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ADDIS ABABA – The Kombolcha Industrial Park (KIP), in northern Ethiopia is set to start production in February 2018, according to an announcement by an Ethiopian official.

Despite the concerns previously reported by Ecotextile News about sourcing from companies in southern Ethiopia (Omo Valley), the nation’s government, in partnership with Chinese investors, is pressing ahead with investments in the textile industry.

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  • Friday, 21 September 2018

    Pakistan added to Primark cotton programme

    DUBLIN – Following a successful first year of retailing apparel which incorporates cotton from the company’s Sustainable Cotton Programme, Primark has announced that it will expand the initiative to encompass suppliers in Pakistan – one of its…
  • Thursday, 20 September 2018

    Ternua debuts PFC-free recycled plastic travel range

    MONDRAGÓN – European Outdoor Group (EOG) member brand Ternua has launched a range of PFC-free backpacks and travel accessories made using recycled materials for its upcoming spring-summer 2019 collection.
  • Wednesday, 12 September 2018

    Report seeks industry SDG implementation

    AMSTELVEEN – Global auditing firm KPMG has teamed up with Textile Exchange (TE) to publish its Threading the Needle report which details how the apparel industry can integrate the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to improve its business…
  • Wednesday, 12 September 2018

    UK Institute calls for action on textile pollution

    LONDON – The Institution of Mechanical Engineers an influential UK-based association, which has over 120,000 members in 140 countries, has called on the textile sector to clean up its act through today’s release of a new 8-page briefing that calls…
  • Wednesday, 12 September 2018

    Partnership aims to tackle synthetic textile pollution

    HAYWARD – After the successful presentation of its ‘CiCLO’ technology to Planet Textiles delegates in Vancouver, back in May, the Intrinsic Textiles Group has now signed a joint venture agreement with the yarn division of US-based Parkdale Mills to…
  • Tuesday, 11 September 2018

    Non-surgical mulesing alternative for Australasia

    VICTORIA – The commercialisation of a non-surgical cryogenic breeching procedure, in addition to New Zealand’s imminent ban on the practice, could see Australasia’s two largest nations move away from the much-maligned practice of mulesing. The…
  • Tuesday, 11 September 2018

    Microfibre solution offered by in-house testing?

    GENEVA – In response to both the growing fears and understanding on the topic of textile-derived microfibres, a Swiss-based testing laboratory has developed a new in-house testing method for apparel manufacturers to implement directly. This,…
  • Friday, 07 September 2018

    Sustainability study explores mulberry silk credentials

    COMO – While the production of silk has almost been consigned to history in Europe, Como in Italy continues to thrive as a hub serving the world’s luxury fashion retailers with fibres for products such as scarves, ties, blouses and dresses. A new…
  • Wednesday, 05 September 2018

    Research explores Northern Australian cotton potential

    CANBERRA – To better inform the Australian government, federal government agency The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has conducted an investigation into the opportunities for water resource development in key…
  • Tuesday, 04 September 2018

    Recycled renaissance for Hong Kong textile sector?

    HONG KONG – A new spinning mill in Hong Kong’s former garment-producing hub will begin operations later this year, producing recycled yarn derived from the region’s textile waste. The landmark mill opening, which will be the first in Hong Kong for…
  • Tuesday, 04 September 2018

    Lenzing steps ahead with Hong Kong innovation hub

    HONG KONG – More than 600 visitors from buying offices and apparel brands have already been through Lenzing’s new application innovation centre here in Hong Kong, where prototype knitted jacquard fabrics made with the new Tencel Luxe – a filament…
  • Monday, 03 September 2018

    Nike latest to join Green Supply Chain Map

    BEIJING – Global sportswear brand Nike has become the latest company to join the Green Supply Chain Map; a move which means the firm will disclose the environmental information of all their suppliers located in China. The online tool, launched in…
  • Tuesday, 28 August 2018

    Updated GRI standard incorporates water impacts

    STOCKHOLM – An updated GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) standard on water stress – a pressing issue for many firms in the garment sector, particularly manufacturing and finishing – has now been introduced. The organisation asserts that companies…
  • Tuesday, 28 August 2018

    Australasian duo collaborate on textile recycling

    SYDNEY – Australian fashion technology firm BlockTexx has revealed that it will be working closely with New Zealand-based textile research company The Formary as part of a collaborative effort to develop new strategies and workflow models for the…
  • Thursday, 23 August 2018

    Glyphosate and cotton standards. Risk or reward?

