Dyes & Chemicals News

  • Wednesday, 22 May 2019

    Pilot yields C2C certified ‘biodegradable’ printed textiles

    TÜBINGEN – In a significant advancement for the textile printing sector, speciality chemical supplier CHT Group has produced print pastes and pigments that have been certified to the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Gold Standard by consulting institute EPEA…
  • Tuesday, 16 April 2019

    ADIF and ZDHC announce collaboration

    SHANGHAI – Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and the China Dyestuff Industry Association (CDIA) participated in a joint information event at the 2019 China InterDye exhibition, during which they announced ADIF will join ZDHC as a…
  • Wednesday, 27 March 2019

    Dye price chaos fears after fatal factory explosion

    YANCHENG – A large-scale explosion said to have been triggered by a fire close to benzene tanks at Tianjiayi Chemical Plant in Yacheng, China, has tragically left ‘more than 70 people dead’ and hundreds injured. The facility, which it is claimed…
  • Friday, 15 March 2019

    Stahl expands finishing range to boost compliance

    WAALWIJK – Dutch process chemicals and coatings firm Stahl is introducing a new range of finishing options, including a wet-end solution, so it can offer clients a complete portfolio of leather processing products that comply with the ZDHC (Zero…
  • Friday, 15 March 2019

    EPA updates TSCA for first time in 40 years

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the first update of its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory, for 40 years, which shows that over half of the listed substances are no longer being sold on the US…
  • Tuesday, 05 March 2019

    Demand grows for cleaner denim dyes

    REINACH – Archroma has told Ecotextile News that due to a higher than expected demand for its for ‘Denisol Pure Indigo 30’ it’s had to triple the planned production for this dye, with all the pre-reduced liquid indigo capacity at its Pakistan…
  • Tuesday, 26 February 2019

    CHT sees a formaldehyde-free textile future

    TÜBINGEN – Speciality textile chemicals supplier CHT says it’s seen a spike in demand for formaldehyde-free binders used in textile finishing and pigment dyeing – despite some initial doubts about the effectiveness of these types of formulations.…
  • Wednesday, 20 February 2019

    Gore PFC challenge tougher than expected

    DELAWARE – Gore Fabrics has said ‘technical challenges’ have slowed down its efforts to commercialise the production of its PTFE membranes without the use of what it calls PFCs ‘of environmental concern’ (PFCEC) – but it remains confident that it…
  • Wednesday, 13 February 2019

    Proposal aims to restrict ‘C6’ textile finishes

    BRUSSELS – Renewed efforts are underway in Europe to restrict ‘C6’ short-chain fluorine-based formulations that are widely used to repel oil and water on textiles and clothing. The move comes in the form of another proposition from the German…
  • Wednesday, 06 February 2019

    Odour-eating finish gets certified

    BURGDORF - Sanitized has said its non-biocidal odour-management technology ‘Odoractiv 10’ is now certified to bluesign, the ‘skin friendly’ certification from the Hohenstein Institute and Eco Passport from Oeko-Tex for treating polyester sport and…
  • Sunday, 03 February 2019

    Bluesign to integrate tools in cloud platform

    MUNICH – Bluesign will integrate its complete set of tools for chemical management within a new cloud-based platform to help improve efficiency, safety and sustainability in the textile industry. Over the course of 2019, the Swiss-based organisation…
  • Wednesday, 30 January 2019

    Study backs up calls for fluorinated textile ban

    LEEDS – Researchers in the UK and Sweden have developed a new test method for water- and oil-resistant textiles which uses an innovative ‘roll-off’ method to assess repellence with movement to more actively reflect how clothes actually behave in…
  • Friday, 18 January 2019

    India textile sector weighs up CO2 dyeing

    GUJARAT – Waterless textile dyeing using super-critical CO2 technology could be coming to India for the first time, with Dutch engineering company DyeCoo confirming to Ecotextile News that it’s in talks with several Indian textile companies –…
  • Tuesday, 15 January 2019

    Electrochemical indigo machine debuts in Pakistan

    KARACHI – Technical Color Solution, which supplies a range of technologies to the textile sector has teamed up with French textile machinery supplier Sedo Engineering to produce pre-reduced liquid indigo dyes using an electrochemical process. The…
  • Monday, 14 January 2019

    Polymer nanogel zaps bugs on textiles

    SHANGHAI – Scientists in China say they’ve developed a new anti-microbial finish for cotton textiles that uses a nanoscale polymer treatment based on guanidine, which both inhibits and kills bacteria using a novel method without the use of metals or…
  • Friday, 11 January 2019

    Brands converge efforts under ZDHC umbrella

    AMSTERDAM – In a major new collaborative approach to chemical management, ZDHC signatory brands Levi Strauss, Nike, H&M and C&A have come together to share and align their screened textile chemistry programmes and hand them over to the ZDHC for…
  • Thursday, 20 December 2018

