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Chemistry is often maligned for its potential to be hazardous, when in reality it can be a key component of any new, emerging circular textile industry.

Driven by the enormous quantities of textile waste the fashion industry produces, many brands have committed to using recycled content in a bid to move from linear to circular business models.

The problem is, there are no technical solutions currently available to enable apparel brands to make a shift that many have already committed to undertake.

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  • Friday, 12 April 2024

    WRAP opens American branch to target waste

    WASHINGTON DC – UK waste recycling charity WRAP is expanding its efforts across the Atlantic after opening a new office where it will co-ordinate campaigns on issues, including textile waste, across South, Central and North America. WRAP, the NGO…
  • Friday, 12 April 2024

    AAFA backs bid to extend African trade deal

    WASHINGTON DC – The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) trade body has welcomed moves to extend the trade agreement between the US and eligible Sub-Saharan African countries for another 16 years. AAFA, which represents more than 1,000…
  • Thursday, 11 April 2024

    Plastics created from wood and CO2 Premium Article

    TALLAHASSEE – Scientists have created a new way to make recyclable plastics through the combination of CO2 and lignin into a low-cost renewable replacement for petroleum-based polymers for a range of products including textiles.The new material is…
  • Thursday, 11 April 2024

    Call to add textile waste to Basel Convention Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - European Union (EU) states France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Austria are calling for textile waste to be covered by the Basel Convention to restrict exports to developing countries. They urged the EU Environment Council to support…
  • Thursday, 11 April 2024

    Mimaki launches water-saving technology

    AMSTERDAM – Japanese digital print machinery manufacturer Mimaki has launched a textile pigment transfer printing system that is claimed to make significant savings on wastewater. The system, named “Trapis”, will be available commercially later this…
  • Thursday, 11 April 2024

    Inditex accuses Better Cotton of breach of trust Premium Article

    LONDON - The Better Cotton initiative has today issued a statement after fashion giant Inditex described allegations linking cotton certified by the organisation with deforestation in Brazil as a "serious breach in the trust placed in Better…
  • Wednesday, 10 April 2024

    Tomra and Circle-8 partner on UK recycling initiative

    OSLO/LONDON - Circle-8 Textile Ecosystems has entered into a partnership with multifaceted recycling tech company Tomra to develop the first automated textiles sorting and pre-processing facility (ATSP) for non-reusable textiles in the UK. The…
  • Wednesday, 10 April 2024

    SBTi to extend use of Scope 3 carbon credits Premium Article

    LONDON – The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has been criticised by the Carbon Market Watch non-profit after it confirmed plans to extend the use of carbon credits to offset Scope 3 carbon emissions. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Scope 3…
  • Wednesday, 10 April 2024

    M&S launches new Plan A initiatives Premium Article

    LONDON – UK retail giant Marks & Spencer has announced a tranche of new investments in collaborative projects to help achieve its ‘Net Zero by 2040’ goals. The £1 million ($1.27m) investment, funded through its ‘Plan A Accelerator Fund’, includes a…
  • Tuesday, 09 April 2024

    Armani to co-operate over worker abuse claims Premium Article

    MILAN - Italian fashion group Armani has pledged to co-operate with the authorities after one of its subsidiaries was accused of indirectly subcontracting production to companies in Milan which paid workers as little as €2 ($2.17) an hour. It comes…
  • Tuesday, 09 April 2024

    Alchemie opens Taiwan innovation hub Premium Article

    CAMBRIDGE – Chemical sector innovator Alchemie Technology has announced the opening of its first in-market production and demonstration facility in Nantou, Taiwan. Dedicated to working with woven polyester fabrics, the facility will be used to…
  • Tuesday, 09 April 2024

    Lululemon debuts recycled polyester product

    VANCOUVER / CANBERRA – Canadian athleticwear brand Lululemon and Australian recycling company Samsara Eco have introduced what is claimed to be the world’s first commercially available product made from enzymatically recycled polyester. Samsara…
  • Tuesday, 09 April 2024

    UK textile mill hits ‘zero to landfill’ status

    LEEDS – Historic Yorkshire textile mill AW Hainsworth says it has achieved zero to landfill status following its work with waste management consultant Reconomy. The 240-year-old heritage firm, which manufactures woollen fabrics for customers…
  • Tuesday, 09 April 2024

