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  • Wednesday, 01 February 2023

    Ever Dye raises €3.4m to scale dyeing process Premium Article

    PARIS - French startup Ever Dye has raised €3.4 million (US$3.7m) in a seed funding round to develop its novel textile dyeing process which it says uses 15 times less energy than conventional dyeing. Ever Dye says the investment - led by Maki.vc and…
  • Thursday, 26 January 2023

    Archroma makes dyes from textile waste Premium Article

    PRATTELN – Specialty chemicals company Archroma has today launched FiberColours, a new range of sulphur dyes produced from textile waste materials. The company has introduced the patent-pending technology – which synthesises textiles in a reactor to…
  • Tuesday, 10 January 2023

    Oeko-Tex 2023 updates include ban on PFAS Premium Article

    ZURICH - Chemical management specialist Oeko-Tex has confirmed that the use of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) will no longer be allowed in textiles, leather and footwear under its Standard 100, Leather Standard and Eco Passport…
  • Monday, 09 January 2023

    Biotech firm scales lab-made 'royal' dye Premium Article

    BEDFORD - Massachusetts-based biotechnology company Conagen says it has successfully scaled up the production of its laboratory-made Tyrian purple textile pigment which is traditionally made from the mucus of murex sea snails. Conagen says its…
  • Tuesday, 03 January 2023

    ZDHC updates guidelines for cellulosic fibres Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation, which works towards the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals, has announced the release of its updated guidelines for the production of man-made cellulosic fibres (MMCF). The ZDHC MMCF Guidelines 2.0 includes the…
  • Wednesday, 21 December 2022

    ZDHC announces board election results Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation, which works towards the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals, has announced its new board of directors following its annual elections. New appointments include Dr Mark Sumner, lecturer in sustainable fashion at the…
  • Tuesday, 20 December 2022

    Oxyle secures $3 million in pre-seed funding Premium Article

    ZURICH - Swiss startup Oxyle has announced the completion of a US$3 million pre-seed funding round which it will use to develop its technology which claims to remove micropollutants including perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from…
  • Tuesday, 20 December 2022

    Textile manufacturer joins ZDHC Foundation Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Beximco - one of the largest vertically-integrated textile manufacturing companies in South Asia - has joined the ZDHC Foundation, which works towards the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals, as a contributor. Beximco (Bangladesh…
  • Friday, 16 December 2022

    Brands concerned over REACH regulations delay Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - A total of 22 global companies — including H&M, Adidas, IKEA and Decathlon — have sent a joint letter to European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen expressing concern over a delay to a planned revision of the REACH chemical…
  • Wednesday, 14 December 2022

    Black algae t-shirt hailed as 'breakthrough' Premium Article

    LONDON – Clothing technology company Vollebak is claiming a breakthrough with its latest product which it claims is the industry's first black t-shirt to be dyed with algae. Vollebak’s black algae t-shirt was created in partnership with bioscience…
  • Wednesday, 14 December 2022

    Coloreel LCA highlights resource savings Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish innovator Coloreel says its thread dyeing solution cuts water usage by as much as 97 per cent compared to conventional methods, after completing a lifecycle analysis (LCA) of its promising technology. Coloreel’s system enables…
  • Tuesday, 06 December 2022

    Xefco set to pilot plasma-based finishing Premium Article

    SYDNEY - Australian textile technology firm Xefco has announced it will next year set up a pilot manufacturing facility for its new plasma-based method of applying dyes and coatings to textiles. Xefco’s Ausora solution was developed in collaboration…
  • Monday, 05 December 2022

    Plant-based dye innovator secures funding Premium Article

    SPRINGFIELD – Textile dye innovator Stony Creek Colors has secured US$4.8 million in funding led by long-standing partners Levi’s and Lewis & Clark AgriFood. The investment is expected to help the burgeoning business further develop its farming…
  • Friday, 02 December 2022

    Better Cotton to develop pesticide reduction goal Premium Article

    GENEVA – Better Cotton has announced that a pesticide reduction target for 2030 is in the works, as it looks to mitigate the risk of environmental and human harm from potentially hazardous substances. The safe use of pesticides – only where…
  • Wednesday, 30 November 2022

    Zara Home detergent combats microfibre emissions Premium Article

    ARTEIXO – Zara Home, the homeware brand of Spanish apparel giant Inditex, and chemicals company BASF have developed a new laundry detergent that's said to reduce textile microfibre emissions by up to 80 per cent. The pair say their proprietary…
  • Thursday, 17 November 2022

    High wicking finish uses recycled polyester Premium Article

    TÜBINGEN – CHT has used recycled polyester flakes as the base chemistry for a new hydrophilic finish that improves the moisture wicking of sportswear fabrics and is said to give garments fast-drying properties and improved protection against dirt…
  • Tuesday, 15 November 2022

