Ecotextile News https://www.ecotextile.com/ Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:34:30 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Nordic Fashion Association sets new sustainability agenda http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032822666/fashion-retail-news/nordic-fashion-association-sets-new-sustainability-agenda.html OSLO - The Nordic Fashion Association recently gathered in Oslo in order to set out a new direction and vision for a "common Nordic platform for fashion and textiles." Norwegian Fashion Hub, the fashion cluster of Norway, is the newly appointed Secretariat for the Nordic Fashion Association. "The objective is to further strengthen the Nordic Fashion Association, to create a larger network and wider platform for developing and promoting Nordic design," said Gisle Mariani Mardal, the chairman of Nordic Fashion Association.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:10:27 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032822666/fashion-retail-news/nordic-fashion-association-sets-new-sustainability-agenda.html
MEPs vote for labour standards in supply chains http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032822665/social-compliance-csr-news/meps-vote-for-labour-standards-in-supply-chains.html BRUSSELS - The Development Committee Members of European Parliament (MEP) have voted in favour of new binding rules on labour and environmental standards and human rights in global garment sector supply chains. The members called for the use of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelines as a potential blueprint for what format such mandatory guidelines would take. At a European Union level, the The Socialists and Democrats (S&D) are currently the most vocal party in the discussion around labour rights in garment sourcing hotspots such as Bangladesh, Vietnam and China.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:13:18 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032822665/social-compliance-csr-news/meps-vote-for-labour-standards-in-supply-chains.html
Italian study measures jacket’s environmental footprint http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032722664/materials-production-news/italian-study-measures-jacket-s-environmental-footprint.html MILAN - Europe's only vertically integrated textile mill has announced the results of a pioneering initiative to measure the product environmental footprint (PEF) of a 100 per cent 'Made in Italy' jacket. Warp knitted fabric manufacturer Eurojersey worked in partnership with Italian yarn business Radici Group and Herno design and manufacturing on the research, which was aimed at certifying and tracking the environmental impact of a Herno man's jacket at all stages of its production process.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:01:20 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032722664/materials-production-news/italian-study-measures-jacket-s-environmental-footprint.html
Public vote on €1m H&M Global Challenge http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032722663/fashion-retail-news/public-vote-to-on-1-h-m-global-challenge.html STOCKHOLM – The H&M Foundation has launched its annual Global Change Award which provides financial support for innovations aimed at closing the loop in the global fashion industry. The second round of winners has already been chosen and a public vote will decide how to split the grant of €1 million between the five winners. The online vote is open March 27 - April 2 on globalchangeaward.com.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:00:59 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032722663/fashion-retail-news/public-vote-to-on-1-h-m-global-challenge.html
Reliance Industries and Ellen MacArthur Foundation confirmed for Planet Textiles http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032422662/shows-events/reliance-industries-and-ellen-mccarthur-foundation-confirmed-for-planet-textiles-2017.html BANGALORE – Delegates at Planet Textiles 2017 in Bangalore will hear a unique insight from polyester textile giant Reliance Industries – which also has 3,300 retail outlets across India – about how environmental issues are now starting to gain traction among Indian consumers. In addition, Planet Textiles can also announce that the Ellen MacArthur Foundation will speaking at the event. The UK-based global charity will give an update on the Foundation's latest work on the circular economy in direct relation to the global textile industry. It was also confirmed this week that James Carnahan, Head of Sustainability at textile chemical specialists Archroma will lead and moderate a special breakout session on environmental issues in the wet processing sector.

Middle class consumer spending in Asia-Pacific is expected to outstrip the rest of the world in the next decade, which is fueling phenomenal growth in the Indian retail industry and is expected to result in the sector doubling in value from 2015 to 2020. These are some of the key insights that Gunjan Sharma, CMO, Reliance Polyester Sector, which is the world’s largest integrated polyester fibre producer will give delegates at Planet Textiles 2017. Sharma will also give an appraisal of how the company is addressing these issues through the use of carbon and water footprints and supply chain traceability as consumers in India become more aware of the environmental impacts of clothing. Reliance will also detail how it manufactures PET chips that are used to make bottles and recycles the same bottles back into textile fibres, thus in effect closing the textile loop.