    Podcast: Cascale – taking carbon out of clothing

    WAKEFIELD – Our host Philip Berman sits down with Sean Cady, vice president of global sustainability, responsibility and trade for VF Corporation and also elected board director for Cascale, and Andrew Martin, executive vice president of Cascale for…
  • Tuesday, 09 April 2024

    Leading brands 'off track on climate goals' Premium Article

    GLOBAL – Major corporations – including fashion giants H&M, Zara owner Inditex, Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing, Nike and Adidas – are significantly off track with the Paris Agreement goal of limiting climate change to 1.5°C, according to a new report.…
  • Monday, 08 April 2024

    Selfridges extends resale platform

    LONDON - Following a successful launch at its flagship London store, British retailer Selfridges is rolling out its Reselfridges resale platform at its three other UK sites. The platform, which gives customers the opportunity to purchase and sell…
  • Monday, 08 April 2024

    Australia to make firms reveal climate risks

    SYDNEY - ESG risk management company Fair Supply has produced a report to help companies stay onside of proposed new Australian legislation which would require companies to disclose their climate change-related financial risks. The Treasury Laws…
  • Monday, 08 April 2024

    US urged to speed up sustainable procurement rules Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC – US civil societies are urging the US government to swiftly implement its previously announced raft of sustainable procurement rules for buyers across all federal departments, while also calling on the European Union to implement a…
  • Monday, 08 April 2024

    US tightens up on forced labour textile risks Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced plans to protect the US textile industry by tightening up restrictions on imports suspected of being produced with forced labour. The DHS says it has intensified the checking…
  • Monday, 08 April 2024

    eBay drops pre-owned fashion seller fees Premium Article

    LONDON – Online auction house eBay UK has announced that individual sellers can now sell their pre-owned fashion items free of charge on its platform, a move designed to reduce the £16.3 billion ($20.5 billion) worth of clothing the company says…
  • Friday, 05 April 2024

    French MPs back ban on PFAS in textiles Premium Article

    PARIS - French MPs have backed a bill which would restrict the manufacture, import and sale of "non-essential" products - including textiles - containing PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). Dubbed 'forever chemicals' for their durability in…
  • Friday, 05 April 2024

    Bestseller and Sodra partner on recycled knits Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – Danish Fashion brand Object, part of the Bestseller group has partnered with recycling innovator Sodra Group, on a new knitwear collection made partly from textile waste. The used cotton and cotton-polyester waste that is added to…
  • Friday, 05 April 2024

    Textile manufacturing's microfibre impact Premium Article

    LEEDS - Manufacturing decisions play a crucial role in determining the extent of microfibre release from textiles, according to new research at the University of Leeds. The study, published in the peer-reviewed Frontiers of Environmental Science,…
  • Friday, 05 April 2024

    SEC puts climate disclosure rules on hold Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has put on hold its new rules requiring US listed companies to disclose their climate-related risks and CO2 emissions to investors. Amidst multiple legal challenges, the regulator…
  • Thursday, 04 April 2024

    Decathlon cuts overall CO2 emissions by 10% Premium Article

    LILLE – Sporting goods retailer Decathlon reduced its absolute CO2 emissions - across Scopes 1, 2 & 3 – by 10% last year, compared to -2% in 2022, according to its new annual report. The company says the reduction is a significant step towards its…
  • Thursday, 04 April 2024

    Australian Cotton Conference details released Premium Article

    GOLD COAST - Regenerative agriculture and other practices aimed at making cotton production more sustainable will be among the issues under the spotlight at the Australian Cotton Conference later this year. A “record” number of industry stakeholders…
  • Thursday, 04 April 2024

    Levi's accused of breaking pledge to workers Premium Article

    URFA - Denim giant Levi's has been accused by campaigners of breaking a promise to garment workers involved in a dispute over union recognition at one of its suppliers in Turkey. Workers at the Ozak/Kubrateks factory in the south-eastern city of…
  • Thursday, 04 April 2024

    Challenge the Fabric event speakers revealed Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – The first round of speakers for this year's Challenge the Fabric (CTF) event, which explores innovations in man-made cellulosic fibres (MMCF), has been announced. Next gen materials in the MMCF sector are under pressure following the…
  • Thursday, 04 April 2024

