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  • Thursday, 23 January 2020

    New standard created for sustainable cashmere

    HAMBURG - The non-profit Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) has developed a new standard for sustainable cashmere amidst growing concern over the welfare of cashmere goats and demands for transparency and corporate responsibility. The AbTF's Good…
  • Thursday, 23 January 2020

    BCI to stay in Xinjiang despite forced labour fears

    XINJIANG ­­− The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has condemned the use of forced labour in the cotton industry by Muslim prisoners held in Uyghur detention camps in the Xinjiang region of China but has stopped short of pulling out of the country. The…
  • Wednesday, 22 January 2020

    Canopy unveils action plan to save forests

    DAVOS – Environmental non-profit Canopy has launched a new plan to replace half of the global pulp supply for viscose and paper with alternative fibres which it says will save 30 per cent of the world’s threatened forests by 2030. Entitled Survival…
  • Tuesday, 21 January 2020

    Wool growers oppose National Declaration changes

    QUEENSLAND – Australian wool growers are petitioning against proposed changes to the country’s National Wool Declaration, which could introduce new definitions to mobs on which alternative methods to mulesing have been used. The Australian Wool…
  • Tuesday, 21 January 2020

    Unifi introduces new fibre solutions at Denver

    GREENSBORO - Sustainable yarn manufacturer Unifi Inc is set to introduce new developments in its range of fibres recycled from ocean plastic waste at the 2020 Outdoor + Snow Show in Denver. The company, which bills itself as one of the world's…
  • Tuesday, 21 January 2020

    Worn Again launches first recycling pilot plant

    WILTON – Worn Again has advanced industry efforts to replace the use of virgin materials in textiles with the commissioning of its first pilot-scale facility that can separate, decontaminate and then extract polyester (PET) and cellulose from mixed…
  • Monday, 20 January 2020

    Circularity suffering as material consumption soars Premium Article

    DAVOS – At the World Economic Forum, which gets underway in Davos today, impact organisation Circle Economy has launched a new report which finds that whilst global material consumption has grown to top 100 billion tonnes per annum for the first…
  • Friday, 17 January 2020

    Tyton completes successful funding round Premium Article

    DANVILLE – Textile recycling innovator Tyton Biosciences has completed an US$8 million Series A funding round, led by the investment arm of outdoor brand Patagonia, Tin Shed Ventures. The investment will be used to help facilitate the scaling of…
  • Wednesday, 15 January 2020

    YKK zippers use marine plastic waste Premium Article

    TOKYO – Japanese fastener manufacturer YKK has developed new apparel zippers using marine plastic waste intercepted on the coastline of Sri Lanka. The company will present its new Natulon Ocean Sourced collection at both ISPO Munich and the Outdoor…
  • Tuesday, 14 January 2020

    Sympatex to showcase circular jacket at ISPO Premium Article

    MUNICH – Later this month at ISPO 2020, functional materials manufacturer Sympatex will showcase what it says is the world’s first upcycled jacket made in-line with the principles of a circular economy. The rEvolution Hybrid jacket comprises 30 per…
  • Tuesday, 14 January 2020

    Acoustics used to collect textile microfibres in solution Premium Article

    NAGANO – Scientists in Japan say they’ve found a way to separate synthetic textile microfibres and other microplastics from solution using sound waves – opening up the possibility of retrofitting these acoustic devices on to washing machines and in…
  • Tuesday, 14 January 2020

    Lenzing supports reforestation in Albania Premium Article

    SHKODRA – Wood-based fibre manufacturer Lenzing has initiated reforestation efforts in Albania in collaboration with the Austrian Development Agency and local communities. In the Ana e Malit region of North Albania, 50 per cent of the forest area…
  • Tuesday, 14 January 2020

    Textiles should be made from cellulose-based waste Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – A new report on how the textile industry can turn waste into a valuable resource by 2030 will be released later this week by The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). Two years in the making, the report says although the…
  • Tuesday, 14 January 2020

    Microfibre emissions halved with cooler, quicker washes Premium Article

    LEEDS – New scientific research confirms that cooler, quicker home launderings could drastically mitigate the emission of textile microfibres into the environment. Academics at the University of Leeds teamed up with Procter & Gamble (P&G), which…
  • Monday, 13 January 2020

    Digitisation to boost circularity, new report suggests Premium Article

    NEW YORK – A new industry report outlines the influence greater connectivity with the Internet of Things (IoT) could have on the circular economy. Product traceability platform provider Circular ID and energy supplier Eon author the report, in which…
  • Monday, 13 January 2020

    Wool broker makes wool declarations compulsory Premium Article

    DUBBO – An Australian wool brokering firm says it will no longer partner with growers that don’t have a National Wool Declaration (NWD) as it looks to encourage more transparent trade agreements. An NWD is voluntary, disclosing information that…
  • Friday, 10 January 2020

    New Cotton Guide to focus on climate change Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – The new updated version of MCL News & Media's authoritative Inside Guide to Cotton & Sustainability - due out next month - warns that the industry is running out of time to reduce its environmental impact. The second edition of the…
  • Thursday, 09 January 2020