    LONDON – Glyphosate, the main ingredient in RoundUp herbicide widely used in cotton production – including being approved for use in several environmental standards – is once again under scrutiny after a ruling that backed a groundskeeper who said…
  • Wednesday, 22 August 2018

    CmiA cites surge in African cotton demand

    HAMBURG – Cotton made in Africa (CmiA), which now certifies around 40 per cent of the cotton produced by smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, has claimed a huge rise in demand for African cotton within the textile industry. According to the…
  • Friday, 17 August 2018

    US recycling hits the buffers, latest figures show

    WASHINGTON – While launches of ‘recycled’ collections within the textile sector seem to be occurring at an ever-increasing frequency, the latest figures regarding material recycling in the United States – which point to a decrease in the amount of…
  • Friday, 17 August 2018

    Spinnova seeks acceleration after investment boost

    HELSINKI – Finnish fibre innovator Spinnova has received a welcome injection of capital; a boost which the firm hopes will ensure the next phase of its progression is secure. The company aims to develop what it describes as ‘the world’s most…
  • Wednesday, 15 August 2018

    Canadian firm pioneers aramid PPE recycling

    VANCOUVER – Following ‘extensive R&D efforts’ at its recycling centre, a Canadian firm claims to have developed a proprietary technique for the post-consumer recycling of aramid fabrics; a development which could offer the PPE (personal protective…
  • Tuesday, 14 August 2018

    The view from…DuPont Industrial Biosciences

    WILMINGTON – To discuss the company’s latest innovations, its stance on certifications and what comes next for one of the industry’s largest organisations, David Styles caught up with global product manager at DuPont Industrial Biosciences’, Rene…
  • Friday, 10 August 2018

    Apparel Impact Institute enters new era

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Apparel Impact Institute (AII), which will soon celebrate its first year in operation, has revealed that its first president will be Lewis Perkins, who previously worked in the same role at the Cradle to Cradle Products…
  • Thursday, 09 August 2018

    New plant boosts Sri Lankan recycled polyester

    COLOMBO – A new facility in the district of Horana has opened its doors prior to embarking on the manufacturing of polyester yarn from post-consumer PET flakes at a scale never before seen in Sri Lanka.
  • Wednesday, 08 August 2018

    Cotton: A sector under stress?

    WASHINGTON - Earlier this month, a seemingly ordinary press release from the International Cotton Advisory Committee caught the eagle eye of Ecotextile News, which told of how cotton farmers were unable to capitalise on the strong demand for cotton…
  • Friday, 03 August 2018

    Wecycled initiative awarded Natural Fibre prize

    VELEN – German textile manufacturer Velener Textil GmbH has won the Discover Natural Fibres Initiative’s (DNFI) Innovation in Natural Fibres Award for its Wecycled system which reclaims the 30 per cent of cotton yarn that remains unused in textile…
  • Thursday, 02 August 2018

    Cotton demand at record high, environmental stress impacts prospects

    WASHINGTON – Despite a strong demand for cotton in Asia with consumption projected to reach an all-time high of 27.5 million tonnes in 2018/19, less-than-ideal environmental conditions and subsequent lack of available water, means that cotton…
  • Tuesday, 31 July 2018

    Delta collaboration repurposes retired uniforms

    ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines, the second largest passenger carrier airline in the USA, which globally employs more than 800,000 people, has donated more than 350,000 pounds of clothing to be upcycled and repurposed. In a new initiative, the airline has…
  • Tuesday, 31 July 2018

    China viscose sector launches sustainability roadmap

    BEIJING – Ten major Chinese viscose producers which together make up an estimated 50 per cent of the world’s supply have released a new joint 3-year roadmap for the sustainable development of the viscose manufacturing industry in China. In…
  • Monday, 30 July 2018

    West Africa hub could boost organic cotton

    The idea of a cotton sourcing hub in West Africa has recently resurfaced, but this time it’s being tied to a goal to which could massively increase the production of organic cotton. Simon Ferrigno catches up with Tobias Meier of Swiss-based…
  • Friday, 27 July 2018

    New study asks, does garment use matter?

