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  • Friday, 14 June 2024

    Textile recycling firm scoops Achema award Premium Article

    FRANKFURT - Achema, the trade show which describes itself as a ‘world forum for the process industries’, has selected textile recycling firm Re.solution as the winner of its ‘Start-up Award 2024’. Based in Aachen, Germany, Re.solution has developed…
  • Friday, 14 June 2024

    Farmers raise fears PEF will favour synthetics Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - An international coalition of farmers has written an open letter to the European Union (EU) raising fears its proposed PEF (Product Environmental Footprint) tool will favour synthetic fibres at the expense of 'natural' alternatives such…
  • Friday, 14 June 2024

    Nilit updates on sustainability progress Premium Article

    MIGDAL HA’EMEK - Nylon manufacturer Nilit has published its latest sustainability report, summarising its actions and progress towards reducing its environmental impact. The report, ‘Nilit 50 Impact Report’, outlines how the company is progressing…
  • Thursday, 13 June 2024

    Brands back bid to decarbonise supply chain Premium Article

    DHAKA - Global brands Bestseller, Gap, H&M and Mango are backing a new initiative which aims to help apparel suppliers decarbonise their facilities in Bangladesh. The Future Supplier Initiative, launched by the Fashion Pact in partnership with the…
  • Wednesday, 12 June 2024

    Ambercycle partners with Hyosung to scale Cycora Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES / SEOUL – Hyosung, the world’s largest elastane manufacturer, has partnered with US materials science company Ambercycle to advance the commercialisation of its Cycora-branded recycled polyester. Under the terms of the deal, Hyosung says…
  • Wednesday, 12 June 2024

    Spinnova partners with brand to launch t-shirt

    JYVÄSKYLÄ – Scandinavian textile fibre innovator Spinnova has partnered with Finnish sportswear group Luhta to release a t-shirt made partly with its fibre. Luhta brand Rukka is behind the t-shirt which is made from a blend of 29% wood-based…
  • Wednesday, 12 June 2024

    Selenis recycled polyester from Circ textile waste Premium Article

    PORTALEGRE - Polyester manufacturer Selenis says it has successfully produced recycled PET chips from terephthalic acid from textile recycling specialist Circ. Made from polycotton textile waste, the high-quality PET chip has been transformed into…
  • Wednesday, 12 June 2024

    Suzano to take 15% stake in Lenzing Premium Article

    VIENNA – Suzano, the world’s largest producer of cellulosic pulp is to buy a 15% stake in Lenzing from the Austrian textile fibre supplier’s majority shareholder – and has the option to double its stake by the end of 2028. Located in Brazil – where…
  • Tuesday, 11 June 2024

    Better Cotton targets reduced pesticide exposure

    KARACHI - Farmers in Pakistan growing their cotton under the guidance of the Better Cotton initiative experienced a reduced level of exposure to harmful pesticides, new research suggests. The year-long study, which was carried out during the 2020/21…
  • Monday, 10 June 2024

    Decathlon launches ‘sustainable’ wetsuit Premium Article

    LILLE – Sporting goods retailer Decathlon has partnered with US materials science firm Yulex on a neoprene alternative wetsuit based on 100% certified, natural rubber. Although Decathlon reports that alternatives to neoprene, which is 100%…
  • Friday, 07 June 2024

    Full steam ahead for denim manufacturing Premium Article

    OBERTSHAUSEN - Textile machinery specialist Karl Mayer has developed a new processing system for denim yarns which it says offers significant energy savings during the sizing and dyeing stages. The Cascade system uses recycled steam as a source of…
  • Friday, 07 June 2024

    Germany launches textile returns pilot Premium Article

    BERLIN - A cross-industry consortium of trade associations has come together in German to launch a pilot project for a new smart textile returns system. The German Textile and Fashion Industry, the Textile Research Board, the GRS Batteries…
  • Friday, 07 June 2024

    Resource saving dyeing for cellulosic fibres Premium Article

    LENZING – Lenzing Group has partnered with technology start-up Exponent Envirotech on a new yarn dyeing technology that is said to significantly reduce water and dye consumption. Working closely with Hong Kong-based knitwear manufacturer Cobalt…
  • Thursday, 06 June 2024

    Textile waste project targets Northern Europe Premium Article

    DROGHEDA – Funding has been announced for a new project which aims to reduce textile waste in the European Union's (EU) Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) region which comprises Finland, Ireland and Sweden, along with the Faroe Islands, Iceland,…
  • Thursday, 06 June 2024

    FibreTrace to track Target cotton in real time Premium Article

    SINGAPORE - Traceability solutions provider FibreTrace has linked up with US retailer Target and agricultural giant Cargill to pioneer the real-time verification of US and Brazilian cotton through the global supply chain. The initial aim, during the…
  • Thursday, 06 June 2024

