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  • Tuesday, 06 December 2022

    Renewcell and Lenzing sign major agreement Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish textile recycler Renewcell has signed a deal to provide Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing with up to 100,000 tonnes of its Circulose pulp over the next five years. Lenzing is to use 80,000 to 100,000 tonnes of Circulose - made…
  • Monday, 05 December 2022

    Good Fashion Fund assesses first investment

    AMSTERDAM - Organisers of a fund which provides long term finance for sustainable manufacturing in textile and garment factories in India and Bangladesh say their first investment is paying off. The Good Fashion Fund - an investment programme…
  • Monday, 05 December 2022

    US$700m earmarked for US circular infrastructure Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Circular solutions provider Closed Loop Partners (CLP) and renewable power giant Brookfield have teamed up to launch Circular Services, a new venture that aims to radically improve material recycling infrastructure across the United…
  • Monday, 05 December 2022

    Beximco adopts FibreTrace technology

    SINGAPORE – South Asian apparel manufacturer Beximco has partnered with traceability solutions provider FibreTrace to adopt its tracer technology. FibreTrace embeds indestructible luminescent pigments – which are linked to blockchain – to raw…
  • Monday, 05 December 2022

    Toray to recycle plastic from fishing nets

    TOKYO - Japanese textile manufacturer Toray Industries has announced it is to sell nylon 6 yarns, textiles and other products which are chemically recycled from ocean-recovered fishing nets. Toray will apply its depolymerisation and repolymerisation…
  • Friday, 02 December 2022

    Teijin to front new polyester recycling venture

    TOKYO – Japanese fibre manufacturer Teijin Limited, trading company Itochu Corporation and engineering firm JGC Corporation have together launched RePEaT, a new joint venture that will look to advance the chemical recycling of waste polyester. The…
  • Thursday, 01 December 2022

    Vietnam textile sector outlines sustainability goals

    HANOI – The Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITA) has announced new targets to improve the domestic garment sector’s sustainability credentials. In the short-term, it will task factories with cutting their energy consumption by 15 per cent…
  • Thursday, 01 December 2022

    Nanollose fibre used in denim samples Premium Article

    PERTH – Australian textile innovator Nanollose has announced that its manufacturing partner Orta has successfully produced samples of denim which integrate the former’s Nullarbor fibre. The material was supplied by Nanollose collaborator Birla…
  • Wednesday, 30 November 2022

    Direct method improves recycled cotton yarns Premium Article

    MÖNCHENGLADBACH – Portuguese textile supplier Valérius 360 has teamed up with German spinning technology company Trützschler to improve the quality of recycled cotton yarns made from 50:50 recycled and virgin cotton. Using cotton waste from the…
  • Wednesday, 30 November 2022

    Animal right NGOs question AWI’s strategy

    VICTORIA – Animal welfare organisations have accused Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) of failing to strategise and establish targets for a mulesing-free future, despite market indicators. In a submission to the Australian National Audit Office…
  • Wednesday, 30 November 2022

    RDS down supplier probes PETA abuse claims

    NEW YORK - A Vietnamese supplier of down produced under Textile Exchange's Responsible Down Standard (RDS) has launched an investigation after being accused of slitting the throats of live ducks. The PETA animal welfare organisation claimed workers…
  • Wednesday, 30 November 2022

    Lenzing to double Ecovero production next year

    LENZING - Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing is to double the production capacity of its 'sustainable' Ecovero-branded viscose fibres next year to meet rising demand from brands. Lenzing has produced more than 300,000 tons of Ecovero - which is…
  • Tuesday, 29 November 2022

    Unifi announces Textile Takeback expansion plans Premium Article

    GREENSBORO – US fibre manufacturer Unifi has announced the expansion of its Textile Takeback programme as it commits to collecting increasing quantities of polyester-based material waste. Notably, the company tells us it has forged a partnership…
  • Monday, 28 November 2022

    New cotton alliance to support Indian farmers Premium Article

    NAGPUR – Solidaridad Asia and the Centre for Responsible Business (CRB) will this week launch the Regenagri Cotton Alliance (rCA) as it looks to ensure the long-term prosperity of more than half a million smallholder farmers. The alliance – which…
  • Monday, 28 November 2022

    Irish authorities extend circular manufacturing project Premium Article

    DUBLIN – The Republic of Ireland’s Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications has announced the extension of Circuléire, an initiative through which it promotes circular practices across sectors such as textiles, construction and…
  • Thursday, 24 November 2022

    Better Cotton backs bid to help Chad farmers Premium Article

    N'DJAMENA - The Better Cotton initiative has signed up to a partnership with the IDH sustainable trade initiative and Cotontchad in a bid to make cotton farmers in Chad more resilient to climate change. The coalition will explore avenues for…
  • Thursday, 24 November 2022

