Ecotextile News https://www.ecotextile.com/ Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:57:38 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) BCI outlines financial muscle in new report http://www.ecotextile.com/2017072122876/materials-production-news/bci-outlines-financial-muscle-in-new-report.html GENEVA - BCI Farmers produced Better Cotton in 23 countries, across 5 continents, amounting to 12 per cent of global cotton production according to the new BCI annual report. The report also details a massive growth in BCI membership to 986 members, up 40 per cent from the previous year. Indeed, scaling up, rapid expansion and the mainstreaming of Better Cotton are key themes in the report. While in many ways a huge growth success story, there will inevitably be those who question if the rapid mainstreaming of identity cotton is too good to be true, and whether high sustainability standards can be maintained in the face of such rapid expansion.

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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:53:49 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017072122876/materials-production-news/bci-outlines-financial-muscle-in-new-report.html
Timberland celebrates boot that kicked off eco journey http://www.ecotextile.com/2017072122875/fashion-retail-news/timberland-celebrates-boot-that-kicked-off-eco-journey.html NEW HAMPSHIRE – US outdoor brand Timberland is celebrating a decade since it kicked off its comprehensive sustainability strategy with a launch of its most eco-conscious boot to date. It is ten years since the launch of the Original Earthkeepers Boot, in fall 2007 and the most eco-conscious boot Timberland had ever made to that point. The boot incorporated materials such as 50 per cent recycled PET linings and laces, 34 per cent recycled rubber outsoles, and leather sourced from tanneries rated silver by the Leather Working Group for environmental best practices. The company believes the boot's popularity ultimately "transformed the way Timberland thinks about sustainability across all of its product categories."

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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:47:08 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017072122875/fashion-retail-news/timberland-celebrates-boot-that-kicked-off-eco-journey.html
Stella McCartney with US biotech fibre business http://www.ecotextile.com/2017072122874/fashion-retail-news/stella-mccartney-with-us-biotech-fibre-business.html CALIFORNIA – UK boutique brand Stella McCartney has announced a new partnership with US biotechnology company, Bolt Threads, a creator of high performance fabrics. The partnership will focus on sustainable fashion and luxury materials development, aiming to "push the boundaries in fabric innovation and usher in the next generation of cutting-edge textiles."

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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:53:35 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017072122874/fashion-retail-news/stella-mccartney-with-us-biotech-fibre-business.html
Industry-link concerns over Trump’s EPA nominee http://www.ecotextile.com/2017072022873/dyes-chemicals-news/industry-link-concerns-over-trump-s-epa-nominee.html WASHINGTON - Further concerns have been expressed that US chemicals policies may be influenced by industry links after President Trump announced his intention to nominate Dr Michael Dourson of Ohio to be head of the Environmental Protection Agency's chemical and pesticides office. Dr Dourson is a professor in the Risk Science Center at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. However, some have accused him of having, "extensive, longstanding ties to the chemical industry."

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Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:02:11 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017072022873/dyes-chemicals-news/industry-link-concerns-over-trump-s-epa-nominee.html
Sateri strongly denies viscose pollution allegations http://www.ecotextile.com/2017072022872/materials-production-news/sateri-strongly-denies-viscose-pollution-allegations.html SHANGHAI - China's largest producer of viscose, Sateri, has strongly refuted allegations of viscose pollution made in the recent Changing Markets report. Sateri, which operates two of the seven Chinese factories cited in the report, claims the authors make "sweeping generalisations about an entire industry," and accuses them of publishing "false and unsubstantiated" claims. Sateri has also questioned the methodology and reliability of the report.

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Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:33:54 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017072022872/materials-production-news/sateri-strongly-denies-viscose-pollution-allegations.html
Patagonia gave US$10m to environmental causes on Black Friday http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071922871/fashion-retail-news/patagonia-gave-us-10m-to-environmental-causes-on-black-friday.html HAMBURG - Yvon Chouinard, founder and boss of US outdoor clothing company Patagonia, says the business was able to donate US$10 million to environmental groups following its Black Friday give-away gesture in autumn last year. Chouinard revealed the figure in an interview with Der Spiegel, a German weekly news magazine.

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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:13:10 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071922871/fashion-retail-news/patagonia-gave-us-10m-to-environmental-causes-on-black-friday.html
Nordic Council calls for PFAS labelling http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071922870/dyes-chemicals-news/nordic-council-calls-for-pfas-labelling.html OSLO - In a new working paper, the Nordic Council, an inter-governmental body representing Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, has suggested swift regulatory action is required on per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs). The Council points to extensive evidence which suggests PFASs, and their degradation products are extremely persistent in the environment. The working paper draws on the outcomes of a workshop on joint strategies for PFASs, hosted by the Swedish Chemicals Agency (Kemi) in spring. Members of the European Commission, Echa (the European Chemicals Agency) and the European Environment Agency (EEA) were all in attendance.

