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While the environmental benefits of international second-hand apparel trade may not appeal to a Trump White House, the economic argument could well gain more traction. David Styles speaks to Marjorie Norton, a professor at Virginia Tech University, to discover how her latest study will assess the benefits and complexities of this market for the United States.

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  • Friday, 23 February 2024

    Harness the power of AI to boost recycling, says GRF

    BRUSSELS - The Global Recycling Foundation (GRF) has called for an increase in the use of artificial intelligence solutions to help drive the growth of world trade in recyclables. According to the GRF, which supports the promotion of recycling…
  • Friday, 23 February 2024

    Zalando to revise 'green' claims following EU rebuke Premium Article

    BERLIN - Online fashion retailer Zalando is to make significant changes to the way it promotes the sustainable credentials of its clothing collections following an investigation by European regulators. Following discussions with the European…
  • Friday, 23 February 2024

    Inditex ramps up aid donations

    ARTEIXO - Inditex, owner of the Zara brand says it has reinforced its commitment to the emergency programmes of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the refugee relief work being done by the humanitarian organisation in Bangladesh and Mexico,…
  • Friday, 23 February 2024

    EU risks missing climate targets by a decade Premium Article

    LONDON – Textile and fashion industry stakeholders that operate in Europe, and who have set ambitious climate reduction targets to meet the requirements of the EU Green Deal, could struggle to meet their scope 1 and 2 reduction targets – never mind…
  • Thursday, 22 February 2024

    Project explores water-free dyeing for denim production Premium Article

    AHMEDABAD – Retail giant H&M has partnered with its long-standing denim supplier Arvind Limited and Indian start-up Deven Supercriticals to explore the feasibility of supercritical CO2 dyeing of natural fibres, a technique that has previously been…
  • Thursday, 22 February 2024

    Nativa expands into regenerative cotton

    PARIS - Merino wool supplier Nativa, part of the Chargeurs Group, is expanding into cotton grown through regenerative agricultural practices. The cotton will be grown in Greece under the Nativa Regenerative Agriculture Program which aims to improve…
  • Thursday, 22 February 2024

    Renewcell expands Circulose Supplier Network

    STOCKHOLM – Textile recycling pioneer Renewcell has welcomed 35 new members to its Circulose Supplier Network (CSN) bringing the total to 151 companies working to use the Swedish firm’s dissolving pulp. Launched last July with 47 textile companies…
  • Thursday, 22 February 2024

    Canopy welcomes first Chinese-owned brands

    VANCOUVER – Environmental nonprofit Canopy has announced that three Chinese fashion groups have become the first from the region to join its CanopyStyle and Pack4Good supply chain initiatives. The Ellassay Group, which owns owns Chinese brand…
  • Thursday, 22 February 2024

    Union officials attacked at Fairtrade factory Premium Article

    GAZIPUR - Union officials who tried to help garment workers set up a trade union at a Bangladeshi supplier to global brands and retailers, including H&M and Next, were threatened and beaten, according to campaigners. Shariful Islam and Jagdish Babu,…
  • Thursday, 22 February 2024

    Podcast: Cash for climate solutions

    WAKEFIELD – For the first of a new three-part series in our Ecotextile Talks podcast, produced in partnership with the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii), our host Philip Berman is joined by two leading figures behind an ambitious attempt to reduce the…
  • Thursday, 22 February 2024

    CottonConnect impact report claims progress Premium Article

    LONDON - The CottonConnect social enterprise is claiming significant progress across all of the key areas of its programmes in its latest impact report. More than 523,000 farmers were trained in sustainable agriculture programmes in India, Pakistan,…
  • Wednesday, 21 February 2024

    Adidas joins Canopy forest initiatives

    HERZOGENAURACH – Sportswear giant Adidas has joined the environmental non-profit Canopy's CanopyStyle and Pack4Good initiatives. It means the company is committing that all of its textiles, paper and paper packaging will be free of fibre sourced…
  • Wednesday, 21 February 2024

    BlockTexx completes Series B funding round

    LOGANHOLME – Australian textile recycling pioneer BlockTexx has completed a AU$7 million Series B funding round to scale its technology. The investment will be used to expand BlockTexx’s textile recovery facility in Loganholme, Queensland from 4,000…
  • Wednesday, 21 February 2024

