Ecotextile News https://www.ecotextile.com/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:07:27 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Exclusive interview: Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032222657/editor-s-pick/exclusive-interview-mike-barry-director-of-sustainable-business-at-marks-spencer.html

Increased customer awareness on environmental issues, new legislation such as the Modern Slavery Act, and the rise of NGOs and their skill as campaigners have been the biggest drivers of change for the global textile industry over the last decade, according to Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:58:58 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032222657/editor-s-pick/exclusive-interview-mike-barry-director-of-sustainable-business-at-marks-spencer.html
Lenzing profits surge, production to be expanded http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032222656/materials-production-news/lenzing-profits-surge-production-to-be-expanded.html HEILIGENKREUZ – Speciality fibre maker Lenzing has announced that it plans to expand production capacities for its Tencel fibre at its site in Heiligenkreuz, Burgenland, after obtaining all required approvals and permits.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:03:46 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032222656/materials-production-news/lenzing-profits-surge-production-to-be-expanded.html
EU puts potassium permanganate under spotlight http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032222655/dyes-chemicals-news/eu-puts-potassium-permanganate-under-spotlight.html BRUSSELS - The legal net could be closing in on the use of Potassium Permanganate, a denim effect spray which is used in the textile industry as part of a process to help create localised 'used look' areas on jeans. Potassium Permanganate or 'PP' spray can be harmful to worker health, however, various estimates suggest that as many as two million people continue to work with PP Spray.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:03:28 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032222655/dyes-chemicals-news/eu-puts-potassium-permanganate-under-spotlight.html
ILO revises multi-national enterprise guidelines http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032122654/social-compliance-csr-news/ilo-revises-multi-national-enterprise-guidelines.html GENEVA ‒ The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has revised its multi-national enterprise (MNE) Declaration in response to new economic realities, including increased international investment and trade, and the growth of global supply chains. The revision also takes into account developments since the last update in 2006 within and outside the ILO, including new labour standards adopted by the International Labour Conference, the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights endorsed by the Human Rights Council in 2011, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:03:15 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032122654/social-compliance-csr-news/ilo-revises-multi-national-enterprise-guidelines.html
SCS approved for Responsible Wool Standard http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032122653/materials-production-news/scs-approved-for-responsible-wool-standard.html CALIFORNIA - Leading third-party certifier SCS Global Services (SCS) has been approved by Textile Exchange as a licensed certification body for the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). This means SCS is now authorised to conduct independent certification assessments of wool production under the 'Farm Scope' of the standard. SCS is also now in the licensing process for the 'Processing Scope' of the standard, and will soon be able to offer RWS services all the way from the farm through the final manufacturer.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:03:03 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032122653/materials-production-news/scs-approved-for-responsible-wool-standard.html
Adidas and Stella McCartney launch ocean plastic trainer http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032022652/fashion-retail-news/adidas-and-stella-mccartney-launch-ocean-plastic-trainer.html HERZOGENAURACH - German sportswear brand Adidas and fashion designer Stella McCartney have unveiled a new version of the Ultra Boost trainer which features an upper made from plastic recovered from the sea. The Parley Ultra Boost X running shoes feature uppers made from Parley Ocean Plastic – a manufacturing process which replaces synthetic fibres with yarns made from recycled waste plastic from the sea.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:02:44 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017032022652/fashion-retail-news/adidas-and-stella-mccartney-launch-ocean-plastic-trainer.html
Exclusive interview: Tom Glaser, supply chain president, VF Corporation http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031722651/editor-s-pick/exclusive-interview-tom-glaser-supply-chain-president-vf-corporation.html A 'scorecard approach' with metrics on responsible sourcing allows VF Corporation to encourage its sourcing teams to deliver sustainable merchandise, instead of standard financial incentives for meeting deadlines. Tom Glaser, supply chain president at VF Corporation speaks to Ecotextile News

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:02:01 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031722651/editor-s-pick/exclusive-interview-tom-glaser-supply-chain-president-vf-corporation.html
India’s Textile Commissioner to feature at Planet Textiles 2017 http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031722650/shows-events/india-s-textile-commissioner-to-feature-at-planet-textiles-2017.html BANGALORE – It’s now official that the Indian Government’s Textile Commissioner, Dr Kavita Gupta, will make an opening address at this year’s Planet Textiles Summit to be held in Bangalore on 24th May.