    Calls for fashion to take climate action now Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – The recent Climate Action Week series of webinars held by the Scandinavian Textile Initiative for Climate Action (STICA), provoked some hard talk from industry experts about exactly how, when, and if, the textile sector can reach its…
  • Wednesday, 03 April 2024

    G-Star opts for ‘aniline-free’ denim Premium Article

    PRATTELN – Dutch fashion brand G-Star Raw has joined speciality chemical supplier Archroma and Chinese garment supplier Advance Denim in a joint commitment to the production of ‘aniline-free’ denim. In other words, denim dyed with indigo where any…
  • Wednesday, 03 April 2024

    Workwear specialist unveils recycled sweatshirt Premium Article

    BORAS - Swedish workwear brand Fristads is looking to reduce both its waste and its need for virgin materials with the launch of a partially recycled sweatshirt collection. Described as the brand’s first “circular product’, the sweatshirt is made…
  • Wednesday, 03 April 2024

    Study produces self-dyeing alternative leather Premium Article

    LONDON - Researchers say they have genetically engineered bacterial cellulose to produce its own pigmentation - removing the need for chemical dyes - in a breakthrough study they claim could revolutionise the textile industry. Published in the…
  • Wednesday, 03 April 2024

    Call for better data sharing on forced labour Premium Article

    LONDON - The Tech Against Trafficking (TAT) coalition has launched a new report which calls for better data sharing on forced labour issues in global supply chains. TAT makes recommendations to businesses, policy makers and civil society to enable…
  • Tuesday, 02 April 2024

    Worker abuse reports 'triple' in Myanmar Premium Article

    YANGON - Reports of labour rights violations in factories in Myanmar increased by nearly 300% last year, according to the Myanmar Labour News platform which monitors worker complaints. Myanmar Labour News (MLN) says it reported a total of 455 cases…
  • Tuesday, 02 April 2024

    ‘Multiple offers’ received for Renewcell Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Multiple offers have been made for the business and assets of bankrupt Swedish textile recycling pioneer Renewcell. Lawyer Lars-Henrik Andersson, the appointed bankruptcy trustee, confirmed: “These offers will undergo a thorough review…
  • Tuesday, 02 April 2024

    Brands urged to back arrested garment workers Premium Article

    DHAKA - Workers rights campaigners are urging fashion brands sourcing from Bangladesh to step up and pressure their suppliers to drop criminal cases against garment workers who were arrested during last year's protests over the minimum wage. The…
  • Tuesday, 02 April 2024

    Sustainable pigment firm raises $3.2m in funding round Premium Article

    CAMBRIDGE - Sparxell, the UK-based developer of high-performance, sustainable plant-based pigments for the textile dyeing sector, has completed a $3.2 million funding round. Consisting of a mixture of seed investments, grants and awards, the funding…
  • Tuesday, 02 April 2024

    TRA warns textile recycling 'could collapse' Premium Article

    LONDON - The UK's Textile Recycling Association (TRA) trade body has issued a warning that the textile recycling sector is in danger of imminent collapse due to global market challenges. The crisis in the Red Sea, which was disrupting shipping…
  • Tuesday, 02 April 2024

    Water crisis facing apparel supply chains, report Premium Article

    LONDON – Global supply chains are under threat from a growing water crisis according to new research from global non-profit CDP, with the apparel sector offering mixed results in terms of reporting levels and overall performance. Presenting its…
  • Tuesday, 02 April 2024

    Brands 'lagging' on climate targets - report Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Two thirds of fashion brands are lagging on meeting their decarbonisation targets - and 40% have actually seen emissions increase since setting their goals, according to new study from the McKinsey consultancy. It says that the fashion…
  • Tuesday, 02 April 2024

    Hyosung to invests $1bn in bio-based elastane Premium Article

    SEOUL - Hyosung, the world’s largest manufacturer of elastane, says it is to invest $1 billion in establishing a bio-based, raw material supply chain. The initial investment includes plans to build a new, 50,000 tonne, bio-BDO (butanediol) plant in…
  • Tuesday, 02 April 2024

    Podcast: Cascale – preparing for policy and communication

    WAKEFIELD – Two industry experts join host Philip Berman for our latest Ecotextile Talks podcast that advises listeners how best to prepare for new European Union legislation on responsibly communicating sustainability information to consumers – and…
  • Thursday, 28 March 2024

