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  • Monday, 26 September 2022

    X-reality design tool saves fabric waste

    WAKAYAMA – Japanese textile technology supplier Shima Seiki has teamed up with Tokyo-based telecoms firm KDDI Corporation to unveil a high-tech tool that enables users to visualise garments from any angle, in 360 degrees, on various devices without…
  • Friday, 23 September 2022

    TE and GOTS tighten organic cotton checks Premium Article

    LUBBOCK – Textile Exchange has tightened up the certification of organic cotton, in partnership with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), in a bid to clampdown on fraud. From 1st December, cotton from GOTS-certified facilities will have to…
  • Thursday, 22 September 2022

    Fashion and textiles blamed for microfibres Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Fashion and textiles are named as the leading sources of microfibre pollution in a new draft report from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The report to US Congress…
  • Wednesday, 21 September 2022

    TexAid facility adopts Intelligent Sorting Stations Premium Article

    SCHATTDORF – Circular services specialist TexAid has partnered with German innovator Circular.Fashion to adopt its Intelligent Sorting Stations. These stations enable the swift processing of garments which integrate Circular.Fashion’s digital…
  • Wednesday, 21 September 2022

    Better Cotton bid to back sustainable farming Premium Article

    GENEVA - The Better Cotton initiative has announced that it is working with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to promote sustainable agricultural practices among smallholder farmers. Better Cotton is working to develop a cotton-specific carbon…
  • Wednesday, 21 September 2022

    GFA joins US Coalition on Sustainability Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The US Coalition on Sustainability, a startup non-profit organisation established in collaboration with the United Nations, has welcomed more than a dozen leading alliances to SustainChain, its digital technology platform for…
  • Tuesday, 20 September 2022

    AC Milan encourages recycling in Puma partnership

    MILAN – Italian football club AC Milan have announced the launch of a prize draw as it incentivises fans to donate unwanted polyester-based kits at the stadium’s stores in support of Puma’s Re:Jersey initiative. Puma launched Re:Jersey earlier this…
  • Sunday, 18 September 2022

    New organic cotton varieties for India Premium Article

    FRICK – After over a decade of research, the Swiss organic agricultural research institute FiBL, has released two new varieties of organic cotton seed to farmers in India that are derived from American upland cotton and traditional Indian Desi…
  • Friday, 16 September 2022

    Lenzing switching to renewable energy in China Premium Article

    LENZING - Austrian wood-based fibre producer Lenzing has announced that its Chinese subsidiary will be using 100 per cent renewable electricity from 2023, reducing carbon emissions by 100,000 tonnes annually. Lenzing Nanjing Fibers will also convert…
  • Friday, 16 September 2022

    CottonConnect, ICAC to address industry challenges Premium Article

    LONDON – CottonConnect and the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the view to combining their specialisms and collaboratively addressing challenges within the sector. With an agreement…
  • Thursday, 15 September 2022

    US university opens biodegradability lab Premium Article

    DARTMOUTH – A state-of-the-art biodegradability laboratory has been established at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Dartmouth in a bid to accelerate innovation in ocean-safe plastics and other materials which contaminate our environment. The…
  • Thursday, 15 September 2022

    USDA invests in ‘sustainable’ cotton farming Premium Article

    MEMPHIS – The US Cotton Trust Protocol is to head up a new cotton initiative across the country after receiving funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Climate Smart Cotton Programme will set out to provide financial and…
  • Tuesday, 13 September 2022

    New York funds Fashion Innovation Center Premium Article

    NEW YORK – The governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, has announced that US$10 million in state funding will be allocated to the establishment of a new Fashion Innovation Center (FIC), which it’s hoped will spotlight New York-produced ‘smart’ and…
  • Monday, 12 September 2022

    Rhode Island university to research microplastics Premium Article

    PROVIDENCE – The University of Rhode Island is to be granted US$1 million in federal assistance as it looks to better understand sources of microplastic pollution and their threat to oceans around the world. A wealth of research has highlighted the…
  • Monday, 12 September 2022

    Hong Kong PolyU launches fashion challenge Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has teamed up with local financial services company Hang Seng Bank to co-found the Sustainable Future Challenge in Textiles and Fashion. The competition encourages students, researchers, industry…
  • Monday, 12 September 2022

    Lenzing signs deal for solar power plant Premium Article

    LENZING - Austrian wood-based fibre producer Lenzing has signed a 20-year contract with two green energy companies to build a solar plant to power the fibre and pulp plant at its Lenzing base. The deal with Enery and Energie Steiermark involves the…
  • Wednesday, 07 September 2022

    Leather industry plan to combat greenwashing Premium Article

    NORTHAMPTON - The Leather Working Group (LWG) trade body has announced the launch of a new project to drive supply chain transparency and combat greenwashing. The LWG Chain of Custody project aims to create a vision and a practical roadmap for how…
  • Thursday, 01 September 2022

