Ecotextile News https://www.ecotextile.com/ Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:40:17 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) France proposes law to tackle unsold clothing problem http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042523440/fashion-retail-news/france-proposes-law-to-tackle-unsold-clothing-problem.html PARIS – As part of France’s new Circular Economy Roadmap, the French government has proposed new regulations that would prohibit apparel brands and retailers from discarding or incinerating unsold items, and instead, require them to donate unsold textiles and clothing to recycling organisations or charities for re-use.

The move was announced as part of a proposed new Circular Economy Roadmap document unveiled in Mayenne earlier this week by French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe. This new proposal also details the introduction of potential tax breaks to make sorting more profitable for companies that re-use and recycle rather than landfill waste such as textiles and plastics.

In 2016, France passed a similar law in a bid to cut food waste at point of sale.

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:50:56 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042523440/fashion-retail-news/france-proposes-law-to-tackle-unsold-clothing-problem.html
A Pitch for our Planet: Tyton Biosciences http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042523439/shows-events/a-pitch-for-our-planet-tyton-biosciences.html VANCOUVER – The latest in our series profiling the companies which will present at the ‘Pitch for our Planet’ session at Planet Textiles, Tyton Biosciences LLC are put under the Ecotextile News microscope.

The firm’s technology, which is designed to recycle garments in order to produce the ‘building blocks’ of petroleum and plant-based fabrics, will be pitched alongside seven other industry innovators at the aforementioned sustainability summit in Vancouver on May 22.

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:32:11 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042523439/shows-events/a-pitch-for-our-planet-tyton-biosciences.html
The North Face launches national park PET project http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042523438/fashion-retail-news/the-north-face-launches-national-park-pet-project.html ALAMEDA – Outdoor apparel brand, The North Face has released the ‘Bottle Source’ collection which features a range of t-shirts and tote bags made from a blend of cotton and recycled PET derived from discarded water bottles in the United States’ national parks.

The company has pledged that one US dollar from each product sale in the collection will be donated to support sustainability projects conducted by the National Park Foundation.

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:04:42 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042523438/fashion-retail-news/the-north-face-launches-national-park-pet-project.html
Manakai Earth Day event targets plastic pollution sea change http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042523437/shows-events/manakai-earth-day-event-targets-plastic-pollution-sea-change.html MAUI – Hawaiian swimwear brand, Manakai has held what its founder describes as the ‘first of many’ community events aimed at turning the tide on oceanic plastic pollution on the island.

In celebration of Earth Day 2018, Manakai and community partners held a beach-clean event which saw around sifting through the sand to remove plastic particles and other pollutants.

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:08:59 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042523437/shows-events/manakai-earth-day-event-targets-plastic-pollution-sea-change.html
Esprit first to sign Dutch-German sustainability agreement http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042523436/fashion-retail-news/esprit-first-to-sign-dutch-german-sustainability-agreement.html DUSSELDORF – Esprit, which has around 50 stores in the Netherlands, has become the first fashion brand to become a signatory of the joint initiative between the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles and the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textiles (AGT).

This marks a significant step for the relatively new collaboration since it was announced in January that the two organisations had signed a collaborative agreement with the goal of supporting companies in the implementation of due diligence by harmonising sustainability requirements.

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:05:54 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042523436/fashion-retail-news/esprit-first-to-sign-dutch-german-sustainability-agreement.html
Campaigners target a Slow Fashion Summer http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042423435/shows-events/campaigners-target-a-slow-fashion-summer.html AMSTERDAM – A ‘Slow Fashion Summer’ campaign has been launched on crowdacting website, Collaction, seeking to get 2,500 consumers to forego buying new clothes for the summer of 2018.

When launching the campaign opposing fast fashion, organisers stated: “The fashion industry has an enormous negative environment and social impact around the world.”

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:28:28 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042423435/shows-events/campaigners-target-a-slow-fashion-summer.html
Pure London adds sustainability platform to agenda http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042423434/shows-events/pure-london-adds-sustainability-platform-to-agenda.html LONDON – Pure London has announced the launch of a new exhibition space and seminars dedicated to brands which prioritise ethical and sustainable practices ahead of the July edition of the show.

The newly-established ‘Pure Conscious’ will be debuted alongside the ‘Common Objective’ online platform which is said to be aimed at educating designers, retailers and brands and has been launched by Ethical Fashion Forum.

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:52:50 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042423434/shows-events/pure-london-adds-sustainability-platform-to-agenda.html
AAFA questions polyester warning label proposals http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042423433/labels-legislation-news/aafa-questions-polyester-warning-label-proposals.html WASHINGTON – Following the states of California and Connecticut having proposed the implementation of mandatory warning labels for polyester garments, the AAFA (American Apparel and Footwear Association) has raised concerns about the legitimacy of the scientific findings which motivated the legislation.

