Ecotextile News https://www.ecotextile.com/ Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:59:10 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Bangladesh government issues factory closure warning http://www.ecotextile.com/2018062223566/social-compliance-csr-news/bangladesh-government-issues-factory-closure-warning.html DHAKA – The government of Bangladesh has warned garment factory owners that non-compliance regarding its deadline of December for remediation work to be undertaken will result in factory closures.

This has provided the strongest statement to date that the government intend to take over the responsibility for safety regulations at the end of this year, a move which would most probably leave the Accord and Alliance to end operations.

Despite it having been previously expected that the Accord would receive an extension until 2021, the nation’s minister for commerce cast doubt over this in a speech earlier this year by claiming that neither the Accord nor the Alliance were likely to receive an extension beyond December 2018.

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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:48:03 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018062223566/social-compliance-csr-news/bangladesh-government-issues-factory-closure-warning.html
UK committee launches ‘fast fashion’ inquiry http://www.ecotextile.com/2018062223565/labels-legislation-news/uk-committee-launches-fast-fashion-inquiry.html LONDON – The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry into the social and environmental impacts of the ‘fast fashion’ culture which has become an integral part of the apparel industry.

The investigation has been established to explore the carbon, resource use and water footprint of the apparel sector and assess potential solutions which can enable easier garment recycling and reduce waste and pollution.

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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:59:43 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018062223565/labels-legislation-news/uk-committee-launches-fast-fashion-inquiry.html
Changing the shape of fashion education http://www.ecotextile.com/2018062223564/fashion-retail-news/changing-the-shape-of-fashion-education.html AMSTERDAM – “Everything starts with education” is how Leslie Holden, head of the fashion & design department at AMFI (Amsterdam Fashion Institute), began explaining the motivation behind launching a pioneering master’s degree programme for aspiring apparel sector entrepreneurs.

The product of a collaboration between AMFI, Circle Economy and Fashion for Good, the world’s first master’s degree focused on circular fashion entrepreneurship will provide students from around the world with an interdisciplinary grounding in all aspects of non-linear fashion.

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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:28:13 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018062223564/fashion-retail-news/changing-the-shape-of-fashion-education.html
Zalando responds to NGO transparency claims http://www.ecotextile.com/2018062123563/fashion-retail-news/zalando-responds-to-ngo-transparency-claims.html BERLIN – Online fashion retailer Zalando has responded to allegations made in a speech at the company’s AGM (Annual General Meeting) regarding a perceived lack of transparency in its supply chain.

The claims were made by a representative of Femnet, an NGO which primarily focuses on the economic, cultural and social rights of women in the Asian garment industry.

Zalando has strongly refuted the accusations, saying it attaches “great importance to creating transparency and ethical conditions in the supply chain.”

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Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:04:31 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018062123563/fashion-retail-news/zalando-responds-to-ngo-transparency-claims.html
C&A Foundation Annual Report issues call to action http://www.ecotextile.com/2018062123562/social-compliance-csr-news/c-a-foundation-annual-report-issues-call-to-action.html ZUG – The C&A Foundation has today released its fifth annual report and, in doing so, not only highlighted the progress made by the organisation across the last twelve months but also called on the wider apparel industry to do more.

Transparency and advocacy are cited by the foundation as key themes which run throughout the work it is most proud of in the last year, with achievements in Europe, Asia and South America having been listed as significant steps forward – particularly in the field of workers’ rights.

In a statement accompanying the report, the organisation’s executive director referenced the need for “deep pockets, patience, and real collaboration” if the textile and apparel industries are ever to bring about real change.

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Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:13:28 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018062123562/social-compliance-csr-news/c-a-foundation-annual-report-issues-call-to-action.html
Radici designs 100 per cent recyclable gilet http://www.ecotextile.com/2018062023561/materials-production-news/radici-designs-100-per-cent-recyclable-gilet.html GANDINO – In a move to explore the potential for new circular business models for the global textile sector, the Radici Group has produced a ‘100 per cent recyclable’ nylon gilet made of over 20 separate nylon components that can be recycled multiple times.

“This is our first garment made totally from 100 per cent nylon,” Filppo Servalli Corporate Marketing & Sustainability Director at the Radici Group told Ecotextile News at a meeting in London yesterday. “The challenge was to design and produce all the panels, labels, trims, padded filling and zips on the gilet with 100 per cent high tenacity nylon that can re-used and recycled multiple times at the end of the garments life.”

He claims the nylon polymers used to spin the yarns for the lightweight gilet can be potentially recycled and re-used at least ‘four to five times’ and plugged into a circular, rather than a linear supply chain for synthetic materials.

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Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:55:09 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018062023561/materials-production-news/radici-designs-100-per-cent-recyclable-gilet.html
IKEA launches take-back pilot in Australia http://www.ecotextile.com/2018062023560/fashion-retail-news/ikea-launches-take-back-pilot-in-australia.html TEMPE – Swedish homeware giant IKEA has debuted a take-back initiative which, if extended across its global network of stores, could extend the lifecycles of a vast quantity of home textiles.