    Report shines light on gender pay gap

    NEW YORK - A comprehensive report on gender inequality in the clothing and textile manufacturing sector has found significant pay gaps in favour of men across the global supply chain. The report, carried out by the non-profit Anker Research…
  • Wednesday, 21 February 2024

    Lululemon claims nylon recycling breakthrough Premium Article

    VANCOUVER / CANBERRA – Canadian athleticwear brand Lululemon has linked up with Australian recycling company Samsara Eco to create what is claimed to be the world’s first garment made with enzymatically recycled nylon 6,6. Lululemon has created…
  • Wednesday, 21 February 2024

    Kraig launches spider silk/cotton blend

    ANN ARBOR – US biotech firm Kraig Biocraft Laboratories has created its first premium yarn combining its recombinant spider silk with Pima cotton. The yarn, described as a 100% natural fibre composite yarn for use in fabrics and finished garments,…
  • Wednesday, 21 February 2024

    OECD garment sector forum opens in Paris Premium Article

    PARIS - The 10th OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector opened in Paris this morning with an urgent call for direct support to vulnerable actors in supply chains. Antonio Gomes, deputy director of the OECD's directorate for…
  • Wednesday, 21 February 2024

    Naia ships first GRS certified yarns

    KINGSPORT – Speciality materials manufacturer Eastman has confirmed the first shipments of newly-certified Global Recycled Standard (GRS) Naia Renew cellulosic yarn. Naia cellulosic fibres are described by Eastman as a ‘fully sustainable material’…
  • Tuesday, 20 February 2024

    Industry dashboard reveals 'mixed progress' Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The fashion industry is making mixed progress in reducing social and environmental impacts in global supply chains, according to the latest Industry Dashboard from the Industry We Want (TIWW) initiative. TIWW's 2024 Industry…
  • Tuesday, 20 February 2024

    Prada signs up to SMI fashion taskforce

    LONDON - Luxury fashion house Prada has joined the Sustainable Markets Initiative's Fashion Task Force, a private-sector coalition aimed at accelerating the transition towards a more sustainable future in the global fashion and textiles sector.…
  • Tuesday, 20 February 2024

    Project targets circular textile dyeing Premium Article

    COIMBRA - Scientists in Portugal claim to have developed innovative technology to recover and reuse water, dyes and additives from textile industry wastewater. The 'CirRe-Dyeing' project at the University of Coimbra aims to increase circularity and…
  • Tuesday, 20 February 2024

    Biopolymer partnership hits commercial milestone

    YANCHENG - The partnership between TotalEnergies Corbion and Bluepha, which was formed to advance the developments of bio-based fibres for the Chinese textile market, has announced its first commercial milestone. The collaboration between the two…
  • Tuesday, 20 February 2024

    STICA announces Climate Action Week

    STOCKHOLM - The Scandinavian Textile Initiative for Climate Action (STICA) has organised a week of webinars to highlight the challenges facing the apparel industry in reducing its carbon footprint. STICA's Climate Action Week for Fashion and Apparel…
  • Tuesday, 20 February 2024

    US, Japan discuss workers' rights in Xinjiang Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC / TOKYO - Forced labour in the Xinjiang region was a major focus of the first round of talks between the US and Japan on the implementation of a joint task force on workers' rights in supply chains. Launched last year, the US-Japan…
  • Tuesday, 20 February 2024

    Garment workers take part in mass India strike day

    NEW DELHI - Millions of workers in India, including representatives from the textile and garment sector, carried out a one-day strike last week to highlight the issues of working people ahead of the country’s upcoming general elections this year.…
  • Monday, 19 February 2024

    Avon calling for Cotton made in Africa

    HAMBURG - Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) has struck a partnership deal with Avon, the sustainable trade initiative's first collaboration in the global cosmetics sector. Part of the Brazil-based Natura & Co Group, one of the world’s largest cosmetics…
  • Monday, 19 February 2024

    Brands' partnerships with suppliers 'improving' Premium Article

    ARLINGTON – Buyer-supplier partnerships in the garment and footwear sector improved significantly last year, according to a new report from the Better Buying Institute (BBI). The BBI has published its annual Better Buying Partnership Index (BBPI)…
  • Friday, 16 February 2024

