There’s been a lot of press talk about ‘new bio-synthetic dyes’ for the textile industry. But much of this news is often recycled, and inaccurate. So, what’s really going on? John Mowbray gives readers an insight into the current state of play.

It’s well known that dyeing denim with indigo is a wasteful process when it comes to the use of water, energy and chemicals. The problematic use of hazardous reducing agents that are needed to make indigo soluble in water, so that it can stick (adsorb) to the cotton fibres, is also well-known.

This has been partially addressed with the introduction of pre-reduced (PR) synthetic indigo dyes from the likes of DyStar, Blue Connection and more recently, Archroma.

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  • Monday, 09 December 2019

    Myanmar the focus of new sustainability project

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  • Friday, 06 December 2019

    Busting Myths: Are textiles to blame for a fifth of all water pollution?

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    NEW YORK - The Ralph Lauren Corporation has announced a commitment to use 100 per cent renewable energy in its offices, distribution centres and stores by the year 2025. It plans to achieve this target through a combination of virtual power purchase…
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    Brands urged to reduce supply chain GHG emissions

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    XR activists glue themselves to Zara windows

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    Cambodia looks resigned to losing EBA deal

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    HSBC to study 'sustainability' in Sri Lanka

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    Fashion Charter brands win BFC Award for Positive Change

    LONDON - The signatories of the United Nations’ Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action have received the inaugural Award for Positive Change at the British Fashion Council’s 2019 Fashion Awards. The signatories include Adidas, American Eagle…
  • Wednesday, 04 December 2019

    US set to take on China over Xinjiang camps

    WASHINGTON D.C. - The US House of Representatives has approved a bill that would make President Trump take a stand against China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region where they are reportedly being used as forced labour in the…
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    Reebok to launch plant-based running shoes

    BOSTON - Sportswear brand Reeebok has announced plans to launch its first plant-based performance running shoes as part of its autumn 2020 collection. The Reeebok Forever Floatride Grow replaces oil-based plastics with materials made of castor bean…
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    Neonyt prepares for first show at new home

    BERLIN - The Neonyt 'sustainable' fashion and textile trade show is preparing for its first event at its new home at Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport. Leading brands, retailers and other industry players will attend the show which will be staged in…
  • Wednesday, 04 December 2019

    Vaude aims to be carbon neutral globally

    TETTNANG - German mountain sports equipment manufacturer Vaude has joined the Science-Based Targets initiative and committed to carbon-neutral production throughout its global supply chain. The company has been climate neutral at its Tettnang…
  • Tuesday, 03 December 2019

    Jeans Redesign initiative attracts new members

    COWES - More brands have joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Jeans Redesign programme to improve the durability, recyclability and traceability of their products, while the guidelines have also been extended to admit denim mills for the first…
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    DHAKA - The Nirapon safety monitoring organisation has lost its appeal against a court order temporarily banning it from representing the interests of North American brands which source from garment factories in Bangladesh. The Appellate Division of…
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    Fashion for Good prepares for Asia expansion

    AMSTERDAM – Global sustainability initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) has held an Innovation Day in South Asia ahead of the introduction of its regional innovation programme in January. At the event, ten textile technologies were presented with…
  • Tuesday, 03 December 2019

    Viscose supplier completes Canopy audit

    XINXIANG – Chinese viscose producer Xinxiang Chemical Fiber, otherwise known as Bailu, has completed an audit of its operations in-line with environmental NGO, CanopyStyle. Findings indicate that Bailu has “taken immediate action to remove known…
  • Tuesday, 03 December 2019

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  • Tuesday, 03 December 2019

    SCMP becomes a fur-free fashion group

    PARIS - All four brands owned by Chinese-owned French fashion company SMCP have now banned fur from their collections. Claudie Pierlot has decided to stop using fur from spring 2020, joining Sandro, Maje and De Fursac which were already fur-free.…
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    Tencel ‘breakthrough’ uses post-consumer cotton waste Premium Article

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    Global sustainable cotton challenge launched

    GENEVA - Prize money of €135,000 (US$149,000) is being offered in a new global challenge to find innovative ways to improve sustainable cotton farming practices around the world. The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), the Sustainable Trade Initiative…
  • Monday, 02 December 2019

    EU urged to address abuses in global supply chains

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  • Monday, 02 December 2019

    Foursource platform links up with Oeko-Tex

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  • Monday, 02 December 2019

    Levi to use recycled water at Cape Town factory

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  • Friday, 29 November 2019

    Tanatex develops micro-encapsulated finishes

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  • Friday, 29 November 2019

    Recycling of PET bottles falling in SE Asia

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  • Friday, 29 November 2019

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  • Friday, 29 November 2019

    Spinnova and Bergans unveil first 'circular' textile concept

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  • Friday, 29 November 2019

    Creating a circular fashion industry

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  • Thursday, 28 November 2019

    Institutes team up for new circular fashion project

    NEW DELHI – New Zealand’s Massey University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India’s National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) as the pair plan to establish a research agenda focused on sustainable fashion. The partnership,…
  • Thursday, 28 November 2019

