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  • Friday, 18 March 2022

    Canadian firm pioneers aramid PPE recycling

    VANCOUVER – Following ‘extensive R&D efforts’ at its recycling centre, a Canadian firm claims to have developed a proprietary technique for the post-consumer recycling of aramid fabrics; a development which could offer the PPE (personal protective… Read More
  • Tuesday, 14 August 2018

    The view from…DuPont Industrial Biosciences Premium Article

    WILMINGTON – To discuss the company’s latest innovations, its stance on certifications and what comes next for one of the industry’s largest organisations, David Styles caught up with global product manager at DuPont Industrial Biosciences’, Rene… Read More
  • Friday, 10 August 2018

    Apparel Impact Institute enters new era

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Apparel Impact Institute (AII), which will soon celebrate its first year in operation, has revealed that its first president will be Lewis Perkins, who previously worked in the same role at the Cradle to Cradle Products… Read More
  • Thursday, 09 August 2018

    New plant boosts Sri Lankan recycled polyester Premium Article

    COLOMBO – A new facility in the district of Horana has opened its doors prior to embarking on the manufacturing of polyester yarn from post-consumer PET flakes at a scale never before seen in Sri Lanka. Read More
  • Wednesday, 08 August 2018

    Cotton: A sector under stress? Premium Article

    WASHINGTON - Earlier this month, a seemingly ordinary press release from the International Cotton Advisory Committee caught the eagle eye of Ecotextile News, which told of how cotton farmers were unable to capitalise on the strong demand for cotton… Read More
  • Friday, 03 August 2018

    Wecycled initiative awarded Natural Fibre prize

    VELEN – German textile manufacturer Velener Textil GmbH has won the Discover Natural Fibres Initiative’s (DNFI) Innovation in Natural Fibres Award for its Wecycled system which reclaims the 30 per cent of cotton yarn that remains unused in textile… Read More
  • Thursday, 02 August 2018

    Cotton demand at record high, environmental stress impacts prospects

    WASHINGTON – Despite a strong demand for cotton in Asia with consumption projected to reach an all-time high of 27.5 million tonnes in 2018/19, less-than-ideal environmental conditions and subsequent lack of available water, means that cotton… Read More
  • Tuesday, 31 July 2018

    Delta collaboration repurposes retired uniforms

    ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines, the second largest passenger carrier airline in the USA, which globally employs more than 800,000 people, has donated more than 350,000 pounds of clothing to be upcycled and repurposed. In a new initiative, the airline has… Read More
  • Tuesday, 31 July 2018

    China viscose sector launches sustainability roadmap Premium Article

    BEIJING – Ten major Chinese viscose producers which together make up an estimated 50 per cent of the world’s supply have released a new joint 3-year roadmap for the sustainable development of the viscose manufacturing industry in China. In… Read More
  • Monday, 30 July 2018

    West Africa hub could boost organic cotton Premium Article

    The idea of a cotton sourcing hub in West Africa has recently resurfaced, but this time it’s being tied to a goal to which could massively increase the production of organic cotton. Simon Ferrigno catches up with Tobias Meier of Swiss-based… Read More
  • Friday, 27 July 2018

    New study asks, does garment use matter? Premium Article

    OSLO – A new study has been published to examine whether there is evidence to suggest the use of textiles changes systematically between different fibre types. The research also highlights the shortcomings of LCA lifecycle assessments given that,… Read More
  • Thursday, 26 July 2018

    Brands make 'mixed progress' on viscose pollution in Asia

    LONDON – Luxury brands such as Gucci, Prada and Chanel sit alongside low-cost apparel retailers, such as Asda, Lidl and online brands Boohoo and Missguided when it comes to transparency in their viscose textile supply chains, according to a new… Read More
  • Tuesday, 24 July 2018

    Spinnova to scale up with Fashion for Good

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good has unveiled Finnish cellulosic fibre innovator Spinnova as the latest addition to its Scaling Programme. Spinnova has been selected by the Amsterdam-based fashion hub as a result of developing its disruptive cellulose… Read More
  • Thursday, 19 July 2018

