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 Innova Fabrics chooses ROICA™ V550 by Asahi Kasei for its responsible RF (Residual Free) line (c) Innova Fabrics
Innova Fabrics Residual Free Line
11.05.2022

Innova Fabrics chooses ROICA

  • ROICA™ V550 by Asahi Kasei for its responsible RF (Residual Free) line

Innova Fabrics, the Italian manufacturer of knitted fabrics for apparel, underwear and sports, confirms its choice of ROICA™ by Asahi Kasei, the Japanese leader of premium stretch fiber, for its new responsible line RF (Residual Free).

Despite the deep-rooted history of the company's team in the world of textiles, Innova Fabrics is a reality that is not afraid to innovate with a focus on environmental sustainability. As a result of its push for local production and attention to third-party sustainability certifications (including OEKO-TEX Standard 100, one of the world's best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances), Innova Fabrics continues its promise of responsibility with an enrichment of its conscious proposals. In the last season, Innova has increased its smart proposition by launching the RF (Residual Free) line, with the aim of reducing the impact of microplastics residues produced by the fashion industry. This is possible thanks to the combination of two responsible ingredients: SENSIL® Biocare by Nilit and ROICA™ V550 by Asahi Kasei.

  • ROICA™ V550 by Asahi Kasei for its responsible RF (Residual Free) line

Innova Fabrics, the Italian manufacturer of knitted fabrics for apparel, underwear and sports, confirms its choice of ROICA™ by Asahi Kasei, the Japanese leader of premium stretch fiber, for its new responsible line RF (Residual Free).

Despite the deep-rooted history of the company's team in the world of textiles, Innova Fabrics is a reality that is not afraid to innovate with a focus on environmental sustainability. As a result of its push for local production and attention to third-party sustainability certifications (including OEKO-TEX Standard 100, one of the world's best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances), Innova Fabrics continues its promise of responsibility with an enrichment of its conscious proposals. In the last season, Innova has increased its smart proposition by launching the RF (Residual Free) line, with the aim of reducing the impact of microplastics residues produced by the fashion industry. This is possible thanks to the combination of two responsible ingredients: SENSIL® Biocare by Nilit and ROICA™ V550 by Asahi Kasei.

SENSIL® BioCare is the premium, sustainable nylon 6.6 fiber enriched with a special technology that helps reduce the persistence of textile waste in the ocean and landfills by acting during and after the product's life cycle. Therefore, if the microplastics in SENSIL® BioCare garments are released during washing, they will decompose much faster than conventional Nylon 6.6 fibers, reducing textile waste. ROICA™ V550, part of the ROICA Eco-Smart™ family, is the premium, sustainable stretch yarn that degrades without releasing harmful substances into the environment, according to the Hohenstein's environmental certification. ROICA™ V550 also carries the Gold Level Material Health certificate from the Cradle-to-Cradle Product Innovation Institute, which evaluated the yarn's impact on human and environmental health. The strong relationship established between Innova Fabrics and ROICA™ by Asahi Kasei is a long-standing one: from the very beginning, the textile company chose ROICA™ as its main reference for premium stretch, using ROICA Colour Perfect™ in most of its articles. Having experienced the innovation of the ROICA™ line dedicated to high-quality color, Innova decided to opt for the ROICA Eco-Smart™ line as part of the extension of its environmentally conscious line.

Thanks to the constant synergy with its premium partner in innovative and responsible stretch, Innova continues its path towards a textile and fashion industry that respects the planet, without forgetting profit. And this is just the beginning. Innova Fabrics pieces containing SENSIL® BioCare and ROICA™ V550

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C.L.A.S.S.

