Following on from the recent launch of the new Chem-IQ program, John Mowbray asks Sean Cady, VP Global Responsible Sourcing at VF Corp. some tough questions on behalf of our readers. Based on our conversations with various industry players since the launch of the new ‘Chem-IQ’ program by VF Corp. – first revealed by Ecotextile News – we received a huge amount of feedback from our readership asking for further clarification of the new chemical management tool.

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  • Friday, 23 August 2019

    UK workers paid just £4 an hour, report finds

    MANCHESTER – A new report commissioned off the back of Channel 4’s Dispatches investigation in 2017, which found that workers in Leicester, England, were paid less than half the legal minimum wage, has now discovered that the same level of…
  • Friday, 23 August 2019

    Environmental ‘Fashion Pact’ launches ahead of G7

    BIARRITZ – More than 30 of the world’s biggest fashion and textile companies have signed up to a Fashion Pact, ahead of this weekend’s G7 Summit in a bid to achieve new practical objectives in the key areas of climate, biodiversity and oceans.…
  • Thursday, 22 August 2019

    ThredUp receives US$175M in funding

    SAN FRANCISCO – Online second-hand clothing retailer ThredUp has received US$175 million in new funding from Park West Asset Management and Irving Investors, with existing investors Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, Upfront Ventures, Highland…
  • Thursday, 22 August 2019

    Levi’s new global strategy focuses on water-stressed areas

    SAN FRANCISCO – Levi Strauss has announced a new global strategy to reduce the amount of water used in denim production by 50 per cent at its suppliers located in regions most affected by shortages of clean and safe water by 2025. It aims to replace…
  • Thursday, 22 August 2019

    Amann resource saving targets align with SDGs

    BÖNNIGHEIM – Thread manufacturer, the Amann Group, has released its first ever Sustainability Report, in which it details the notable progress it has made to reduce resource consumption between 2015 and 2018, and lays out targets which it will…
  • Wednesday, 21 August 2019

    PU membrane gets Oeko-Tex certified

    LEVERKUSEN – Several of Covestro’s water-based polyurethane (PU) membrane films designed to give a range of advanced functionality to sports and outdoor clothing have recently been certified to the consumer Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex in Class I. Many…
  • Wednesday, 21 August 2019

    Abercrombie joins UN Global Compact, reveals 2025 targets

    NEW ALBANY – Apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) has announced new sustainability targets through to 2025 and has concurrently announced itself as the latest signatory of the United Nations Global Compact; an initiative through which it will…
  • Wednesday, 21 August 2019

    Survey finds animal welfare influences buyers

    SYDNEY – A survey conducted by YouGov has found that one in three Australians prefer fashion brands which prioritise animal welfare. Commissioned by animal charity Four Paws, the research revealed that 75 per cent of respondents are concerned about…
  • Tuesday, 20 August 2019

    Solidaridad launches Chinese fair wage pilot

    UTRECHT – Solidaridad and its partner technology QuizRR have launched a pilot project to improve working conditions and productivity in China’s textile and garment supply chain. The project has received funding from the ASN Bank and will also…
  • Tuesday, 20 August 2019

    Rock band recycles t-shirts to cut waste

    MANCHESTER – UK pop rock band The 1975 is doing its bit to address the disposable nature of music fashion by printing new logos on old t-shirts in a bid to cut down on overproduction and to divert textiles from landfill. The re-branded promotional…
  • Tuesday, 20 August 2019

    Gap to go 100 per cent renewable by 2030

    SAN FRANCISCO – Apparel retailer Gap Inc., has signed a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for the Aurora Wind Project with Enel Green Power North America, representing what is said to be one of the largest offsite renewable energy contracts by…
  • Tuesday, 20 August 2019

    SIMA rides sustainability wave

    CALIFORNIA – The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) is set to host Sustainability in Our Industry: Moving Beyond Recycled, a crash course on sustainability in the apparel industry for staff in leadership, design, product, compliance and…
  • Monday, 19 August 2019

    Fashion Summit puts sustainability first

    HONG KONG – The Hong Kong Fashion Summit (HKFS) is set to return for its 2019 edition, with 52 speakers from 12 countries taking part. This year the event’s theme will be ‘Achieving the Goals’, with a focus on how fashion brands can be more…
  • Monday, 19 August 2019

