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In a wide ranging interview on cotton, cotton subsidies, GM cotton and environmental issues, Cotton Inc CEO Berry Worsham argues that to effect real change, it would be preferable to have one environmental label, "rather than 101". Saying that many in the industry would argue that there are currently too many environmental labels: "these can compete with each other and in the process confuse consumers and even desensitise them from caring about environmental impact."

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  • Monday, 12 November 2018

    Wool textile projects come to fruition

    BRADFORD – A Yorkshire textile firm that has operated at the heart of the wool textile sector since 1888, is working on two new developments that it says will assist wool to compete more effectively with modern synthetic fibres for use in a range of…
  • Friday, 09 November 2018

    UK inquiry confronts fashion brands’ buying practices

    LONDON – Mary Creagh MP, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) inquiry into fast fashion, has written directly to ASOS, Boohoo & PrettyLittleThing, Missguided and Amazon UK, demanding a response to questions raised over buying practices…
  • Friday, 09 November 2018

    Bluesign conference: Data drives transparency

    MILAN – Transparency and the necessity of making big data readily available were key concepts explored as part of a varied agenda at the fifth annual bluesign conference, far transcending the chemical compliance programme many were anticipating. The…
  • Friday, 09 November 2018

    NGO claims Uniqlo Indonesian worker progress

    AMSTERDAM – Workers’ rights organisation Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has claimed that, courtesy of pressure from itself and fellow campaign groups, Japanese apparel brand Uniqlo has agreed to meet with workers’ representatives to discuss the…
  • Friday, 09 November 2018

    AAFA launches new best practice resource

    WASHINGTON – The AAFA (American Apparel and Footwear Association) has unveiled a new tool to enable its members to adhere to best practices in relation to testing and warning label protocol. The Proposition 65 Best Practices document for AAFA…
  • Friday, 09 November 2018

    SAC goes live with new Higg Index modules

    SAN FRANCISCO – To meet consumers’ demand for greater levels of transparency around working and environment conditions in the apparel sector, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has now launched its latest Higg Index modules. The updated…
  • Thursday, 08 November 2018

    MEC boss to step down

    VANCOUVER – Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) CEO David Labistour, who has been heavily involved in sustainability efforts in the apparel sector, is stepping down after 11 years in the role. Labistour ensured MEC played a part in the early days of the…
  • Thursday, 08 November 2018

    Scaling support for five fashion firms

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good has announced the latest five companies to have joined its Scaling Programme, with the new inductees offering innovations in fields including waste water treatment, recommerce and fibre welding. Ecovative, Natural Fiber…
  • Thursday, 08 November 2018

    Tool improves checks on resource use in organic textiles

    The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has released the latest version of its ‘Monitor’ software which allows its licensees to evaluate the consumption of water and energy during the manufacture of certified organic textiles. GOTS requires…
  • Thursday, 08 November 2018

    Cotton project reinvigorates Fukushima economy

    FUKUSHIMA – Seven years on from the devastation caused by an earthquake, tsunami and a nuclear disaster, cotton – a crop which thrived in Japan until about a century ago – is going from strength to strength once again in Fukushima. Started by local…
  • Wednesday, 07 November 2018

    Mission impossible?

    Frank Michel, CEO of the ZDHC Foundation, wonders how we will be able to fully detox the apparel and footwear supply chain.
  • Wednesday, 07 November 2018

    War of the wools

    Amidst a tricky time for some synthetic fibres, a report on recycled wool has been published to assess whether the product once deemed an inferior, cost-cutting alternative to virgin yarn could well offer a boost to a sector keen to seize the…
  • Wednesday, 07 November 2018

    Apparel brands support forestry mapping tool

    VANCOUVER – Apparel brands and fashion industry organisations have worked alongside forestry conservation NGO Canopy to develop its new ForestMapper interactive tool that provides support to companies that wish to assess potential risks posed to…
  • Tuesday, 06 November 2018

    Klopman seeks sustainability through new PPE

    PARIS – Italian-based workwear company Klopman will display its new range of products at Expoprotection, which it says will demonstrate progress “in the pursuit of sustainability and maximum protection against pesticides.” These include its…
  • Tuesday, 06 November 2018

    Copenhagen Fashion Summit returns for tenth anniversary

    COPENHAGEN – The 2019 edition of Copenhagen Fashion Summit will mark the tenth edition of the annual fashion sustainability conference, having launched in 2009 to coincide with the UN Climate Change Conference COP15. Topics such as climate change,…
  • Tuesday, 06 November 2018

    Recycled outdoor apparel from start to Finnish

    VANTAA – Finnish childrenswear firm Reima is working to develop a method of recycling outdoor apparel, including garments with in-built water repellency and those which contain elastane, which have hitherto proven very difficult to repurpose. Reima…
  • Monday, 05 November 2018