    Garment workers 'attacked by factory bosses' Premium Article

    COLOMBO - Garment workers were attacked by their managers as they arrived at their factory in Sri Lanka where they were set to go on strike, according to the IndustriALL global union. The incident happened at the Hasalaka factory in the capital city…
  • Friday, 16 February 2024

    IAF, ITMF move to address audit fatigue

    ZURICH - The International Apparel Federation (IAF) and the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) have published a joint manifesto aimed at addressing audit and standard fatigue in the apparel and textile industry. Launched as part…
  • Friday, 16 February 2024

    Sugarcane waste for cotton treatment Premium Article

    DHAKA - A new study has explored how extracting cellulase from bagasse, a widely available byproduct of the sugarcane industry, could be a sustainable source of enzyme technology for the cotton biopolishing process. The use of hydrolysing enzymes…
  • Friday, 16 February 2024

    New project to recycle poly cotton blends Premium Article

    VALENCIA - A new project has been launched to recycle blended cotton and polyester waste - one of the main challenges to increasing circularity in the fashion and textiles industry. Recimap is led by the Bespoke Factory Group footwear company and…
  • Friday, 16 February 2024

    Progress for EU greenwashing proposals

    BRUSSELS - The proposed legislation on new rules to ban greenwashing and improve consumer information on product durability, a move that could have a significant impact on the textile and clothing sector’s labelling and marketing practices, has…
  • Friday, 16 February 2024

    Eastman and Rumpke partner on PET recycling Premium Article

    KINGSPORT – Specialty materials supplier Eastman has joined forces with waste and recycling company Rumpke in a bid to expand the recycling of PET waste into textiles. Rumpke will collect and sort hard-to-recycle, coloured PET packaging waste which…
  • Friday, 16 February 2024

    Brands urged to review Myanmar sourcing Premium Article

    YANGON - The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) has urged brands still sourcing from Myanmar to consider withdrawing from the country following the introduction of conscription by the country's military leaders. Myanmar’s junta has declared mandatory…
  • Thursday, 15 February 2024

    Certified compostable polyester Premium Article

    SYDNEY – Science-driven textile manufacturer Intimiti Australia has launched what it claims is the world’s first certified compostable polyester. Speaking to Ecotextile News at last week’s Premiere Vision in Paris, Helen Weng, global sales director,…
  • Thursday, 15 February 2024

    Haelixa links with Trudel on silk traceability

    ZURICH - DNA specialist Haelixa has partnered with organic and recycled silk specialist Trudel Silk to increase traceability and transparency in silk production. They have partnered with groups from Italy and Asia to develop a unique solution that…
  • Thursday, 15 February 2024

    ZDHC links up with Leather Working Group Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM / NORTHAMPTON - The ZDHC Foundation and the Leather Working Group (LWG) trade body have linked up in a bid to improve chemical management in leather manufacturing. The collaboration is focused on harmonising the LWG Audit Standard and the…
  • Thursday, 15 February 2024

    Construction green-light for Carbios biorecycling plant

    CLERMONT-FERRAND - Biotech firm Carbios has confirmed construction plans for the world’s first PET biorecycling plant, which will use the company’s propriety depolymerisation technology for the processing of textile waste. Carbios has struck a deal…
  • Thursday, 15 February 2024

    FibreTrace, OpenAtlas combine on deforestation Premium Article

    SINGAPORE - Traceability solutions provider FibreTrace has partnered with Amsterdam deep tech firm OpenAtlas to help companies comply with the European Union's (EU) Deforestation Regulation (EUDR). Fibretrace combines digital and physical technology…
  • Thursday, 15 February 2024

    PFAS-free future for Spyder skiwear Premium Article

    COSTA MESA - Apparel group Liberated Brands has announced that it is switching to PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances)-free production for skiwear from its high-end Spyder brand. With the phase-out scheduled to begin this Autumn, Spyder…
  • Thursday, 15 February 2024

    Lenzing raises the bar on climate targets Premium Article

    LENZING - Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing has updated its climate targets to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. It has set new goals to reduce its direct emissions…
  • Thursday, 15 February 2024

    New course to focus on microfibre release

    LONDON - The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) has launched a new online course to help textile manufacturers reduce the release of microfibres into wastewater during production processes. The course is made up of four modules, each based on the TMC's…
  • Thursday, 15 February 2024