    Oeko-Tex expands 'sustainability' label Premium Article

    ZURICH - Testing and certification organisation Oeko-Tex's Made in Green sustainability label now includes leather products under newly updated guidelines which come fully into effect in April. Oeko-Tex says its guidelines, including test criteria…
  • Wednesday, 08 January 2020

    Dyntex develops biosynthetic performance fabrics Premium Article

    BREGENZ – Austrian textile manufacturer Dyntex has developed two new ultralight biosynthetic fabrics for high performance apparel. Dyntex Biodegradable and Dyntex Biological Origin are the culmination of three years R&D, with company CEO, Mathias…
  • Wednesday, 08 January 2020

    Tunisia targets efficient textile recycling infrastructure Premium Article

    TUNIS – Tunisia’s textile industry is set to place greater focus on sustainable business practices, with the launch of a new initiative that will engage stakeholders in aligning with circular production principles and creating more robust recycling…
  • Tuesday, 07 January 2020

    Scientists back textile microfibre filters Premium Article

    TORONTO – Scientists at the University of Toronto have shown how two commercially available washing machine filter technologies can reduce the shedding of textile microfibres from fleece fabrics during domestic laundering. Examining the performance…
  • Tuesday, 07 January 2020

    Textile recycling project 'close to success' Premium Article

    MARIBOR - European researchers say a pilot plant developed to turn textile waste into raw materials which can be re-used in the industrial production of new fibres or plastics is close to achieving market applications. The Resyntex project, in the…
  • Monday, 06 January 2020

    Nike tweaks footwear design to use offcuts Premium Article

    BEAVERTON – Sportswear giant Nike has released a new pair of footwear which makes use of what would otherwise be discarded fabric offcuts. The Beaverton-based brand has reimagined its material utilisation and placement to mitigate waste, layering…
  • Friday, 03 January 2020

    Devan to debut bio-based solutions at Heimtextil Premium Article

    RONSE – Textile finishing innovator Devan Chemicals will debut two new bio-based solutions at next week’s Heimtextil trade show in Frankfurt: an antimicrobial and a patented cooling technology. The Belgian firm’s new antimicrobial is the latest…
  • Thursday, 02 January 2020

    Reduction vs offsetting - the big carbon debate Premium Article

    WASHINGTON D.C. - With more and more brands and manufacturers publicly stating their ambitions on reducing their carbon footprints, attention is starting to shift to the means of meeting these ambitious targets. More than 80 fashion and textile…
  • Thursday, 02 January 2020

    Textile microfibres abundant in the air we breathe Premium Article

    LONDON – As well as finding their way into global aquatic environments, textile microfibres are also abundant in the air that we breathe, according to scientists at King’s College London who found that ‘fibrous microplastics’ made up 92 per cent of…
  • Monday, 23 December 2019

    Adidas incorporates ocean plastic in apparel Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH - Sportswear brand Adidas is working with material technology company PrimaLoft to incorporate recycled plastic waste intercepted from remote islands, beaches and coastal communities in its outdoor apparel. The two companies are…
  • Friday, 20 December 2019

    Lenzing to build world’s largest wood pulp plant Premium Article

    SAO PAULO - Wood-based fibre manufacturer Lenzing has announced that it is to go forward with US$1.3 billion plans to build the world's largest dissolving wood pulp plant in Brazil. The company, one of the world's leading suppliers of cellulosic…
  • Friday, 20 December 2019

    Recycling action plan combats clothing disposal Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – The European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC) has laid out policy recommendations for the textiles industry and called on the European Commission to instigate a strategy that would increase material recycling. This comes hot on…
  • Thursday, 19 December 2019

    ISKO awarded OEKO-TEX STeP certification Premium Article

    BURSA - ISKO, which bills itself as one of world's leading denim producers, has become the first Turkish denim mill to be awarded OEKO-TEX's STeP certification. STeP (Sustainable Textile and Leather Production) is a modular certification system…
  • Thursday, 19 December 2019

    Zalando reveals details of Tier 1 suppliers Premium Article

    BERLIN - European online fashion platform Zalando has revealed the details of most of the factories classed as Tier 1 suppliers to its own private label brands. The company shared details of 80 per cent of the Tier 1 suppliers to its private labels…
  • Thursday, 19 December 2019

    Australian state regulation protects sheep Premium Article

    VICTORIA – New regulations passed in the Australian state of Victoria now mean native sheep producers could be fined as much as AUD$3,300 for surgically mulesing sheep without administering pain relief. For some time, organisations in Victoria have…
  • Wednesday, 18 December 2019

    Conscious Fashion Campaign launches in NYC Premium Article

    NEW YORK - The Conscious Fashion Campaign (CFC) initiative, which aims to help the fashion industry achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has been formally launched. Founder Kerry Bannigan, a social impact entrepreneur, said the CFC…
  • Wednesday, 18 December 2019

