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In the perpetual apparel sector game of information cat and mouse, investigative journalism – which takes on the feline role in this analogy – may well have been handed an innovative and potentially transformative tool. David Styles explores how the new WikiRate platform could limit firms’ abilities to bury bad news.

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  • Monday, 20 August 2018

    Hard Talk: Industry needs chain reaction on hazardous chemicals

    Linda Greer, senior scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), sees ‘tepid corporate demand’ as the biggest obstacle to global industry convergence on the effective management of hazardous textile chemicals.
  • Thursday, 26 July 2018

    Finding a voice

    Through undertaking an innovative research programme, Nordic non-profit Swedwatch has offered a fresh perspective on the lives and working conditions of a Bangladeshi workforce which has, all too frequently, been deprived its chance to speak out.…
  • Tuesday, 26 June 2018

    Patagonia to scale-up recommerce efforts

    Patagonia is about to enter the next stage of growth for its Worn Wear online store, where it sells its refurbished second-hand gear to keep consumers wearing stuff for longer, reduce consumption and lower the environmental footprint of the clothes…
  • Tuesday, 12 June 2018

    Hard Talk: Age of change

    Livia Firth is the founder and creative director of Eco Age Ltd, and the Green Carpet Challenge (GCC). She is also an Oxfam Global Ambassador, and a founding member of Annie Lennox’s ‘The Circle’, a powerful women’s advocacy group.
  • Thursday, 31 May 2018

    Hard Talk: True blue

    Andrew Olah is the inaugural interviewee for the new 'Hard Talk' series in our printed magazine. The CEO of Olah Inc. which runs Kingpins, the first denim supply chain event launched back in 2004, he started Kingpins Transformers in Amsterdam ten…
  • Friday, 11 May 2018

    Moral fibre

    It’s currently the biggest environmental talking point in the textile industry, but how on earth can we start to tackle the problem of microfibre pollution? John Mowbray investigates.
  • Friday, 27 April 2018

    The UN SDGs: What you need to know

    With 17 goals, 162 targets and 244 Indicators, and a daunting number of reports on how to engage. We reveal here why the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals matter and how they’re bound to affect global textile and apparel supply chains – and it’s…
  • Wednesday, 11 April 2018

    Caution urged on spandex chemical

    A chemical commonly used to prevent nylon and polyester stretch fabrics from yellowing during transport and storage may be breaking down into a carcinogenic by-product on textiles, and even during consumer wear.
  • Monday, 26 March 2018

    Marching to a different drum beat

    While the world’s textile sector is scratching its collective head on how best to move forward towards a more environmentally safe and sound sector, be it closing the loop or slowing things down; Norwegian brands are quietly reinventing their…
  • Monday, 26 February 2018

    More Planet Textiles 2018 speakers revealed

    The Planet Textiles annual event on sustainability decamps to Canada this year and will feature a comprehensive plenary programme as well as three breakout sessions on finance, deforestation and water use and conservation in wet processing – a key…
  • Wednesday, 07 February 2018

    Jean machine

    Put a crowd of people in a room and it’s an odds-on bet that each one will have a different image of who, where and how a pair of denim jeans should be worn. From the iconic 1950’s movie posters depicting James Dean as a rebel without a cause, to…
  • Friday, 26 January 2018

    Hohenstein reveals progress on textile microfibre project

    NEW YORK – At this week’s Texworld USA event Germany’s Hohenstein Institute revealed further details of a new, multi-year investigation into the impact of industrial laundering on the types of microplastic textile fibres that are appearing in waste…
  • Thursday, 04 January 2018

    PFC-free back on the agenda

    With interested regulatory focus on fluorine-based chemistry used in water and oil repellent textile coatings, industry moves to provide safer alternatives are starting to progress. 
  • Thursday, 30 November 2017

    New Higg platform to drive adoption

    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…
  • Friday, 06 October 2017

    Bangladesh Accord 2.0 provides garment sector stability, for now

    We are now in 2017 and should be nearing the end of the five-year jurisdiction of the Bangladesh Accord post Rana Plaza. This however, is no longer the case. An extension of three years now means that the responsibility for the welfare of employees…
  • Tuesday, 26 September 2017

    Some brands are more equal than others

    Could the advent of the 'Virtual Department Store' ultimately lead to more responsible chemical management in apparel supply chains? Phil Patterson thinks so.
  • Friday, 01 September 2017

    Exclusive interview with: Shiu-Kee Wang, CEO of Wonderful Chemical Ltd, Hong Kong

    Each year around 75,000 MT of synthetic indigo is produced globally – and more than half of it is produced by one company: Wonderful Chemical Ltd, which is based in Hong Kong. In this exclusive interview, we managed to secure a very rare interview…
  • In Conversation With
    Tuesday, 08 August 2017

    In Conversation With ...

