Ecotextile News https://www.ecotextile.com/ Tue, 30 May 2017 13:04:50 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) RadiciGroup formalises supplier codes http://www.ecotextile.com/2017053022783/materials-production-news/radicigroup-formalises-supplier-codes.html MILAN - Italian synthetic fibres, chemicals and plastics company, RadiciGroup has formalised its commitment to a sustainable supply chain with the establishment of new supplier and customer codes of conduct. The codes cover issues such as business integrity, transparency, the refusal of forced use of labour, the correct treatment of employees and freedom of association, with an overriding focus on value creation, environmental performance and social responsibility throughout the supply chain.

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Tue, 30 May 2017 12:55:33 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017053022783/materials-production-news/radicigroup-formalises-supplier-codes.html
C&A Foundation launches impact fund http://www.ecotextile.com/2017053022782/fashion-retail-news/c-a-foundation-launches-impact-fund.html BANGALORE – Ashoka, a global network of social entrepreneurs, and the C&A Foundation have launched a new €250,000 fund as part of their joint Fabric of Change initiative supporting social innovation in the apparel industry. The fund, launched at the Fabric of Change 'Globalizer' Summit in Bangalore, India, will award financial support to participating social entrepreneurs — Ashoka Fellows — to facilitate transition from scaling up strategy planning to strategy implementation. A total of €250,000 has been allocated to the C&A Foundation Scaling Impact Fund.

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Tue, 30 May 2017 10:01:30 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017053022782/fashion-retail-news/c-a-foundation-launches-impact-fund.html
Kingbird introduces Oeko-Tex Standard 100 yarns http://www.ecotextile.com/2017053022781/materials-production-news/kingbird-introduces-oeko-tex-standard-100-yarns.html NINGBO - Kingbird, a leading yarns and threads manufacturer in China, has introduced the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 as part of its commitment to adhere to all global quality standards. Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex outlines all the fundamental quality testing procedures for raw materials, semi-finished to finished textile products. The testing criteria involves assessing quality of knitted fabrics, buttons, woven fabrics, dyed yarns, finished yarns, labels, sewing threads and so on.

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Tue, 30 May 2017 08:37:09 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017053022781/materials-production-news/kingbird-introduces-oeko-tex-standard-100-yarns.html
Chemnitz University to host sustainable textile event http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052622780/shows-events/chemnitz-university-to-host-sustainable-textile-event.html CHEMNITZ – More than 30 international specialists from across the textile industry will gather in Chemnitz from September 18-20 for the premiere of the 'Sustainable Textile School'. Chemnitz University of Technology and Gherzi Textil Organisation will cooperate with many international, national and regional partners to host the event.

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Fri, 26 May 2017 09:49:43 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052622780/shows-events/chemnitz-university-to-host-sustainable-textile-event.html
Wrangler backs US sustainable cotton pilot http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052522779/fashion-retail-news/wrangler-backs-us-sustainable-cotton-pilot.html DETROIT - American denim brand Wrangler has announced the launch of a pilot program to help US cotton farmers to improve sustainable growing practices. The announcement took place at the Sustainable Brands conference in Detroit, where Wrangler co-hosted the Good Apparel pavilion.

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Thu, 25 May 2017 11:02:39 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052522779/fashion-retail-news/wrangler-backs-us-sustainable-cotton-pilot.html
Levi grants US$350,000 for fellowship programme http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052522778/fashion-retail-news/levi-grants-us-350-000-for-fellowship-programme.html SAN FRANCISCO – Levi Strauss is granting more than US$350,000 to the inaugural class of its collaboratory fellows who are working to create a more sustainable apparel industry. The funding will go towards new approaches and innovations in the apparel supply chain. Projects include expanding a natural indigo dyeing facility, creating products that are less water-intensive and making wastewater treatment solutions more accessible to small artisan workshops.

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Thu, 25 May 2017 09:49:26 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052522778/fashion-retail-news/levi-grants-us-350-000-for-fellowship-programme.html
Brands make 2025 sustainable cotton pledge http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052522777/materials-production-news/brands-make-2025-sustainable-cotton-pledge.html LONDON – Levi Strauss, Kering, M&S and H&M are among 13 of the world's leading apparel brands which have signed a sustainable cotton pledge to use 100 per cent "sustainable cotton" by 2025. The pledge was the result of a meeting attended by HRH The Prince of Wales and organised by The Prince's International Sustainability Unit (ISU) in collaboration with Marks & Spencer and The Soil Association. The companies that have signed the sustainable cotton communiqué are: ASOS, Eileen Fisher, Greenfibres, H&M, IKEA, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co., Lindex, M&S, Nike, Sainsbury's, F&F at Tesco and Woolworths Holdings. Together these companies use in excess of 300,000 tonnes of cotton annually.

