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  • Tuesday, 20 October 2020

    CHT report outlines environmental gains

    TÜBINGEN – A new sustainability report from the CHT Group points to reductions in water use, waste and energy by the textile chemical specialist which earlier this week was also a signatory to the new alliance for Sustainable Chemistry for the…
  • Monday, 19 October 2020

    Six killed in garment factory chemical tank

    KARACHI - Factory managers could face manslaughter charges after six factory workers suffocated from fumes while trying to clean a chemical tank at a garment factory in the Pakistani city of Karachi. No arrests have yet been made but police have…
  • Friday, 16 October 2020

    Textile chemical giants launch new alliance Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – Seven of the world’s leading textile chemical companies have come together to launch a new initiative to advance sustainable chemistry and to develop a globally harmonised ‘sustainability standard’ for textile chemical products. The new…
  • Friday, 16 October 2020

    EU outlines chemical detox plan Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – As part of the new European Green Deal, the European Commission has published details of a new chemical strategy which aims to control the production of hazardous chemicals and related pollution by progressively banning their use in…
  • Tuesday, 13 October 2020

    DyStar extends Cadira range Premium Article

    Singapore – DyStar, has launched a new Cadira range of resource-saving dye modules for nylon and polyester/cellulose blended fabrics that can be processed in a single dye bath. With these two additions, it takes the number of different Cadira…
  • Wednesday, 07 October 2020

    DyStar releases integrated sustainability report Premium Article

    SINGAPORE - Textiles chemical supplier Dystar has announced the release of its Integrated Sustainability Report for 2019–20. The company adopted an Integrated Reporting (IR) framework for the report which it says enables it to better communicate…
  • Tuesday, 06 October 2020

    REACT Project to reveal research results Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The REACT Project, which is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme, is to present the preliminary findings from its research into the removal of finishing chemicals from acrylic textiles. The results will be announced at an…
  • Wednesday, 30 September 2020

    CHT takes circular chemistry approach Premium Article

    TÜBINGEN – Textile dye and specialist finishes supplier the CHT Group says it now offers 57 textile auxiliaries and 32 dyes pigments that have been assigned the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) ‘Platinum’ rating for Material Health. The C2C Material Health…
  • Wednesday, 30 September 2020

    PODCAST: Cracking textiles' chemical problem Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – Ecotextile News expert contributor Phil Patterson argues that the way the textile industry uses chemicals is broken and offers a way forward. Patterson, chair of the MRSL Advisory Council and managing director at Colour Connections,…
  • Tuesday, 29 September 2020

    Sedo joins bluesign as system partner Premium Article

    ST GALLEN – Swiss textile machinery supplier Sedo Engineering, which uses electricity instead of chemicals to produce pre-reduced indigo dyestuffs for denim has signed up to become a bluesign system partner. Sedo’s direct electrochemical process…
  • Thursday, 24 September 2020

    Dyeing auxiliary improves water savings Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – One year on from the launch of its new textile dyeing auxiliary for polyester and its blends, which combines pre-scouring, dyeing and reduction clearing in a single bath, Huntsman Textile Effects claims collective water savings of ‘more…
  • Wednesday, 02 September 2020

    GoBlu welcomes new partners to BHive app Premium Article

    HONG KONG - Sustainability accelerator GoBlu International has welcomed new clients and partners to its BHive chemical management platform. The BHive is to support a three year public-private partnership between German service provider GIZ and…
  • Tuesday, 01 September 2020

    Durable black shades cut water and energy use Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – A new quality assurance scheme launched by Huntsman Textile Effects which utilises a range of polyfunctional reactive dyes promises to meet global apparel retail demand for black shades that retain their intense colour even after…
  • Friday, 14 August 2020

    Sun Chemicals establishes sustainability committee Premium Article

    NEW JERSEY – US packaging manufacturer Sun Chemical has established a corporate sustainability committee, as it vies to double down on efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. The firm says the focus of its committee will align…
  • Monday, 10 August 2020

    Scientists develop fluorine-free oil repellent textile Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Canadian researchers have teamed up with outdoor brand Arc’teryx to develop an oil repellent fluorine-free textile finish using a new technique that combines fabric construction with PFC-free surface-based coatings. “It became clear that…
  • Tuesday, 04 August 2020

    ZDHC welcomes two new additions Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has welcomed two new organisations to its Roadmap to Zero programme to replace hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives in textiles and clothing production. Turkish textile auxiliaries manufacturer Eksoy Kimya…
  • Tuesday, 04 August 2020

    BASF develops Product Carbon Footprint tool Premium Article

    LUDWIGSHAFEN – Global chemicals company BASF has developed a Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) tool that it’s begun applying to its portfolio of more than 45,000 products, as to detail their associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. With a deadline of…
  • Thursday, 30 July 2020

    New spin on textile wastewater treatment Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – US-based SeaChange Technologies has put a new spin on the clean-up of textile effluent from dyeing and finishing with a new way to treat wastewater and sludge using vortex separation in a one-step process. Funded by Fashion for Good, the…
  • Monday, 27 July 2020

    ZDHC rolls out Supplier to Zero initiative Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Previously known as the ‘Facility Leader’ programme, the ZDHC has now rolled out its new ‘Supplier to Zero’ initiative in a bid to boost chemical management within textile supplier factories – including those that are currently off the…
  • Thursday, 23 July 2020

    Archroma teams with Soorty for ‘healthy’ denim Premium Article

    REINACH – Pakistan denim mill Soorty has teamed up with colour and specialty chemicals business Archroma to produce a new collection of denim fabrics, garments and masks based around both healthcare needs and sustainability. 
  • Wednesday, 15 July 2020

    ChemSec and ZDHC link up for safer chemicals Premium Article

    GOTHENBURG - ChemSec and the ZDHC Foundation have announced a joint bid to replace hazardous chemicals used in textile and leather manufacturing with safer alternatives. The collaboration will mean that ZDHC will publish its MRSL Candidate List as a…
  • Friday, 10 July 2020

    ZDHC welcomes new members Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has welcomed three new oragnisations to its Roadmap to Zero programme, which aligns stakeholders in efforts to replace hazardous chemicals with safer ones in textiles and clothing production. Chemical manufacturers…
  • Friday, 03 July 2020

    Consortium explores safer water repellent solutions Premium Article

    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…
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