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  • Wednesday, 14 November 2018

    PODCAST: Citrus textile fibres? Biodegradable glitter? Who knew?!

    WAKEFIELD – Did you know that fruit waste can be used to create clothing? Or that glitter can be made from sources that are better than traditional plastic? Well they can. And in today’s podcast, Mike Schragger talks to Enrica Arena and Saba Gray,…
  • Tuesday, 13 November 2018

    US cotton launches protocol to boost sustainability

    MEMPHIS – A new integrated data collection, measurement and verification procedure that documents US cotton production practices and their environmental impact has been launched today at the on-going Cotton Sourcing USA Summit in Scottsdale,…
  • Tuesday, 13 November 2018

    Industry partnership serves up sustainable solutions

    HONG KONG – RESET Carbon, an environmental initiative based in Asia, has partnered with chemicals specialist Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) to launch the Clean Production Group (CPG), a service provider cultivated to improve sustainable…
  • Tuesday, 13 November 2018

    GoLite wins outdoor award for bottling it

    SEATTLE – US outdoor brand GoLite has been recognised with an Outdoor Industry Innovation Award for its ReGreen Windshell, developed in collaboration with Tzu Chi Foundation and Taiwanese recycling experts. The firm’s Windhsell jackets are made…
  • Monday, 12 November 2018

    Wool textile projects come to fruition

    BRADFORD – A Yorkshire textile firm that has operated at the heart of the wool textile sector since 1888, is working on two new developments that it says will assist wool to compete more effectively with modern synthetic fibres for use in a range of…
  • Friday, 09 November 2018

    SAC goes live with new Higg Index modules

    SAN FRANCISCO – To meet consumers’ demand for greater levels of transparency around working and environment conditions in the apparel sector, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has now launched its latest Higg Index modules. The updated…
  • Thursday, 08 November 2018

    Cotton project reinvigorates Fukushima economy

    FUKUSHIMA – Seven years on from the devastation caused by an earthquake, tsunami and a nuclear disaster, cotton – a crop which thrived in Japan until about a century ago – is going from strength to strength once again in Fukushima. Started by local…
  • Wednesday, 07 November 2018

    War of the wools

    Amidst a tricky time for some synthetic fibres, a report on recycled wool has been published to assess whether the product once deemed an inferior, cost-cutting alternative to virgin yarn could well offer a boost to a sector keen to seize the…
  • Tuesday, 06 November 2018

    Recycled outdoor apparel from start to Finnish

    VANTAA – Finnish childrenswear firm Reima is working to develop a method of recycling outdoor apparel, including garments with in-built water repellency and those which contain elastane, which have hitherto proven very difficult to repurpose. Reima…
  • Friday, 02 November 2018

    Puerto Rico to embrace cotton pending feasibility study

    SAN JUAN – A feasibility study regarding the reintroduction of smallholder-grown cotton in Puerto Rico is scheduled for release later this month. In collaboration with the SFA (Smallholder Farmers Alliance), the nation is seeking to move on from the…
  • Friday, 02 November 2018

    New online sourcing platform for excess stock

    BELOEIL – The newly developed Tengiva platform is nearing its launch as a new way for textile buyers to source small quantities of materials for specific design phases and for manufacturers to divert excess stock from landfill or incineration. The…
  • Wednesday, 31 October 2018

    Podcast: NRDC challenges claims that circularity is a cure for fast fashion

    WAKEFIELD – Today’s podcast features Linda Greer, Senior Scientist at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) who joins Mike Schragger online from her office in Washington, D.C. to hear about her initial ideas on creating a climate roadmap for…
  • Tuesday, 30 October 2018

    Nanollose creates garment from own fibre

    PERTH – Australian-based biotechnology company Nanollose Ltd, says it has created the first knitted sweater made with its ‘Nullarbor’ branded fibre, which is said to be an environmentally preferential alternative to viscose. Earlier this year,…
  • Monday, 29 October 2018

    Foundation doubles down on plastic pollution

    BALI – At the Our Ocean conference, Ellen MacArthur Foundation has made public its New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, developed in collaboration with UN Environment, with the goal of uniting businesses, governments and stakeholders to pursue…
  • Friday, 26 October 2018

    Bluesign to tackle commodity contamination

    MILAN – Following our expose earlier this week on how commodity chemicals are a significant source of restricted, hazardous substances in textile wastewater, Bluesign Technologies has told Ecotextile News that in early 2019 it will go live with an…
  • Friday, 26 October 2018

    Radici achieves recycled polyester certifications

    BERGAMO – RadiciGroup has announced that two varieties of its post-consumer recycled polyester yarns have now been certified by the Global Recycled Standard (GRS). The standard addresses input material verification, chain of custody, environmental…
  • Wednesday, 24 October 2018

    Textile Exchange 18: can textiles go circular?