    Fair Wear and Cascale partner on due diligence Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Not-for-profit Fair Wear has teamed up with Cascale, formerly known as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, in a joint bid to improve conditions for workers in garment and consumer goods factories around the world. The new strategic…
  • Thursday, 28 March 2024

    Trützschler launches mechanical recycling system Premium Article

    MÖNCHENGLADBACH - Textile technology manufacturer Trützschler has launched a new mechanical recycling system to transform textile waste into secondary fibres. Developed in cooperation with Turkish company Balkan Textile Machinery, the Truecycled…
  • Thursday, 28 March 2024

    Research note: Sustainability in market context Premium Article

    DELHI – With economics and global politics disrupting moves towards sustainability goals, Jayanth Kashyap B., investment lead at the Good Fashion Fund explains how these constraints influence plans for India’s textile sector.
  • Wednesday, 27 March 2024

    Soorty targets regenerative cotton sourcing Premium Article

    KARACHI – Pakistan’s largest vertically integrated denim company, Soorty, has set up an initiative that promotes regenerative farming practices to reduce the environmental impacts of cotton in its denim supply chain. The Soorty Regenagri Initiative…
  • Wednesday, 27 March 2024

    H&M claims Scope 3 progress in new report Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish fashion giant H&M last year reduced its CO2 emissions in its global supply chain by 22%, compared to a 2019 baseline, according to its new annual and sustainability report. The company says the reduction in its Scope 3 emissions…
  • Wednesday, 27 March 2024

    Textile research centre calls for new project partners Premium Article

    GEELONG - Researchers from Deakin University’s Recycling and Clean Energy Commercialisation Hub (REACH), a key centre of environmental textile technology research in Australia, is seeking businesses looking to invest in research-led projects that…
  • Wednesday, 27 March 2024

    Green Theme and Hwasung ink textile treatment deal Premium Article

    ALBUQUERQUE – US textile treatment specialist Green Theme Technologies (GTT) is expanding its water and PFAS-free finishing platform into the key South Korean market after striking a deal with functional textile manufacturer, Hwasung International.…
  • Wednesday, 27 March 2024

    ASOS, Boohoo, ASDA censured on green claims Premium Article

    LONDON - Fashion retailers ASOS, Boohoo and George at Asda have signed formal agreements to use only accurate and clear green claims in future following an investigation by the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The undertakings commit…
  • Wednesday, 27 March 2024

    Secondhand market 'still growing' - ThredUp Premium Article

    OAKLAND - The secondhand clothing market is continuing to expand, according to the 12th annual Resale Report from the ThredUp online resale platform which noted a 31% year-on-year growth last year. However, profits remain elusive with ThredUp's own…
  • Wednesday, 27 March 2024

    EU-UN project to support migrant workers Premium Article

    BANGKOK - The European Union and the United Nations have launched a joint initiative to help strengthen the rights of women migrant workers and children in southeast Asia. The three-year ‘Protect’ project will work to promote decent work and reduce…
  • Wednesday, 27 March 2024

    Circular textile project ends, reveals lessons Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The European Union (EU) funded New Cotton Project has come to a close after three-and-a-half years claiming to have gained key insights into how best to achieve the transition to a circular textiles industry. The consortium behind the…
  • Tuesday, 26 March 2024

    New Look backs project to reduce impacts Premium Article

    LONDON - UK fashion retailer New Look is involved in a project which seeks to reduce the textiles industry's carbon footprint and accelerate the adoption of hydrogen energy. Digital technology company Digital Catapult is behind the 'Made Smarter…
  • Tuesday, 26 March 2024

    Carbios joins textile circularity partnership Premium Article

    CLERMONT–FERRAND – Biotech specialist Carbios has joined the Paris Good Fashion (PGF) NGO to “accelerate textile circularity” and will contribute its solution for the bio-recycling of polyester. Carbios is the first recycling tech supplier to join…
  • Tuesday, 26 March 2024

    Better Cotton commits to Pakistan emissions project Premium Article

    ISLAMABAD - The Better Cotton initiative has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Net Zero Pakistan (NZP) to promote sustainability on cotton farms across the country and explore ways in which carbon emissions can be reduced. Net Zero…
  • Tuesday, 26 March 2024