    Exclusive interview with Sajid Hussain, chief operating officer, Tamilnadu Water Investment Co., Ltd, India, who was heavily involved in the zero liquid discharge (ZLD) project which involved the textile manufacturing industry in Tirupur. He notes…
  • Thursday, 06 July 2017

    Exclusive interview: Frank Michel, executive director, ZDHC Group

    Chemical management must be the baseline of any organisation's sustainability efforts, regardless of their geographical location and exposure, says Frank Michel, executive director, ZDHC Group. Speaking to Ecotextile News for our special 10th…
  • Thursday, 18 May 2017

    Interview: Angelo Radici, president, Radici Group

    Angelo Radici, president of the Italian global manufacturer of synthetic fibres and plastic materials says the biggest challenge for his our Group in the coming years is 'undoubtedly the complete recyclability of synthetic fibres'. He reveals the…
  • Wednesday, 10 May 2017

    Interview: Berrye Worsham, CEO, Cotton Inc.

    In a wide ranging interview on cotton, cotton subsidies, GM cotton and environmental issues, Cotton Inc CEO Berry Worsham argues that to effect real change, it would be preferable to have one environmental label, "rather than 101". Saying that many…
  • Tuesday, 25 April 2017

    Interview: Ma Jun, Director, Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE), China

    The biggest problem with addressing environmental issues in China's vast textile industry is not simply about money or new technology – it's about lack of motivation according to Ma Jun, Director of the Beijing-based Institute of Public &…
  • Thursday, 13 April 2017

    Exclusive interview: Antje von Dewitz, CEO, Vaude

    Vaude Chief Executive Office Antje von Dewitz believes the pressure for apparel brands and retailers to take responsibility for their global supply chains and the entire product life cycles of textiles is rising, and will sooner or later lead to…
  • Tuesday, 11 April 2017

    Exclusive interview: Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability, H&M

    Apparel retail giant H&M says that a key challenge for the global fashion industry is that it uses up a lot of resources with its current 'linear' system and says Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability at H&M, the company needs to move towards a…
  • Thursday, 06 April 2017

    Interview: Melissa Fifield, senior director of sustainable innovation, Gap Inc.

    Gap Inc. believes water is a human right, and the US retailer says it is taking steps to address its impact while also ensuring safe access to clean water for communities touched by its business. "We see the nexus between water and women as one of…
  • Monday, 03 April 2017

    Exclusive interview: Paul Lister, Head Ethical Trade Team, Primark

    Although some would argue that producing fewer, better quality items of clothing is the only way to improve the footprint of textile supply chains, Paul Lister who heads up the Ethical Trade team at Primark believes a brand’s record on ethics and…
  • Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    Exclusive interview: Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer

    Increased customer awareness on environmental issues, new legislation such as the Modern Slavery Act, and the rise of NGOs and their skill as campaigners have been the biggest drivers of change for the global textile industry over the last decade,…
  • VF associates at a garment manufacturing facility in Mexico, do a final inspection of products before they are prepared for packing and shipping.
    Friday, 17 March 2017

    Exclusive interview: Tom Glaser, supply chain president, VF Corporation

    A 'scorecard approach' with metrics on responsible sourcing allows VF Corporation to encourage its sourcing teams to deliver sustainable merchandise, instead of standard financial incentives for meeting deadlines. Tom Glaser, supply chain president…
  • Levi Strauss & Co,
    Monday, 13 March 2017

    Exclusive interview: Liz O'Neill, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Levi Strauss & Co.

    As the first company to introduce a water recycling and reuse standard, first published in 2014 and now publicly available for other companies to adopt, Levis Strauss & Co. today requires all of its vendors to implement the standard, said to save…
  • Tuesday, 07 March 2017

    Exclusive interview: Kirsten Brodde, senior campaigner, Greenpeace Detox

    Greenpeace Detox senior campaigner Kirsten Brodde reflects on how the global environmental NGO first took on apparel retailers and brands with its landmark Detox campaign and admits Greenpeace has seen more recent success by taking a more…
  • Friday, 03 March 2017

    Exclusive interview: Ingvar Larsson, CEO, Lindex

    Lack of water availability for both industry and communities in the developing world will have major consequences for the textile industry going forward if these issues are not properly addressed, says Ingvar Larsson, the CEO of Lindex, the…
  • Wednesday, 01 March 2017

