Ecotextile News https://www.ecotextile.com/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:14:47 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Interview: Ma Jun, Director, Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE), China http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042522722/editor-s-pick/interview-ma-jun-director-institute-of-public-environmental-affairs-ipe-china.html The biggest problem with addressing environmental issues in China's vast textile industry is not simply about money or new technology – it's about lack of motivation according to Ma Jun, Director of the Beijing-based Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE).

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:01:50 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042522722/editor-s-pick/interview-ma-jun-director-institute-of-public-environmental-affairs-ipe-china.html
Study quantifies benefits of Fairtrade cotton http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042522721/materials-production-news/study-quantifies-benefits-of-fairtrade-cotton.html LONDON - New research which used natural capital accounting methods to compare the impact of Fairtrade over conventionally grown cotton claims the combined social and environmental costs of Fairtrade cotton farming are five times lower than that of conventional cotton farming.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:34:18 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042522721/materials-production-news/study-quantifies-benefits-of-fairtrade-cotton.html
Circular economy underpins new Lenzing strategy http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042522720/materials-production-news/circular-economy-underpins-new-lenzing-strategy.html LENZING – Austrian speciality fibre business Lenzing has launched a new sustainability strategy which, it says, is based on the principles of the circular economy. As part of the strategy, Lenzing will use an internal benchmark called the 'net benefit principle' which enables an objective assessment of whether a product contributes added value to the environment and society, as well as to Lenzing’s partners.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:59:52 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042522720/materials-production-news/circular-economy-underpins-new-lenzing-strategy.html
KEMI calls for tighter REACH regulations http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042422719/dyes-chemicals-news/kemi-calls-for-tighter-reach-regulations.html BRUSSELS - The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) has called for EU regulators to raise the quality threshold for applications to register chemical substances. The agency made the call as the European Commission this spring conducts its five-year review of the REACH chemical legislation which is carried out by EU member states, the EU Commission and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). This is REACH's second review since it came into force in 2007.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:43:40 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042422719/dyes-chemicals-news/kemi-calls-for-tighter-reach-regulations.html
100 apparel brands ranked on transparency http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042422718/fashion-retail-news/100-apparel-brands-ranked-on-transparency.html LONDON - New research has reviewed and ranked how much information 100 of the largest global fashion companies publish about their social and environmental policies, practices and impacts. Marks & Spencer, Adidas, Reebok, H&M, Gap and Puma are top of the list, however, a sizeable majority of brands score lowly in the report, which is propped up by poor performers such as Ralph Lauren, Forever 21, Prada, Lacoste and Matalan.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:24:06 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042422718/fashion-retail-news/100-apparel-brands-ranked-on-transparency.html
Calls for new safety agreement in Bangladesh http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042422717/materials-production-news/calls-for-new-safety-agreement-in-bangladesh.html DHAKA - Bangladesh needs a new agreement in order to ensure its garment industry remains a safe place for workers after the Bangladesh Accord and Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety come to an end in 2018. The call has been made by Industriall assistant general secretary Jenny Holdcroft who claims that with one more year to go of the current agreements, and many factories behind schedule with repair plans, Bangladesh is at "a critical point."

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:51:23 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042422717/materials-production-news/calls-for-new-safety-agreement-in-bangladesh.html
Adidas launches new ocean plastic trainers http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042122716/fashion-retail-news/adidas-launches-new-ocean-plastic-trainers.html HERZOGENAURACH – German sportswear giant Adidas has announced another step in its commitment to create one million pairs of shoes made from up-cycled marine plastic in 2017. The business will release three new Parley running shoes next month as well as staging an adidas x Parley Run for the Oceans digital event. In addition, the company says four Major League Soccer (MLS) will wear jerseys made from Parley Ocean Plastic on pitch this weekend as a sign of support for the initiative.

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:11:05 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042122716/fashion-retail-news/adidas-launches-new-ocean-plastic-trainers.html
Gap to accelerate use of sustainable fibres http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042122715/fashion-retail-news/gap-to-accelerate-use-of-sustainable-fibres.html SAN FRANCISCO – US brands Gap and Athleta have announced plans to accelerate the use of more sustainable fibres in apparel production within the next five years. Gap has committed to obtain 100 per cent of its cotton from more sustainable sources - such as BCI and organic - by 2021, while Athleta, whose assortment predominantly features technical fabrics, said that by 2020, 80 per cent of its apparel materials will be made with sustainable fibres.

