Ecotextile News https://www.ecotextile.com/ Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:43:29 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) EOCA embarks on ISPO donation drive http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011923206/shows-events/eoca-embarks-on-ispo-donation-drive.html MUNICH – The European Conservation Association (EOCA) has confirmed its attendance at ISPO Munich in order to raise funds which support conservation projects around the world.

This round of fundraising is hoped to provide the necessary support in order to complete the target, set in 2016, to plant 2 million trees by the summer of this year.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:45:41 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011923206/shows-events/eoca-embarks-on-ispo-donation-drive.html
Basque fashion brand signals circular future http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011923205/materials-production-news/basque-fashion-brand-signals-circular-future.html LEZAMA – Ethical fashion label SkunkFunk has released a new report – Sustainability in fashion. Is it really possible? – which details the company’s environmental progress, where it has moved from using 10 per cent ‘environmentally conscious’ raw materials in its collections to around 90 per cent today.

The company, headquartered in Basque Country, holds further ambitions of using 100 per cent organic cotton by 2020, operating entirely on renewable energy and establishing product repair centres in all retail stores, in a bid to prolong the lifespan of its clothing.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:54:45 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011923205/materials-production-news/basque-fashion-brand-signals-circular-future.html
Brands release targets for commitment to circularity http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011823204/social-compliance-csr-news/brands-release-targets-for-commitment-to-circularity.html At last year’s Copenhagen Fashion Summit, 64 leading fashion companies including: Asos, H&M and VF Corporation, signed a commitment to accelerate the transition to a circular fashion system.  Those companies, who own 142 of the world’s most famous brands, committed to setting targets in one or more of four action points to be achieved by 2020, and have now released their individual targets.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:12:42 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011823204/social-compliance-csr-news/brands-release-targets-for-commitment-to-circularity.html
YESS in no doubt over cotton transparency http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011823203/social-compliance-csr-news/yess-in-no-doubt-over-cotton-transparency.html The Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) has unveiled the development plans for its YESS (Yarn Ethically & Sustainably Sourced) initiative, aimed at eradicating slavery and forced labour from the cotton supply chain.

RSN says the YESS programme enables participating brands to comply with anti-slavery regulations, thus improving supply chain transparency and providing consumers with the confidence that companies are taking a collaborative approach to improve the industry.

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Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:40:19 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011823203/social-compliance-csr-news/yess-in-no-doubt-over-cotton-transparency.html
Berlin sees sustainable surge http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011723202/shows-events/berlin-sees-sustainable-surge.html BERLIN – A strong theme of sustainability is in evidence across the various shows which form Berlin Fashion Week. FashionTech, held this year at Kraftwerk, has featured brands and speakers with more of an environmental focus than ever before.

To coincide, FashionSustain looks set to reinforce the message, further emphasizing the importance of circular practices in today’s fashion and textile sectors. David Styles reports live from Berlin.

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:14:53 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011723202/shows-events/berlin-sees-sustainable-surge.html
Review shines new light on textile microplastics http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011623201/materials-production-news/review-shines-new-light-on-textile-microplastics.html BRISBANE – Researchers from Australia and Norway have today published a comprehensive literature review on the current state of knowledge on microplastic fibres derived from the global textile and clothing industries.

The work is a part of increased efforts to better account for the use-phase of textiles through updated Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) given that the impacts of microplastic textile pollution in the environment are still not well understood.

The new report says that some estimates suggest that as much as 20 – 35 per cent of all primary source microplastics in the marine environment were fibres from synthetic clothing, and that amount is said to be increasing.

The review, which is published in English and Norwegian runs to just under 50 pages and offers recommendations for the textile industry to reduce microfibre pollution including reducing overall production and consumption of clothing; improving consumer practices in the use phase of synthetic garments and the replacement of synthetic fibres with natural fibres where possible.

The review was commissioned by Australian Wool Innovation and Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC).

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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:51:21 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011623201/materials-production-news/review-shines-new-light-on-textile-microplastics.html
Europe teams up to tackle textile microplastics http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011623200/materials-production-news/europe-teams-up-to-tackle-textile-microplastics.html BRUSSELS – A group of leading European textile associations have signed a cross industry agreement with counterparts in the soap and detergents sector in a bid to combat the release of textile-related microplastics in the aquatic environment.