    MILAN - The second day of the Textile Exchange Conference began with a two-part session on the ways in which the textile sector can transition away from the linear practices hitherto utilised as the norm within the industry. Representatives from the…
  • Tuesday, 23 October 2018

    Primaloft unveils first biodegradable insulation

    LATHAM – US-based material science company Primaloft has revealed plans to launch Primaloft Bio, an innovation which it claims will be the first synthetic insulation made from 100 percent recycled, biodegradable fibres. The company also notes that…
  • Tuesday, 23 October 2018

    New Zealand network combats clothing consumption

    WELLINGTON – Industry, government and social enterprise in New Zealand have collaborated to launch the Textile Reuse Programme; an initiative with an ambition of transitioning the country to a closed loop manufacturing model. The nation-wide…
  • Tuesday, 23 October 2018

    TailorLux takes to the field

    MÜNSTER – Fraud in organic cotton is an old problem. Now TailorLux, a German company, think they have a solution and are taking it to the field in India. Simon Ferrigno reports. Tailorlux's IntegriTEX system uses 'inorganic security pigments'…
  • Wednesday, 17 October 2018

    Podcast: Biochemist aims to change how polyester is recycled

    WAKEFIELD – In our latest podcast released today, Mike Schragger talks to Akshay Sethi about the science behind polyester recycling, the rapid development of his company Moral Fiber, the steep learning curve he has faced when starting a company…
  • Tuesday, 16 October 2018

    Predicted polyester growth contradicts fashion rhetoric

    ALBANY – With major industry players announcing ‘recycled’ and ‘ocean plastic’ collections with an ever-growing frequency, the forecasting of a US research firm – which predicts a 4.1 per cent increase in the virgin polyester fibre market by 2025 –…
  • Monday, 15 October 2018

    Oritain reveals ‘100 per cent traceable cotton’ collaboration

    MILAN – Oritain has, alongside Albini Group and Supima, announced a strategic partnership seeking to offer the first 100 per cent scientifically traceable Supima organic cotton to the mainstream fashion market. The co-operative effort, brought…
  • Thursday, 11 October 2018

    World’s first free digital map of apparel factories

    NEW YORK CITY – The beta version of an ambitious new online tool aims to help consumers find out exactly where their clothes are made – by eventually identifying every apparel facility worldwide. The latest beta version of the Open Apparel Registry…
  • Thursday, 11 October 2018

    SpongeBob goes sustainable in Nickelodeon apparel deal

    NEW YORK – Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products (VNCP), the merchandising branch of TV brand Nickelodeon, has signed a licensing agreement with Trashcode to produce apparel and accessories made from sustainable materials across Europe, the Middle…
  • Wednesday, 10 October 2018

    Lenzing collection gives Kingpins the Midnight Blues

    NEW YORK – Lenzing’s Tencel fibre with Refibra technology will form the basis of the Austrian firm’s Midnight Blues denim capsule collection at this month’s Kingpins show in Amsterdam. The process to realise the collection – which debuted at New…
  • Klopman launches circular economy degree award
    Wednesday, 10 October 2018

    Klopman launches circular economy degree award

    FROSINONE – Workwear fabrics producer Klopman has launched a new degree award for the best thesis on environmental sustainability and/or the circular economy in the textile sector, within the engineering and chemistry departments of Italian…
  • Wednesday, 10 October 2018

    Chemical textile recycling unveiled in Taiwan

    TAIPEI – Taiwan textile supplier Far Eastern New Century (FENC) will unveil a raft of new environmental advances at next week’s TITAS exhibition, including an ‘all-in-one’ chemical recycling solution for mixed-stream post-consumer polyester textiles…
  • Thursday, 04 October 2018

    Eastman debuts cellulosic fibre for womenswear

    KINGSPORT – US chemical and fibre producer Eastman has launched Naia, a new cellulosic fibre made from wood pulp derived only from sustainably managed forestry which the company is looking to promote in the womenswear market.
  • Wednesday, 03 October 2018

    Podcast: Can the apparel sector mitigate climate change?

    WAKEFIELD – Today we launch the second in a series of our new podcasts in partnership with Michael Schragger, Founder of the Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA), which this week talks about the impact the textile and apparel industry has on climate…
  • Thursday, 27 September 2018

    Lenzing to mothball US project due to tariff concerns

    AUSTRIA – Manmade cellulosic fibre supplier Lenzing has postponed the expansion of its lyocell facility in Mobile, Alabama due to the likelihood of new trade tariffs together with higher construction costs which it says have increased the ‘risk…
  • Friday, 21 September 2018

    Pakistan added to Primark cotton programme

    DUBLIN – Following a successful first year of retailing apparel which incorporates cotton from the company’s Sustainable Cotton Programme, Primark has announced that it will expand the initiative to encompass suppliers in Pakistan – one of its…
  • Thursday, 20 September 2018

    Ternua debuts PFC-free recycled plastic travel range

    MONDRAGÓN – European Outdoor Group (EOG) member brand Ternua has launched a range of PFC-free backpacks and travel accessories made using recycled materials for its upcoming spring-summer 2019 collection.
  • Wednesday, 12 September 2018

