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  • Wednesday, 17 July 2019

    Indigo from electricity sparks new interest

    Textile technology that uses electricity instead of chemicals to produce pre-reduced indigo dyestuffs for denim is gaining ground as the capacity to make new machines starts to increase. As part of a major feature on new denim chemistry, biology and…
  • Tuesday, 16 July 2019

    Australian states fight for mulesing pain relief

    NEW SOUTH WALES – The Legislative Council of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has reaffirmed its ambition to introduce a bill through which it will become a requirement for all sheep subjected to mulesing be administered adequate pain relief in…
  • Monday, 15 July 2019

    Could a ‘water tax’ benefit Bangladesh?

    DHAKA – Bangladeshi textile expert Mostafiz Uddin has suggested a ‘water tax’ be implemented throughout its native apparel sector to rein in levels of overconsumption and fund the scaling and adoption of water-saving technologies across industry.…
  • Friday, 12 July 2019

    Automated sorting system scaled up

    MALMÖ – An automated textile sorting system established and pilot-tested in Malmö, Sweden, is set to become operational at industrial scale next summer, after government agency Vinnova has piled in investment equating to 22 million Swedish krona.…
  • Friday, 12 July 2019

    Denim with a light footprint

    BERGAMO – Italian textile machine supplier SEI says it’s wrapped up sustainability and ‘industry 4.0’ in one single technology with the release of its automated ‘Matrix’ which designs, marks, engraves and cuts fabric rolls with lasers. Shown at the…
  • Thursday, 11 July 2019

    Traceability tool mitigates counterfeit concerns

    BORÅS – A research team at the University of Borås has developed a method of yielding product-specific ‘cryptotags’ for garments that, in principle, will provide greater traceability throughout the textiles supply chain. The unique tags, which are…
  • Wednesday, 10 July 2019

    Closing a virtual loop

    WAKAYAMA – In a bid to cut down on sampling, H&M has adopted a new virtual 3D apparel design system from Japanese company Shima Seiki. Most fashion retailers still undertake a tremendous amount of physical sampling and trialling, before settling on…
  • Tuesday, 09 July 2019

    Blockchain used to improve organic cotton traceability

    Simon Ferrigno speaks to the founders of a blockchain technology that is being trialled by Indian organic cotton supplier Pratibha Syntex to find out how it can improve traceability in the company's supply chains. Infinichains is a one-year old…
  • Thursday, 04 July 2019

    LCA highlights benefits of rebranded Radianza fibre

    MUMBAI – Thai Acrylic Fiber Co. (TAF), of the Aditya Birla Group, has released details of a life-cycle assessment (LCA) relating to its newly-rebranded gel-dyed Radianza fibre as it looks to highlight the water, energy and chemical savings offered…
  • Wednesday, 03 July 2019

    Elastane-free stretch cotton could help recycling

    BREMEN – Cotton Incorporated says it has developed a 100 per cent cotton elasticated fabric in an innovation that could alleviate much of the burden placed on textile recyclers when asked to upcycle cotton/elastane fabric blends at their…
  • Tuesday, 02 July 2019

    Covestro develops CO2-based elastic fibres

    LEVERKUSEN – Polymer materials manufacturer Covestro has developed a method of yielding elastic textile fibres through the partial use of carbon dioxide as a replacement to crude oils. Produced in partnership with the Institute of Textile Technology…
  • Tuesday, 02 July 2019

    Australian project scales up plasma coating solution

    VICTORIA – Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM), textile technology firm Xefco and engineering equipment provider Proficiency Contracting have collaborated on a project through which they’ll look to accelerate the commercial…
  • Monday, 01 July 2019

    Chinese viscose made with recycled cotton

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish textile recycling innovator Re:newcell has teamed up with Chinese viscose manufacturer Tangshan Sanyou to develop a viscose staple fibre made from 50 per cent post-consumer recycled cotton, an innovation backed by environmental…
  • Monday, 01 July 2019

    VTT textile recycling project extended

    ESPOO – A two-year R&D project in Finland to identify and compare textile recycling methods and technologies will be extended by a further two years as researchers look to shift the focus away from recycling towards commercialising new business…
  • Monday, 01 July 2019

    Benchmark programme launches for 2019

    LAMESA – Textile Exchange’s Corporate Fiber & Materials Benchmark has opened for 2019 submissions following a six month review which has led to a number of significant changes to the programme, including greater focus on circularity and the…
  • Friday, 28 June 2019

    Toxic gas risk from fluorine-based textiles

    MUNICH – People in low income countries could be exposed to highly toxic gases from the uncontrolled incineration of outdoor clothing made with fluorine-based membranes, says a brand-new study published today. Results from the Frankfurt-based…
  • Friday, 28 June 2019

    Lenzing seeks ‘carbon neutral’ and world’s largest lyocell plant

    LENZING — Austrian fibre producer Lenzing has outlined its plans to become the first company in its field to achieve ‘carbon neutral’ status, by embarking on a new climate agenda which includes reaching “net-zero” carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.…
  • Thursday, 27 June 2019