    Lindex to train women cotton farmers in India Premium Article

    GOTHENBURG - Swedish fashion retailer Lindex is to fund a project to train female cotton farmers in isolated rural areas of India in environmentally-friendly production methods. The two-year project, in collaboration with the Cotton Connect…
  • Wednesday, 18 December 2019

    Canopy reveals 2019 Hot Button rankings Premium Article

    VANCOUVER - Environmental non-profit Canopy has revealed its 2019 Hot Button rankings of the work of global viscose producers to protect ancient and endangered forests. The list shows a significant jump in the volume of man-made cellulosic fibre…
  • Tuesday, 17 December 2019

    EU urged to help bring circularity to textiles Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The RREUSE non-profit network of social enterprises involved in the reuse, repair and recycling sector is urging the European Union to act to help bring circularity to the fashion and textile industry. In a new report, entitled Vision for…
  • Tuesday, 17 December 2019

    SDGs to be promoted at Messe Frankfurt trade shows Premium Article

    NEW YORK - The Texterpise Network coalition of textile trade fair organiser Messe Frankfurt, the Conscious Fashion Campaign and the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) has announced plans to work together to reduce the impact of the…
  • Tuesday, 17 December 2019

    Klopman reveals 'sustainability' achievements Premium Article

    FROSINONE - Italian workwear manufacturer Klopman has revealed that it increased its production of fabrics made with 'sustainable' materials to 2.3 million metres, an increase of 77 per cent, in just one year. Klopman now offers its customers the…
  • Tuesday, 17 December 2019

    Kontoor Brands cuts waste across North America Premium Article

    GREENSBORO – Kontoor Brands, which owns the brands Wrangler and Lee, has announced reaching zero-waste designation for all its owned distribution centres in North America. This means 95 per cent of waste from these facilities will be diverted from…
  • Monday, 16 December 2019

    Microplastic pollution 'massively underestimated' Premium Article

    SAN DIEGO - The amount of microplastics in our oceans could be a million times worse than previously thought, according to new research which suggests existing studies have seriously underestimated the problem. Researchers found previously…
  • Friday, 13 December 2019

    Busting Myths: Why 25% of all pesticides are not used on cotton Premium Article

    In the last - for now - of our examinations of some of the more incredible claims widely quoted about our industry's environmental impact, we look at the report that 25 per cent of the world’s pesticides are used for growing cotton. This is perhaps…
  • Friday, 13 December 2019

    Open data platform encourages circular fashion Premium Article

    BERLIN – German tech start-up circular.fashion has launched an open data standard for the fashion industry, as it lays the foundations for stakeholders to better engage in circular business practices. The open source licensed platform will host data…
  • Thursday, 12 December 2019

    PVH partners with Canopy to protect forests Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Fashion giant PVH Corp has teamed up with the Canopy and Pack4Good initiatives to minimise its impact on ancient and endangered forests. The company, which owns brands such as Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, has made a commitment to both…
  • Thursday, 12 December 2019

    Renewal Workshop expands into Europe Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Renewal Workshop, which bills itself as the leading provider of circular solutions for apparel and textile brands, is expanding into Europe on the back of a $US5.5 million financing round. The Oregon-based company helps brands become…
  • Thursday, 12 December 2019

    New hemp factory will be biggest in the US Premium Article

    LUBBOCK - Plans have been unveiled to build the largest industrial hemp processing facility in the US - and one of the largest in the world - to produce high-quality, textile-grade fibre and premium cellulose. Dallas-based company Panda Biotech is…
  • Wednesday, 11 December 2019

    Recycling polybags on the Fashion for Good agenda Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Global sustainability initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) has teamed up with Adidas, C&A, Kering, Otto Group, PVH Corp and, crucially, Cadel Deinking – an innovator from its Accelerator programme – as it explores the potential of producing…
  • Tuesday, 10 December 2019

    Blocked escape routes stopped workers fleeing fire Premium Article

    NEW DELHI - Blatant safety violations, including locked doors, barred windows and blocked staircases, prevented workers from escaping a garment factory fire which claimed 43 lives in New Delhi, according workers' rights campaigners. The Clean…
  • Tuesday, 10 December 2019

    Recycled material supplier adopts traceability tech Premium Article

    STONY BROOK – Molecular tagging technologies specialist Applied DNA Sciences (ADNAS) has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), through which the pair will develop and…
  • Tuesday, 10 December 2019

    Busting Myths: Why fashion's carbon footprint is not bigger than flights and shipping Premium Article

    In the second of our examination of some of the more incredible statistics widely used to illustrate the environmental impact of the fashion and textile industries, we look at one quoted by everybody from the UN to Greenpeace and from CBS News to…
  • Tuesday, 10 December 2019

    Gender violence rife in Brazil's garment factories Premium Article

    SAO PAOLO - The vast majority of women in Brazil’s garment factories who took part in a new C&A Foundation-funded study said they had experienced bullying or gender-based violence and sexual harassment at work. Entitled Promoting Human Rights and…
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