It’s also been confirmed that Sven Herrmann, senior project manager at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation will speak to delegates at this year’s Planet Textiles Summit, which takes place on 24th May in Bangalore, India. Sven will give more detail on the latest work from the UK-based international charity, which is related to the textile sector and to the circular economy.

We can also confirm that James Carnahan, Head of Sustainability at Archroma will lead and moderate a special breakout session on environmental issues in the wet processing sector with reference to the production and use of textile chemicals and dyes and with a focus on water use and conservation. More information on this session soon, which will complement a special breakout session by the ZDHC.

The event is being produced in partnership with leading man-made cellulosic supplier Lenzing and is also being kindly sponsored by Oeko-Tex, Covestro, ZDHC Archroma, Bureau Veritas and Proviera. Supporters include Messe Frankfurt and The Dyestuff Manufacturers Association of India.   

To sign up as a delegate to the event please go HERE.

Other exciting key speakers from the global retail and textile manufacturing sector will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:02:08 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032422662/shows-events/reliance-industries-and-ellen-mccarthur-foundation-confirmed-for-planet-textiles-2017.html
PETA buys shares in Canada Goose http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032422661/fashion-retail-news/peta-buys-shares-in-canada-goose.html TORONTO - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has purchased around 230 shares in Canadian luxury outfitter and retailer Canada Goose in order to speak at its annual shareholder meetings and to submit shareholder resolutions. The shares are relatively small-fry in terms of value – worth only US$4,000 – but this is enough to give the direct action group the opportunity to raise the issue of animal cruelty at Canada Goose shareholder meetings and potentially cause significant embarrassment and potential brand damage to the business.

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:45:59 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032422661/fashion-retail-news/peta-buys-shares-in-canada-goose.html
Sustainability in fashion benchmarked in new report http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032322660/fashion-retail-news/sustainability-in-fashion-benchmarked-in-new-report.html COPENHAGEN - A new report will be launched in May which aims to provide a baseline for sustainability in the global fashion industry. The Pulse of the Fashion Sector report is an initiative of Global Fashion Agenda which will be launched at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit on 11 May 2017.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:06:37 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032322660/fashion-retail-news/sustainability-in-fashion-benchmarked-in-new-report.html
Silver Hill Farm accredited to Global Down Standard http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032322659/social-compliance-csr-news/silver-hill-farm-accredited-to-global-down-standard.html COUNTY MONAGHAN - NSF International, a global public health organisation which recently entered into a standards-development partnership with Textile Exchange, has certified Silver Hill Farm to the Global Traceable Down Standard (Global TDS). Silver Hill Farm is a fully integrated, family-owned duck company in Emyvale, County Monaghan, Ireland. Certification to NSF International's Global TDS enables Silver Hill Farm to demonstrate that it practices the highest levels of animal welfare and that the down from its farm is fully traceable throughout the supply chain.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:17:59 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032322659/social-compliance-csr-news/silver-hill-farm-accredited-to-global-down-standard.html
Bacteria and soundwaves used in textile colouring process http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032322658/materials-production-news/bacteria-and-soundwaves-used-in-textile-colouring-process.html ROTTERDAM - Dutch-based textile designers claimed to have used bacteria to speed up the process of dyeing fibres. As part of a bio-design research project, the designers found that subjecting live bacteria to sound frequencies accelerates pigment production – in theory leading to a more sustainable way of colouring textiles.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:38:16 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032322658/materials-production-news/bacteria-and-soundwaves-used-in-textile-colouring-process.html
Exclusive interview: Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032222657/editor-s-pick/exclusive-interview-mike-barry-director-of-sustainable-business-at-marks-spencer.html

Increased customer awareness on environmental issues, new legislation such as the Modern Slavery Act, and the rise of NGOs and their skill as campaigners have been the biggest drivers of change for the global textile industry over the last decade, according to Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer.