    Saitex becomes B Corporation in denim first

    DONG NAI – International denim supplier Saitex has set an industry first by becoming the first large-scale denim mill to achieve B Corp certification – as it also reveals new plans to open up further clean denim production facilities in the USA.…
  • Monday, 24 June 2019

    Planet Textiles: A New Blueprint for Denim

    BARCELONA – One of three breakout sessions held simultaneously at this year’s successful Planet Textiles conference, ‘A New Blueprint for Denim’ proved to be an eye-opening and frank discussion about the future of denim production, sales and…
  • Monday, 24 June 2019

    Funding boost for cellulosic fibre research

    ESPOO - The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has received another funding boost to improve wood-to-textile value chains, enabling increased production of man-made cellulose fibres. The VTT-coordinated project, known as the Green Chemicals…
  • Monday, 24 June 2019

    Unifi unveils Oerlikon investment at ITMA

    BARCELONA - Global yarn producer Unifi Manufacturing has placed what it calls a “significant” order for Oerlikon’s new eAFK Evo texturing machine, which was unveiled to selected clients at ITMA 2019. Unifi collaborated with Oerlikon to develop a…
  • Friday, 21 June 2019

    LeafWorks launches hemp supply chain certification

    SEBASTOPOL - California-based plant genetics company LeafWorks has launched Supply Chain Certification, a system which catalogs and tracks plants utilised in cannabis and hemp products as they move throughout the supply chain, authenticating that…
  • Thursday, 20 June 2019

    Sensient uses ITMA to highlight sustainability efforts

    BARCELONA - “Whenever we’re developing a product now, we focus on its eco-credentials,” Sensient Color’s marketing manager Simon Daplyn told Ecotextile News, as we visited the Swiss-based company’s booth on the opening day of ITMA 2019. The company…
  • Thursday, 20 June 2019

    CmiA claims further gains for African cotton textiles

    HAMBURG — Following a period of sustained expansion across the continent Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) certified 580,000 tonnes of cotton last year, representing a 17 per cent rise on the figures for the previous twelve months. This means around 37…
  • Monday, 17 June 2019

    Chromuch offers ‘sustainable’ synthetic fibre

    TAIPEI – ‘Sustainable’ synthetic fibre innovator Chromuch is taking a fresh approach to yarn production, and now offers sheath and core solution dyed yarns – made from rPET bottles – which it claims is: “the most eco-certified fibre brand in the…
  • Thursday, 13 June 2019

    Hemp textiles boosted by new laws and Levi’s adoption

    WASHINGTON — On December 20th of last year, President Donald Trump signed the 2018 United States Farm Bill into law. Included in this was text which reformed hemp from a controlled substance to an agricultural commodity, legalising the growing of…
  • Thursday, 13 June 2019

    Eastman transitions fibre line to 100% recycled PET

    KINGSPORT – Eastman Chemical Company has announced that Avra, its family of high performance fibres, will be produced with 100 per cent post-consumer recycled PET plastic as of spring 2020, as it continues to ramp up its sustainability efforts,…
  • Thursday, 13 June 2019

    Target set for renewable energy by 2030

    MINNEAPOLIS — US multichannel retailer Target has claimed a “major step forward” by committing to source electricity for all its domestic operations from renewable sources by 2030. This new pledge supersedes its previous aim, set in 2017, and the…
  • Thursday, 13 June 2019

    Unifi launches Repreve ocean plastics fibre

    GREENSBORO — Unifi has launched a new Repreve branded fibre derived from “bottles at high risk of ending up in the ocean,” with the goal of tackling the “root cause” of ocean plastic pollution. The Repreve Our Ocean fibre is made from bottles…
  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019

    Gap and Arvind unite for fashion water savings

    SAN FRANCISCO — Global fashion retailer Gap Inc. has announced a new partnership with long time collaborator Arvind Limited in an effort to channel “industry-leading solutions” to the problem of global water scarcity. The project will see the duo…
  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019

    WRAP rallies recycling innovators

    LONDON – The Resource Action Fund, launched by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in May, will pile investment totalling £4.7 million into two ambitious projects in a bid to transform the reprocessing and recycling…
  • Tuesday, 11 June 2019

    CEA threatens to ‘name and shame’ cotton counterfeiters

    GIZA – Cotton Egypt Association (CEA), the non-profit which supports the Egyptian Cotton brand, has launched an initiative that will work to “actively root out” counterfeiters in the textile industry and will name and shame the manufacturers found…
  • Tuesday, 11 June 2019

    IKEA announces 100% recycled polyester pledge

    LEIDEN – Homeware conglomerate IKEA has announced its ambition to replace all virgin polyester textiles products with recycled polyester by 2020. This comes as the firm has embarked on a mission to utilise only renewable or recycled materials by…
  • Tuesday, 11 June 2019

