Materials & Production News

  • 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…
  • Thursday, 14 March 2019

    Ecoalf furthers feather-free focus with vegan certification

    MADRID – Spanish apparel firm Ecoalf, which has made its name through incorporating recycled materials into its product portfolio, has received PETA-approved vegan certification for a new range of apparel. The company states that this certification…
  • Wednesday, 13 March 2019

    Support for Brazilian organic cotton innovation

    SAO PAULO – The C&A Foundation has chosen eight winners for its ‘Meaningful Innovation for Family Farming - Sustainable Cotton Challenge’ programme in Brazil, which was launched late last year to support innovation among smallholder organic cotton…
  • Tuesday, 12 March 2019

    Project under way to unlock reuse of coated textiles

    RONSE – The EU-funded Decoat project has held an inaugural meeting of its members to formally begin work, with Devan Chemicals amongst those in attendance. The main goal of Decoat is to unlock the potential of textiles and plastic materials with…
  • Monday, 11 March 2019

    Initiative aims for full organic cotton traceability

    DENVER – Agricultural blockchain start-up Bext360 has partnered with Fashion for Good, C&A Foundation and the Organic Cotton Accelerator for a pilot that uses blockchain to trace organic cotton from farm to gin. The Organic Cotton Traceability Pilot…
  • Friday, 08 March 2019

    New GOTS figures show significant growth

    STUTTGART – The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has reported it had 5,760 certified facilities in 2018, an increase of 14.6 per cent from the previous year. The facilities – which rose from 5,024 in 2017 – are located in 64 different…
  • Friday, 08 March 2019

    Lenzing departs Chinese viscose initiative

    LENZING – Austrian cellulose fibre producer Lenzing has decided to pull its Chinese Lenzing Nanjing Fibers (LNF) operation out of the Collaboration for Sustainable Development of Viscose (CV). The company says it intends to ‘pursue its own path to…
  • Thursday, 07 March 2019

    Record uptake of Better Cotton in 2018

    LONDON – The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has reported a record year in 2018, as 93 retailer and brand members sourced more than one million metric tonnes of Better Cotton, which it says is enough to make approximately 1.5 billion pairs of jeans.…
  • Tuesday, 05 March 2019

    Eastman seeks polyester recycling commercial breakthrough

    KINGSPORT – Eastman has announced its intention to pursue the launch of an ‘innovative advanced circular recycling technology’ that is able to recover the value of polyester waste which at present cannot be recycled by existing mechanical methods.…
  • Monday, 04 March 2019

    3M seeks fashion gains with recycled insulation

    MAPLEWOOD – Manufacturing firm 3M has launched a new range of insulation for applications in the fashion sector, with the company stating that its latest products – which contain up to 100 per cent plastics or fabrics – offer brands the opportunity…
  • Monday, 04 March 2019

    BlockTexx targets big year for textile recycling

    SYDNEY – Australian fashion technology specialist BlockTexx has made clear its intent to significantly scale up its work to separate and recover the environmental and economic value of textile fibres using its proprietary S.O.F.T. technology in…
  • Friday, 01 March 2019

    Mammut urges consumers to sew not throw

    SEON – Swiss mountaineering and hiking apparel firm Mammut has called on consumers to mend existing apparel rather than disposing of used garments – whether at home or via the company’s in-house repair service. The Swiss firm states that long-term…
  • Friday, 01 March 2019

    Coats launches 2022 sustainability strategy

    UXBRIDGE – UK-based thread manufacturer Coats has revealed a series of targets it is seeking to achieve by 2022, underpinned by the concurrent release of its sustainability strategy covering the same period. Coats has also published its inaugural…
  • Thursday, 28 February 2019

    Sappi joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition

    JOHANNESBURG – South African pulp and paper company Sappi Limited has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and says it will use the Higg Index to drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its supply chain.
  • Thursday, 28 February 2019

    Bank & Vogue strikes partnership for used apparel depots

    VANCOUVER – Canadian post-consumer textiles specialist Bank & Vogue has announced a partnership with non-profit Encorp Pacific which will see the duo launch a pilot programme aiming to establish a network of used apparel and accessory depots within…
  • Wednesday, 27 February 2019

    Biosynthetic fibres to stem microfibre pollution?