    ETI appoints former diplomat as new executive director

    LONDON - The Ethical Trading Initiative has appointed former diplomat and Tesco group sustainability director Giles Bolton, as its new executive director. Bolton joins from the UK retail giant where over a 15 year career he built and led a team of…
  • Wednesday, 14 February 2024

    MEPs vote to adopt EPR proposals for textiles Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - MEPs in the European Parliament's influential Environment Committee have today adopted proposals to better prevent and reduce textile waste across the European Union (EU). They backed the EU's proposed Waste Framework Directive, which…
  • Wednesday, 14 February 2024

    VF Corp appoints Closed Loop ex-MD to board

    DENVER - VF Corporation, which owns brands such as Timberland, Vans, Dickies and North Face, has appointed the former managing director of Closed Loop Partners to its board. Caroline Brown led the New York-based, circularity-focused investment firm…
  • Wednesday, 14 February 2024

    Accelerating Circularity launches next phase

    NEW YORK - The Accelerating Circularity project (ACP) has announced the launch of the next phase in its efforts to develop textile-to-textile recycling. So far, it has successfully replaced virgin fibres in yarns and fabrics with a minimum of 40%…
  • Wednesday, 14 February 2024

    Xinjiang forced labour still 'increasing' Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - China is continuing to increase its policy of employing forced labour to subjugate Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic groups in the country's Xinjiang region, according to new research from a leading expert. Adrian Zenz, a senior fellow…
  • Wednesday, 14 February 2024

    End-to-end solutions for cleaner dyeing

    PRATTELN – Archroma has assembled a range of its key dyeing and finishing technologies into a new suite of products, part of its strategy to help textile and apparel brands, retailers and mills positively impact their economic and environmental…
  • Tuesday, 13 February 2024

    Ambercycle's Cycora backed by research centre

    LOS ANGELES – Materials science company Ambercycle says its Cycora-branded recycled polyester has been independently tested as meeting the spinnability standards of virgin materials. The European Center for Innovative Textiles (CETI) in France…
  • Tuesday, 13 February 2024

    Recycling specialist presents circular textiles plan

    ASKER - Recycling and sorting specialist Tomra has published a new research paper in which it which it outlines some of the strategies and technologies it believes are required for the transition to a circular value chain in the textile industry.…
  • Tuesday, 13 February 2024

    Kraig Labs opens spider silk plant in Vietnam

    ANN ARBOR – US biotech firm Kraig Biocraft Laboratories has established a new production centre for its recombinant spider silk in Vietnam. The new facility is located in Lam Dong Province, the heart of Vietnam's silk economy, and will be the centre…
  • Tuesday, 13 February 2024

    Ethiopia welcomes sustainable textile investment Premium Article

    ADDIS ABABA - Ethiopia has signed a $28 million deal with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) to drive the sustainable growth of the country's textile and garments sector. Backed by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF),…
  • Tuesday, 13 February 2024

    More US states to debate PFAS restrictions Premium Article

    PORTLAND - At least 35 US states are set to consider further restrictions on the use of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) this year, according to analysis by the Safer States alliance of environmental health bodies. PFAS - dubbed "forever…
  • Tuesday, 13 February 2024

    Union leader shot in Turkish garment factory

    IZMIR - The Fair Labor Association (FLA) is calling for justice following the shooting of a trade union leader at a garment factory in the Turkish city of Izmir. Makum Alagöz, president of the Leather Weaving and Textile Workers’ Union (DERITEKS),…
  • Tuesday, 13 February 2024

    BASF to sell-off Xinjiang interests Premium Article

    LUDWIGSHAFEN - Chemical giant BASF says it is to divest stakes in two joint ventures in the Xinjiang region of China, amid concerns over humans rights violations and carbon emissions. BASF said it would be exiting its partnerships with BASF Markor…
  • Tuesday, 13 February 2024

    Alchemie digital finishing cuts lab-scale resource use Premium Article

    CAMBRIDGE - Alchemie Technology has launched a new lab-scale, digital dyeing system, which it claims could significantly reduce a manufacturer’s energy, chemical and water usage. Described as a low-cost, compact option, the Discovery lab system is…
  • Monday, 12 February 2024

    Spinnova prepares to scale-up fibre production

    JYVÄSKYLÄ - Finnish textile fibre innovator Spinnova has teamed up with technical design and consulting company Rejlers for the preparation of a design package for the scale up of Spinnova’s fibre production technology. The collaboration follows…
  • Monday, 12 February 2024

    Waxy fruit coatings could lead to new dyes

    BRISTOL - Researchers have recreated the waxy coatings on dark fruits, such as blueberries and blackberries, in the lab and say it could lead to more sustainable colourants for wide range of applications including textiles. Scientists from the…
  • Monday, 12 February 2024

    Performance Days: Stay tuned for spring fair!

