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  • Friday, 03 July 2020

    Consortium explores safer water repellent solutions

    NOTTINGHAM – Nanomaterials manufacturer Promethean Particles has joined a consortium of companies exploring the development of safer water repellent textile treatments. With increasing concern over the health implications posed by conventional…
  • Friday, 03 July 2020

    New initiative to focus on wastewater management Premium Article

    BERLIN - The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles has launched a joint initiative to promote sustainable wastewater management in textile supply chains, focusing on Taiwan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, China, Pakistan and Turkey. Partnership Initiative…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    Scientists: ‘avoid’ entire class of fluorine chemicals Premium Article

    BERKELEY – A group of scientists has today called for all per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) to be treated as one single class of chemistry and said they should be avoided for nonessential uses due to their persistence in the environment and…
  • Monday, 29 June 2020

    Scientists 'discover how to grow coloured cotton' Premium Article

    CANBERRA - Scientists in Australia say they have discovered a way to grow coloured cotton in a breakthrough which could remove the need for potentially harmful chemical dyes. Researchers from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research…
  • Friday, 26 June 2020

    OrganoClick funded for further research Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish chemicals company OrganoClick has been awarded SEK 1.3 million (around US$130,000) by government research agency Vinnova to further develop its fluorocarbon-free OrganoTex treatment. The R&D project, called Popfree, will start in…
  • Wednesday, 24 June 2020

    Hohenstein and Scivera claim 'greener chemistry' Premium Article

    BOENNIGHEIM/CHARLOTTESVILLE – Textile testing company Hohenstein and chemical management experts Scivera have linked up to streamline the process for chemical suppliers to assess and validate preferred chemicals for apparel, footwear and home…
  • Tuesday, 23 June 2020

    Laudes Foundation to review ZDHC funding Premium Article

    ZUG - The Laudes Foundation is to commission an independent review of its funding of the ZDHC Foundation which oversees the Roadmap to Zero programme to replace potentially harmful chemicals in the fashion and textiles industry. The Laudes…
  • Thursday, 18 June 2020

    Archroma links up with Esprit for new collection Premium Article

    REINACH - Speciality chemicals business Archroma has collaborated with global fashion brand Esprit on a new capsule collection that makes use of its EarthColours range of fully traceable biosynthetic sulphur dyes. Esprit's 'I Am Sustainable'…
  • Wednesday, 17 June 2020

    ZDHC outsources InCheck service to third parties Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The ZDHC Foundation is outsourcing the delivery of its ZDHC InCheck service, which enables suppliers to benchmark the conformance of their chemical inventories to its Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL). ZDHC InCheck was…
  • Thursday, 04 June 2020

    GoBlu offers free trial of chemical management app Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Sustainability accelerator GoBlu International is making its chemical management app BHive free to download for a three-month trial period, in a gesture of good will at a time when many in the industry have faced a huge financial…
  • Wednesday, 03 June 2020

    Spinnova partners to develop dyeing solution Premium Article

    HELSINKI – Finnish textile innovator Spinnova has partnered with chemicals company Kemira to develop an inherent dyeing technology said to reduce resource consumption comparative to widely used alternatives. Spinnova’s method works by mass dyeing…
  • Tuesday, 02 June 2020

    ZDHC ventures into Africa with new project Premium Article

    ADDIS ABABA – With the support of the German government and leading chemicals supplier Dow, the ZDHC Foundation is embarking on a two-and-a-half year project in Ethiopia centred on sharing knowledge and raising awareness of the industry impact of…
  • Monday, 25 May 2020

    New report: Chemical Circularity in Fashion Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Progress towards the ‘Circular Economy’ in the textile sector has primarily focused on the recycling and re-use of fibres and fabrics. But very little work has been done on the chemicals used to manufacture, recycle and remanufacture…
  • Wednesday, 20 May 2020

    ZDHC releases new CMS Framework Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The ZDHC Foundation has released a new tool to provide companies with guidelines to ensure their chemical management system (CMS) protects worker safety and reduces environmental impact. The ZDHC CMS Framework aims to provide the…
  • Tuesday, 28 April 2020

    TUV Rheinland wins ZDHC Level 3 approval Premium Article

    COLOGNE - Inspection servives provider TUV Rheinland has received approval to provide Level 3 testing and conformance certification for the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) initiative’s Manufacturing Restricted Substances List 2.0 (MRSL…
  • Friday, 24 April 2020