The initial phase of this trial will give customers at the firm’s Tempe branch the opportunity to rent a vehicle for free in order to return IKEA furniture to the store before receiving a voucher.

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Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:55:36 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018062023560/fashion-retail-news/ikea-launches-take-back-pilot-in-australia.html
Textiles a focus of London Circular Economy Week http://www.ecotextile.com/2018062023559/shows-events/textiles-a-focus-of-london-circular-economy-week.html LONDON – As part of the inaugural Circular Economy Week in London, businesses, charities and social enterprises are being urged to implement circular practices and tackle the biggest issues facing, amongst other industries, the textile sector.

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Wed, 20 Jun 2018 09:13:00 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018062023559/shows-events/textiles-a-focus-of-london-circular-economy-week.html
C&A Foundation funding boost for circular initiatives http://www.ecotextile.com/2018062023558/materials-production-news/c-a-foundation-funding-boost-for-circular-initiatives.html AMSTERDAM – The C&A Foundation has confirmed that five initiatives, selected as part of its 2017 ‘Bridging the Gap’ RFP (Request for Proposals), are to receive a combined total of €1.29 million to support the implementation of circularity in the textiles supply chain.

Upon the announcement of this funding injection, C&A Foundation reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring circular business models become the industry norm, describing this as “essential” to transforming the fashion industry.

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Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:55:47 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018062023558/materials-production-news/c-a-foundation-funding-boost-for-circular-initiatives.html
Student designers seek alternative wool PETA prize http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061923557/shows-events/student-designers-seek-alternative-wool-peta-prize.html NEW YORK – The winner of the 2018 PETA Prize for Animal-Free Wool will be decided this week, with three shortlisted designers hoping their innovative alternative to wool fibres will be chosen at an awards ceremony at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York.

The prize forms part of the Biodesign Challenge and is sponsored by PETA, Stella McCartney and Stray Dog Capital. The selected design students are subsequently partnered with biotech professionals to help advance the proposed innovative fibre biotechnology.

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Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:13:30 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061923557/shows-events/student-designers-seek-alternative-wool-peta-prize.html
Book review: Will the organism devour the host? http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061923556/shows-events/book-review-will-the-organism-devour-the-host.html Transnational corporations are in the process of taking over debates on the environment and sustainability, writing the rules and bending the targets to suit their commercial aims. Their grand plan is to create “a regulatory setting amenable to maximising production, profits and sales,” says Peter Dauvergne in his caustic but highly readable critique of ethical corporate behaviour in: Will Big Business Destroy our Planet?

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Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:56:00 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061923556/shows-events/book-review-will-the-organism-devour-the-host.html
John Lewis and Guess latest circular fashion converts http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061923555/fashion-retail-news/john-lewis-and-guess-latest-circular-fashion-converts.html LONDON & LOS ANGELES – UK-based retailer John Lewis has launched a pilot ‘buy-back’ programme in partnership with recycling specialist Stuffsr. The scheme will be made available to a small number of customers as a precursor to rolling out a full-scale version later in the year.

Similarly, fashion retailer Guess has announced a partnership with I:CO in an initiative which facilitates the collection, certified sorting, reuse and recycling of used apparel and footwear.

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Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:30:08 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061923555/fashion-retail-news/john-lewis-and-guess-latest-circular-fashion-converts.html
China shutdowns squeeze textile dyeing industry http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061823554/dyes-chemicals-news/china-shutdowns-squeeze-textile-dyeing-industry.html BEIJING – The global textile dyeing sector is struggling to deal with sky high prices after tougher environmental legislation in China forced the closure of intermediate factories and severely restricted the supply of key ingredient chemicals.

New information obtained by Ecotextile News reveals that some of the largest intermediate suppliers in Jiangsu province have shut down completely after a series of environmental transgressions and serious industrial accidents.

One supplier told us: “The impacts are huge, and supplies seem likely to get very, very tight. Hopefully the big brands will realise they will now have to pay more for their dyed textile goods.”

In some instances, the price of disperse dyes are significantly higher than in 2013 which was historically known as the high price point for textile intermediates – yet today’s prices for some orange shades are even said to be 70 per cent higher than they were back then.

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Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:56:12 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061823554/dyes-chemicals-news/china-shutdowns-squeeze-textile-dyeing-industry.html
Google invests in JD.com, concern on the high street http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061823553/fashion-retail-news/google-invests-in-jd-com-concern-on-the-high-street.html BEIJING – JD.com, one of China’s largest E-commerce firms, has announced that Google are set to invest around US$550 million in the company in order to advance a strategic partnership with the aim of developing a ‘personalised and frictionless’ consumer experience.