    SPONSORED CONTENT - Only a few weeks left until PERFORMANCE DAYS, the sustainable sourcing fair for functional fabrics, gets underway on 20th and 21st of March in Munich! The expert-jury has already chosen the best fabrics in the various categories…
  • Friday, 09 February 2024

    EU due diligence: 'routine' vote postponed Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - European Union proposals to make companies liable for human rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains appear to be in jeopardy after the postponing of a meeting which had been expected to rubberstamp the legislation.…
  • Friday, 09 February 2024

    IndustriALL welcomes Cambodia dispute resolution

    TAKEO - Cambodia-based shoe manufacturer Pontus Footwear, which supplies major global brands such as VF Corp, has agreed to reinstate three local union leaders following their dismissal 12 months ago over the establishment of union representation…
  • Friday, 09 February 2024

    Report highlights human impact of Boohoo scandal Premium Article

    MANCHESTER - A new report has revealed how the accusations of modern slavery levelled at UK retailer Boohoo have had disastrous consequences for garment workers in Leicester. The report from the University of Bath highlights how thousands of people…
  • Friday, 09 February 2024

    Forced labour report authors admit error

    SHEFFIELD - Researchers at Sheffield Hallam University have admitted a significant error in a recent report which claimed that 39 global brands and retailers were at "high risk" of selling goods linked to forced labour in Europe. The university's…
  • Thursday, 08 February 2024

    Adidas supplier reinstates sacked workers Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - An Adidas sportswear supplier in Cambodia has agreed to reinstate and pay backpay to eight garment workers who were laid off in 2020 after they formed a union to seek better working conditions. Trax Apparel has agreed to take back the…
  • Wednesday, 07 February 2024

    Texworld buyers receptive to ‘Econogy’ concept

    PARIS – Messe Frankfurt says the vast majority of buyers at the ongoing Texworld Evolution Paris trade fair this week, now ask exhibitors for products with sustainable attributes. Speaking to Ecotextile News at the event in Porte de Versailles,…
  • Wednesday, 07 February 2024

    RadiciGroup outlines sustainability 'roadmap'

    BERGAMO – Italian chemicals, plastics and synthetic fibres producer RadiciGroup has published its latest environmental, social and governance (ESG) plan in which it sets out a series of targets aimed at boosting its overall sustainability…
  • Wednesday, 07 February 2024

    Textile recycling project claims progress Premium Article

    BRANDE – A Danish consortium launched three years ago to find new textile recycling solutions says it has identified two new methods for recycling polyester waste. The ‘ReSuit’ (Recycling Technologies and Sustainable Textile Product Design) project…
  • Wednesday, 07 February 2024

    Accelerating Circularity to expand trial programme

    NEW YORK - The Accelerating Circularity initiative is to expand the geographical reach of its trial programme to test the viability of various textile-to-textile recycling systems for cotton and polyester waste. With support from brands, retailers,…
  • Tuesday, 06 February 2024

    Germany slated for due diligence law threat Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Campaigners have condemned German politicians who they say are threatening to derail European Union (EU) proposals to make companies liable for human rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains. It comes just days ahead…
  • Tuesday, 06 February 2024

    Lenzing and Kering earn triple ‘A’ rating from CDP

    LENZING – Cellulosic fibre specialist Lenzing and French fashion conglomerate Kering have been named as two of only 10 companies in the world, and the only ones active in the textile and fashion industry, to achieve a triple A score on environmental…
  • Tuesday, 06 February 2024

    New Balance launches resale platform

    BOSTON - Footwear brand New Balance has launched a resale programme which will allow customers to view and shop for pre-owned shoes, including consumer returns and cosmetically imperfect footwear that cannot be sold as new. Branded as Reconsidered,…
  • Tuesday, 06 February 2024