    Eurojersey extends WWF partnership, launches microfibre project

    MILAN – Italian warp knitted fabric supplier Eurojersey has signed a new three-year extension of its existing partnership with WWF Italia aimed at the conservation of water as a planetary resource. The new partnership will take the form of multiple… Read More
  • Wednesday, 18 July 2018

    New study gets the measure of microfibre shedding Premium Article

    MÖLNDAL – A new research article led by a Swerea IVF scientist has proposed a standardised test method for measuring textile-derived microfibres shed during the everyday washing of garments. One of the primary motivations for this research is said… Read More
  • Monday, 16 July 2018

    Worn Again accelerates polymer recycling technology

    LONDON – Research institute Worn Again Technologies has confirmed that it has successfully reached its investment target of £5 million to facilitate the acceleration of its breakthrough polymer recycling technology. In the face of the growing… Read More
  • Thursday, 12 July 2018

    First viscose filament yarn audit finds ENKA ‘low risk’

    OBERNBURG – German firm ENKA has become the first viscose filament yarn producer to complete an independent verification audit in association with Rainforest Alliance and Canopy. The results of this first-of-its-kind audit categorised the company as… Read More
  • Wednesday, 11 July 2018

    Man-made cellulosic fibres added to ZDHC roadmap

    AMSTERDAM – ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) has confirmed that, as part of the wider implementation of raw material production into its Roadmap to Zero Programme, man-made cellulosic fibres will now form part of its apparel value chain… Read More
  • Friday, 06 July 2018

    Are textile microfibres more problematic than microbeads? Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – A new study has found textile-derived microfibres to be as harmful, if not more so, to certain types of aquatic crustaceans than microbeads which have already been banned from use in many nations. In particular, the study found that… Read More
  • Dutch sustainability initiative reports growth
    Wednesday, 04 July 2018

    Dutch sustainability initiative reports growth

    NETHERLANDS – The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textiles (AGT) has reported a sharp rise in the number of production sites taking part in the initiative since it was first launched back in 2016. Latest figures show that today, on the… Read More
  • Fibres from chicken feathers back up the pecking order
    Tuesday, 03 July 2018

    Fibres from chicken feathers back up the pecking order

    NEBRASKA – An ongoing research project – first highlighted by Ecotextile News as far back as our first print issue in 2007 – has received a new US$211,885 grant as part of a two-year project to develop protein textile fibres made from waste poultry… Read More
  • Tuesday, 03 July 2018

    Klopman invests in sustainability

    Frosinone - Workwear fabrics producer, Klopman, has started construction work on a cogeneration plant at its production facility, which is located in Frosinone, Italy. The company says the objective is to replace the existing thermoelectric plant to… Read More
  • Monday, 02 July 2018

    Tangshan Sanyou completes viscose audit, Canopy reveals

    TANGSHAN – The independently verified audit results of Chinese viscose producer Tangshan Sanyou have been published by environmental non-profits Canopy and Rainforest Alliance. Completing the evaluation puts Tangshan Sanyou considerably ahead of the… Read More
  • Monday, 02 July 2018

    OTA kicks off organic anti-fraud pilot

    WASHINGTON – Fraud is a still an on-going issue in the organic cotton sector, leading to many traders and brands refusing to source fibre from some regions where the problem is rife. Now though, the US Organic Trade Association has launched a pilot… Read More
  • Wednesday, 27 June 2018

    CottonUP sourcing platform debuted at BCI Conference

    BRUSSELS - At the annual BCI Global Cotton Conference, Forum for the Future has announced that it - along with several industry partners which form the Cotton 2040 coalition - has launched a new online guide to facilitate increases in sustainable… Read More
  •  From left to right: Daniel Link, CEO, Loepfe, Segundo Crespo, quality manager, Loepfe,  Th. Zach, auditor, SGS, and Silvano Auciello, head of sales and marketing, Loepfe.
    Wednesday, 27 June 2018

