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China’s ban on textile scrap import hampers global recycling prog…

China’s ban on textile scrap import hampers global recycling programs

"As a stepping stone, textile companies have taken the onus on themselves to ensure sustainable development. While on the other hand, a new ban on scrap textile imports in China could curb global textile recycling progress. In one of the first initiatives, a recent life-cycle assessment (LCA) of a waterborne polyuretha... Read more

Munich Fabric Start’s Bluezone to showcase sustainable denim rang…

Munich Fabric Start’s Bluezone to showcase sustainable denim range

"Global denim mills will congregate at Munich Fabric Start’s Bluezone in Munich, September 5-7, 2017 to present their Autumn/Winter 18-19 collections. Their major target is making a mark in the German and Northern European markets. These mills bring forth innovations and new product lines, with focus on sustainab... Read more

Indian apparel companies focusing on sustainability measures

Indian apparel companies focusing on sustainability measures

"Just like corporates in steel and automotive industries, apparel companies are increasingly waking up to sustainability and doing their bit to go green. In line with this, Pratibha Syntex, Indore, is going to be the first company to release its sustainability report. Last year, Arvind, had produced its first ever sust... Read more

Future of fast fashion lies in becoming sustainable

Future of fast fashion lies in becoming sustainable

"With rapid movement of styles from catwalk to retail shelves, fast fashion is space in everyone’s wardrobe. And as Tasha Lewis, a professor at Cornell University’s Department of Fibre Science and Apparel Design says, the rate of new fashion cycles has accelerated to a feverish pace. It used to be four seas... Read more

Sustainability scores high at London Textile Fair

Sustainability scores high at London Textile Fair

"It was a great platform for companies eying to connect with British brands, at the recently concluded London Textile Fair, held at the London Design Centre in Islington. As John Kelley, show organiser and Textile Events owner, says there was a huge range of fabric producers, print studios and accessories and a strong ... Read more

UK fashion designers focus on sustainability for S/S18

UK fashion designers focus on sustainability for S/S18

"Total ethical spending in the UK is now worth £54billion (2016) and represents around 7 per cent of all UK consumer spending. The value of overall ethical sales grew by 8 per cent to £38 billion in 2015, during a period when inflation barely rose above 0.5 per cent, says the new Ethical Consumer Markets re... Read more

Birla Cellulose clears USDA Biobased certification, CanopyStyle a…

Birla Cellulose clears USDA Biobased certification, CanopyStyle audit

"Birla Cellulose becomes one of the first viscose staple fibre producers to earn the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label for its products as well as to complete the audit conducted by the Rainforest Alliance. As in recent years, fashion as an industry is blamed to have emerged as a rapi... Read more

Fast fashion production processes damaging environment: Study

Fast fashion production processes damaging environment: Study

"A new investigation report has found fast fashion majors such as H&M, Zara and Marks & Spencer are buying material produced in factories that devastate peoples’ health in Indonesia, China and India. Toxic run-off from the manufacture of viscose, a supposedly environmentally friendly fibre used to make cl... Read more

Post Trump’s pullout, Brands pledge We Are Still In

Post Trump’s pullout, Brands pledge We Are Still In

"When President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate agreement last week and sent the world careening toward a global environmental calamity, a historic collection of parties in the United States came together in response."       When President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate agr... Read more

BD Denim Expo showcased sustainable ways to grow business

BD Denim Expo showcased sustainable ways to grow business

"With exhibitors from 12 countries, four unique seminars and workshops, and a bigger ‘Trend Zone’ with a brand new ‘Information Exchange Zone’, the 6th edition of the BD Expo marked another leap forward. Highlighting the importance of developing business relationships and promoting best working ... Read more

First step taken toward epigenetically modified cotton

First step taken toward epigenetically modified cotton

"The new research led by Z. Jeffrey Chen at The University of Texas at Austin might offers a break for the industry. He with his team have taken the first step toward a new way of breeding heartier, more productive cotton through a process called epigenetic modification."       The new ... Read more

Global clothing firms taking the first few green steps

Global clothing firms taking the first few green steps

"Fashion cycles change faster than one can imagine. From just a few collections a year, fast-fashion brands such as Zara now offer more than 20, while Sweden’s H&M manages up to 16. It’s a big shift from days when there were only 3-4 collections a year. While this has gone down well with fashion police ... Read more

