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  • Friday, 10 January 2020

    New policy brief addresses textile chemicals

    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

    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…
  • Friday, 25 October 2019

    Scientists find 'new way' of using enzymes to dye textiles Premium Article

    BORAS - Scientists at the University of Boras in Sweden claim to have come up with a new way of using enzymes to dye textiles which reduces the usage of energy and water and the discharge of potentially harmful chemicals. Doctoral student May…
  • Thursday, 17 October 2019

    IKEA and H&M shed light on chemicals in recycled textiles Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – IKEA and H&M have teamed up to identify what sort of chemical contaminants are typically found in pre-owned cotton textiles in a bid to improve the safe reuse of these materials within a ‘circular system’. At the Textiles Exchange event…
  • Tuesday, 08 October 2019

    Canopy teams up with ZDHC to clean-up viscose Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – CanopyStyle and the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme have teamed up to tackle the potential negative environmental impacts of viscose production through a collaborative approach that will see them align on raw materials, wastewater…
  • Tuesday, 24 September 2019

    Textile dyeing factories bid to dump salt sludge deep at sea Premium Article

    TIRUPPUR - Dyeing facilities in India's textiles and knitwear hub are exploring the possibility of dumping mixed salt sludge deep at sea. Units in the southern city of Tiruppur, which contributes to 90 per cent of India's cotton knitwear exports,…
  • Tuesday, 24 September 2019

    Researchers find way to dye textiles with coffee grounds Premium Article

    AMES, IOWA – Researchers say they have found a natural way to dye fabrics for clothing - by using leftover coffee grounds. Changhyun 'Lyon' Nam, of the Iowa State University (ISU), said his own coffee habit gave him the idea to experiment with the…
  • Tuesday, 17 September 2019

    Bluesign extends consultation deadline Premium Article

    ST GALLEN – In a departure from its usual protocol, Bluesign is for the first-time holding consultations with both external and internal stakeholders to update its Bluesign system criteria. The consultation which has been extended from system…
  • Friday, 13 September 2019

    Textile additive may be classified ‘carcinogenic’ Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – One of the most widely used pigments in the textile industry could be controversially listed as a category 2 carcinogen by the European Commission in the coming weeks despite opposition from experts who say the ruling would be a…
  • Wednesday, 04 September 2019

    PODCAST: Chemicals, climate change and greenwashing

    BARCELONA - “More of the same is not going to get us to where we need to go,” said the ever-outspoken global fellow for the Institute for Public and Environmental Affairs Linda Greer at the recent Planet Textiles in Barcelona where she sat down…
  • Wednesday, 04 September 2019

    Chinese factory adopts ‘aniline-free’ indigo Premium Article

    REINACH – Advance Denim, the oldest denim mill in China has become the first in the country to adopt Archroma’s ‘aniline-free’ Denisol Pure Indigo liquid dye. Denisol, whilst still containing traces of aniline ‘at levels below (current) limits of…
  • Wednesday, 28 August 2019

    Researchers find new way to remove dyes from wastewater

    LUBBOCK – Scientists claim to have discovered a way to use nanofiber webs and sunlight to safely, inexpensively and easily remove potentially harmful dyes from wastewater. Researchers at Texas Tech University found a way to decay the dye by…
  • Monday, 12 August 2019

    Soluble tablet gives denim stonewash look Premium Article

    FLORENCE – Italian textile chemical supplier Soko Chimica has launched a one step, one bath process for the enzymatic finishing of denim that uses tablets dissolved in water – in a similar way to how modern dishwashers work. Used to give jeans a…
  • Monday, 22 July 2019

    Environmental savings with digital textile dyeing

    PETAH TIKVA – Israeli innovator Twine Solutions debuted its Digital Selective Treatment (DST) textile dyeing system at ITMA 2019, which enables white thread, of 70 to 800 denier, to be continuously dyed during textile processing to yield an array of…
  • Wednesday, 17 July 2019

    Jet dyeing novelty sees lift off Premium Article

    TAIPEI – Taiwan-based Acme Machinery provided one of the biggest talking points at the recent ITMA with new jet dyeing technology with an integrated fabric transport system that improves fabric quality and can lead to big savings in water…
  • Thursday, 11 July 2019

    App scans chemical inventory, helps compliance Premium Article

    HONG KONG – A new time-saving mobile app that makes it easy for textile mills to create their own chemical inventories on the factory floor will soon be available on the market. Inspired by the popular wine app Vivino, which scans the label on a…
  • Thursday, 11 July 2019

    CCC report highlights denim worker health concerns Premium Article

    BRISTOL – Bleached Souls – A report by Clean Clothes Campaign Turkey – has put pressure on the Turkish denim industry after it revealed workers using Potassium Permanganate to create the faded look in denim were suffering skin and respiratory…
  • Tuesday, 09 July 2019

    Atexco develops two-sided digital textile printer Premium Article

    BARCELONA – ITMA 2019 saw the unveiling of many innovations in textile technology, most of which were showcased at the front of exhibitor stands. But an alleged ‘world first’ – a new machine that digitally prints the same design on both sides of a…
  • Thursday, 04 July 2019