    H&M opposes Sweden’s chemical tax plan Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Fashion giant H&M is opposing the Swedish government's proposals to introduce a tax on potentially harmful chemicals in clothing and shoes. The Swedish company says the proposed tax would not improve workers' health, the environment or…
  • Friday, 17 April 2020

    Four more join campaign against PFAS chemicals Premium Article

    GOTHENBURG - Four more clothing brands have joined safer chemicals NGO ChemSec's campaign to end the use of harmful PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) chemicals in apparel and supply chains. Scandinavian fashion retailer KappAhl, Swedish…
  • Wednesday, 15 April 2020

    ZDHC ‘dummies’ manual breaks down textile chemistry Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has today launched its Detoxing the Fashion Industry for Dummies manual, with the ambition of educating the broader industry and consumers on the topic of chemicals in apparel production and catalysing greater efforts…
  • Wednesday, 15 April 2020

    US factories still discharging ‘forever chemicals’ Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC – At least 2,500 industrial facilities across the USA could be discharging toxic PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) into the air and water, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) non-profit. A new EWG report, based…
  • Tuesday, 14 April 2020

    Textile helpline launches amid virus outbreak Premium Article

    MATLOCK – UK consultancy Colour Connections has launched a new ‘pay-as-you-go’ service for apparel retailers and free advice for students on textile chemistry and wet processing to help those eager to learn more through the current coronavirus…
  • Thursday, 09 April 2020

    Trials confirm cleaner denim dyeing Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – DyStar has teamed up Indian textile firm Raymond Uco Denim to quantify the performance of its new reducing agent which it says forms little or no salt during the indigo dyeing process with its Cadira Denim system. The companies jointly…
  • Tuesday, 07 April 2020

    Sweden reveals details of apparel chemicals tax Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - The Swedish government has revealed more details of its proposals to introduce a tax on potentially harmful chemicals in clothing and shoes. Plans being considered by politicians include a default tax of 40 SEK (US$4) per kilogram of the…
  • Monday, 06 April 2020

    BHive app update compares data Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Sustainability accelerator GoBlu International says its chemical management app BHive has now been updated with a feature able to compare compliance data across a business’ value chain. “We are excited to bring this to our brand members…
  • Monday, 30 March 2020

    EU likely to ban C6-based textile coatings Premium Article

    HELSINKI – Time may be up on the use of fluorocarbon-based ‘C6’ water repellents in textiles and other consumer goods in Europe, after Germany submitted proposed new rules to restrict perfluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA) coming on to the market. A…
  • Thursday, 19 March 2020

    Bluesign updates criteria after industry consultations Premium Article

    ST. GALLEN – Bluesign has released new criteria for environmental impact reduction, following close consultations with various industry stakeholders. Last September the Swiss firm announced that it would work with brands, NGOs, chemical suppliers…
  • Wednesday, 18 March 2020

    ZDHC welcomes new contributors Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Three new companies - including Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing Co Ltd - have signed up to the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero initiative to replace hazardous chemicals with safer ones in textiles and clothing production. Fast Retailing becomes a ZDHC…
  • Tuesday, 03 March 2020

    AAFA releases latest restricted substance list Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC – The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has released the latest edition of its Restricted Substance List (RSL) of banned or restricted chemicals and substances for finished apparel, footwear, and home textile products. The…
  • Monday, 17 February 2020

    DyStar splits from ETAD amid ongoing rumpus Premium Article

    RAUNHEIM – In a surprise move, textile chemical giant DyStar, has resigned from the Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers (ETAD) and joined TEGEWA – the German sector association within the German…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    ZDHC offers online submissions platform Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – An online platform has been launched to enable industry and members of the public to contribute to the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero initiative to replace hazardous chemicals in textiles and clothing production. The ZDHC MRSL Submission Platform…
  • Tuesday, 11 February 2020

    PFAS chemicals 'threaten textile workers' Premium Article

    OSLO - Research from Norwegian NGO Future in Our Hands claims that exposure to high levels of PFAS chemicals is having a devastating impact on the health of factory workers in China who produce textiles for western markets. PFAS, which are often…
  • Monday, 10 February 2020

    H&M backs campaign against PFAS chemicals Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Fashion retailer H&M is backing the call of safer chemicals NGO ChemSec to end the use of harmful PFAS chemicals in apparel and supply chains. H&M, which banned the use of PFAS in its clothing, accessories and shoes in 2013, has joined…
  • Monday, 03 February 2020

    ZDHC welcomes new contributors Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Another two companies have signed up to the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero initiative to replace hazardous chemicals with safer ones in textiles and clothing production. Solution provider Nissenken Quality Evaluation Centre and textile…
  • Monday, 27 January 2020

