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  • 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…
  • 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…
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