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:39:06 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042122715/fashion-retail-news/gap-to-accelerate-use-of-sustainable-fibres.html
Doing the right thing? http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042122714/fashion-retail-news/doing-the-right-thing.html PETERBOROUGH – The ASBCI's recent conference on sustainability in the fashion supply chain offered a blend of harsh reality and hope for the future. Focusing on the role and responsibility of the global textile industry in tackling some of the most pressing environmental challenges facing the world today, the speakers made it clear that while good work is being done across the supply chain, there is still a very long way to go.

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:04:15 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042122714/fashion-retail-news/doing-the-right-thing.html
Ashoka summit aims to scale-up social innovation http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042022713/social-compliance-csr-news/ashoka-summit-aims-to-scale-up-social-innovation.html BANGALORE – As part of the week-long events on sustainability in the global textile and apparel sectors, Ashoka and C&A Foundation will host the Fabric of Change Globalizer Summit on Friday, May 26th, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Bangalore, India.

This event will highlight Ashoka’s global network of Ashoka Fellows who implement system-changing solutions to human and environmental problems. In partnership with C&A Foundation, Ashoka has selected a cohort of leading apparel-industry innovators ready to scale their solutions. This works through a tailored accelerator program – the Ashoka Globalizer– where these innovators work together with advisors to refine their scaling strategy to reach the greatest social impact.

For the culmination of the Globalizer process, these Ashoka Fellows will meet up in Bangalore, in conjunction with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s annual meeting and two days after the Planet Textiles 2017 Summit, where all events will be located at the same venue. SAC and Planet Textiles attendees are welcome to join the Ashoka Globalizer Summit on Friday, May 26th, for a day of collaborative sessions, inspiring talks and an evening cocktail reception.

Ashoka says: “The Fabric of Change initiative is unlocking the unique power and potential of social entrepreneurs and their solutions to advance our shared vision: transforming the apparel industry as a force for good.”

The Globalizer Summit is being co-organised with leading global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, which will connect the Ashoka Fellows with strategy through partners and industry experts to help rapidly spread their innovations and empower new communities within the value chain.

Free registration is via Eventbrite here: https://fabricofchange.eventbrite.com

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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:47:59 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042022713/social-compliance-csr-news/ashoka-summit-aims-to-scale-up-social-innovation.html
Research: fast fashion causing groundwater depletion http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042022712/materials-production-news/research-fast-fashion-causing-groundwater-depletion.html BEIJING - The alarming environmental impact of the global fast fashion industry is underlined by new research showing how cotton crops are having a huge impact on groundwater depletion (GWD) due to irrigation withdrawals in cotton growing countries such as Pakistan, India and the US. The research suggests cotton demand from China has increased in tandem with the rapid growth of the leading fast fashion businesses over the past 15 years.

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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:16:08 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042022712/materials-production-news/research-fast-fashion-causing-groundwater-depletion.html
Global coalition calls for supply chain transparency http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042022711/fashion-retail-news/global-coalition-calls-for-supply-chain-transparency.html LONDON – A global coalition of unions, human and labour rights advocates are calling on more apparel and footwear businesses to join 17 leading brands that have signed a new transparency pledge to reveal names and addresses of their supplier factories. The pledge commits a company to regularly publish on its website a list naming all sites that manufacture its products by December 2017. Adidas, C&A, Esprit, G-Star, H&M, Levis, Lindex, Nike, Patagonia, Asos and New Look are among the companies that have committed to the pledge.

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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:02:59 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042022711/fashion-retail-news/global-coalition-calls-for-supply-chain-transparency.html
Lindex unveils sustainability progress http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042022710/fashion-retail-news/lindex-unveils-sustainability-progress.html GOTHENBURG - Swedish fashion retailer's latest sustainability report shows steady progress towards the company's 2020 social and environmental goals. The company's target is that 80 per cent of its garments will be made from more sustainable fibres by 2020. In 2016 Lindex reached over 50 per cent, while more than 90 per cent of the fashion company's cotton came from more sustainable sources.

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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:26:01 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042022710/fashion-retail-news/lindex-unveils-sustainability-progress.html
Berghaus makes supplier list public http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042022709/fashion-retail-news/berghaus-makes-supplier-list-public.html SUNDERLAND - UK outdoor brand Berghaus is to make all of its direct factory suppliers public in a bid to aid transparency. The company is a member of Pentland Group plc, a privately held brand management company, involved in the sports, outdoor and fashion markets which also owns JD Sports. Pentland's direct factories, including those used to make Berghaus products, have now been made publicly available in the form of an interactive map.

