Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) clarifies organic product standards

March 12th, 2020

GOTS has issued a statement in response to a recent claim by a company stating they hold a certification that鈥檚 鈥淢ore important than organic鈥 and 鈥淭extiles with the organic label can still be treated with toxic chemicals at a later stage of production.鈥 While this is possible for uncertified products made from organic fibers, according […]

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DSM announces partnership with SABIC and UPM Biofuels to create bio-based Dyneema庐

March 12th, 2020

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, and UPM Biofuels, a leading producer of sustainable raw materials, recently announced a partnership that will help to reduce the environmental footprint of Dyneema庐, the world鈥檚 strongest fiber. The collaboration will see Dyneema transition to […]

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GOTS registers highest growth rate ever in 2019

March 4th, 2020

In 2019, the number of Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)-certified facilities globally grew by 35 percent, from 5,760 to 7,765 located in 70 countries. The number demonstrates that GOTS successfully serves as a sustainable solution. The required certified organic fibers protect the climate by absorbing CO2, and every processing step, from field to fashion, must […]

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Levi Strauss & Co. and Hohenstein collaborate to bring safer chemicals to the apparel industry

November 19th, 2019

Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) and Hohenstein have announced a collaboration to utilize the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX庐 certification system in the LS&Co. supply chain. This will amplify the capabilities of the Screened Chemistry program developed by LS&Co., helping establish a clearer pathway toward safer chemistry in the apparel industry by providing enhanced levels of […]

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Price and value in the agricultural markets

October 11th, 2016

Profit margins are tight for a lot of industries, but this is especially true in the agricultural arena, where profits can be wiped out鈥攊n some cases virtually overnight鈥攂y events beyond the control of growers and producers. Consequently, pricing has become a huge concern for all involved, say manufacturers of fabric agricultural products designed to mitigate […]

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Sustainability: public engagement

October 15th, 2015

Raising awareness of fabric recycling and re-using keeps the conversation going. With the proliferation of social media, the general public has become accustomed to interacting with companies as well as each other. And companies increasingly appreciate the importance of being part of the larger conversation. Insularity is no longer a protection of corporate advantage. In […]

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How to survive through 2035

October 6th, 2015

With a projected global population of 9 billion in 2050, demand for natural resources is rapidly increasing, specifically for coal, gas and oil鈥攔esources upon which the industrial textiles industry heavily depends for raw materials. 鈥淥nce they鈥檙e gone, they鈥檙e gone,鈥 says Steve Jesseph, chief operating officer at Integrated Consulting Group, an international consulting organization specializing in […]

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Making the rounds

October 1st, 2015

Textile waste is gaining new life through closed-loop processes, creating more products (and some profits) in more industries. Forty-five years ago, Kermit (the frog) lamented, 鈥淚t鈥檚 not easy bein鈥 green.鈥 Environmentally speaking, it still may not be easy, but it鈥檚 becoming less difficult every day鈥攁nd more profitable. 鈥淲e introduced a recycled fabric prototype 15 years […]

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Loopy thinking

September 17th, 2015

From yarn to fabric, and back to yarn: recycling and repurposing materials. For companies with vision, strategic moves often require a leap of faith. In 2012, Designtex began using yarn produced from recycled fabric waste it had accumulated. 鈥淎t the time, we were not sure if we would be successful in making a first-quality yarn,鈥 […]

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Recycle, upcycle

September 1st, 2014

Commercial interior fabrics routinely take on a second life. Does it pay to be green? Yes, it may cost more to initiate the practice when it comes to manufacturing recyclable fabrics for use in commercial interiors鈥攋ust as with most innovative initiatives鈥攂ut down the road, it can pay off nicely. Plus, those not on the bandwagon […]

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