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, 22 Mar 2017 16:58:58 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032222657/editor-s-pick/exclusive-interview-mike-barry-director-of-sustainable-business-at-marks-spencer.html
Lenzing profits surge, production to be expanded http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032222656/materials-production-news/lenzing-profits-surge-production-to-be-expanded.html HEILIGENKREUZ – Speciality fibre maker Lenzing has announced that it plans to expand production capacities for its Tencel fibre at its site in Heiligenkreuz, Burgenland, after obtaining all required approvals and permits.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:03:46 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032222656/materials-production-news/lenzing-profits-surge-production-to-be-expanded.html
EU puts potassium permanganate under spotlight http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032222655/dyes-chemicals-news/eu-puts-potassium-permanganate-under-spotlight.html BRUSSELS - The legal net could be closing in on the use of Potassium Permanganate, a denim effect spray which is used in the textile industry as part of a process to help create localised 'used look' areas on jeans. Potassium Permanganate or 'PP' spray can be harmful to worker health, however, various estimates suggest that as many as two million people continue to work with PP Spray.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:03:28 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032222655/dyes-chemicals-news/eu-puts-potassium-permanganate-under-spotlight.html
ILO revises multi-national enterprise guidelines http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032122654/social-compliance-csr-news/ilo-revises-multi-national-enterprise-guidelines.html GENEVA ‒ The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has revised its multi-national enterprise (MNE) Declaration in response to new economic realities, including increased international investment and trade, and the growth of global supply chains. The revision also takes into account developments since the last update in 2006 within and outside the ILO, including new labour standards adopted by the International Labour Conference, the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights endorsed by the Human Rights Council in 2011, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:03:15 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032122654/social-compliance-csr-news/ilo-revises-multi-national-enterprise-guidelines.html
SCS approved for Responsible Wool Standard http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032122653/materials-production-news/scs-approved-for-responsible-wool-standard.html CALIFORNIA - Leading third-party certifier SCS Global Services (SCS) has been approved by Textile Exchange as a licensed certification body for the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). This means SCS is now authorised to conduct independent certification assessments of wool production under the 'Farm Scope' of the standard. SCS is also now in the licensing process for the 'Processing Scope' of the standard, and will soon be able to offer RWS services all the way from the farm through the final manufacturer.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:03:03 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032122653/materials-production-news/scs-approved-for-responsible-wool-standard.html
Adidas and Stella McCartney launch ocean plastic trainer http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032022652/fashion-retail-news/adidas-and-stella-mccartney-launch-ocean-plastic-trainer.html HERZOGENAURACH - German sportswear brand Adidas and fashion designer Stella McCartney have unveiled a new version of the Ultra Boost trainer which features an upper made from plastic recovered from the sea. The Parley Ultra Boost X running shoes feature uppers made from Parley Ocean Plastic – a manufacturing process which replaces synthetic fibres with yarns made from recycled waste plastic from the sea.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:02:44 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032022652/fashion-retail-news/adidas-and-stella-mccartney-launch-ocean-plastic-trainer.html
Exclusive interview: Tom Glaser, supply chain president, VF Corporation http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031722651/editor-s-pick/exclusive-interview-tom-glaser-supply-chain-president-vf-corporation.html A 'scorecard approach' with metrics on responsible sourcing allows VF Corporation to encourage its sourcing teams to deliver sustainable merchandise, instead of standard financial incentives for meeting deadlines. Tom Glaser, supply chain president at VF Corporation speaks to Ecotextile News

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, 22 Mar 2017 16:02:01 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031722651/editor-s-pick/exclusive-interview-tom-glaser-supply-chain-president-vf-corporation.html
India’s Textile Commissioner to feature at Planet Textiles 2017 http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031722650/shows-events/india-s-textile-commissioner-to-feature-at-planet-textiles-2017.html BANGALORE – It’s now official that the Indian Government’s Textile Commissioner, Dr Kavita Gupta, will make an opening address at this year’s Planet Textiles Summit to be held in Bangalore on 24th May.