    Indian startup sets sights on textile waste Premium Article

    MUMBAI - Indian startup ReCircle has launched a new programme, Project Extra Life, in a bid to tackle the country's textile waste problem and accelerate the transition to circularity. The company is aiming to collect, sort and sell at least 570…
  • Thursday, 06 June 2024

    Nanollose and Paradise sign exclusive R&D deal Premium Article

    PERTH – Australian textile innovator Nanollose has signed a deal with Paradise Textiles, the material science hub of the Alpine Group, to exclusively provide it with Nullarbor fibre for research and development (R&D). Paradise will undertake R&D to…
  • Thursday, 06 June 2024

    Nativa launches sustainable cashmere programme Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Nativa, part of the Chargeurs Group and a developer of fully traceable, sustainable merino wool, has announced the launch of blockchain-driven, sustainable cashmere fibre. The ethically sourced, ‘direct from the farm’, cashmere is…
  • Wednesday, 05 June 2024

    Climate change brings cotton growing to Italy Premium Article

    PRATO - Textile manufacturer Beste has spent more than €10 million ($10.9m) on a project to return cotton growing to Italy as part of a supply chain stretching from fibre to finished product. Along with substantial investments in machinery and new…
  • Wednesday, 05 June 2024

    MAS signs offtake for Ambercycle's Cycora Premium Article

    COLOMBO / LOS ANGELES - MAS Holdings, South Asia’s largest apparel and textile manufacturer, has signed a three year offtake agreement for US materials science company Ambercycle's Cycora-branded recycled polyester. The two companies say the…
  • Wednesday, 05 June 2024

    Initial findings from cotton transparency platform Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Sourcing technology specialist Sourcery has published the initial insights from its impact and assurance programme, a data collection scheme that is working to bring higher levels of transparency and traceability to the cotton supply…
  • Tuesday, 04 June 2024

    TextileGenesis partners with FSC Premium Article

    BONN - Traceability solutions provider TextileGenesis has partnered with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to drive the traceability of cellulose fibres from responsibly managed forests. Under the terms of the deal, the new collaboration will aim…
  • Tuesday, 04 June 2024

    Green-light for Kraig Labs spider silk production Premium Article

    ANN ARBOR – US biotech firm Kraig Biocraft Laboratories has begun commercial production of its hybrid BAM-1 spider silk at its plant in Vietnam a month ahead of schedule. Kraig said it originally planned the launch of spider silk production in July,…
  • Tuesday, 04 June 2024

    Swedish private equity firm rescues Renewcell Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – The remaining assets of bankrupt Swedish textile recycling pioneer Renewcell have been acquired by new owners who plan to continue the business under the name of its existing branded recycled fibre 'Circulose'. Swedish private equity…
  • Monday, 03 June 2024

    UK recycler selected for Amazon sustainability scheme Premium Article

    GLASGOW - UK recycling specialist ACS Clothing has been selected as one of 15 start-ups from across Europe to be part of this year’s Amazon Sustainability Accelerator. The companies will pitch for the chance to pilot their technology with the online…
  • Monday, 03 June 2024

    Bangladesh scheme claims progress on impacts Premium Article

    DHAKA - A programme launched a decade ago to reduce the environmental impacts of Bangladesh textile and garment factories claims to have saved enough water to meet the needs of 1.9 million people. The Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT) has…
  • Friday, 31 May 2024

    Report calls for Australian fast fashion tax Premium Article

    CANBERRA - People in Australia buy more new clothes than those in any other country, according to a new report which proposes a France-style fast fashion tax to reduce consumption. The study, from the Australia Institute think tank, says the nation…
  • Friday, 31 May 2024

    Far Eastern adds to textile recycling interests Premium Article

    TAIPEI - Taiwanese polyester giant Far Eastern Group has invested in US recycler Circ as part of a strategic effort to help scale textile-to-textile regeneration in the apparel industry. The investment, which is being provided through Far Eastern's…
  • Friday, 31 May 2024

    Greenhouse cotton: 'less impact, higher yield' Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Dutch brand G-Star Raw has revealed the results of its 'Homegrown Denim' initiative to grow cotton in greenhouses to reduce its environmental impacts. It concluded that growing cotton in a greenhouse provided a controlled and protected…
  • Thursday, 30 May 2024

    New EU textile waste prevention project launched Premium Article

    LYON – A new project has been launched this week to support waste prevention across textiles and plastics supply chains in Europe. Solstice is led by French chemistry platform Axel’One and involves stakeholders across the supply chain including the…
  • Thursday, 30 May 2024

    SBTi CEO speaks out on carbon credit 'chaos' Premium Article

    LONDON - The Science-Based Targets initiative has released yet another statement on its controversial proposals to allow the use of carbon credits to offset CO2 emissions in global supply chains. It relates to an article posted by the Bloomberg…
  • Thursday, 30 May 2024

    Intertek launches iCare in Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA – Inspection and testing organisation, Intertek has announced the launch of its iCare platform in Bangladesh. Following its successful introduction in Turkey last November and India in March, the digital platform is designed to help textile…
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2024