    Vietnam kicks off garment factory safety initiative

    HỒ CHÍ MINH – The Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) has partnered with Dutch sustainable trade initiative IDH to launch Life and Building Safety Initiative (LABS), in a bid to protect apparel and footwear factory workers. Local…
  • Monday, 19 August 2019

    Banana Republic swings into apparel rental

    SAN FRANCISCO – US clothing retailer Banana Republic is set to launch ‘Style Passport’, an online women’s apparel subscription service, which gives customers the option to rent three different branded items for a monthly fee of US$85. Launching…
  • Friday, 16 August 2019

    Levi’s and Wrangler suppliers 'sexually harassed employees'

    LESOTHO – Female workers at garment factories producing jeans for American brands such Levi Strauss and Wrangler have been forced into having sex with managers to keep their jobs or gain promotion, according to a two-year investigation by the…
  • Friday, 16 August 2019

    J.C. Penney partners with ThredUp

    PLANO – American department store chain J.C. Penney (JCP) is set to offer second-hand clothing at 30 of its stores, after partnering with online used clothing retailer ThredUp. The stores will sell women’s clothing and handbags, with JCP saying that…
  • Friday, 16 August 2019

    Infinited Fiber backed by Asian viscose giant

    SINGAPORE – Infinited Fiber, a spin out from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland which turns cellulosic waste into new textile fibres using a chemical process, has received new funding from RGE Pte Ltd – a company which also owns Asian…
  • Friday, 16 August 2019

    SAC debuts podcast on Higg insights

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has introduced ‘The Thread’, a new podcast series that in its first episode – Designing Sustainability – features Sympatex CEO Rüdiger Fox; Karine Kicak from Canadian retailer Aldo; Krishna…
  • Thursday, 15 August 2019

    Planet Textiles' denim debate

    One of three breakout sessions held simultaneously at Planet Textiles 2019, ‘A New Blueprint for Denim’ was an eye-opening discussion about the real-world challenges the industry faces. By Chris Remington. Led by denim expert and CEO of Olah Inc.,…
  • Thursday, 15 August 2019

    Cotton Horizons: Down to earth

    Simon Ferrigno argues that regulation is necessary if we are to see effective global action on climate and soil, and the reduction of the overall consumption of raw materials such as cotton. The recent release of both the Better Cotton Initiative…
  • Wednesday, 14 August 2019

    POLL RESULTS: your priorities for the planet

    Priorities for the planet, what are they, and what do our readers think? John Mowbray presents the results of a recent poll we held at Planet Textiles and shared through our online channels – nearly 1,000 of you took part. For over a decade,…
  • Wednesday, 14 August 2019

    France and Canada push for fashion legislation

    Legislation has long been called for to drive lasting industry change. With France seemingly leading the way on fashion policy-making, are other nations, such as Canada, now ready to step up to the plate and make similarly transformative proposals?…
  • Tuesday, 13 August 2019

    Canadian retailer avoids Rana Plaza lawsuit

    OTTAWA – Canadian supermarket chain Loblaws has avoided being sued by a group of Bangladeshi Rana Plaza victims and their relatives, after the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear their case. The key issue the lawsuit faced was whether a Canadian…
  • Tuesday, 13 August 2019

    Performance Days takes sustainable stance

    ISMANING – Performance Days has said that its exhibitor trends forum at its next event in Munich will feature only fabrics and accessories that have proven ‘sustainable’ credentials, marking the next step in its sustainability-based Focus Topics…
  • Monday, 12 August 2019

    Soluble tablet gives denim stonewash look

    FLORENCE – Italian textile chemical supplier Soko Chimica has launched a one step, one bath process for the enzymatic finishing of denim that uses tablets dissolved in water – in a similar way to how modern dishwashers work. Used to give jeans a…
  • Monday, 12 August 2019

    Focus on specialty fibres pays off for Lenzing

    LENZING – The Lenzing Group’s focus on specialty fibres and its sCore TEN strategy have seen it remain in a strong financial position despite a challenging market environment with historically low prices for standard viscose. The company, which…
  • Monday, 12 August 2019

    Sky Ocean Ventures invests in HDWool

    BRADFORD – Yorkshire-based textile firm HDWool has received funding from Sky Ocean Ventures, as part of the latter’s goal to reduce micro-plastics in the ocean. Additionally, Sky partner and Government programme Innovate UK is providing…
  • Monday, 12 August 2019