    Synthetic microfibres found in Antarctica Premium Article

    ANTARCTICA - Microplastics from synthetic textiles have been found in samples of air, seawater, sediment and ice taken by scientists in the supposedly pristine continent of Antarctica. Fibrous polyester, primarily from textiles, was found in all…
  • Thursday, 24 November 2022

    Bangladeshi RMG workers afforded cheaper meals Premium Article

    DHAKA – The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a Swiss development organisation, has announced the launch of a new initiative in Bangladeshi ready-made garment (RMG) facilities that will provide workers with affordable meals. Announced…
  • Wednesday, 23 November 2022

    Gas cap 'threatens European textile industry' Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission's proposed cap on gas prices will jeopardise the existence of the continent's entire textile and clothing industry, according to the Euratex trade body. Euratex says the European Commission plan to propose a price…
  • Wednesday, 23 November 2022

    Innovate UK project targets textile recycling Premium Article

    LONDON – Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is leading a new £4 million (US$4.75m) project that aims to accelerate ‘closed-loop recycling’ in the apparel and textile sectors. The government research body is inviting applications…
  • Tuesday, 22 November 2022

    Lenzing tops Canopy Hot Button rankings Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Environmental non-profit Canopy has revealed that Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing has topped its 2022 Hot Button rankings of the sustainability of the world's viscose producers. Canopy evaluates the world’s 34 largest producers of…
  • Tuesday, 22 November 2022

    Swedish textile machinery firms map emissions Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Members of the Swedish Textile Machinery Association (TMAS) have committed to a corporate carbon footprint mapping project in a bid to boost transparency and establish a benchmark from which to drive sustainability improvements.…
  • Monday, 21 November 2022

    Arvind, PurFi team up to construct recycling sites Premium Article

    AHMEDABAD – Indian textile manufacturer Arvind Limited has teamed up with circular solutions provider PurFi to establish a number of recycling facilities. Over the next five years, as much as US$30.5 million is expected to be invested in production…
  • Friday, 18 November 2022

    PETA launches ‘Vegan Wool Challenge’ Premium Article

    NORFOLK – Animal welfare organisation PETA has launched the ‘Vegan Wool Challenge’ as it encourages innovators to develop a vegan alternative to sheep’s wool that performs and feels like the real thing. The NGO has promised a US$1 million windfall…
  • Thursday, 17 November 2022

    Patagonia taps into Gore and Bionic project Premium Article

    ELKTON – As part of its on-going work with Bionic yarns, which uses marine and coastal plastic waste to make new yarns and polymers, W.L. Gore has introduced two new 2-layer Gore-Tex laminates that will feature in Patagonia’s autumn/winter 23…
  • Thursday, 17 November 2022

    Marker traces origin of polyester and nylon fibres Premium Article

    POMMERLOCH – In a bid to track the origin of nylon and polyester textiles, Avient has launched a new tracer technology based on ‘taggants’, which are special chemical markers added to textile fibres during the spin-dyeing process. The…
  • Wednesday, 16 November 2022

    Aussie biomaterials innovator secures investment Premium Article

    WATERMANS BAY – Australian textile innovator ULUU has secured AU$8.6 million (US$5.8m) to scale the production of its natural, PHA-based (polyhydroxalkanoates) polymers. PHA fibres are biosynthetic alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, and so…
  • Wednesday, 16 November 2022

    Microfibre Consortium posts progress report Premium Article

    BRISTOL – The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) has published an update on progress towards its target of eliminating the environmental impact of fibre fragmentation from textiles by the end of the decade. TMC's new report also includes the latest…
  • Tuesday, 15 November 2022

    Renewcell strikes deal with Eastman Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish textile recycler Renewcell has secured a deal with US fibre producer Eastman in what it describes as an “important step in developing the first acetate-based applications to use Circulose feedstock”. The company’s innovative…
  • Tuesday, 15 November 2022

    Queen of Raw secures funding Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Climate fintech company Queen of Raw has secured new funding, which will be used to advance Materia MX – a software service enabling companies to sell excess inventory. According to the US firm, its industry clients waste as much as 15…
  • Monday, 14 November 2022

    Vegan and animal leather producers unite Premium Article

    GREEN ISLAND – Ecco Leather, a manufacturer of traditional animal leather, has forged a first-of-its-kind partnership with Ecovative – a mycelium innovator that produces vegan leather alternative materials. Ecovative, which works with the likes of…
  • Monday, 14 November 2022

    COP27: Fashion giants commit to sourcing ‘next-gen’ fibres Premium Article

    SHARM EL SHEIKH – Leading fashion firms including H&M, Inditex, Kering and Stella McCartney are amongst the inaugural signatories of a Canopy-led commitment to purchase more than half a million tonnes of ‘next-generation’ alternative fibre for the…
  • Monday, 14 November 2022

    Bolt Threads launches Greener Pastures Pledge Premium Article

    EMERYVILLE – US innovator Bolt Threads has said that fashion firms which commit to eliminating animal leather as part of its new ‘Greener Pastures Pledge’ will be given preferential access to the company’s Mylo brand of mycelium materials. The…
  • Friday, 11 November 2022