    Australian brand takes the plunge on Naia

    KINGSPORT – Naia, the new wood pulp-derived cellulosic fibre from US chemical and fibre producer Eastman, has been incorporated into Australian swimwear brand JETS’ latest collection. The fibre, which has been awarded FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody…
  • Friday, 02 November 2018

    Puerto Rico to embrace cotton pending feasibility study

    SAN JUAN – A feasibility study regarding the reintroduction of smallholder-grown cotton in Puerto Rico is scheduled for release later this month. In collaboration with the SFA (Smallholder Farmers Alliance), the nation is seeking to move on from the…
  • Friday, 02 November 2018

    Sri Lanka chosen as SLCP launch point

    COLOMBO – Sri Lankan textile association JAAF has announced that the Social and Labour Convergence Project (SLCP) has chosen the South Asian country for its global launch. The SLCP claims that it has the potential to revolutionise the way customers…
  • Friday, 02 November 2018

    New online sourcing platform for excess stock

    BELOEIL – The newly developed Tengiva platform is nearing its launch as a new way for textile buyers to source small quantities of materials for specific design phases and for manufacturers to divert excess stock from landfill or incineration. The…
  • Thursday, 01 November 2018

    UK inquiry questions fashion sustainability experts

    LONDON – UK politicians heard from fashion industry experts at this week’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) at the House of Commons on the negative impacts that textile microfibres, fibre selection and fast fashion have on the environment. This…
  • Thursday, 01 November 2018

    Polyester flame retardant gets Oeko-Tex approval

    BRIGHOUSE – UK textile chemical supplier Avocet has received Oeko-Tex ‘active chemical product’ approval for its range of ‘Cetaflam PDP’ polyester flame retardants, which means they can now be used for all classes of Oekotex certified textiles for…
  • Wednesday, 31 October 2018

    Fast Retailing to wipe out denim water consumption

    TOKYO – Japanese conglomerate Fast Retailing has announced the adoption of new laundering technology for jeans across its whole range of brands, which is said to reduce water usage by more than 90 per cent per wash. The process, developed in…
  • Wednesday, 31 October 2018

    Suppliers under mounting pressure from buyers, report finds

    DELAWARE – Better Buying has released its second report to explore the textile industry’s buying practices, highlighting a growing trend of suppliers experiencing heightened financial pressure from buyers. The report has found significant regional…
  • Wednesday, 31 October 2018

    Podcast: NRDC challenges claims that circularity is a cure for fast fashion

    WAKEFIELD – Today’s podcast features Linda Greer, Senior Scientist at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) who joins Mike Schragger online from her office in Washington, D.C. to hear about her initial ideas on creating a climate roadmap for…
  • Tuesday, 30 October 2018

    Nanollose creates garment from own fibre

    PERTH – Australian-based biotechnology company Nanollose Ltd, says it has created the first knitted sweater made with its ‘Nullarbor’ branded fibre, which is said to be an environmentally preferential alternative to viscose. Earlier this year,…
  • Tuesday, 30 October 2018

    LCF partners for sustainable fashion future

    LONDON – London College of Fashion (LCF) has announced a partnership with Common Objective (CO) to ensure the next generation of fashion designers are better educated on how to integrate sustainability within the garments they produce. The…
  • Tuesday, 30 October 2018

    UK organisation publishes microfibre pollution study

    LONDON – The Women’s Institute (WI) has today published a study into the laundry habits of Britons, with the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) stating that its membership is “deeply concerned” about textile-derived marine pollution.…
  • Tuesday, 30 October 2018

    Skunkfunk has Science Based Targets approved

    BIZKAIA – Basque apparel brand Skunkfunk (SKFK) has confirmed that its Science Based Targets (SBT) have now been approved, a breakthrough which the company sees as a significant step in progressing its CO2 roadmap. Earlier this year, the company…
  • Monday, 29 October 2018

    Fair Wear Foundation adds Katherine Hamnett

    AMSTERDAM - Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), the non-profit established to improve the workplace conditions of garment workers, has announced that Katherine Hamnett London is the latest brand to join its ranks.
  • Monday, 29 October 2018

    Foundation doubles down on plastic pollution

    BALI – At the Our Ocean conference, Ellen MacArthur Foundation has made public its New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, developed in collaboration with UN Environment, with the goal of uniting businesses, governments and stakeholders to pursue…
  • Friday, 26 October 2018

    Polartec praises Houdini’s North American expansion

    ANDOVER – Polartec has made public its support for Swedish sportswear firm Houdini, following the brand’s expansion of operations into the North American marketplace. Polartec states that, as 99 per cent of Houdini’s products are either recycled,…
  • Friday, 26 October 2018

    Bluesign to tackle commodity contamination

    MILAN – Following our expose earlier this week on how commodity chemicals are a significant source of restricted, hazardous substances in textile wastewater, Bluesign Technologies has told Ecotextile News that in early 2019 it will go live with an…
  • Friday, 26 October 2018