    Brandix targets carbon neutrality by 2023

    COLOMBO – Sri Lankan apparel manufacturer Brandix has set its sights on achieving 100 per cent carbon neutrality by 2023, part of its broader goal to record zero carbon footprint. The company is to invest US$28 million in its Batticaloa facility…
  • Friday, 09 August 2019

    Brand demands crippling Turkey’s Syrian workforce

    LONDON – A new report which delves into the state-of-play in Turkish apparel manufacturing facilities reports that Syrian refugees, of which 650,000 are employed in menial jobs throughout its supply chains, are exploited in the name of fast fashion;…
  • Friday, 09 August 2019

    Ellen MacArthur pursues 20 million designers in circularity push

    ISLE OF WIGHT – The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has called for 20 million designers to help move the global economy towards a circular model, using its new Circular Design Programme to shift products at end-of-life away from landfill. The Foundation…
  • Friday, 09 August 2019

    VF Foundation funds student sustainability work

    GREENSBORO – The VF Foundation has awarded UNC Greensboro’s Bryan School of Business and Economics US$100,000 to create a new Virtual Collaboratory – defined a research venture not confined to one location – that will be used to educate students on…
  • Friday, 09 August 2019

    H&M launches Social Entrepreneurship Project

    STOCKHOLM – The H&M Group has launched its Social Entrepreneurship Project; through which it plans to engage with entrepreneurs in developing countries whose work brings about positive change in local communities. In collaboration with global…
  • Thursday, 08 August 2019

    Novel recycling process for digital printing

    VARESE – A new washing system for digitally printed fabrics that can recycle wastewater and then re-use it to remove colorants, reactants and finishing agents drew interest from retailers and textile mills at the recent ITMA thanks to considerable…
  • Thursday, 08 August 2019

    BCI appoints new Council chair

    GENEVA – The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has appointed Marc Lewkowitz as the new chairperson of its Council. Lewkowitz, the CEO of Supima, the promotional organisation for American Pima cotton growers, takes over from Barry Clarke as chair. The…
  • Thursday, 08 August 2019

    Transparency tool provides Bangladeshi worker insight

    ASHBOURNE – Fashion Revolution, which first collaborated with the NGO Microfinance Opportunities in 2016 to introduce the Garment Worker Diaries (GWD) – a research project documenting the lives of garment workers across Southeast Asia – has now…
  • Wednesday, 07 August 2019

    Indian consumers indicate appetite for sustainable fashion

    NEW DELHI – A new YouGov survey of Indian consumers indicates that while a large majority of shoppers consider the sustainable manufacture of garments as a high priority, the material quality, fit, design and price have controlling influence over…
  • Wednesday, 07 August 2019

    Concordia Textiles scales up recycling efforts

    WAREGEM – US recycling innovator PurFi has embarked on a joint venture with Belgian manufacturer Concordia Textiles, through which the latter can introduce a circular business model by leveraging PurFi’s waste upcycling solution, said to yield ‘high…
  • Wednesday, 07 August 2019

    Gap’s Development Alliance recruits WaterAid

    NEW YORK – International non-governmental organisation (NGO) WaterAid has joined Gap Inc., and USAID’s (the United States Agency for International Development) Women + Water Global Development Alliance (W+W Alliance) as an implementing partner. The…
  • Tuesday, 06 August 2019

    Fashion tax ‘stupid’, says Katharine Hamnett

    LONDON – Fashion designer and environmental activist Katharine Hamnett has branded the Environmental Audit Committee’s recommendation to impose a penny-per-garment tax on fashion firms as ‘stupid’, insisting these companies will find a loophole in…
  • Tuesday, 06 August 2019

    BCI welcomes first Chinese sportswear brand

    GENEVA – Chinese sportswear brand Anta Sports Products Ltd., has become a member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI); and is the first from the country’s growing sportswear sector to commit. The company, based in Xiamen, says this decision has…
  • Monday, 05 August 2019

    Bangladesh factory tours to highlight industry upturn

    DHAKA – A new initiative introduced by Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) will look to highlight progress made in the country’s garment manufacturing industry since the devastation of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in 2013, by offering the…
  • Monday, 05 August 2019