    US Cotton Trust Protocol claims progress Premium Article

    MEMPHIS — The US Cotton Trust Protocol is claiming its growers achieved improvements in all of its key sustainability metrics during the last cotton season. The protocol's new annual report says progress included a 79% reduction in soil loss, 83% of…
  • Tuesday, 06 February 2024

    Vietnam 'forced labour' exports overtake China Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Vietnam overtook China last year as the country having the most textile and apparel exports to the USA intercepted under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA). The US Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) interactive…
  • Tuesday, 06 February 2024

    Anthropologie expands denim recycling programme

    PHILADELPHIA – US apparel retailer Anthropologie has reiterated its commitment to Cotton Incorporated's Blue Jeans Go Green initiative by re-joining the denim recycling programme for the third consecutive year. The Blue Jeans Go Green initiative…
  • Tuesday, 06 February 2024

    Plastic textile waste 'polluting Africa' Premium Article

    BERLIN - Textile waste exported to African countries, such as Ghana, is a significant source of plastic pollution, according to new joint research by Greenpeace Germany and Greenpeace Africa. Greenpeace collected 4.6 tonnes of used clothing - around…
  • Monday, 05 February 2024

    SLCP completes spin off from SAC

    AMSTERDAM / SAN FRANCISCO – The Dutch-based Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP) has completed its planned spin-off from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) to become an independent non-profit. However, the two organisations say they will…
  • Monday, 05 February 2024

    Africa project to focus on circular textiles

    PRETORIA - The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA), in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), has officially launched a new project aimed at advancing the circular economy in Africa's…
  • Monday, 05 February 2024

    HKRITA and Epson launch joint recycling programme

    HONG KONG - The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) has signed a joint development agreement with Seiko Epson to work on a cross-industry recycling programme. The collaboration, which will see Seiko Epson apply HKRITA’s…
  • Monday, 05 February 2024

    Unifi begins cost-cutting to boost finances Premium Article

    GREENSBORO – North Carolina-based fibre innovator Unifi has announced it has begun a cost-cutting programme and shaken up its leadership team in a bid to strengthen its financial position. The company announced it had begun a 'profit improvement…
  • Friday, 02 February 2024

    Interdisciplinary event seeks circularity collaboration

    LEEDS – Figures from industry, academia and policy-making will attend a fashion sustainability symposium later this month, with the goal of harnessing wide-ranging expertise to propose new environmental and design frameworks. At the event, hosted by…
  • Friday, 02 February 2024

    NCTO welcomes action on unfair trade practices Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The US-based National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has welcomed the launch of a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) textile enforcement plan aimed at eradicating unfair trade practices. The DHS has been under pressure to…
  • Friday, 02 February 2024

    Insufficient planning hampers apparel suppliers

    ARLINGTON – The seventh annual Better Buying Purchasing Practices Index has highlighted progress in some industry practices since the COVID-19 pandemic, but has also found stagnation or regression in key areas which risk jeopardising the financial…
  • Friday, 02 February 2024

    Report highlights Uzbek forced labour issues Premium Article

    BERLIN – A report by Cotton Campaign member, the Uzbek Forum for Human Rights on the country's 2023 cotton harvest, has found that local officials resorted to forced labour in districts with a shortage of voluntary pickers, forcing some employees of…
  • Thursday, 01 February 2024

    TextileGenesis targets footwear and leather traceability Premium Article

    PARIS - Traceability solutions provider TextileGenesis has launched two new consortia to bring together major players in the footwear and leather industries. Part of the Lectra Group, TextileGenesis, said the new groups would enable it to support…
  • Thursday, 01 February 2024

    Partners combine lyocell with recycled leather

    LENZING - Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing has linked up with French specialist Recyc Leather to combine the former's Tencel-branded lyocell fibres with recycled leather for a new material for Danish fashion brand Ganni. Called Pélinova, the new…
  • Wednesday, 31 January 2024

    Brands 'complicit in Myanmar coup abuse' Premium Article

    YANGON - Fashion giants including H&M, Zara owner Inditex and Bestseller have been linked to worsening conditions for garment workers in Myanmar following the military coup of February 2021. New data, compiled by the Business & Human Rights Resource…
  • Wednesday, 31 January 2024