This partnership may present a real worry for many traditional fashion retailers, several of whom in recent weeks have announced substantial dips in profits – with some resorting to immediate and wide-ranging price reductions just to stem the decrease in business.

These companies may well be fearful as, earlier this year, the CEO of Google’s new partner, Richard Liu, said: “Sooner or later, our entire industry will be operated by AI and robots, not humans.”

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Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:08:59 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061823553/fashion-retail-news/google-invests-in-jd-com-concern-on-the-high-street.html
Textile waste t-shirts for World Cleanup Day collaboration http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061823552/shows-events/textile-waste-t-shirts-for-world-cleanup-day-collaboration.html TALLINN – Ahead of World Cleanup Day, designer Reet Aus has teamed up with the Let’s Do It! Foundation to produce a range of t-shirts by salvaging around five tonnes of textile which would otherwise have been destined for landfill.

The collaboration aims to produce 30,000 t-shirts using textile waste sourced from Bangladeshi garment factories, with profits being directed towards World Cleanup Day.

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Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:13:11 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061823552/shows-events/textile-waste-t-shirts-for-world-cleanup-day-collaboration.html
Child labour in agriculture is rising, says UN body http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061823551/social-compliance-csr-news/child-labour-in-agriculture-is-rising-says-un-body.html ROME – Following years of concerted efforts to ensure the decline of child labour in the agricultural sector, the problem is now on the rise once again according to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).

Driven by conflicts and an increasingly volatile climate, the latest figures suggest that around ten million more children have been forced into agricultural labour since 2012.

The UN states that this worrying trend must be addressed in order to ensure progress is achieved in fulfilling target 8.7 of the organisation’s SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

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Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:56:45 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061823551/social-compliance-csr-news/child-labour-in-agriculture-is-rising-says-un-body.html
MAS Holdings partner with ADEC on CleanChain platform http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061523550/dyes-chemicals-news/mas-holdings-partner-with-adec-on-cleanchain-platform.html COLOMBO – MAS Holdings has invested in CleanChain, a software platform developed by ADEC Innovations which it hopes can spearhead efforts to remove hazardous materials from its supply chain.

CleanChain is an online chemical information management system which enables manufacturers with a database of more than 32,000 chemicals along with the results of analyses conducted on these textile chemical products.

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Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:33:09 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061523550/dyes-chemicals-news/mas-holdings-partner-with-adec-on-cleanchain-platform.html
Innovation Fest celebrates one year of Fashion for Good http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061523549/shows-events/innovation-fest-celebrates-one-year-of-fashion-for-good.html AMSTERDAM – To mark its first anniversary, Fashion for Good has hosted Innovation Fest – an event which brings together around 180 brands, retailers, suppliers, non-profit organisations, investors and innovators to discuss cutting-edge solutions to the problems which face the fashion sector.

In addition to focusing on what lies ahead, the event has also given the organisation a chance to showcase and celebrate the progress it has made in a highly productive first year in operation.

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Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:56:24 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061523549/shows-events/innovation-fest-celebrates-one-year-of-fashion-for-good.html
CHT helps Jack & Jones lower its denim impact http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061523548/dyes-chemicals-news/cht-helps-jack-jones-lower-its-denim-impact.html TÜBINGEN – Denim brand Jack & Jones has partnered with the German-based textile auxiliaries specialist CHT Group to replace the use of enzymes, pumice stones, chlorine bleach and potentially hazardous potassium permanganate for producing new jeans with the much sought after distressed look.

The new ‘Low Impact Denim’ collection from Jack & Jones brand, which is owned by Bestseller of Denmark, will use CHT’s ‘organIQ’ patented bleaching system that can be applied to denim as a fine spray mist to give significant reductions in water consumption.

Jack & Jones is set to launch its Low Impact Denim Collection in stores and online at this coming August.

The move comes as the CHT Group also ramps up its involvement with the ZDHC (zero discharge of hazardous chemicals). The company says it’s already uploaded more than 750 of its textile chemical formulation in the ZDHC Gateway with 78 per cent of these rated at the highest level 3 for conformance to the ZDHC MRSL (manufacturing substance list).

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Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:56:10 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061523548/dyes-chemicals-news/cht-helps-jack-jones-lower-its-denim-impact.html
Savers urges textile industry to adopt circularity http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061523547/fashion-retail-news/savers-seeks-industry-collaboration-on-textile-circularity.html BELLEVUE – Following the release of the third State of Reuse Report by US apparel retailer Savers, the firm’s vice president of recycling and reuse spoke to Ecotextile News to discuss its findings and how the industry can transform its relationship with consumption.

The annual study sets out to examine consumers’ shopping habits and identify potential solutions to the ever-growing problem of textile waste – the extent of which, and its subsequent environmental impact, is only now beginning to be quantified through scientific research.

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Fri, 15 Jun 2018 10:25:11 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018061523547/fashion-retail-news/savers-seeks-industry-collaboration-on-textile-circularity.html