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  • Thursday, 16 August 2018

    New additions mark busy month for ZDHC Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – In what has been a very busy August for the organisation, ZDHC has revealed a new MRSL certification partner, three new contributors and held a Manufacturer Forum in Brazil; an event which ZDHC hopes can herald a new era of operations on… Read More
  • Tuesday, 14 August 2018

    European textile groups slam REACH review Premium Article

    STUTTGART – The European REACH regulation is having the exact opposite impact of what it was originally designed to do, with the potential impacts of hazardous textile chemicals on both human health and the environment likely to be exacerbated by… Read More
  • Monday, 13 August 2018

    New study explores novel textile water savings Premium Article

    THENJIPALAM – A new study conducted by researchers at an Indian university has proposed a novel new method of implementing much-needed water conservation within textile manufacturing. The research is said to have been motivated by the increasing… Read More
  • Tuesday, 31 July 2018

    Indorama deal to enhance recycling capacity

    BANGKOK - Indorama Ventures PLC (IVL) a global chemical producer, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Sorepla Industrie S.A., a plastics recycling facility located in Neufchateau, in northern France. The acquisition is… Read More
  • Friday, 27 July 2018

    Eco-Passport meets highest level of ZDHC conformance

    AMSTERDAM – The ‘Eco-Passport’ certification standard from Oeko-Tex has today been accepted by the ZDHC as a level 3 standard for conformance with its manufacturing restricted substance list (MRSL). This means the ZDHC has the highest level of… Read More
  • Tuesday, 24 July 2018

    Bluesign in Sorona polymer partnership

    WILMINGTON – DuPont Industrial Biosciences has announced a partnership with Bluesign for the bio-based polymer Sorona. DuPont Sorona is a polymer comprised of 37 per cent renewable plant-based ingredients and, according to its manufacturers, uses 30… Read More
  • Monday, 16 July 2018

    Ternua goes nuts with Archroma EarthColors partnership

    REINACH – Colour and specialty textile chemicals provider Archroma has announced a collaboration with Ternua, a Basque outdoor brand with sustainability at the heart of its business. Ternua will work alongside Archroma to utilise its patented… Read More
  • Friday, 13 July 2018

    NRDC initiative migrates to Apparel Impact Institute Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – In a bid to double the number of textile facilities completing its Clean by Design programme in 2018, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has started to transition program operations to the newly formed Apparel Impact… Read More
  • Friday, 13 July 2018

    Huntsman calls for textile chemicals harmonisation

    SINGAPORE – Textile effects firm Huntsman has called on the textile chemicals sector to “take stock and consider” how to best take the next step towards the elimination of hazards and improve the industry’s economic and environmental performance.… Read More
  • Thursday, 12 July 2018

    Greenpeace marks Detox milestone with progress report

    HAMBURG – A new report released today from Greenpeace claims that in the seven years since it first launched its Detox campaign, fashion companies who have signed up to its demands have made ‘significant progress’ to reduce their use of hazardous… Read More
  • Saturday, 07 July 2018

    Textile wastewater disclosure platform goes live Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC has launched an online textile wastewater public disclosure portal, which draws verified information from its Gateway tool, along with unverified wastewater test data from the Beijing-based Institute of Public & Environmental… Read More
  • Thursday, 05 July 2018

    Nontoxic waterproof coating for natural fibres Premium Article

    MASSACHUSETTS – A team of scientists at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has developed a new coating for natural fibres which it claims can improve the functionality of, and perhaps most vitally, combat the environmental persistence of… Read More
  • ZDHC publishes Wastewater Treatment Technologies guide
    Wednesday, 27 June 2018

    ZDHC publishes Wastewater Treatment Technologies guide Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Roadmap to Zero programme has published a new ZDHC Wastewater Treatment Technologies document which can be used as a guide to improve the quality of wastewater discharge in the apparel, textile and footwear industries. Read More
  • Monday, 25 June 2018

    Sugar coated solution for nylon textile microfibres Premium Article

    NAPLES – Italian researchers claim to have developed a new textile finish based on sugars derived from agricultural waste products, such as sunflower oil and fruit juice, that reduces the release of nylon microfibres when washing clothes by up to 90… Read More
  • Monday, 18 June 2018

    China shutdowns squeeze textile dyeing industry Premium Article

    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… Read More
  • Friday, 15 June 2018

    MAS Holdings partner with ADEC on CleanChain platform Premium Article

    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… Read More
  • Friday, 15 June 2018

    CHT helps Jack & Jones lower its denim impact Premium Article

    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… Read More
  • Thursday, 14 June 2018

    Gore points to PFC progress at OutDoor Premium Article

    FELDKIRCHEN-WESTERHAM – Gore Fabrics has announced progress in its pursuit of eliminating what it defines as PFCs of environmental concern from the company’s consumer fabric portfolio by 2020. Presenting its latest innovations at OutDoor Show in… Read More
  • Thursday, 07 June 2018