    Exclusive interview, Félix Poza, director of sustainability, Inditex Group

    Inditex, the world's largest apparel retail business, tends to take a low profile on its sustainability work. Behind the scenes, however, the company is heavily involved in sustainability initiatives across all stages of the global textile supply…
  • Monday, 27 February 2017

    Exclusive interview, Lorenzo Dovesi, chief operations officer, Benetton Group

    The wool industry received a welcome boost recently when Lorenzo Dovesi, chief operations officer at the Benetton Group spoke publicly about a wool-rich future in which the iconic Italian brand will move away from fast fashion. We caught up with…
  • Thursday, 23 February 2017

    Exclusive interview with Glenn Bennett, Executive Board Member, Global Operations, Adidas Group

    In this wide-ranging interview with Ecotextile News, Glenn Bennett outlines the adidas way of thinking on sustainability and he says going forward, on the environmental side, the sportswear giant sees the issues of water scarcity, the dependence on…
  • Thursday, 23 February 2017

    Exclusive interview with Bjoern Gulden, CEO, Puma

    German apparel brand Puma has been at the forefront of sustainability developments in the sports apparel sector in recent years, and that commitment comes from the top down. Hence the company’s decision to put forward CEO Bjoern Gulden to talk to us…
  • Wednesday, 22 February 2017

    Exclusive interview with Doug Freeman, chief operating officer, Patagonia

    The current system of fast fashion and "hyper-consumption" is "absolutely killing the planet" according to Doug Freeman of Patagonia. Passionate and committed on the issue of environmental sustainability, it is rare to interview somebody in such a…
  • Tuesday, 21 February 2017

    Exclusive interview with Dr Michael Otto, founder, Otto Group

    As part of our 10th Anniversary edition of Ecotextile News, we interviewed Otto Group founder and noted long-time environmentalist Dr Michael Otto to find out more about his reasons for setting his company on a path to sourcing consumer goods in a…
  • Wednesday, 01 February 2017

    Oceanic micro-fibres leave ocean feeling blue

    New research is now coming on-stream which shows that in addition to the harmful bio-accumulation of synthetic micro-fibres in marine organisms, harmful oceanic pollutants can lock on to these fibres, which magnifies their impact up the food chain.…
  • Friday, 09 December 2016

    Making the case for sustainable polyester

    Ecotextile News interviewed Dr Pieterjan Van Uytvanck, a consultant with PCI Wood Mackenzie, about the current sustainability trends and issues in polyester production. Q. Could you tell us what you believe to be the key sustainability trends and…
  • Tuesday, 08 November 2016

    Gene-edited goats grow one third more cashmere

    With doubts still surrounding the sustainability of some cashmere fibre, and how it is being grown in Mongolia and China where goat herds have contributed to desertification, researchers have now created 'gene-edited' cashmere goats that are said to…
  • Friday, 23 September 2016

    African land clearances and organic cotton

    Following the release of the recent Textile Exchange organic cotton report, one statistic included in the figures immediately jumped out to our team of journalists. That was the brand new production figures for organic cotton in Ethiopia where…
  • Monday, 01 August 2016

    Time to walk the walk

    Is the glass half full or half empty? Are words being followed up by actions? Are 'new' standards being drawn up to justify existing practices or the key to unlocking serious change? These are some of the key questions now facing the textile wet…
  • Friday, 10 June 2016

    Can a floor price be set for organic cotton?

    A recent debate on the Global Organic Cotton Community Platform, led by Simon Ferrrigno, addressed the issues of an organic cotton "pricing system that works for all in the supply chain."
  • Monday, 04 April 2016

    Polygenta claims rPET breakthrough

    Polyester yarn supplier Polygenta has acquired a license from its owners perPETual Global Technologies Ltd for new postconsumer plastic PET bottle recycling technology, which it says breaks new ground. The parent business, which owns the patents to…
  • Thursday, 11 February 2016

    Study measures atmospheric micro-plastic textile waste

    New research has for the first time measured the scale of ‘micro-plastic textile waste’ that falls to earth from the air that we breathe. Researchers in France collected atmospheric fallout of micro-plastics at two sampling sites over the course of…
  • Friday, 18 December 2015

    Waste to wardrobe

    Efforts to 'close the loop' in the textile industry – a process whereby textile products, fabrics, and fibres are infinitely 'cycled' through connected loops – are rapidly gathering pace.
  • Tuesday, 01 December 2015

    Dyestuffs reclaimed from textile scraps

    MILAN – Producing textile colorants derived from recycled clothing and second-hand fibrous materials is what one Italian textile chemical company claims to have done with its new range of finely powdered coloured cotton derived from textile waste.…
  • Wednesday, 21 October 2015