    Eastman awarded $375m for PET recycling plant Premium Article

    KINGSPORT – Speciality materials manufacturer Eastman has been awarded up to $375 million in funding to build a low carbon recycling plant to transform mixed plastic waste into virgin-quality materials for textiles and packaging. The US Department…
  • Tuesday, 26 March 2024

    Brands and retailers facing water-related risks, report Premium Article

    LONDON – A new report claims to have uncovered the significant water-related risks faced by major fashion brands and retailers, including Adidas, Gap, H&M, Inditex, Levi Strauss, Nike, PVH Corp, Ralph Lauren and VF Corp. The report from Planet…
  • Tuesday, 26 March 2024

    Podcast: Cascale - measuring for impact

    WAKEFIELD – Our host Philip Berman speaks with Jeremy Lardeau, senior VP of the Higg Index at Cascale, and Quentin Thorel, group head of sustainability for CIEL Textile, for our latest podcast. The first of a four part series, brought to you in…
  • Monday, 25 March 2024

    Sainsbury's joins ACT wages initiative Premium Article

    LONDON - UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's - which includes Tu Clothing, Habitat and Argos – has joined the ACT initiative which seeks to secure living wages for workers in textile and garment supply chains. ACT (Action, Collaboration,…
  • Monday, 25 March 2024

    Adidas unveils elastane-free stretch sportswear Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH - Sportswear giant Adidas has developed a new range of stretch performance garments which it says uses an innovative knit or woven construction to dispense with the need for elastane fibres. Branded as Twistknit and Twistweave, Adidas…
  • Monday, 25 March 2024

    Taiwan showcases benefits of sustainable textiles

    SPONSORED CONTENT - Taiwan's textile industry has performed well on the global stage in recent years, demonstrating its strength and advantages in the supply chain. With a rich history of innovation, quality craftsmanship and technical expertise,…
  • Monday, 25 March 2024

    Companies struggling with reporting requirements, poll Premium Article

    LONDON - Sustainability professionals are struggling to cope with increasingly complex reporting requirements with some trying to align with up to eight different ESG frameworks, according to a new poll. The survey of 500 sustainability decision…
  • Friday, 22 March 2024

    Better Cotton links with Pakistan business lobby Premium Article

    ISLAMABAD - Better Cotton Pakistan has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) to accelerate the uptake of Better Cotton across the country. Better Cotton Pakistan will…
  • Friday, 22 March 2024

    Ethical Trading Initiative voices Bangladesh concerns Premium Article

    LONDON - The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has expressed concern about the number of arrests, ongoing detentions, pending court cases and actions taken against garment workers in Bangladesh The ETI said it was especially concerned by the use of…
  • Friday, 22 March 2024

    US brands urged to pay laid off workers Premium Article

    SAN SALVADOR - US apparel company Hanesbrands and Californian cycling giant Specialized are being urged to compensate garment workers in El Salvador who are still owed $659,000 in unpaid wages and severance a year and a half after losing their jobs.…
  • Friday, 22 March 2024

    Cotton Trust Protocol expands support system Premium Article

    MEMPHIS — The US Cotton Trust Protocol has created an expanded field-level team dedicated to providing regional support for US cotton growers participating in the voluntary sustainability initiative. Key elements of the role include aiding producers…
  • Friday, 22 March 2024

    Fair Wear awards Pangaia 'leader' status Premium Article

    LONDON – Materials science brand Pangaia has been awarded 'leader' status for its concern for workers in its supply chain in its first ever performance check by the Fair Wear non-profit. Fair Wear acknowledged Pangaia's commitment to ethical…
  • Thursday, 21 March 2024

    Study explores financial viability of biopolymers Premium Article

    VIENNA - A new study has outlined the different manufacturing scenarios required to ensure the production of financially viable, bio-based polyester (bio-PET), recycled polyester (r-PET) and their blends. The primary aim of the research at the…
  • Thursday, 21 March 2024

    Future textiles among EU research priorities Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The Euratex textile industry trade body has welcomed the inclusion of textiles among the priorities of the European Union's (EU) flagship Horizon Europe innovation funding programme for the next three years. 'Textiles of the Future' is…
  • Thursday, 21 March 2024

    Zalando admits mixed progress on sustainability Premium Article

    BERLIN – European online fashion retailer Zalando has admitted mixed success in meeting its environmental targets in its newly published 2023 Sustainability Progress Report. Key findings include a 78% reduction in its Scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas…
  • Thursday, 21 March 2024

