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  • Friday, 28 January 2022

    Green Theme’s Empel products certified PFAS-free

    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'

    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

    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…
  • Tuesday, 17 August 2021

    How fashion 'turns African rivers to bleach' Premium Article

    AFRICA - Leading fashion brands are helping to drive pollution that has made African rivers as alkaline as bleach, according to a new report from the Water Witness International (WWI) initiative. The NGO says the list of those sourcing from Africa…
  • Monday, 09 August 2021

    Officina+39 joins up with Bluesign network Premium Article

    BIELLA - Officina+39, the Italian supplier of sustainable chemicals for the textiles, garments and denim industries, has become a member of the Bluesign network. The company says the move confirms its long-standing pledge to minimise environmental…
  • Thursday, 05 August 2021

    KBR to provide technology for TreeToTextile Sweden plant Premium Article

    HOUSTON – Technology giant KBR has announced that it has signed a contract to supply technology and engineering services for a sustainable textile fibres demonstration plant to be built by textile innovation company, TreeToTextile, in Nymölla,…
  • Monday, 02 August 2021

    Salt-free reactive dyeing breakthrough Premium Article

    LEEDS – UK scientists claim to have invented an ultra-low liquor ratio reactive dyeing process for cellulosics that requires no salt. Previously, there have been many attempts to achieve salt-free dyeing using cationisation, where a chemical is used…
  • Monday, 26 July 2021

    Consortium explores enzymes for plastic recycling Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – Researchers in the BOTTLE (Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment) Consortium have identified using enzymes as a more sustainable approach for recycling PET plastic. Consortium members…
  • Friday, 16 July 2021

    Maine first to outline PFAS ban Premium Article

    MAINE – The US state of Maine has become the country’s first to outline a ban on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The law will come into play from 2030, though applications deemed “currently unavoidable” at present would be exempt and…
  • Thursday, 15 July 2021

    DuPont and spin-offs settle $50m PFAS claims Premium Article

    WILMINGTON - Chemical giant DuPont, and two spin-off companies, have agreed to pay at least US$50 million to help clean up environmental damage caused by releases of historical compounds including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. The…
  • Wednesday, 07 July 2021

    Coloreel secures new funds to scale technology Premium Article

    JÖNKÖPING – Swedish textile innovator Coloreel has raised SEK 70 million (US$8.1m) in a private placement to existing and new shareholders. The funding will help scale the firm’s patented dyeing technology, as it explores new markets and…
  • Tuesday, 06 July 2021

    Bluesign update focuses on aniline limits Premium Article

    ST GALLEN – In response to changes in the US EPA guidelines, Bluesign has tightened up its requirements for free aniline content in textile chemicals – such as indigo dyes – as part of the annual update to its chemical substance lists. Restriction…
  • Friday, 02 July 2021

    Cow stomach microbes 'break down polyester' Premium Article

    VIENNA - Microbes from the stomachs of cows and sheep could be used to break down synthetic textiles, such as polyester, for recycling, according to a new scientific study. Researchers at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in the…
  • Thursday, 24 June 2021

    ZDHC publishes its second Impact Report Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has published its second annual Impact Report, detailing the progress it’s made over the past 12 months. “In our first Impact Report in 2019, we put out a call to action within our industry for “collaboration at an…
  • Wednesday, 23 June 2021

    Green Theme Technologies closes funding round Premium Article

    ALBUQUERQUE - Dry textile finishing pioneer Green Theme Technologies (GTT) has closed its series B financing round after reaching its target of raising US$3.5 million. The company will use the funds to grow its sustainable platform technologies -…
  • Thursday, 17 June 2021

    Rudolf recycles PET to produce auxiliaries Premium Article

    GERETSRIED – Specialty chemicals company the Rudolf Group has launched a new range of textile chemical auxiliaries made from recycled PET plastic. The company has used a chemical recycling technology to depolymerise the plastic, leaving the…
  • Monday, 14 June 2021

    Podcast: Hohenstein brings order to textile chemistry Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – In the latest Ecotextile Talks podcast, we hear from John Frazier, senior technical director at textile testing, certifications and product labels authority Hohenstein, about the organisation’s Eco Passport chemicals verification system.…
  • Monday, 14 June 2021

    Scientists bioengineer sustainable indigo dye Premium Article

    DAEJEON - Scientists in South Korea say they have found a way to dye textiles more sustainably by bioengineering bacteria to produce large amounts of indigo dye without the use of toxic chemicals. Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of…
  • Tuesday, 08 June 2021

    Reports call for action on PFAS in textiles Premium Article

    GENEVA – The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) has published two publications that call for all per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) to be treated as a single class of chemicals within the textile industry.…
  • Tuesday, 01 June 2021

    Hugo Boss adopts We aRe SpinDye tech Premium Article

    METZINGEN – Luxury fashion brand Hugo Boss has entered a collaboration agreement with Swedish clean tech company We aRe SpinDye (WRSD) and will leverage its resource-efficient dyeing process. WRSD's dyeing process involves melting colour pigments…
  • Tuesday, 01 June 2021

    Bluesign appoints new CEO Premium Article

    ST. GALLEN – Textile chemical management authority Bluesign Technologies has announced the appointment of Daniel Rüfenacht as its new CEO. Rüfenacht replaces Jill Dumain, who has taken the job of global vice-president for sustainability solutions at…
  • Friday, 28 May 2021

    Nike, Levi Strauss and Inditex staff elected to ZDHC board Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has elected six new board members as part of a re-shuffle that will expand the current number of brand representatives and see three existing board members step down. New board members elected to the Zero Discharge of…
  • Wednesday, 26 May 2021

    ZDHC backing for Stahl performance coatings Premium Article

    WAALWIJK – Dutch process chemicals and coatings firm Stahl has been awarded ZDHC Level 3 for a range of performance coatings from its synthetic and coatings portfolio. The award, given by chemical management testing company Chem-MAP, is the highest…
  • Thursday, 20 May 2021

    Thread dye innovator completes funding round Premium Article

    PETAH TIKVA - Israeli innovator Twine Solutions has raised US$28 million in an investment round aimed at accelerating the expansion of what it describes as the world’s first on-demand digital thread dyeing system. Twine Solutions says its TS-1800…
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2021

    Archroma releases 2020 sustainability report Premium Article

    REINACH - Swiss speciality chemicals producer Archroma has published its 2020 Sustainability Report outlining the company's progress against its environmental and social targets. The report outlines Archroma’s work on priority sustainability areas…
  • Monday, 17 May 2021

    Regenex 'dyeing to cut carbon emissions' Premium Article

    BRADFORD - Commercial linen revival specialists Regenex says its new textile coloration systems can enable the hospitality and healthcare industries to reduce their environmental impact. The West Yorkshire company says its dyeing service for tired…
  • Friday, 07 May 2021

    ZDHC welcomes new contributors to programme Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has welcomed three new recruits to its Roadmap to Zero programme including the Teddy Group high street fashion retailer from Italy which joins as a signatory brand. The Teddy Group, which operates in more than 90…
  • Thursday, 06 May 2021

    Wet processors 'failing to report on impact' Premium Article

    LONDON - Poor environmental disclosure at a crucial stage of the textiles supply chain is impairing ESG investment in the sector, according to a new report from the Planet Tracker financial think tank. Entitled 'Threadbare Data', the report says…
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