    VIDEO: Planet Textiles Pod – Chemical management

    Vancouver - Dr. Meg Whittaker, managing director of Toxservices, takes a different approach than most to harmonisation: “I'm one of the friendlier consultants out there and I'm probably the only one that actually trains my competition.” “I actually…
  • Monday, 17 December 2018

    Colorifix raises scaling funds for dyeing solution

    NORWICH – Biological dyeing firm Colorifix has raised US$3 million from impact and strategic investors with links to the fashion industry as part of a Series A investment round. These funds, the company states, will support the expansion of its…
  • Monday, 17 December 2018

    ZDHC adds five further contributors

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has confirmed five new contributors to its programme, with two new signatory brands, one value chain affiliate and two new associates having now joined its existing 116-strong membership. Fashion retailer Next,…
  • Thursday, 13 December 2018

    Over 30 new textile chemicals to be restricted by EU

    BRUSSELS – The European Union has initiated a 24-month transition period for the restriction of 33 chemicals used in the textile sector which are classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR). The adoption of these CMR…
  • Friday, 07 December 2018

    Denim mill takes indigo dyeing to absolute limit

    REINACH – Thailand-based Absolute Denim says it has switched 100 per cent of its indigo denim dyeing to Archroma’s Denisol ‘Pure Indigo 30’ liquid dye, which is said to be free of the problematic hazardous chemical aniline – at ‘levels below…
  • Thursday, 06 December 2018

    Greenpeace sees both detox progress and challenges

    AMSTERDAM – Greenpeace has, for the first time, taken to the stage at a ZDHC event to discuss its perspective on industry-wide chemical management alignment work. Those firms to have already joined initiatives like the ZDHC Foundation are the…
  • Friday, 30 November 2018

    LCA confirms fluorine textile coating risks

    BRUSSELS – A 3-year EU life cycle assessment study to evaluate alternatives to fluorine-based durable water and oil textile repellents (DWOR) has concluded that fluorinated formulations have a negative environmental impact “10 – 40 times larger”…
  • Tuesday, 13 November 2018

    New inductees to ZDHC programme

    AMSTERDAM – ZDHC has confirmed the addition of seven new companies to its Roadmap to Zero Programme, meaning that the organisation’s pool of partners and contributors has now reached a total of 116. ASOS will join the organisation as a Signatory…
  • Wednesday, 07 November 2018

    Mission impossible?

    Frank Michel, CEO of the ZDHC Foundation, wonders how we will be able to fully detox the apparel and footwear supply chain.
  • Thursday, 01 November 2018

    Polyester flame retardant gets Oeko-Tex approval

    BRIGHOUSE – UK textile chemical supplier Avocet has received Oeko-Tex ‘active chemical product’ approval for its range of ‘Cetaflam PDP’ polyester flame retardants, which means they can now be used for all classes of Oekotex certified textiles for…
  • Monday, 22 October 2018

    Revealed: hidden source of hazardous textile pollutants

    MILAN – Large amounts of commodity chemicals used in the textile industry are contaminated with potentially hazardous substances such as APEO’s, phthalates, chlorobenzene, toluene and other restricted chemicals – that routinely end up in wastewater.…
  • Friday, 19 October 2018

    Is a chemically compliant Brexit Britain out of REACH?

    BRUSSELS – To coincide with the latest round of Brexit talks, Cefic, CHEM Trust, the European Environment Bureau (EEB) and the UK Chemical Industries Association (CIA) have used an open letter to all EU Heads of State to call for the UK to remain…
  • Monday, 15 October 2018

    LJ Specialities cites REACH constraints for closure

    BARNSLEY – UK-based printing ink specialist Magna Colours has announced its acquisition of fellow UK textile formulator LJ Specialities, confirming that it will continue the work of the company which has recently struggled to operate within…
  • Friday, 12 October 2018

    Huntsman strengthens DWR ties with Chemours

    SINGAPORE – Huntsman Textile Effects and The Chemours Company have announced an expansion of a long-standing working relationship in the field of durable water repellence (DWR). By pooling their respective strengths in market-specific innovation,…
  • Tuesday, 02 October 2018

    DyStar publishes latest sustainability report

    SINGAPORE – DyStar Group has released its 2017-18 Sustainability Performance Report, the eighth edition of its annual review of the company’s progress and the first to have been prepared in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)…
  • Thursday, 13 September 2018

    Fashion for Good, ZDHC seek textile chemistry innovators

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good and ZDHC have announced a joint venture which is seeking innovators in the field of textile chemistry to pioneer technologies to make the industry safer. Companies that apply will run for selection into the Fashion for…
  • Wednesday, 12 September 2018

    Microban technologies achieve Eco Passport certification

    HUNTERSVILLE – Antimcrobial textile specialist Microban International has confirmed that both its Scentry and Scentry Revive technologies have earned Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certification.
  • Tuesday, 11 September 2018