The European Textile and Apparel Confederation (EURATEX), the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products (A.I.S.E.), the European Outdoor Group (EOG), the European Man Made Fibres Association (CIRFS) and the Federation of European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) aim to share both knowledge and industrial research to develop a common set of methods to evaluate and develop a reliable harmonised test method to identify and quantify the types of textile fibres present in water and the environment.

The move is a voluntary collaboration, which has been formally endorsed by the European Commission.

This comes on top of a newly published literature review this week by researchers in Australia and Norway, which identifies key concerns about plastic microfibre release from textiles and suggests a number of recommendations including the establishment of an effective LCA to combat this widespread problem, which is now gaining significant media traction.

Ecotextile News first reported on this potential problem with synthetic textile microfibres back in 2011.

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:45:55 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011623200/materials-production-news/europe-teams-up-to-tackle-textile-microplastics.html
Sateri publishes first sustainability report and plans to expand http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011523199/materials-production-news/sateri-publishes-first-sustainability-report.html SHANGHAI – Viscose manufacturer, Sateri has published its first sustainability report at a time when it has committed to expand its production in China and has broken new ground at its 1-million-ton project in the Chinese city of Jiujiang. The company has production mills in Jiangxi, Fujian, Jiujiang, and Nanjing, which are all certified by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and Oeko-Tex Standard 100, while the company currently holds the position of vice president of the China Chemical Fibres Association.

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:46:52 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011523199/materials-production-news/sateri-publishes-first-sustainability-report.html
Foreign Trade Association becomes amfori http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011523198/labels-legislation-news/foreign-trade-association-becomes-amfori.html BRUSSELS – The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) has become amfori as the organisation says expectations towards businesses are increasing, in regard to sustainability concerns. Amfori says its no longer enough to deliver goods at low prices as more consideration is being given to environmental impacts and corporate social responsibility.

The FTA had been established for 40 years and the organisation says it now aims to work towards the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development goals to offer services and tools to businesses to improve the social and environmental aspects of their supply chains.

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:49:38 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011523198/labels-legislation-news/foreign-trade-association-becomes-amfori.html
Tintex ditches conventional cotton http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011523197/materials-production-news/tintex-ditches-conventional-cotton.html NEW YORK - Tintex has announced that it has completely switched from using conventional cotton and the launch of a new range. Naturally Advanced Cotton by Tintex has a choice of four responsible cotton solutions, the company says. These include the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), Ecotec by Marchi and Fildi, GOTS certified organic cotton, and Supima.

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:48:25 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011523197/materials-production-news/tintex-ditches-conventional-cotton.html
ZDHC approves new Level 1 MRSL lab http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011223196/dyes-chemicals-news/zdhc-approves-new-level-1-mrsl-lab.html AMSTERDAM – ZDHC has announced NimkarTek Detox Laborartory (NDL) as its newest recognised indicator of Level 1 MRSL (Manufacturing Restricted Substances List) conformance.

As part of this agreement, NimkarTek Detox Laboratory (NDL) now joins Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex, ToxServices Full Materials Disclosure (ToxFMD, BLC Chem-MAP and the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).

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Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:19:44 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011223196/dyes-chemicals-news/zdhc-approves-new-level-1-mrsl-lab.html
Mountainwear firm targets transparency peak http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011123195/social-compliance-csr-news/mountainwear-firm-targets-transparency-peak.html MUNICH – Mountainwear apparel company, Ortovox has released its second Social Report, outlining the progress made by the organisation throughout the 2016/17 period in trying achieve its social and sustainability goals.

The company has also set out its objectives for the coming year. These include; initiating a CCS (Content Claim Standard) process to promote long term transparency and traceability, further implementation of the Orvotox ‘Wool Promise’ by auditing new farm suppliers, and further strengthening partnerships with the Textiles Partnership and Fair Wear Foundation.

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Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:50:09 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011123195/social-compliance-csr-news/mountainwear-firm-targets-transparency-peak.html
Ethiopia produces first certified organic cotton http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011123194/materials-production-news/ethiopia-produces-first-certified-organic-cotton.html ADDIS ABABA – The first ever organic cotton certificates in Ethiopia have been handed out to 200 cotton farmers located near Arba Minch in North Omo where yield rates have risen by 100 per cent and price per kg of cotton has risen by 77 per cent in some instances.

This organic cotton project is being funded by the fashion reuse charity TRAID, supported by the Pesticide Action Network UK, and was delivered in-country by PAN Ethiopia.

Organic cotton production in some parts of Ethiopia have raised controversy in the past due to accusations of land grabs but this project is based in a different region of the country to where previous problems have been reported.