It can also be confirmed that Dr Gupta will be joined by experts on zero liquid discharge from the textile wet processing sector in India, leading brands such as Puma which will outline ZDHC plans on wastewater discharge, together with the leading NGO water.org which will discuss the pressing issue of water availability. Planet Textiles is is being organised in partnership between the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and MCL News and Media – the publisher of Ecotextile News.

Known for her engagement and interest in environmental issues in relation to India’s vast textile industry, Dr Gupta will use her opening address to outline some of the key approaches and new challenges that the Indian Government will help the textile industry to address going forward as it continues a rapid growth trajectory.

The value of the Indian textiles industry, is currently estimated at around US$ 108 billion, but is expected to reach US$ 223 billion by 2021, according to the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) – a trust established by the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. The textile industry is the second largest employer in India after agriculture, providing employment to over 45 million people directly and 60 million people indirectly.

One of the key environmental issues for India’s textile sector surrounds wastewater treatment, pollution and remediation, an issue which has also been a massive issue for the global textile sector at large. As an international event taking place in India this year, Planet Textiles will also hold a special breakout session on wastewater in the textile sector featuring Sajid Hussain, Chief Operating Officer of Tamilnadu Water Investment Co. Ltd, a company which was instrumental in the zero liquid discharge (ZLD) initiative in Tirupur – a city at the epicenter of India’s knitted fabric sector.

Sajid will discuss experiences of the ZLD project and possible ways forward including the development of policy framework, and challenges such as how ZLD can mean the generation of hazardous solid wastes, which pose new disposal challenges for the global textile sector.

To sign up as a delegate to the event please go HERE.

Wastewater discharge guidelines

He will be joined on the panel by Stefan Seidel, Head of Corporate Sustainability at Puma Group who will also flag up the work of the ZDHC’s wastewater discharge initiative and how brands and retailers and the textile industry in general can roll out these guidelines across the whole sector.

Planet Textiles delegates will also hear from a special session run by the ZDHC, which will also partner with the event to reveal new work and include new results from some important pilot projects on water use and wastewater in textile mills dotted across the globe.

The event is being produced in partnership with leading man-made cellulosic supplier Lenzing and is also being kindly sponsored by Oeko-Tex, Covestro, ZDHC and Proviera. Supporters include Messe Frankfurt and The Dyestuff Manufacturers Association of India.   

To sign up as a delegate to the event please go HERE.

Other exciting key speakers from the global retail and textile manufacturing sector will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:01:21 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031722650/shows-events/india-s-textile-commissioner-to-feature-at-planet-textiles-2017.html
Questions raised over support for African cotton http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031722649/materials-production-news/questions-raised-over-support-for-african-cotton.html WAKEFIELD - Development aid projects which support cotton growing in Sub-Saharan Africa have failed to increase cotton production or develop the region's cotton growing sector, according to a leading international cotton expert.

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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:06:00 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031722649/materials-production-news/questions-raised-over-support-for-african-cotton.html
MEPs back circular economy package revisions http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031622648/materials-production-news/meps-back-circular-economy-package-revisions.html STRASBOURG - European Union MEPs have voted to increase the proposed recycling target as set out under the EU's circular economy package to 70 per cent by 2030 after amendments to the package were tabled by the Parliament's Environment Committee. The vote, if it is fully ratified, could have significant long term implications for the textiles sector.

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Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:34:52 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031622648/materials-production-news/meps-back-circular-economy-package-revisions.html
Inditex invests €7bn in sustainability over 5 years http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031522647/fashion-retail-news/inditex-invests-7bn-in-sustainability-over-5-years.html A CORUÑA - The world's largest apparel retailer, Spanish business Inditex, says it has invested more than €7 billion in the past five years in support of its sustainability targets. These includes the roll-out of its garment collection and recycling programme, investment in better, more streamlined logistics, and the upgrading of stores to make them more eco-efficient. In 2016 alone, these investments totalled €1.4 billion, on the back of a year in which Inditex hit an eye-watering €23.3 billion in annual revenues – up more than 10 per cent on the previous year.

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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:50:53 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031522647/fashion-retail-news/inditex-invests-7bn-in-sustainability-over-5-years.html
Sustainable spotlight at Intertextile 2017 http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031522646/shows-events/sustainable-spotlight-at-intertextile-2017.html SHANGHAI – Intertextile Apparel Fabrics has this week opened its doors for the Spring 2017 edition, with more than 3,300 exhibitors demonstrating their latest fabric innovations to over 70,000 visitors. Once again, the show highlighting a number of developments in the world of sustainable textiles with its regular 'All About Sustainability' zone. Tommy Lee reports from Shanghai.