    DuPont scales up bio-based polymer site

    WILMINGTON – DuPont Industrial Biosciences has finalised the expansion of its Kinston manufacturing facility which produces the firm’s bio-based Sorona polymer in North Carolina, USA. The decision to grow the site, the company says, reflects the…
  • Tuesday, 11 September 2018

    Polyester dyeing auxiliary meets stringent eco standards

    SINGAPORE – A new diffusion accelerant has been released by Huntsman Textile Effects that complies with current textile industry sustainability standards and improves the dyeing performance of polyester fibres including microfibres and blends – even…
  • Friday, 31 August 2018

    Investment boost for Swedish textile dyeing innovator

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish fashion-tech company We Are SpinDye looks set to accelerate the development of its proprietary colouring method for synthetic textiles courtesy of a round of investment. Dutch duo Textile Innovation Fund (TIF) and Social Impact…
  • Tuesday, 21 August 2018

    EU Initiative seeks consumer textile chemical engagement

    BRUSSELS – An initiative funded by the European Union’s LIFE Programme is aiming to collaborate with companies in order to provide consumers with information regarding the presence of potentially hazardous chemicals in the textile supply chain.
  • Friday, 17 August 2018

    NERC handed funding to investigate hazardous chemicals

    LONDON – NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) has been awarded £6 million to investigate the risks posed by potentially hazardous chemicals released through agriculture and industrial operations. The wider-reaching impacts of potentially…
  • Thursday, 16 August 2018

    New additions mark busy month for ZDHC

    AMSTERDAM – In what has been a very busy August for the organisation, ZDHC has revealed a new MRSL certification partner, three new contributors and held a Manufacturer Forum in Brazil; an event which ZDHC hopes can herald a new era of operations on…
  • Tuesday, 14 August 2018

    European textile groups slam REACH review

    STUTTGART – The European REACH regulation is having the exact opposite impact of what it was originally designed to do, with the potential impacts of hazardous textile chemicals on both human health and the environment likely to be exacerbated by…
  • Monday, 13 August 2018

    New study explores novel textile water savings

    THENJIPALAM – A new study conducted by researchers at an Indian university has proposed a novel new method of implementing much-needed water conservation within textile manufacturing. The research is said to have been motivated by the increasing…
  • Tuesday, 31 July 2018

    Indorama deal to enhance recycling capacity

    BANGKOK - Indorama Ventures PLC (IVL) a global chemical producer, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Sorepla Industrie S.A., a plastics recycling facility located in Neufchateau, in northern France. The acquisition is…
  • Friday, 27 July 2018

    Eco-Passport meets highest level of ZDHC conformance

    AMSTERDAM – The ‘Eco-Passport’ certification standard from Oeko-Tex has today been accepted by the ZDHC as a level 3 standard for conformance with its manufacturing restricted substance list (MRSL). This means the ZDHC has the highest level of…
  • Tuesday, 24 July 2018

    Bluesign in Sorona polymer partnership

    WILMINGTON – DuPont Industrial Biosciences has announced a partnership with Bluesign for the bio-based polymer Sorona. DuPont Sorona is a polymer comprised of 37 per cent renewable plant-based ingredients and, according to its manufacturers, uses 30…
  • Monday, 16 July 2018

    Ternua goes nuts with Archroma EarthColors partnership

    REINACH – Colour and specialty textile chemicals provider Archroma has announced a collaboration with Ternua, a Basque outdoor brand with sustainability at the heart of its business. Ternua will work alongside Archroma to utilise its patented…
  • Friday, 13 July 2018

    NRDC initiative migrates to Apparel Impact Institute

    SAN FRANCISCO – In a bid to double the number of textile facilities completing its Clean by Design programme in 2018, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has started to transition program operations to the newly formed Apparel Impact…
  • Friday, 13 July 2018

    Huntsman calls for textile chemicals harmonisation

    SINGAPORE – Textile effects firm Huntsman has called on the textile chemicals sector to “take stock and consider” how to best take the next step towards the elimination of hazards and improve the industry’s economic and environmental performance.…
  • Thursday, 12 July 2018

    Greenpeace marks Detox milestone with progress report

    HAMBURG – A new report released today from Greenpeace claims that in the seven years since it first launched its Detox campaign, fashion companies who have signed up to its demands have made ‘significant progress’ to reduce their use of hazardous…
  • Saturday, 07 July 2018

    Textile wastewater disclosure platform goes live

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC has launched an online textile wastewater public disclosure portal, which draws verified information from its Gateway tool, along with unverified wastewater test data from the Beijing-based Institute of Public & Environmental…
  • Thursday, 05 July 2018

    Nontoxic waterproof coating for natural fibres

    MASSACHUSETTS – A team of scientists at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has developed a new coating for natural fibres which it claims can improve the functionality of, and perhaps most vitally, combat the environmental persistence of…
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