    Radici achieves recycled polyester certifications

    BERGAMO – RadiciGroup has announced that two varieties of its post-consumer recycled polyester yarns have now been certified by the Global Recycled Standard (GRS). The standard addresses input material verification, chain of custody, environmental…
  • Wednesday, 24 October 2018

    Partnership aims to boost sustainability in textiles

    MILAN – Textile Exchange has confirmed that it will join forces with the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles in a bid to 'accelerate a shift towards a more sustainable and responsible textile sector.' Non-profit Textile Exchange and the…
  • Wednesday, 24 October 2018

    Fashion sector to launch charter for climate action

    MILAN – In partnership with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Puma and a significant group of other apparel brands and industry stakeholders, have together developed a new Charter for the Fashion Industry to tackle climate…
  • Wednesday, 24 October 2018

    Textile Exchange 18: can textiles go circular?

    MILAN - The second day of the Textile Exchange Conference began with a two-part session on the ways in which the textile sector can transition away from the linear practices hitherto utilised as the norm within the industry. Representatives from the…
  • Tuesday, 23 October 2018

    Primaloft unveils first biodegradable insulation

    LATHAM – US-based material science company Primaloft has revealed plans to launch Primaloft Bio, an innovation which it claims will be the first synthetic insulation made from 100 percent recycled, biodegradable fibres. The company also notes that…
  • Tuesday, 23 October 2018

    New Zealand network combats clothing consumption

    WELLINGTON – Industry, government and social enterprise in New Zealand have collaborated to launch the Textile Reuse Programme; an initiative with an ambition of transitioning the country to a closed loop manufacturing model. The nation-wide…
  • Tuesday, 23 October 2018

    TailorLux takes to the field

    MÜNSTER – Fraud in organic cotton is an old problem. Now TailorLux, a German company, think they have a solution and are taking it to the field in India. Simon Ferrigno reports. Tailorlux's IntegriTEX system uses 'inorganic security pigments'…
  • Monday, 22 October 2018

    Revealed: hidden source of hazardous textile pollutants

    MILAN – Large amounts of commodity chemicals used in the textile industry are contaminated with potentially hazardous substances such as APEO’s, phthalates, chlorobenzene, toluene and other restricted chemicals – that routinely end up in wastewater.…
  • Friday, 19 October 2018

    Business and investors ignoring human rights, experts claim

    NEW YORK – Companies and investors the world over are turning a blind eye to human rights violations, with governments also failing in their role to enforce protective legislature, a group of independent UN experts says. Rights violations in the…
  • Friday, 19 October 2018

    Is a chemically compliant Brexit Britain out of REACH?

    BRUSSELS – To coincide with the latest round of Brexit talks, Cefic, CHEM Trust, the European Environment Bureau (EEB) and the UK Chemical Industries Association (CIA) have used an open letter to all EU Heads of State to call for the UK to remain…
  • Friday, 19 October 2018

    UK fast fashion inquiry gathers pace

    LONDON – The latest round of written submissions to the UK parliamentary ‘fast fashion inquiry’ have been published, with various industry bodies contributing to the consultation process. WRAP, Ethical Fashion Group, Worn Again Technologies,…
  • Thursday, 18 October 2018

    Liquidator pursues buyer for MADE-BY assets

    AMSTERDAM – The corporate recovery and insolvency arm of Kingston Smith LLP is seeking a buyer for the intellectual property assets of Dutch non-profit MADE-BY following the firm entering liquidation last week. MADE-BY, which worked with global…
  • Thursday, 18 October 2018

    Cambodia wary of imminent EU trade sanctions

    PHNOM PENH – Unions representing the Cambodian garment sector have expressed concern regarding an alleged scaling up of trade pressure from the European Union. Several large-scale manufacturers in the country have, however, sought to allay these…
  • Thursday, 18 October 2018

    Event series explores fashion’s biodiversity footprint

    LONDON – A collaboration between Synchronicity Earth, The Environmental Funders Network, Canopy and The Sustainable Angle has launched a series of events to explore the impact of fashion on ecosystems around the globe and educate consumers on how…
  • Wednesday, 17 October 2018

    A pivotal moment for garment workers’ rights?

    GENEVA – The United Nations Human Rights Council will, this week, negotiate a landmark treaty which aims to ensure transnational corporations (TNC) are held accountable for human rights violations which take place within their businesses and supply…
  • Wednesday, 17 October 2018

    Podcast: Biochemist aims to change how polyester is recycled

    WAKEFIELD – In our latest podcast released today, Mike Schragger talks to Akshay Sethi about the science behind polyester recycling, the rapid development of his company Moral Fiber, the steep learning curve he has faced when starting a company…
  • Wednesday, 17 October 2018

    Amazon invests to support circular economy

    SEATTLE – Online retail superpower Amazon – which continues to grow its presence in the apparel sector – has announced a US$10 million investment in Closed Loop Fund to support and develop the recycling capabilities of towns and cities across the…
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