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The Sustainable Apparel Coalition released a new, more user-friendly version of its Higg platform and updated its Facility Environmental Module (FEM) in early December. The move is being seen as a crucial step for the SAC to fully engage its members throughout their supply chains. Ecotextile News took a sneak preview before its final release.

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  • Tuesday, 18 December 2018

    Eco-Age celebrates Italian expansion

    MILAN – Sustainable fashion organisation Eco-Age has announced the opening of a new Italian office to serve existing clients who operate within the Italian market, alongside new clients who will be exclusive to the Italian branch. Eco-Age is no…
  • Tuesday, 18 December 2018

    Sympatex confirmed as Planet Textiles Event Partner

    MUNICH – Functional textiles firm Sympatex will once again be the official event partner at Planet Textiles 2019 – which will be held alongside the ITMA textile technology exhibition in Barcelona on 22nd June 2019. Following on from Planet Textiles…
  • Tuesday, 18 December 2018

    Bangladesh Accord suffers another farcical delay

    DHAKA – Following yesterday’s story of a 24-hour postponement on the decision regarding the future of the Bangladesh Accord, the situation has taken yet another farcical turn with a verdict now pushed back until 21st January 2019. While some may…
  • Tuesday, 18 December 2018

    C&A’s golden goal hangs by a thread

    LONDON – During the recent Denim Première Vision exhibition fashion retailer C&A provided further details of its project to mass produce an affordable pair of ladies’ denim jeans certified to the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) ‘Gold’ environmental standard.…
  • Monday, 17 December 2018

    Colorifix raises scaling funds for dyeing solution

    NORWICH – Biological dyeing firm Colorifix has raised US$3 million from impact and strategic investors with links to the fashion industry as part of a Series A investment round. These funds, the company states, will support the expansion of its…
  • Monday, 17 December 2018

    Bangladesh Accord decision delayed yet again

    DHAKA – Following several delays to the hugely important decision on whether or not the Bangladesh Accord will receive an extension, a final verdict regarding the future of the regulatory body’s future is now expected tomorrow. The much-debated…
  • Monday, 17 December 2018

    ZDHC adds five further contributors

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has confirmed five new contributors to its programme, with two new signatory brands, one value chain affiliate and two new associates having now joined its existing 116-strong membership. Fashion retailer Next,…
  • Friday, 14 December 2018

    Bank & Vogue joins Ellen MacArthur initiative

    OTTAWA – North American post-consumer textiles firm Bank & Vogue has expressed its excitement at the prospect of collaborating with global brands such as H&M and Nike after it was announced that it has joined Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular…
  • Friday, 14 December 2018

    Cotton LCA: The need to do more than score

    Allan Williams takes an in-depth look at the pitfalls of the Life Cycle Assessments which so frequently divide the textile and apparel sector. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a popular tool for underpinning impact assessments of different textile raw…
  • Thursday, 13 December 2018

    Stella McCartney extends partnership with consignment firm

    SAN FRANCISCO – US-based consignment provider The RealReal has confirmed that its partnership with the Stella McCartney fashion house has been extended in a new year-long deal. The collaboration is described by Stella McCartney as a way in which her…
  • Thursday, 13 December 2018

    Archroma Pakistan wins employment award

    KARACHI – Textile colour and chemical specialist Archroma’s Pakistan affiliate firm has, for the third time, been named Employer of the Year in the multinationals award category by the Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP). EFP is said to have…
  • Thursday, 13 December 2018

    Jeanologia joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition

    VALENCIA - Fabric and garment finishing company Jeanologia has joined more than 220 other firms by entering into the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The SAC is formed of brands, retailers and manufacturers, as well as governments,…
  • Thursday, 13 December 2018

    VIDEO: Planet Textiles Pod – Forestry management

    WAKEFIELD – In a filmed interview from the Planet Textiles Pod, Tricia Carey, Lenzing’s director of business development, discusses the threat of deforestation posed by unsustainable sourcing practices, and how the Austrian fibre producer works to…
  • Thursday, 13 December 2018

    Over 30 new textile chemicals to be restricted by EU

    BRUSSELS – The European Union has initiated a 24-month transition period for the restriction of 33 chemicals used in the textile sector which are classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR). The adoption of these CMR…
  • Wednesday, 12 December 2018

    Viscose collaboration cites progress after report criticism

    BEIJING – The Collaboration for Sustainable Development of Viscose (CV) has passed several new resolutions and its membership has agreed to align on both short and medium term action plans at its latest plenary session in Jiujiang, China. Last…
  • Wednesday, 12 December 2018

    Kering forms two new partnerships

    PARIS – Luxury fashion firm Kering has announced two new partnerships: launching a sustainable innovation award with Plug and Play in China; along with a collaboration with the Savory Institute to advocate verified regenerative sourcing solutions.…
  • Wednesday, 12 December 2018