    Apparel 'loses billions in supply chain waste' Premium Article

    MENTOR - The apparel sector loses US$15.3 billion in supply chain waste every year through overproduction and damage, according to a new report from materials science company Avery Dennison. Entitled 'The Missing Billions: The Real Cost of Supply…
  • Thursday, 10 November 2022

    OCA launches organic cotton farmer training Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) initiative has launched what it says is the first training package designed for organic cotton growers in more than a decade. The OCA's Organic Cotton Training Curriculum is a standardised…
  • Thursday, 10 November 2022

    Innovator develops handheld textile sorting device Premium Article

    SAN JOSE – Textile software provider TrinamiX has developed a handheld sorting technology reportedly capable of identifying up to 15 material compositions. The solution – based on near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy – has been demonstrated at ongoing…
  • Thursday, 10 November 2022

    ICC tests sustainability of textile trade Premium Article

    PARIS - The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is to use the textiles industry as a testing ground for a new system to assess the sustainability of international trade transactions. The ICC hopes to eventually establish an industry definition…
  • Wednesday, 09 November 2022

    Better Cotton urges COP27 to support farmers Premium Article

    GENEVA - The Better Cotton initiative has issued a warning to world leaders attending the COP27 climate summit to do more to protect the world's farmers and agricultural workers. Better Cotton, whose members include global fashion and textile…
  • Wednesday, 09 November 2022

    UN, SAC publish draft Scope 3 emission guidance Premium Article

    NORTHAMPTON – The United Nations’ Fashion Charter and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) have teamed up to develop new draft guidance that it’s hoped will help industry stakeholders measure their Scope 3 emissions. It is now open for…
  • Tuesday, 08 November 2022

    IPE releases supply chain impact rankings Premium Article

    BEIJING - The Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) non-profit has released its annual rankings of companies' transparency and supply chain practices in China and their efforts to help mitigate climate change. For the second year…
  • Tuesday, 08 November 2022

    New project targets net-positive industry Premium Article

    SHARM EL SHEIKH - Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launch a new initiative to reduce the impacts of the fashion industry at the COP27 summit in Egypt. The Fashion Industry Target Consultation…
  • Monday, 07 November 2022

    NCA discusses data at SAC meeting Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – At the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s (SAC) annual meeting last week in Singapore, a highly-anticipated session including representatives of Higg, the Norwegian Consumer Authority (NCA) and Norrøna sought to exchange ideas on the use of…
  • Monday, 07 November 2022

    Smartex raises US$24.7M in Series A funding Premium Article

    PORTO - Technology company Smartex has raised US$24.7 million in a Series A funding round to develop its software which aims to reduce environmental impact by detecting textile defects in real-time. The Portuguese company says its automated…
  • Friday, 04 November 2022

    Textile Exchange targets organic cotton fraud Premium Article

    LUBBOCK - The Textile Exchange non-profit is calling on the industry to take wide-ranging actions to address the controversial problem of organic cotton fraud. In a new report, entitled 'Strengthening Integrity in Organic Cotton', it sets out…
  • Thursday, 03 November 2022

    SAC calls for collective industry action Premium Article

    SINGAPORE - Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) CEO Amina Razvi called for a “radical transformation” of the entire fashion sector in the context of the climate emergency at the organisation's annual meeting. With the theme 'Collective Action on…
  • Wednesday, 02 November 2022

    Partnership targets circular outdoorwear Premium Article

    MUNICH – Performance fabric producer Pertex has linked up with LA-based garment recycler Ambercycle to develop recycled polyester for outdoor and sportswear from textile waste instead of PET bottles. Pertex is using Ambercycle's Cycora material,…
  • Wednesday, 02 November 2022

    Startup 'turns textile waste into resource' Premium Article

    NEW HAVEN - US startup Protein Evolution (PEI) claims to have developed technology capable of transforming textile and mixed-plastic waste into an infinitely reusable resource. Protein Evolution designs enzymes which are able to break down…
  • Wednesday, 02 November 2022

    Nanollose fibre is converted into fabrics Premium Article

    PERTH – Australian textile innovator Nanollose has announced that it has successfully converted its Nullarbor-branded cellulosic fibre into yarns and fabrics in partnership with apparel manufacturer Paradise Textiles. In an announcement to…
  • Wednesday, 02 November 2022

    OAR transforms into Open Supply Hub Premium Article

    LONDON – The team behind the Open Apparel Registry (OAR) has today launched the Open Supply Hub (OSH), marking the expansion of its garment factory data platform to one that serves other sectors including electronics and cosmetics. The announcement…
  • Tuesday, 01 November 2022

    GOTS raises requirements for certified gins Premium Article

    STUTTGART - The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has announced that it is significantly raising the requirements for GOTS-certified gins to improve the integrity of its certified organic cotton. The announcement comes after the Textile…
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