    Lenzing joins Dutch Denim Deal Premium Article

    LENZING – Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing has joined the Dutch Denim Deal in support of ‘sustainable’ production practices. Launched in November of 2020, the deal tasks signatories with using at least five per cent recycled content in every pair…
  • Wednesday, 31 August 2022

    BGMEA teams up with Jeanologia Premium Article

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has teamed up with textile technology specialist Jeanologia and will look to tap into the Spanish innovator’s expertise to benefit Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG)…
  • Wednesday, 31 August 2022

    Danish project to increase textile circularity Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN - The Danish Innovation Fund is investing 106.5 million Danish krone (US$14.3m) to support research projects aimed at transitioning the textiles and plastics industry towards circularity until 2050. The Partnership for Circular Economy…
  • Wednesday, 31 August 2022

    Isle of Wight launches recycling campaign Premium Article

    NEWPORT – Authorities in the UK’s Isle of Wight have launched a textile recycling campaign in a bid to encourage residents to adopt more ‘sustainable’ disposal habits. In collaboration with waste management firm Amey, the island’s council has…
  • Wednesday, 31 August 2022

    RGE aims to close loop on textile waste Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – Leading viscose manufacturer Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) has outlined its intention to co-develop urban-fit, closed-loop textile-to-textile recycling solutions at the Sustainable Textile Research Centre (SusTex) it’s founded alongside…
  • Tuesday, 30 August 2022

    Japan to boost its circular economy Premium Article

    TOKYO – Authorities in Japan have outlined their ambitions to boost the size of the domestic circular economy to ¥80 trillion ($583.7 billion) by 2030. Government sources are reported to have expressed an interest in addressing clothing production…
  • Tuesday, 30 August 2022

    Euratex calls for EU action on energy crisis Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Textile and clothing industry body Euratex has called for a single strategy from the European Union (EU) to tackle the energy crisis and safeguard the future of the industry. Euratex is calling for support to stop companies going under…
  • Tuesday, 30 August 2022

    PET recycler acquires fibre firm Premium Article

    JELGAVA – PET Baltija, a leading European PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) recycler, has acquired Czech textile producer Tesil Fibres in a bid to vertically integrate the two’s operations and increase the availability of recycled materials. Tesil…
  • Tuesday, 30 August 2022

    H&M, WWF develop wood sourcing tool Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Fashion conglomerate H&M Group has teamed up with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Cambodia to develop an artificial intelligence-enabled smartphone application capable of swiftly identifying species of wood. The pair are to…
  • Friday, 26 August 2022

    Renewcell flagship factory "up and running" Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish textile recycler Renewcell has announced that its new flagship factory - billed as the world’s first commercial scale 100 per cent textile-to-textile recycling plant - is now up and running. In the company's new interim report,…
  • Thursday, 25 August 2022

    Global heatwaves play havoc with cotton Premium Article

    LUBBOCK – Severe droughts in Texas have been blamed after US cotton production plummeted by nearly three million bales due to a ‘historically high’ abandonment of cotton on millions of acres of land in the southwest of the country. With India’s…
  • Wednesday, 24 August 2022

    US, Honduras team up to enable nearshoring Premium Article

    NORTH CAROLINA – Educational institutes across the US state of North Carolina have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Honduras’ Central American Technological University (UNITEC) in a bid to train students and ensure the next generation…
  • Wednesday, 24 August 2022

    Mycelium innovator files for patent Premium Article

    ESTERO – Biomaterials manufacturer Mushrooms Incorporated, formerly Marijuana Strategic Ventures, has filed for a provisional patent covering a novel method of producing mycelium thread for textile applications. The firm says it hopes to develop…
  • Tuesday, 23 August 2022

    Lenzing switches to green energy in Indonesia Premium Article

    LENZING - Austrian wood-based fibre producer Lenzing has announced that its production site in Indonesia is now using electricity solely from renewable sources. Indonesian subsidiary South Pacific Viscose (SPV) has been using electricity generated…
  • Friday, 19 August 2022

    Walmart Foundation funds cotton initiative Premium Article

    MORRISVILLE – The Walmart Foundation, the retail conglomerate’s philanthropic arm, has provided a US$2 million, three-year grant to the Soil Health Institute’s US Regenerative Cotton Fund (USRCF) to help scale the programme and expand its services…
  • Friday, 19 August 2022

    Clothing recycler Helpsy forges new partnership Premium Article

    MEDFORD – Authorities in the US city of Medford, Oregon, have forged a partnership with clothing recycler and certified B Corp Helpsy in a bid to promote the circular economy and combat landfilled waste. Helpsy is said to work with municipalities…
  • Thursday, 18 August 2022

