Ecotextile News https://www.ecotextile.com/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:25:29 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) BGMEA seeks garment worker wage boards http://www.ecotextile.com/2017112023101/social-compliance-csr-news/bgmea-seeks-garment-worker-wage-boards.html DHAKA – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has put forward a proposal to the Bangladeshi government to alter labour laws and establish ‘wage boards’ in order to bring in a minimum monthly wage for workers in the country’s ready-made garment (RMG) sector.

Workers’ rights in the region have been pushed to the forefront of debate in recent weeks as the complex situation in post-Rana Plaza Bangladesh continues to divide opinion.

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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:05:25 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017112023101/social-compliance-csr-news/bgmea-seeks-garment-worker-wage-boards.html
Swedish government calls for textiles partnership http://www.ecotextile.com/2017112023100/labels-legislation-news/swedish-government-calls-for-textiles-partnership.html STOCKHOLM – The Swedish minister for enterprises, innovation and rural affairs, Sven-Erik Bucht has called for a collective approach to address climate change alongside Indian textile manufacturer, Aditya Birla. The Swedish government says it is looking for a joint project with Birla as part of its effort to increase bilateral trade between the country and India.

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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:25:31 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017112023100/labels-legislation-news/swedish-government-calls-for-textiles-partnership.html
Student uses fermentation to grow textiles http://www.ecotextile.com/2017112023099/materials-production-news/student-uses-fermentation-to-grow-textiles.html VIRGINIA -  A student from Liberty University in Virginia, USA claims to have developed textile materials using a fermentation process, in an effort to reduce waste from textile manufacturing. Luis Quijano says the process uses water, sugar, green tea and fermented tea to produce a material that can be sewn together and used as clothing.

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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:21:30 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017112023099/materials-production-news/student-uses-fermentation-to-grow-textiles.html
Teijin revises CSR guidelines http://www.ecotextile.com/2017112023098/social-compliance-csr-news/teijin-revises-csr-guidelines.html TOKYO – Teijin has announced that it has revised and updated its corporate social responsibility (CSR) guidelines. The company says that the ongoing globalisation of supply chains has highlighted problems such as forced labour and child labour in  developing nations, due to the increasing demand for responsible supply chains from textile firms.

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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:23:18 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017112023098/social-compliance-csr-news/teijin-revises-csr-guidelines.html
Dutch courage pays off with industry award http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111623097/social-compliance-csr-news/dutch-courage-pays-off-with-industry-award.html HILVARENBEEK – Dutch clothing manufacturer, Schijvens Corporate Fashion, has won the 2017 Best Practice Award, awarded by the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), for its commitment to ensuring its factory staff receive adequate living wages.

Across Europe, and particularly in Turkey, it is common practice for garment factory staff to be underpaid to such an extent that monthly earnings do not cover bare necessities such as rent, food, healthcare and education. This issue has been identified by Schijvens, who, alongside its workers at a Turkish factory, has assessed the adequacy of pay, encompassing the prices of essential items.

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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:10:03 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111623097/social-compliance-csr-news/dutch-courage-pays-off-with-industry-award.html
Unifi milestone for recycled Repreve fibre http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111523096/materials-production-news/unifi-milestone-for-recycled-repreve-fibre.html GREENSBORO – American synthetic and recycled fibre manufacturer, Unifi, has announced that the company has recycled its 10 billionth PET bottle, which it uses to make its high performance ‘Repreve’ fibre.

In the wake of this milestone – and the company’s upcoming Repreve Champions of Sustainability Awards which will be held at the 2018 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Denver, from 25-28 January – Unifi is reportedly targeting 20 billion recycled bottles by 2020, and 30 billion by 2022.

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:55:03 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111523096/materials-production-news/unifi-milestone-for-recycled-repreve-fibre.html
Fluorine-free DWR from Huntsman http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111523095/materials-production-news/fluorine-free-dwr-from-huntsman.html SINGAPORE – Huntsman Textile Effects has launched a new fluorine-free durable water repellent formulation that it says “raises the standard for repellency” compared to other fluorine-free solutions currently on the market.

The non-fluorinated DWR is compliant with bluesign, the ZDHC MRSL and is certified to Oeko-Tex Standard 100.