    WASHINGTON – Research undertaken by a professor at Penn State University in the United States has suggested that innovative biosynthetic fibre choices could help the textile and apparel industries in combating the threat posed by microfibre…
  • Wednesday, 27 February 2019

    Could UN Clean Seas provide a textiles boost?

    NAIROBI – The UN, across several of its many divisions, has recently ramped up its focus on improving the environmental impact of the fashion industry – in accordance with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Another trend with an equally steep…
  • Tuesday, 26 February 2019

    Eastman partners with Class to support circular economy

    KINGSPORT – Specialty materials provider Eastman, the maker of Naia cellulosic acetate yarn, has announced a new partnership with Milan-based Class (Creativity Lifestyle and Sustainable Synergy) as both organisations seek to support the fashion…
  • Monday, 25 February 2019

    Fashion design to receive wildlife conservation grant

    NEW YORK – The Zoological Lighting Institute (ZLI) has announced that it will award four US$1,000 and eight US$500 grants in a variety of sustainable design and scientific fields in order to promote animal welfare and wildlife conservation matters…
  • Friday, 22 February 2019

    Mulesing alternative trialled in Australia

    VICTORIA – A new liquid nitrogen procedure aims to eliminate the need for mulesing sheep, while also delivering better growth rates and increased wool production. The process – dubbed ‘steining’ – has been developed by vet and inventor Dr. John…
  • Friday, 22 February 2019

    Report shows ‘preferred cotton’ sourcing progress

    LUBBOCK – Textile Exchange has published the first annual 2020 Sustainable Cotton Challenge Report, as part of an initiative that aims to encourage brands and retailers to source 100 per cent of their cotton from a list of approved environmental…
  • Monday, 18 February 2019

    Special supplement: The Life Cycle of Luxury

    WAKEFIELD – The latest printed edition of Ecotextile News contains an exclusive 12-page bonus supplement on work done by the Italian textile sector to evaluate the environmental impacts of silk textile production through publication of a new LCA…
  • Thursday, 14 February 2019

    BCI reaches 10 year milestone with renewed focus

    LONDON – Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) CEO Alan McClay has said that throughout 2019, the organisation will focus on the updated of its ‘claims framework’, which is being seen by some BCI member brands as an urgent priority so they can more easily…
  • Thursday, 14 February 2019

    OETI launches natural fibre products certification

    VIENNA – OETI (Institut für Ökologie, Technik und Innovation) has unveiled its new Inspected Quality label, developed for products which are composed of 100 per cent natural fibres. In addition to being made entirely of natural fibres, products…
  • Wednesday, 13 February 2019

    Spinnova announces partnership with textile expert

    Jyväskylä - Finnish sustainable fibre company Spinnova has announced a new collaboration with Borås University textile technology professor Nawar Kadi.
  • Tuesday, 12 February 2019

    Haiti cotton project reaches commercial crop milestone

    ARTIBONITE – Following the company’s ongoing collaboration with the Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA), representatives from VF Corp-owned apparel brand Timberland have taken part in the first commercial cotton harvest in Haiti for three decades.…
  • Monday, 11 February 2019

    Circular attitude shift essential, says UN climate chief

    WEIMAR – The UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) executive secretary, Patricia Espinosa, has discussed the importance of the circular economy business model if protection of the climate is to become a realistic goal, in a…
  • Thursday, 07 February 2019

    Nike ramps up renewables effort with Iberdrola

    BEAVERTON – Sportswear giant Nike has announced a deal with Spanish renewable energy supplier Iberdrola to receive more than 40MW (megawatts) of electricity from a wind farm in northern Spain. Nike has previously established two similar arrangements…
  • Thursday, 07 February 2019

    Pakistan resurrects organic cotton production

    PAKISTAN – An organic cotton project run by WWF-Pakistan and Directorate of Agriculture Extension, Baluchistan recently celebrated the certification of Pakistan’s ‘first organic cotton bale’. Great news. However, this is not a first time organic has…
  • Wednesday, 06 February 2019

    WRAP study assesses economics of textile recycling

    LONDON – The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has published a report analysing the potential barriers and economic practicalities surrounding fibre-to-fibre (F2F) recycling. The study, which WRAP describes as the first-of-its-kind…
  • Tuesday, 05 February 2019

