Materials & Production News

  • Friday, 24 May 2019

    Eurojersey declares PEF in textile sector first

    MILAN – Italian warp knit fabrics producer Eurojersey has become the first textile company to declare its Product Environmental Footprint (PEF), having been awarded PEF 010/19 certification by Certiqualit. The company has also announced that it…
  • Friday, 24 May 2019

    Textile Exchange and Reblend join Cotton Recycling Pilot

    AMSTERDAM — Circle Economy has confirmed that both Textile Exchange and Reblend have joined its Cotton Recycling Pilot as knowledge partners. The duo will join forces with Circle Economy to add their respective insights in order to improve and…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2019

    Animals in fashion: are we nearing Farmageddon?

    COPENHAGEN – During the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, a panel with the title: From Farm to Hanger: Animals in the Fashion Supply chain was supposed to discuss the role of certification schemes and animal welfare standards, however the session went…
  • Friday, 17 May 2019

    Lenzing partners for blockchain traceability

    LENZING – Austrian fibre producer Lenzing has partnered with Hong Kong-based tech firm TextileGenesis to utilise the company’s blockchain technology as a way to incorporate traceability into its flagship Tencel branded fibre business. In the wake of…
  • Thursday, 16 May 2019

    Stella McCartney teams up with Google Cloud

    COPENHAGEN – Stella McCartney is to team up with Google’s Cloud platform to use artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics in a new pilot which aims to improve transparency in the global fashion supply chain reaching down to tier 4 raw…
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

    Techtextil debut for Archroma UV protector

    FRANKFURT – Colour and specialty chemicals company Archroma has today debuted its new Fadex AS New “super UV protector” at the biennial Techtextil trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. The product, a UV protection solution for polyester fibre that’s…
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2019

    Brands sign up to access Worn Again recycled materials

    NOTTINGHAM – Japanese sportswear brand ASICS Europe and German outdoor textiles specialist Sympatex are just some of the new names to join founder members H&M and Kering in the Worn Again Technologies pioneer members’ programme. The initiative,…
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2019

    Sympatex aims for 100 per cent circularity

    MUNICH – Sympatex Technologies has teamed up with UK polymer recycling firm Worn Again in a bid to close the recycling loop for its range of functional laminates by 50 per cent within 5 years and aims to become ‘100 per cent circular’ by 2030. The…
  • Monday, 13 May 2019

    Neere upcycles plastic waste into clothing

    KOUDOUGOU – Burkina Faso business Neere Group is fighting the country’s plastic waste problem in a unique and surprising way, directly using the discarded material to make clothing. Along with reducting sanitation, the project also helps women and…
  • Monday, 13 May 2019

    Spin out aims to accelerate Higg Index

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has today confirmed the spin out of Higg Co., a public benefit company that aims to increase both the efficiency and scale of the Higg Index throughout global fashion supply chains. While Higg…
  • Friday, 10 May 2019

    Oritain tackles fraud through Supima mapping

    DUNEDIN – Supply chain traceability specialist Oritain has announced the completion of mapping for all Supima cotton growing regions. This spans across Supima-branded cotton grown in the USA – specifically in the states of Arizona, California, New…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2019

    ‘Breakthrough’ plastic can be recycled indefinitely

    BERKELEY – Scientists in California say they’ve designed a new type of recyclable plastic that unlike polyester can be used over and over again without a loss in performance or quality and which can be moulded in to different shapes, textures, and…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2019

    Podcast: “The era of living in denial is over”

    WAKEFIELD – In the second podcast of our new series, Mike Schragger speaks to Edwin Keh, CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles & Apparel (HKRITA), about his views on how the fashion and apparel sector is still playing catch-up with…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2019

    Spinnova partners for agricultural waste project

    HELSINKI — Finnish fibre producer Spinnova has joined forces with compatriot energy company Fortum to form a ‘disruptive strategic partnership’ within the latter’s bio-based business. The duo’s objective is to transform waste derived from the…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2019

    Tengiva launches textile waste diversion label

    BELOEIL — Tengiva has launched a Responsible Stock Management label, created to identify and promote all manufacturers undertaking “logistic and operational efforts” to divert materials from landfill and incineration - by selling excess stock online…
  • Tuesday, 07 May 2019

    Fashion for Good welcomes Arvind

    AMSTERDAM – Indian textile supplier Arvind Limited has become the latest organisation to join Fashion for Good, as it further commits to test and implement new innovations that claim to improve the environmental footprint of textiles production.…
  • Thursday, 02 May 2019

    PODCAST: New series kicks off with technology and innovation

    WAKEFIELD – To kick-off our new ‘Big Closets, Small Planet’ podcast series, host Michael Schragger of the Sustainable Fashion Academy sits down with Greg Stillman of the Plug and Play Tech Center and Rogier van Mazijk of Fashion for Good to get some…
  • Monday, 29 April 2019