    OSLO – A new study has been published to examine whether there is evidence to suggest the use of textiles changes systematically between different fibre types. The research also highlights the shortcomings of LCA lifecycle assessments given that,…
  • Thursday, 26 July 2018

    Brands make 'mixed progress' on viscose pollution in Asia

    LONDON – Luxury brands such as Gucci, Prada and Chanel sit alongside low-cost apparel retailers, such as Asda, Lidl and online brands Boohoo and Missguided when it comes to transparency in their viscose textile supply chains, according to a new…
  • Tuesday, 24 July 2018

    Spinnova to scale up with Fashion for Good

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good has unveiled Finnish cellulosic fibre innovator Spinnova as the latest addition to its Scaling Programme. Spinnova has been selected by the Amsterdam-based fashion hub as a result of developing its disruptive cellulose…
  • Thursday, 19 July 2018

    Eurojersey extends WWF partnership, launches microfibre project

    MILAN – Italian warp knitted fabric supplier Eurojersey has signed a new three-year extension of its existing partnership with WWF Italia aimed at the conservation of water as a planetary resource. The new partnership will take the form of multiple…
  • Wednesday, 18 July 2018

    New study gets the measure of microfibre shedding

    MÖLNDAL – A new research article led by a Swerea IVF scientist has proposed a standardised test method for measuring textile-derived microfibres shed during the everyday washing of garments. One of the primary motivations for this research is said…
  • Monday, 16 July 2018

    Worn Again accelerates polymer recycling technology

    LONDON – Research institute Worn Again Technologies has confirmed that it has successfully reached its investment target of £5 million to facilitate the acceleration of its breakthrough polymer recycling technology. In the face of the growing…
  • Thursday, 12 July 2018

    First viscose filament yarn audit finds ENKA ‘low risk’

    OBERNBURG – German firm ENKA has become the first viscose filament yarn producer to complete an independent verification audit in association with Rainforest Alliance and Canopy. The results of this first-of-its-kind audit categorised the company as…
  • Wednesday, 11 July 2018

    Man-made cellulosic fibres added to ZDHC roadmap

    AMSTERDAM – ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) has confirmed that, as part of the wider implementation of raw material production into its Roadmap to Zero Programme, man-made cellulosic fibres will now form part of its apparel value chain…
  • Friday, 06 July 2018

    Are textile microfibres more problematic than microbeads?

    BRUSSELS – A new study has found textile-derived microfibres to be as harmful, if not more so, to certain types of aquatic crustaceans than microbeads which have already been banned from use in many nations. In particular, the study found that…
  • Dutch sustainability initiative reports growth
    Wednesday, 04 July 2018

    Dutch sustainability initiative reports growth

    NETHERLANDS – The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textiles (AGT) has reported a sharp rise in the number of production sites taking part in the initiative since it was first launched back in 2016. Latest figures show that today, on the…
  • Fibres from chicken feathers back up the pecking order
    Tuesday, 03 July 2018

    Fibres from chicken feathers back up the pecking order

    NEBRASKA – An ongoing research project – first highlighted by Ecotextile News as far back as our first print issue in 2007 – has received a new US$211,885 grant as part of a two-year project to develop protein textile fibres made from waste poultry…
  • Tuesday, 03 July 2018

    Klopman invests in sustainability

    Frosinone - Workwear fabrics producer, Klopman, has started construction work on a cogeneration plant at its production facility, which is located in Frosinone, Italy. The company says the objective is to replace the existing thermoelectric plant to…
  • Monday, 02 July 2018

    Tangshan Sanyou completes viscose audit, Canopy reveals

    TANGSHAN – The independently verified audit results of Chinese viscose producer Tangshan Sanyou have been published by environmental non-profits Canopy and Rainforest Alliance. Completing the evaluation puts Tangshan Sanyou considerably ahead of the…
  • Monday, 02 July 2018

    OTA kicks off organic anti-fraud pilot

    WASHINGTON – Fraud is a still an on-going issue in the organic cotton sector, leading to many traders and brands refusing to source fibre from some regions where the problem is rife. Now though, the US Organic Trade Association has launched a pilot…
  • Wednesday, 27 June 2018