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:25:22 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111523095/materials-production-news/fluorine-free-dwr-from-huntsman.html
Alliance highlights factory safety progress http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111523094/social-compliance-csr-news/alliance-highlights-factory-safety-progress.html DHAKA – The Alliance For Bangladesh Worker Safety has released its fourth annual report, highlighting progress on factory safety and expansion of its water training and empowerment initiatives over the last year. The Alliance says the data confirms it is on track to complete almost all Corrective Action Plans (CAPs).

Alliance executive director Jim Moriarty told Ecotextile News : “The Alliance is now working with the government of Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), the International Labor Organization (ILO) and others to develop a transition plan that will pave the way for continued factory safety monitoring and maintenance, fire safety training and a confidential worker helpline over the long term.”

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:23:06 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111523094/social-compliance-csr-news/alliance-highlights-factory-safety-progress.html
Wrangler advances disruptive denim dyeing http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111523093/dyes-chemicals-news/wrangler-advances-disruptive-denim-dyeing.html TEXAS ­– A new potentially disruptive foam-dyeing process for denim has been unveiled at the at the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute of Texas Tech University that claims to reduce water and energy use by more than 90 per cent compared to traditional indigo dyeing. 

Early stage investors, including VF corporation brands Wrangler, Lee as well as the Walmart Foundation who were on hand for the launch event, hosted by the developer Indigo Mill Designs (IMD).

A traditional water-based dye tank set-up can be up to 300 yards long. However, the new foam dyeing system for the same amount of fabric is only 30 feet long.

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:03:03 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111523093/dyes-chemicals-news/wrangler-advances-disruptive-denim-dyeing.html
Tannery project in bid to clean up Ganges http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111423092/materials-production-news/tannery-project-in-bid-to-clean-up-ganges.html WAALWIJK – Solidaridad, Stahl and PUM have launched a public-private partnership in an attempt to clean up the Ganges river. The companies say the project aims to lower the environmental impact of the Kanpur Leather Cluster by implementing new working methods and modern technologies. The five year project specifically plans to target water use and pollution from the cluster, which is responsible for high levels of pollution in the Ganges.

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:04:34 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111423092/materials-production-news/tannery-project-in-bid-to-clean-up-ganges.html
Sweden to open Chemical Knowledge Centre http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111423091/dyes-chemicals-news/sweden-to-open-chemical-knowledge-centre.html STOCKHOLM – The Swedish government has announced that it is to open a Chemical Knowledge Centre that will aid SMEs in identifying safe alternatives to potentially hazardous chemicals. The centre will focus on the textile industry, particularly knowledge sharing between small and large companies, associations and academics, the government says.

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:06:21 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111423091/dyes-chemicals-news/sweden-to-open-chemical-knowledge-centre.html
Bluesign announces first Japanese brand system partner http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111323090/labels-legislation-news/bluesign-announces-first-japanese-brand-system-partner.html ST. GALLEN – Bluesign has announced that sportswear brand Asics has become its first Japanese partner for responsible chemical management. Asics says it enables it to use Bluesign assessment tools for chemical management throughout its supply chain. Asics joins 500 companies worldwide that are using Bluesign framework to eliminate potentially harmful substances from manufacturing to the production of textiles.

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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:00:38 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111323090/labels-legislation-news/bluesign-announces-first-japanese-brand-system-partner.html
Tintex intensifies sustainability drive http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111023089/social-compliance-csr-news/tintex-intensifies-sustainability-drive.html VILA NOVA DE CERVEIRA – At Performance Days in Munich, Portuguese textile dyeing and finishing specialist, Tintex, has showcased its ‘Naturally Advanced’ campaign.

The latest addition to the company’s range is the ‘smart cotton’, Ecotec by Marchi & Fildi, made from pre consumer waste scraps which the firm claims can lower water consumption by up to 77.9 per cent.

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Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:35:29 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111023089/social-compliance-csr-news/tintex-intensifies-sustainability-drive.html
Levi Strauss makes climate change a focus http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111023088/fashion-retail-news/levi-strauss-makes-climate-change-a-focus.html SAN FRANSISCO – Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has said that it will focus on the issue of climate change as part of its Collaboratory environmental programme which last year focused on ‘water’ where ten fellows were awarded a cumulative total of US$350,000 to help fund initiatives to reduce the impact of water consumption within the apparel industry.

