Getting greener all the time

July 13th, 2020

By Janet Preus Sustainability is a broad topic, even when it’s narrowed down to industrial textiles. It includes everything from assuring the health and safety of workers, to recycling fabric waste, to sourcing from “green” suppliers and more. The importance of sustainability in the industry is not waning—even during the pandemic, but the focus seems […]

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NCTO launches sustainability blog

March 9th, 2020

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) is launching a new blog series on sustainability in the U.S. textile industry, a news release has announced. The organization reports it will "use the series to highlight the significant strides the U.S. textile industry has made to mitigate the impact of manufacturing processes on the environment.” NCTO blog […]

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Insights into the year ahead

January 13th, 2020

Industry experts point to market need, collaboration and sustainability to drive textile markets this year.  by Marie O’Mahony The start of a new year is a time to consider what might lie ahead and what might be the trends, technologies and global events that could offer opportunity for the industry or conversely create a barrier […]

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Collaboration to bring safer chemicals to the apparel industry

November 25th, 2019

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

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Pairing functionality and sustainability

November 11th, 2019

Environmentally friendly materials and processes can add value to textiles.  by Seshadri Ramkumar The textile industry and the world of sustainability have evolved in the last four decades. The need to conserve resources for future generation, which has rightly become a movement, began with an examination of greenhouse gas emissions. The labels used to refer […]

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ECO PASSPORT recognized by ZDHC

August 17th, 2018

OEKO-TEX announced that its ECO PASSPORT certification has been recognized as a Level 3 ZDHC MRSL Conformance Indicator for the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme. The ZDHC organization’s Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) is integral to the ZDHC Gateway – Chemical Module, an advanced search engine for conforming formulations that support textile and leather manufacturers to find safer alternatives to hazardous […]

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Macy’s chooses MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®

April 5th, 2018

The Hohenstein Institute has announced that Macy’s will bring MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® labels to select private brand sheets and towels. Macy’s says that selecting the MADE IN GREEN label is a way to make the company’s sustainability initiatives visible to shoppers. Because the label is traceable, customers can confirm the textile’s manufacturing origins […]

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OIA launches new sustainability platform

March 12th, 2018

The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) announces that it has launched a new education and content platform under its sustainability pillar on The platform provides tools and resources created by the OIA Sustainability Working Group (SWG), which has been addressing supply chain issues for over a decade. The site launch coincided with Outdoor Retailer + […]

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Eco fibers market worth $93.27 billion by 2025

August 28th, 2017

The global eco fiber market is expected to reach $93.27 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 12.1 percent, according to a new report by Grand View Research Inc. This market includes bamboo fibers, organic cotton and other products that strive to create environmentally friendly textiles, as well as safe environments and fair wages for workers. A […]

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