21.03.2022

OEKO-TEX® Association turns 30: Trust, Safety, Sustainability

The vision of the OEKO-TEX® Association, which was founded in March 1992 through a partnership between the Hohenstein Research Institute and the Austrian Textile Research Institute (OETI), is still reflected today in the organization's core values: trust, safety, and sustainability. For three decades, OEKO-TEX® has pursued the goal of building trust for companies and consumers and enabling them to make responsible decisions to protect people and the planet. "Our services bring transparency to the international textile and leather industry supply chains," says OEKO-TEX® Secretary General Georg Dieners. "They enable all stakeholders to make mindful decisions that help preserve our planet for future generations."

The vision of the OEKO-TEX® Association, which was founded in March 1992 through a partnership between the Hohenstein Research Institute and the Austrian Textile Research Institute (OETI), is still reflected today in the organization's core values: trust, safety, and sustainability. For three decades, OEKO-TEX® has pursued the goal of building trust for companies and consumers and enabling them to make responsible decisions to protect people and the planet. "Our services bring transparency to the international textile and leather industry supply chains," says OEKO-TEX® Secretary General Georg Dieners. "They enable all stakeholders to make mindful decisions that help preserve our planet for future generations."

OEKO-TEX® market leadership
In 1992, 20 years before the United Nations announced the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), OEKO-TEX® launched STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, now one of the best-known labels for product safety.
"It emerged from the Schadstoffgeprüft nach ÖTN 100(tested for harmful substances according to ÖTN 100), developed by OETI in 1989 to address increasing public interest in textile ecology and health," the Austrian Textile Research Institute reminds us. The limit values and test methods on which STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is based were internationally standardized and are adapted to the latest scientific findings and legislation at least once a year - a principle that is applied to all OEKO-TEX® standards. Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecheels, the owner of the textile testing service provider Hohenstein, adds: "From the very beginning, we have considered the needs of all players in the textile value chain and continue to create solutions for current and future market requirements."

At least seven SDGs are firmly integrated into the OEKO-TEX® product portfolio. For example, Good Health & Well-Being (SDG 3) and Clean Water & Sanitation (SDG 6) are reflected in the STeP by OEKO-TEX® factory certification, and Responsible Consumption & Production (SDG 12) and Climate Action (SDG 13) are implemented through the comprehensive MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® product label.

Today, the international association consists of 17 independent research and testing institutes focused on textile and leather, with contact offices in over 60 countries. They are responsible for the joint development of the test methods and limit values in the OEKO-TEX® Standards and carry out laboratory tests and factory audits according to globally uniform specifications. These comprehensive product and process audits to ensure appropriate risk management, consumer and environmental protection, and legal compliance. With their wide-ranging research and development, the accredited OEKO-TEX® test institutes provide important insight for innovations within the textile and leather industry. They work in close cooperation with manufacturers and make a significant contribution to the development of high-quality textile and leather products at all stages of the value chain.

Mirror of social and political development
Being close to the market, and ideally, one step ahead is essential to supporting companies who are adapting to constantly changing conditions and meeting consumer expectations. Therefore, the development of OEKO-TEX® is not only a reflection of scientific knowledge but also of social and political trends. The focus is always on standardizing sustainable action and measures and making it easier for the industry to quickly and comprehensively implement sustainability goals.

Exchange with third parties is particularly valuable for this purpose. OEKO-TEX® participates in various international multi-stakeholder initiatives such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, the ZHDC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals), and Greenpeace.
In addition to cooperation with external multi-stakeholder initiatives, the OEKO-TEX® International Advisory Board (IAB) meets annually. The core function of the IAB is to help review consistent and market-oriented Standards development proposals by the OEKO-TEX® Working Groups. In addition, OEKO-TEX® is conducting a public stakeholder consultation to gain further insights from all interest groups, which it will integrate into further development of the Standards.
Using three decades of experience for the future
The founding goal of enabling responsible choices that preserve our planet for future generations has become increasingly urgent over the past 30 years. So, OEKO-TEX® is even more resolute than ever in developing comprehensive solutions. We stand by industry and consumers as a trusted partner for the challenges ahead. In addition to the IMPACT CALCULATOR launched in January 2022, which helps STeP by OEKO-TEX® certified production facilities reduce their carbon emissions and water consumption, this summer, the association will launch a service to help companies transition to the upcoming Due Diligence Laws.

