Each year around 75,000 MT of synthetic indigo is produced globally – and more than half of it is produced by one company: Wonderful Chemical Ltd, which is based in Hong Kong. In this exclusive interview, we managed to secure a very rare interview with media shy Shiu-Kee Wang, the owner of the HK-based company, which operates the huge Taifeng facility in Inner Mongolia. In the wide ranging interview he provides a deep insight into global denim manufacture and also what his company's plans are from an environmental perspective.

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  • Monday, 09 September 2019

    Bid to control air pollution from textile factories

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  • Friday, 06 September 2019

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  • Friday, 06 September 2019

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    Tchibo to receive Green Button certification

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  • Friday, 06 September 2019

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  • Friday, 06 September 2019

    Brands make progress on meeting UN charter targets

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  • Thursday, 05 September 2019

    H&M bids to make online shopping more sustainable

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  • Thursday, 05 September 2019

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  • Thursday, 05 September 2019

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  • Thursday, 05 September 2019

    Retailer commits to cutting out mulesed wool

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  • Thursday, 05 September 2019

    Brands probe illegal underpaying of migrant garment workers

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  • Thursday, 05 September 2019

    Consumers unaware of fashion’s environmental cost

    OXFORD – A new study from charitable organisation Oxfam has found that more than half of a sample of 1,000 adults in Britain aren’t aware of the environmental effects of fast fashion. Oxfam – which last week launched its Second-hand September…
  • Thursday, 05 September 2019

    Lenzing fibres certified biodegradable

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  • Thursday, 05 September 2019

    Survey finds three quarters of consumers prefer ‘sustainable’ brands

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  • Wednesday, 04 September 2019

    Fashion brands undermine work to end exploitation

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  • Wednesday, 04 September 2019

    Wool auditing scheme goes subscriber-based

    SYDNEY – The SustainaWool Integrity Scheme, recently handed over from New England Wool and other shareholders to the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX), is to implement a subscriber-based fee system in the coming weeks which will entitle members to a…
  • Wednesday, 04 September 2019

    PODCAST: Chemicals, climate change and greenwashing

    BARCELONA - “More of the same is not going to get us to where we need to go,” said the ever-outspoken global fellow for the Institute for Public and Environmental Affairs Linda Greer at the recent Planet Textiles in Barcelona where she sat down…
  • Wednesday, 04 September 2019

    Chinese factory adopts ‘aniline-free’ indigo

    REINACH – Advance Denim, the oldest denim mill in China has become the first in the country to adopt Archroma’s ‘aniline-free’ Denisol Pure Indigo liquid dye. Denisol, whilst still containing traces of aniline ‘at levels below (current) limits of…
  • Wednesday, 04 September 2019

    Good Fashion Fund launched

    AMSTERDAM – A new funding platform initiated by Fashion for Good (FFG) has launched today that will focus on mobilising budding innovations within the textiles industry by providing the crucial capital needed to scale up such solutions. Set to…
  • Tuesday, 03 September 2019

    C&A and Carrefour link to China transparency tool

    BEIJING – NGO Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) has revealed that C&A and Carrefour are the latest retailers to join its Green Supply Chain (GSC) map – an online transparency tool that monitors pollution incidents in China. This…
  • Tuesday, 03 September 2019

    Clothing retailers continue squeeze on low-cost suppliers

    NEWARK – In a new report released today, the Better Buying initiative finds that despite long-standing relationships between apparel retailers and manufacturers across South-East Asia and Bangladesh, suppliers continue to be squeezed by cost…
  • Tuesday, 03 September 2019

    H&M Group re-markets damaged garments

    STOCKHOLM – The H&M Group has partnered with The Renewal Workshop to debut a new test collection made from unsold clothes that have been repaired and brought back to market through its COS (Collection of Style) branded stores. H&M says this ‘first…
  • Tuesday, 03 September 2019

    BGMEA to form RMG Sustainability Council

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) – the trade body of apparel manufacturers in Bangladesh – is set to establish an RMG (ready-made garment) Sustainability Council, with the aim of implementing a…
  • Tuesday, 03 September 2019

    Recall platform offers unsafe product updates

    CHESHIRE – Product testing and verification services provider SGS has launched a new ‘Product Recalls’ digital platform that will enable retailers and manufacturers to stay up-to-date with the latest unsafe product notifications across both Europe…
  • Monday, 02 September 2019