Several studies have directly linked the microfibres emitted through the washing of garments to the ever-growing issue of pollution in water systems around the globe, but the AAFA has told Ecotextile News that it does not believe conclusive evidence has been produced which can definitively prove synthetic fibres have a more detrimental impact on marine environments than their natural counterparts.

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:33:01 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042423433/labels-legislation-news/aafa-questions-polyester-warning-label-proposals.html
Lanxess seeks ZDHC conformance via BLC Chem-MAP http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042323432/dyes-chemicals-news/lanxess-seeks-zdhc-conformance-via-blc-chem-map.html NORTHAMPTON – Global chemical supplier, Lanxess has engaged with the BLC Chem-MAP programme in order to takes its next step towards its goal of achieving ZDHC Conformance Level 3 via the c-MAP route.

BLC developed Chem-MAP – a new ZDHC approved MRSL verification programme – as a platform for chemical companies, manufacturers, brands and retailers in the leather, textiles and synthetic goods sectors.

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:08:38 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042323432/dyes-chemicals-news/lanxess-seeks-zdhc-conformance-via-blc-chem-map.html
Bangladesh Accord protests held at Abercrombie & Fitch stores http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042323431/social-compliance-csr-news/bangladesh-accord-protests-held-at-abercrombie-fitch-stores.html NEW YORK – With the firm having still to commit to the newest incarnation of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, Abercrombie & Fitch stores across the United States have been the subject of protests from workers’ rights campaigners.

Twenty demonstrations were organised by the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), United Students Against Sweatshops, and Workers United as part of a ‘National Day of Action’ calling on all apparel brands sourcing from Bangladesh to sign a legally-binding workplace safety programme.

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:32:48 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042323431/social-compliance-csr-news/bangladesh-accord-protests-held-at-abercrombie-fitch-stores.html
Fairtade film makes garment worker living wage plea http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042323430/social-compliance-csr-news/fairtade-film-makes-garment-worker-living-wage-plea.html LONDON – The Fairtrade Foundation has called on more apparel brands and retailers to set a deadline by which they will deliver living wages to workers throughout their supply chains.

To raise awareness of the issue, a new film titled Unravelling The Thread: The Story Of Cotton has been released by the organisation, aimed at uncovering the ‘dark side of fashion’ and educate consumers on how they can get involved in improving the lives and wellbeing of garment workers.

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:36:47 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042323430/social-compliance-csr-news/fairtade-film-makes-garment-worker-living-wage-plea.html
New manifesto signals start of Fashion Revolution Week http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042323429/shows-events/new-manifesto-signals-start-of-fashion-revolution-week.html ASHBOURNE – Fashion Revolution has published a new edition of its manifesto and Fashion Transparency Index to coincide with the beginning of the fifth annual Fashion Revolution Week.

The organisation says its manifesto sets out clear demands for a better fashion industry of the future, containing ten key points to bring about an end to the exploitative practices in the sector.

Results of the third Fashion transparency Index, which now assesses the commitment to disclosure from 150 global apparel brands, have been released with sportswear brands once again scooping the highest ranking positions.

Co-founder of Fashion Revolution, Carry Somers spoke to Ecotextile News prior to the fifth edition of the initiative behind #whomademyclothes which has become synonymous with the rights struggle of garment workers the world over.

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:48:34 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042323429/shows-events/new-manifesto-signals-start-of-fashion-revolution-week.html
Adidas improves supply chain transparency in China http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042323428/materials-production-news/adidas-improves-supply-chain-transparency-in-china.html BEIJING – Global sports brand Adidas has become the most recent apparel brand to join the Green Supply Chain Map – the online transparency tool that maps leading multinational brands and retail corporations to their suppliers’ environmental performance in China.

The German sportswear giant is the seventh apparel brand to join the Green Supply Chain Map which now gives details of around 42 Adidas suppliers in China, including their name, address, and geolocation.

The move comes as an automated supply chain management tool is being linked to the Green Supply Chain Map; and as the Chinese government further tightens the screw on environmental pollution in its textile and apparel sectors, including the launch last week of China’s newly established Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE). The new more powerful regulatory body replaces the previous Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) and absorbs functions that originally under six other ministries.

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:33:21 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042323428/materials-production-news/adidas-improves-supply-chain-transparency-in-china.html
Transformers highlights B2C sustainability disconnect http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042023427/shows-events/transformers-highlights-b2c-sustainability-disconnect.html AMSTERDAM – The series of presentations at this week’s Kingpins Transformers highlighted many innovative and sustainable ways in which the denim sector has been cleaning up its environmental reputation.

Much of what was discussed was impressive, but not surprising to those in the room who work in the industry. This in itself emerged as a real cause for concern. The difference in understanding between stakeholders versus consumers doesn’t appear to be shrinking.

As such, one common theme running throughout the speakers’ remarks was the need for a new approach in order to more successfully engage with consumers on the issue of sustainability efforts.