    Recycled polyester the perfect tonic for drinks firms

    CLERMONT-FERRAND – Beverage-producing powerhouses PepsiCo, Nestlé Waters and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe are the three latest large-scale firms to join a consortium designed to tackle plastic waste. The initiative, founded by bioindustrial…
  • Thursday, 25 April 2019

    Traceability provider gets million dollar funding boost

    STONY BROOK — Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., which offers molecular tagging and authentication services to apparel brands and retailers seeking to prove the authenticity of their products, has announced the receipt of the first US$1 million of a US$5…
  • Wednesday, 24 April 2019

    Puma 2020 sustainable fibre pledge “sharply increased”

    HERZOGENAURACH — Sportswear brand Puma has announced an increase in the percentage of ‘sustainable materials’ it aims to utilise in its product portfolio by 2020. The company has now set its sights on reaching a goal of 90 per cent of its main…
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    Bearaby puts sustainability fears to bed with Tencel

    NEW YORK — In a move which the company states will “challenge industry norms,” US weighted blanket firm Bearaby has launched a new collection utilising Lenzing’s Tencel branded lyocell fibre.
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    Adidas claims circularity stride with ‘100% recyclable’ trainer

    NEW YORK — Sportswear giant Adidas has launched a new ‘fully recyclable’ running shoe which, once worn out by the consumer, will be accepted back by the company to be ground down and reutilised in a new piece of footwear. 
  • Thursday, 18 April 2019

    New Wrangler range takes ‘local’ approach to traceability

    GREENSBORO – Wrangler, one of the major denim brands which now operates under the newly-formed Kontoor group umbrella, has launched a new collection which aims to deliver a uniquely ‘local’ approach to supply chain traceability. The Wrangler Rooted…
  • Wednesday, 17 April 2019

    Eco TLC to back seven R&D projects

    PARIS – Producer responsibility organisation Eco TLC is to continue its yearly tradition of supporting R&D projects, with seven having been given a favourable recommendation by the Scientific Committee. 29 applications were filed following TLC’s…
  • Wednesday, 17 April 2019

    IFC partners with H&M, Fortum and Virala

    ESPOO - Infinited Fiber Company Ltd. (IFC) says it has raised €3.7 million in funding from investors, which include H&M Group, Fortum and Virala. The company is currently running a 50-ton pilot plant in Finland and plans to increase the annual…
  • Monday, 15 April 2019

    Econyl key to new activewear range

    PHILADELPHIA – Aquafil's flagship Econyl yarn has been announced as the key component of US fashion brand Free People’s newest in-house activewear range. The company believes this move will boost its sustainability credentials, describing Econyl as…
  • Thursday, 11 April 2019

    Veit launches heat recycling shirt finisher

    After spending time working in the development aid sector, the director of the German textile engineering firm Veit has returned to the family operation with a new vision for the industry. New technology is often cited as one way in which the…
  • Wednesday, 10 April 2019

    Plans unveiled for upcycling textile manufacturing plant

    DUBAI – At an industry conference geared towards sustainable innovation in textile manufacturing, leaders from across the United Arab Emirates’ and Japan’s public and private sectors revealed plans to establish a plant in the city of Dubai that will…
  • Wednesday, 10 April 2019

    EC withdraws Control Union organic licence for five regions

    BRUSSELS – The European Commission has withdrawn the organic certification licence of international certification body Control Union in five countries, saying that its alleged poor performance facilitated organic fraud. The Control Union licence to…
  • Friday, 05 April 2019

    Hemp textile market gets traceability boost

    SEBASTOPOL — LeafWorks, a California-based plant genetics company specialising in the botanical identification of hemp, has launched a proprietary test which will it claims will save growers a great deal of time and money. The firm’s 99.9 per cent…
  • Thursday, 04 April 2019

    Spinnova partners for sustainable workwear

    HELSINKI — The Finnish duo of fibre innovator Spinnova and workwear provider TouchPoint have announced a product development collaboration with the ultimate goal of creating “the world’s most sustainable workwear.” It is hoped that TouchPoint can…
  • Thursday, 04 April 2019

    Eastman pursues further recycling progress

    KINGSPORT — Eastman, the producer of Naia cellulosic fibre, has claimed further progress in its ongoing work to increase its recycling capabilities. The latest development comes in the form of ‘carbon renewal technology’ which the company says can…
  • Monday, 01 April 2019

    Viscose group seeks ‘committed’ partners after Lenzing exit

    BEIJING – The Collaboration for Sustainable Development of Viscose (CV) has issued a statement in response to departure of Lenzing Nanjing Fibers (LNF) from the initiative, stating that it respects the company’s decision. Last month, the Chinese arm…
  • Monday, 01 April 2019