    Bluesign opens up its blackbox Premium Article

    ST GALLEN – For the first time, Bluesign has opened up on the detail around its chemical assessment method which is now available for public scrutiny. It includes new rating algorithms, has been peer reviewed and includes a new GHS module in a bid…
  • Thursday, 10 November 2022

    Modern insights of historic textiles industry Premium Article

    LEEK - Researchers have been examining historical changes in a Staffordshire river linked to textile production during the industrial revolution to gain a better understanding of the environmental challenges of today. A new report from the Fashion…
  • Wednesday, 09 November 2022

    AAFA seeks more time to comply with PFAS law Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) trade body is seeking more time for its members to comply with reporting requirements for the world's first ban on PFAS chemicals in products. The US state of Maine last year became…
  • Thursday, 03 November 2022

    PFAS found in textiles for babies and toddlers Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC – Potentially harmful PFAS - the so-called "forever chemicals" - have been found in a wide range of textile products for babies and toddlers, according to new research commissioned by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) non-profit.…
  • Wednesday, 19 October 2022

    Higg partners up with Bluesign and ZDHC Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Higg, the technology partner of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), has announced new partnerships with chemical management specialists Bluesign and ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals). The company says the…
  • Tuesday, 18 October 2022

    Brands face action over chemical in sports bras Premium Article

    OAKLAND — The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has sent legal warnings to 11 brands making sports bras and shirts after a study found they contained high levels of the hormone disrupting chemical, bisphenol A (BPA). The sports bra brands…
  • Monday, 17 October 2022

    Asian authorities align on textile chemical action Premium Article

    ASIA – The governments of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam have vowed to address their respective textile sectors’ use of chemicals with the view to moving away from potentially hazardous substances and improving supply chain…
  • Thursday, 13 October 2022

    SCTI initiative appoints executive director Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – The Sustainable Chemistry for the Textile Industry (SCTI) initiative has appointed Isabella Tonaco as its executive director. Tonaco, who’ll operate out of Germany, has been appointed with the view to engaging SCTI member companies and…
  • Monday, 10 October 2022

    Mountain of salt sludge hampers dyehouses Premium Article

    TIRUPPUR - Textile dyeing units in India's textiles hub city of Tiruppur are struggling to dispose of a 10-year backlog of about 60,000 tonnes of accumulated salt sludge. The potentially hazardous waste has built up in the area's 18 common effluent…
  • Thursday, 29 September 2022

    Project to clean up Ethiopia's fashion industry Premium Article

    HORGEN - Materials science company Dow has announced the completion of a programme, in partnership with the ZDHC Foundation and German development agency GIZ, to develop more sustainable processes in Ethiopia's fashion industry . The three year…
  • Thursday, 22 September 2022

    Gore expands use of PFAS-free membrane Premium Article

    ELKTON - Outdoor fabric manufacturer Gore has announced the expansion of the use of its new PFAS-free waterproof membrane to more Gore-Tex products for the autumn/winter season. Launched a year ago, Gore's expanded polyethylene (ePE) membrane was…
  • Wednesday, 21 September 2022

    Study highlights PFAS presence in school uniforms Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA/TORONTO – Millions of schoolchildren in the US and Canada are exposed to potentially harmful levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) everyday through their uniforms, according to a new peer-reviewed study. PFAS, also known as…
  • Thursday, 15 September 2022

    PFAS to be restricted in ZDHC's updated MRSL Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Chemical management specialist ZDHC has announced the latest version of its Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) which includes new restrictions on all PFAS used for textile, footwear and leather treatments. PFAS (per- and…
  • Monday, 12 September 2022

    Auco Chem awarded highest ZDHC certification Premium Article

    PISA - Italian textiles and leather chemicals company Auco Chem has been awarded the highest certification offered by the ZDHC Road Map to Zero programme. Chemical management testing company Chem-MAP awarded Auco Chem with ZDHC MRSL V2.0 Level 3…
  • Friday, 09 September 2022

    Haartz Corporation adopts PFAS-free solutions Premium Article

    ACTON – The Haartz Corporation, a US-based specialty materials manufacturer active in the apparel, automotive and furniture sectors, has forged a partnership with textile finishing innovator Green Theme Technologies (GTT) to adopt its PFAS-free…
  • Wednesday, 07 September 2022

    Dye innovator backed by Kering, Albini Group Premium Article

    VIENNA – Dye solution innovator Vienna Textile Lab has teamed up with the innovation arms of fashion companies Kering and Albini to advance the development of ‘sustainable’ dyeing methods. Vienna Textile Lab claims to produce organic colours from…
  • Friday, 02 September 2022

    PFAS ban backed by California assembly Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – California’s state assembly has this week passed new legislation that would prohibit the manufacture and sale of garments and textiles that contain PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) by 2025. PFAS, also known as…
  • Wednesday, 31 August 2022