    PODCAST: Thought leadership with Jason Kibbey

    WAKEFIELD – In this expansive, long-format interview with Jason Kibbey, CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), Mike Schragger asks him to reflect on his 8 years at the helm of the SAC and his assessment of the organisation to date. Prepare…
  • Wednesday, 12 December 2018

    Bangladesh Alliance publishes final annual report

    DHAKA – The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has released its fifth and final annual report as it nears the end of its time in the nation’s garment sector. The Alliance’s operations, including its training programme and helpline, will now be…
  • Tuesday, 11 December 2018

    VIDEO: Planet Textiles Pod – Chemical management

    WAKEFIELD – Is the harmonisation of textile sector chemical management a realistic goal? Xander Wessels, CEO of Archroma, believes so. As part of a filmed interview in the Planet textiles Pod, Wessels stated, “it’s very realistic to deliver this,”…
  • Tuesday, 11 December 2018

    H&M living wage summit, ETI rates progress

    PHNOM PENH – The approach taken by H&M group in its Fair Living Wage Strategy has been described as “bold and unprecedented” by the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI), with the caveat that there remain major lessons to be learned regarding…
  • Monday, 10 December 2018

    Finland looks to forests for clothing inspiration

    HELSINKI - A team at Aalto University has, through the use of Ioncell technology, designed and produced an evening gown made of Finnish birch trees. The Ioncell process, developed by both Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, creates…
  • Monday, 10 December 2018

    Fashion climate initiative launches in Poland's coal hub

    KATOWICE – Under the auspices of UN Climate Change, over forty leading apparel brands, suppliers and supporting organisations have today launched the ‘Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action’ at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 24) – which…
  • Monday, 10 December 2018

    New Canopy report on viscose, rayon purchasing

    VANCOUVER – The new Hot Button Report has been published by environmental non-profit Canopy, aimed at better informing companies throughout the supply chain on viscose and rayon purchasing decisions. The 2018 edition of the report features,…
  • Monday, 10 December 2018

    VF restructuring sees Kontoor emerge

    GREENSBORO – VF Corporation has announced that Kontoor Brands, Inc. will be the name given to the independent, publicly traded company formed following the division of several VF-owned Jeanswear companies. The separation process – which comprises…
  • Monday, 10 December 2018

    Worn Again CEO recognised for circularity leadership

    LONDON – Cyndi Rhoades, CEO of UK-based Worn Again Technologies, has been selected as a finalist in the Leadership Award Category of The Circular Economy Awards. Whether or not Rhoades receives the award at the World Economic Forum in Davos in…
  • Friday, 07 December 2018

    Swedish apparel brands take climate action

    STOCKHOLM – The Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA) has partnered with Swedish apparel companies Peak Performance, Kappahl and H&M to launch the ‘Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Actions (STIKA)’, an initiative to reduce their individual climate…
  • Friday, 07 December 2018

    Vaude wins environmental award for businesses

    STUTTGART – Outdoor brand Vaude has received the 2018 Environmental Award for Businesses from the German Ministry of the Environment, for its efforts in environmental protection and environment-oriented company management. Along with the award,…
  • Friday, 07 December 2018

    Denim mill takes indigo dyeing to absolute limit

    REINACH – Thailand-based Absolute Denim says it has switched 100 per cent of its indigo denim dyeing to Archroma’s Denisol ‘Pure Indigo 30’ liquid dye, which is said to be free of the problematic hazardous chemical aniline – at ‘levels below…
  • Friday, 07 December 2018

    Bestseller partners with Fashion for Good

    AMSTERDAM – International fashion house Bestseller has entered a strategic partnership with Dutch initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) as the pair look to drive the mass fashion market’s adoption of sustainable, circular technologies. The Danish…
  • Thursday, 06 December 2018

    ZDHC event embodies new, broader scope

    AMSTERDAM – Implementation was very much front and centre on the first day of the Friends of ZDHC Implementation and Innovation Experience event, with several key figures from all stages of the textile supply chain taking to the stage to share their…
  • Thursday, 06 December 2018

    Record attendance at Organic Cotton Café

    ABIDJAN – As this year’s World Café on Organic Cotton comes to a close, the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) reflects on a highly successful 77th annual meeting in the capital of Côte d'Ivoire, which attracted a record number of…
  • Thursday, 06 December 2018

    Greenpeace sees both detox progress and challenges

    AMSTERDAM – Greenpeace has, for the first time, taken to the stage at a ZDHC event to discuss its perspective on industry-wide chemical management alignment work. Those firms to have already joined initiatives like the ZDHC Foundation are the…
  • Thursday, 06 December 2018

    Denim duo develop recyclable hangtags

    KARACHI – Pakistani denim manufacturer Artistic Fabric & Garment Industries (AFGI) has teamed up with Denimite, a brand which re-purposes denim textile waste, to develop recyclable garment hangtags. AFGI will integrate the hangtags within its latest…
  • Wednesday, 05 December 2018