    Roaches releases new software Premium Article

    BIRSTALL – UK based designer and manufacturer of textile testing instruments and laboratory dyeing machines Roaches has released Orbis, new software which allows Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for textile testing machines in its range. It is…
  • Wednesday, 03 July 2019

    CHT breaks €500M, eyes circular economy Premium Article

    TÜBINGEN – Despite raw materials shortages, sales at European textile chemical supplier CHT Group have burst through the €500 million barrier at a time when it expects to ramp up the development of new products that fit in with the ‘circular…
  • Thursday, 20 June 2019

    Bluesign launches cloud computing solution

    BARCELONA - On the opening day of ITMA 2019, Bluesign has launched the Cube, a cloud computing solution which it says provides “continuously expanding and updated information, as well as applications and modular services for chemical change…
  • Tuesday, 18 June 2019

    ZDHC and chemical suppliers patch up differences

    AMSTERDAM – After a year of intense negotiations and behind-the-scenes meetings, a group of leading chemicals companies including Archroma, DyStar and Huntsman Textile Effects have all agreed to join the ZDHC Foundation as contributors, which, for…
  • Tuesday, 18 June 2019

    Sanitized launches peppermint-based antimicrobial Premium Article

    BURGDORF – Swiss textile solutions specialist Sanitized AG has developed a peppermint oil-based antimicrobial as it looks to satisfy demand for renewable textile finishes that retain a high degree of performance and durability. Metals, such as…
  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019

    Bluesign to release ‘black limits’ for textile dyes

    ST GALLEN – Starting next month, Bluesign will publish threshold limits for chemical substances in finished products such as textile auxiliaries or dyes that are listed as having carcinogenic, mutagenic, or reprotoxic properties. The new Bluesign…
  • Friday, 07 June 2019

    Greenpeace takes a fashion Detox ‘pause’ Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM — Environmental campaign group Greenpeace has revealed to Ecotextile News its intention to take a “pause from active campaigning” in the textile and apparel sector given the “significant progress” made by various industry actors in the…
  • Friday, 31 May 2019

    New concerns raised for chemical safety in China Premium Article

    BEIJING — March of this year saw a fatal explosion rip through a factory run by Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co. Ltd (JTC), a company which produces m-phenylenediamine alongside a range of other key intermediaries in Yancheng, China, that are used in…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2019

    Pilot yields C2C certified ‘biodegradable’ printed textiles Premium Article

    TÜBINGEN – In a significant advancement for the textile printing sector, speciality chemical supplier CHT Group has produced print pastes and pigments that have been certified to the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Gold Standard by consulting institute EPEA…
  • Tuesday, 16 April 2019

    ADIF and ZDHC announce collaboration Premium Article

    SHANGHAI – Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and the China Dyestuff Industry Association (CDIA) participated in a joint information event at the 2019 China InterDye exhibition, during which they announced ADIF will join ZDHC as a…
  • Wednesday, 27 March 2019

    Dye price chaos fears after fatal factory explosion Premium Article

    YANCHENG – A large-scale explosion said to have been triggered by a fire close to benzene tanks at Tianjiayi Chemical Plant in Yacheng, China, has tragically left ‘more than 70 people dead’ and hundreds injured. The facility, which it is claimed…
  • Friday, 15 March 2019

    Stahl expands finishing range to boost compliance Premium Article

    WAALWIJK – Dutch process chemicals and coatings firm Stahl is introducing a new range of finishing options, including a wet-end solution, so it can offer clients a complete portfolio of leather processing products that comply with the ZDHC (Zero…
  • Friday, 15 March 2019

    EPA updates TSCA for first time in 40 years Premium Article

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the first update of its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory, for 40 years, which shows that over half of the listed substances are no longer being sold on the US…
  • Tuesday, 05 March 2019

    Demand grows for cleaner denim dyes

    REINACH – Archroma has told Ecotextile News that due to a higher than expected demand for its for ‘Denisol Pure Indigo 30’ it’s had to triple the planned production for this dye, with all the pre-reduced liquid indigo capacity at its Pakistan…
  • Tuesday, 26 February 2019

    CHT sees a formaldehyde-free textile future Premium Article

    TÜBINGEN – Speciality textile chemicals supplier CHT says it’s seen a spike in demand for formaldehyde-free binders used in textile finishing and pigment dyeing – despite some initial doubts about the effectiveness of these types of formulations.…
  • Wednesday, 20 February 2019

    Gore PFC challenge tougher than expected Premium Article

    DELAWARE – Gore Fabrics has said ‘technical challenges’ have slowed down its efforts to commercialise the production of its PTFE membranes without the use of what it calls PFCs ‘of environmental concern’ (PFCEC) – but it remains confident that it…
  • Wednesday, 13 February 2019

    Proposal aims to restrict ‘C6’ textile finishes Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – Renewed efforts are underway in Europe to restrict ‘C6’ short-chain fluorine-based formulations that are widely used to repel oil and water on textiles and clothing. The move comes in the form of another proposition from the German…
  • Wednesday, 06 February 2019

    Odour-eating finish gets certified Premium Article

    BURGDORF - Sanitized has said its non-biocidal odour-management technology ‘Odoractiv 10’ is now certified to bluesign, the ‘skin friendly’ certification from the Hohenstein Institute and Eco Passport from Oeko-Tex for treating polyester sport and…
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