    Oxfam launches Second-hand September campaign

    OXFORD – Charitable confederation Oxfam has launched Second-hand September, a campaign encouraging consumers to not purchase new clothing over the next month, instead re-using old clothing and buying upcycled garments. It wants people to take a 30…
  • Monday, 02 September 2019

    G7 Pact should encompass social issues, CCC suggests

    AMSTERDAM – Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has reacted to the news of more than 30 fashion brands committing to a Fashion Pact at the recent G7 Summit, noting that whilst it welcomes the intentions of the pledge, it could have been used as a real…
  • Monday, 02 September 2019

    Campaigners call for school uniform supplier transparency

    LONDON – A collective of campaign groups which includes workers’ rights NGO Labour Behind the Label has called on school uniform supplier Trutex to disclose information about the factories from which it sources apparel, to ensure the firm can’t be…
  • Friday, 30 August 2019

    G-Star joins UN Charter for Climate Action

    AMSTERDAM – The UN Climate Change’s (UNCC) Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action has welcomed Dutch clothing brand G-Star Raw as a signatory. The popular denim brand has signed up to the UN’s 2018 initiative, which outlines a plan for the…
  • Thursday, 29 August 2019

    Converse adopts upcycled denim in new collection

    BOSTON – Footwear brand Converse has partnered with UK-based second-hand retailer Beyond Retro to develop its new Converse Renew Denim collection, which upcycles jeans – otherwise at their end-of-life – into the fabric upper of Converse shoes.…
  • Wednesday, 28 August 2019

    PVH chief appointed to UN Global Compact Board

    NEW YORK – PVH Chairman and CEO Emanuel 'Manny' Chirico has been appointed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to the United Nations Global Compact Board. The UN Global Compact’s mission is to mobilise a global movement of companies and…
  • Wednesday, 28 August 2019

    Researchers find new way to remove dyes from wastewater

    LUBBOCK – Scientists claim to have discovered a way to use nanofiber webs and sunlight to safely, inexpensively and easily remove potentially harmful dyes from wastewater. Researchers at Texas Tech University found a way to decay the dye by…
  • Wednesday, 28 August 2019

    Future Fabrics Expo to return in 2020

    LONDON – The ninth edition of The Sustainable Angle’s Future Fabric Expo (FFE) is set to take place 29-30 January 2020, once again hosted in the basement of London’s Victoria House. The Expo aims to showcase innovative ‘sustainable’ textiles…
  • Wednesday, 28 August 2019

    Plant and algae t-shirt biodegrades in 12 weeks

    LONDON – Clothing tech company Vollebak has created a t-shirt made from pulped wood and algae which it claims is completely biodegradable inside 12 weeks. The company's Plant and Algae t-shirt is made from algae grown in bioreactors and pulped…
  • Wednesday, 28 August 2019

    CCC unconvinced by new worker safety initiative Premium Article

    NEW DELHI – A new building safety initiative launching today in India, which promises to “build on the learnings and experiences” of the Bangladesh Accord, has been questioned by Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) which says that the very brands and…
  • Wednesday, 28 August 2019

    Primark to train 160,000 cotton farmers in natural methods

    LONDON – Primark has announced plans to train 160,000 cotton farmers in China, India and Pakistan in more environmentally-friendly production methods by the end of 2022. The project represents a five-fold expansion of its Sustainable Cotton…
  • Tuesday, 27 August 2019

    Esprit cuts Myanmar ties amidst military violations Premium Article

    YANGON – Apparel brand Esprit has gone on record to say that it will no longer source from a garment manufacturing facility believed to be linked to Myanmar’s military. This, after a recent report from the U.N. Independent International Fact-Finding…
  • Tuesday, 27 August 2019

    Fashion brands commit to sustainability in India

    MUMBAI – A new project has been launched by 16 leading brands to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry in India. Project SU.RE (Sustainable Resolution) was launched at the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai by Indian Textiles Minister…
  • Tuesday, 27 August 2019

    ‘Sustainable’ homeware retailer receives US$100M investment

    NEW JERSEY – Retailer of ‘sustainable’ home goods Boll & Branch has received a US$100 million investment from private equity firm L Catterton’s flagship buyout fund, with the aim of accelerating expansion of the company’s retail and wholesale…
  • Tuesday, 27 August 2019

    Puma announces circular economy project in India

    INDIA - Sportswear giant Puma has teamed up with Indian NGO Goonj in a new circular economy initiative in which consumers are encouraged to return their old apparel and footwear in return for discount vouchers on new goods. Collection boxes have…
  • 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 Premium Article

    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 Premium Article

    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 Premium Article

    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 Premium Article

    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;…
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