    Loepfe ups sustainability commitments

    WETZIKON – Yarn quality control specialist Loepfe has made a wealth of new environmental sustainability pledges – including a switch to renewable energy and gradual elimination of the wave soldering process in circuit board production – in a bid to… Read More
  • Tuesday, 26 June 2018

    Lenzing and Duratex assess Brazilian DWP expansion Premium Article

    LENZING – Cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has announced a partnership with wood panel producer Duratex to explore the possibility of building a dissolving wood pulp (DWP) plant near Sao Paulo, Brazil. The companies hope that this project – which… Read More
  • Monday, 25 June 2018

    Coca-Cola support boosts EU PET recycling initiative

    ATLANTA – Coca-Cola has announced its intention to join the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) of Demeto, an EU-funded PET recycling initiative with representatives from the polyester value chain amongst its membership. As one of the largest global… Read More
  • Wednesday, 20 June 2018

    Radici designs 100 per cent recyclable gilet Premium Article

    GANDINO – In a move to explore the potential for new circular business models for the global textile sector, the Radici Group has produced a ‘100 per cent recyclable’ nylon gilet made of over 20 separate nylon components that can be recycled… Read More
  • Wednesday, 20 June 2018

    C&A Foundation funding boost for circular initiatives

    AMSTERDAM – The C&A Foundation has confirmed that five initiatives, selected as part of its 2017 ‘Bridging the Gap’ RFP (Request for Proposals), are to receive a combined total of €1.29 million to support the implementation of circularity in the… Read More
  • Wednesday, 13 June 2018

    PrimaLoft cites progress towards 2020 sustainability goals

    LATHAM – PrimaLoft Inc. claims to have made another step towards achieving its goal of incorporating 90 per cent recycled content into a minimum of 50 per cent of its product portfolio by 2020. The company, which now offers three types of insulation… Read More
  • Monday, 11 June 2018

    Greenpeace report explores Antarctic microfibre pollution

    AMSTERDAM – As part of a broader ‘Protect the Antarctic’ campaign, Greenpeace has published a report detailing the state of pollution – including that caused by textile microfibres – in the region’s oceans. Microplastics and persistent fluorinated… Read More
  • Thursday, 07 June 2018

    M&S claims responsible cotton sourcing leap Premium Article

    LONDON – In the latest edition of the company’s annual ‘Plan A’ progress report, M&S has highlighted a substantial rise in its use of sustainably-sourced cotton which, it claims, puts the firm on course to reach its self-imposed target of 100 per… Read More
  • Monday, 04 June 2018

    Blockchain gets funding boost, eyes cotton sector

    DENVER – A start-up company which uses blockchain technology and AI to bring greater transparency to the coffee industry has closed another US$2.15 million in additional seed funding as it looks to diverse into new areas of agriculture such as… Read More
  • Monday, 04 June 2018

    Kenya targets ambitious cotton sector regeneration

    NAIROBI – As part of a wider initiative to boost the nation’s economy, a Kenyan government official has announced that the cotton sector will be a key area of focus for growth in the coming months. Increasing revenues from around US$35 million to… Read More
  • Thursday, 31 May 2018

    Logistik turns over new leaf with Eko-Terre hemp Premium Article

    QUEBEC – Eko-Terre, a newly-established division of Logistik Unicorp, is seeking to scale up its hemp production in Canada with a view to expanding both its market share and global presence. The firm believes hemp, with its lower land and water… Read More
  • Thursday, 31 May 2018

    First year progress a real Plus for Fashion Positive

    OAKLAND – Circular fashion accelerator, Fashion Positive Plus has announced an expansion of its programme along with publishing a progress report highlighting the achievements of its inaugural year in operation. Founded as part of a Cradle to Cradle… Read More
  • Wednesday, 30 May 2018

