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  • Tuesday, 24 May 2022

    Teijin bid to recycle coloured polyester Premium Article

    TOKYO - Japanese technology and fibres firm Teijin says it has developed a solution capable of chemically recycling coloured polyester back into virgin quality fibres. Teijin Frontier, the Teijin Group's fibres and products converting company, says…
  • Tuesday, 24 May 2022

    AAFA bid to delay ban on PFAS in garments Premium Article

    NEW YORK - The US fashion industry is calling for a bill that would ban the sale of apparel containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by the end of next year in New York to be delayed. Senate Bill S.6291/A.7063-A, backed by Assemblywoman…
  • Monday, 23 May 2022

    Coloreel secures green loan for expansion

    JÖNKÖPING – Textile dyeing innovator Coloreel has taken out a finance agreement with Nordic green bank Nefco to scale its on-demand thread colouring technology. The company, which says its system minimises waste, chemical use and wastewater, plans…
  • Monday, 23 May 2022

    CHT app cuts impact of cotton dyeing

    TÜBINGEN – The CHT Group has developed a new mobile app for textile dyers that can help them to optimise the fabric rinsing process in cotton dyeing by predicting in advance the colour fastness ratings of any one given process. The company says the…
  • Monday, 09 May 2022

    EWG welcomes new bid to limit PFAS pollution Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The Environmental Working Group (EWG) non-profit has welcomed a move to introduce new legislation to limit the discharge of PFAS by textile mills, and other plants, into drinking water supplies. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and…
  • Thursday, 05 May 2022

    PFAS found in 'nontoxic' children's clothing Premium Article

    BOSTON - Potentially hazardous PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are commonly found in children's stain-proof and water-resistant clothes - including those labelled 'green' or 'nontoxic', according to a new study. Scientists at Boston…
  • Friday, 29 April 2022

    Bluesign, ZDHC, Oeko-Tex to phase out PFAS Premium Article

    GLOBAL - Chemical management specialists Bluesign, ZDHC and Oeko-Tex have all confirmed they are committed to phasing out the use of potentially hazardous PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in textiles. Dubbed 'forever chemicals' because of…
  • Friday, 22 April 2022

    Archroma to help scale plant-based indigo Premium Article

    PRATTELN / SPRINGFIELD - Specialty chemicals company Archroma has linked up with natural dye start-up Stony Creek Colors to produce and bring to the market the latter’s IndiGold plant-based indigo at scale. Stony Creek Colors describes IndiGold as…
  • Friday, 22 April 2022

    H&M, Nudie in call for chemical transparency Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Swedish fashion giant H&M and sustainable denim brand Nudie Jeans are among a coalition of companies and organisations who have signed an open letter to the European Commission demanding more transparency from chemical suppliers. The…
  • Tuesday, 12 April 2022

    Researchers explore DWR inspired by bees Premium Article

    MELBOURNE - Researchers in Australia and New Zealand are working to develop durable water repellent (DWR) textile coatings without harmful chemicals by creating a biopolymer that mimics bee nests. Scientists at Australia's Deakin University and New…
  • Friday, 08 April 2022

    New scorecard finds brands failing on PFAS Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - A new scorecard assesses 30 leading US brands and retailers on their work to eliminate toxic PFAS - so-called forever chemicals - from their products and finds that most have weak, or no, policies and commitments. The scorecard,…
  • Tuesday, 05 April 2022

    Dried seaweed 'removed toxic textile dye' Premium Article

    HOFUF - New research has concluded that dried seaweed is an effective means of removing a highly toxic textile dye from industrial wastewater. Scientists from King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia, led the study into methylene blue dye (MBD) which…
  • Friday, 25 March 2022

    New metal-free Archroma dyes cut resource consumption Premium Article

    PRATTELN – Specialty chemicals company Archroma has announced the launch of two new metal-free and halogen-free acid dyes for polyamides and fabric blends. Joining the firm’s Nylosan S range, the REACH-registered and Bluesign-approved solutions have…
  • Wednesday, 23 March 2022

    Counterfeit fashion 'contains harmful chemicals' Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC – The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has unveiled a new study which claims that counterfeit fashion goods are exposing consumers to potentially dangerous chemicals. AAFA worked with British inspection, testing and…
  • Friday, 18 March 2022

    ZDHC welcomes new programme contributors Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – US department store chain Nordstrom and sustainable chemicals company Proklean Technologies have joined the ZDHC Foundation’s Roadmap to Zero programme. Nordstrom says it hopes to influence change in working conditions and environmental…
  • Friday, 18 March 2022

    Call for more restrictions on textile chemicals Premium Article

    PARIS - The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) is calling for tougher restrictions on the use of more than 1,000 chemicals in apparel. ANSES believes the chemicals can cause allergic reactions in wearers,…
  • Monday, 07 March 2022