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Thu, 25 May 2017 09:17:18 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052522777/materials-production-news/brands-make-2025-sustainable-cotton-pledge.html
Planet Textiles 2017: practicalities and solutions http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052422776/shows-events/planet-textiles-2017-practicalities-and-solutions.html BANGALORE – More than 300 delegates from across the textile supply chain gathered today in Bangalore, India, for the 2017 edition of sustainability summit Planet Textiles. Stacey Dove reports.

With water consumption a key theme of this year’s event, Ecotextile News editor and Planet Textiles moderator John Mowbray noted: “Often when we talk about water use we get obsessed with metrics … we tend to forget about the communities where the textiles are produced.”

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Thu, 25 May 2017 08:07:23 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052422776/shows-events/planet-textiles-2017-practicalities-and-solutions.html
Sympatex closes the loop with outdoor jacket http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052422775/materials-production-news/sympatex-closes-the-loop-with-outdoor-jacket.html FRIEDRICHSHAFEN – German functional textiles business Sympatex Technologies has worked with a group of influencers, including Greenpeace, to develop a prototype functional jacket which combines wearable technology with recyclable functional materials to meet the ecological requirements of a 'closed loop' project. The prototype was designed during a two-day design hackathon held in Mittenwald, Germany and will now premiere at the upcoming Outdoor trade show in Friedrichshafen.

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Thu, 25 May 2017 08:07:36 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052422775/materials-production-news/sympatex-closes-the-loop-with-outdoor-jacket.html
Lenzing aims for sustainability benchmark with new fibres http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052422774/materials-production-news/lenzing-aims-for-sustainability-benchmark-with-new-fibres.html LENZING - This autumn, Austrian speciality fibre maker Lenzing will launch a new brand of viscose fibres which it claims will set a "new industry-wide benchmark in the sustainability of viscose fibres." As well as using sustainable wood sources (FSC or PEFC certified), the fibres will be produced using a production process which is claimed to have significantly lower emissions and water impact than conventional viscose. In addition, the fibres will offer full supply chain transparency through use of a special technology which enables their identification in the final product.

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Thu, 25 May 2017 08:08:40 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052422774/materials-production-news/lenzing-aims-for-sustainability-benchmark-with-new-fibres.html
Better Work and Fair Wear to collaborate http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052322773/social-compliance-csr-news/better-work-and-fair-wear-to-collaborate.html HAGUE - Better Work has announced plans to collaborate with Fair Wear Foundation, an international multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at improving working conditions in the garment industry, to streamline factory-level operations and offer business partners new benefits. An agreement was signed at the Human Rights and Garment Conference in the Hague, the Netherlands while the collaboration will officially begin with an 18 month pilot from June.

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Tue, 23 May 2017 09:12:34 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052322773/social-compliance-csr-news/better-work-and-fair-wear-to-collaborate.html
ECAP confident of meeting 2019 goals http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052322772/materials-production-news/ecap-confident-of-meeting-2019-goals.html WAKEFIELD - The European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) has outlined its goals and commitments in an exclusive interview with Ecotextile News. Keith James, manager of sustainable textiles at ECAP and WRAP says ECAP is confident of meeting its 2019 goals which include diverting 90,000 tonnes of clothing waste from landfill or incineration every year; stopping 1.6 million tonnes of CO2e arising through more sustainable practices; and saving 588 million m3 of water.

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Thu, 25 May 2017 08:09:19 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017052322772/materials-production-news/ecap-confident-of-meeting-2019-goals.html
Website offers alternatives to toxic chemicals http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051922771/dyes-chemicals-news/website-offers-alternatives-to-toxic-chemicals.html GOTHENBURG - A new marketplace style website has been launched which offers safer alternatives to potentially toxic chemicals. The developers say the website is aimed at progressive companies looking to future-proof their chemicals management and, given the ongoing drive to find safe alternatives to a number of hazardous chemicals currently used in the global textile industry, could potentially be of interest to organisations such as the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC).

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Thu, 25 May 2017 08:09:01 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051922771/dyes-chemicals-news/website-offers-alternatives-to-toxic-chemicals.html
Overconsumption of clothing a “global phenomenon” http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051922770/fashion-retail-news/overconsumption-of-clothing-a-global-phenomenon.html HAMBURG – Overconsumption of clothing is a global phenomenon according to an international survey of consumers, with compulsive fashion shoppers regularly overspending on new clothes in spite of not being able to use them, and post-shopping excitement often turning into guilt after less than a day.