    CottonUP sourcing platform debuted at BCI Conference

    BRUSSELS - At the annual BCI Global Cotton Conference, Forum for the Future has announced that it - along with several industry partners which form the Cotton 2040 coalition - has launched a new online guide to facilitate increases in sustainable…
  •  From left to right: Daniel Link, CEO, Loepfe, Segundo Crespo, quality manager, Loepfe,  Th. Zach, auditor, SGS, and Silvano Auciello, head of sales and marketing, Loepfe.
    Wednesday, 27 June 2018

    Loepfe ups sustainability commitments

    WETZIKON – Yarn quality control specialist Loepfe has made a wealth of new environmental sustainability pledges – including a switch to renewable energy and gradual elimination of the wave soldering process in circuit board production – in a bid to…
  • Tuesday, 26 June 2018

    Lenzing and Duratex assess Brazilian DWP expansion

    LENZING – Cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has announced a partnership with wood panel producer Duratex to explore the possibility of building a dissolving wood pulp (DWP) plant near Sao Paulo, Brazil. The companies hope that this project – which…
  • Monday, 25 June 2018

    Coca-Cola support boosts EU PET recycling initiative

    ATLANTA – Coca-Cola has announced its intention to join the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) of Demeto, an EU-funded PET recycling initiative with representatives from the polyester value chain amongst its membership. As one of the largest global…
  • Wednesday, 20 June 2018

    Radici designs 100 per cent recyclable gilet

    GANDINO – In a move to explore the potential for new circular business models for the global textile sector, the Radici Group has produced a ‘100 per cent recyclable’ nylon gilet made of over 20 separate nylon components that can be recycled…
  • Wednesday, 20 June 2018

    C&A Foundation funding boost for circular initiatives

    AMSTERDAM – The C&A Foundation has confirmed that five initiatives, selected as part of its 2017 ‘Bridging the Gap’ RFP (Request for Proposals), are to receive a combined total of €1.29 million to support the implementation of circularity in the…
  • Wednesday, 13 June 2018

    PrimaLoft cites progress towards 2020 sustainability goals

    LATHAM – PrimaLoft Inc. claims to have made another step towards achieving its goal of incorporating 90 per cent recycled content into a minimum of 50 per cent of its product portfolio by 2020. The company, which now offers three types of insulation…
  • Monday, 11 June 2018

    Greenpeace report explores Antarctic microfibre pollution

    AMSTERDAM – As part of a broader ‘Protect the Antarctic’ campaign, Greenpeace has published a report detailing the state of pollution – including that caused by textile microfibres – in the region’s oceans. Microplastics and persistent fluorinated…
  • Thursday, 07 June 2018

    M&S claims responsible cotton sourcing leap

    LONDON – In the latest edition of the company’s annual ‘Plan A’ progress report, M&S has highlighted a substantial rise in its use of sustainably-sourced cotton which, it claims, puts the firm on course to reach its self-imposed target of 100 per…
  • Monday, 04 June 2018

    Blockchain gets funding boost, eyes cotton sector

    DENVER – A start-up company which uses blockchain technology and AI to bring greater transparency to the coffee industry has closed another US$2.15 million in additional seed funding as it looks to diverse into new areas of agriculture such as…
  • Monday, 04 June 2018

    Kenya targets ambitious cotton sector regeneration

    NAIROBI – As part of a wider initiative to boost the nation’s economy, a Kenyan government official has announced that the cotton sector will be a key area of focus for growth in the coming months. Increasing revenues from around US$35 million to…
  • Thursday, 31 May 2018

    Logistik turns over new leaf with Eko-Terre hemp

    QUEBEC – Eko-Terre, a newly-established division of Logistik Unicorp, is seeking to scale up its hemp production in Canada with a view to expanding both its market share and global presence. The firm believes hemp, with its lower land and water…
  • Thursday, 31 May 2018

    First year progress a real Plus for Fashion Positive

    OAKLAND – Circular fashion accelerator, Fashion Positive Plus has announced an expansion of its programme along with publishing a progress report highlighting the achievements of its inaugural year in operation. Founded as part of a Cradle to Cradle…
  • Wednesday, 30 May 2018

    Vietnam seeks to balance growth with environment safety

    HANOI – Reports from Vietnam’s textile producing regions have highlighted an increased reluctance from local authorities to support new textile and dyeing facilities as concern about the impacts of subsequent pollution grows. This limitation being…
  • Wednesday, 23 May 2018