    TÜV Rheinland and BHive form partnership Premium Article

    HONG KONG - German inspection company TÜV Rheinland and The BHive digital chemical management platform have linked up in a bid to provide a seamless approach to chemical testing and management for the textile and fashion industry. The two companies…
  • Monday, 07 March 2022

    Alchemie finishing solution cuts resource use Premium Article

    CAMBRIDGE – Textile innovator Alchemie Technology has developed a new precision digital finishing solution it believes could significantly reduce a manufacturer’s energy, chemical and water usage. The technology, called Novara, uses high-velocity…
  • Tuesday, 01 March 2022

    ZDHC releases Wastewater Guidelines Version 2.0 Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation, which is working towards the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals throughout the industry, has updated its wastewater guidelines. The ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines Version 2.0 now brings together requirements for the…
  • Monday, 28 February 2022

    'Unsafe' levels of carcinogen found in masks Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Titanium dioxide particles have been found in the fibres of face masks used to control the COVID-19 pandemic at levels posing a risk to human health, according to a new study by the Belgian national public health institute, Sciensano.…
  • Thursday, 24 February 2022

    SDC issues low carbon call for textile dyeing Premium Article

    BRADFORD - The Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC) is urging the textile industry to harness new innovations to create a new era of reduced environmental impact which minimises the use of water, energy and petrochemicals. The trade body has…
  • Tuesday, 22 February 2022

    Bluesign releases environmental impact figures Premium Article

    ST GALLEN – Textile chemical management specialist Bluesign has published figures revealing the extent to which it has helped textile manufacturers reduce their environmental impact over ten years. Bluesign's collective environmental impact figures…
  • Monday, 21 February 2022

    ZDHC welcomes new programme contributors Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Soorty, one of Pakistan's largest vertically integrated denim manufacturers, and Debag Kimya, a Turkish producer of chemicals for the leather industry, have joined the ZDHC Foundation’s Roadmap to Zero programme. Both companies join as…
  • Tuesday, 08 February 2022

    New project targets black pigment from waste Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – A project to create black pigment for textiles from waste has been launched by the Fashion for Good initiative in partnership with fashion companies Bestseller, Kering and PVH Corp. The pilot, which also involves Indian viscose giant…
  • Thursday, 03 February 2022

    Denim dyeing data to be added to Higg MSI Premium Article

    GREENSBORO – Kontoor Brands, the owner of Wrangler and Lee, has announced a new supply chain coalition of denim industry players to improve data incorporated into the Higg Material Sustainability Index (MSI). Textile manufacturers Arvind Limited,…
  • Friday, 28 January 2022

    Green Theme’s Empel products certified PFAS-free Premium Article

    ALBUQUERQUE – US textile treatment specialist Green Theme Technologies (GTT) has announced that its Empel brand of dry-finishing formulations has been tested and certified 100 per cent free of PFOA and PFOS chemicals (commonly known as PFASs) by…
  • Friday, 28 January 2022

    1,500 US textile mills 'linked to PFAS' Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC – The Environmental Working Group (EWG) non-profit has identified more than 1,500 textile mills in the USA, which it says may be releasing toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Dubbed 'forever chemicals' because of their…
  • Monday, 24 January 2022

    JC Penney, Decathlon join ZDHC programme Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Retail giants JC Penney and Decathlon have joined the ZDHC Foundation’s Roadmap to Zero programme to promote sustainable chemical management across the textile, leather and footwear industry. JC Penney, which has more than 650 stores…
  • Tuesday, 18 January 2022

    Archroma and Jeanologia team up on denim washing Premium Article

    PRATTELN – Speciality chemicals firm Archroma has joined textile technology company Jeanologia to launch a new washing process that’s claimed to save water and energy, and remove unfixed dyes and other contaminants from denim fabrics. The newly…
  • Tuesday, 18 January 2022

    Project aims to slash water and CO2 in textile dyeing Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good (FFG), has launched a new project that brings together several innovations in textile pre-treatment and colouration in a bid to influence the textile industry to shift from wet to dry processing. Companies partnering in…
  • Thursday, 06 January 2022

    Bangladesh plans textile chemical guidelines Premium Article

    DHAKA - Bangladesh is to introduce national guidelines on the use of chemicals in the textile and garments industry in a bid to better protect workers and the environment. The Ministry of Commerce is preparing the National Chemical Management…
  • Wednesday, 22 December 2021

    Plan to phase-out toxic textile solvents Premium Article

    ST GALLEN – Together with its system partners, Bluesign has initiated two new programs to reduce the environmental impact of hazardous solvents used during textile production. The aim is to improve the air quality and working conditions through the…
  • Monday, 13 December 2021

    Levi's in pilot to use plant-based indigo Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The Fashion for Good initiative is working with Levi's and natural dye start-up Stony Creek Colors to pilot the use of plant-based indigo at scale in the denim industry's supply chain. Stony Creek Colors will provide their IndiGold…
  • Thursday, 09 December 2021

