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  • Thursday, 15 April 2021

    ZDHC welcomes new recruits to programme Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has welcomed four new recruits to its Roadmap to Zero programme, including German viscose producer Kelheim Fibres and Sri Lankan textile manufacturer Hayleys Fabric. Both join ZDHC as contributors to the programme,…
  • Tuesday, 13 April 2021

    Nike reveals more on cleaner chemicals Premium Article

    BEAVERTON - Sportswear giant Nike has revealed more about its plans to replace 10 priority chemistries with ‘cleaner’ alternatives by 2025. The company recently outlined the ambition in its FY20 Impact Report, entitled 'Breaking Barriers', but did…
  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021

    Superdry signs up with We aRe SpinDye Premium Article

    CHELTENHAM - Fashion brand Superdry has signed an agreement with Swedish clean tech company We aRe SpinDye (WRSD) to use its resource-efficient dyeing process. WRSD's dyeing process involves melting colour pigments and recycled polyester together,…
  • Thursday, 01 April 2021

    Exclusive: Chemical cocktail found in face masks Premium Article Audio Version Available

    Top German scientists have found that wearing certain types of face masks for long periods of time could result in potentially hazardous chemicals and harmful microplastics being inhaled deep into human lungs. Professor Michael Braungart, director…
  • Tuesday, 09 March 2021

    Archroma partners with chemicals platform BHive Premium Article

    RIENACH – Swiss chemicals producer Archroma has become a partner of sustainability accelerator GoBlu’s BHive chemical management platform. The BHive provides at-a-glance information about the ingredients in textile chemicals, enabling users to…
  • Friday, 05 March 2021

    ZDHC creates operator qualifications guidelines Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC has launched new Wastewater System Operator Minimum Qualifications Guidelines in a bid to close the skills gap and ensure facilities around the world are best equipped to maintain regulatory compliance with the organisation’s…
  • Monday, 01 March 2021

    ZDHC Gateway integrates Open Apparel Registry ID Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Textile chemicals authority, the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals), has announced the integration of the Open Apparel Registry (OAR) facility identifier (ID) within its Gateway. The OAR is a neutral, open-source tool that maps…
  • Friday, 26 February 2021

    H&M backs dyeing and finishing innovator Premium Article

    CAMBRIDGE - Sustainable dyeing and finishing innovators Alchemie Technology has announced funding from H&M CO:LAB, the Swedish fashion giant's investment arm, and venture capital firm At One Ventures. The investment will support the commercial…
  • Friday, 26 February 2021

    'Chemicals impeding circularity' - ChemSec report Premium Article Audio Version Available

    GOTHENBURG - Safer chemicals NGO ChemSec has produced a new report - focusing on textiles and plastic packaging - which addresses the importance of developing a circular economy free from substances of concern. The study, entitled What Goes Around,…
  • Wednesday, 24 February 2021

    ZDHC releases CMS Technical Industry Guide Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has released its CMS Technical Industry Guide which provides simple practical advice on how best to implement a chemical management system (CMS) compatible with its guidelines. The guide aims to create a standardised…
  • Monday, 15 February 2021

    Textile dyeing skills shortage 'at crisis point' Premium Article

    BRADFORD – The textile dyeing industry is reaching a crisis point, with a widening skills gap, a global shortage of textile coloration professionals and a lack of transferable scientific knowledge within the industry, according to a new report…
  • Monday, 15 February 2021

    Dow announces PFC-free water repellency finish Premium Article

    MIDLAND - Materials science company Dow has announced a new generation of fluorocarbon-free water repellent finishes for fabrics based on silicone chemistry. Dowsil IE-8749 Emulsion does not contain fluorocarbons or fluoroalkyls and, unlike many…
  • Wednesday, 10 February 2021

    Water repellent textiles from crab shells Premium Article

    STUTTGART – In a bid to produce new types of textile coatings that can repel water, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have tweaked a compound called chitosan derived from crab shells to make it hydrophobic. It’s claimed that by…
  • Wednesday, 03 February 2021

    Revised bluesign criteria now in force Premium Article

    ST GALLEN – Textile chemical management specialist Bluesign has completed its annual revision of its criteria for chemical assessment, which came into force at the end of last month. The revision incorporates the latest scientific thinking on the…
  • Wednesday, 13 January 2021

    Rudolf Group develops new bio-based DWRs Premium Article

    GERETSRIED – German chemicals company Rudolf Group has developed two new durable water repellent (DWR) textile treatments manufactured entirely from natural ingredients. Ruco-Dry Bio CGR and Ruco-Dry Bio NPE have been created to meet growing…
  • Wednesday, 13 January 2021