    Colorifix to launch industrial trials of bio-dyes

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  • Thursday, 28 November 2019

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    Worker account calls out Uniqlo, cautions UN

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  • Thursday, 28 November 2019

    IKEA signs up to UNFCCC initiative

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  • Thursday, 28 November 2019

    'Sustainability' support for fashion start-ups

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  • Thursday, 28 November 2019

    Second-hand fashion platform gets cash injection

    VILNIUS – Vinted, said to be Europe’s largest consumer-to-consumer (C2C) marketplace for second-hand fashion, has raised €128 million in an equity funding round which it will use to expand both its team and remit across the continent. The…
  • Wednesday, 27 November 2019

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  • Wednesday, 27 November 2019

    Compostable packaging innovator targets fashion brands

    LONDON – Sustainable sourcing platform SupplyCompass has developed new compostable packaging for fashion brands, providing an alternative to conventional plastic packaging that often cannot be recycled and thus ends up in landfill. According to the…
  • Wednesday, 27 November 2019

    IKEA spends €200m to be climate positive by 2030

    MADRID - Swedish retailer IKEA has announced plans to invest €200 million (US$220 million) on speeding up its transformation into becoming a carbon positive business. The company made the announcement ahead of its participation at COP25 in Madrid,…
  • Wednesday, 27 November 2019

    Power struggle over worker safety in Bangladesh

    DHAKA - Six years on from the Rana Plaza building collapse, fresh fears have been expressed for the country's garment workers with a rift emerging between factory owners and one of the main bodies representing brands on safety. The American Apparel…
  • Wednesday, 27 November 2019

    Finisterre rides new wave with recyclable wetsuits

    CORNWALL – Cold water surf brand Finisterre has developed the world’s first recyclable wetsuits in collaboration with both the University of Exeter and Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership. The team eliminated both the wetsuit’s outer and…
  • Wednesday, 27 November 2019

    Textile dyeing plant 'turns river red'

    BALI - A textile dyeing facility on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali is facing a fine of up to three billion Indonesian rupiahs (US$213,000) and possible closure after it was blamed for turning a river red. The unidentified factory has been…
  • Wednesday, 27 November 2019

    Carpet incinerated in bulk as recycling efforts lag

    UTRECHT – A new Changing Markets Foundation report has flagged up the extent of greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution within the carpet industry, as it’s found that – despite a shift from landfilling – 73 per cent of an estimated 256 million m2 is instead…
  • Wednesday, 27 November 2019

    Pod: textile innovator transforms upcycled cotton

    BARCELONA – As part of this year’s Planet Textiles sustainability summit Spencer Null, director of product development at Natural Fiber Welding, sat down with the Sustainable Fashion Academy’s Michael Schragger to discuss how his company upcycles…
  • Tuesday, 26 November 2019

    ZDHC releases new Manufacturing Restricted Substances List

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Roadmap to Zero initiative has released the second version of its Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) which it described as a key step towards reducing the use of hazardous chemicals in the textiles industry. The…
  • Tuesday, 26 November 2019

    Global fibre production reaches all-time high

    TEXAS – Global fibre production has doubled in the last 20 years to reach an all-time high of 107 million tonnes in 2018 and is expected to grow to 145 million tonnes by 2030 if current trends continue, according to a new report. The figures are…
  • Tuesday, 26 November 2019

    The RealReal accused of failing to spot fakes

    SAN FRANCISCO - Circular economy retailer The RealReal - which bills itself as "the leader in authenticated luxury consignment" - has been accused of failing to spot fake and counterfeit goods. An investigation by the US TV business channel CNBC…
  • Tuesday, 26 November 2019

    Australian Fashion Council joins UNFCCC

    MELBOURNE – The Australian Fashion Council (AFC) has become the latest signatory to the United Nations’ Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action (UNFCCC) as it looks to inspire companies, communities and governments to raise their climate…
  • Tuesday, 26 November 2019

    Oxfam names brands which exploit factory workers

    MELBOURNE – Oxfam Australia has released a report listing the fashion brands which the charity says have failed to ensure workers in their global supply chains are paid a living wage. Companies named and shamed in the charity's Naughty or Nice…
  • Monday, 25 November 2019

    Campaigners call for boycott of Black Friday

    LONDON - Retailers and consumers are being urged by campaigners for greater sustainability in the fashion industry to take a stand against over consumption by boycotting Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The Fashion Revolution movement is behind one of…
  • Monday, 25 November 2019

    Swedish outdoor brand steps into rental

    NACKA – Swedish outdoor apparel brand Isbjörn will launch a new rental service on Black Friday (29th). Isbjörn creates outerwear, for children to the age of 16, with longevity at the forefront of design. The latest step in its Green Promise sees the…
  • Monday, 25 November 2019

    CEFIC vies to align textile chemistry with new platform

    BRUSSELS – The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) has proposed a collaboration with the textiles industry to align stakeholders and improve both traceability and transparency. A six-month long pilot test will convene participating companies…
  • Monday, 25 November 2019