    Lace manufacturer launches natural dye solution Premium Article

    COLOMBO - Sri Lankan lace manufacturer Noyon Lanka has launched a 100 per cent natural dye solution for lace which it says is the first of its kind to be approved by the Control Union agricultural certification body. The company, a subsidiary of MAS…
  • Monday, 22 August 2022

    Trumpler awarded highest ZDHC certification Premium Article

    WORMS - German company Trumpler, which supplies chemicals to 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…
  • Friday, 19 August 2022

    Breakthrough claimed in breaking down PFAS Premium Article

    EVANSTON - Scientists say they have discovered a new method for breaking down PFAS compounds which has been hailed as a potential breakthrough in tackling environmental contamination. PFAS, dubbed 'forever chemicals' for their durability in the…
  • Tuesday, 16 August 2022

    Alchemie solution yields resource savings Premium Article

    CAMBRIDGE – British innovator Alchemie Technology has reported significant resource savings in the application of a water and stain repellent solution to workwear fabrics using its proprietary digital finishing solution. In partnering with Swiss…
  • Tuesday, 16 August 2022

    CHT Group publishes new sustainability report Premium Article

    TÜBINGEN – The CHT Group has published its 2021 sustainability report in which it outlines the progress made in its efforts to reduce its environmental impact. The report focuses on the international group of companies' energy and water consumption,…
  • Friday, 12 August 2022

    Polymer solution cleans textile wastewater Premium Article

    RALEIGH – Academics at North Carolina State University (NC State) claim to have developed a synthetic polymer capable of removing dyes – used in the production of textiles, leather and cosmetics – from wastewater. A polycarbodiimide, the polymer is…
  • Thursday, 11 August 2022

    Bluesign defines key sustainable attributes Premium Article

    ST GALLEN - Chemical management specialist Bluesign has announced that it has defined the most important sustainability attributes of the approved chemicals in its database for textile producers. The Bluesign Finder database of more than 20,000…
  • Wednesday, 10 August 2022

    AFIRM expects tighter restrictions on PFAS Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES – Apparel and footwear brands should be ready for more laws restricting or banning PFAS in consumer products, according to the head of a leading industry forum working to reduce the use and impact of harmful substances. Nathaniel…
  • Tuesday, 09 August 2022

    Archroma to buy Huntsman Textile Effects Premium Article

    PRATTELN – Global specialty chemicals company Archroma has entered into an agreement to acquire the Textile Effects business from Huntsman Corporation, which was officially put up for sale at the end of 2021. The total ‘enterprise value’ of the…
  • Monday, 01 August 2022

    Textile dyeing innovator secures US$200m Premium Article

    SHANGHAI – Textile dyeing innovator NTX has secured nearly US$200 million in funding, which it’ll use to scale the infrastructure around its technology and meet the growing demands of its customers. NTX’s flagship solution is its Cooltrans waterless…
  • Wednesday, 20 July 2022

    Bluesign announces 2022 system revisions Premium Article

    ST GALLEN - Chemical management specialist Bluesign has announced revisions to its system to achieve more responsible and sustainable manufacturing in the textiles industry. They include a ban on the use of enzymes in powder form. Enzymes can…
  • Tuesday, 19 July 2022

    ZDHC adds component to InCheck solution Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Textile chemicals authority ZDHC has added a verification component to its InCheck solution in a bid to establish greater clarify of a supplier’s compliance with the organisation’s Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL). The…
  • Friday, 08 July 2022

    Bluesign extends services to reduce impact Premium Article

    ST GALLEN - Textile chemical management specialist Bluesign has announced expanded services to help more brands, manufacturers and chemical companies reduce the environmental and social impact of their supply chains. Bluesign is launching data and…
  • Wednesday, 06 July 2022

    Stahl submits Scope 3 emissions target Premium Article

    WAALWIJK – Textile chemicals specialist Stahl has submitted a carbon reduction target covering its Scope 3 emissions to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for approval. The company’s goal is to cut its greenhouse gas (GHG) production by a…
  • Tuesday, 21 June 2022

    ZDHC study explores GHG reduction opportunities Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Textile chemistry authority ZDHC has launched a study to identify areas within the supply chain where chemical companies can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). Launched to support the Apparel Alliance – established in 2020 by…
  • Tuesday, 21 June 2022

    Huntsman launches PFAS-free DWR solution Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – Dyes and chemicals specialist Huntsman has launched a new PFAS-free durable water repellent (DWR) treatment, said to be suitable for all fibre types. The company’s new PhoboTex R-ACE solution is said to meet current and upcoming industry…
  • Tuesday, 21 June 2022

    Bluesign co-develops sustainable chemistry index Premium Article

    ST. GALLEN – Bluesign has teamed up with Sustainable Chemistry for the Textile Industry (SCTI), an alliance of companies in the field, to develop a new index which will highlight the credentials of formulations used across the sector. The…
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