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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:05:15 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071922870/dyes-chemicals-news/nordic-council-calls-for-pfas-labelling.html
Inditex details sustainable growth stategy http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071822869/fashion-retail-news/inditex-details-sustainable-growth-stategy.html A CORUNA - Inditex Group's chairman and CEO, Pablo Isla, took advantage of the company's Annual General Meeting to detail 'Inditex's sustainable growth strategy', which in 2016 reached all stages of the value chain thanks to the Group's Closing the Loop strategy for reusing and recycling textile products. At the AGM, shareholders approved the Group's performance in 2016, a year in which its points of sale surpassed the 7,200 mark in 93 countries and 41 online markets. Group revenue reached €23.31 billion, underpinned by growth in all the regions in which it does business, while net profit amounted to €3.16 billion.

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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:04:58 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071822869/fashion-retail-news/inditex-details-sustainable-growth-stategy.html
Lyocell market forecast to hit US$1.5bn http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071822868/materials-production-news/lyocell-market-forecast-to-hit-us-1-5bn.html DELAWARE - New research claims the lyocell fibre market is set to exceed US$1.5 billion in value by 2024 as apparel brands shift towards fibres that can be recycled and which can also be reused after the end of a product's lifecycle. Possible constraints on the growth of the lyocell market, claims the report, include its relatively high cost compared to possible alternatives. Lyocell is a form of viscose which consists of cellulose fibre made from dissolving pulp (bleached wood pulp) using dry jet-wet spinning.

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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:06:18 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071822868/materials-production-news/lyocell-market-forecast-to-hit-us-1-5bn.html
Polluters “should pay” for viscose industry clean-up http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071822867/materials-production-news/polluters-should-pay-for-viscose-industry-clean-up.html NEW YORK - Viscose manufacturers should clean up the polluted sites mentioned in the recent Changing Markets report and also look to introduce better technology to drive cleaner, sustainable viscose production. In an interview with Ecotextile News Urska Trunk, a campaign adviser with Changing Markets, said: "As the industry which created the problem, viscose producers bear a clear responsibility for cleaning up polluted sites. This is in line with polluter pays principle. In addition to this, the industry should invest in better production practices to prevent any future pollution. This kind of investment would pay for itself in the long run and benefit producers, as clean technology and products are increasingly to be sought after by customers."

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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:05:30 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071822867/materials-production-news/polluters-should-pay-for-viscose-industry-clean-up.html
Accord 2.0 welcomed amid local opposition http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071722866/materials-production-news/accord-2-0-welcomed-amid-local-opposition.html DHAKA - The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has welcomed the signing of the new Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, as an important step towards protection of workers. Welcoming the new Accord, Sharan Burrow, ITUC general secretary, said: "This new Accord underlines the successes already achieved under the existing 2013 Accord, and will provide vital protections for workers who, while producing vast export wealth for Bangladesh, are at risk of workplace injury and death. Local factory owners are putting pressure on the Government of Bangladesh to turn back the clock to the days of Rana Plaza, and we urge the government to give its full support to the tens of thousands of workers who produce that wealth, by backing the new Accord."

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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:06:05 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071722866/materials-production-news/accord-2-0-welcomed-amid-local-opposition.html
Tesco commits to Greenpeace Detox http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071322865/fashion-retail-news/tesco-commits-to-greenpece-detox.html HAMBURG - Tesco, one of the world's largest retailers, has announced it will immediately begin the process of eliminating potentially hazardous chemicals from the supply chain of its garment brand F&F, as well as releasing a complete list of its suppliers. The business has committed to the Greenpeace Detox campaign, joining other major retailers including Aldi and Lidl.

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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:05:52 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071322865/fashion-retail-news/tesco-commits-to-greenpece-detox.html
Lenzing welcomes public scrutiny of viscose production http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071322864/materials-production-news/lenzing-welcomes-public-scrutiny-of-viscose-production.html LENZING – Austrian speciality fibre maker Lenzing says it will announce a detailed roadmap in the coming weeks outlining how it will address the issues raised by the recent Changing Markets Foundation report which uncovered evidence of viscose pollution affecting local water supplies in Asian production hubs. In an exclusive interview with Ecotextile News, Lenzing's chief commercial officer and member of the management board, Robert van de Kerkhof said: "We welcome this report and the public attention it is providing to issues around the viscose industry – and we are working to bring about corrective action."