    ZDHC programme welcomes trio of contributors

    AMSTERDAM – ZDHC has announced the addition of three new contributors to its Roadmap to Zero Programme, bringing the organisation’s growing pool of partners and contributors to 138, spanning 24 locations. Joining as Value Chain Affiliates, Trumpler…
  • Monday, 05 August 2019

    VF sales hike triggers FutureLight investment

    DENVER – Global apparel behemoth VF Corporation says it will invest an additional US$20 million into The North Face brand’s soon-to-be-launched PFC-free FutureLight waterproof membrane after reporting better than expected results in its first…
  • Monday, 05 August 2019

    C2C updated standard open for review

    OAKLAND – Ahead of its launch next year, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has today opened a 60-day window in which it wants industry stakeholders to feedback on potential revisions to its drafted Cradle to Cradle Certified Product…
  • Friday, 02 August 2019

    Waste sorting scheme galvanises Shanghai

    SHANGHAI – An ambitious new waste-sorting and recycling scheme introduced in Shanghai, China, now requires all residents to go to garbage collection stations to deposit unwanted product, including textiles, food waste and paper, or face a fine of up…
  • Friday, 02 August 2019

    Turkey's Zero Waste Campaign turns to textiles

    ANKARA – The Zero Waste Campaign, initiated in Turkey by first lady Emine Erdoğan in 2017, has been expanded upon so that it will now cover both textile and food waste. Turkey is said to lag behind other nations, particularly within Europe, with…
  • Friday, 02 August 2019

    XR activists front new Stella McCartney range

    LONDON – Members of the socio-political movement Extinction Rebellion (XR) are at the forefront of Stella McCartney’s new ‘sustainable’ collection, having been street cast at its International Rebellion in April. XR activists Deya Ward, Ruby Munslow…
  • Friday, 02 August 2019

    Burberry introduces Econyl nylon collection

    LONDON – British fashion brand Burberry has announced the launch of a collection made with Econyl; a ‘sustainable’ nylon yarn made from regenerated fishing nets, fabric scraps and industrial plastic. This marks the latest brand to incorporate the…
  • Thursday, 01 August 2019

    Retailers predict three years until ‘true sustainability’

    LONDON – A study conducted by the organisers of retail industry events Pure London and the Spring & Autumn Fair have found that of 1,896 national and independent retailers, 73 per cent said they had increased reuse and recycling efforts in a bid to…
  • Thursday, 01 August 2019

    Candiani partners for ‘sustainable’ denim collection

    HAMBURG – German apparel brand Closed has partnered with denim manufacturer Candiani to launch its new ‘A Better Blue’ jeans collection that integrates 50 per cent Tencel x Refibra Lyocell fibres and 50 per cent post-industrial recycled Candiani…
  • Wednesday, 31 July 2019

    Adidas hoodie confuses PR with progress

    HERZOGENAURACH – A new ‘100 per cent recyclable hoodie’ from the Adidas by Stella McCartney collection was widely touted online as being a significant step towards circularity in the textile sector; partly because it could be a “stride in the…
  • Wednesday, 31 July 2019

    EAC chair: “Government is not listening”

    LONDON – Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) Mary Creagh MP has hit out at the UK Government following the rejection of proposals in its report, saying: “the Government isn’t listening and appears increasingly out of step with the…
  • Wednesday, 31 July 2019

    ZDHC releases Wastewater Guidelines v1.1

    AMSTERDAM – ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) has announced the release of version 1.1 of its Wastewater Guidelines. The industry coalition, which counts Inditex, Kering, H&M, Adidas and Nike amongst its contributors, has revised its…
  • Tuesday, 30 July 2019

    OVS to use only ‘sustainable’ cotton by 2020

    VENICE – Italian retailer OVS has announced that as of next year it will use 100 per cent ‘sustainable’ cotton across its ranges, including organic cotton, cotton certified by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and recycled cotton. OVS says this…
  • Tuesday, 30 July 2019

    Big brands lag on sustainability commitments

    WASHINGTON – A new report from non-profit Green America has scored 14 major US apparel companies based on their sustainability efforts, concluding that whilst the likes of Target, VF Corporation’s The North Face and JanSport brands, Nike and Gap are…
  • Tuesday, 30 July 2019

