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  • Wednesday, 17 July 2024

    Brands urge world leaders to act on nature Premium Article

    GLOBAL - H&M, Kering, Decathlon and IKEA are among more than 130 leading businesses who have signed a letter urging world leaders to deliver their commitments to halt nature’s destruction and restore ecosystems. The call to action, under the…
  • Tuesday, 16 July 2024

    Charity regulator receives SBTi complaint Premium Article

    LONDON - Britain's Charity Commission has confirmed that it is looking into a complaint about the Science Based Targets initiative's (SBTi) proposals to extend the use of carbon credits to offset CO2 emissions in global supply chains. “We are…
  • Tuesday, 16 July 2024

    UN report calls for action on textile waste Premium Article

    GENEVA – The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) have published new proposals to reduce the impacts of secondhand clothing exports. They claim…
  • Tuesday, 16 July 2024

    Debrand unveils US textile sorting plant

    VANCOUVER - Canadian textile waste sorter Debrand today unveils its inaugural US facility in Columbus, Ohio, which it says offers advanced technology to revolutionise textile reuse, recycling and recovery efforts. The company says the new…
  • Friday, 12 July 2024

    Inditex invests in lab-grown cotton pioneer Premium Article

    MADRID / BOSTON - Zara owner Inditex has bought a stake in US cellular agriculture start-up Galy which is working to develop lab-grown cotton. Galy claims its cotton grown in the lab from plant stem cells can lead to significant savings in water,…
  • Friday, 12 July 2024

    New guidance on science-based targets for nature

    GLOBAL - The Science Based Targets Network (SBTN) has issued fresh guidance to help businesses set science-based targets for their nature impacts following a pilot programme. The SBTN has unveiled a new target-setting guide, with updated technical…
  • Friday, 12 July 2024

    OCA claims expansion in new annual report Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) claims to have expanded its work to support farmers transitioning to organic cotton production in its new annual report. The OCA's report says that in 2023 more than 70,000 farmers benefitted from the…
  • Wednesday, 10 July 2024

    Spiber partners with Italian mills Premium Article

    YAMAGATA - Japanese biotechnology company Spiber has announced partnerships with Italian mills Marzotto, Filatura Papi Fabio and RD Gruppo Florence to use its Brewed Protein fibres. Spiber's Brewed Protein is made from plant-derived biomass, such as…
  • Tuesday, 09 July 2024

    Study flags Bangladesh's microfibre pollution Premium Article

    DHAKA - Waste treatment plants for Bangladesh's garment and textile factories are ineffective at removing microfibres which are leaking into waterways and the environment, according to a new study. Textile effluent treatment plants (ETPs) are…
  • Monday, 08 July 2024

    Euratex eyes cuts to tax and de minimus rules Premium Article

    PARIS – In an exclusive interview with Ecotextile News at last week’s Première Vision, Euratex president Mario Jorge Machado spelt out his ambitions to improve the sustainability of the European textile industry while protecting economic viability.…
  • Monday, 08 July 2024

    Textile Exchange traceability system delayed Premium Article

    LONDON - Textile Exchange has put back the roll out of its new eTrackit digital traceability system for raw materials due to complexities in developing the product with pilot technology partner TextileGenesis. The project is part of a planned…
  • Monday, 08 July 2024

    Firms link up to advance textile traceability Premium Article

    GRONAU - Circular textile specialist Turns and traceability company Tailorlux have joined forces with textile recycler Altex to advance traceability for recycled cotton products. The German companies' collaboration is aimed at leveraging European…
  • Monday, 08 July 2024

    New programme to upskill EU textile industry Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - A new initiative has been launched to develop skills in the European textile industry to increase its competitiveness and sustainability. The TCLF Skillbridge programme is backed by trade bodies Euratex, COTANCE (Confederation of National…
  • Friday, 05 July 2024

    Report highlights regenerative agriculture growth Premium Article

    LONDON - The Regenagri regenerative agriculture initiative tripled the amount of land under its certification in 2023, according to a new report. The latest %u2018Impact Report%u2019, in which Regenagri outlines its growth throughout the year along…
  • Friday, 05 July 2024

    'World first' polyester project for The North Face Premium Article

    TOKYO - What is claimed to be the world's first supply chain for more sustainable polyester fibre - based on captured CO2 emissions, as well as renewable and bio-based materials - has been established to supply outerwear brand The North Face. A…
  • Thursday, 04 July 2024

    New partnership for textile circularity in Indonesia Premium Article

    JAKARTA – The Indonesian department of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) has unveiled a new partnership to drive textile circularity and sustainable growth in the country through its ‘Green Transition Investment Programme’. The GGGI says the…
  • Thursday, 04 July 2024

    Research team advances mixed fibre recycling Premium Article

    NEWARK - Researchers at the University of Delaware are working on a new chemical recycling technology for use on blended textiles and garments. The process, known as ‘microwave-assisted, heat-based glycolysis’, has been created to address the…
  • Wednesday, 03 July 2024

