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    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.…
  • Thursday, 10 January 2019

    Transparency scare as Boohoo ‘faux fur’ found to be real

    MANCHESTER – The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that a Faux Fur Pom Pom Jumper sold by online fashion retailer Boohoo breached its code by allegedly containing real animal fur mislabelled as fake. The issue came to the ASA’s…
  • Monday, 07 January 2019

    Great Lakes pollution inspires microfibre study

    TORONTO – Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Rochman Lab are exploring the effectiveness of washing machine filters at lowering the quantities of textile-derived microfibres which make their way into water treatment plants. The next step of…
  • Monday, 07 January 2019

    Could poor air quality damage garment worker productivity?

    SINGAPORE – A team of economists at the National University of Singapore has conducted research which suggests that prolonged exposure to pollutant particles in a workplace, such as is the case in some Chinese textile factories, could reduce the…
  • Wednesday, 02 January 2019

    Lenzing and Hyosung unite for sustainable collection

    LENZING/SEOUL – Fibre producers Lenzing and Hyosung are set to launch a new ‘sustainable fabric collection’ at ISPO 2019, in a move which is said to be “just the start” of co-operative working between the two companies. The collection will showcase…
  • Friday, 28 December 2018

    Project scales for clean and cheap cellulose fibres

    HELSINKI – Pulp and paper supplier Storo Enso is the latest partner in a joint venture first established in 2014 by H&M and the Ikea Group, which aims to develop a new way to produce ‘cost-effective’ man-made cellulose fibres that have similar…
  • Friday, 21 December 2018

    Textiles and the Environment: the Big Picture

    WAKEFIELD – As most of us start to wind down for the Holiday Season, we’ve produced a digital Special Edition of Ecotextile News, which collates our series of ‘Big Picture’ articles that we published in the printed edition of our magazine throughout…
  • Wednesday, 19 December 2018

    Responsible Down Standard open for review

    LUBBOCK – Textile Exchange has opened the Public Stakeholder Draft Consultation for its Responsible Down Standard (RDS). The standard has been under review throughout the past year, and a list of proposed changes – published by the International…
  • Wednesday, 19 December 2018

    Spinnova enters new phase with pilot factory progress

    HELSINKI – Fibre producer Spinnova has announced the completion of its new pilot factory line in Jyväskylä, Finland. This landmark step in the company’s progression caps off a year which has seen Spinnova join Fashion for Good’s Scaling Programme…
  • Wednesday, 19 December 2018

    Nylon alternatives sought as regulation bites

    EDINBURGH – A top research analyst specialising in the nylon sector warns the industry will suffer a new period of turbulence in 2019; saying that new environmental regulations coupled with feedstock supply issues will result in further volatility and…
  • Friday, 14 December 2018

    Cotton LCA: The need to do more than score

    Allan Williams takes an in-depth look at the pitfalls of the Life Cycle Assessments which so frequently divide the textile and apparel sector. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a popular tool for underpinning impact assessments of different textile raw…
  • Thursday, 13 December 2018

    VIDEO: Planet Textiles Pod – Forestry management

    WAKEFIELD – In a filmed interview from the Planet Textiles Pod, Tricia Carey, Lenzing’s director of business development, discusses the threat of deforestation posed by unsustainable sourcing practices, and how the Austrian fibre producer works to…
  • Wednesday, 12 December 2018

    Viscose collaboration cites progress after report criticism

    BEIJING – The Collaboration for Sustainable Development of Viscose (CV) has passed several new resolutions and its membership has agreed to align on both short and medium term action plans at its latest plenary session in Jiujiang, China. Last…
  • Monday, 10 December 2018

    Finland looks to forests for clothing inspiration

    HELSINKI - A team at Aalto University has, through the use of Ioncell technology, designed and produced an evening gown made of Finnish birch trees. The Ioncell process, developed by both Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, creates…
  • Monday, 10 December 2018

    New Canopy report on viscose, rayon purchasing

    VANCOUVER – The new Hot Button Report has been published by environmental non-profit Canopy, aimed at better informing companies throughout the supply chain on viscose and rayon purchasing decisions. The 2018 edition of the report features,…
  • Thursday, 06 December 2018

    Denim duo develop recyclable hangtags

    KARACHI – Pakistani denim manufacturer Artistic Fabric & Garment Industries (AFGI) has teamed up with Denimite, a brand which re-purposes denim textile waste, to develop recyclable garment hangtags. AFGI will integrate the hangtags within its latest…
  • Wednesday, 05 December 2018