    Walmart Foundation funding boost for Indian agronomies

    BENTONVILLE - Following on from the announcement in 2018 that the Walmart Foundation would commit US$25 million over a five-year period to improve farmer livelihoods in India, it has been confirmed that International Fertilizer Development Center…
  • Friday, 29 March 2019

    UAE Apparel Group strikes clean energy deal

    DUBAI - Apparel Group, one of the United Arab Emirates’ largest retailers, has announced the launch of a solar plant at its warehouse facilities in partnership with SirajPower.
  • Thursday, 28 March 2019

    Report calls for circular textile model

    BRUSSELS – A report published by Ecopreneur.eu – the European Sustainable Business Federation – has called on textile producers to transform their industry from a linear to a circular model. This is due to waste and pollution from the production of…
  • Thursday, 28 March 2019

    Patent granted for enzymatic PET recycling technology

    CLERMONT-FERRAND - Bioindustrial solutions provider Carbios has announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a patent on its proprietary process for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling from plastic waste…
  • Thursday, 28 March 2019

    Puma combats poverty and pollution with rPET project

    HERZOGENAURACH - Sportswear firm Puma has revealed that it will launch a new collection in partnership with First Mile, a company which seeks to support low-income communities through initiatives collecting plastic bottles to produce recycled…
  • Thursday, 28 March 2019

    Online map of global apparel factories goes live

    NEW YORK – The latest version of an ambitious textile sector-specific online transparency tool is now live. The launch of the Open Apparel Registry (OAR) comes after months of consultation and alterations following the digital platform’s beta…
  • Tuesday, 26 March 2019

    GOTS wins legal case against t-shirt printer

    STUTTGART – The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has won a legal judgement in an appeal case against a company that printed blank GOTS certified organic cotton t-shirts and then sold them afterwards as GOTS certified end products – despite not…
  • Tuesday, 26 March 2019

    Mistra publishes two-part Fiber Bible

    STOCKHOLM - Mistra has published the two-part Fiber Bible, aiming to identify the textile fibres with the greatest potential to “mitigate the environmental impact of fibres currently dominating the fashion industry.” Part One of the Fiber Bible…
  • Monday, 25 March 2019

    Natural fibres most prevalent in air and water, study claims

    NOTTINGHAM - A new study examining the prevalence of natural versus synthetic fibres in air and freshwater ecosystems has found that natural fibre varieties can frequently be found in much higher concentrations than synthetic alternatives.
  • Monday, 25 March 2019

    Fashion students assess archipelago microfibre pollution

    ORKNEY - A group of fashion and textiles students from Heriot-Watt University have visited the archipelago of Orkney, off the Northeastern coast of Scotland, to research how textile-derived microfibre pollution is impacting pollution in the…
  • Thursday, 21 March 2019

    Cotton industry fights back against “false information”

    BREMEN – To mark World Water Day, the Bremen Cotton Exchange has taken aim at reports on the water consumption of cotton, saying that information which is spread in the media has “been in circulation for years and is desperately in need of an…
  • Thursday, 21 March 2019

    Target aims for viscose textile transparency

    VANCOUVER – Mass market retailer Target has today joined over 170 brands and apparel industry stakeholders by committing to the CanopyStyle initiative in a bid to ensure the use of ancient and endangered forest fibre is not found in its own viscose…
  • Wednesday, 20 March 2019

    Tintex partners with water saving initiative

    VILA NOVA DE CERVEIRA – Portuguese textile company Tintex has announced a new project, partnering with water saving NGO Drip by Drip for its initiative, known as ‘The Blue Lab’.
  • Tuesday, 19 March 2019

    Inditex, MIT agreement explores sustainable solutions

    ARTEIXO – Spanish retailer Inditex has today finalised a US$4 million multi-year agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) through which it will pursue various research initiatives relating to the circular economy and the…
  • Monday, 18 March 2019

    Primaloft claims polyester circularity breakthrough

    LATHAM – Advanced material technology company Primaloft has announced that its Primaloft Bio fibres are now renewable in a circular economy, after third-party testing proved the polyester fibres were capable of being chemically recycled.
  • Friday, 15 March 2019

    Stora Enso joins global plastic pollution pact

    HELSINKI – Finnish manufacturer Stora Enso has joined the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, run in collaboration between the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and UN Environment, which aims to eliminate plastic waste and pollution at the source.…
  • Thursday, 14 March 2019

    Lenzing to invest heavily in sustainable production by 2022

    LENZING – The Lenzing Group has outlined its sustainable manufacturing technologies investment strategy for the coming years in its latest annual report. The Austrian fibre producer claims to have "developed well” in the 2018 financial year in spite…
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