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Textiles and apparel sustainability update, February 2018

Textiles and apparel sustainability update, February 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; fabrics; fashion apparel; fibres and yarns; garment finishes; outdoor apparel; synthetic leather; and textile recycling. The report includes news from the following innovative companies, other organisations and individuals: Archroma, Aquafil, Bolt Threads, Cone Denim, Denim North America, the Fashion Positive initiative, G-Star Raw, Garmon Chemicals, Gildan, the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), Katherine Soucie, Lenzing, Made-By, Marimekko, Marks & Spencer (M&S), Modern Meadow, Nanollose, the Oeko-Tex Association, Pontetorto, Reverse Resources, Seaqual 4U, Spinnova, Stella McCartney, Tierra, Trevira, Unifi, Unitin, Vaude, and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT).


  • SUMMARY
  • BUSINESS NEWS
    • AQUAFIL WILL OPEN A CARPET RECYCLING FACILITY IN THE USA
    • GILDAN HAS ENTERED INTO A PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WITH KATHERINE SOUCIE RELATING TO THE RE-USE OF ITS HOSIERY WASTE MATERIALS
    • MADE-BY AND REVERSE RESOURCES HAVE COLLABORATED IN THE LAUNCH OF A NEW INITIATIVE TO EXPLORE THE RE-USE OF WASTE MATERIALS GENERATED DURING THE MANUFACTURE OF CLOTHING
    • THE FASHION POSITIVE INITIATIVE HAS LAUNCHED AN ONLINE INNOVATORS HUB TO ACCELERATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS
    • THE OEKO-TEX ASSOCIATION HAS AWARDED ITS FIRST CERTIFICATES FOR COMPLIANCE WITH THE LEATHER STANDARD BY OEKO-TEX
    • TREVIRA HAS LAUNCHED A NEW BRAND NAME FOR PRODUCTS WHICH INCORPORATE POLYESTER FIBRES AND YARNS DERIVED FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS
  • DENIM
    • CONE DENIM AND UNIFI HAVE COLLABORATED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE STRETCH DENIM FABRIC
    • CONE DENIM, LENZING AND UNIFI HAVE COLLABORATED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE DENIM FABRIC CALLED FUTURE BLACK+
    • DENIM NORTH AMERICA HAS DEVELOPED A NEW DENIM FABRIC CALLED ECOSURE BIOBLAST DENIM
    • LENZING AND DL1961 WILL COLLABORATE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF DENIM FABRICS INCORPORATING REFIBRA FIBRE
  • FABRICS
    • MARIMEKKO AND SPINNOVA ARE COLLABORATING IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW WOOD-BASED TEXTILES
    • PONTETORTO AND VAUDE HAVE COLLABORATED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE FLEECE FABRIC CALLED BIOPILE
  • FASHION APPAREL
    • BOLT THREADS HAS COLLABORATED WITH STELLA MCCARTNEY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A DRESS MADE FROM SYNTHETIC SPIDER SILK
    • G-STAR RAW AND ARCHROMA HAVE COLLABORATED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CAPSULE COLLECTION OF JEANS WHICH ARE DYED USING NATURAL COLORANTS
    • MARKS & SPENCER (M&S) HAS DEVELOPED A SUIT WHICH INCORPORATES RECYCLED WOOL AND A STYLE OF MEN'S JEANS WHICH ARE MANUFACTURED USING ONLY SMALL QUANTITIES OF WATER
      • Wool Blend Suit with Italian Fabric
      • Slim Fit Selvedge Jeans
  • FIBRES AND YARNS
    • LENZING HAS DEVELOPED A NEW BRAND OF VISCOSE FIBRE CALLED ECOVERO AND A NEW FILAMENT YARN CALLED TENCEL LUXE
      • EcoVero
      • Tencel Luxe
    • NANOLLOSE HAS DEVELOPED A PLANT-FREE VISCOSE FIBRE
    • SEAQUAL 4U HAS DEVELOPED A NEW FIBRE CALLED SEAQUAL AND HAS DEVELOPED NEW YARNS MADE FROM THE FIBRE
      • Seaqual fibre
      • New yarns
    • STELLA MCCARTNEY HAS DEVELOPED THE FIRST WOOL YARN TO MEET THE CRADLE TO CRADLE CERTIFIED GOLD STANDARD
    • UNITIN HAS DEVELOPED INDIGO YARNS MADE FROM RECYCLED WASTE MATERIALS
    • VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND HAS DEVELOPED A NEW FIBRE MADE FROM RECYCLED COTTON
  • GARMENT FINISHES
    • GARMON CHEMICALS HAS DEVELOPED A NEW FINISH FOR DENIM GARMENTS CALLED GEOPOWER NPS
  • OUTDOOR APPAREL
    • TIERRA HAS DEVELOPED A JACKET WHICH IS MADE ENTIRELY FROM BIO-BASED MATERIALS
    • VAUDE HAS DEVELOPED A COLLECTION OF ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE OUTDOOR APPAREL PRODUCTS
  • SYNTHETIC LEATHER
    • MODERN MEADOW HAS DEVELOPED A NEW SYNTHETIC LEATHER MATERIAL WHICH WILL BE SOLD UNDER THE BRAND NAME ZOA
  • TEXTILE RECYCLING
    • RESEARCHERS AT THE HONG KONG RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXTILES AND APPAREL (HKRITA) HAVE DEVELOPED A METHOD OF CHEMICALLY SEPARATING THE FIBRES IN POLYESTER AND COTTON BLEND FABRICS

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