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Oeko-Tex

16.03.2022

Sarah Borghi's Green Collection is back with a range of sustainable tights and stockings

For its 2021 Green Collection, the Italian luxury hosiery brand Sarah Borghi presents a broadened product offer in terms of colors and categories, meeting the needs of a stylish, yet sustainable consumer. By mixing fashion, quality, innovation and research, the tights and stockings powerhouse continues its development in the journey towards a conscious future.

A decisive step has been added to the brand’s history thanks to the publication of the Integrated Report by Gizeta Calze. Sarah Borghi is one of the first Italian companies in the hosiery sector to include sustainability throughout its business model. A commitment of responsibility and transparency on a path that has been carried on for years and that, today more than ever, becomes of the utmost importance, as stated by Luca Marzocchi, CEO of Gizeta Calze. The Integrated Report provides a complete view of the business strategy, operating model and governance, which combines financial information with sustainability insights, conceived as complementary to other strategies and, indeed, essential for increasing business value.

For its 2021 Green Collection, the Italian luxury hosiery brand Sarah Borghi presents a broadened product offer in terms of colors and categories, meeting the needs of a stylish, yet sustainable consumer. By mixing fashion, quality, innovation and research, the tights and stockings powerhouse continues its development in the journey towards a conscious future.

A decisive step has been added to the brand’s history thanks to the publication of the Integrated Report by Gizeta Calze. Sarah Borghi is one of the first Italian companies in the hosiery sector to include sustainability throughout its business model. A commitment of responsibility and transparency on a path that has been carried on for years and that, today more than ever, becomes of the utmost importance, as stated by Luca Marzocchi, CEO of Gizeta Calze. The Integrated Report provides a complete view of the business strategy, operating model and governance, which combines financial information with sustainability insights, conceived as complementary to other strategies and, indeed, essential for increasing business value.

The collection presents a range of versatile, colorful products combined with extra-luxury comfort and designed for every type of woman: from seductive tights to everyday socks, together with knee- highs, up to athleisure with leggings.
 
The collection features two new generation materials. One is Amni Soul Eco®, a biodegradable in anaerobic conditions polyamide 6.6 yarn that degrades in around 5 years* after disposing of in landfill, developed by SOLVAY and produced and distributed by FULGAR. The other is ROICA™ V550 by leading fiber manufacturer Asahi Kasei, a premium sustainable stretch yarn boasting the Gold Level Material Health Certificate by Cradle-to-Cradle Product Innovation Institute** as it has been evaluated for impact on human and environmental health. Moreover, it smartly breaks down without releasing harmful substances in the environment according to Hohenstein Environment Compatibility Certification. Key elements that makes ROICA™ V550 a precious choice when it comes to Circular Economy material approach.


*Reference System: ASTM D5511 - Standard Test Method for the Determination of Anaerobic Biodegradation of Plastics Under High-solids Anaerobic Digestion Conditions
** The Cradle-to-Cradle Product Innovation Institute, a non -profit organization, administer the Cradle-to-Cradle Certified™ Product Standard. It was created to bring about a new industrial revolution that turns the making of things into a positive force of society, economy and the planet. The Cradle-to-Cradle Certified Product Standard™ provides designers and manufacturers with criteria and requirements for continually improving what products are made of and how they are made aiming to achieve a circular economy approach.

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ROICA™ / Sarah Borghi / GB Network

(c) Presize
21.01.2022

Hohenstein and Presize partner for more sustainability for online shopping

Hohenstein, a leading specialist in fit and pattern engineering, has joined forces with digital size pioneer, Presize. The partnership now offers a variety of business services, including reliable size tables and digital scaling, that empower online retailers to automatically recommend appropriate garment sizes.

Merging traditional size tables, reliable garment fits and digital body measurements with smartphone technology reduces the number of returned online purchases. Proper fit also reduces waste, lowers footprint and bolsters customer loyalty.

