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  • Wednesday, 15 May 2024

    New funding to drive Alchemie sustainable coating Premium Article

    CAMBRIDGE – Chemical sector innovator Alchemie Technology has received a £750,000 ($945,000) grant from Innovate UK to help it scale up its low carbon, textile finishing technology in Taiwan. The funds will be put towards its partnership with…
  • Monday, 13 May 2024

    Dye recycler welcomes funding boost Premium Article

    LONDON - UK start-up DyeRecycle, which has developed technology to recycle synthetic dyes from textile waste, has raised more than $1.2 million in pre-seed funding, and $1 million in equity-free match funding from Innovate UK. Founded in 2022,…
  • Thursday, 09 May 2024

    Chemical regulation jeopardises EU textile recycling Premium Article

    Alarm bells are ringing in the European textile recycling and chemical sectors after a recent Brussels event where clear-the-air talks between regulators and industry stakeholders raised the prospect of financial ruin for some – and a missed…
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2024

    Startup raises $10.5m for waterless dyeing Premium Article

    SYDNEY - Australian textile technology startup Xefco has raised AU$10.5 million (US$6.9m) to commercialise production of its patented water-free textile dyeing and finishing solution. The company will use the investment to double its team and scale…
  • Thursday, 25 April 2024

    Nanofabrics to filter water of hazardous dyes Premium Article

    VIENNA – A research team at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) in Austria is exploring the use of filters made from cellulosic waste to remove potentially harmful dyes from textile wastewater. The researchers have used waste materials,…
  • Monday, 22 April 2024

    Archroma launches bio-based water repellent Premium Article

    PRATTELN – Speciality chemical supplier Archroma has launched a new bio-based, PFAS-free durable water repellent (DWR) finish for the sportswear, fashion and home textiles sectors. Phobotex NTR-50 LIQ has been designed to provide high levels of…
  • Friday, 19 April 2024

    Researchers explore PFAS-free water repellent finish Premium Article

    ST GALLEN - A team from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (Empa) has developed a water-repellent coating process for textiles which, the team says, can provide an alternative to the use of fluorine-containing PFAS…
  • Thursday, 18 April 2024

    Renewables power polyester precursor production Premium Article

    LUDWIGSHAFEN – BASF, which supplies chemicals, thermoplastics, and synthetic textile fibres has for the first time demonstrated an electric steam cracking furnace powered by renewable energy that can be used to make pre-cursors to make polyester and…
  • Thursday, 18 April 2024

    Bluesign pushes forward on denim Premium Article

    ST GALLEN – The Swiss chemical management specialist Bluesign has partnered with Italian chemical firm Soko Chimica, and compatriot denim brand Dondup as it pushes further into the global denim market. Soko, which has a strong focus on chemicals for…
  • Thursday, 18 April 2024

    Archroma and Cotton Inc renew dyes partnership Premium Article

    PRATTELN – Speciality chemical supplier Archroma and Cotton Inc. have renewed their eight-year collaboration which includes the production of sulphur dyes produced from textile waste materials. Archroma and the US-based cotton NGO began working…
  • Thursday, 18 April 2024

    AFIRM and BHive partner on chemical management Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – The BHive textile chemical management platform will now incorporate the RSL-listed substances of the textile and footwear industry advisory body the AFIRM Group. The two organisations have signed an agreement that incorporates the…
  • Monday, 15 April 2024

    Archroma and DMIx partner on colour management Premium Article

    PRATTELN – Archroma has partnered with ColorDigital to bring the textile chemical specialist’s library of engineered colour standards to the DMIx ‘phygital’ platform, which is designed to connect fashion brands and retailers with a range of…
  • 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

    Mimaki launches water-saving technology Premium Article

    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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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, 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…
  • 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, 08 March 2024

    Archroma launches new colour-fastness treatment Premium Article

    PRATTELN – Speciality chemicals company Archroma has launched Albafix Eco Plus, a new wet-fastness treatment that helps brands and mills improve the durability and colour quality of clothing and other textiles without the use of hazardous chemicals.…
  • Wednesday, 28 February 2024