    Shein to offer business model to other brands Premium Article

    SINGAPORE - Chinese-owned ultra fast fashon giant Shein is reportedly planning to make its controversial sourcing model available to other brands. The Wall Street Journal newspaper says it has seen a letter from Shein’s executive chairman Donald…
  • Thursday, 21 March 2024

    EOCA welcomes new funding partner Premium Article

    KENDAL – The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) has welcomed a new signatory to its ‘Sustaining Membership’ category, adding to the growing list of companies that provide vital additional funding for the organisation’s core…
  • Wednesday, 20 March 2024

    Fashion for Good programme for innovators Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Fashion for Good initiative has revealed the 10 new innovators selected to receive tailored support for their technologies through its 2024 Innovation Programme. The Innovation Programme provides support based on the development…
  • Wednesday, 20 March 2024

    New research to break down dyes in wastewater Premium Article

    ADELAIDE – A research team at Australia’s Flinders University claims to have discovered a new way to break down and remove potentially hazardous textile dyes in wastewater. A wide range of chemical industries, including textiles, dye manufacture and…
  • Wednesday, 20 March 2024

    Official launch for recycled polyester directory Premium Article

    MUNICH - The Accelerating Circularity initiative has today officially launched its database of commercially available textile-to-textile recycled polyester. The launch of the rPolyester Database took place this morning as part of the Reality Zone…
  • Wednesday, 20 March 2024

    SEC climate rules on hold following challenge Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) recently adopted climate-related disclosure rule has been put on hold following a legal challenge. The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted an 'administrative stay'…
  • Wednesday, 20 March 2024

    Intertek to verify Better Cotton standard Premium Article

    BOXBOROUGH - Inspection and testing organisation Intertek has been approved as a third-party verifier (3PV) to perform audits in compliance with the Better Cotton’s Chain of Custody (CoC) standard. Launched in October 2023, the CoC standard is…
  • Tuesday, 19 March 2024

    Urbanic completes Series C funding round Premium Article

    LONDON - Socially responsible fashion brand Urbanic has completed a $150 million Series C funding round to improve its technology and scale-up its supply chain sustainability. The investment will be used to ramp up the company’s implementation of AI…
  • Tuesday, 19 March 2024

    Ecotextile News explores innovation challenges Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD - The new edition of our Ecotextile News magazine - due out next week - considers some of the challenges of scaling innovations in the textiles industry following the demise of Swedish recycling pioneer Renewcell. Our editor John Mowbray…
  • Tuesday, 19 March 2024

    AAFA urges Bangladesh to end garment worker detentions Premium Article

    DHAKA - The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has called on the Bangladesh government and the country’s major textile industry trade body to end the ongoing detention and the continued threat of detention, of thousands of workers…
  • Tuesday, 19 March 2024

    Profits from forced labour up 37%, report Premium Article

    GENEVA - Annual profits from forced labour rose to $236 billion globally in 2021 - a 37% increase since 2014, according to a new study from the International Labour Organization (ILO). Forced labour is a major concern in the fashion and textiles…
  • Tuesday, 19 March 2024

    TextileGenesis upgrades traceability platform Premium Article

    PARIS - Blockchain technology specialist TextileGenesis has launched an upgraded version of its sold-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, which offers the fashion sector a secure and digitised traceability system for all materials and garments. Part of the…
  • Monday, 18 March 2024

    H&M Foundation and GFA link on circularity Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - H&M Foundation has linked up with the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) initiative to accelerate and scale the recycling of post-industrial textile waste in fashion sourcing countries. The three-year partnership aims to help expand 'National…
  • Monday, 18 March 2024

    Asahi Kasei and Lenzing partner on sustainable fabrics Premium Article

    MUNICH - Stretch yarn manufacturer Asahi Kasei and cellulosic fibre specialist Lenzing have created a new partnership to develop a portfolio of sustainable and circular-driven textiles. The fabrics under development will be blends of Asahi’s Roica…
  • Monday, 18 March 2024

    Turkish apparel firms eye greater US links Premium Article

    ISTANBUL – The Istanbul Apparel Exporters’ Association (IHKIB) has signed a collaboration agreement with US-based non-profit, Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production (WRAP) as part of a plan to boost Turkish apparel exports to the US market. The…
  • Friday, 15 March 2024