The new Circular Fibres Initiative looks at take-make-dispose mod…

The new Circular Fibres Initiative looks at take-make-dispose model

The Circular Fibres Initiative, launched at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, aims at bringing together leading businesses, NGOs, philanthropic organisations and public bodies to create a vision for a new global textiles system that will replace the linear, take-make-dispose model dominating the industry, ... Read more

Transparency, sustainability integral for growth of global RMG in…

Transparency, sustainability integral for growth of global RMG industry

"Taking a cue from Rana Plaza incident that occurred four years back in Bangladesh, clothing manufacturers have been showing signs of change when it comes to partner selection across the globe. The tragedy was marked as a wake-up call for the industry and a chance to improve the safety of global supply chains. More tha... Read more

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Welspun gets Oeko-Tex label for bed and bath textiles

Welspun has been awarded a Made In Green label by Oeko-Tex. This is a traceable consumer sustai... Read more

New denim spray ‘OrganIQ Bleach’ replaces potassium permanganate

The used look on denim garments is produced using potassium permanganate. However, potassium pe... Read more

Lenzing develops viscose fiber Eco Vero

Eco Vero is an environmentally friendly viscose fiber from Lenzing. Eco Vero fibers are made fr... Read more

Italy’s fashion industry aims to incorporate more eco-friendly practices

Italy has a plan to make the fashion retail business sustainable from end to end. The aim is to... Read more

H&M’s Global Change Awards boosts circular fashion

H&M’s Global Change Awards are a move to accelerate the shift from linear to circular... Read more

Panipat losing grounds as world’s biggest recycler of discarded clothes

Panipat is home to some 150 or 200 mills, which take discarded clothes from western countries a... Read more

Italy aims at responsible fashion practices

Italy is keen to make its fashion industry truly eco-sustainable. A new loan program has been d... Read more

Everlane and M&S focusing on sustainable denim lines

Everlane and Marks and Spencer (M&S) are two examples of retailers working to transform the... Read more

Pakistan’s denim maker US Group revives ’70s denim, focuses on sustainabili…

The US Group has been Pakistan’s top denim and twill exporter for 20 years. With two bran... Read more

China at loggerheads with ISRI on textile waste import

China and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) are at odds over textile waste. Ch... Read more

Vaude plans to broaden environmental stewardship initiative

German outdoor clothing brand Vaude has announced it will be extending its ‘Environmental... Read more

Denim production a sustainability issue across the globe

Denim, a fixture of the apparel industry and a wardrobe staple for millions around the world ha... Read more

EU amends Ecolabel criteria for textiles products

The EU Ecolabel for textiles has been fine tuned to include accessories and intermediate produc... Read more

Chinese brand Finch promote sustainability through recycled Repreve fibers

Finch, a Chinese swimwear brand, uses Repreve recycled fiber in its products. Finch has a commi... Read more

ZDHC adds new directors, board strength increases to 12

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) has five new board directors. With the five ad... Read more

Bestseller joins fashion initiative Global Fashion Agenda

Bestseller has joined the Global Fashion Agenda, which aims to change the way the world produce... Read more

Wrangler joins sustainability initiative to focus on cotton supply chain

Iconic American denim brand, Wrangler, has joined the ‘Field to Market: The Alliance for ... Read more

China gets tough on saving water

China’s textile industry has turned to water conservation measures. There is a cap on wat... Read more

Primark focuses on sustainable cotton program

One in three women’s pajamas bought in the United Kingdom is from Primark. Cotton is the ... Read more

US organic fiber sales up nine per cent

In 2016, sales of organic fibers in the United States were up 9.2 per cent from the previous ye... Read more

Berling Fashion Week exhibits caring attitude

Berlin Fashion Week was held from July 4 to 6. The event highlighted that sustainable productio... Read more

EU Commission amends Ecolabel criteria for textiles

The European Commission has published an amending decision that tweaks parts of the criteria fo... Read more

New Zealand’s The Formary focuses on recycling used clothes

New Zealand-based company The Formary recycles clothes destined for the rubbish heap and turns ... Read more

M&S focusing on supporting communities across supply chain

M&S believes in not just social and environmental sustainability but financial sustainabili... Read more

Jeanologia gears up for bigger play in Indonesia

Jeanologia is keen to guide technological reformation of Indonesia’s textile industry. Th... Read more

