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  • Friday, 27 May 2022

    Voyage finds microplastics across world’s oceans Premium Article

    PERTH – Academics at Curtin University in Australia have found microplastics in water samples collected from some of the most remote parts of the world’s oceans. The samples were collected by seasoned yachtsman Jon Sanders during his 11th…
  • Thursday, 26 May 2022

    Vegan leather start-up gets cash injection

    DARMSTADT – German start-up Revoltech has secured a seven-figure investment which it’ll use to scale the production of its vegan leather substitute. The company, founded last year, is a spin-out from the university TU Darmstadt, and claims to have…
  • Wednesday, 25 May 2022

    Solutions spotlighted in Aussie innovation games

    ADELAIDE – Australia’s government has funded the launch of the National Innovation Games, which invites academics, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and students to present solutions that tackle sustainability challenges facing the fashion…
  • Wednesday, 25 May 2022

    CmiA cotton registers record output Premium Article

    HAMBURG – The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) has reported that its Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative reached record levels of supply and demand last year, with a total of 600 million CmiA-labelled textiles brought to market. The German…
  • Tuesday, 24 May 2022

    Vietnam’s future 'rests on renewable energy'

    HANOI - The manufacturing future of Vietnam - the world's third biggest garment producer after China and Bangladesh - depends on upgrading its coal-fired factories with renewable energy, according to a new report. The Institute for Energy Economics…
  • Tuesday, 24 May 2022

    British textile recycler acquires competitor

    WOLVERHAMPTON – British recycling firm Textile Recycling International (TRI) has acquired its competitor Soex UK from its German parent company. The deal is expected to bolster TRI’s capacity and the number of collection points it has across the…
  • Tuesday, 24 May 2022

    Cambodian PM confident of exports potential

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has insisted that the EU’s decision to partially withdraw the country from its Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme will not affect its exports to Europe, according to the Phnom Penh Post. The remarks are…
  • Monday, 23 May 2022

    H&M-backed project captures CO2 from air Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - H&M-backed researchers are testing an innovation which aims to enable cotton garments to capture carbon dioxide emissions from the air and release them as nutrition for plants. The Carbon Looper project, developed as part of the Planet…
  • Thursday, 19 May 2022

    Aussie innovation fund supports circular economy Premium Article

    VICTORIA – Authorities in the Australian state of Victoria have announced the latest batch of projects to receive funding under the AU$2.9 million (US$2m) Recycling Victoria Innovation Fund. The recipients – which boast circular fashion solutions…
  • Thursday, 19 May 2022

    Alpine Group first to back sustainability tool Premium Article

    LONDON - Alpine Group, which supplies brands including The North Face, American Eagle Outfitters, Under Armour and Sweaty Betty, has become the first textile and garment manufacturer globally to adopt a new science-based sustainability management…
  • Thursday, 19 May 2022

    Kidswear brand joins Circular Textiles Foundation Premium Article

    HELSTON – Childrenswear brand Frugi has become the first of its kind to join the Circular Textiles Foundation (CTF). Members of the foundation commit to implementing circular design principles within their operations, enabling garments to be easily…
  • Thursday, 19 May 2022

    Cotton Trust Protocol doubles farmer figures Premium Article

    MEMPHIS – The US Cotton Trust Protocol has announced that its grower participation for the 2021/22 crop has doubled since its pilot last year. In March, the organisation extended the enrolment period amidst a spike in interest from growers, which…
  • Thursday, 19 May 2022

    Recover wins Green Product Award Premium Article

    VALENCIA – Spanish textile innovator Recover has been recognised with the Green Product Award in the fashion category for its ‘sustainable’ fibre. The firm’s flagship material is made from recycled post-industrial and post-consumer waste and is said…
  • Wednesday, 18 May 2022

    Aalto University co-founds recycled fibre spin-out Premium Article

    HELSINKI – Aalto University, in Finland, is the co-founder of a new spin-out established to accelerate the commercialisation of its Ioncell brand of recycled fibre. It’s said to be the first company – of the hundred that roll out of the university…
  • Wednesday, 18 May 2022

    Supply chain platform secures US$100m funding Premium Article

    DELHI – Fashinza, an artificial intelligence-driven business-to-business marketplace for fashion industry stakeholders, has secured US$100 million via a Series B funding round. The company, which helps streamline product manufacture by convening…
  • Wednesday, 18 May 2022

    Reformation, Wolverine join mycelium cooperative Premium Article

    GREEN ISLAND – Fashion companies Reformation and Wolverine Worldwide have been announced as the final members of a Fashion for Good-led cooperative vying to scale the use of vegan leather within the sector. At the heart of the initiative is…
  • Tuesday, 17 May 2022

    Lenzing to supply lyocell for prison uniforms Premium Article

    LENZING - Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing has linked up with textile company Utexbel to provide 80,000 shirts for Belgian prison officers made with the former's Tencel-branded lyocell featuring 'sustainable' Refibra technology. The uniforms, for…
  • Tuesday, 17 May 2022

