation regarding the implementation of plastic circularity.

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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:52:56 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021523269/materials-production-news/pet-recycling-up-in-europe-after-china-import-ban.html
Researchers cotton on to textile waste solution http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021523268/materials-production-news/researchers-cotton-on-to-textile-waste-solution.html SINGAPORE – Scientists at the National University of Singapore have devised a method of converting waste cotton into aerogel, a super-lightweight and versatile substance which had previously been produced from paper waste.

The researchers say this new method of manufacturing has yielded a superior product comparative to previous incarnations and, if commercialised, could offer a scalable solution to recycling unwanted textiles into a useful new application.

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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:43:27 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021523268/materials-production-news/researchers-cotton-on-to-textile-waste-solution.html
SLCP initiative passes 100 signatories http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021523267/social-compliance-csr-news/slcp-initiative-passes-100-signatories.html AMSTERDAM – The Social & Labor Convergence Project (SLCP) has announced a number of new industry signatories which takes the initiative beyond 100 member organisations in its first year of operation.

The American Apparel & Footwear Association, lululemon and the Netherlands Government are among the latest organisations to join the project which aims to develop a common assessment framework and data collection system in order to increase industry efficiency and reduce audit-related costs.

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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:59:34 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021523267/social-compliance-csr-news/slcp-initiative-passes-100-signatories.html
Study questions generational sustainability shift http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021423266/fashion-retail-news/fashion-study-questions-generational-sustainability-shift.html NEW YORK – According to a new study conducted by LIM College in New York, the fashion industry is not doing enough to convince millennial consumers to buy sustainable apparel.

Its findings suggest that despite stereotypes of a move towards younger shoppers valuing a garment’s provenance, buying habits of millennials are not as much motivated by the environment as they are by ease of purchase and low prices.

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Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:21:03 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021423266/fashion-retail-news/fashion-study-questions-generational-sustainability-shift.html
Holland to host Circular Fashion Games http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021423265/shows-events/holland-to-host-circular-fashion-games.html AMSTERDAM ­– C&A Foundation and Veerle Luiting are set to hold this year’s ‘Circular Fashion Games’, a multidisciplinary bootcamp programme designed to yield circular economy innovations for the fashion industry.

The two bootcamps will be held the Dutch cities of Eindhoven and Amsterdam in February and March respectively, and are being run with the support of organisations including Fashion For good, Impact Hub Amsterdam and Circle Economy.

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Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:02:29 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018021423265/shows-events/holland-to-host-circular-fashion-games.html