    Spinnova to deliver to customers 'within months' Premium Article

    JYVÄSKYLÄ ­ – Finnish textile fibre innovator Spinnova says that the ramp up of production at its first factory is progressing and it aims to start delivering fibre to customers within months. Spinnova and raw material provider Suzano opened the…
  • Wednesday, 31 January 2024

    Fashion companies 'complacent' to water risks Premium Article

    LONDON – Fashion brands and retailers are displaying a "dangerous complacency" when it comes to the industry’s water-related risks, according to a new report from the Planet Tracker think-tank. The non-profit analysed 3,900 documents from 29 major…
  • Wednesday, 31 January 2024

    Eco Passport go-ahead for Sun Chemical pigments

    PARSIPPANY - Sun Chemical has completed Oeko-Tex's Eco Passport certification for a selected range of pigments, a recognition that also confirms its accreditation to ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) Level 3. The Eco Passport…
  • Wednesday, 31 January 2024

    New Avitera variant for durable dark shades

    PRATTELN - Textile chemical specialist Archroma has launched a new variant of Avitera SE, the established reactive dye technology for cellulosic fibres and blends that tests show can reduce water and energy consumption by 50%. Branded as Avitera SE…
  • Wednesday, 31 January 2024

    Support for Lesotho wool and mohair producers Premium Article

    MASERU - A new $72 million project has been launched to protect the livelihoods of wool and mohair farmers in Lesotho who are struggling to deal with the impacts of climate change and other challenges. The UN’s International Fund for Agricultural…
  • Wednesday, 31 January 2024

    Businesses challenge California climate laws Premium Article

    SACRAMENTO - A coalition of business groups is suing the US state of California over its new corporate climate disclosure laws which it claims overstep its authority by effectively imposing national legislation. The US Chamber of Commerce, American…
  • Tuesday, 30 January 2024

    SBTi to develop sector standard for apparel Premium Article

    LONDON – The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has revealed that it is prioritising the development of sector-specific standards for six high impact sectors including apparel. The SBTi, which is currently scaling up its services to meet…
  • Tuesday, 30 January 2024

    AI-designed enzymes to digest nylon and polyurethane Premium Article

    NEW HAVEN - Recycling start-up Protein Evolution has teamed up with AI-biodesign specialist Basecamp Research to explore how advanced enzyme development can help reduce polyurethane and certain types of polyamides such as nylon waste. PEI's…
  • Tuesday, 30 January 2024

    ECHA launches new chemicals database

    HELSINKI -The ECHA, the agency responsible for implementing European Union chemical regulations, has launched a new, publicly accessible chemicals database. The ECHA already maintains the largest chemicals database in the EU, combining…
  • Monday, 29 January 2024

    Keel Labs unveils first seaweed t-shirt

    MORRISVILLE – Biomaterials company Keel Labs, formerly known as AlgiKnit, has unveiled the first garment made from its Kelsun seaweed-based fibre. The t-shirt, a 70% Kelsun/30% cotton blend yarn that also features a screen print using algae ink from…
  • Monday, 29 January 2024

    Fashion Pact releases cotton climate report Premium Article

    PARIS - The Fashion Pact initiative has produced the first report from its 'Unlock' project which seeks to reduce the impact of global cotton production on climate change. The Fashion Pact partnered with sustainability consultancy 2050 to launch…
  • Monday, 29 January 2024

    Arket expands childrenswear rental service

    STOCKHOLM - Arket, the Nordic lifestyle brand that is part of the H&M Group, has launched a infant and babywear rental service following a new partnership with London-based Bundlee, a children’s clothing rental service. Under the terms of the…
  • Monday, 29 January 2024

    IKEA owner decouples emissions from growth Premium Article

    LEIDEN - IKEA owner, the Ingka Group, last year reduced its carbon footprint across Scopes 1, 2 and 3 by 24.3% while increasing its revenue by 30.9%, according to the company's annual sustainability report. Most of the decrease in greenhouse gas…
  • Monday, 29 January 2024

    $180M US investment to drive textile 'greening'

    RALEIGH - The US National Science Foundation is to set up one of its first 'Regional Innovation Engines' at North Carolina State University where it will work on advancing the recycling of waste materials into new fibres for the textile sector. The…
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