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  • Tuesday, 07 February 2023

    Photonic labelling hailed as 'game changer'

    ANN ARBOR — Researchers say a new project which uses photonic fibres to weave invisible and indelible sorting labels into fabric could be a game changer for textile recycling. A team at the University of Michigan (U-M) is working on the project…
  • Tuesday, 07 February 2023

    Study uncovers size of UK microfibre release

    LEEDS - Up to 17,847 tonnes of microfibres are being released into water streams from the washing of garments every year in the UK alone, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Leeds carried out tests which suggested the UK's…
  • Tuesday, 07 February 2023

    Workshop to support synthetic textile recycling

    CAMBRIDGE - Researchers at the University of Cambridge have launched a project to speed up the transition to close loop synthetic fibre recycling by the end of the decade. The university's Centre for Resilience and Sustainable Development is to run…
  • Tuesday, 07 February 2023

    ‘Plastic-eating’ enzymes to target polyester Premium Article

    PORTSMOUTH - Scientists at the University of Portsmouth have launched a research project to develop their ‘plastic-eating’ enzyme technology to target polyester textile waste. Researchers at the university’s Centre for Enzyme Innovation have already…
  • Tuesday, 07 February 2023

    Textile Exchange updates 'preferred' definition

    LUBBOCK - The Textile Exchange non-profit has updated the definition of its 'preferred' fibres and materials through which it hopes to help reduce the industry's impacts. Textile Exchange has been using the term 'preferred' since 2010 to provide the…
  • Monday, 06 February 2023

    Eurofins becomes Higg FEM trainer

    HONG KONG - The Eurofins Assurance network of companies has announced that it has become an approved trainer for the Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM). The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which owns the Higg Index suite of tools, has…
  • Monday, 06 February 2023

    Natural microfibres 'also impact organisms' Premium Article

    CORVALLIS - Microfibres from cotton - as well as synthetic textiles such as polyester - have been found to impact the behaviour and growth of water organisms, according to a new scientific study. It follows growing concern about microfibres from…
  • Monday, 06 February 2023

    Better Cotton event to showcase best practices

    PHUKET - Better Cotton is staging its annual ‘innovations marketplace’ in Thailand to inspire progress and share best practices with its programme partners. The event, being held on Phuket from today until 8th February, will focus on new initiatives…
  • Thursday, 02 February 2023

    Textile industry's microfibre impact assessed Premium Article

    LONDON - A major new study on the microfibre impacts of the textile industry has concluded that changes in wet processing, such as dyeing, offer the most potential for tackling pollution. The 21-month research programme was led by the Forum for the…
  • Tuesday, 31 January 2023

    SGS extends global microfibre testing services Premium Article

    GENEVA - Testing, inspection and certification company SGS has extended its global microfibre testing services with five additional laboratories in Bangladesh, India, Turkey, the USA and Vietnam. The expansion carries the approval of The Microfibre…
  • Tuesday, 31 January 2023

    ARCO increases backing for recycling startup Premium Article

    HULL - Safety clothing and footwear supplier ARCO has committed further funding to Teesside-based recycling start-up Stuff4Life to set up a new joint venture company which aims to create a circular supply chain for polyester. The new company -…
  • Tuesday, 31 January 2023

    Coating could reduce microplastic shedding Premium Article

    TORONTO - Canadian researchers say they have developed a coating which could reduce the amount of microplastic fibres shed when washing synthetic fabrics by more than 90 per cent. The laundering of synthetic fabrics, including polyster, nylon,…
  • Tuesday, 31 January 2023

    Fashion for Good expands circularity project to USA Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good (FFG) has expanded its Sorting for Circularity project to the USA in a bid to better understand the country’s textile waste composition. In collaboration with brand partners Adidas, Inditex, Levi’s and H&M, the 18-month…
  • Monday, 30 January 2023

    Workwear ripe for circular economy gains? Premium Article

    ST. GALLEN – A Swiss study into the annual flow of workwear through large-scale companies has highlighted greater potential for circularity, despite some firms having already adopted systems which substantially extend the lifecycle of garments.…
  • Monday, 30 January 2023

    New bid to reduce textile waste by 80 per cent Premium Article

    ESPOO - A European Union (EU) funded research project has been launched with the ambitious goal of developing new solutions to reduce textile waste by as much as 80 per cent. Led by the Finnish state-owned VTT Technical Research Centre, the…
  • Thursday, 26 January 2023

    Researchers develop textile waste grading system Premium Article

    ONTARIO – Researchers at the University of Waterloo, in Canada, have developed a new grading system for textile waste to streamline sorting and promote circularity. With it, the academics estimate that more than half of textile waste produced in the…
  • Thursday, 26 January 2023

    AWEX opens latest wool declaration to feedback Premium Article

    NEW SOUTH WALES – The Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) has opened a draft of its 2023 National Wool Declaration (NWD) to industry feedback as it looks to ensure the framework best serves native stakeholders. With the NWD, AWEX aims to establish a…
  • Monday, 23 January 2023