    Brand adopts garment worker ‘tip’ service Premium Article

    BRISTOL – British fashion brand Yes Friends has partnered with German start-up Tip Me to give shoppers the chance to directly tip the workers that made their clothing. It will initially apply to the company’s new range of jeans, with scope to expand…
  • Tuesday, 17 May 2022

    OCA explores potential for Pakistani farmer network Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) has published a market entry study of Pakistan ahead of the expansion of its farm programme to the country later this year. The organisation sought the expertise of the Centre for Agriculture and…
  • Tuesday, 17 May 2022

    Nanollose teams up with apparel manufacturer Premium Article

    PERTH – Australian innovator Nanollose has teamed up with apparel manufacturer Paradise Textiles, of the Alpine Group, to develop products which integrate the former’s Nullarbor brand of fibre. Nanollose will supply an initial 135kg of its material,…
  • Monday, 16 May 2022

    Ultrafabrics consolidates sustainability targets Premium Article

    NEW YORK – US manufacturer Ultrafabrics has published its 2022 sustainability report, in which it has consolidated its sustainability aspirations to hone in on key areas. Notably, the firm has set 2030 targets of increasing its utilisation of more…
  • Monday, 16 May 2022

    John Lewis announces Circular Future Fund winners Premium Article

    LONDON – British retailer John Lewis has announced the four winners of its Circular Future Fund, which will collectively benefit from £1 million (US$1.2m) as they scale their promising solutions. Chosen from a pool of 245 applicants, the winners…
  • Friday, 13 May 2022

    SGS and Jeanologia develop denim fabric test Premium Article

    GENEVA – Testing, inspection and certification company SGS has teamed up with technology company Jeanologia to develop its new Advanced Light Sensitive Fabric Test. Available to fashion brands, retailers and manufacturers, the exclusive service has…
  • Thursday, 12 May 2022

    Renewcell raises $32 million to fund expansion Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish textile recycler Renewcell has raised more than 324 million Swedish krona (US$31.9 million) in a share issue to fund plans to double the capacity of its new flagship factory to meet industry demand. The company's new plant at…
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2022

    Report urges action on circularity in India Premium Article

    NEW DELHI - The Centre for Responsible Business (CRB) think-tank is calling on the Indian government to help the country's textile and apparel industry transition to circularity. In a report entitled ‘Circular Textile and Apparel in India: Policy…
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2022

    Chemical recycler backed by Fortune 500 firm Premium Article

    KLEINOSTHEIM – Fortune 500 company Heraeus Holding has acquired a majority stake in chemical recycler Perpetual Technologies and renamed the firm Revalyu Resources. Revalyu boasts a PET recycling solution that breaks plastic bottle waste down into…
  • Tuesday, 10 May 2022

    LCA study confirms benefits of recycled wool Premium Article

    MONTEMURLO - A life-cycle assessment (LCA) of Italian textile company Manteco's MWool recycled wool has concluded that its environmental impact is 60 per cent lower than that of virgin fibres. The LCA study, by scientists at the Polytechnic…
  • Tuesday, 10 May 2022

    Testex establishes base in Vietnam Premium Article

    HO CHI MINH CITY – Testex, the textile testing and certification institute, has opened an office in Vietnam to meet growing customer demand for its services. Being on the ground in what is a leading apparel exporting nation, the Swiss firm says it…
  • Tuesday, 10 May 2022

    Recover opens recycling facility in Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA – Spanish textile recycler Recover has opened a new facility in Bangladesh to boost its manufacturing capabilities and directly service the country’s textile sector. Bangladesh is the world’s second largest apparel exporter, after China, and…
  • Tuesday, 10 May 2022

    DNA offers traceable organic cotton from Africa Premium Article

    ZURICH - Global cotton merchant Reinhart has linked up with traceability solutions provider Haelixa to offer what claims to be the first physically traceable organic cotton from Africa. Haelixa uses a DNA marker which is embedded in fibres and…
  • Tuesday, 10 May 2022

    Canopy expands database of sustainable solutions Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Environmental non-profit Canopy has updated its EcoPaper Database (EPD) to include more than 500 new listings of paper and packaging solutions made from ‘next-generation’ alternative materials. With more than 1,100 options available, the…
  • Friday, 06 May 2022

    Project to support textile workers in Pakistan Premium Article

    KARACHI - Fashion retailer Primark and brand Hugo Boss are among companies supporting a newly launched project to provide effective grievance mechanisms for textile workers in Pakistan. The 'Partnership Initiative Complaints Mechanisms' project,…
  • Thursday, 05 May 2022

    Workwear brands launch recycling project Premium Article

    LAVAL – Workwear brands Klopman and TDV Industries are working with French recycler Renaissance Textile on what they ambitiously claim will be Europe's largest circular economy project in the textiles sector. The two companies, which became part of…
  • Thursday, 05 May 2022