    ECHA enforcement finds breaches of EU chemical laws Premium Article

    HELSINKI – An EU-wide enforcement project undertaken by the ECHA (European Chemical Agency) last year, found that 78 per cent of nearly 6,000 products for sale online – a large number of which were textiles or leather – were non-compliant with…
  • Thursday, 25 November 2021

    CleanChain launches Chemical Score feature Premium Article

    IRVINE – The CleanChain software platform has launched a new Chemical Score rating feature in partnership with global brands and third-party chemistry solution providers Scivera and ToxServices. Chemical Score aims to assess and rate chemicals, and…
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021

    Archroma awarded Platinum by EcoVadis for CSR Premium Article

    REINACH - Speciality chemicals business Archroma has been awarded the EcoVadis Platinum rating for corporate social responsibility (CSR) for 2021. The Swiss company, which aims to provide sustainable solutions in colour and specialty chemicals, says…
  • Wednesday, 03 November 2021

    OTB joins ZDHC Roadmap to Zero programme Premium Article

    BREGANZE - The OTB fashion group, which owns brands including Diesel, Maison Margiela and Marni, has joined the ZDHC Foundation’s Roadmap to Zero programme. The company, which also owns Jil Sander, Viktor & Rolf, and Amiri, is also to host ZDHC’s…
  • Tuesday, 02 November 2021

    Target leading, Amazon lagging, on chemicals Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Leading US fashion brands and retailers need to improve their toxic chemical management policies, according to a new report from the Green America initiative. The 'Toxic Textiles' study provides a company-by-company breakdown of 15…
  • Monday, 01 November 2021

    Researchers claim to 'recreate denim digitally' Premium Article

    RALEIGH - Researchers from North Carolina State University say they have successfully used digital printing on cotton fabric to recreate traditional denim more sustainably. The NC State team printed ink on cotton achieving a "good match on average"…
  • Tuesday, 19 October 2021

    PFAS roadmap welcomed, 'bolder action needed' Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Environmental and health experts at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) non-profit have welcomed a new US roadmap to tackle pollution from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) but called for bolder action. It comes…
  • Monday, 18 October 2021

    Syn-Bios earns highest ZDHC certification Premium Article

    MONTEBELLO VICENTINO - Syn-Bios, the global supplier of chemicals for the leather tanning industry, has been awarded with the highest certification offered by the ZDHC Road Map to Zero programme. Chemical management testing company Chem-MAP awarded…
  • Wednesday, 13 October 2021

    Ralph Lauren, Dow share sustainable dyeing Premium Article

    NEW YORK — Fashion company Ralph Lauren and materials science leader Dow have followed through on their promise to share a new sustainable cotton dyeing system with industry rivals. The two companies collaborated on the new Ecofast Pure system which…
  • Wednesday, 13 October 2021

    DyStar publishes latest sustainability report Premium Article

    SINGAPORE - Textile chemicals supplier DyStar has announced the release of its 11th annual Sustainability Performance Report in which it spells out how it has sought to reduce its impact despite the pandemic. The report says that the company is…
  • Monday, 11 October 2021

    SGS Vietnam recognised by ZDHC Premium Article

    HO CHI MINH CITY – The Vietnamese operations of textile testing, inspection and certification company SGS have been recognised with an indicator of Level 1 ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) v2.0 Conformance by chemicals authority…
  • Wednesday, 06 October 2021

    H&M and IKEA lead recycled textiles study Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM/LEIDEN - Swedish fashion and homeware giants H&M and IKEA have completed a large-scale joint study into the risks of chemical contamination in recycled textiles. Adidas, Bestseller, Kingfisher, Gap and PVH Corp also contributed to the…
  • Tuesday, 28 September 2021

    Archroma launches online regulatory platform Premium Article

    REINACH - Swiss speciality chemicals producer Archroma has introduced an online platform to provide instant access to regulatory and compliance information on its products. Called The Safe Edge, it provides eco-toxicological and regulatory…
  • Friday, 17 September 2021

    EU project targets chemicals in textile imports Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - A new European Commission-funded project has been launched to explore solutions for "fair and effective market surveillance" on the chemicals in textile products imported from outside the single market. The REACH4texiles initiative aims…
  • Wednesday, 15 September 2021

    Bluesign acts to phase out critical solvents Premium Article

    ST GALLEN – Textile chemical management specialist Bluesign Technologies has introduced a management and phase-out concept for critical CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction) solvents. Bluesign says it expects to see a significant…
  • Monday, 13 September 2021

    New treatment developed for textile wastewater Premium Article

    JAIPUR - Researchers from three Indian universities have developed a textile industry wastewater treatment solution which they claim can eliminate toxicity and make it suitable for industrial and even domestic use. The project, by the Indian…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    PFAS chemicals contaminate indoor air - study Premium Article

    RHODE ISLAND - PFAS compounds which are thought to break off treated products, including clothing and carpets, are contaminating the air inside buildings, according to a new study. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) - dubbed ‘forever…
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