    Gel-dyed yarn easier on resources Premium Article

    SARABURI – A new gel-dyed acrylic textile fibre which claims to use less energy and water than conventionally dyed acrylics has been launched by Thai Acrylic Fiber Co., which is owned by the Indian conglomerate Aditya Birla. While gel-dyeing of… Read More
  • Wednesday, 06 June 2018

    Report aims to demystify textile chemical challenges Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – A new report on textile chemistry commissioned by Fashion for Good evaluates the role of potentially hazardous chemicals used in fashion supply chains and identifies five key areas where innovation could help to reduce their impact on… Read More
  • Thursday, 24 May 2018

    New indigo dye means ‘aniline-free’ denim Premium Article

    REINACH – A brand new indigo dye which will be launched next week by Swiss-based textile chemical specialist Archroma claims to be free from aniline, the potentially hazardous chemical precursor which can be found on jeans and in denim wastewater.… Read More
  • Sunday, 13 May 2018

    Textile chemical firms give ZDHC ultimatum Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – In an extraordinary move, nine leading textile chemical companies have voiced concerns the ZDHC Foundation may not fulfill its intention to drive the textile industry towards convergence around a single harmonised chemical management… Read More
  • Tuesday, 01 May 2018

    Dyeing with foam cuts water use in denim Premium Article

    VALENCIA – In July this year, Spanish denim mill Tejidos Royo will be the first textile operation worldwide to take delivery of new, large-scale indigo yarn dyeing equipment that uses foam to dye indigo cotton yarns. The new technology shortens the… Read More
  • Thursday, 26 April 2018

    Collaboration leads to Chinese textile chemical commitment Premium Article

    SHANGHAI – A collaboration between 25 firms involved in various areas of the Chinese textile supply chain have committed to a 2020 Chemical Stewardship strategy. This follows months of concerted efforts from the Chinese government and industry alike… Read More
  • Monday, 23 April 2018

    Lanxess seeks ZDHC conformance via BLC Chem-MAP Premium Article

    NORTHAMPTON – Global chemical supplier, Lanxess has engaged with the BLC Chem-MAP programme in order to takes its next step towards its goal of achieving ZDHC Conformance Level 3 via the c-MAP route. BLC developed Chem-MAP – a new ZDHC approved MRSL… Read More
  • Thursday, 19 April 2018

    Stella McCartney partners with Colorifix for V&A exhibition Premium Article

    LONDON – At the launch of the ‘Fashioned From Nature’ exhibition at the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum), Stella McCartney has unveiled her latest dress which has incorporated the innovative dyeing technology developed by Colorifix. McCartney cited… Read More
  • Wednesday, 11 April 2018

    ZDHC and bluesign team up on MRSL compliance Premium Article

    ZURICH – After lengthy negotiations, bluesign technologies has become an accepted certifier for MRSL conformance at level 3 in the ZDHC Gateway chemical module. The ZDHC Gateway enables chemical formulators to securely share chemical information… Read More
  • Tuesday, 10 April 2018

    UN project targets greener textile chemistry in Vietnam Premium Article

    HANOI – A joint three-year project has been launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Vietnam Chemicals Agency aimed at promoting the application of Green Chemistry in the nation and reducing the use of hazardous chemicals.… Read More
  • Monday, 09 April 2018

    Indian textile dyers seek biosludge revision Premium Article

    TIRIPUR – A group of textile dyeing firms in India’s Tiripur region has called on the country’s government to reclassify the ‘biosludge’ produced by effluent treatment plants as non-hazardous. It has been claimed that since the adoption of a zero… Read More
  • Tuesday, 03 April 2018

    Leather chemistry added to Bluesign Bluefinder Premium Article

    ST. GALLEN – Bluesign technologies has announced the extension of Bluesign Bluefinder to incorporate leather chemistry as the organisation says it aims to provide a ‘robust solution’ for the proactive management of chemicals in the leather and… Read More
  • Friday, 16 March 2018

    Plastic – it’s not all bad news for textiles Premium Article

    BRISTOL – With all the bad news about plastics in the environment related to the textile sector, there may be a bit of good news after all. This comes in the form of new UK research which has discovered a way to re-use plastic debris to break down… Read More
  • Wednesday, 14 March 2018

    DyStar optimises reactive/disperse dyeing Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – Global textile dye producer DyStar has extended its water, waste and energy saving ‘Cadira’ system with a new module for dyeing open-width polyester/cotton fabrics which comes with up to 40 per cent savings on resources. Read More
  • Tuesday, 13 March 2018

    ToxServices teams up with NSF International Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – US-based ToxServices, a third-party reviewer for the likes of the ZDHC and Cradle-to-Cradle, which specialises in toxicology and risk assessment, has teamed up with the standards and certification company NSF International. ToxServices… Read More
  • Monday, 12 March 2018