“The better a brand understands sizes, fits and target groups, the more accurately they can automate size recommendations. We help brands meet the different requirements of various sizes, so the fit is comfortable across customer ranges, collections and suppliers,” states Simone Morlock, Head of Hohenstein’s Digital Fitting Lab.

Hohenstein, a leading specialist in fit and pattern engineering, has joined forces with digital size pioneer, Presize. The partnership now offers a variety of business services, including reliable size tables and digital scaling, that empower online retailers to automatically recommend appropriate garment sizes.

Merging traditional size tables, reliable garment fits and digital body measurements with smartphone technology reduces the number of returned online purchases. Proper fit also reduces waste, lowers footprint and bolsters customer loyalty.

“The better a brand understands sizes, fits and target groups, the more accurately they can automate size recommendations. We help brands meet the different requirements of various sizes, so the fit is comfortable across customer ranges, collections and suppliers,” states Simone Morlock, Head of Hohenstein’s Digital Fitting Lab.

This size and grading advice is now underpinned by digital measurement services and technology based on artificial intelligence. “All it takes to work out the right size, based on a user’s individual body measurements, are some quick questions regarding their age, height and weight, plus an optional video to take measurements. We use an algorithm that learns as it goes along, and this improves the advice given on sizes with each order or return,” states Presize co-founder and CEO, Leon Szeli.

Join the free webinar on “Hohenstein Meets Presize - How sizing fundamentals and reliable fit can increase the effectiveness of smartphone body measurements and reduce eCommerce returns” on March 24, 2022.*

*Click here for more information.

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Hohenstein

04.11.2021

Sarah Borghi: New Green Collection with a range of sustainable tights and stockings

For its 2021 Green Collection, the Italian luxury hosiery brand Sarah Borghi presents a broadened product offer in terms of colors and categories, meeting the needs of a stylish, yet sustainable consumer. By mixing fashion, quality, innovation and research, the tights and stockings powerhouse continues its development in the journey towards a conscious future.

The evolution of the Green Collection, the sustainable hosiery collection first launched in 2020, confirms the efforts of the brand in promoting a new generation of attractive fashion and design which actively encourages and supports a responsible change in culture and smart products offer.

For its 2021 Green Collection, the Italian luxury hosiery brand Sarah Borghi presents a broadened product offer in terms of colors and categories, meeting the needs of a stylish, yet sustainable consumer. By mixing fashion, quality, innovation and research, the tights and stockings powerhouse continues its development in the journey towards a conscious future.

The evolution of the Green Collection, the sustainable hosiery collection first launched in 2020, confirms the efforts of the brand in promoting a new generation of attractive fashion and design which actively encourages and supports a responsible change in culture and smart products offer.

Lately, a decisive step has been added to the brand’s history thanks to the publication of the Integrated Report by Gizeta Calze, Sarah Borghi’s top-notch producer and first Italian company in the hosiery sector to include sustainability throughout its business model. A commitment of responsibility and transparency on a path that has been carried on for years and that, today more than ever, becomes of the utmost importance, as stated by Luca Marzocchi, CEO of Gizeta Calze. The Integrated Report provides a complete view of the business strategy, operating model and governance, which combines financial information with sustainability insights, conceived as complementary to other strategies and, indeed, essential for increasing business value.

The collection
The collection presents a range of versatile, colorful products combined with extra-luxury comfort and designed for every type of woman: from seductive tights to everyday socks, together with knee- highs, up to athleisure with leggings.
 
The responsible collection features two new generation materials. One is Amni Soul Eco®, the world’s first biodegradable in anaerobic conditions polyamide 6.6 yarn that degrades in around 5 years* after disposing of in landfill, developed by SOLVAY and produced and distributed by FULGAR. The other is ROICA™ V550 by leading fiber manufacturer Asahi Kasei, a premium sustainable stretch yarn boasting the Gold Level Material Health Certificate by Cradle-to-Cradle Product Innovation Institute** as it has been evaluated for impact on human and environmental health. Moreover, it smartly breaks down without releasing harmful substances in the environment according to Hohenstein Environment Compatibility Certification. Key elements that makes ROICA™ V550 a precious choice when it comes to Circular Economy material approach.