This sentiment was perhaps most succinctly communicated by Robin Cornelius, at Transformers to discuss the work of Product DNA, when he told attendees: “As long as we are just B2B we will be smart but we will not change the world.”

So how does an industry successfully communicate its message to the average high street shopper when it has become all too accustomed to discussing progress with peers who understand the relevant nuances of textile science and technology?

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:33:37 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042023427/shows-events/transformers-highlights-b2c-sustainability-disconnect.html
Partnership seeks shift to luxury fashion circularity http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042023425/fashion-retail-news/partnership-seeks-shift-to-luxury-fashion-circularity.html SAN FRANCISCO – Stella McCartney and partner firm The RealReal have launched an advertising campaign aimed at promoting circularity among luxury fashion consumers to coincide with Earth Day.

'The Future of Fashion is Circular’ ad is said to have been designed to promote a "make well, buy well, resell" message, encouraging the consumption of high quality items that retain value and are therefore able to be resold.

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:33:51 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042023425/fashion-retail-news/partnership-seeks-shift-to-luxury-fashion-circularity.html
Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2018 line-up finalised http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042023424/shows-events/copenhagen-fashion-summit-2018-line-up-finalised.html COPENHAGEN – The line-up of speakers for the 2018 Copenhagen Fashion Summit has now been finalised with the addition of several industry figures including Nike’s chief operating officer, Eric Sprunk.

It was announced in February that the keynote speakers at the conference, which for the first time has been extended as a two-day event, are fashion designer and sustainability campaigner, Stella McCartney and former editor of Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter.

The sixth edition of the event will centre around ‘sustainable solutions’ and host representatives from the textile industry, retailers and public bodies.

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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:31:33 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018042023424/shows-events/copenhagen-fashion-summit-2018-line-up-finalised.html
Wrangler highlights best practice in cotton farming http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923423/materials-production-news/wrangler-highlights-best-practise-in-cotton-farming.html GREENSBORO – As it deepens its partnership with US cotton growers, denim brand Wrangler has today published a review of 45 scientific reports which it says highlight the most significant environmental benefits of farming cotton in a more sustainable way.

The US jeans maker, which sources more than half its cotton from the US, concludes that the practices of conservation tillage, cover crops and crop rotation result in the removal of three times the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere as conventional farming methods.

It also vows to double its use of ‘sustainably-farmed’ cotton by 2019.

“When combined, they function as a system with synergistic effects such as the potential to make significant improvements in soil health and soil organic carbon content, a key indicator of soil health,” said the company.

The jeansmaker is partnering with US farmers and organisations that are working to improve soil health, aiming for industry-wide progress. With 16 per cent of global cotton production across 12.5 million acres in the US, Wrangler says cotton producers in the country can lead an important and notable change to help soil reach its optimum potential.

The new summary of research on soil health in cotton production is Wrangler’s first ever position paper report.

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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:01:40 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923423/materials-production-news/wrangler-highlights-best-practise-in-cotton-farming.html
Guess partners with Better Cotton Initiative http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923422/labels-legislation-news/guess-partners-with-better-cotton-initiative.html LOS ANGELES – Fashion brand, Guess has announced its newly-established partnership with the Better Cotton initiative (BCI) in the latest of a series of initiatives undertaken by the company to improve its sustainability credentials.

Guess has cited a goal of lowering its overall water use – a significant percentage of which is accounted for during the production of cotton for its denim portfolio – as one of the main motivations behind the decision to join forces with BCI.

This comes after the firm’s new sourcing policy released last month which committed to reducing its consumption of wood not sourced from sustainable locations to decrease the risk of contributing to deforestation and endangering indigenous communities.

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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:49:38 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923422/labels-legislation-news/guess-partners-with-better-cotton-initiative.html
Stella McCartney partners with Colorifix for V&A exhibition http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923421/dyes-chemicals-news/stella-mccartney-partners-with-colorifix-for-v-a-exhibition.html LONDON – At the launch of the ‘Fashioned From Nature’ exhibition at the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum), Stella McCartney has unveiled her latest dress which has incorporated the innovative dyeing technology developed by Colorifix.

McCartney cited the firm’s ability to use around ten times less water and forego the traditional harmful chemicals associated with traditional dyeing techniques as her primary motivations for collaborating with the UK-based firm.

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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:18:22 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923421/dyes-chemicals-news/stella-mccartney-partners-with-colorifix-for-v-a-exhibition.html
AMFI unveils new circular fashion master’s degree http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923420/materials-production-news/amfi-unveils-new-circular-fashion-master-s-degree.html AMSTERDAM – A collaboration between Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI), Circle Economy and Fashion for Good has led to the development of the world’s first master’s degree focused on circular fashion entrepreneurship.

It is hoped that this first-of-its-kind course will equip students to be more aware of the problems facing the fashion industry, thus enabling them to establish businesses of their own which champion societal, cultural and environmental values.

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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:44:17 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018041923420/materials-production-news/amfi-unveils-new-circular-fashion-master-s-degree.html