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When it comes to considering the carbon footprint of the fashion and textiles industry, most of us tend to focus on coal-powered factories in countries like China and Vietnam and the shipping of garments halfway around the world to western stores.

Others worry about the impact of synthetic fabrics derived from fossil fuels, such as polyester, which are said to account for up to a fifth of the sector’s emissions – but we must bear in mind that so-called natural fibres, such as cotton, also contribute to climate change.

Better Cotton - formerly the Better Cotton Initiative - is drawing up its own strategy on climate change in the hope of reducing the impact of cotton which has been estimated by the Carbon Trust at 220 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

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  • Tuesday, 13 February 2024

    Spilling the dirt on compostable stretch denim Premium Article

    Italian textile manufacturer Candiani has shared details of an experiment to show off the compostable qualities of what it claims is the world's first biodegradable stretch denim. A visit to his local butcher in Milan gave Alberto Candiani the idea…
  • Monday, 12 February 2024

    California’s climate of disclosure Premium Article

    With California's newly-implemented climate disclosure laws said to be the most wide-ranging introduced so far, we take a look at what they will mean for businesses. There’s no doubt as to the alarming impact of climate change in the US state – with…
  • Saturday, 10 February 2024

    Why decarbonisation depends on data Premium Article

    HONG KONG – With 2024 already here, it’s too late for any one organisation to roll out a strategy that can guarantees the whole textile sector can reduce its carbon emissions by 45% in the next seven years – a figure called for by scientists if the…
  • Friday, 09 February 2024

    Fashion’s fake GHG emission claims Premium Article

    Lutz Walter, secretary general of the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles, outlines why the claim that the fashion industry is to blame for 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions is wrong – and why this matters. Four years after…
  • Thursday, 08 February 2024

    'Industry first' microplastics test developed Premium Article

    Italian textile manufacturer Aquafil has developed what it claims is the first methodology to precisely measure the quality and quantity of microplastics released in the textile industry. The company says the method, developed in partnership with…
  • Wednesday, 07 February 2024

    New tool counts textile process CO2 emissions Premium Article

    A new tool from the Apparel Impact Institute will be able to help calculate the cumulative CO2 emissions for each process and sub-process from textile manufacturing – an industry first. On the 22nd February, we will broadcast the first of a 3-part…
  • Tuesday, 16 January 2024

    Brands' integrity on energy rated 'shallow' Premium Article

    BERLIN – The integrity of the renewable electricity commitments of fashion giants H&M, Zara owner Inditex, Nike, Gap and Lululemon has been found wanting by a new report from the New Climate Institute. The non-profit assessed brands' renewable…
  • Tuesday, 02 January 2024

    Regenerative cotton – don't believe all the hype Premium Article

    Simon Ferrigno argues that regenerative cotton is about local solutions, designed by and with local people, and sold at a price that they can live on. Not a system where cotton producers are constantly observed by new digital tools and data owners,…
  • Thursday, 21 December 2023

    Expert panel talks ESG in fashion Premium Article

    With environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment currently in the doldrums, a panel of experts explain what this could mean for the fashion and retail sectors after its politicisation in the USA; and after UK investors shy away from this…
  • Tuesday, 19 December 2023

    Blanket PFAS ban poses textiles conundrum Premium Article

    The world of eco-textiles is littered with issues that are not clear cut, where there are pluses and minuses, and where compromise rules as stakeholders seek a ‘least bad outcome’ or a reduced environmental impact. But, a blanket ban on PFAS would…
  • Monday, 11 December 2023

    Back to the future for cotton Premium Article

    David Styles speaks to a firm that works with the European Space Agency, Cotton made in Africa and a geospatial technology specialist to explore why satellite imagery is being used to remotely monitor cotton crops. Is this the next phase of the…
  • Thursday, 07 December 2023

    GFA Monitor - many voices, one mission Premium Article

    DUBAI - Launched at COP28 climate summit, the 2023 GFA Monitor is the second edition of a multi-agency report from the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) that aims to combine the expertise of leading industry bodies across the fashion and textiles…
  • Wednesday, 06 December 2023

    New report links global brands to forced labour Premium Article

    SHEFFIELD - Thirty nine global brands and retailers are at "high risk" of selling goods with exposure to Uyghur forced labour onto the European market, according to a new study. The report, entitled ‘Tailoring Responsibility: Tracing Apparel Supply…
  • Tuesday, 05 December 2023

    Woolly thinking? Premium Article

    OPINION - The Woolmark Company's ongoing campaign against synthetic textiles appears to be full of contradictions A recent LinkedIn post by Livia Firth, the co-founder and creative director of the Eco-Age PR and lobbying agency, on a new campaign…
  • Monday, 04 December 2023

    Are influencers authentic on sustainable fashion? Premium Article

    Influencing by definition is not new, but never before has it been so easy for an average “nobody” to join a social media platform, garner a following and turn themselves into a self-made ‘sustainable fashion influencer’. Tom Bithell explores. 
  • Monday, 04 December 2023