    Demand for biomaterials drives investment Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Demand for more sustainable fashion is leading the drive for investment in the burgeoning biomaterials industry, according to a specialist venture capital firm. AgFunder says that bioenergy and biomaterials startups raised a total of…
  • Thursday, 18 August 2022

    OCA welcomes new cohort of contributors Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) has welcomed a new cohort of fashion brands and manufacturers, including the likes of Arvind Limited, G-Star Raw, Norlanka Manufacturing and Bonprix, as contributors to the framework. The companies…
  • Wednesday, 17 August 2022

    Mycelium innovator secures fresh funding Premium Article

    SEOUL – South Korean biomaterials company Mycel has announced the closing of a US$10 million funding round which is expected to fast-track the firm’s hopes of commercialisation. The firm, a spin-out of the Hyundai Motor Group, specialises in the…
  • Wednesday, 17 August 2022

    UK launches developing countries trading scheme Premium Article

    LONDON – The UK has introduced the Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS), a new framework offering 65 developing nations around the world lower tariffs and simpler ‘rules of origin’ requirements for exporting to the UK. The DCTS will apply to a…
  • Tuesday, 16 August 2022

    Regel fibre earns Bluesign approval Premium Article

    BANGKOK – Thai Acrylic Fibre Company (TAF), of the Aditya Birla Group, has announced that Regel, its fibre made from recycling acrylic waste, has earned Bluesign approval. The certification process to receive Bluesign approval entails a rigorous…
  • Monday, 15 August 2022

    JAAF welcomes support for Sri Lankan workers Premium Article

    COLOMBO - Garment factory owners in Sri Lanka have welcomed support from NGOs and brands in response to their country's economic crisis. The Joint Apparel Association Forum Sri Lanka (JAAF) thanked both the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and the…
  • Monday, 15 August 2022

    Aussie tyre recycling drive to benefit textiles Premium Article

    PERTH – The Government of Western Australia has announced that a tyre recycling facility is being established in Perth with the view to feeding processed rubber into industries including textiles. The plant, to be established in the Jandakot Airport…
  • Wednesday, 10 August 2022

    Copenhagen Fashion Week goes fur-free Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – Copenhagen Fashion Week (CFW) has announced that, for the first time in its history, it will go fur-free. The event joins its counterparts in Oslo, Amsterdam and Helsinki in making the commitment, which coincides with the implementation…
  • Tuesday, 09 August 2022

    Brands urged to support Sri Lankan suppliers Premium Article

    COLOMBO – Four leading initiatives have come together to sign a joint call to action urging companies sourcing from Sri Lanka to support garment workers and factory owners during the country's current crisis. The British Retail Consortium (BRC),…
  • Monday, 08 August 2022

    Canopy awarded for forestry protection work Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Environmental non-profit Canopy is amongst the winners of this year’s Keeling Curve Prize, which is awarded to the “world’s highest-impact climate initiatives with a proven track record of taking greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere”.…
  • Monday, 08 August 2022

    Garment waste burned in Cambodia Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – An investigation by Unearthed, an arm of Greenpeace, and British newspaper the Daily Mail has found that mixed garment waste is being burned across Cambodia to fuel brick kilns. Clothing from household names Nike, Next, Ralph Lauren,…
  • Friday, 05 August 2022

    RGE co-founds recycling research centre Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore has teamed up with leading viscose manufacturer Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) to establish a research facility that will aim to accelerate innovation in textile recycling. The RGE-NTU…
  • Thursday, 04 August 2022

    Facility explores consumer barriers to circularity Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The Recycling Partnership, a network of industry experts advocating for a circular economy, has launched the Center for Sustainable Behavior & Impact in a bid to mobilise household participation in reuse and recycling services across…
  • Monday, 01 August 2022

    Anthropologie joins Cotton Inc recycling programme Premium Article

    PHILADEPHIA – US apparel retailer Anthropologie has partnered with environmental non-profit Cotton Incorporated to partake in its Blue Jeans Go Green denim recycling programme. The initiative, which has attracted numerous brand partners including…
  • Friday, 29 July 2022

    Workers’ rights bodies call for Sri Lanka aid Premium Article

    COLOMBO – Trade unions and workers’ rights NGOs, including the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and Labour behind the Label, have written a letter expressing their solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka as the country navigates an economic crisis. The…
  • Thursday, 28 July 2022

    US sourcing shifts from China, survey shows Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The United States Fashion Industry Federation (USFIA) has published its latest Benchmarking Study, in which a majority of the executives from leading brands, retailers, importers and wholesalers surveyed say they’ve diversified their…
  • Thursday, 28 July 2022

    Study spotlights India’s textile waste potential Premium Article

    DELHI – Sustainability initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) has commissioned a study into India’s textile waste landscape, as it looks to fill the infrastructural gaps that would enable a circular economy. Building on the organisation’s existing…
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