    Enzyme solution to upcycle polyester fabrics Premium Article

    PARIS – Bioplastics firm, Carbios has announced further developments in its enzymatic polyester depolymerisation process which could see new pathways to recycle polyester and potentially provide new solutions to upcycling polyesters without the use… Read More
  • Monday, 12 March 2018

    GOTS sees 2017 certifications rise above 5,000 Premium Article

    STUTTGART – The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has seen the annual number of certified facilities increase to 5,024 in 2017, an 8.2 per cent increase on the same period in 2016. The world’s second-largest apparel exporter, Bangladesh… Read More
  • Thursday, 15 February 2018

    EU report lifts lid on REACH non-compliance Premium Article

    The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has recently published a report which details a staggering level of non-compliance against EU chemical standards for various substances, formulations and articles. The scope of the project covered 14 different… Read More
  • Monday, 12 February 2018

    Buried textile waste unearths wider Chinese problem Premium Article

    NANTONG – It has been alleged that huge quantities of textile waste have been discovered buried in the Jiangsu province of China. According to local media reports, the waste had been both illegally buried and dumped directly into ponds which were… Read More
  • Friday, 09 February 2018

    NGOs seek global chemical frameworks post-2020 Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – A group of five NGOs from across Europe have put forward a proposal for the implementation of a global – and crucially, legally binding – framework regarding the usage of hazardous chemicals after 2020. This proposal coincides with the… Read More
  • Tuesday, 06 February 2018

    ZDHC and SAC to host joint manufacturer forums Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals), in partnership with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) are set to hold Manufacturer Forums in Milan this February. This manufacturer-oriented forum is the first stop on a series of… Read More
  • Monday, 05 February 2018

    Archroma and WWF in water conservation partnership Premium Article

    REINACH – Colour and speciality chemicals firm, Archroma has announced it has signed an agreement with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF Pakistan) for formal cooperation on water conservation. The aim of the partnership is to conserve water wasted… Read More
  • Monday, 05 February 2018

    Indonesian President signals river pollution reform Premium Article

    BANDUNG – Indonesian President, Joko Widodo looks set to issue new regulations to accelerate the prosecution of river polluting textile facilities as the situation in the nation’s Citarum river worsens. Four textile production facilities in the West… Read More
  • Friday, 02 February 2018

    Spray dyed indigo denim makes environmental gains Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – A new way to dye denim in bulk using sprays instead of traditional dyebaths is currently being used by select textile mills in India, Turkey and Pakistan which it’s claimed could significantly reduce the environmental impact of jeans… Read More
  • Thursday, 01 February 2018

    Optical brighteners for CO2 dyeing Premium Article

    REINACH – Tong Siang, the Thailand-based fabric manufacturer, which specialises in the use of supercritical CO2 dyeing for the waterless coloration of polyester sportswear, is now using a new optical brightening agent from Archroma that dissolves in… Read More
  • Wednesday, 31 January 2018

    Gore retreat from PFC’s of concern is ‘on track’ Premium Article

    MUNICH – In a move that was initiated back in February 2017, after lengthy talks with Greenpeace, Gore says that after one year of research, the company is largely ‘on track’ to meet its goal of eliminating PFC’s of environmental concern from its… Read More
  • Monday, 29 January 2018

    Unauthorised dyeing units rife in India Premium Article

    MUMBAI - Garment manufacturers in India are increasingly moving dyeing operations from the textile-producing region of Tiripur to the neighbouring state, Karnataka in order to lower costs with unauthorised units which have not adopted Zero Liquid… Read More
  • Friday, 26 January 2018

    Bio-based odour control keeps smells at bay Premium Article

    ZURICH – The Swiss textile chemical formulator HeiQ has launched a 100 per cent bio-based odour control treatment for both cellulosic and synthetic textiles that is not classed as an anti-microbial. Because the new technology does not kill… Read More
  • Monday, 22 January 2018

    Esquel Group eyes zero liquid discharge Premium Article

    BOSTON – A US supplier of filtration and separation technology has partnered with Hong Kong-based Esquel Group, the world’s largest woven shirt manufacturer, in a bid to implement zero liquid discharge in the textile giant’s wet processing… Read More
  • Friday, 12 January 2018

    ZDHC approves new Level 1 MRSL lab Premium Article

    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… Read More
  • Tuesday, 09 January 2018

    Modified bacteria used to make indigo dyes Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – Researchers from the University of California say they’ve developed a biosynthetic indigo dye derived from enzymes produced by bacteria, which also avoids the need to use potentially hazardous substances used in indigo dye synthesis.… Read More
  • Monday, 08 January 2018

    Kemin moves into textiles with Garmon Premium Article

    SAN MARINO ­– The textiles and auxiliaries business of Garmon Chemicals has been acquired by multinational food ingredient company, Kemin Industries – a firm who has made no secret of its desire to diversify into the textile sector. Garmon claims to… Read More
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