    Report reveals cotton recycling trial results Premium Article

    NEW YORK - The Accelerating Circularity project (ACP) has published a new report detailing the results of its textile-to-textile recycling trials for cotton. It covers trials begun in both the US and Europe in 2021 to bring together stakeholders to…
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2024

    Active Apparel outlines decarbonisation programme Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA - Performance apparel and swimwear manufacturer, Active Apparel Group (AAG) has outlined its new strategy aimed at reducing its environmental impact across its global operations. The company, which supplies more than 25 of the world’s…
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2024

    €60m backing for European textile research Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – The European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing (Textile ETP) has announced potential backing of €60 million ($65m) for Europe’s first textile-focused research funding programme. The European Union will provide…
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2024

    Used clothing exports 'create jobs in Africa' Premium Article

    LONDON - Exports of secondhand clothing from western countries to five impoverished African nations create badly needed jobs and provide vital revenue streams for governments, according to a new study. Research by sustainable finance specialist…
  • Friday, 24 May 2024

    On opts for Loop for sustainable shoes Premium Article

    MONTREAL – Loop Industries, which offers technology that claims to chemically recycle low-grade polyester infinitely, has partnered with Swiss sportswear brand On for its latest range of sustainable footwear. On says it is the first footwear company…
  • Thursday, 23 May 2024

    Global Fashion Agenda announces award winner Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – Material science firm Bloom Labs has won Global Fashion Agenda’s (GFA) new Trailblazer programme to accelerate sustainable innovations for the fashion and textile industry. Bloom Labs, which seeks to harness proteins found in biomass…
  • Thursday, 23 May 2024

    Sustainable footwear project eyes funding prize Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - A project which aims to develop sustainable design, recycling and manufacturing solutions aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the footwear sector has been shortlisted for a Life Award by the European Commission. Coordinated by the…
  • Thursday, 23 May 2024

    Teijin develops new breathable polyester Premium Article

    TOKYO – Japanese fibre manufacturer Teijin has developed a new polyester that claims to incorporate recycled material, breathability and UV-blocking technology for the first time. Teijin’s fibres and products converting company, Teijin Frontier,…
  • Thursday, 23 May 2024

    Ethical Denim Council determines first case Premium Article

    NEW YORK - The Ethical Denim Council (EDC) non-profit, which was set up to resolve disputes between suppliers and buyers, has determined its first ever case. The body, which aims to address unethical sourcing practices in the denim industry, was…
  • Thursday, 23 May 2024

    Syre raises $100M and buys US textile recycling technology Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – Polyester textile-to-textile recycling start-up Syre, which was formed through a partnership with investors Vargas and H&M has successfully completed a $100 million Series A funding round that will allow it to buy the patented chemical…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2024

    $1.5bn US textile recycling 'opportunity' Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - An estimated $1.5 billion of textile waste which is not fit for reuse but could be recycled is currently going to landfill or incineration in the US each year, claims a new report. The study, which details the findings of Fashion for…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2024

    Country-level LCA data planned for cotton Premium Article

    GENEVA - The Better Cotton initiative is working with Cascale, formerly the Sustainable Apparel Coaltion, on lifecycle analysis (LCA) metrics for different cotton-producing countries to improve environmental impact data. It's part of Better Cotton's…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2024

    India patent for Nanollose fibre technology Premium Article

    PERTH – Australian textile innovator Nanollose has been awarded a patent in India for its technology which ferments organic waste from the food and beverage industries to produce microbial cellulose which can be spun into fibres. The patent for the…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2024

    Sae-A Trading joins corporate sustainability initiative Premium Article

    SEOUL - South Korea's Sae-A Trading, one of the world’s largest apparel manufacturers, has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in bid to strengthen its ethical and sustainable business practices. Described as the world’s largest…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2024

    Worldly launches new factory impact data tool Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Technology company Worldly today launches a new tool to help brands and manufacturers share timely primary environmental data to show compliance with regulations such as the European Union's Corporate Sustainability Reporting…
  • Monday, 20 May 2024

    Egypt textile circularity programme concludes Premium Article

    CAIRO - An initiative to foster circular economy practices within Egypt's textile and garment industries has completed after five years in which the organisers claim to have achieved progress. The SwitchMed III initiative was funded by the European…
  • Monday, 20 May 2024

    BASF expands biomass for stretch fibre availability Premium Article

    LUDWIGSHAFEN – Global chemicals company BASF is to expand production of a number of its biomass-based raw materials, several of which are key ingredients in the manufacture of textile fibres. The chemical giant is to ramp up the bio-based production…
  • Thursday, 16 May 2024

    Fashion's carbon footprint falls - report Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – The fashion industry's carbon footprint fell slightly in 2022 although the long term trend remains upward, according to latest figures from the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii) initiative. In a new update on Aii's 2021 Roadmap to Net…
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