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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:13:08 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031522646/shows-events/sustainable-spotlight-at-intertextile-2017.html
Down standards to merge http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031422645/labels-legislation-news/down-standards-to-merge.html LAMESA – Textile Exchange and NSF International are to merge their two down standards and intend to release one global down standard that includes the best components from the Responsible Down Standard (TE) and Global Traceable Down Standard (NSF International).

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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:27:50 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031422645/labels-legislation-news/down-standards-to-merge.html
Research links textile chemicals to brain development http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031422644/dyes-chemicals-news/research-links-textile-chemicals-to-brain-development.html LONDON - New research has called for tighter European regulation of chemicals found in consumer products such as clothing which, it is claimed, could be harming brain development in children, causing issues such as ADHD and lower IQ. Brominated flame retardants used in furniture, per and poly-fluorocarbons (PFCs) used as stain and water repellents on clothing and phthalates used as plasticisers in PVC are among the chemicals cited in the report.

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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:52:40 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031422644/dyes-chemicals-news/research-links-textile-chemicals-to-brain-development.html
Texaid and Mistra partner on recycling research http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031422643/materials-production-news/texaid-and-mistra-partner-on-recycling-research.html STOCKHOLM - Textile collecting, sorting and recycling business, Texaid, has become the official industry partner of Mistra Future Fashion's research programme. Texaid will support Mistra's extensive research within recycling by contributing with its vast experience on textile flows and materials, and provide used textiles as raw material for the research.

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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:34:01 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031422643/materials-production-news/texaid-and-mistra-partner-on-recycling-research.html
Exclusive interview: Liz O'Neill, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Levi Strauss & Co. http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031322642/editor-s-pick/exclusive-interview-liz-o-neill-vice-president-and-chief-supply-chain-officer-lev-strauss-co.html As the first company to introduce a water recycling and reuse standard, first published in 2014 and now publicly available for other companies to adopt, Levis Strauss & Co. today requires all of its vendors to implement the standard, said to save over 30 million litres of fresh water. Lix O'Neill, senior vice president and chief supply chain officer, updates on the brand's water and chemical strategies. 

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Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:40:33 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031322642/editor-s-pick/exclusive-interview-liz-o-neill-vice-president-and-chief-supply-chain-officer-lev-strauss-co.html
Lindex launches upcycled garment collection http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031322641/fashion-retail-news/lindex-launches-upcycled-garment-collection.html GOTHENBURG – Swedish fashion retailer Lindex has launched a new collection of upcycled garments that have been redesigned and remade locally in Borås, Sweden. The company says the launch represents its latest step in "exploring new innovative more circular ways of working."

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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:52:15 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031322641/fashion-retail-news/lindex-launches-upcycled-garment-collection.html
M&S, adidas lead apparel sector on human rights http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031322640/social-compliance-csr-news/m-s-adidas-lead-apparel-sector-on-human-rights.html LONDON - Marks & Spencer and adidas are ranked highest in a comprehensive new piece of research which has benchmarked the 30 largest apparel companies in the world on human rights issues. Businesses were assessed on human rights policies, governance, processes, practices and transparency, as well as how they respond to serious allegations.

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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:51:25 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031322640/social-compliance-csr-news/m-s-adidas-lead-apparel-sector-on-human-rights.html
ECHA accused of industry links on glyphosate assessment http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031022639/materials-production-news/echa-accused-of-industry-links-on-glyphosate-assessment.html BRUSSELS - The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has come under fire from Greenpeace which claims members of the ECHA's Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) which currently looking into the hazard classification of glyphosate have a conflict of interest due to their close links with industry. The campaigning NGO claims the work of current RAC chair, Tim Bowmer, "principally consists of risk assessment consultancy for the chemical industry." It also claims RAC members Slawomir Czerczak and Tiina Santonen appear to have conflicts of interest.

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Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:04:17 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031022639/materials-production-news/echa-accused-of-industry-links-on-glyphosate-assessment.html
Circular economy could cut water use by 11% http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031022638/materials-production-news/circular-economy-could-cut-water-use-by-11.html AMSTERDAM - New research suggests that a shift to circular economy principles in water-stressed regions could save 412 billion cubic metres of water per year - the equivalent to 11 per cent of annual global water demand. The study focused on six regions, including Bangladesh whose huge, water-intensive textile industry has placed a massive strain on water supplies.

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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:51:42 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017031022638/materials-production-news/circular-economy-could-cut-water-use-by-11.html