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Sarah Borghi / GB Network – for ROICA™

With the "SmartTex" shirt, astronauts can wear the necessary sensors comfortably on their bodies. © DLR
SmartTex Shirt
27.10.2021

Research for cosmic missions: SmartTex provides data on vital functions

It looks like a normal shirt, but it has it all: The new SmartTex shirt uses integrated sensors to transfer physiological data from astronauts to Earth via a wireless communication network. In this way, the effects of the space environment on the human cardiovascular system will be evaluated and documented, especially with regard to long-term manned space missions. Developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in cooperation with DSI Aerospace Technology, the Medical Faculty of Bielefeld University and textile research partner Hohenstein, SmartTex will be tested for the first time as part of the Wireless Compose-2 (WICO2) project by German ESA astronaut Dr. Matthias Maurer, who will leave for his ‘Cosmic Kiss’ mission on the International Space Station (ISS) for six months on October 30, 2021.

It looks like a normal shirt, but it has it all: The new SmartTex shirt uses integrated sensors to transfer physiological data from astronauts to Earth via a wireless communication network. In this way, the effects of the space environment on the human cardiovascular system will be evaluated and documented, especially with regard to long-term manned space missions. Developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in cooperation with DSI Aerospace Technology, the Medical Faculty of Bielefeld University and textile research partner Hohenstein, SmartTex will be tested for the first time as part of the Wireless Compose-2 (WICO2) project by German ESA astronaut Dr. Matthias Maurer, who will leave for his ‘Cosmic Kiss’ mission on the International Space Station (ISS) for six months on October 30, 2021.

"We were already able to gain valuable insights into the interaction of the body, clothing and climate under microgravity conditions during the previous projects Spacetex (2014) and Spacetex2 (2018)," explains Hohenstein Senior Scientific Expert Dr. Jan Beringer. The insights provided at the time by the mission of ESA astronaut Dr. Alexander Gerst have now been directly incorporated into the development of the new SmartTex shirt at Hohenstein. "Matthias Maurer can wear his tailor-made shirt comfortably on his body during his everyday work on the International Space Station. For this, we used his body measurements as the basis for our cut development and the production of the shirt. We integrated the necessary sensors as well as data processing and communication modules into the shirt's cut in such a way that they interfere as little as possible and are always positioned in the right place, regardless of the wearing situation. This is the prerequisite for reliably measuring the relevant physiological data." The SmartTex shirt is intended to provide a continuous picture of the vital functions of astronauts. This will be particularly relevant for future long-term manned space missions to the Moon and Mars.

For example, during the BEAT experiment (Ballistocardiography for Extraterrestrial Applications and long-Term missions), Matthias Maurer will be the first astronaut to wear a T-shirt equipped with sensors that measure his ballistocardiographic data such as pulse and relative blood pressure. For this purpose, the sensors were calibrated in the :envihab research facility at the DLR Institute of Aerospace Medicine in Cologne. Details on the contraction rate and opening and closing times of the heart valves, which are normally only accessible via sonography or computer tomography, can also be read from the data material. The goal is to study the effects of the space environment on the human cardiovascular system. To be able to analyse these effects realistically, Matthias Maurer's ballistocardiographic data will be recorded before, during and after his stay on the ISS. For the future, a technology transfer of the SmartTex shirt for application in the field of fitness or even in telemedicine is conceivable.

Wireless Compose-2 (WICO2)
The project was planned and prepared by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and its cooperation partners DSI Aerospace Technology, Hohenstein and the University of Bielefeld. The wireless communication network reads sensor data and can determine the position of people and objects in space by propagation times of radio pulses. It is also available as a platform for several experiments on the ISS. The determined data is temporarily stored within the network and read out at regular intervals by the astronauts. These data packets are then transferred to Earth via the ISS link and analysed by the research teams. It can generate its own energy from artificial light sources via solar cells.