    Report seeks industry SDG implementation

    AMSTELVEEN – Global auditing firm KPMG has teamed up with Textile Exchange (TE) to publish its Threading the Needle report which details how the apparel industry can integrate the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to improve its business…
  • Wednesday, 12 September 2018

    UK Institute calls for action on textile pollution

    LONDON – The Institution of Mechanical Engineers an influential UK-based association, which has over 120,000 members in 140 countries, has called on the textile sector to clean up its act through today’s release of a new 8-page briefing that calls…
  • Wednesday, 12 September 2018

    Partnership aims to tackle synthetic textile pollution

    HAYWARD – After the successful presentation of its ‘CiCLO’ technology to Planet Textiles delegates in Vancouver, back in May, the Intrinsic Textiles Group has now signed a joint venture agreement with the yarn division of US-based Parkdale Mills to…
  • Tuesday, 11 September 2018

    Non-surgical mulesing alternative for Australasia

    VICTORIA – The commercialisation of a non-surgical cryogenic breeching procedure, in addition to New Zealand’s imminent ban on the practice, could see Australasia’s two largest nations move away from the much-maligned practice of mulesing. The…
  • Tuesday, 11 September 2018

    Microfibre solution offered by in-house testing?

    GENEVA – In response to both the growing fears and understanding on the topic of textile-derived microfibres, a Swiss-based testing laboratory has developed a new in-house testing method for apparel manufacturers to implement directly. This,…
  • Friday, 07 September 2018

    Sustainability study explores mulberry silk credentials

    COMO – While the production of silk has almost been consigned to history in Europe, Como in Italy continues to thrive as a hub serving the world’s luxury fashion retailers with fibres for products such as scarves, ties, blouses and dresses. A new…
  • Wednesday, 05 September 2018

    Research explores Northern Australian cotton potential

    CANBERRA – To better inform the Australian government, federal government agency The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has conducted an investigation into the opportunities for water resource development in key…
  • Tuesday, 04 September 2018

    Recycled renaissance for Hong Kong textile sector?

    HONG KONG – A new spinning mill in Hong Kong’s former garment-producing hub will begin operations later this year, producing recycled yarn derived from the region’s textile waste. The landmark mill opening, which will be the first in Hong Kong for…
  • Tuesday, 04 September 2018

    Lenzing steps ahead with Hong Kong innovation hub

    HONG KONG – More than 600 visitors from buying offices and apparel brands have already been through Lenzing’s new application innovation centre here in Hong Kong, where prototype knitted jacquard fabrics made with the new Tencel Luxe – a filament…
  • Monday, 03 September 2018

    Nike latest to join Green Supply Chain Map

    BEIJING – Global sportswear brand Nike has become the latest company to join the Green Supply Chain Map; a move which means the firm will disclose the environmental information of all their suppliers located in China. The online tool, launched in…
  • Tuesday, 28 August 2018

    Updated GRI standard incorporates water impacts

    STOCKHOLM – An updated GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) standard on water stress – a pressing issue for many firms in the garment sector, particularly manufacturing and finishing – has now been introduced. The organisation asserts that companies…
  • Tuesday, 28 August 2018

    Australasian duo collaborate on textile recycling

    SYDNEY – Australian fashion technology firm BlockTexx has revealed that it will be working closely with New Zealand-based textile research company The Formary as part of a collaborative effort to develop new strategies and workflow models for the…
  • Thursday, 23 August 2018

    Glyphosate and cotton standards. Risk or reward?

    LONDON – Glyphosate, the main ingredient in RoundUp herbicide widely used in cotton production – including being approved for use in several environmental standards – is once again under scrutiny after a ruling that backed a groundskeeper who said…
  • Wednesday, 22 August 2018

    CmiA cites surge in African cotton demand

    HAMBURG – Cotton made in Africa (CmiA), which now certifies around 40 per cent of the cotton produced by smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, has claimed a huge rise in demand for African cotton within the textile industry. According to the…
  • Friday, 17 August 2018

    US recycling hits the buffers, latest figures show

    WASHINGTON – While launches of ‘recycled’ collections within the textile sector seem to be occurring at an ever-increasing frequency, the latest figures regarding material recycling in the United States – which point to a decrease in the amount of…
  • Friday, 17 August 2018

    Spinnova seeks acceleration after investment boost

    HELSINKI – Finnish fibre innovator Spinnova has received a welcome injection of capital; a boost which the firm hopes will ensure the next phase of its progression is secure. The company aims to develop what it describes as ‘the world’s most…
  • Wednesday, 15 August 2018

    Canadian firm pioneers aramid PPE recycling

    VANCOUVER – Following ‘extensive R&D efforts’ at its recycling centre, a Canadian firm claims to have developed a proprietary technique for the post-consumer recycling of aramid fabrics; a development which could offer the PPE (personal protective…
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