This year the aim is that its fellowship programme allows innovative entrepreneurs the chance to work alongside Levi Strauss & Co to progress innovative, new ideas on how to reduce the apparel industry’s impact on climate change.

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:04:45 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111023088/fashion-retail-news/levi-strauss-makes-climate-change-a-focus.html
Brazil event links digital production to textile sustainability http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111023087/shows-events/brazil-event-links-digital-production-to-textile-sustainability.html RIO DE JANEIRO – Over 350 participants descended on Rio De Janeiro recently, for the 33rd annual IAF World Fashion Convention. At which, speakers from globally recognised brands, manufacturers and consulting firms including Hugo Boss, Esquel, McKinsey and the C&A Foundation shared insight into why the Brazilian textile sector is in need of a digitalised revamp and a greater understanding of sustainability. Anton Schumann reports from Brazil.

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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:29:49 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111023087/shows-events/brazil-event-links-digital-production-to-textile-sustainability.html
Acrylate repellent coating ‘outperforms’ PFCs http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111023086/dyes-chemicals-news/acrylate-repellent-coating-outperforms-pfcs.html PORTLAND – A US company says it has developed a new fluorine-free process ‘using heat and pressure’ that can permanently bond chemical repellent finishes to textile fibres without using water or releasing any hazardous substances.

The new technology claims to outperform previous water repellent finishes based upon ‘C6 and C8’ fluorine chemistry in addition to providing a platform for additional anti-odour, anti-bug, anti-microbial and fire-resistant finishes.

The new dry finishing ‘Aquavent’ technology, which does not repel oil but does have stain release properties, is based on acrylates with hydrocarbon side chains and comes at a time of increased regulatory interest in fluoro-chemistry in both Europe and the USA.

The technology is currently in production for the Spring 2018 season in partnership with a leading US outdoor brand.

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Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:55:46 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017111023086/dyes-chemicals-news/acrylate-repellent-coating-outperforms-pfcs.html
Award for fleece fabric with Tencel inner http://www.ecotextile.com/2017110923085/materials-production-news/award-for-fleece-fabric-with-tencel-inner.html MUNICH – In collaboration with the German outdoor brand Vaude, the Italian textile supplier Pontetorto has revealed what it says is the ‘world’s first’ fleece fabric made with fibres that are said to be ‘biodegradable’ – even in marine water. The fabric, which uses Tencel on the brushed inner fabric surface – instead of polyester – was revealed at the on-going Performance Days event in Munich where it bagged a Performance Award for innovation. David Styles reports from Germany.

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Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:34:39 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017110923085/materials-production-news/award-for-fleece-fabric-with-tencel-inner.html
Salt-free denim dyeing with lower effluent http://www.ecotextile.com/2017110923084/dyes-chemicals-news/salt-free-denim-dyeing-with-lower-effluent.html SINGAPORE – Dyestuff and chemical manufacturer Dystar has added Cadira Denim to its portfolio as part of its continued resource efficiency program in a bid to reduce water, waste and energy consumption during denim dyeing.

Using a combination of its pre-reduced liquid indigo dyes and its reducing agent Sera Con C-RDA, Dystar says it allows for salt-free denim dyeing with a strong effluent load reduction. 

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:05:01 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017110923084/dyes-chemicals-news/salt-free-denim-dyeing-with-lower-effluent.html
Messe Frankfurt looks to Greenshowroom http://www.ecotextile.com/2017110923082/shows-events/messe-frankfurt-looks-to-greenshowroom.html BERLIN – As we lead up to Greenshowroom and Ethical Fashion Show Berlin in January, Messe Frankfurt says sustainable fashion is increasing in demand. The show in Berlin will showcase environmentally-friendly fashion, such as jeans made from organic cotton and a dress dyed with algae.

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Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:38:08 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017110923082/shows-events/messe-frankfurt-looks-to-greenshowroom.html
NFL merchandise made with plastic bottles http://www.ecotextile.com/2017110923081/fashion-retail-news/nfl-merchandise-made-with-plastic-bottles.html DENVER – NFL team Denver Broncos has announced its new official cap will be made from Unifi’s Repreve fabric. The team says the New Era Cap is the first ever NFL merchandise made from Repreve, which is manufactured from plastic bottles.

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Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:56:43 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017110923081/fashion-retail-news/nfl-merchandise-made-with-plastic-bottles.html