    Inditex environmental strategy “does not go far enough”

    ARTEIXO – Following the launch of fashion conglomerate Inditex’s environmental strategy, not-for-profit Labour Behind the Label has said that whilst its commitments are commendable, it “does not go far enough” to catalyse progressive improvements to…
  • Monday, 29 July 2019

    Primark reacts to Bangladesh repression

    DHAKA – After more than 400 workers from Primark suppliers in Bangladesh lost their jobs after partaking in peaceful protests which disputed sub-poverty minimum wages, the fashion brand says it has now suspended new orders from all factories…
  • Monday, 29 July 2019

    Lenzing expands on-site pulp production

    LENZING – Austrian fibre producer Lenzing has completed the €60 million expansion of its on-site pulp plant, increasing production capacities for dissolving pulp extracted from beech wood from 300,000 to 320,000 tonnes per year. The company says…
  • Monday, 29 July 2019

    811% increase in textile waste since 1960

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Research conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that textile waste increased from 1.76 million tonnes in 1960 to 16 million tonnes in 2015, a rise of 811 per cent. The amount of textiles which ended up in…
  • Monday, 29 July 2019

    Workers left unpaid, Bangladesh reports say

    DHAKA – Reports from the newspaper Dhaka Tribune allege that 180 workers – of which 65 are Bangladeshi – operating in the garment factory of Tex Knits Garment in Mauritius have not been paid salaries for the past two months and have, at times, had…
  • Monday, 29 July 2019

    BlockTexx on-board with Australian recycling initiative

    CARRUM DOWNS – Signage supplier AFI Branding has partnered with recycling innovator BlockTexx to launch its new ‘Be sustainable’ takeback scheme in Australia, through which it hopes to divert 100 tonnes of textile waste from landfill in its first…
  • Monday, 29 July 2019

    Second-hand website capitalises on industry growth

    PETERBOROUGH – A second-hand clothing website which sources clothing from charity shops, housing clearance centres and from the public has launched in the UK, hoping to carve a niche in consumer’s growing inclination to shop for pre-owned fashion.…
  • Friday, 26 July 2019

    Apparel Coalition: transparency is key to consumer trust

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has published a new report on transparency that’s designed to stimulate greater collaboration among brands, retailers and manufacturers to engage consumers globally and win their trust on…
  • Friday, 26 July 2019

    ‘Sustainable’ wool scheme transferred to AWEX

    SYDNEY – Ownership of the SustainaWool Integrity Scheme – which highlights ‘sustainable’ practices in the wool industry – has been transferred from New England Wool, Successori Reda and Vitale Barberis Canonico to to the Australian Wool Exchange…
  • Thursday, 25 July 2019

    Blockchain transparency tool launched

    DÜSSELDORF – German start-up Retraced has launched a transparency tool which allows end-consumers to learn more about the ‘sustainable’ aspects of the fashion industry. Powered by Oracle’s Hyperledger Fabric blockchain technology platform, it aims…
  • Thursday, 25 July 2019

    Novetex launches textile upcycling system

    HONG KONG – Novetex Textiles has opened The Billie System, its new Tai Po textile mill, the first in Hong Kong in over half a century. A key component of this mill is a waterless system which upcycles textile waste. The system is almost entirely…
  • Thursday, 25 July 2019

    Transparency key to swaying buyers, report suggests

    LONDON – The results of a new survey indicate that UK shoppers would be more inclined to consider or purchase sustainable alternatives if brands and retailers more clearly labelled the eco-credentials of their products. Notably, 69 per cent of those…
  • Wednesday, 24 July 2019

    Mixed results from Crystal sustainability report

    HONG KONG – Asian clothing giant Crystal Group has touted its ‘sustainable’ progress in the company’s 2018 Sustainability Report, placing particular emphasis on its five-year sustainability targets and the progress made in the past year, including…
  • Wednesday, 24 July 2019

    Levi’s facility recognised for SBTi commitment

    PLOCK – A Levi Strauss & Co. manufacturing facility in Plock, Poland has been recognised for its ongoing efforts to meet a number of targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) by 2025, after receiving an award from the Polish…
  • Wednesday, 24 July 2019