    Vietnam seeks to balance growth with environment safety

    HANOI – Reports from Vietnam’s textile producing regions have highlighted an increased reluctance from local authorities to support new textile and dyeing facilities as concern about the impacts of subsequent pollution grows. This limitation being… Read More
  • Wednesday, 23 May 2018

    Nanollose launches its first microbial cellulose fabrics Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – At Planet Textiles 2018 held here yesterday in Canada, Australian start-up Nanollose revealed for the first time a selection of knitted fabrics made from microbial cellulose derived from coconut waste. We reported last year that the… Read More
  • Wednesday, 23 May 2018

    Lenzing investing €30M in new Tencel Luxe line

    LENZING – The Lenzing Group is investing €30 million to build a further pilot line for its Tencel Luxe filament yarn, which was first launched on the market just a few months ago. The company says the investment will significantly expand capacities… Read More
  • Monday, 21 May 2018

    Metsä Group expands with new plant and innovation arm Premium Article

    ESPOO - Finnish forest industry products company, the Metsä Group, has announced steps towards expanding its portfolio of wood based products and plans to build a demonstration plant for the production of textile fibres made from pulp. The demo… Read More
  • Monday, 21 May 2018

    AAFA calls for tariff plans to be revised Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has called for the National Council of Textile Organisations (NCTO) to revise plans that request the Trump Administration impose a 25 percent tariff on of apparel, textile-based home… Read More
  • Thursday, 17 May 2018

    Life’s a gas with methane-derived biopolyester Premium Article

    REDWOOD CITY – Set before the backdrop of ever-growing concern regarding microfibre pollution and its potential impact on the world’s oceans, Mango Materials is hoping to provide the textile industry with an alternative to traditional polyester… Read More
  • Tuesday, 15 May 2018

    Lenzing to produce Ecovero in China

    NANJING – The Lenzing Group will start production of its ‘Ecovero’ branded viscose fibres at its Chinese Lenzing Nanjing Fibers (LNF) facility – one of only two locations where the fibre will be made. The production process is claimed to have… Read More
  • Unifi CEO Kevin Hall receiving the award from Al Segars, PNC distinguished professor, strategy and entrepreneurship and faculty director, at the Center for Sustainable Enterprise.
    Monday, 14 May 2018

    Unifi receives UNC sustainability award

    GREENSBORO – Recycled fibres innovator Unifi has been awarded the 2018 UNC Sustainability Award from Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise and the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. Unifi produces its Repreve… Read More
  • Friday, 04 May 2018

    Innovators Report highlights circular fashion potential

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion Positive, H&M Foundation and Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute have collaborated to publish the first edition of the Emerging Material Innovators Report, highlighting what they deem to be the most promising… Read More
  • Friday, 04 May 2018

    New Alliance seeks global Chinese textile engagement Premium Article

    BEIJING – A recently-established Chinese non-profit organisation has set out its ambitious goals which include the inception of a China Fashion Sustainability Alliance, a move it hopes can open the nation’s fashion and textile industries up to… Read More
  • Friday, 04 May 2018

    UK consumer group calls for plastic microfibre solution

    LONDON – The Women’s Institute (WI), the UK’s largest voluntary organisation with over 220,000 members, has launched its ‘End Plastic Soup’ campaign, which aims to raise awareness in Britain about how laundering clothes can influence textile… Read More
  • Tuesday, 01 May 2018

    Textile microfibre projects assess influence of recycling and coloration Premium Article

    ZUG – The European Outdoor Group has initiated a new project to compare the impacts of recycled and virgin polyester and nylon on synthetic textile microfibre pollution; as well as a separate project that aims to understand how textile coloration… Read More
  • Monday, 23 April 2018

    Adidas improves supply chain transparency in China Premium Article

    BEIJING – Global sports brand Adidas has become the most recent apparel brand to join the Green Supply Chain Map – the online transparency tool that maps leading multinational brands and retail corporations to their suppliers’ environmental… Read More
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