    Recovo partners with material innovator PersiSkin Premium Article

    BARCELONA – Deadstock fabrics marketplace Recovo has teamed up with material innovator PersiSkin to promote the company’s animal leather alternative on its platform. Recovo’s site – which convenes fashion brands and designers on its site to promote…
  • Friday, 20 January 2023

    Otto Group, Tchibo back Pakistan Accord Premium Article

    HAMBURG – German retailers Otto Group and Tchibo have announced their commitment to the new International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry in Pakistan. The International Accord was first launched in Bangladesh in 2021…
  • Thursday, 19 January 2023

    Consumer demand driving cotton sustainability standards Premium Article

    WINNIPEG – A new report from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) highlights the continuing year-on-year rise in the adoption of voluntary sustainability standards (VSSs) among cotton growers. The global trend is attributed…
  • Wednesday, 18 January 2023

    Reused garments boast 70x lower planetary impact Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – A study commissioned by an arm of the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC) has estimated that the environmental impact of sorting and reusing garments is 70 times lower than manufacturing new ones. Lifecycle assessments…
  • Wednesday, 18 January 2023

    Pincroft adopts Baldwin’s resource-saving TexCoat G4 Premium Article

    ADLINGTON – British textile dyeing and finishing specialist Pincroft has adopted US machinery manufacturer Baldwin’s TexCoat G4. The non-contact textile finishing equipment uses precision spray technology to offer single- or double-sided treatment…
  • Wednesday, 18 January 2023

    Upcycling textile microfibres into new products Premium Article

    SURREY – Scientists have used pyrolysis to carbonise textile microfibres released during laundering to break down the fibres into carbon nanomaterials and hydrogen gas, which can then be upcycled into brand new products. “By controlling the…
  • Wednesday, 18 January 2023

    Renfro Brands teams up with TrusTrace Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Renfro Brands, a socks and legwear manufacturing firm for brands including New Balance, has announced a partnership with traceability solutions provider TrusTrace. TrusTrace is a blockchain-powered collaborative platform that helps…
  • Tuesday, 17 January 2023

    Textile innovator’s project secures €22 million Premium Article

    PARIS – A project led by French textile innovator Fairbrics is the recipient of a €22 million (US$23.8) investment led by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme. The consortium is testing the commercial feasibility of Fairbric’s…
  • Tuesday, 17 January 2023

    FibreTrace launches 'free' transparency platform Premium Article

    SINGAPORE - Traceability solutions specialist FibreTrace has launched a new digital platform - free of charge until the end of this year - which it says will map the global textile supply chain from fibre to retail. Called FibreTrace Mapped, the…
  • Friday, 13 January 2023

    Company aims to recycle mixed waste textiles Premium Article

    PEARL RIVER — Sustainable technology company Anellotech has announced plans to begin advanced lab testing for its innovative recycling solution which claims to efficiently recycle mixed waste textiles. Anellotech's 'Tex-TCat' solution makes use of…
  • Friday, 13 January 2023

    Carbios’ strengthens ties with Novozymes Premium Article

    CLERMONT-FERRAND – Recycling innovator Carbios has strengthened its collaboration with biological solutions provider Novozymes to secure the long-term supply of its PET-degrading enzymes. Carbios is to start production at what will be the world’s…
  • Thursday, 12 January 2023

    Finance deal agreed for Origin Materials plant Premium Article

    WEST SACRAMENTO - Carbon negative materials innovator Origin Materials has announced a key finance deal for what it describes as the company's first 'world-scale' manufacturing facility. Origin, which produces carbon negative raw materials from…
  • Wednesday, 11 January 2023

    SAC posts progress update on Higg review Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has revealed that the results of its much-anticipated third party review of the Higg Index suite of tools are not expected before the middle of this year. The SAC last year confirmed the planned…
  • Wednesday, 11 January 2023

    Denim group commits to regenerative cotton Premium Article

    MIDDLEFIELD – Denim apparel group Citizens of Humanity has partnered with regenerative agriculture specialist Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA) in a commitment to adopt cotton grown using regenerative farming practices. Over the next harvest season,…
  • Tuesday, 10 January 2023

    Leather UK launches consumer info campaign Premium Article

    NORTHAMPTON - The Leather UK trade body has launched a new project aimed at highlighting the material's 'sustainability' benefits to consumers. The ‘Leather for Life’ swing tag project is a new labelling initiative which stresses leather's…
  • Tuesday, 10 January 2023

    UK backs 'green' cotton mill in Bangladesh Premium Article

    SYLHET - British International Investment (BII), the development finance arm of the UK government, has agreed a US$52 million loan to fund a cotton spinning mill, to be housed in a LEED-certified green building, in Bangladesh. The DBL Group, one of…
  • Tuesday, 10 January 2023