    Report highlights brands use of bleaching chemicals Premium Article

    ISTANBUL - A new report published by the Clean Clothes Campaign Turkey has revealed the harmful impact of using potassium permanganate (PP) in the denim bleaching process. The report, which approached 44 brands for their input, focuses on the effect…
  • Wednesday, 28 February 2024

    Scientists develop 'alternative' to indigo dyes Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN - Scientists in Denmark claim they have developed a new process for dyeing blue denim which reduces the environmental impacts associated with indigo by as much as 92%. Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark used indican, a…
  • Thursday, 22 February 2024

    Project explores water-free dyeing for denim production Premium Article

    AHMEDABAD – Retail giant H&M has partnered with its long-standing denim supplier Arvind Limited and Indian start-up Deven Supercriticals to explore the feasibility of supercritical CO2 dyeing of natural fibres, a technique that has previously been…
  • Tuesday, 20 February 2024

    Project targets circular textile dyeing Premium Article

    COIMBRA - Scientists in Portugal claim to have developed innovative technology to recover and reuse water, dyes and additives from textile industry wastewater. The 'CirRe-Dyeing' project at the University of Coimbra aims to increase circularity and…
  • Thursday, 15 February 2024

    ZDHC links up with Leather Working Group Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM / NORTHAMPTON - The ZDHC Foundation and the Leather Working Group (LWG) trade body have linked up in a bid to improve chemical management in leather manufacturing. The collaboration is focused on harmonising the LWG Audit Standard and the…
  • Wednesday, 14 February 2024

    End-to-end solutions for cleaner dyeing Premium Article

    PRATTELN – Archroma has assembled a range of its key dyeing and finishing technologies into a new suite of products, part of its strategy to help textile and apparel brands, retailers and mills positively impact their economic and environmental…
  • Tuesday, 13 February 2024

    More US states to debate PFAS restrictions Premium Article

    PORTLAND - At least 35 US states are set to consider further restrictions on the use of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) this year, according to analysis by the Safer States alliance of environmental health bodies. PFAS - dubbed "forever…
  • Tuesday, 13 February 2024

    Alchemie digital finishing cuts lab-scale resource use Premium Article

    CAMBRIDGE - Alchemie Technology has launched a new lab-scale, digital dyeing system, which it claims could significantly reduce a manufacturer’s energy, chemical and water usage. Described as a low-cost, compact option, the Discovery lab system is…
  • Monday, 12 February 2024

    Waxy fruit coatings could lead to new dyes Premium Article

    BRISTOL - Researchers have recreated the waxy coatings on dark fruits, such as blueberries and blackberries, in the lab and say it could lead to more sustainable colourants for wide range of applications including textiles. Scientists from the…
  • Wednesday, 31 January 2024

    Eco Passport go-ahead for Sun Chemical pigments Premium Article

    PARSIPPANY - Sun Chemical has completed Oeko-Tex's Eco Passport certification for a selected range of pigments, a recognition that also confirms its accreditation to ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) Level 3. The Eco Passport…
  • Wednesday, 31 January 2024

    New Avitera variant for durable dark shades Premium Article

    PRATTELN - Textile chemical specialist Archroma has launched a new variant of Avitera SE, the established reactive dye technology for cellulosic fibres and blends that tests show can reduce water and energy consumption by 50%. Branded as Avitera SE…
  • Tuesday, 30 January 2024

    ECHA launches new chemicals database Premium Article

    HELSINKI -The ECHA, the agency responsible for implementing European Union chemical regulations, has launched a new, publicly accessible chemicals database. The ECHA already maintains the largest chemicals database in the EU, combining…
  • Wednesday, 24 January 2024

    Bio-based treatments for moisture management Premium Article

    GERETSRIED – Speciality chemicals company the Rudolf Group has launched a new range of bio-based treatments for improving moisture management properties in synthetic clothing and textiles. Part of the company's Hydrocool family of products, Ruco-Pur…
  • Wednesday, 17 January 2024

    Erca completes textile business spin-off Premium Article

    GRASSOBIO – Italian chemical company Erca Group has completed the spinoff of its new business unit, which will have a sole focus on supplying the textile industry with sustainable chemistry solutions. The company, which is already known for…
  • Tuesday, 12 December 2023