    A small fish in a big pond

    MUNICH - After scooping the Eco Performance Award at last week’s Performance Days trade show, Ecotextile News sat down with the president of JouJouFish (JJF) and co-founder of Green Theme Technologies (GTT), Ryan Chen and GTT’s director of…
  • Wednesday, 05 December 2018

    Tyton Biosciences recognised with industry award

    DANVILLE – The work undertaken by Tyton BioSciences LLC has been recognised with a Fashion Positive PLUS award; a significant moment as the firm strives towards achieving Gold level Cradle to Cradle certification for its products. The award, Tyton…
  • Monday, 03 December 2018

    WWF and VITAS launch collaborative projects

    HO CHI MINH CITY — The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has collaborated with the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) to launch an initiative designed to promote improved water quality, improved river basin governance and sustainable…
  • Thursday, 29 November 2018

    Chinese viscose supplier completes CanopyStyle audit

    VANCOUVER – An independent audit of how Chinese viscose fibre supplier Zhejiang Fulida sources its raw materials, has found that although there’s a risk it may be sourced from nearby ancient or endangered forests, the company is becoming much more…
  • Wednesday, 28 November 2018

    Knit fabric advance sheds fewer microfibres

    MUNICH – In direct response to growing concerns about textile microfibre pollution – especially from polyester fleece fabrics – Polartec has today unveiled a new knitted fabric designed to reduce fibre shedding here at the on-going Performance Days…
  • Wednesday, 28 November 2018

    PODCAST: Finance & textile innovation: show me the money!

    VANCOUVER – Perhaps for the first time, sustainable solutions are starting to be scaled-up in the textile industry, but is there really enough investment capital available to ensure they succeed? Mike Schragger talks with Fashion for Good’s Rogier…
  • Tuesday, 27 November 2018

    Surprise Leeds results test microfibre opinion

    LEEDS – UK scientists have developed a new test method that shows fewer textile microfibres are released through domestic washing than was previously thought. For some fabrics such as one polyester fleece, tests found only 10 per cent of the weight…
  • Tuesday, 27 November 2018

    Report slams 'weak attempt’ to clean up China's viscose sector

    AMSTERDAM – Attempts to clean up the viscose fibre industry in China have been lambasted in an updated report from the Changing Markets Foundation, which says current efforts lack clarity, transparency and the will to drive meaningful transformation…
  • Monday, 26 November 2018

    Initiative aims to ‘set the standard’ on marine plastics

    LAUSANNE – A new multi-stakeholder initiative featuring contributions from firms such as Cotton Inc., Adidas and Sympatex will seek to combat the threat posed by marine plastic pollution using more reliable metrics to measure the actual size of the…
  • Thursday, 22 November 2018

    Patagonia calls for attitude and materials change

    VENTURA – Outdoor brand Patagonia has called on the apparel industry to change its mindset around recycled materials, rather than simply moving away from using high quantities of petroleum-based, virgin fibres. The US-based firm has recently…
  • Wednesday, 21 November 2018

    Cellulosics dominate deep sea textile microfibres

    PLYMOUTH – Microfibres derived from natural textile fibres such as cotton and linen along with regenerated viscose and lyocell have been found in greater abundance than synthetic textile microfibres in the deep seas of southern Europe. The surprise…
  • Wednesday, 14 November 2018

    PODCAST: Citrus textile fibres? Biodegradable glitter? Who knew?!

    WAKEFIELD – Did you know that fruit waste can be used to create clothing? Or that glitter can be made from sources that are better than traditional plastic? Well they can. And in today’s podcast, Mike Schragger talks to Enrica Arena and Saba Gray,…
  • Tuesday, 13 November 2018

    US cotton launches protocol to boost sustainability

    MEMPHIS – A new integrated data collection, measurement and verification procedure that documents US cotton production practices and their environmental impact has been launched today at the on-going Cotton Sourcing USA Summit in Scottsdale,…
  • Tuesday, 13 November 2018

    Industry partnership serves up sustainable solutions

    HONG KONG – RESET Carbon, an environmental initiative based in Asia, has partnered with chemicals specialist Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) to launch the Clean Production Group (CPG), a service provider cultivated to improve sustainable…
  • Tuesday, 13 November 2018

    GoLite wins outdoor award for bottling it

    SEATTLE – US outdoor brand GoLite has been recognised with an Outdoor Industry Innovation Award for its ReGreen Windshell, developed in collaboration with Tzu Chi Foundation and Taiwanese recycling experts. The firm’s Windhsell jackets are made…
  • Monday, 12 November 2018

    Wool textile projects come to fruition

    BRADFORD – A Yorkshire textile firm that has operated at the heart of the wool textile sector since 1888, is working on two new developments that it says will assist wool to compete more effectively with modern synthetic fibres for use in a range of…
  • Friday, 09 November 2018

