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    ZDHC releases its third Impact Report


    The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation has released its 2021 Impact Report, which, according to the organization, shows positive results for the fashion industry. Based on manufacturing suppliers who tested and reported all their wastewater results on the ZDHC Gateway in October 2021, 98 percent of manufacturing suppliers ...

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    New HeiQ AeoniQ yarns made from Circulose pulp instead of polyester and nylon


    HeiQ of Switzerland and the Swedish sustaintech company Re:NewCell have joined forces to commercialize 100-percent circular and bio-based high tenacity filament yarns as viable replacements for fossil fibers such as nylon and polyester on a large scale. Together, the two companies are pursuing a vision of a circular and bio-based ...

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    Columbia brings in new SVP to address supply chain issues


    Source: Columbia Sportswear Co Francois Guillon To counter the ongoing problem of supply chains disrupted by various global crises, Columbia Sportswear Company has named Francois Guillon senior vice president, omni planning and fulfillment. Guillon will report to chief supply chain officer Lisa Kulok. He brings leadership experience ...

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    Teijin Frontier develops new energy-saving chemical recycling process for colored polyester fibers


    Japanese fiber specialist Teijin Frontier has announced the development of an alternative chemical recycling technology, using a new depolymerization catalyst to recycle colored polyester fibers without losing the quality of polyester fibers made from petroleum-derived raw materials. The technology utilizes a new depolymerization catalyst that leads to a simpler and ...

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    Christoph Engl: “It cannot be a dogma that Europe is always a better production site”


    In a detailed post on LinkedIn, CEO Christoph Engl explains the production strategy of the Oberalp Group. In the text, originating from a speech at the Oberalp Convention, Engl argues against seeing Europe as a better production site in a global comparison. He also announces his intention to make suppliers ...

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    Researchers find Xinjiang cotton in Adidas, Puma and Jack Wolfskin product


    About 20 percent of the world’s cotton crop (and 90 percent of China’s production) comes from China’s Xinjiang region, where forced labor apparently still exists, and oppression of the Uyghur ethnic group continues. Now researchers at the Agroisolab in Jülich and the Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, both in ...

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    YESS pilot project: Yarn and fabric manufacturers strive to end modern slavery


    The Responsible Sourcing Network has released the results of the pilot of its flagship initiative YESS (Yarn Ethically & Sustainably Sourced). The pilot, which included virtual training and in-person assessments in India, Pakistan and Malaysia, has shown that manufacturers can track all their cotton through their systems, from the fabric ...

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    Better Cotton Conference announces keynote speakers


    The Better Cotton Conference in Malmö, Sweden, on June 22 and 23, has announced two of its keynote speakers: Balubhai Parmar and Lacy Vardeman. Parmar is a cotton grower from Gujarat, India, who leads an enterprising group of Better Cotton farmers that are all small enterprises. At the conference, he ...

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    Patagonia places repeat order for Indian Khadi denim fabric


    After making its first purchase in December last year, Patagonia has placed its second order for Khadi Denim fabric, the Indian Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has announced. Khadi Denim is an ancient textile technique originating in India. The repeat order is for 17,050 meters of the ...

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    ​HD Wool and Rudholm Group form partnership to grow HD Wool Apparel Insulation in Europe


    To expand its growing customer base in Europe and Scandinavia and develop sustainable opportunities between its HD Wool Apparel Insulation and European outdoor, lifestyle and fashion brands, U.K.-based HD Wool Ltd. entered into a partnership with Sweden-based Rudholm Group, a global provider of sustainable apparel accessories, sustainable packaging, digital solutions ...

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    Worst Covid-19 outbreak in China since Wuhan threatens supply chains


    Even before the initial problems caused by the pandemic could be solved, the war in Ukraine created new ones. And now, despite all precautions, the Omicron BA mutant of Covid-19 is spreading rapidly in China. The epicenter of infection was the northeastern province of Jilin, on the ...

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    Fidlock unveils concept sneaker with Fidlock Winch system


    On March 10, Fidlock, the German company specializing in innovative magnetic fasteners, unveiled a brand new Concept Sneaker with the innovative Fidlock Winch closure/adjustment system. The sneaker, an athletic shoe with the new Winch closure, will not be available to the public, but serve as a showcase for potential collaborations. ...

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    Supply bottlenecks in German retail sector worsen again; cycling products particularly affected


    According to a survey by the research institute Ifo, supply problems in German retail have worsened again in February. In February, 76.3 percent of overall retailers said they did not receive all the goods they ordered. A month earlier, the figure was 57.1 percent. The situation is particularly tight for ...

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    ​Samsonite opens brand development and sourcing hub in Singapore


    Samsonite International S.A., the parent of Gregory Mountain Products and High Sierra, announced the opening of a new brand development and sourcing hub in Singapore. The hub will allow the company to design and develop products for several of its key labels, mainly its mainstream travel luggage brands Samsonite and ...

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    Review: Slide/OTS Winter trade show 2022


    The British Snowsport Tradeshow happened in central England last week, on the Welsh border, to allow relatively easy travel for everyone to reach the event. Building on previous events, the exhibition had also combined with the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), so those outdoor brands had a chance to demonstrate their ...

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    ANWR Group’s exit from Bico has no impact on Swiss Bike Profi


    The exit of ANWR Group as a minority shareholder from the German bicycle trade organization Bico Zweirad Marketing GmbH has no impact on the Swiss bicycle trade organization Bike Profi. Bike Profi operates under the umbrella of ANWR-Garant Swiss AG. ANWR-Garant Swiss AG has already been operating in the bicycle ...

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    Ecco releases 3D printed tooling for direct injection PU soles


    After extensive research into 3D-printed footwear and 3D-printed footwear tooling, Danish footwear company Ecco has announced that after three years of development, it is now ready to offer 3D-printed tooling for product development and commercial samples for the broader footwear market. The company intends to offer four different options, ranging ...

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    Arc’teryx commits to 80% Fair Trade-certified products by 2025


    In light of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the lives of factory workers who make Arc’teryx products, the Canadian brand has decided to work to improve the well-being and protection of some 7,000 people in 10 countries where the company manufactures. “They should be able to depend on ...

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    Join Performance Days Loop on Dec. 1-2


    Following the Covid-related cancellation of the physical Performance Days in Munich, The Loop allows visitors to digitally view and explore all fabric innovations for the H/W 2023/24 season, the focus topic Sustainable Nylon and the new color trends in the digital space on Dec. 1-2. In the Marketplace, visitors can ...

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    Unifi reaches key sustainability milestone ahead of actual schedule


    Unifi reports that it has now converted more than 30 billion used plastic bottles into its Repreve recycled fiber, which the company says is processed by more than 1,000 brands worldwide in many industries and by outdoor brands like Kathmandu, Norden, Patagonia and Planks, among others. Unifi began setting recycling ...