    Ricoh links with Farbenpunkt on sustainable ink Premium Article

    LONDON - Electronics company Ricoh Europe has agreed a deal to market sustainable printing and dye manufacturer Farbenpunkt's innovative new textile ink, PeractoJet, which aims to reduce the industry's environmental impact. The partnership means…
  • Tuesday, 12 January 2021

    ZDHC approves more Eurofins laboratories Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Eurofins Softlines and Leather has received approval from ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme for four of its laboratories in India, Spain, Italy and Turkey to conduct ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL) tests for Level 1, 2…
  • Monday, 11 January 2021

    ZDHC welcomes new recruits Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has welcomed new recruits to its Roadmap to Zero programme, including ‘sustainable’ fibre manufacturers Spinnova and Eastman Naia. The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), which supports the Better Cotton Initiative…
  • Wednesday, 06 January 2021

    ZDHC tweaks limits, ditches supplier declarations Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has tweaked the latest version of its manufacturing restricted substance list (MRSL) to align with bluesign, updated its MRSL candidate list and phased out the self-declared conformance level 0 on its ZDHC chemical…
  • Monday, 04 January 2021

    Partners aim for greater textile chemical scrutiny Premium Article

    CHARLOTTESVILLE – A new collaboration between chemistry software provider Scivera, and textile equipment maker, Jeanologia, aims to give apparel brands a deeper insight into the environmental impact of chemical formulations used during textile wet…
  • Monday, 21 December 2020

    EU tweaks rules on REACH restricted substances Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – The European Commission has updated test methods for azo dyes that may be found in textiles as part of its harmonisation efforts on REACH chemical regulations with respect to restricted carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproductive toxicant…
  • Wednesday, 16 December 2020

    Vaude eliminates PFCs from manufacturing Premium Article

    TETTNANG – Outdoor apparel brand Vaude has revealed that it has succeeded in removing seven of 11 chemicals of concern - including controversial fluorocarbons (PFCs) - from its manufacturing processes by a deadline of the end of this year. And the…
  • Tuesday, 15 December 2020

    Wet processing 'weak link' in supply chains Premium Article

    LONDON - Wet processing - which includes bleaching, dyeing and printing – is the weak link in efforts to reduce the environmental impact of textile supply chains, according to a new report. The study, by the Planet Tracker financial think tank, says…
  • Monday, 14 December 2020

    Chemicals company Stahl adopts blockchain Premium Article

    WAALWIJK – Dutch chemicals specialist Stahl has partnered with blockchain provider Finboot and will leverage its Marco traceability solution to verify the sustainability credentials of its products to customer brands and manufacturers. Nish Kotecha,…
  • Tuesday, 01 December 2020

    GoBlu links up with ZDHC on BHive Premium Article

    HONG KONG - Sustainability accelerator GoBlu International has become an official partner of the ZDHC Foundation incorporating the latter's data into its BHive chemical management platform. GoBlu has already integrated ZDHC Performance InCheck…
  • Tuesday, 17 November 2020

    Screening pinpoints textile chemical pollutants Premium Article

    MUMBAI – The first results of a new screening tool for impurities found in bulk commodity chemicals used during textile wet processing has found that heavy metals, phthalates and halogenated solvents are the primary contaminants of these widely used…
  • Wednesday, 11 November 2020

    ZDHC partners with Leather Working Group Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Leather Working Group (LWG) and the ZDHC Foundation have agreed to provide free access to the ZDHC Gateway for all leather manufacturers currently holding a valid LWG audit certification. The access to the ZDHC Gateway will support…
  • Wednesday, 11 November 2020

    Podcast: Sweden's textile chemical tax - part 2 Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD - In the second part of our look at the Swedish government's proposed tax on chemicals in textiles, we talk to some of those in support of the project. Three experts join our host, Michael Schragger, founder of the Sustainable Fashion…
  • Tuesday, 10 November 2020

    Archroma releases new sustainability report Premium Article

    REINACH - Chemicals company Archroma has released its third sustainability report outlining the company's progress in areas including sustainable sourcing, product stewardship, resource efficiency, human health and environmental safety. Entitled The…
  • Tuesday, 03 November 2020

    Avocet commits to ZDHC Gateway Premium Article

    BRIGHOUSE – UK-based textile chemical supplier Avocet has joined the ZDHC Gateway programme and throughout 2020 has had its first series of products certified to level 1 compliance with version 2.0 of the ZDHC MRSL (manufacturing restricted…
  • Wednesday, 28 October 2020

    Podcast: Could Sweden’s chemical tax drive change? Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – With a chemical tax on textiles set to come into force in Sweden that will incentivise companies to move away from harmful substances, the subject of the latest Big Closets, Small Planet podcast is whether such a regulatory framework is…
  • Tuesday, 20 October 2020

    CHT report outlines environmental gains Premium Article

    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 Premium Article

    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…
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