    Canopy branches out with several new brands

    VANCOUVER – Environmental not-for-profit Canopy has confirmed that several new brands have committed that support its work in developing a new generation of viscose fabrics that reduce sourcing from the world’s ancient and endangered forestry.…
  • Monday, 04 February 2019

    European duo partner for fashion circularity

    BERLIN – Swedish transparency and traceability platform TrusTrace and Berlin-based circular.fashion have announced a formal partnership to help drive innovation and embed circular practices within textile supply chains.
  • Thursday, 31 January 2019

    Polartec makes recycled and biodegradable product pledge

    ANDOVER - Sustainable textile solution company Polartec has announced its commitment to using 100 per cent recycled materials and biodegradability across its entire product line. The ‘Eco-Engineering’ initiative is a collaboration with Unifi and…
  • Thursday, 31 January 2019

    Council figures highlight scale of landfill clothing problem

    WORTHING – A local council in the UK has published figures on the financial loss caused by residents sending unwanted clothing to landfill rather than attempting to resell or recycle the garments. The volume of used textiles binned by residents of…
  • Wednesday, 30 January 2019

    MoU signals green finance for Myanmar garment sector

    YANGON – A MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) has been signed by SMART Myanmar and AYA Bank in order to facilitate green finance in Myanmar’s garment sector, increasing factories’ access to funding for environmentally sustainable and energy saving…
  • Monday, 28 January 2019

    Canopy rankings put Lenzing top of the tree

    LENZING – Austrian cellulosic fibre firm Lenzing has retained its place as the highest ranked producer of man-made fibres for its responsible procurement of wood by forestry protection NGO Canopy. The results, which gave Lenzing the highest possible…
  • Monday, 28 January 2019

    Can fashion circularity really save the climate?

    AMSTERDAM – Dutch social enterprise Circle Economy has released a report examining the case for circular approaches being scaled up in the fashion sector in order to positively influence the fight against global temperature rise. Just nine per cent…
  • Sunday, 27 January 2019

    What happened to Fairtrade cotton?

    BURKINA-FASO – Subindu Garkel cotton and textile lead at the Fairtrade Foundation talks to Ecotextile News prior to a recent Fairtrade-organic cotton event in Burkina Faso, which was supporting the West African sourcing coalition with a focus on…
  • Sunday, 27 January 2019

    China viscose group holds environmental talks

    BEIJING – Around 120 delegates from the world of forestry and viscose textile production descended on China to hear about progress from the Sustainable Development of Viscose (CV) group in the run up to the release of its first ever sustainability…
  • Thursday, 17 January 2019

    Volcom launches 'farm to yarn' initiative

    COSTA MESA – US clothing company Volcom has announced the launch of a new sustainability-focused project in India called ‘Farm to Yarn’. In partnership with the social enterprise CottonConnect, the initiative focuses on growing certified organic…
  • Thursday, 17 January 2019

    Helvetas launches Organic Cotton Sourcing Guide

    BERLIN – Swiss development organisation Helvetas has launched an Organic Cotton Sourcing Guide, to coincide with Berlin Fashion Week’s ‘How hard is it to go organic?’ forum. The Guide – produced by Helvetas and the German Partnership for Sustainable…
  • Wednesday, 16 January 2019

    Bank & Vogue backs fibre recycling technology

    LONDON – Vintage apparel retailer Beyond Retro and its parent company Bank & Vogue have partnered with Swedish textile recycling company Re:newcell in a bid to introduce a closed loop production cycle and give new life to more than 90,000 pairs of…
  • Tuesday, 15 January 2019

    Lenzing opens Center of Excellence in Indonesia

    PURWAKARTA – Lenzing has opened a new Center of Excellence (LCOE) at its existing location in Indonesia, providing laboratory and analytical facilities to conduct trials and analyses of various types of fibres and yarns. New products will also be…
  • Monday, 14 January 2019

    UK researchers evaluate denim laser etching potential

    MANCHESTER – An interdisciplinary research team at Manchester Metropolitan University has conducted an extensive evaluation process to determine the true levels of precision and performance that a carbon dioxide laser etching technique can deliver.…
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