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Circular Fibers Report Calls for a New Textiles Economy

Circular Fibers Report Calls for a New Textiles Economy

Every second, humanity trashes or burns enough clothing to fill a garbage truck, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. In response, this week the foundation’s Circular Fibers Initiative released a sustainability report calling for a new textiles economy. Industry giants like H&M and Nike back the report, which proposes a … Read more »

Significant Step Toward Zero Waste As Simple as a Fresh CEO?

Significant Step Toward Zero Waste As Simple as a Fresh CEO?

Sock manufacturer Wigwam says it has been in the business of protecting the environment and using sustainable manufacturing practices for 112 years, but just recently discovered a significant – and easily solvable – sustainability problem: new president and CEO (as of last fall) Tom Wheeler discovered that a large number of … Read more »

New Initiatives Chase ‘Circular Economy’ in Fashion, Textiles

New Initiatives Chase ‘Circular Economy’ in Fashion, Textiles

The new Circular Fibres Initiative brings together clothing retailers H&M and Nike, philanthropic funder the C&A Foundation, and a consortium of organizations including the Danish Fashion Institute, Fashion for Good, Cradle to Cradle and MISTRA Future Fashion in order to “build a circular economy for textiles,” starting with clothing. The members will address … Read more »

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FTC Fines Major Retailers $1.3M for Misleading Environmental Claims

Retailers Bed Bath & Beyond, Nordstrom, JC Penney and Backcountry.com have been fined $1.3 million by the Federal Trade Commission for misleading environmental claims. Under the court order settling the FTC’s charges, the four companies are barred from labeling and advertising rayon textiles as made of bamboo and will pay … Read more »

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Polartec Recycles Its Billionth Plastic Bottle

Textile company Polartec has recycled its billionth plastic bottle. In 2014, more than 60 percent of Polartec’s domestic production used recycled yarns. These textiles are used in every fabric platform including Polartec Power Shield, Power Dry, Power Wool, Power Grid and Alpha. Patagonia, L.L. Bean, The North Face, Arc’Teryx, Cabela’s, … Read more »

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Bayer Launches Bio-Based Polyurethanes for Textile Coating

Bayer MaterialScience is introducing a range of waterborne, bio-based polyurethane (PU) dispersions under the Impranil eco name for apparel, footwear and automotive applications. With a renewable content that reaches as high as 65 percent, this product class contributes to a further reduction of CO2 emissions, thus further improving the sustainability … Read more »

Target, H&M, Gap, Levi’s Textile Mills Save $14.7M, Cut Water Use 36%

Target, H&M, Gap, Levi’s Textile Mills Save $14.7M, Cut Water Use 36%

More than 30 Chinese textile mills, many of which create clothing for major high-volume apparel brands and retailers including Target, Gap,  Levi’s and H&M, are saving $14.7 million annually by adopting efficiency measures in their production processes, according to an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council. These improvements have … Read more »

Bayer, Bluesign Push Sustainable Textile Industry

Bayer MaterialScience and bluesign technologies have joined forces to advance a sustainable textile industry globally. The two companies have agreed to enter into a strategic alliance to ensure safe production processes and working conditions along the entire value chain. The bluesign system defines criteria for chemicals use, including the responsible … Read more »

Wide-Spread Waterless Dyeing Could Cut Pollution

If adopted on a wide scale, waterless dyeing technologies from companies including AirDye, ColorZen and DyeCoo could drastically reduce pollution from the clothing industry, reports Yale 360. The textile dyeing industry uses trillions of liters of fresh water and returns that water, often untreated, into the water system. Some estimates say that China produces than … Read more »

Cotton Bleaching Process Cuts Energy, Wastewater

Researchers from the University of Georgia and China’s Donghua University and Dymatic Chemicals have developed a method that can reduce the amount of energy needed for — and the amount of wastewater produced in — the cotton bleaching process, while improving the quality of the end product. The technique is described in A Novel … Read more »

Water Management Project Posts 765% ROI in a Year

A water management project among textile suppliers in India, led by the Stockholm International Water Institute and Swedish fashion brands Indiska, KappAhl and Lindex, has demonstrated how efficient resource management in textile production in India can achieve substantial environmental improvements and financial gains. In the Delhi region alone, Indian project … Read more »

Green Practices Drive Textile Water, Wastewater Treatment

The water and wastewater treatment in the textile and leather industry earned revenues of $584.5 million in 2012 and will reach $988.2 million in 2020, according to analysis from Frost & Sullivan. The report, CEO 360 Perspective on the Water and Wastewater Treatment Market in the Global Textile and Leather … Read more »