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Textiles and apparel sustainability update, August 2018

Textiles and apparel sustainability update, August 2018

Environmental sustainability is a topic of growing importance within the global fibre, textile and apparel industry. Indeed, pressures to focus on environmental sustainability have prompted several companies to develop innovative new products and to adapt their business strategies. This report provides information on the latest product developments and business developments in relation to environmental sustainability with a particular focus on: business news; denim; dyeing processes; dyes and auxiliaries; fashion apparel and footwear; fibres and yarns; finishes; home textiles; insulation materials; nonwovens; sewing thread; and textile recycling. Furthermore, the report includes information and insight into the following innovative brands, companies and other organisations: Aizome Bedding, Aquafil, Archroma, Beaulieu Yarns, Carbios, Colorifix, Cone Denim, DyStar, Fiberactive Organics, Filippa K, Gaston Systems, Genomatica, GHCL, H&M, HanesBrands, Hugo Boss, Humanscale, I:Collect (I:CO), Indigo Mill Designs (IMD), Invista, Jeanologia, Lenzing, Levi Strauss & Co, Low & Bonar, Oeko-Tex, PrimaLoft, RotaSpray, SOEX, Tejidos Royo, The North Face, Thermore and Tonello.


  • SUMMARY
  • BUSINESS NEWS
    • AQUAFIL AND GENOMATICA HAVE FORMED PROJECT EFFECTIVE TO ENCOURAGE COMPANIES TO PRODUCE MORE SUSTAINABLE FIBRES AND PLASTICS
    • HANESBRANDS HAS INVESTED IN 19 PRECISION APPLICATION SYSTEMS TO HELP IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY OF ITS OPERATIONS
    • LENZING IS EXPANDING ITS CAPACITY FOR PRODUCING ITS TENCEL LUXE FILAMENT YARN FOR LUXURY APPAREL
    • LEVI STRAUSS & CO HAS DEVELOPED A NEW OPERATING MODEL CALLED PROJECT F.L.X. (FUTURE-LED EXECUTION)
    • OEKO-TEX HAS INTRODUCED A NEW TEST FOR THE VERIFICATION OF ORGANIC COTTON
    • SOEX AND I:COLLECT HAVE COLLABORATED IN THE OPENING OF THE FIRST FOOTWEAR RECYCLING PLANT WHICH CAN PROCESS ALL TYPES OF FOOTWEAR
    • THE NORTH FACE HAS LAUNCHED A RETAIL PROGRAMME CALLED THE NORTH FACE RENEWED
  • DENIM
    • CONE DENIM WILL DEVELOP DENIM FABRICS WHICH INCORPORATE REFIBRA FIBRE
    • LENZING AND JEANOLOGIA HAVE COLLABORATED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CAPSULE COLLECTION OF ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE DENIM GARMENTS
  • DYEING PROCESSES
    • DYSTAR AND ROTASPRAY HAVE SUCCESSFULLY SCALED UP AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE SPRAY DYEING PROCEDURE FOR THE APPLICATION OF INDIGO DYE TO YARNS
    • GASTON SYSTEMS, INDIGO MILL DESIGNS (IMD) AND TEJIDOS ROYO HAVE COLLABORATED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW INDIGO YARN DYEING TECHNOLOGY
  • DYES AND AUXILIARIES
    • ARCHROMA HAS DEVELOPED AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE INDIGO DYE WHICH IS FREE FROM ANILINE
  • FASHION APPAREL AND FOOTWEAR
    • FILIPPA K WILL DEVELOP APPAREL MADE FROM FABRICS DYED USING COLORIFIX'S ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE DYEING PROCESS
    • H&M HAS DEVELOPED ITS 2018 H&M CONSCIOUS EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION
    • HUGO BOSS HAS DEVELOPED AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE SHOE WHICH INCORPORATES PIÑATEX NONWOVEN FABRIC
  • FIBRES AND YARNS
    • BEAULIEU YARNS HAS DEVELOPED A RANGE OF ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE YARNS CALLED EQOBALANCE
    • INVISTA HAS DEVELOPED AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE VERSION OF ITS LYCRA T400 FIBRE
  • FINISHES
    • ARCHROMA HAS DEVELOPED A NEW BREATHABLE WATER REPELLENT TREATMENT CALLED SMARTREPEL HYDRO AM
    • TONELLO HAS DEVELOPED AN "ALL IN ONE" MACHINE FOR USE IN THE FINISHING OF DENIM GARMENTS
  • HOME TEXTILES
    • AIZOME BEDDING HAS DEVELOPED A RANGE OF ORGANIC COTTON BEDDING WHICH IS DYED USING NATURAL INDIGO DYE
    • GHCL HAS DEVELOPED A NEW COLLECTION OF ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE BEDDING PRODUCTS CONTAINING TRACEABLE FIBRES
    • HUMANSCALE HAS DEVELOPED A CHAIR WHICH INCORPORATES MESH FABRIC DERIVED FROM RECYCLED FISHING NETS
  • INSULATION MATERIALS
    • PRIMALOFT HAS DEVELOPED NEW INSULATION MATERIALS MADE ENTIRELY FROM RECYCLED POST-CONSUMER WASTE
    • THERMORE HAS DEVELOPED A NEW BLOWABLE INSULATION PRODUCT CALLED ECODOWN FIBERS
  • NONWOVENS
    • LOW & BONAR HAS DEVELOPED A NEW CARPET BACKING PRODUCT FOR USE IN THE MANUFACTURE OF ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE CARPETS
  • SEWING THREAD
    • FIBERACTIVE ORGANICS HAS DEVELOPED AN ORGANIC COTTON SEWING THREAD
  • TEXTILE RECYCLING
    • CARBIOS HAS DEVELOPED A NEW PROCESS FOR RECYCLING POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE (PET) POLYESTER FIBRES

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