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Stepchange Innovations blog covering innovations and issues of the textile industry

Detox in the textile industry – real progress or Potemkin villages? Part 2

In this article we cast light on the progress of the Detox campaign in the textile industry. Detox is an initiative started by the environmental activist organization Greenpeace to eliminate hazardous chemicals from the supply chain of global fashion brands. In part 2 we will look a deeper at the progress of Detox at the fashion brands who have received credit for good progress in Detox: H&M, Benetton and Zara (Inditex).
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Detox in the textile industry – real progress or Potemkin villages? Part 1

We cast light on the progress of the Detox campaign in the fashion & textile industry. Detox is an initiative started by Greenpeace to challenge the business practice of global fashion brands who source from suppliers allegedly polluting the environment with hazardous chemicals. Their aim is to eliminate the discharge of hazardous chemicals from the effluents of textile processing factories by the year 2020.
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Dyeing with supercritical CO2 – finally a success story?

Dyeing in supercritical CO2 could finally be on track for success after 25 years of development. Originally an idea of German universities, it was developed and brought to market by the Dutch start-up company DyeCoo. With this innovative, environmentally friendly and water-free dyeing technology, today sportswear textiles made of polyester are produced in Asia for the brands of adidas and Nike.
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Strong M&A activities in the textile digital printing space

The textile printing market is undergoing a transition from conventional printing (rotary screen or flat bet printing) to digital printing (ink jet printing). In 2014/15 some key mergers and acquisitions took place in the digital textile printing sector. Private equity financial investors as well as strategic investors and large US corporations have entered the technology driven European digital printing space.
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Innovations in technical textiles and nonwovens awarded

The winners of the Techtextil Innovation Award 2015, presented for innovative ideas and future-oriented developments in the field of technical textiles, nonwovens and functional apparel textiles, were announced at the Techtextil / Texprocess fair in Frankfurt, Germany. These great innovations illustrate exiting new application for technical textiles and nonwovens
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Textile printing supplier SPGPrints acquired by financial investor Investcorp

Financial investors are taking more interest in the textile printing and digital printing space. Investcorp has announced the acquisition of SPGPrints Group. SPGPrints, a Dutch company formerly known as Stork Prints, is a leading supplier of printing systems and consumables for textile printing.
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The sustainability of organic cotton and GM cotton – part 2 of 2

Organic cotton and genetically modified cotton (GM cotton) are opposite concepts to make cotton more sustainable. In that sense it is the target to reduce water and energy consumption of cotton agriculture and processing, and to reduce the amount of potentially hazardous chemicals, such as pesticides, released into the environment. A lot of totally contracting data can be found to support either one of the concepts, depending how things were examined and by whom studies were funded. This article tries to bring to light some of the issues related to cotton, GM and organic.
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