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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:44:26 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017042022709/fashion-retail-news/berghaus-makes-supplier-list-public.html
MEP concern at Sri Lankan worker conditions http://www.ecotextile.com/2017041922708/social-compliance-csr-news/mep-concern-at-sri-lankan-worker-conditions.html BRUSSELS - EU consumers would be ashamed if they knew about the poor working conditions of the women who produce the clothes they buy from Sri Lanka – that's the view of Lola Sánchez Caldentey, Member of the European Parliament (MEP). Her comments came after she visited the country with fellow MEP Anne-Marie Mineur to evaluate labour rights in the country's apparel sector prior to the European Union's decision on granting Sri Lanka preferential trade access. Sri Lanka's labour rights regime is under scrutiny as the European Union is set to decide next month whether the country is entitled to preferential trade access to the EU under the GSP+ regime (Generalised Scheme of Preferences). Sri Lanka has been suspended from GSP+ since 2010 because of its human rights record. The apparel industry accounts for about half of Sri Lanka's total exports.

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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:45:10 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017041922708/social-compliance-csr-news/mep-concern-at-sri-lankan-worker-conditions.html
Unions help avert repeat of Rana Plaza http://www.ecotextile.com/2017041922707/materials-production-news/unions-help-avert-repeat-of-rana-plaza.html DHAKA – On the eve of the fourth anniversary of Rana Plaza, trade unions operating in Bangladesh claim to have averted similar industrial disaster after supporting more than 3,000 workers who refused to work in an unsafe building. The workers were in the 15-storey Ananta Plaza building in Dhaka, home to the Ananta Fashion and Ananta Apparels garment factories, when a section of the ground floor collapsed earlier this month.

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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:46:33 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017041922707/materials-production-news/unions-help-avert-repeat-of-rana-plaza.html
Zara, Patagonia top in labour rights report http://www.ecotextile.com/2017041922706/fashion-retail-news/zara-patagonia-top-in-labour-rights-report.html NEW SOUTH WALES - Zara and Patagonia have come out top of the class in a new report which ranks apparel brands and retailers on their labour rights management systems. Both scored straight A grades in the report, which assessed 40 criteria to analyse each company's supply chain practices in the four key areas of policies, knowing suppliers, auditing and supplier relationships and worker voice. Falling into the 'could do better' category were Puma (B-), H&M (B+), and Uniqlo (B).

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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:45:43 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017041922706/fashion-retail-news/zara-patagonia-top-in-labour-rights-report.html
More than half of Americans throw out old clothes http://www.ecotextile.com/2017041822705/materials-production-news/more-than-half-of-americans-throw-out-old-clothes.html WASHINGTON - More than half of Americans surveyed said they throw out old clothing rather than donating it, while 62 per cent said they throw items away because they don't think a donation centre will take them. These were some of the findings of recent research into the clothing recycling habits of US consumers. The US has a notoriously low textile recycling rate with data from the US Environmental Protection Agency showing that roughly 84 per cent, or 26 billion pounds, of textiles are still heading into landfills each year.

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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:45:55 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017041822705/materials-production-news/more-than-half-of-americans-throw-out-old-clothes.html
HanesBrands outlines environmental performance http://www.ecotextile.com/2017041822704/fashion-retail-news/hanesbrands-outlines-environmental-performance.html NORTH CAROLIBA – US apparel business HanesBrands has released its latest CSR report which outlines its 2016 environmental performance data on energy use, carbon dioxide emissions, water use, renewable energy and landfill diversion. The report outlines steady progress towards the company's 2020 goals.

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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:44:57 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017041822704/fashion-retail-news/hanesbrands-outlines-environmental-performance.html
New directory maps apparel sector NGOs http://www.ecotextile.com/2017041822703/social-compliance-csr-news/new-directory-maps-apparel-sector-ngos.html ZUG - The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) has released the first version of a new free data directory that shows which organisations are providing public information related to working conditions in the global apparel industry. The directory includes data which has the potential to increase accountability on an ongoing basis, including data which is publicly available, which names specific entities (countries, brands, suppliers etc.), and also which is regularly updated to enable comparison between peers and over time. The first release of the directory includes 33 organisations.

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:51:12 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017041822703/social-compliance-csr-news/new-directory-maps-apparel-sector-ngos.html