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  • Monday, 19 November 2018

    Timberland supports urban green space project

    BERLIN – Timberland has teamed up with Belgian non-profit King Baudouin Foundation to facilitate the creation, maintenance and improvement of greenspaces in five European cities as part of a five-year-long grant-funded programme. This year will see…
  • Friday, 16 November 2018

    Fast fashion inquiry: “The system is broken.”

    LONDON – As part of the ongoing Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry into the fashion industry, evidence has now been heard at the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Lydia and Manfred Gorvy lecture theatre. In what proved to be a lively and open…
  • Friday, 16 November 2018

    Event tackles cotton sector labour abuses

    BRUSSELS – A project co-funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by a collaboration between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is set to be launched at an event in Brussels. The Clear…
  • Friday, 16 November 2018

    Registration opens for Planet Textiles 2019

    WAKEFIELD – Registration is now open for the 10th edition of Planet Textiles which will take place at the heart of the giant ITMA textile exhibition which is expected to attract up to 120,000 visitors from 147 countries. First launched back in 2009…
  • Thursday, 15 November 2018

    Stepping up your sustainability credentials

    NEW YORK - Both the acceleration of sustainability within fashion or textile businesses and the role the UN's Sustainable Development Goals can play in this shift have long been prominent topics for discussion among industry stakeholders. Caterina…
  • Wednesday, 14 November 2018

    Line-up confirmed for Friends of ZDHC event

    AMSTERDAM – Following on from the inaugural Friends of ZDHC event in 2017, ZDHC is gearing up for the second instalment of the event, which will see industry leaders, NGOs, multi-lateral organisations and associations attend an invitation-only…
  • Wednesday, 14 November 2018

    Reusable apparel packaging on the rise

    HELSINKI/BEIJING – The upwards trajectory of online apparel orders being shipped in reusable packaging appears to be continuing, with Finnish firm RePack beginning a pilot of its multiple-use packaging in the United States and Chinese retailer…
  • Wednesday, 14 November 2018

    PODCAST: Citrus textile fibres? Biodegradable glitter? Who knew?!

    WAKEFIELD – Did you know that fruit waste can be used to create clothing? Or that glitter can be made from sources that are better than traditional plastic? Well they can. And in today’s podcast, Mike Schragger talks to Enrica Arena and Saba Gray,…
  • Tuesday, 13 November 2018

    US cotton launches protocol to boost sustainability

    MEMPHIS – A new integrated data collection, measurement and verification procedure that documents US cotton production practices and their environmental impact has been launched today at the on-going Cotton Sourcing USA Summit in Scottsdale,…
  • Tuesday, 13 November 2018

    Big brands sign UK modern slavery protocol

    LONDON – Several leading UK fashion brands and retailers have joined forces with enforcement bodies to agree a deal aimed at eradicating modern slavery from the UK fashion and textile industries. John Lewis, M&S and New Look are among the signatory…
  • Tuesday, 13 November 2018

    Industry partnership serves up sustainable solutions

    HONG KONG – RESET Carbon, an environmental initiative based in Asia, has partnered with chemicals specialist Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) to launch the Clean Production Group (CPG), a service provider cultivated to improve sustainable…
  • Tuesday, 13 November 2018

    New inductees to ZDHC programme

    AMSTERDAM – ZDHC has confirmed the addition of seven new companies to its Roadmap to Zero Programme, meaning that the organisation’s pool of partners and contributors has now reached a total of 116. ASOS will join the organisation as a Signatory…
  • Tuesday, 13 November 2018

    GoLite wins outdoor award for bottling it

    SEATTLE – US outdoor brand GoLite has been recognised with an Outdoor Industry Innovation Award for its ReGreen Windshell, developed in collaboration with Tzu Chi Foundation and Taiwanese recycling experts. The firm’s Windhsell jackets are made…
  • Monday, 12 November 2018

    Wool textile projects come to fruition

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

    UK inquiry confronts fashion brands’ buying practices

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

    Bluesign conference: Data drives transparency

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

    NGO claims Uniqlo Indonesian worker progress

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

    AAFA launches new best practice resource

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

    SAC goes live with new Higg Index modules

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

    MEC boss to step down

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

    Scaling support for five fashion firms

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

    Tool improves checks on resource use in organic textiles

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

    Cotton project reinvigorates Fukushima economy

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

    Mission impossible?

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

    War of the wools

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

    Apparel brands support forestry mapping tool

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

    Klopman seeks sustainability through new PPE

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

    Copenhagen Fashion Summit returns for tenth anniversary

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

    Recycled outdoor apparel from start to Finnish

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

    Australian brand takes the plunge on Naia

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

    Puerto Rico to embrace cotton pending feasibility study

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

    Sri Lanka chosen as SLCP launch point

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

    New online sourcing platform for excess stock

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

    UK inquiry questions fashion sustainability experts

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

    Polyester flame retardant gets Oeko-Tex approval

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

    Fast Retailing to wipe out denim water consumption

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

    Suppliers under mounting pressure from buyers, report finds

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

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

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

    Nanollose creates garment from own fibre

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

    LCF partners for sustainable fashion future

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

    UK organisation publishes microfibre pollution study

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

    Skunkfunk has Science Based Targets approved

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

    Fair Wear Foundation adds Katherine Hamnett

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

    Foundation doubles down on plastic pollution

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

    Polartec praises Houdini’s North American expansion

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

    Bluesign to tackle commodity contamination

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

    Radici achieves recycled polyester certifications

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

    Partnership aims to boost sustainability in textiles

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

    Fashion sector to launch charter for climate action

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

    Textile Exchange 18: can textiles go circular?

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

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