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  • Monday, 26 July 2021

    Consortium explores enzymes for plastic recycling Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – Researchers in the BOTTLE (Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment) Consortium have identified using enzymes as a more sustainable approach for recycling PET plastic. Consortium members…
  • Friday, 16 July 2021

    Maine first to outline PFAS ban Premium Article

    MAINE – The US state of Maine has become the country’s first to outline a ban on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The law will come into play from 2030, though applications deemed “currently unavoidable” at present would be exempt and…
  • Thursday, 15 July 2021

    DuPont and spin-offs settle $50m PFAS claims Premium Article

    WILMINGTON - Chemical giant DuPont, and two spin-off companies, have agreed to pay at least US$50 million to help clean up environmental damage caused by releases of historical compounds including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. The…
  • Wednesday, 07 July 2021

    Coloreel secures new funds to scale technology Premium Article

    JÖNKÖPING – Swedish textile innovator Coloreel has raised SEK 70 million (US$8.1m) in a private placement to existing and new shareholders. The funding will help scale the firm’s patented dyeing technology, as it explores new markets and…
  • Tuesday, 06 July 2021

    Bluesign update focuses on aniline limits Premium Article

    ST GALLEN – In response to changes in the US EPA guidelines, Bluesign has tightened up its requirements for free aniline content in textile chemicals – such as indigo dyes – as part of the annual update to its chemical substance lists. Restriction…
  • Friday, 02 July 2021

    Cow stomach microbes 'break down polyester' Premium Article

    VIENNA - Microbes from the stomachs of cows and sheep could be used to break down synthetic textiles, such as polyester, for recycling, according to a new scientific study. Researchers at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in the…
  • Thursday, 24 June 2021

    ZDHC publishes its second Impact Report Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has published its second annual Impact Report, detailing the progress it’s made over the past 12 months. “In our first Impact Report in 2019, we put out a call to action within our industry for “collaboration at an…
  • Wednesday, 23 June 2021

    Green Theme Technologies closes funding round Premium Article

    ALBUQUERQUE - Dry textile finishing pioneer Green Theme Technologies (GTT) has closed its series B financing round after reaching its target of raising US$3.5 million. The company will use the funds to grow its sustainable platform technologies -…
  • Thursday, 17 June 2021

    Rudolf recycles PET to produce auxiliaries Premium Article

    GERETSRIED – Specialty chemicals company the Rudolf Group has launched a new range of textile chemical auxiliaries made from recycled PET plastic. The company has used a chemical recycling technology to depolymerise the plastic, leaving the…
  • Monday, 14 June 2021

    Podcast: Hohenstein brings order to textile chemistry Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – In the latest Ecotextile Talks podcast, we hear from John Frazier, senior technical director at textile testing, certifications and product labels authority Hohenstein, about the organisation’s Eco Passport chemicals verification system.…
  • Monday, 14 June 2021

    Scientists bioengineer sustainable indigo dye Premium Article

    DAEJEON - Scientists in South Korea say they have found a way to dye textiles more sustainably by bioengineering bacteria to produce large amounts of indigo dye without the use of toxic chemicals. Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of…
  • Tuesday, 08 June 2021

    Reports call for action on PFAS in textiles Premium Article

    GENEVA – The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) has published two publications that call for all per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) to be treated as a single class of chemicals within the textile industry.…
  • Tuesday, 01 June 2021

    Hugo Boss adopts We aRe SpinDye tech Premium Article

    METZINGEN – Luxury fashion brand Hugo Boss has entered a collaboration agreement with Swedish clean tech company We aRe SpinDye (WRSD) and will leverage its resource-efficient dyeing process. WRSD's dyeing process involves melting colour pigments…
  • Tuesday, 01 June 2021

    Bluesign appoints new CEO Premium Article

    ST. GALLEN – Textile chemical management authority Bluesign Technologies has announced the appointment of Daniel Rüfenacht as its new CEO. Rüfenacht replaces Jill Dumain, who has taken the job of global vice-president for sustainability solutions at…
  • Friday, 28 May 2021

    Nike, Levi Strauss and Inditex staff elected to ZDHC board Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has elected six new board members as part of a re-shuffle that will expand the current number of brand representatives and see three existing board members step down. New board members elected to the Zero Discharge of…
  • Wednesday, 26 May 2021

    ZDHC backing for Stahl performance coatings Premium Article

    WAALWIJK – Dutch process chemicals and coatings firm Stahl has been awarded ZDHC Level 3 for a range of performance coatings from its synthetic and coatings portfolio. The award, given by chemical management testing company Chem-MAP, is the highest…
  • Thursday, 20 May 2021

    Thread dye innovator completes funding round Premium Article

    PETAH TIKVA - Israeli innovator Twine Solutions has raised US$28 million in an investment round aimed at accelerating the expansion of what it describes as the world’s first on-demand digital thread dyeing system. Twine Solutions says its TS-1800…
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2021

    Archroma releases 2020 sustainability report Premium Article

    REINACH - Swiss speciality chemicals producer Archroma has published its 2020 Sustainability Report outlining the company's progress against its environmental and social targets. The report outlines Archroma’s work on priority sustainability areas…
  • Monday, 17 May 2021

    Regenex 'dyeing to cut carbon emissions' Premium Article

    BRADFORD - Commercial linen revival specialists Regenex says its new textile coloration systems can enable the hospitality and healthcare industries to reduce their environmental impact. The West Yorkshire company says its dyeing service for tired…
  • Friday, 07 May 2021

    ZDHC welcomes new contributors to programme Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has welcomed three new recruits to its Roadmap to Zero programme including the Teddy Group high street fashion retailer from Italy which joins as a signatory brand. The Teddy Group, which operates in more than 90…
  • Thursday, 06 May 2021

    Wet processors 'failing to report on impact' Premium Article

    LONDON - Poor environmental disclosure at a crucial stage of the textiles supply chain is impairing ESG investment in the sector, according to a new report from the Planet Tracker financial think tank. Entitled 'Threadbare Data', the report says…
  • 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…
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