    Sourcemap joins WEF’s innovator community Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Traceability platform Sourcemap has joined the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Innovators Community, an invite-only group of solution providers brought together to advance industry infrastructure. Sourcemap’s tool enables users –…
  • Monday, 09 January 2023

    Study highlights fashion’s unfair purchasing practices Premium Article

    ABERDEEN – Garment factories in Bangladesh say they are struggling to pay their workers the minimum wage because many global brands aren't paying more to reflect soaring costs, according to a new study. The team at the University of Aberdeen, which…
  • Friday, 06 January 2023

    Turkish yarn manufacturer adopts Haelixa solution Premium Article

    ZÜRICH – Turkish yarn manufacturer Damteks Textiles has partnered with traceability solutions provider Haelixa to verify the sustainability credentials of its recycled materials to customers. Haelixa embeds DNA markers at the fibre level to…
  • Thursday, 05 January 2023

    Textiles dominate microplastic samples in Adelaide Premium Article

    ADELAIDE – Researchers at an Australian university have found that more than 70 per cent of microplastic pollution found in freshwater streams was caused by textile fibres. Scientists at Flinders University in Adelaide took samples from eight…
  • Tuesday, 03 January 2023

    French group SMCP to ban down and feathers Premium Article

    PARIS - French fashion group SMCP, which owns brands Sandro, Maje, Claudie Pierlot and De Fursac, is to ban items made with down and feathers. The group has committed, through its four brands, to having completely eliminated duck and goose feathers…
  • Tuesday, 03 January 2023

    OCA prepares to expand programme to Turkey Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) initiative has begun preparations to extend its work to support farmers in India and Pakistan to a third country, Turkey. The OCA is seeking local experts with which to partner up on an initial three…
  • Tuesday, 03 January 2023

    Renewcell begins commercial factory production Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish textile recycler Renewcell has announced that it has begun commercial production of its Circulose dissolving pulp at its new flagship factory at Sundsvall in Sweden. The company confirmed it has dispatched the first shipment to a…
  • Tuesday, 03 January 2023

    Better Cotton launches programme in Uzbekistan Premium Article

    TASHKENT – The Better Cotton initiative has announced the launch of a new programme in Uzbekistan as it looks to further promote the environmental and social benefits of sustainable agricultural practices. Uzbekistan – which is the world’s sixth…
  • Friday, 23 December 2022

    Study examines domestic textile waste quality Premium Article

    CARDIFF - A study of used textiles left out for kerbside collection or dropped off at household waste recycling centres (HWRC) has found that the majority is of sufficient quality for re-use. The WRAP Cymru charity commissioned the Resource Futures…
  • Thursday, 22 December 2022

    SAC releases details of new Higg FEM update Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has published a paper giving users of its Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) early access to the new version of the tool before its release next year. The new version of Higg FEM will…
  • Thursday, 22 December 2022

    Mycelium innovator expands with site acquisition Premium Article

    GREEN ISLAND – Textile innovator Ecovative has acquired a mushroom spawn production facility in the Netherlands as it looks to expand manufacturing capacity for its mycelium-based, leather alternative materials. Ecovative says it has the world’s…
  • Wednesday, 21 December 2022

    Pakistani manufacturers adopt Good Earth cotton Premium Article

    MOREE – Two leading Pakistani apparel manufacturers have partnered with the Good Earth cotton programme to adopt traceable materials cultivated using regenerative farming techniques. Good Earth Cotton was pioneered by an Australian family who also…
  • Monday, 19 December 2022

    Calls for Bangladesh to ban textile waste exports Premium Article

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Textile Millers Association (BTMA) has urged authorities to ban the export of garment waste in a bid to preserve raw materials for native recyclers. In a letter to the National Board of Revenue, the BTMA pointed to capacity…
  • Monday, 19 December 2022

    Indian cotton bodies to promote sector’s sustainability Premium Article

    NEW DELHI – The Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) and the Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council of India (TEXPROCIL) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and will endeavour to promote the branding and traceability of cotton produced…
  • Monday, 19 December 2022

    Bio-recycler links up with Stella McCartney Premium Article

    NEW HAVEN - US startup Protein Evolution (PEI) is to work with fashion brand Stella McCartney in a bid to demonstrate the potential of its enzyme-based technology to recycle synthetic textiles. From next year, PEI will turn unused polyester and…
  • Monday, 19 December 2022

    Cotton Traders partners with The Salvation Army Premium Article

    ALTRINCHAM – British fashion brand Cotton Traders has partnered with The Salvation Army and will direct unwanted clothing donated by its customers to the charity’s network of stores. Donations are managed by The Salvation Army Trading Company…
  • Friday, 16 December 2022

    Cotton pilot incentivises regenerative practices Premium Article

    FALLS CHURCH – The Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) has launched a new pilot project in the cotton sector, through which farmers will generate carbon credits on their land which they’ll be able to sell off depending on their…
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