    Audit fatigue

    WAKEFIELD - How can apparel brands get the most out of the garment factory auditing process? Brett Mathews caught up with an industry veteran of more 1,500 factory audits to find out about the ins and outs of a process which has become a subject of…
  • Tuesday, 06 October 2015

    Gore commits to DWR research

    The decision by W. L. Gore to invest US$15 million to research more environmentally friendly durable water repellent (DWR) treatments is a welcome move and one which could pave the way for other industry players to become involved.
  • Wednesday, 02 September 2015

    Houston, we don’t have a problem

    Visitors to Techtextil USA heard about dyeing fabrics with glycerin instead of water, and the challenges NASA faces in clothing its astronauts for space travel. John Mowbray reports from Houston, Texas.
  • Wednesday, 22 July 2015

    The perfect storm?

    With Vietnam’s textile industry set for rapid growth with the impending TPP free trade deal, and the fact it is targeting garment exports of US$28bn in 2015, should clothing brands and retailers consider asking local suppliers to ensure proper…
  • Wednesday, 10 June 2015

    Sustainable innovations shine

    Bio-based polyurethane coatings, ‘anti-microbial’ milk fibres, and dedicated seminars on Europe’s different approaches to sustainability were all present at Techtextil in Frankfurt, reports Tommy Lee.
  • Friday, 01 May 2015

    SAC to kick off Higg Index verification

    In the first of a new regular column for Ecotextile News, Jason Kibbey, CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, provides an update on some of the organisation's key activities so far in 2015.
  • Friday, 27 March 2015

    Screen test

    Following on from the recent launch of the new Chem-IQ program, John Mowbray asks Sean Cady, VP Global Responsible Sourcing at VF Corp. some tough questions on behalf of our readers. Based on our conversations with various industry players since the…
  • Wednesday, 25 February 2015

    Chemical substitutes: the unpalatable truth

    A good substitute for a harmful chemical must be safer, equally effective, cost effective and have no unintended negative consequences - yet the unfortunate truth is that sometimes there is nothing available. By Phil Patterson.
  • Chemical testing
    Thursday, 29 January 2015

    Eco-costs threaten small suppliers

    The future of many hundreds of smaller textile chemical companies in Europe and the USA that follow strict environmental regulations, are said to be in jeopardy due to the proliferation of new eco-standards and the lack of one global harmonised…
  • Thursday, 18 December 2014

    Is your garment sourcing sustainable?

    Do textile manufacturers in the countries which your business sources from adhere to acceptable environmental and social standards? Does your business face any broader economic and political risks in the countries from which it sources? MCL is to…
  • Monday, 17 November 2014

    Neonicotinoids – poison, or necessary in cotton growing?

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the chemical pool following bans and restrictions on the use of some of the nastier chemicals in cotton, along come neonicotinoids. These are widely used in cotton (imidacloprid and acetamiprid, for…
  • Tuesday, 04 November 2014

    China ramps up recycling capabilities

    Over half of all of China’s polyester staple fibre capacity is now based on recyclate, as the growing demand from both retailers and brands for recycled polyester textiles and clothing looks set to continue in the future.
  • Monday, 06 October 2014

    Mobile app could drive green purchasing

    Imagine a new mobile phone app that could be used by consumers to scan barcodes on clothing labels to flag up details of any potentially hazardous textile chemicals which may have been used in its production. It’s something that industry has talked…
  • Tuesday, 30 September 2014

    Sustainable fashion in Italy

    Italy hasn’t traditionally been known for the sustainability of its textile and fashion industries – but change is afoot and it’s been led by small, niche players with big ideas. By Pamela Ravasio and Alberto Saccavini. Italy - known for the style…
  • Tuesday, 12 August 2014

    Index sheds light on China supply chains

    The new Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI) will put the spotlight on pollution emanating from global manufacturing supply chains based in China, with textile one of eight industry sectors covered.
  • CO2 grass
    Tuesday, 12 August 2014

    Whitener for waterless dyed textiles

    BANGKOK – A new range of fabric whiteners for shading polyester fabrics during waterless dyeing are being used at Tong Siang in Thailand to help ‘Drydye’ fabrics pass stringent colour matching standards.
  • Cotton stacks
    Thursday, 12 June 2014

    Plans for organic cotton taskforce

    Proposals for a groundbreaking initiative that could rapidly accelerate growth in the organic cotton market are being discussed by leading clothing brands such as C&A, Kering, Inditex, G-Star, Loomstate, Eileen Fisher and Patagonia.

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