    Overheard saying… quotes from the Planet Textiles Pod

    BARCELONA – Planet Textiles 2019 saw the return of our Pod, in which leading industry commentators sat down to speak with the Sustainable Fashion Academy’s Mike Schragger. The videos and podcasts will be released over the next few months, and…
  • Wednesday, 24 July 2019

    Walmart eyes recommerce, expects big growth

    NEW YORK – Walmart says it will reassess how it designs, develops and purchases clothing going forward as it expects the rise of ‘circularity’ and recommerce to become a much more important part of its business thanks to shifts in generational…
  • Tuesday, 23 July 2019

    New SAC boss to finalise Higg suite

    SAN FRANCISCO – As the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) confirms the appointment of Amina Razvi as its new executive director following a stint as interim, she tells Ecotextile News that a top priority in her new role will be the finalisation of…
  • Tuesday, 23 July 2019

    100% recyclable jacket to be launched

    AOSTA – Italian casual-wear brand Napapijri – a subsidiary of VF Corporation – is set to launch Skidoo Infinity, a 100 per cent recycled jacket made from Aquafil’s Econyl Regenerated Nylon, a high-performance nylon 6 yarn recycled from fishing nets…
  • Tuesday, 23 July 2019

    Tonello introduces 'all-in-one' denim laundry solution

    SARCEDO - Finishing denim jeans in just three steps is the goal of Flavio Tonello, whose technology firm recently debuted a sophisticated new system that allows users to create vintage effects on jeans with lasers, that are then transported via a…
  • Tuesday, 23 July 2019

    Report lays out circular fashion strategy

    BRUSSELS - Despite the best efforts of circular fashion advocates to scale up the implementation of sustainable business practices, visions of the future remain clouded. Until now, perhaps, as a new report lays out ambitious, detailed plans which…
  • Monday, 22 July 2019

    H&M, Primark among UK Parliamentary group supporters

    LONDON – A new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) formed off the back of the shunned Environmental Audit Committee report: ‘Fixing fashion: clothing consumption and sustainability', will look to reinforce the need for transformative change across…
  • Monday, 22 July 2019

    WRAP oversees UK recycling initiative

    LONDON – A new UK recycling initiative funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and co-ordinated by the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan’s Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has set out to improve recycling…
  • Monday, 22 July 2019

    Young consumers prioritise style over eco-credentials

    NOTTINGHAM – A survey conducted by student discounting service Unidays has found that Generation Z shoppers – those born between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s – are more inclined to purchase clothes they perceive to be ‘stylish’ over those produced in…
  • Monday, 22 July 2019

    Environmental savings with digital textile dyeing

    PETAH TIKVA – Israeli innovator Twine Solutions debuted its Digital Selective Treatment (DST) textile dyeing system at ITMA 2019, which enables white thread, of 70 to 800 denier, to be continuously dyed during textile processing to yield an array of…
  • Friday, 19 July 2019

    Low price. Low cost?

    Walmart has laid out its newest sustainability targets, continuing its drive to deliver items with both the lowest possible price and footprint. Ken Lanshe, the company’s Vice President of GM Technical, Quality & Sustainability, spoke with…
  • Thursday, 18 July 2019

    Zalando expands 'sustainable fashion' choice

    BERLIN – Zalando says that following an increase in environmental search terms on its web platform, it will onboard apparel brands such as Ecoalf, Mud Jeans, Swe-s, Girlfriend Collective, and Stripe + Stare over the next few weeks as it continues to…
  • Thursday, 18 July 2019

    The recycling revolutionaries

    There has been an explosion of interest in textile recycling of late. At the epicentre of this are Graham Ross and Adrian Jones, the duo behind Australian firm BlockTexx. Ecotextile News spoke to them in the midst of a very busy 2019.
  • Wednesday, 17 July 2019

    Internment fears trigger urgent fashion inquiry

    XINJIANG – Fashion brand Target and Australian retailer Cotton On have opened investigations into suppliers in Xinjiang, China, after reports that detained Uyghur Muslim workers are being forced to make clothing. It’s alleged some workers are…
  • Wednesday, 17 July 2019

    Indigo from electricity sparks new interest

    Textile technology that uses electricity instead of chemicals to produce pre-reduced indigo dyestuffs for denim is gaining ground as the capacity to make new machines starts to increase. As part of a major feature on new denim chemistry, biology and…
  • Wednesday, 17 July 2019