    Bio-based pigment manufacturer in the black Premium Article

    BERTHOUD - US bio-based pigment manufacturer Living Ink has successfully secured $3.5 million in funding to scale its flagship product, Algae Black. Living Ink supplies Algae Black - marketed as a drop-in replacement for fossil fuel-derived carbon…
  • Tuesday, 05 December 2023

    Study finds use of banned 'forever chemical' Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Highly toxic perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which as well as being a PFAS 'forever' chemical is globally banned, has been found in a number of outdoor jackets and clothing purchased and tested by non-profits Arnika and the International…
  • Thursday, 23 November 2023

    Bluesign launches easy-access guide Premium Article

    ST GALLEN - Bluesign has announced the launch of a new public-facing guide which the chemical management specialist hopes will help advance progress towards a more sustainable fashion and textile industry supply chain. Access to the simplified…
  • Monday, 20 November 2023

    DyStar uses microwaves to fix dyes Premium Article

    FRANKFURT – DyStar has now teamed up with a specialist German engineering firm to produce a new machine that uses microwaves to fix dyestuffs during the continuous dyeing of cellulosic fibres. Although already well-known as a way to fix reactive…
  • Friday, 17 November 2023

    PFAS chemicals: the ‘new asbestos’ Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - A group of major financial investors has urged the chemical industry, a major supplier to the textile sector, to end production of PFAS ‘forever’ chemicals. In a letter to the CEOs of the world’s 50 largest stock-listed chemical…
  • Friday, 17 November 2023

    Covestro and Kronos validate digital printing benefits Premium Article

    LEVERKUSEN – Polymer materials manufacturer Covestro and Kronos, a manufacturer of titanium dioxide pigments, have presented a series of breakthroughs demonstrating how the uptake of digital inkjet printing can provide sustainability benefits for…
  • Tuesday, 14 November 2023

    Textile chemicals project publishes results Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - A two-year project set up to establish the level of potentially hazardous chemicals contained in garments imported into the European Union (EU) has published its final results. The REACH4Textiles project subjected 160 products to a total…
  • Friday, 10 November 2023

    ECHA finds carcinogens in childcare products Premium Article

    HELSINKI – A European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) investigation has found substances which can cause cancer, genetic mutations or reproductive damage in childcare products including bibs, bedding and mattresses. ECHA's findings will feed into European…
  • Wednesday, 08 November 2023

    Nature-based dyes startup raises new funding Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN - Danish biotech startup company Octarine has announced the successful completion of a €4.35 million ($4.6m) funding round to scale its nature-based textile dyes. The round, led by Oskare Capital, Unconventional Ventures, and the…
  • Thursday, 02 November 2023

    Startup offers bio leather finishing at scale Premium Article

    BOSTON – US biotechnology company Evolved by Nature has linked up with leather tanneries in Italy and Thailand to make its sustainable leather finishing solution available at scale. Evolved By Nature says its patented 'Activated SilkTM L1'…
  • Tuesday, 31 October 2023

    EPA rule demands a decade of PFAS data Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – A new federal ruling from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all manufacturers, and importers of textiles and clothing into the USA to provide the amounts of PFAS used on products dating back over a decade. Importantly,…
  • Friday, 27 October 2023

    New tech needed to treat dyes in wastewater Premium Article

    BATH – Technologies such as membrane-based nano-scale filtration are needed to treat the billions of tons of dye-containing wastewater which enter aquatic systems every year, according to a new study that calls for a new approach to pollution…
  • Wednesday, 18 October 2023

    GoBlu and Centrocot partner on chemical transparency Premium Article

    HONG KONG - Chemical management specialist GoBlu International and testing and verification laboratory Centrocot have announced a strategic partnership that will focus on driving chemical transparency in the Italian fashion and textile industries.…
  • Tuesday, 17 October 2023

    ZDHC approval for Sun Chemical inks Premium Article

    SLOUGH - Sun Chemical has achieved ZDHC Level 3 certifications for a range of inks and other chemical products, earning the designation of 'progressive' on the new Chemicals to Zero (CtZ) framework. The CtZ framework is a ZDHC initiative that seeks…
  • Monday, 16 October 2023

    ZDHC publishes responsible solvents guide Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation, which works towards the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals, has published its Responsible Solvents Approach Guide version 1.0 aimed at promoting best manufacturing practices in the textile, leather, and footwear…
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