    ICA seals partnership with Supima Premium Article

    LIVERPOOL - Global cotton sector trade organisation, the International Cotton Association (ICA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Supima, the cotton group which represents more than 500 American Pima cotton growers, to formally…
  • Wednesday, 03 July 2024

    SBTi CEO steps down amidst credits controversy Premium Article

    LONDON - The CEO of the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi), who has been at the heart of controversial proposals to expand the use of carbon credits to offset CO2 emissions, has stepped down for "personal reasons". Luiz Amaral will stand down…
  • Wednesday, 03 July 2024

    DITF launches bio-based garment research project Premium Article

    DENKENDORF - Researchers at the German Institute of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF) have launched a collaborative project to develop recyclable outdoor and work clothing made from renewable, bio-based materials. The €7 million ($7.52m)…
  • Tuesday, 02 July 2024

    UNIDO and WTO partner on cotton programme Premium Article

    GENEVA - The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the World Trade Organisation have signalled their intent to raise $12 billion to support the sustainable cotton industry in West Africa. Working with ‘Partenariat pour le…
  • Tuesday, 02 July 2024

    Brands 'all talk, no action' on circularity Premium Article

    CHICAGO - Global fashion brands are "all talk, no action" when it comes to their progress toward circularity and sustainability, according to management consulting firm Kearney's 2024 Circular Fashion Index (CFX). Kearney's annual CFX, now in its…
  • Tuesday, 02 July 2024

    Indorama secures funding to drive recycling programme Premium Article

    BANGKOK - Synthetic fibre giant Indorama Ventures (IVL) has secured a new seven-year, $200 million loan from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help fund the continued growth of its sustainability programmes in India, Thailand and…
  • Friday, 28 June 2024

    Cotton Campaign calls for action on Turkmen cotton Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – The Cotton Campaign has urged business leaders, textile machinery manufacturers, and fashion brands and retailers to cease all investments in Turkmenistan’s textile industry, amid concerns over what it calls the “systematic and widespread…
  • Friday, 28 June 2024

    Lenzing to replace CEO with Archroma boss Premium Article

    LENZING – Current CEO of Archroma Textile Effects, Rohit Aggarwal, who also ran Huntsman Textile Effects before it was bought by Archroma in 2022, will take over as the new boss of Lenzing after the departure of CEO Stephan Sielaff – expected latest…
  • Friday, 28 June 2024

    Ex-saleswoman sues Gucci over snake skins Premium Article

    CHICAGO - A former Gucci saleswoman is suing the luxury fashion house claiming she was misled into thinking that animal welfare standards were maintained for the sourcing of snake skins for handbags and shoes. Tracy Cohen, who says she sold nearly…
  • Thursday, 27 June 2024

    Textile Exchange expands risk assessment tool Premium Article

    LONDON - Textile Exchange has expanded its Materials Impact Explorer (MIE) tool which aims to help brands and retailers understand the impact risks associated with their sourcing of raw materials. The tool, launched at the industry body's annual…
  • Thursday, 27 June 2024

    New funding to drive Samsara recycling capability Premium Article

    MITCHELL - Australian recycling company Samsara Eco, which works in partnership with athleticwear brand Lululemon, has raised A$100 million ($65m) in its latest funding round. Samsara Eco, which uses plastic-eating enzymes to recycle apparel waste,…
  • Thursday, 27 June 2024

    Carbios inks China bio-recycling plant deal Premium Article

    CLERMONT–FERRAND – Biotech specialist Carbios has struck a deal with Chinese textile firm, the Zhink Group, to build a bio-recycling plant in China. Under the terms of the letter of intent, the plant will use Carbios’s disruptive enzymatic…
  • Wednesday, 26 June 2024

    Fulgar launches bio-based nylon Premium Article

    CASTEL GOFFREDO - Italian synthetic yarn manufacturer Fulgar has launched a new bio-based nylon yarn derived partially from corn waste. The yarn, branded as Q-Geo, is said to combine the benefits of natural fibres with the advanced performance of…
  • Wednesday, 26 June 2024

    TrusTrace upgrades forced labour platform Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Traceability platform TrusTrace has launched an upgraded version of its Forced Labor Prevention (FLP) platform, which is designed to help fashion brands and textile firms map out supply chains, screen them for risk, and efficiently…
  • Tuesday, 25 June 2024

    Carhartt partners in bid for responsible cotton Premium Article

    DEARBORN – US workwear brand Carhartt has joined the US Cotton Trust Protocol and the Better Cotton initiative in a move towards more responsibly sourced cotton. Guided by Textile Exchange, Carhartt says that both partnerships will aid its strategy…
  • Tuesday, 25 June 2024

    Microfibre impacts 'overlooked' - TCM paper Premium Article

    BRISTOL – Microfibre shedding is overlooked as a major issue in many biodiversity, climate and environmental pollution strategies, according to the Microfibre Consortium (TMC). In a statement today, TMC says microfibre shedding - which it prefers to…
  • Tuesday, 25 June 2024