Ecotextile News has reported on this venture before which started out life as an integrated pest management (IPM) project. Over 2,800 cotton farmers in Ethiopia are currently involved. 

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:46:20 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011123194/materials-production-news/ethiopia-produces-first-certified-organic-cotton.html
Fashion for Good partners with adidas http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011123193/social-compliance-csr-news/fashion-for-good-partners-with-adidas.html AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good and adidas have announced a partnership which will see the global innovation platform strengthen its ties with the sportswear sector and see adidas underline its commitment to sustainability.

As the partnership was unveiled, it was stated that adidas will contribute to various elements of the Fashion for Good agenda, one of which being the development of the Full Fashion for Good Experience – described as an experiential, consumer-facing concept space that will open to the public in the autumn of 2018.

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:49:26 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011123193/social-compliance-csr-news/fashion-for-good-partners-with-adidas.html
Turkish delight over ecolabel launch http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011123192/labels-legislation-news/turkish-delight-over-ecolabel-launch.html ANKARA – The Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization has announced the introduction of the nation’s own ecolabel certification which will apply to textiles manufactured in Turkey.

The relevant legislation is being introduced in order to encourage energy efficiency, waste minimisation and sustainable production and is said to have been designed in order to integrate with the existing EU ecolabelling legislature.

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Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:34:14 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011123192/labels-legislation-news/turkish-delight-over-ecolabel-launch.html
Circular economy allies strengthen collaboration http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011123191/social-compliance-csr-news/circular-economy-allies-strengthen-collaboration.html OAKLAND – The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute have announced a formal collaboration between the organisations, targeted at furthering their mutual ambitions to champion a circular economy.

Despite an official partnership only being announced now, both institutions have been working together for the past two years in various projects aimed at accelerating learning opportunities, sharing best practices, and building collaborative working relationships.

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:47:38 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011123191/social-compliance-csr-news/circular-economy-allies-strengthen-collaboration.html
Green Theme receives Eco Passport certification http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011023190/labels-legislation-news/green-theme-receives-eco-passport-certification.html PORTLAND – Green Theme International has announced that it has received Eco Passport certification by Oeko-Tex, after evaluation from the Hohenstein Institute. The certification was awarded for Green Theme’s Aquavent water-repellency product, which the company says will benefit finished fabrics and apparel textiles.

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Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:36:12 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018011023190/labels-legislation-news/green-theme-receives-eco-passport-certification.html
Green light for recycled PET project http://www.ecotextile.com/2018010923189/materials-production-news/green-light-for-recycled-pet-project.html MUMBAI – Sutlej Textiles has received a share price boost following the announcement that its board has given its approval to a recycled polyester production project in Jammu Kashmir.

Following the decision from China to rethink its policy of importing waste from overseas, the recycled polyester market looks set for an interesting time as manufacturers from around the globe may seek to fill the space which Chinese firms will inevitably vacate.

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Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:34:07 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018010923189/materials-production-news/green-light-for-recycled-pet-project.html
Taiwan textile manufacturer issues first ‘green’ bonds http://www.ecotextile.com/2018010923188/materials-production-news/taiwan-textile-manufacturer-issues-first-green-bonds.html TAIPEI – Textile manufacturer Far Eastern New Century Corporation (FENC) has been listed on Taiwan’s over the counter bourse, marking the first ‘green’ debt issued by a private enterprise in the country.

The company says it has aimed to progress the circular economy in the textile industry and reduce reliance of petrochemicals. The firm also says it has plans to build waterless dyeing equipment, as the proceeds from the sale of the bond would be used to build a new environmental facility in New Taipei to improve the polymer manufacturing process to involve less Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).  

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Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:59:23 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018010923188/materials-production-news/taiwan-textile-manufacturer-issues-first-green-bonds.html
Zalando joins forces with Fashion for Good http://www.ecotextile.com/2018010923187/fashion-retail-news/zalando-joins-forces-with-fashion-for-good.html AMSTERDAM – European online fashion retailer, Zalando, has become a partner of Fashion for Good in a project designed ‘to accelerate and scale sustainable innovation in the fashion industry’.

The partnership looks set to provide Zalando with access to the various platforms affiliated to Fashion for Good, while adding to an ever-growing list of brands keen to work alongside the Amsterdam-headquartered organisation.

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Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:58:21 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2018010923187/fashion-retail-news/zalando-joins-forces-with-fashion-for-good.html