    Applied DNA patent covers tagging man-made cellulosics Premium Article

    STONY BROOK – Molecular tagging technologies specialist Applied DNA Sciences (ADNAS) has been granted a patent entitled “Methods of Marking Cellulosic Products”, which will serve to protect the firm’s proprietary approach to tagging man-made…
  • Wednesday, 22 January 2020

    Screening tool detects hidden textile impurities Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Levi Strauss has teamed up with two service providers to develop a new screening tool that identifies whether hazardous contaminants are present in bulk commodity chemicals routinely that are used in wet processing and often end up…
  • Friday, 10 January 2020

    New policy brief addresses textile chemicals Premium Article

    GENEVA - The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) has published a policy brief that addresses chemicals of concern in textiles, among other products, and efforts to minimise their impacts on human health and the…
  • Wednesday, 08 January 2020

    Five more companies join up with ZDHC Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Five more companies have signed up to the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero initiative to replace hazardous chemicals with safer ones in textiles and clothing production. They include chemical companies, Buckman International, Modern Dyestuffs &…
  • Monday, 06 January 2020

    Debate over EU carcinogen pigment rating Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Union's proposal to list one of the most widely-used textile pigments as a ‘category 2’ carcinogen appears set to spark controversy in the industry. The EU recently announced that titanium dioxide (TiO2), one of the most…
  • Thursday, 02 January 2020

    Auxiliaries from waste vegetable oil Premium Article

    BOLOGNA – Italian company Erca SpA has developed a new line of textile auxiliaries derived from waste vegetable oil that can be used as levelling and dispersing agents when dyeing polyester. Sold under the ‘Revecol’ brand, these two new products are…
  • Friday, 13 December 2019

    Chemical management app builds momentum Premium Article

    HONG KONG - Sustainability accelerator GoBlu International says its mobile chemical management app, The BHive, is now being used by 59 brands, retailers, chemical companies and other industry stakeholders. Inspired by the Vivino wine app, which…
  • Wednesday, 11 December 2019

    ZDHC welcomes four new contributors Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Four new organisations have become contributors to the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme which works to replace hazardous chemicals with safer ones in textiles and clothing production. Two denim companies, Advance Denim and Candiani Denim,…
  • Thursday, 28 November 2019

    Colorifix to launch industrial trials of bio-dyes Premium Article

    NORWICH – Biological dyeing firm Colorifix is set to launch industrial-scale trials in partnerships with fashion groups, including H&M, and textile manufacturers such as Switzerland's Forster Rohner and India's Arvind. The trials, to begin…
  • Thursday, 28 November 2019

    Bulk textile chemical impurities remain big challenge Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – Progress to eliminate the use of huge amounts of commodity chemicals in textile production that come heavily contaminated with potentially hazardous substances, appears to have ground to a halt. But it would be wrong for the industry to…
  • Wednesday, 27 November 2019

    Textile guidelines to reduce hazardous air emissions Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Group (zero discharge of hazardous chemicals) is in the final stages of developing a new draft document to provide guidance on how to reduce the impact of air emissions from chemicals used in factories and other air pollutants…
  • Wednesday, 27 November 2019

    Textile dyeing plant 'turns river red' Premium Article

    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…
  • Tuesday, 26 November 2019

    ZDHC releases new Manufacturing Restricted Substances List Premium Article

    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…
  • Monday, 25 November 2019

    CEFIC vies to align textile chemistry with new platform Premium Article

    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…
  • Friday, 22 November 2019

    CHT awarded for BeSo communications triumph Premium Article

    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…
  • Wednesday, 20 November 2019

    ZDHC upbeat on progress, sets new impact goals Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – At the launch of the ZDHC Impact report here in Amsterdam, the organisation outlined some of its immediate aims, objectives and new goals as it moves beyond its missed 2020 commitment to phase-out hazardous chemicals in textile supply…
  • Wednesday, 30 October 2019

    Eastman commercialises chemical recycling solution Premium Article

    KINGSPORT – American manufacturer Eastman has developed a chemical recycling technology able to break down waste polyester materials into their core molecular components and use them to create new recycled plastics comparative in quality to their…
  • Friday, 25 October 2019

    Polyester dyeing auxiliary saves resources, cuts costs Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – Huntsman Textile Effects has introduced a new textile dyeing auxiliary for polyester and its blends, which claims to give environmental advantages by combining pre-scouring, dyeing and reduction clearing in a single bath. The new…
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