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Fri, 19 May 2017 08:54:00 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051922770/fashion-retail-news/overconsumption-of-clothing-a-global-phenomenon.html
M&S exec: consumers won't pay more for sustainable clothing http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051822769/shows-events/m-s-exec-consumers-won-t-pay-more-for-sustainable-clothing.html BERLIN - Lack of willingness by consumers to pay more for green products is a "major dilemma" for the apparel industry - that's the view of Marks & Spencer sustainability manager Fiona Wheatley.

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Thu, 25 May 2017 08:08:19 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051822769/shows-events/m-s-exec-consumers-won-t-pay-more-for-sustainable-clothing.html
Interview: Angelo Radici, president, Radici Group http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051822768/editor-s-pick/interview-angelo-radici-president-radici-group.html Angelo Radici, president of the Italian global manufacturer of synthetic fibres and plastic materials says the biggest challenge for his our Group in the coming years is 'undoubtedly the complete recyclability of synthetic fibres'. He reveals the company has for some time been working with certain customers to define formulations that can make the finished product fully recyclable.

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Thu, 18 May 2017 12:00:17 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051822768/editor-s-pick/interview-angelo-radici-president-radici-group.html
Industry leaders launch sustainable cotton coalition http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051822767/labels-legislation-news/industry-leaders-launch-sustainable-cotton-coalition.html LONDON – A number of leading apparel brands and retailers, cotton standards, existing industry initiatives and other stakeholders across the supply chain have come together to form ‘Cotton 2040’ – a newly developed initiative designed to “accelerate action” and help evolve sustainable cotton into a mainstream commodity.

Led by sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future, alongside the C&A Foundation, the initiative includes support from M&S and Target, the Better Cotton Initiative and Cotton Made in Africa (CMiA), Textile Exchange, the Fairtrade Foundation, Cotton Connect, IDH, Cotton Australia, Value Added in Africa and Organic Cotton Accelerator, as well as the London College of Fashion.

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Thu, 25 May 2017 08:11:14 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051822767/labels-legislation-news/industry-leaders-launch-sustainable-cotton-coalition.html
BCI: time to preach "beyond choir" on sustainability http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051822766/shows-events/bci-time-to-preach-beyond-choir-on-sustainability.html BERLIN - The Better Cotton Initiative has revealed season projections for BCI production during the 2016-17 period. At the ongoing BCI conference in Berlin, BCI CEO Alan McClay said 3,500,000mt of Better Cotton are forecast to be produced in 23 countries on 1,400,000 acres of land. If these figures are reached, this would see Better Cotton taking 14 per cent of the global cotton market, with ambitions to increase this drastically in the next few years.

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Wed, 24 May 2017 11:24:20 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051822766/shows-events/bci-time-to-preach-beyond-choir-on-sustainability.html
Pulse report slammed by Greenpeace http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051822765/social-compliance-csr-news/pulse-report-slammed-by-greenpeace.html AMSTERDAM – The high profile Pulse of the Fashion Industry report which was presented at the Copenhagen Fashion summit last week has come under fire from Greenpeace for being in thrall to the growth-obsessed fast fashion industry.

As noted by Ecotextile News in our recent story on Pulse, the report claims fast fashion is not an immediate problem for the global apparel sector – a claim many in our industry will take great issue with given its resource-intensive, wasteful nature.

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Thu, 18 May 2017 08:57:01 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051822765/social-compliance-csr-news/pulse-report-slammed-by-greenpeace.html
One week to Planet Textiles 2017 http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051722764/shows-events/one-week-to-planet-textiles-2017.html There are only seven days to go before Planet Textiles 2017 takes place next week in Bangalore, India and it’s the last chance for delegates to sign up for event as places are now strictly limited.

You can see the full agenda HERE, which includes 4 breakout sessions on water use, wastewater pollution, chemical management, a special session run by the ZDHC Foundation and a table top exhibition of solution providers.

You can register as a last-minute delegate HERE – although we anticipate that registration will have to close in the next few days.

Perhaps the strongest Planet Textiles event yet, the highly topical issues of water availability, water conservation in wet processing, wastewater discharge, the circular economy and the rise of environmental awareness in India will dominate this year’s event which is being held on 24th May at the JW Marriot Hotel in Bangalore, India.

The event takes place in partnership with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and is sandwiched between the two-day SAC annual members meeting and the SAC manufacturers forum. For anyone interested in practical solutions to the issue of sustainability in the global textile sector this is a unique, 'must attend' event.

Registered delegates including some of the biggest brand names in apparel retail and a healthy representation of the Indian textile industry, NGOs and textile suppliers.

A table top exhibition will feature 20 different solutions providers.

More information can be found at the Planet Textiles website.

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Wed, 17 May 2017 12:37:40 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017051722764/shows-events/one-week-to-planet-textiles-2017.html