    Nanollose launches its first microbial cellulose fabrics

    VANCOUVER – At Planet Textiles 2018 held here yesterday in Canada, Australian start-up Nanollose revealed for the first time a selection of knitted fabrics made from microbial cellulose derived from coconut waste. We reported last year that the…
  • Wednesday, 23 May 2018

    Lenzing investing €30M in new Tencel Luxe line

    LENZING – The Lenzing Group is investing €30 million to build a further pilot line for its Tencel Luxe filament yarn, which was first launched on the market just a few months ago. The company says the investment will significantly expand capacities…
  • Monday, 21 May 2018

    Metsä Group expands with new plant and innovation arm

    ESPOO - Finnish forest industry products company, the Metsä Group, has announced steps towards expanding its portfolio of wood based products and plans to build a demonstration plant for the production of textile fibres made from pulp. The demo…
  • Monday, 21 May 2018

    AAFA calls for tariff plans to be revised

    WASHINGTON – The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has called for the National Council of Textile Organisations (NCTO) to revise plans that request the Trump Administration impose a 25 percent tariff on of apparel, textile-based home…
  • Thursday, 17 May 2018

    Life’s a gas with methane-derived biopolyester

    REDWOOD CITY – Set before the backdrop of ever-growing concern regarding microfibre pollution and its potential impact on the world’s oceans, Mango Materials is hoping to provide the textile industry with an alternative to traditional polyester…
  • Tuesday, 15 May 2018

    Lenzing to produce Ecovero in China

    NANJING – The Lenzing Group will start production of its ‘Ecovero’ branded viscose fibres at its Chinese Lenzing Nanjing Fibers (LNF) facility – one of only two locations where the fibre will be made. The production process is claimed to have…
  • Unifi CEO Kevin Hall receiving the award from Al Segars, PNC distinguished professor, strategy and entrepreneurship and faculty director, at the Center for Sustainable Enterprise.
    Monday, 14 May 2018

    Unifi receives UNC sustainability award

    GREENSBORO – Recycled fibres innovator Unifi has been awarded the 2018 UNC Sustainability Award from Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise and the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. Unifi produces its Repreve…
  • Friday, 04 May 2018

    Innovators Report highlights circular fashion potential

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion Positive, H&M Foundation and Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute have collaborated to publish the first edition of the Emerging Material Innovators Report, highlighting what they deem to be the most promising…
  • Friday, 04 May 2018

    New Alliance seeks global Chinese textile engagement

    BEIJING – A recently-established Chinese non-profit organisation has set out its ambitious goals which include the inception of a China Fashion Sustainability Alliance, a move it hopes can open the nation’s fashion and textile industries up to…
  • Friday, 04 May 2018

    UK consumer group calls for plastic microfibre solution

    LONDON – The Women’s Institute (WI), the UK’s largest voluntary organisation with over 220,000 members, has launched its ‘End Plastic Soup’ campaign, which aims to raise awareness in Britain about how laundering clothes can influence textile…
  • Tuesday, 01 May 2018

    Textile microfibre projects assess influence of recycling and coloration

    ZUG – The European Outdoor Group has initiated a new project to compare the impacts of recycled and virgin polyester and nylon on synthetic textile microfibre pollution; as well as a separate project that aims to understand how textile coloration…
  • Monday, 23 April 2018

    Adidas improves supply chain transparency in China

    BEIJING – Global sports brand Adidas has become the most recent apparel brand to join the Green Supply Chain Map – the online transparency tool that maps leading multinational brands and retail corporations to their suppliers’ environmental…
  • Thursday, 19 April 2018

    Wrangler highlights best practice in cotton farming

    GREENSBORO – As it deepens its partnership with US cotton growers, denim brand Wrangler has today published a review of 45 scientific reports which it says highlight the most significant environmental benefits of farming cotton in a more sustainable…
  • Thursday, 19 April 2018

    AMFI unveils new circular fashion master’s degree

    AMSTERDAM – A collaboration between Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI), Circle Economy and Fashion for Good has led to the development of the world’s first master’s degree focused on circular fashion entrepreneurship. It is hoped that this…
  • Wednesday, 18 April 2018