    SAC goes live with new Higg Index modules

    SAN FRANCISCO – To meet consumers’ demand for greater levels of transparency around working and environment conditions in the apparel sector, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has now launched its latest Higg Index modules. The updated…
  • Thursday, 08 November 2018

    Cotton project reinvigorates Fukushima economy

    FUKUSHIMA – Seven years on from the devastation caused by an earthquake, tsunami and a nuclear disaster, cotton – a crop which thrived in Japan until about a century ago – is going from strength to strength once again in Fukushima. Started by local…
  • Wednesday, 07 November 2018

    War of the wools

    Amidst a tricky time for some synthetic fibres, a report on recycled wool has been published to assess whether the product once deemed an inferior, cost-cutting alternative to virgin yarn could well offer a boost to a sector keen to seize the…
  • Tuesday, 06 November 2018

    Recycled outdoor apparel from start to Finnish

    VANTAA – Finnish childrenswear firm Reima is working to develop a method of recycling outdoor apparel, including garments with in-built water repellency and those which contain elastane, which have hitherto proven very difficult to repurpose. Reima…
  • Friday, 02 November 2018

    Puerto Rico to embrace cotton pending feasibility study

    SAN JUAN – A feasibility study regarding the reintroduction of smallholder-grown cotton in Puerto Rico is scheduled for release later this month. In collaboration with the SFA (Smallholder Farmers Alliance), the nation is seeking to move on from the…
  • Friday, 02 November 2018

    New online sourcing platform for excess stock

    BELOEIL – The newly developed Tengiva platform is nearing its launch as a new way for textile buyers to source small quantities of materials for specific design phases and for manufacturers to divert excess stock from landfill or incineration. The…
  • Wednesday, 31 October 2018

    Podcast: NRDC challenges claims that circularity is a cure for fast fashion

    WAKEFIELD – Today’s podcast features Linda Greer, Senior Scientist at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) who joins Mike Schragger online from her office in Washington, D.C. to hear about her initial ideas on creating a climate roadmap for…
  • Tuesday, 30 October 2018

    Nanollose creates garment from own fibre

    PERTH – Australian-based biotechnology company Nanollose Ltd, says it has created the first knitted sweater made with its ‘Nullarbor’ branded fibre, which is said to be an environmentally preferential alternative to viscose. Earlier this year,…
  • Monday, 29 October 2018

    Foundation doubles down on plastic pollution

    BALI – At the Our Ocean conference, Ellen MacArthur Foundation has made public its New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, developed in collaboration with UN Environment, with the goal of uniting businesses, governments and stakeholders to pursue…
  • Friday, 26 October 2018

    Bluesign to tackle commodity contamination

    MILAN – Following our expose earlier this week on how commodity chemicals are a significant source of restricted, hazardous substances in textile wastewater, Bluesign Technologies has told Ecotextile News that in early 2019 it will go live with an…
  • Friday, 26 October 2018

    Radici achieves recycled polyester certifications

    BERGAMO – RadiciGroup has announced that two varieties of its post-consumer recycled polyester yarns have now been certified by the Global Recycled Standard (GRS). The standard addresses input material verification, chain of custody, environmental…
  • Wednesday, 24 October 2018

    Textile Exchange 18: can textiles go circular?

    MILAN - The second day of the Textile Exchange Conference began with a two-part session on the ways in which the textile sector can transition away from the linear practices hitherto utilised as the norm within the industry. Representatives from the…
  • Tuesday, 23 October 2018

    Primaloft unveils first biodegradable insulation

    LATHAM – US-based material science company Primaloft has revealed plans to launch Primaloft Bio, an innovation which it claims will be the first synthetic insulation made from 100 percent recycled, biodegradable fibres. The company also notes that…
  • Tuesday, 23 October 2018

    New Zealand network combats clothing consumption

    WELLINGTON – Industry, government and social enterprise in New Zealand have collaborated to launch the Textile Reuse Programme; an initiative with an ambition of transitioning the country to a closed loop manufacturing model. The nation-wide…
  • Tuesday, 23 October 2018

    TailorLux takes to the field

    MÜNSTER – Fraud in organic cotton is an old problem. Now TailorLux, a German company, think they have a solution and are taking it to the field in India. Simon Ferrigno reports. Tailorlux's IntegriTEX system uses 'inorganic security pigments'…
  • Wednesday, 17 October 2018

    Podcast: Biochemist aims to change how polyester is recycled

    WAKEFIELD – In our latest podcast released today, Mike Schragger talks to Akshay Sethi about the science behind polyester recycling, the rapid development of his company Moral Fiber, the steep learning curve he has faced when starting a company…
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