    Nanollose supplies vegan leather manufacturer Premium Article

    PERTH – Australian textile innovator Nanollose has teamed up with vegan leather manufacturer Von Holzhausen and will supply microbial cellulose to help its new partner explore material applications. Based out of California, Von Holzhausen has a…
  • Wednesday, 04 May 2022

    Tengiva purchasing platform secures funding Premium Article

    MONTREAL – Online sourcing platform Tengiva has secured CAD$4.95 million (US$3.85m) in seed funding, which it’ll use to accelerate its goal of global commercialisation this year. The firm’s marketplace convenes textile industry stakeholders which…
  • Wednesday, 04 May 2022

    Recover secures supply of post-consumer cotton Premium Article

    VALENCIA – Spanish textile recycler Recover has teamed up with textile sorting company Sysav to secure consistent supplies of post-consumer waste (PCW) as feedstock. Sysav will provide waste made up of 95 per cent cotton and has vowed to deliver…
  • Wednesday, 04 May 2022

    AbTF project to support African farmers Premium Article

    HAMBURG – The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF), which oversees the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative, has launched a new project on the continent to help small-scale cotton farmers protect their soil and long-term prosperity. Backed by German…
  • Wednesday, 04 May 2022

    Renewcell says orders exceed initial capacity Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish textile recycler Renewcell has revealed that it already has orders from customers for 143 per cent of the initial capacity of its new factory where production is due to start within weeks. The company's new plant at Sundsvall -…
  • Friday, 29 April 2022

    Greenpeace: 'West ships textile waste to Africa' Premium Article

    HAMBURG - A new report from Greenpeace Germany accuses western countries of exporting textile waste disguised as secondhand clothes to Africa. Called 'Poisoned Gifts', the report claims that many of the clothes are of such poor quality they end up…
  • Friday, 29 April 2022

    Forced labour pilot project releases findings Premium Article

    BERKELEY — The Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) non-profit has released the findings of a pilot project for its flagship initiative to identify and eradicate forced labour from cotton supply chains. The YESS (Yarn Ethically and Sustainably…
  • Thursday, 28 April 2022

    Better Cotton breaks record for output Premium Article

    GENEVA – Better Cotton has revealed that its brand and retail partners sourced 2.5 million tonnes of its ‘sustainable’ material in 2021, a new record for the initiative. It marks a 47 per cent increase on 2020 volumes, which was in itself a previous…
  • Wednesday, 27 April 2022

    Royal backing for sustainable DWR project Premium Article

    LONDON - A bid to create the world's first 100 per cent recyclable and chemical-free outdoor performance textile has been chosen as one of four to be awarded funding from Prince Charles’ Terra Carta Design Lab initiative. Amphitex recieves £50,000…
  • Wednesday, 27 April 2022

    Higg raises $50m in Series B funding round Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Higg, the technology partner of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), has announced that it has completed a US$50 million Series B funding round. The company says it will use the investment to accelerate the development of its…
  • Wednesday, 27 April 2022

    SAC joins The Industry We Want initiative Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO / AMSTERDAM - The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has linked up with Fair Wear and the Ethical Trading Initiative to become a lead partner in The Industry We Want (TIWW) initiative. The SAC's role will be to take the lead on…
  • Wednesday, 27 April 2022

    Microfibre Consortium to release manufacturer guidelines Premium Article

    BRISTOL – The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) has urged fashion and textile industry stakeholders to better control microfibre emissions within their supply chains with a new publication outlining measures they can take to mitigate emissions at…
  • Tuesday, 26 April 2022

    STICA study confirms scale of Scope 3 emissions Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish apparel and textile companies have confirmed that 95 per cent of their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are produced in their global supply chains (Scope 3), in a new study by the Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Action…
  • Monday, 25 April 2022

    Better Cotton working with brands on traceability Premium Article

    GENEVA - The Better Cotton initiative is working with leading brands and retailers, including Marks & Spencer, Zalando and Bestseller, on a new physical traceability system for the cotton supply chain. The Better Cotton Traceability Panel, which has…
  • Friday, 22 April 2022

    Primark joins CanopyStyle, Pack4Good initiatives Premium Article

    LONDON – British fashion retailer Primark has joined forces with environmental non-profit Canopy in a commitment to promote sustainable forestry. Primark has become a signatory of both the CanopyStyle and Pack4Good initiatives, meaning it’ll work to…
  • Friday, 22 April 2022

    Germany demonstrates intelligent sorting system Premium Article

    AUGSBURG – A fashion supply chain traceability pilot study has led to the introduction of what’s said to be the world’s first intelligent sorting system for textiles in Germany. At the site of Aktion Hoffnung, a charitable collection organisation in…
  • Thursday, 21 April 2022

    Marimekko partners with Finnish recycler Premium Article

    PAIMOIO – Finnish design house Marimekko has teamed up with native textile recycler Rester Oy to leverage the latter's mechanical processing solution and boost its use of recycled materials. At present, Marimekko is said to use much of the textile…
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