DyStar supports circular economy initiative in apparel sector

C&A, one of Europe’s leading fashion retailers has launched the first Cradle to Cradl... Read more

Esquel focuses on sustainability

Esquel is one of the largest suppliers of premium shirts and polos around the world. The brand ... Read more

BIR warns of ‘devastating effect’ of Chinese import ban

Headquartered in Brussels, the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) is concerned about reven... Read more

Top denim companies outsource production to avoid accountability for pollut…

By outsourcing jeans production to contractors in developing countries, apparel companies are a... Read more

Inditex keeps its focus on sustainable growth and circular economy

Inditex’s president Pablo Isla feels a sustainable growth strategy is key to the future o... Read more

Designers turn to forests for innovative fibers

Designers are looking to forests for clothing ideas. They are moving away from old-fashioned ma... Read more

Fruit of the Loom joins The Sustainability Consortium

US-brand Fruit of the Loom has recently joined The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). TSC is a gl... Read more

WRAPs sustainable clothing plan close to water/carbon targets

Over 50 per cent of the UKs clothing market has achieved a 10 per cent reduction in carbon emis... Read more

Wrangler joins sustainable cotton initiative

Wrangler plans to increase its supply of sustainable cotton in the US. The denim brand has join... Read more

Rayon may be cheap but manufacturing harmful for environment

International fashion giants are under fire again for Rayon fabric. An investigation from the C... Read more

Hugo Boss joins US and Australian cotton initiative

One of the global luxury fashion brands Hugo Boss, has joined more than 460 partners from acros... Read more

Wool campaign spreads the world over

Campaign for Wool is a global campaign that was started in 2010 to raise awareness among consum... Read more

Kenai Sports’ green efforts include converting trash to apparels

US-based Kenai Sports is a sportswear brand that makes clothes out of trash. Each day, the comp... Read more

Ethiopia banks on Arvind for water treatment in industrial park

Ethiopia is developing 10bmega industrial parks in different regions of the country. These indu... Read more

Vietnamese suppliers to VF Corp and Target focus on sustainability

A group of Vietnamese textile suppliers to VF Corp and Target Corporation have achieved $15 mil... Read more

WRAP guide targets sustainable fashion

WRAP has produced a Sustainable Clothing Guide to share best practice on how to design, produce... Read more

Textile Exchange releases organic cotton guide

Textile Exchange has released a Quick Guide to Organic Cotton, which gives an overview of the p... Read more

H&M, Zara using viscose, posing health and environmental hazards

Zara and H&M are been found to source viscose from manufacturing sites whose processes pose... Read more

100 fashion brands opt for transparency

More than 100 fashion brands across 42 companies are now publishing lists of their suppliers, r... Read more

Dystar partners C&A for gold certified apparel dyes

DyStar’s apparel dyes for the fashion industry have been awarded a gold-level material he... Read more

Birla Cellulose earns USDA Biobased Certification

Grasim Industries has earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Produ... Read more

Southwire launches third sustainability report

Written in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G4 Guidelines Core opt... Read more

Radici Group presents sustainable high quality yarn

Radici Group presents its reduced environmental impact product range. Solution-dyed polyester, ... Read more

Fulgar joins Higg Index

Fulgar has joined the Higg Index. Fulgar is a manufacturer of nylon and covered yarns for the m... Read more

Blanket imports may soar after GST

India’s blanket making units face a bleak future following the decision to cut the levy o... Read more

EU insists on labor reforms

The EU will suspend trading terms for Bangladesh and disqualify it for trade privileges if it f... Read more

Sustainable Apparel Forum successful in exchange of knowledge

Sustainable Apparel Forum (SAF) was held in Bangladesh, May 17 and 18. It was the first ever sy... Read more

Solution dyeing offer a lower environmental impact

The water footprint of synthetic fibers is way lower than that of cotton, wool or viscose produ... Read more

Factories turn to reusing, recycling

The textile industry of Bangladesh is thinking of reusing waste water and other natural resourc... Read more

Brands join circular initiative

Leading fashion brands are a part of Fashion Positive Plus. This collaboration works to acceler... Read more

M&S does outreach programs

By 2025 Marks & Spencer hopes to support 1000 communities and help ten million people live ... Read more

ASICS to double use of renewable electricity

Japanese sportswear specialist Asics has released its 2016 Sustainability Report which summariz... Read more