    Nextevo opens first pineapple fibre facility Premium Article

    HO CHI MINH – Agricultural waste specialist Nextevo has launched its first pineapple leaf fibre (PALF) production facility in Vietnam. The company has been working with farmers in Southeast Asia for over three years to create ready-to-spin fibres…
  • Tuesday, 25 June 2024

    The OCA expands its programme to Turkey Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) initiative has announced the expansion of its farmer support programme to Turkey. The OCA says that it will build on and adapt its current programme to promote and facilitate the scaling of…
  • Tuesday, 25 June 2024

    Textile recycler launches partners programme Premium Article

    DANVILLE - Textile recycling company Circ has brought together a number of its global supply-chain partners under a new partnership scheme to showcase the benefits of its cotton and polyester processing technology to fashion brands. The inaugural…
  • Tuesday, 25 June 2024

    Sourcery seeks funding to drive future growth Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Sourcing technology specialist Sourcery has launched a new equity programme, part of its plan to create a global alliance of stakeholders working to improve sustainability in the cotton supply chain. The partner stock option subscription…
  • Tuesday, 25 June 2024

    New study highlights next gen challenges Premium Article

    PARIS - The challenges and opportunities of the industry's transition to next generation materials are highlighted in a new report from the Sustainabelle Advisory Services consultancy, in partnership with French fashion giant Kering and the Laudes…
  • Monday, 24 June 2024

    Wool giant launches new traceability platform Premium Article

    VERRONE – Wool and cashmere processor, the Schneider Group has launched a new platform that claims to offer full transparency and traceability ‘from farm to garment’. Branded as Authentico, the Italian firm has also partnered with traceability…
  • Monday, 24 June 2024

    UNECE urges action on textile waste Premium Article

    GENEVA - The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published a new report in which it offers a series of recommendations to deal with the rising levels of textile waste in Chile’s Atacama desert. The news comes after our recent…
  • Friday, 21 June 2024

    Study shows environmental benefits of synthetic silk Premium Article

    NEURIED - Advanced materials manufacturer AMSilk has completed an independent cradle-to-gate life cycle assessment which it says shows that fibres made with its biodegradable silk proteins have a significantly lower environmental footprint compared…
  • Friday, 21 June 2024

    US Cotton growers urged to seek additional funding Premium Article

    MEMPHIS - The US Cotton Trust Protocol has confirmed that US cotton growers can now enrol in its Climate Smart Cotton Program Level 2, an initiative that works to measure and reduce the carbon footprint of the industry. The programme, led by the…
  • Thursday, 20 June 2024

    India pilot for regenerative cotton standard Premium Article

    HAMBURG - The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) – which manages the Cotton Made in Africa (CMiA) initiative – is rolling out its new standard for regenerative cotton to India. Expanding its scope of operations beyond Africa for the first time, the…
  • Thursday, 20 June 2024

    Gildan outlines sustainability achievements Premium Article

    MONTREAL - Gildan Activewear, the major global apparel and sock manufacturer, has released its 20th ‘Environmental, Social, and Governance’ (ESG) report, in which it highlights its progress against key 2030 targets and the implementation of its…
  • Thursday, 20 June 2024

    Survey raises consumers MMCF concerns Premium Article

    GENEVA - Just 25% of consumers believe that fashion brands are effectively addressing their concerns over the environmental impact of clothing made using ‘forest-derived’ fibres, new research suggests. The findings are included in a new consumer…
  • Wednesday, 19 June 2024

    IFC $100m green finance deal for Epic Group Premium Article

    HONG KONG - The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is providing global apparel supplier, the Epic Group, with a $100 million green finance partnership to support sustainable manufacturing in Bangladesh and India. IFC, part of the World Bank…
  • Wednesday, 19 June 2024

    Apparel is major source of plastic pollution, report Premium Article

    GLOBAL - The global apparel industry is a significant yet often overlooked source of plastic leakage, new research suggests. The study, published in the journal Nature estimates that the apparel industry generated 8.3 million tonnes of plastic…
  • Tuesday, 18 June 2024

    Cotton made in Africa backs WTO-FIFA project Premium Article

    HAMBURG - Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) has joined an initiative aimed at integrating West African cotton-growing countries more closely in the global supply chain for football clothing. CMiA has joined the steering committee of the ‘Partenariat pour…
  • Tuesday, 18 June 2024

    Researchers explore garments from gelatine Premium Article

    COLORADO - Researchers at the Atlas Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed textiles made from gelatine that could be used to make dissolvable clothing. The team claims to have developed a machine that is able to spin…
  • Tuesday, 18 June 2024

    Worldly links up with Logility platform Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Worldly, which runs the Higg Index suite of tools for Cascale has announced a new partnership with digital supply chain platform Logility. Logility will leverage Worldly's ESG data for its "AI-first" supply chain software to help…
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