    A small fish in a big pond

    MUNICH - After scooping the Eco Performance Award at last week’s Performance Days trade show, Ecotextile News sat down with the president of JouJouFish (JJF) and co-founder of Green Theme Technologies (GTT), Ryan Chen and GTT’s director of…
  • Wednesday, 05 December 2018

    Tyton Biosciences recognised with industry award

    DANVILLE – The work undertaken by Tyton BioSciences LLC has been recognised with a Fashion Positive PLUS award; a significant moment as the firm strives towards achieving Gold level Cradle to Cradle certification for its products. The award, Tyton…
  • Wednesday, 05 December 2018

    Launch welcomes sustainable start-up finalists

    BENTONVILLE – Launch will today present the finalists of this year’s Circular Innovation Challenge in Bentonville, Arkansas, each of which will receive financial support as they look to bring to market an array of sustainable technologies. Thirty…
  • Tuesday, 04 December 2018

    Online map highlights modern slavery risk areas

    LONDON – A new online platform created by Transparency in Supply Chains (TISC) will map all calls made to Britain's anti-slavery helpline as part of its ongoing efforts to raise public awareness of the problem and to better and more precisely direct…
  • Tuesday, 04 December 2018

    Union seeks meaningful CSR progress through inquiry

    LONDON – IndustriALL Global Union, which represents garment workers around the world, has stated that apparel companies in the UK “need to get much more serious about reforming working conditions in their global supply chains.” In its submission to…
  • Tuesday, 04 December 2018

    Most consumers buy apparel they never wear, survey finds

    LONDON – A new survey conducted by the Fashion Retail Academy has found that the majority of consumers aged 18-35 have purchased garments they never wear, with almost a quarter claiming to have bought ten or more items which have simply been wasted.…
  • Monday, 03 December 2018

    WWF and VITAS launch collaborative projects

    HO CHI MINH CITY — The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has collaborated with the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) to launch an initiative designed to promote improved water quality, improved river basin governance and sustainable…
  • Monday, 03 December 2018

    Inclusive fashion a UK government priority

    LONDON – The British Government has announced its plan to recruit a Fashion Disability Champion to highlight and tackle issues faced by consumers with disabilities. The individual selected to perform the role will use their position to advise and…
  • Monday, 03 December 2018

    UK repair firm aims to combat apparel waste

    CAMBORNE – A UK-based clothing repair service has exceeded its crowdfunding goal of £200,000, as the company seeks to expand its operations which have already seen orders grow 321 per cent in the year leading up to September 2018. Clothes Doctor,…
  • Monday, 03 December 2018

    Sustainability used for financial growth, HSBC finds

    LONDON – Global finance institution HSBC has claimed that business around the world are reappraising supply chains in order to integrate sustainability; decisions which are primarily driven by expectations of subsequent financial reward. A new study…
  • Friday, 30 November 2018

    LCA confirms fluorine textile coating risks

    BRUSSELS – A 3-year EU life cycle assessment study to evaluate alternatives to fluorine-based durable water and oil textile repellents (DWOR) has concluded that fluorinated formulations have a negative environmental impact “10 – 40 times larger”…
  • Thursday, 29 November 2018

    Chinese viscose supplier completes CanopyStyle audit

    VANCOUVER – An independent audit of how Chinese viscose fibre supplier Zhejiang Fulida sources its raw materials, has found that although there’s a risk it may be sourced from nearby ancient or endangered forests, the company is becoming much more…
  • Thursday, 29 November 2018

    Otto Group teams up with Fashion for Good

    AMSTERDAM – The Otto Group has signed up to the Fashion for Good Innovation Platform, and with others, will now become part of the Dutch-based NGO’s selection process for new innovators and start-ups that focus on sustainability in the textile and…
  • Wednesday, 28 November 2018

    Hong Kong steps up textile recycling efforts

    HONG KONG – As Hong Kong begins to take a more pro-active approach to textile waste, Redress – an NGO that promotes environmental sustainability in fashion – reports that over eighty companies from across the city took part in its ‘Get Redressed…
  • Wednesday, 28 November 2018

    Knit fabric advance sheds fewer microfibres

    MUNICH – In direct response to growing concerns about textile microfibre pollution – especially from polyester fleece fabrics – Polartec has today unveiled a new knitted fabric designed to reduce fibre shedding here at the on-going Performance Days…
  • Wednesday, 28 November 2018

    PODCAST: Finance & textile innovation: show me the money!

    VANCOUVER – Perhaps for the first time, sustainable solutions are starting to be scaled-up in the textile industry, but is there really enough investment capital available to ensure they succeed? Mike Schragger talks with Fashion for Good’s Rogier…
  • Tuesday, 27 November 2018

    Further NGO support for Bangladesh Accord

    AMSTERDAM – As part of a continued and coordinated effort to breath new life into the Bangladesh Accord on worker safety, several leading European NGOs involved in the ethical fashion sector have together appealed to Bangladesh government to allow…
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