    Teijin develops 100% recycled ‘cotton-like’ polyester yarn

    TOKYO – Teijin Frontier, the Teijin Group’s fibres and products converting company, has announced the development of what it calls a ‘cotton-like’ high-performance polyester yarn made from 100 per cent recyclable materials for athleisure fashion and…
  • Monday, 10 June 2019

    CanopyStyle event highlights conservation progress

    SHANGHAI – Over 80 brands, innovators, producers and stakeholders descended on Canopy’s Brand Summit – co-hosted by H&M, M&S, and Inditex – representing 80 per cent of global viscose supply. Household names such as Walmart, Gap and Target were among…
  • Monday, 10 June 2019

    Forensic traceability nears full commercialisation

    STONY BROOK — Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. has published the latest information on the commercialisation of its CertainT traceability platform, designed to offer conclusive forensic evidence that a textile product contains what is claimed on the…
  • Monday, 10 June 2019

    Sri Lanka firm claims ‘Net Zero Carbon’ first

    BATTICALOA — Sri Lankan apparel firm Brandix has claimed that its manufacturing facility in Batticaloa is the “world’s first” to achieve ‘Net Zero Carbon’ status. This certification signifies that a factory has “completely neutralised its…
  • Friday, 07 June 2019

    BCI annual report charts 2020 targets progress

    GENEVA – The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has released its 2018 annual report in which it details the progress it has made in reaching its 2020 sustainability targets. Notably, BCI Brand and Retail members surpassed the milestone of sourcing one…
  • Friday, 07 June 2019

    Cotton On wins Responsible Retailer Award

    GEELONG – Australian retail chain Cotton On has been awarded 2019 Responsible Retailer Initiative of the Year at the World Retail Congress Awards in Amsterdam, due to its work with the Kenya Cotton Programme, the company’s first ‘sustainable’…
  • Thursday, 06 June 2019

    Consumer survey signals appetite for sustainability

    LONDON – A survey commissioned by e-commerce and retail AI platform Nosto has found that of a sample of 2,000 consumers split across the UK and United States, more than half (52 per cent) want the fashion industry to become more sustainable, with…
  • Wednesday, 05 June 2019

    PODCAST: Subcritical water – a boost for textile recycling?

    WAKEFIELD – The Sustainable Fashion Academy’s Mike Schragger recently sat down with Luke Henning, founder of Tyton BioSciences, who explained how his company stumbled upon a new use for its technology that could shape the future of textile…
  • Tuesday, 04 June 2019

    FENC grows North America recycling presence

    TAIWAN — Far Eastern New Century Corporation (FENC) has announced the acquisition of US recycling firm Phoenix Technologies International LLC — and most crucially, its annual 36,000 tonne capacity.
  • Tuesday, 04 June 2019

    ZDHC adds five new contributors

    AMSTERDAM – Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) has announced the addition of LVMH, Colourtex, Samia Spa, Covolan Têxtil and Ratti Spa as organisations to join its its base of Contributors, which now stands at close to 150.
  • Monday, 03 June 2019

    Unprecedented biodiversity decline accelerates extinctions

    NAIROBI — Research undertaken by the Intergovernmental Science‑Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has called the current global response to the climate crisis “insufficient,” and urged transformative changes if the…
  • Friday, 31 May 2019

    Benetton Group makes 2025 cotton pledge

    TREVISO — Benetton Group, the company behind brands such as Sisley and United Colors of Benetton, has committed to exclusively use cotton that is either organic, recycled or sourced from Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) farmers by 2025.
  • Thursday, 30 May 2019

    Bangladesh knitter scales up cationic dyeing

    DHAKA – A patent pending, cationic textile dye technology for griege fabrics, which it’s claimed allows future zero discharge waste water treatment plants to run at acceptable costs – with no salt and minimal total dissolved solids (TDS) – is now up…
  • Thursday, 30 May 2019

    Bangladesh seeks Green Climate Fund investment

    DHAKA – The Infrastructure Development Company (IDCOL) has announced that it will be seeking US$100 million in loans from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and hopes to secure a further US$66 million through borrower co-financing in order to improve…
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2019

    Podcast: Innovation to combat textile waste

    WAKEFIELD – Today's episode of Big Closets Small Planet casts an eye over two companies seeking to combat the vast quantities of waste the apparel and textile industries are responsible for producing. Every week the series explores how individuals…
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2019

    New BCI certified cotton thread from Coats

    UXBRIDGE — British thread producer Coats has launched a duo of new 100 per cent cotton products, both of which have been certified by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) according to the organisation’s sustainable raw material criteria. The two new…
  • Tuesday, 28 May 2019

    Roica, Candiani debut ReLast line

    MILAN – Asahi Kasei’s stretch fibre brand Roica and its new partner Candiani Denim will debut the new ReLast line, which utilises a specially-made variation of Roica’s GRS (Global Recycled Standard) version four certified elastane, at Denim Première…
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