    Texon joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition

    SKELTON - Fabric manufacturer Texon has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) – the alliance for sustainable production in the apparel, footwear and textile industry. Texon provides 'eco-friendly' materials used in shoes, clothing, luggage…
  • Monday, 25 November 2019

    Police search finds undocumented garment workers

    NAPLES – The boss of an Italian manufacturer said to supply leading luxury brands Armani, Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) and Fendi, has been arrested after authorities discovered the firm to be employing undocumented workers. The site of Moreno Srl,…
  • Monday, 25 November 2019

    BCI changes 'misleading' product logos Premium Article

    GENEVA – The Better Cotton Initiative has introduced a new on-product logo which stresses that its members' garments do not necessarily include any 'better cotton' under its mass balance system. The BCI has previously been criticised in some…
  • Friday, 22 November 2019

    Protests spark House of Fraser fur U-turn

    LONDON – Fashion firm House of Fraser has once again stopped the sale of products which integrate real fur after a torrent of protests lambasted its reintroduction into the high-street retailer’s stores. #FurFreeBritain campaigners were up in arms…
  • Friday, 22 November 2019

    Award for biodegradable waterproof cotton-jute fabric

    FRANKFURT - Two researchers are to be presented with an award for developing a biodegradable cotton-jute fabric with a waterproof coating that can substitute for non-biodegradable PVC-coated polyester. Professor Debasish Das, of the University of…
  • Friday, 22 November 2019

    The RealReal commits to going carbon neutral by 2021

    SAN FRANCISCO - Circular economy retailer The RealReal has responded to Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri's 'CEO Carbon Neutral Challenge' by pledging to become carbon neutral by 2021. The company has brought in third party sustainability consultants Shift…
  • Friday, 22 November 2019

    CHT awarded for BeSo communications triumph

    FRANKFURT – Textile chemistry specialist CHT has been recognised for the marketing of its BeSo (Best Solution) range of performance finishes with an Effie award at an event in Frankfurt. At the GWA Effie Awards, the CHT Group’s agency RTS Reiger won…
  • Friday, 22 November 2019

    Delilah Home launches 100 per cent hemp bed sheets

    CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - Textiles brand Delilah Home has become the first in the US to offer an extensive collection of 100 per cent hemp sheets. The company also offers organic cotton towels and sheet sets certified to the stringent Global…
  • Friday, 22 November 2019

    CCC calls for Bangladeshi worker compensation scheme

    DHAKA – Ahead of this Sunday’s public commemorations of the 112 lives lost in a Bangladeshi factory fire seven years ago, the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) reflects on the lack of progress its native industry has made in establishing a compensation…
  • Thursday, 21 November 2019

    Blockchain and markers shine in traceability pilot

    AMSTERDAM – A multi-stakeholder initiative which has brought together brands and technological innovators has successful tested the in-field efficiency of using both blockchain and authentication markers to trace organic cotton from farm to fashion.…
  • Thursday, 21 November 2019

    H&M Group supports digital wage payments

    DHAKA - Fashion retailer H&M is supporting a move to encourage textile factories in Bangladesh to switch from cash to digital wage payments to empower garment workers. The Swedish company is making a commitment that all factories in its supply chain…
  • Thursday, 21 November 2019

    Camper launches in-store recyle and repair service

    MALLORCA - Spanish footwear brand Camper has launched a circular economy initiative in which it will repair customers' footwear - including a promise to repair the first pair free-of-charge and return them as good as new within 24 hours. The company…
  • Thursday, 21 November 2019

    Businesses confused by 'sustainability' - survey

    LONDON - The overwhelming majority of businesses worldwide are feeling under pressure to become more 'sustainable' - but many are confused about what changes to make, according to a new survey. The poll, entitled 'Navigator: Now, next and how', by…
  • Wednesday, 20 November 2019

    Amazon reveals details of supply chain factories

    SEATTLE - Online retail giant Amazon has publicly disclosed the names and addresses of more than 1,000 suppliers which produce Amazon-branded products, following requests from organisations campaigning for more transparency in e-commerce and fashion…
  • Wednesday, 20 November 2019

    Investigation into Inditex raises worker concerns

    AMSTERDAM – An investigation launched by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has followed the supply chain of fashion giant Inditex and its flagship brand Zara, in a case which typifies the dire state of affairs for workers across much of the global…
  • Wednesday, 20 November 2019

    Zalando rejects workers' 'Stasi' criticisms

    BERLIN - Online fashion retailer Zalando has rejected criticisms of its performance management tool - in which workers evaluate each other - which has been compared to Stasi, the notorious former East German secret police. A report by the Hans…
  • Wednesday, 20 November 2019

    NGO campaigns for Boohoo supply chain insight

    BRISTOL – Labour Behind the Label has launched a campaign calling on UK fast fashion brand Boohoo to publish details of its supply chain to clear its name of potential worker exploitation accusations. The labour rights NGO makes the case that Boohoo…
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