    European CSDDD approved - with concessions Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - European proposals to make companies responsible for human rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains have finally been approved - albeit with significant concessions. The European Union's landmark Corporate…
  • Friday, 15 March 2024

    Renewcell deadline extended amid new buyer hopes Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - The trustee appointed to oversee Renewcell’s bankruptcy proceedings has extended the deadline for the receipt of offers for the troubled textile recycling firm. The deadline has been extended to 12:00 pm CET on 28 March, 2024 in order to…
  • Friday, 15 March 2024

    Lenzing losses widen as demand dips Premium Article

    LENZING – Cellulosic fibre specialist Lenzing has posted a significantly wider loss for its full year 2023, hurt by lower demand and the continued rise in raw material and energy costs. Posting a net loss of €593 million, down from a loss of €37.2…
  • Friday, 15 March 2024

    CHT and Fulgar combine for sustainable yarn dyeing Premium Article

    TÜBINGEN – Italian synthetic yarn manufacturer Fulgar and textile chemical supplier CHT have teamed up to reduce the impact of dyeing the latter’s ‘Q-Cycle’ recycled nylon yarns. The process being used is CHT’s BeSo Responsible treatment, part of…
  • Friday, 15 March 2024

    French MPs back levies on ultra fast fashion Premium Article

    PARIS – A bill which would impose an environmental surcharge of up to €10 ($11) per garment on ultra-fast fashion companies, such as China-owned Shein, has been approved by France's National Assembly. All voting lawmakers in the lower house of the…
  • Friday, 15 March 2024

    Walmart partners on 3D garment manufacturing Premium Article

    BENTONVILLE – Retail giant Walmart has embarked on a pilot project with fashion technology firm Unspun that will use 3D weaving technology to help reduce the environmental impact of garment production and reduce waste. If successful, the…
  • Friday, 15 March 2024

    Lenzing publishes 2023 sustainability report

    SPONSORED CONTENT – Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing has revealed its progress against the company's environmental and social targets with the publication of its 2023 sustainability report. Underpinning the company’s ‘Naturally Positive’…
  • Thursday, 14 March 2024

    Puma hits climate targets, sets new ambitions Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH - Sportswear giant Puma has achieved its first science-based greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets seven years ahead of schedule, according to its latest sustainability report The report, ‘Play faster. Forever Play’, shows that Puma…
  • Thursday, 14 March 2024

    Spinnova cuts costs on back of poor results Premium Article

    JYVÄSKYLÄ ­ – Scandinavian textile fibre innovator Spinnova has launched a cost-cutting review and shaken up its management team on the back of disappointing financial results for 2023 which saw revenues plummet and losses soar. Spinnova's results,…
  • Thursday, 14 March 2024

    Cotton data platform tackles transparency Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Sourcing technology specialist Sourcery has launched a new data collection programme that it hopes will bring together high levels of transparency and traceability to the cotton supply chain. The primary aim of the Impact and Assurance…
  • Wednesday, 13 March 2024

    MEPs vote to beef up EPR scheme for textiles Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - MEPs have today voted to strengthen a proposed extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme for textile waste as part of a revision of the European Union's (EU) Waste Framework Directive. The European Parliament agreed the EPR scheme,…
  • Wednesday, 13 March 2024

    Textile firms drop SBTi scope 3 commitments Premium Article

    LONDON - More than 40 fashion retailers and textile and clothing manufacturers have had their Science Based Targets initiative-approved (SBTi) net-zero commitments removed after it emerged that previously agreed scope 3 reduction targets were…
  • Wednesday, 13 March 2024

    GFA programme aims to scale fashion innovation Premium Article

    BOSTON – The Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) has partnered with PDS Ventures, the innovation and investment arm of apparel manufacturer PDS, to launch a new Trailblazer programme. The new initiative will work to identify early-stage innovators in the…
  • Tuesday, 12 March 2024

    Freudenberg site implements ZDHC protocols Premium Article

    WEINHEIM - Freudenberg Performance Materials has completed the 4sustainability Chemical Management protocol (4s CHEM) for its Apparel Competence Center located in Sant’Omero, Italy. The aim of the protocol is to progressively eliminate toxic and…
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