    A rallying cry for next gen materials Premium Article

    If it's true that you know who your real friends are when the chips are down, then Nicole Rycroft, the founder and executive director of Canopy, is a real friend of Renewcell, in particular, and the next gen materials sector in general,…
  • Friday, 01 December 2023

    Textile Exchange production report unpacked Premium Article

    LONDON - Textile Exchange's 10th annual Materials Market Report, formerly the Preferred Fiber and Materials Market Report, paints something of a bleak picture of the industry's sustainability efforts. It found that global fibre production increased…
  • Monday, 27 November 2023

    Ecosystex - bridging the innovation gap Premium Article

    More than 100 stakeholders from 16 countries converged on Barcelona for the first conference of the Ecosystex coalition of research and industry experts involved in EU-funded innovation projects for textile sustainability. Launched earlier this…
  • Tuesday, 21 November 2023

    What's gone wrong at Renewcell? Premium Article

    Renewcell was the darling of circular fashion this time last year, establishing an industrial scale flagship factory at Sundsvall, Sweden, while most of its next gen materials rivals were barely out of the lab. But, a year on from launching the…
  • Friday, 27 October 2023

    Q&A - next gen vs recycled leather Premium Article

    Searches for next gen leather alternatives have grabbed the attention of those keen to find a more sustainable alternative to animal-based leather in recent years. H&M has featured the cactus-based leather of Mexican company Desserto while Zara has…
  • Thursday, 12 October 2023

    Managing customer allergies to textile chemicals Premium Article

    Managing customer allergies to minute quantities of textile chemicals is far from simple and the industry must accept that a zero issue situation is impossible. Sometimes it’s easy to establish cause and effect, sometimes it’s easy to conclusively…
  • Wednesday, 11 October 2023

    Why risk should equal reward for suppliers Premium Article

    The textile industry is made up of all sorts of manufacturers, each with their own focus and approach. On one end of the spectrum are smaller mills that operate under short-term goals, driven by immediate client needs, market trends and the…
  • Tuesday, 10 October 2023

    Regulation drives next gen fibre interest Premium Article

    An entirely new category of European-created textile fibres is rapidly emerging based on reclaiming textile waste and its global influence could be huge. At the same time, it’s claimed this move could go a considerable way towards reversing some of…
  • Monday, 09 October 2023

    The tough choices facing brands in Myanmar Premium Article

    As human rights continue to deteriorate in Myanmar, more and more global brands are putting a halt on sourcing from the country. But what about the garment workers left behind? Swedish fashion giant H&M finally announced that it is to stop sourcing…
  • Friday, 06 October 2023

    Independent Higg tools review unpacked Premium Article

    The much-anticipated, KPMG-led technical review of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition's Higg MSI and PM tools has been finally released. It was back in June 2022 that the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) announced it was commissioning an…
  • Friday, 25 August 2023

    Purifying the textile waste stream Premium Article

    Using artificial intelligence to extract trims, zips and buttons to create clean textile feedstock, a Belgian company at the recent ITMA in Milan may have solved how to close the gap between textile sorting and recycling. Although precise global…
  • Monday, 21 August 2023

    Brave new world(ly) - Higg rebrand interview Premium Article

    "You can't use that," laughs James Schaffer, after tripping over 'Worldly' - the rebranded new name of the Higg technology company which runs the Higg Index suite of tools for the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and is now branching out with new…
  • Monday, 21 August 2023

    The loops of textile circularity Premium Article

    Various debates have cynically unpicked the efforts of brands and retailers in a bid to disprove the viability of the concept of circularity, or more so to uncover the true motives behind these circular endeavours.Often these reports and articles…
  • Thursday, 17 August 2023

    How Shein and Temu ‘evade restrictions’ Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – US legislators are concerned that Chinese ultra-fast fashion retailers, like Shein and Temu, are out-flanking the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) which bans imports from Xinjiang on the assumption they are made with forced…
  • Thursday, 17 August 2023

    Coercive cotton labour to persist in Xinjiang Premium Article

    Forced labour is still widespread in the cotton industry of the Xinjiang region of China, despite Beijing's claims to the contrary, argues the first research on the subject that was recently published in a peer-reviewed journal. China's mass…
  • Friday, 04 August 2023

    Shedding the textile microfibre narrative Premium Article

    When it comes to fibre fragmentation, the existing narrative suggests that recycled polyester fabrics fair worse than those made with virgin polyester. However, Dr Kelly Sheridan, co-author of a recent report from the Microfibre Consortium (TMC),…
  • Wednesday, 02 August 2023

    Interview: Textile fibre pollution Premium Article

    Nearly two decades have elapsed since UK researchers published a seminal paper on tiny particles polluting the oceans. David Styles asks professor Richard Thompson OBE – a prize winning scientist in this field – how he reflects on the intervening…
  • Monday, 31 July 2023

    Time out for sustainable textile materials? Premium Article

    The elusive pursuit of sustainable new materials is unfolding at a pace more tortoise than hare, says Rogier van Mazijk, fund manager at the Textile Innovation Fund, who also believes that while numerous innovation categories have demonstrated…
  • Wednesday, 26 July 2023