    Self-healing squid biopolymers aim for scale-up

    PHILADELPHIA – A new type of protein-based biopolymer derived from squid, which is being used to produce programmable, thermoplastic textile fibres that are said to be stretchable, tough, recyclable and even self-healing will be one of several…
  • Wednesday, 18 April 2018

    PVH teams up with WWF to improve water stewardship

    NEW YORK – PVH Corp., parent company of Tommy Hilfiger Van Heusen and Calvin Klein has teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund in a new 3-year partnership to improve water stewardship within its supply chain. Under the new agreement, PVH and WWF will…
  • Monday, 16 April 2018

    Improved enzyme munches polyester

    PORTSMOUTH – Scientists have successfully modified a bacterial enzyme to break down polyester more efficiently in a move that could have wide ranging implications for the plastics recycling, waste and textile industries. Ecotextile News reported…
  • Monday, 16 April 2018

    Voracious cotton bollworm hybrid causes concern

    CANBERRA – Researchers in Australia have found clear evidence of cotton bollworm and corn earworm hybridization among populations in Brazil, which has resulted in a voracious caterpillar that’s likely to be highly resistant to pesticides. The new…
  • Thursday, 12 April 2018

    Cotton made in Africa reaches one million milestone

    HAMBURG – Sustainability initiative, Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) has announced that for the first time since its foundation in 2005, more than one million African cotton farmers now benefit from its work. The organisation claims that in 2017, a…
  • Wednesday, 11 April 2018

    New test identifies GM cotton in clothing

    ZURICH – A new testing procedure from Oeko-Tex claims to be able to accurately identify the presence of genetically modified (GM) cotton in fibres, yarns and even clothing. The new test method uses RT-PCR (reverse transcription- polymerase chain…
  • Tuesday, 10 April 2018

    Fibersort embodies Dutch recycling revolution

    AMSTERDAM – Fibersort, the collaborative project responsible for an automated solution to sorting post-consumer textiles is only in its second month of operation but has already attracted large levels of industry interest, culminating in a ‘Demo…
  • Monday, 09 April 2018

    Unifi Repreve hands waterless US town reprieve

    FLINT – Fashion designer Tracy Reese and artist Mel Chin have collaborated on a capsule collection which, through the utilisation of Unifi’s Repreve technology, has been able to highlight and combat an American town’s plastic waste problem. Around…
  • Friday, 06 April 2018

    Vaude takes next step on PFC-free journey

    TETTNANG – Vaude has revealed progress in its efforts to combat the use of harmful fluorocarbons in its entire product portfolio by announcing that all the textile materials incorporated in its 2018 Spring/Summer Collection will be fully PFC-free.…
  • Thursday, 05 April 2018

    US cotton industry speaks out over China tariff threat

    WASHINGTON – The increasingly fraught trading relationship between the United States and China has led to an outcry from the cotton growers of America for the governments of both nations to return to the negotiation table and end the current threats…
  • Thursday, 05 April 2018

    China goes green: Fact or fiction?

    BEIJING – Since textile microfibre pollution hit the mainstream headlines, manufacturers producing garments from synthetic materials have – like the microfibre particles the apparel appears to shed – found themselves hurled into choppy waters.…
  • Wednesday, 04 April 2018

    EU-funded project seeks unused garment circularity

    LONDON – A collaboration between fashion technology firm BRIA (Brooke Roberts Innovation Agency) and apparel brand Sabinna has yielded a technique which the companies claim can transform unused or waste garments into new materials for use in apparel…
  • Tuesday, 03 April 2018

    Energy surge for sustainable Bangladeshi firms

    WASHINGTON – The World Bank has approved funding for two projects in Bangladesh – amounting to a combined total of around US$560 million – which could benefit the nation’s small and large textile facilities alike. The initiatives are aimed at…
  • Thursday, 29 March 2018

    Pakistan puts pests aside with cotton ban

    LAHORE – The Punjab Agriculture Department, on the advice of scientists and departmental researchers, has enacted a province-wide ban on the cultivation of cotton before the beginning of April. The decision is said to have been taken as the threat…
  • Wednesday, 28 March 2018

    IWTO makes sustainability wool sector’s top priority

    BRUSSELS – Ahead of its annual conference, set to be held in May, the IWTO (International Wool Textile Organisation) has released its latest Wool Review which demonstrates a predominant theme of promoting the natural fibre’s environmental…
  • Wednesday, 28 March 2018