    H&M, Target back CircularID tool

    NEW YORK – The development of a new industry tool which could greatly improve transparency and communication throughout fashion supply chains has been backed by H&M, Target, PVH Corp, Microsoft and an array of sustainable fashion organisations ahead…
  • Wednesday, 17 July 2019

    Jet dyeing novelty sees lift off

    TAIPEI – Taiwan-based Acme Machinery provided one of the biggest talking points at the recent ITMA with new jet dyeing technology with an integrated fabric transport system that improves fabric quality and can lead to big savings in water…
  • Tuesday, 16 July 2019

    Inditex sets out environmental strategy

    LA CORUÑA – At its AGM today in Spain, Inditex says that by 2025, 100 per cent of the cotton, linen and polyester used by its eight clothing brands will be made from either organic, ‘sustainable’ or recycled fibres. It also revealed that its ‘Join…
  • Tuesday, 16 July 2019

    Australian states fight for mulesing pain relief

    NEW SOUTH WALES – The Legislative Council of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has reaffirmed its ambition to introduce a bill through which it will become a requirement for all sheep subjected to mulesing be administered adequate pain relief in…
  • Tuesday, 16 July 2019

    Ellen MacArthur Foundation to “transform” jeans

    NEW YORK – New guidelines published today by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation have united leading apparel brands and recyclers around the world in a mission statement to transform the way in which jeans are produced. The Jeans Redesign Guidelines…
  • Monday, 15 July 2019

    Could a ‘water tax’ benefit Bangladesh?

    DHAKA – Bangladeshi textile expert Mostafiz Uddin has suggested a ‘water tax’ be implemented throughout its native apparel sector to rein in levels of overconsumption and fund the scaling and adoption of water-saving technologies across industry.…
  • Friday, 12 July 2019

    Automated sorting system scaled up

    MALMÖ – An automated textile sorting system established and pilot-tested in Malmö, Sweden, is set to become operational at industrial scale next summer, after government agency Vinnova has piled in investment equating to 22 million Swedish krona.…
  • Friday, 12 July 2019

    Bangladesh joins UN Fashion Climate Charter

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) – the trade body of apparel manufacturers in Bangladesh – has joined the UN Climate Change’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action (UNFCCC) initiative. By joining…
  • Friday, 12 July 2019

    Denim with a light footprint

    BERGAMO – Italian textile machine supplier SEI says it’s wrapped up sustainability and ‘industry 4.0’ in one single technology with the release of its automated ‘Matrix’ which designs, marks, engraves and cuts fabric rolls with lasers. Shown at the…
  • Friday, 12 July 2019

    River Island re-calls clothing due to heavy metals

    LONDON – UK high street fashion retailer River Island is re-calling five items of clothing which have been found to contain traces of cadmium and lead in excess of legally permitted levels within the EU. Two variations of a check pattern dress, a…
  • Thursday, 11 July 2019

    App scans chemical inventory, helps compliance

    HONG KONG – A new time-saving mobile app that makes it easy for textile mills to create their own chemical inventories on the factory floor will soon be available on the market. Inspired by the popular wine app Vivino, which scans the label on a…
  • Thursday, 11 July 2019

    CCC report highlights denim worker health concerns

    BRISTOL – Bleached Souls – A report by Clean Clothes Campaign Turkey – has put pressure on the Turkish denim industry after it revealed workers using Potassium Permanganate to create the faded look in denim were suffering skin and respiratory…
  • Thursday, 11 July 2019

    Traceability tool mitigates counterfeit concerns

    BORÅS – A research team at the University of Borås has developed a method of yielding product-specific ‘cryptotags’ for garments that, in principle, will provide greater traceability throughout the textiles supply chain. The unique tags, which are…
  • Wednesday, 10 July 2019

    Unmade receives new funding

    LONDON – Fashion software company Unmade is set to receive a new funding round of £4.75M, with venture capitalist Octopus Ventures as lead investor and additional support coming from MMC Ventures, Felix Capital and existing backers. The financing is…
  • Wednesday, 10 July 2019

    Responsible Down Standard 3.0 released

    LUBBOCK – Textile Exchange has released version 3.0 of its Responsible Down Standard (RDS), representing its first substantial revision since 2014. The standard covers more than 500 million birds ensuring brand and retail partners, of which it…
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