    Eco-dyeing and finishing advances Premium Article

    Phil Patterson gives readers an insight into new innovations in printing, dyeing and general textile wet processing innovations seen at ITMA – where for him – one particular energy-saving idea was worth the time and expense of travelling to the…
  • Tuesday, 25 July 2023

    Focus on emerging technologies at ITMA Premium Article

    Start-Up Valley, a new feature at the 2023 ITMA trade show, featured 16 emerging companies hoping to scale new and game changing solutions and technologies. They included Dublin-based Tailr which is working on ways to harness the power of artificial…
  • Monday, 24 July 2023

    Many ITMA visitors miss out at Planet Textiles Premium Article

    Tens of thousands of ITMA visitors missed the opportunity to engage with key stakeholders on environmental issues in Milan – but they won’t be able to turn a deaf ear forever. ITMA 2023 was billed as the most sustainable ITMA event yet – if such an…
  • Monday, 26 June 2023

    Designing out the waste Premium Article

    The fashion industry is big, bold, and as messy as ever, but today it's having to face its critics over the harm that it continues to cause through its wasteful actions. However, can the industry re-design itself to re-define itself, and can it turn…
  • Tuesday, 20 June 2023

    Digital data exchange Premium Article

    The European Outdoor Group (EOG) and the German Federal Association of the German Sporting Goods Industry (BSI) have teamed up to launch the ‘Sustainability Data Exchange Project’, which aims to harmonise the exchange of product level sustainability…
  • Tuesday, 06 June 2023

    Q&A ... with Trove founder Andy Ruben Premium Article

    Andy Ruben, the founder and executive chairman of resale platform Trove, talks about why he left the retail giant Walmart to enter the resale space and gives readers a unique insight into what the future may hold for global resale as it continues to…
  • Friday, 02 June 2023

    Sew far, sew good Premium Article

    Funding new textile technologies requires more corporate interest if a repeat of the clean tech bubble burst of the late 2000s is to be avoided, argues Rogier van Mazijk, Fund Manager at Textile Innovation Fund. Over the last decade, numerous…
  • Wednesday, 31 May 2023

    Polymer biodegradation depends on local habitats Premium Article

    CHRISTCHURCH – In a conversation with textile technologist Colleen Ahalt-Eagle at the Performance Days trade show in Munich, she told Ecotextile News that her laboratory forensic work on synthetic fibre breakdown in New Zealand showed that existing,…
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    Wednesday, 17 May 2023

    Sustainable fashion design Q & A with Caroline Priebe Premium Article

    Brooklyn-based Caroline Priebe is a US sustainable fashion designer with two decades of experience under her belt, so Tom Bithell caught up with her for a quick Q&A about her ideas on designing for true sustainability. Q: How is a garment…
  • Thursday, 27 April 2023

    Making climate adaptation a reality for farmers Premium Article

    Last summer’s floods in Pakistan displaced seven million people, caused a death toll of over 1,500 and damages of an estimated $30 billion, with only $5.6 billion covered by insurance. As just one instance of the increasing number of extreme weather…
  • Thursday, 20 April 2023

    Why biodegradability isn't always the answer Premium Article

    The promotion of biodegradation and biodegradability is being used to assuage consumer guilt associated with over-production and the ‘buy-use-dump model’ for both chemicals and clothing. There are three things that are clear about drawing…
  • Wednesday, 12 April 2023

    Surprise rise in garment exports from Myanmar Premium Article

    Amidst growing calls for fashion brands and retailers to consider pulling out of sourcing from Myanmar, World Bank figures reveal that garment exports from the country actually shot up for much of last year. Reports that exports of garments from…
  • Thursday, 06 April 2023

    Dye supplier concerns on skin sensitiser proposal Premium Article

    A proposal put to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) by Sweden and France in 2019 to restrict some skin sensitisers – with a decision expected to be presented to the EU commission shortly – is causing concern among some textile industry groups who…
  • Monday, 03 April 2023

    Lasers count microparticles in textile wastewater Premium Article

    New Nike-funded research proposes a new way to more accurately measure and control the amount of microparticles found in textile wastewater. The research hoped to address the problem of comparing microparticle data from different studies, due to a…
  • Friday, 24 February 2023

    Protein Evolution makes ‘good-as-new’ fibres Premium Article

    Protein Evolution has linked up with Stella McCartney to demonstrate the potential of its enzyme-based technology to recycle synthetics. US start-up Protein Evolution (PEI) is working with Stella McCartney in a bid to turn unused polyester and nylon…
  • Monday, 20 February 2023

    Grants aim to kickstart fashion decarbonisation Premium Article

    The Apparel Impact Institute Climate Solutions Portfolio (CSP) provides millions in grant funding for innovations and existing textile industry solutions that can demonstrate their power to reduce supply chain greenhouse gas emissions. It’s finally…
  • Thursday, 16 February 2023

    Murky supply chain links to forced labour in China Premium Article

     As professor of human rights and contemporary slavery at Sheffield Hallam University, Laura Murphy’s research shines a light on the murky supply chain lines linking major brands to forced labour in china. As an idealistic young girl, Laura Murphy…
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