    Israeli technologies boost for Indian cotton farmers

    TEL AVIV – Agreements signed between several Israeli companies and the Solidaridad Network are set to enable around six million Indian cotton farmers to implement agricultural technologies designed to maximise water efficiency in the production…
  • Monday, 26 March 2018

    Jeanologia sets sights on sustainable, water-free denim

    VALENCIA – The CEO of Spanish textile technology business Jeanologia has claimed that by 2025 the prospect of water free denim production could be a reality. It was announced by the firm earlier this year that as a result of its technologies having…
  • Thursday, 22 March 2018

    VF refutes false Cambodia claims

    GREENSBORO – Following misleading news reports claiming that the company had pledged to increase its garment sourcing commitments in Cambodia, VF Corporation has clarified its position regarding the organisation’s purchasing strategy in the nation.…
  • Wednesday, 21 March 2018

    Canopy launches video appeal to save Indonesian ecosystem

    ACEH – Canopy has launched a new video that claims to show how forests and fashion are linked, with particular reference to Indonesia’s Leuser ecosystem. Leuser is the last place on Earth where critically endangered orangutans, elephants, tigers and…
  • Cotton
    Wednesday, 21 March 2018

    CmiA highlights water saving techniques

    HAMBURG – Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) – the largest African sustainable cotton label – has platformed its water-saving cotton irrigation techniques to mark World Water Day 2018.
  • Tuesday, 20 March 2018

    Circle Economy and eBay Foundation unveil new project

    AMSTERDAM ­– Dutch social enterprise, Circle Economy has unveiled ‘Circle Lab’, an online platform aimed at crowdsourcing solutions to environmental problems and promoting the implementation of circular practices. Circle Economy has, along with…
  • Monday, 19 March 2018

    Gap embarks on water saving mission

    SAN FRANCISCO – Gap has unveiled a new manufacturing sustainability target which, if successful, would see the company conserve a total of 10 billion litres of water by the end of 2020. Key to this ambition will be both product innovation and…
  • Monday, 19 March 2018

    Fashion for Good unveils latest batch of innovators

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good has announced the third raft of industry innovators which have been selected to take part in the latest edition of the organisation’s plug and play accelerator programme. The fifteen start-ups will now be inducted onto a…
  • Thursday, 15 March 2018

    Norwegian project aims to discover fate of ‘microplastics’

    TRONDHEIM – A new scientific project in Norway, backed by Nordic apparel brands and retailers aims to gain new understanding of the ecological behaviour and impact caused by the degradation of synthetic ‘microplastic’ textile fibres (MPFs) in…
  • Wednesday, 14 March 2018

    Collaboration launches Piñatex sustainability project

    WAALWIJK – Dutch process chemicals and coatings firm, Stahl has announced a collaboration with Ananas Anam which will see the two companies work together in an effort to improve the sustainability credentials of Piñatex. Derived from pineapple leaf…
  • Monday, 12 March 2018

    Oritain eyes cotton supply chain traceability in Egypt

    CAIRO – Supply chain traceability company, Oritain has announced it has partnered with Egyptian cotton supply chain trader Modern Nile Cotton Co., in order to verify the origin of Egyptian cotton and identify environmental and social risks across…
  • Friday, 09 March 2018

    BCI to launch revised Cotton Standard

    GENEVA – Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has announced that it will launch a revised Cotton Standard this month, as updated Principles and Criteria – which are identified by the organisation as key to the implementation of its guidelines – take…
  • Thursday, 08 March 2018

    Study sheds new light on textile microfibre pollution

    RALEIGH – A brand new study on textile microfibre pollution, which has not yet been published, has found that cotton and rayon (viscose) fabrics release more of these minute, problematic fibres during laundering than polyester textiles; but it was…
  • Thursday, 08 March 2018

    African cotton farmers get 8 million euro boost

    BONN – The German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ) has pledged to provide funding grants of up to €8 million over a 4 year period to support smallholder farmers in Africa to improve living conditions and promote…
  • Thursday, 08 March 2018

    GOTS growth fuelled by Bangladesh and North America

    STUTTGART – Driven by strong growth in Bangladesh and North America, the number of textile manufacturing facilities certified to the voluntary Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has risen by over 8 per cent in the last twelve months and now…

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