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Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:51:34 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071322864/materials-production-news/lenzing-welcomes-public-scrutiny-of-viscose-production.html
Solid start to 2017 for RadiciGroup http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071322863/materials-production-news/solid-start-to-2017-for-radicigroup.html MILAN – Italian chemicals, plastics and synthetic fibres producer RadiciGroup has announced a positive start to 2017, with revenues up 23 per cent and sales up 7 per cent. The business announced the results as it published its 2016 financial report. The report shows the business now has more than 3,000 employees working in 33 sites worldwide, with revenues of €946 million for 2016. This is 6 per cent lower than 2015, albeit with similar sales volumes – the fall is attributable to falling raw materials prices.

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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:06:34 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071322863/materials-production-news/solid-start-to-2017-for-radicigroup.html
Eurojersey joins WWF sea turtle rescue project http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071222862/materials-production-news/eurojersey-join-wwf-sea-turtle-rescue-project.html MATERA – Italian warp-knit fabrics company Eurojersey has announced a new three year partnership with WWF to support a sea turtle rescue project in the Mediterranean, where marine life is being threatened by pollution from the textile industry.

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Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:35:36 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071222862/materials-production-news/eurojersey-join-wwf-sea-turtle-rescue-project.html
Switzerland commits $US12.5m to Better Work initiative http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071222861/social-compliance-csr-news/switzerland-commits-us12-5m-to-better-work-initiative.html GENEVA - On the first day of the World Trade Organisation's 'Aid for Trade' conference taking place this week, Switzerland's State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) announced that the country will continue to support Better Work, a flagship programme of the International Labour Organisation jointly managed by the International Finance Corporation. Switzerland has been a core donor of Better Work since 2009, helping the programme grow to reach 1,450 clothing and footwear factories and 1.9 million workers across four continents. Its new commitment will see it contribute almost $US12.5m over four years.

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Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:14:30 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071222861/social-compliance-csr-news/switzerland-commits-us12-5m-to-better-work-initiative.html
American & Efird joins ZDHC initiative http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071222860/materials-production-news/american-efird-joins-zdhc-initiative.html MOUNT HOLLY - American & Efird (A&E), one of the world's leading manufacturers and distributors of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread, and technical textiles, is one of seven new organisations to join the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme. "Being a part of the ZDHC Programme provides us the opportunity to share our knowledge and insights, partner and collaborate on issues with others in our industry, and improve our knowledge on sustainability, environmental, and chemical management issues," said Jimmy Summers, A&E vice president environmental, health and safety/sustainability. "We believe it is very important to be actively involved in driving positive change throughout the industry. It's simply the right thing to do."

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Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:15:40 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071222860/materials-production-news/american-efird-joins-zdhc-initiative.html
Should brands foot bill when suppliers goes bust? http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071122859/fashion-retail-news/should-brands-foot-bill-when-supplier-goes-bust.html AMSTERDAM - The Clean Clothes Campaign is calling on UK apparel retailers M&S and Bonmarché as well as Canadian brand Nygård to compensate Cambodian workers after a factory closure one year ago left 208 workers in Cambodia without jobs, salaries or compensation. Chung Fai Knitwear Factory closed suddenly last year leaving workers without notice, severance pay or their final salaries for the previous month. Workers claim to have found labels with the names of all of the brands in the factory, however, all three brands initially denied contractual relationships with Chung Fai.

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Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:14:44 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071122859/fashion-retail-news/should-brands-foot-bill-when-supplier-goes-bust.html
WRAP outlines UK retailer sustainability progress http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071122858/materials-production-news/wrap-outlines-uk-retailer-sustainability-progress.html LONDON - Signatories to the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) are outperforming the broader UK apparel industry in terms of cutting carbon, water and waste according to a new WRAP report. The report shows SCAP membership now accounts for more than half of the UK clothing market (60 per cent), with SCAP signatories making significant progress towards meeting ambitious 2020 environmental targets.

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Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:14:15 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071122858/materials-production-news/wrap-outlines-uk-retailer-sustainability-progress.html
Spinnova partners with Brazilian forestry business http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071022856/materials-production-news/spinnova-partners-with-brazilian-forestry-business.html HELSINKI – A Finnish company which has developed an innovative way to make cellulosic textile fibres using a wet extrusion process based on the flow properties (rheology) of a modified, aqueous wood fibre slurr has entered a partnership with Brazilian forestry company Fibria, the world's leading producer of eucalyptus pulp. Fibria will pay €5 million for an 18 per cent minority interest in Spinnova, a spin-out business from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

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Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:14:57 GMT http://www.ecotextile.com/2017071022856/materials-production-news/spinnova-partners-with-brazilian-forestry-business.html