It can also be confirmed that Dr Gupta will be joined by experts on zero liquid discharge from the textile wet processing sector in India, leading brands such as Puma which will outline ZDHC plans on wastewater discharge, together with the leading NGO water.org which will discuss the pressing issue of water availability. Planet Textiles is is being organised in partnership between the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and MCL News and Media – the publisher of Ecotextile News.

Known for her engagement and interest in environmental issues in relation to India’s vast textile industry, Dr Gupta will use her opening address to outline some of the key approaches and new challenges that the Indian Government will help the textile industry to address going forward as it continues a rapid growth trajectory.

The value of the Indian textiles industry, is currently estimated at around US$ 108 billion, but is expected to reach US$ 223 billion by 2021, according to the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) – a trust established by the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. The textile industry is the second largest employer in India after agriculture, providing employment to over 45 million people directly and 60 million people indirectly.

One of the key environmental issues for India’s textile sector surrounds wastewater treatment, pollution and remediation, an issue which has also been a massive issue for the global textile sector at large. As an international event taking place in India this year, Planet Textiles will also hold a special breakout session on wastewater in the textile sector featuring Sajid Hussain, Chief Operating Officer of Tamilnadu Water Investment Co. Ltd, a company which was instrumental in the zero liquid discharge (ZLD) initiative in Tirupur – a city at the epicenter of India’s knitted fabric sector.

Sajid will discuss experiences of the ZLD project and possible ways forward including the development of policy framework, and challenges such as how ZLD can mean the generation of hazardous solid wastes, which pose new disposal challenges for the global textile sector.

To sign up as a delegate to the event please go HERE.

Wastewater discharge guidelines

He will be joined on the panel by Stefan Seidel, Head of Corporate Sustainability at Puma Group who will also flag up the work of the ZDHC’s wastewater discharge initiative and how brands and retailers and the textile industry in general can roll out these guidelines across the whole sector.

Planet Textiles delegates will also hear from a special session run by the ZDHC, which will also partner with the event to reveal new work and include new results from some important pilot projects on water use and wastewater in textile mills dotted across the globe.

The event is being produced in partnership with leading man-made cellulosic supplier Lenzing and is also being kindly sponsored by Oeko-Tex, Covestro, ZDHC and Proviera. Supporters include Messe Frankfurt and The Dyestuff Manufacturers Association of India.   

To sign up as a delegate to the event please go HERE.

Other exciting key speakers from the global retail and textile manufacturing sector will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:01:21 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031722650/shows-events/india-s-textile-commissioner-to-feature-at-planet-textiles-2017.html
Questions raised over support for African cotton http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031722649/materials-production-news/questions-raised-over-support-for-african-cotton.html WAKEFIELD - Development aid projects which support cotton growing in Sub-Saharan Africa have failed to increase cotton production or develop the region's cotton growing sector, according to a leading international cotton expert.

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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:06:00 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031722649/materials-production-news/questions-raised-over-support-for-african-cotton.html
MEPs back circular economy package revisions http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031622648/materials-production-news/meps-back-circular-economy-package-revisions.html STRASBOURG - European Union MEPs have voted to increase the proposed recycling target as set out under the EU's circular economy package to 70 per cent by 2030 after amendments to the package were tabled by the Parliament's Environment Committee. The vote, if it is fully ratified, could have significant long term implications for the textiles sector.

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Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:34:52 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031622648/materials-production-news/meps-back-circular-economy-package-revisions.html
Inditex invests €7bn in sustainability over 5 years http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031522647/fashion-retail-news/inditex-invests-7bn-in-sustainability-over-5-years.html A CORUÑA - The world's largest apparel retailer, Spanish business Inditex, says it has invested more than €7 billion in the past five years in support of its sustainability targets. These includes the roll-out of its garment collection and recycling programme, investment in better, more streamlined logistics, and the upgrading of stores to make them more eco-efficient. In 2016 alone, these investments totalled €1.4 billion, on the back of a year in which Inditex hit an eye-watering €23.3 billion in annual revenues – up more than 10 per cent on the previous year.

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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:50:53 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031522647/fashion-retail-news/inditex-invests-7bn-in-sustainability-over-5-years.html