 

 

ESA astronaut Dr. Matthias Maurer in summer 2021 during preliminary talks on the Cosmic Kiss mission in DLR's :envihab in Cologne. © DLR


Sensors measure physiological data during a test run on Earth. © DLR


With the "SmartTex" shirt, astronauts can wear the necessary sensors comfortably on their bodies. © DLR

Dr. Jan Beringer, Hohenstein Senior Scientific Expert. © Hohenstein

Photo: Pixabay
16.08.2021

Hohenstein: New quantitative method to detect genetic modifications in organic cotton

There has been a sharp rise in demand for organic cotton products. Compared to conventionally grown cotton, the cultivation of organic cotton requires the renunciation of genetically modified seeds, chemical pesticides or fertilisers. Nevertheless, genetic modifications are repeatedly found in textiles that are falsely labelled with organic claims. Often, available certification systems are not backed up by lab testing. At best, they only take random seed samples. Textile testing specialist, Hohenstein, has developed an assessment method specifically for cotton. This new DNA analysis method makes it possible to ascertain the amount of genetically modified cotton contained in products. This is good news for textile industry stakeholders who will be on the safe side in terms of quality control and labelling of organic cotton products.

There has been a sharp rise in demand for organic cotton products. Compared to conventionally grown cotton, the cultivation of organic cotton requires the renunciation of genetically modified seeds, chemical pesticides or fertilisers. Nevertheless, genetic modifications are repeatedly found in textiles that are falsely labelled with organic claims. Often, available certification systems are not backed up by lab testing. At best, they only take random seed samples. Textile testing specialist, Hohenstein, has developed an assessment method specifically for cotton. This new DNA analysis method makes it possible to ascertain the amount of genetically modified cotton contained in products. This is good news for textile industry stakeholders who will be on the safe side in terms of quality control and labelling of organic cotton products.

First step: qualitative screening and identification. Second step: quantification of genetically modified cotton.
For qualitative screening, Hohenstein experts had developed molecular biological detection systems to make clear yes/no statements about genetically modified cotton. Testing can be applied to all kinds of materials, from raw cotton to chemically untreated yarns and fabrics. In addition, Hohenstein is one of only a few laboratories in the world accredited to test for GMOs in accordance with the ISO/IWA 32:2019 protocol. Its method provides reliable evidence of the presence or exclusion of genetic modification in cotton textile precursors.

Once qualitative proof of genetic modification is obtained, Hohenstein experts begin quantifying the type and extent of the genetic modifications. To do this, they use DNA analysis to search for different cotton lines known to contain genetic alterations and quantify the proportion. Only by pinpointing individual genetic modifications and quantifying the extent of modification is it possible to provide precise information on whether there is an extremely small proportion of contamination, or whether larger proportions of GMOs have been mixed in. This offers clear benefits to manufacturers, brand owners and retailers when it comes to supply chain transparency and fraud prevention.

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Hohenstein Laboratories GmbH & Co. KG.

Bio-Baumwolle mit Sicherheit ohne Gentechnik © Hohenstein
Textilien ohne Gentechnik – bei diesem Anliegen setzen immer mehr Verbraucher auf Bio-Baumwolle und nehmen dafür gerne auch höhere Preise in Kauf.
03.03.2021

Bio-Baumwolle mit Sicherheit ohne Gentechnik

  • Hohenstein ist als eines von wenigen Prüflaboren weltweit nach ISO 17025 für das ISO/IWA 32:2019 Protokoll akkreditiert
     

Textilien ohne Gentechnik – bei diesem Anliegen setzen immer mehr Verbraucher auf Bio-Baumwolle und nehmen dafür gerne auch höhere Preise in Kauf. Denn der Anbau von Bio-Baumwolle erfordert den Verzicht auf gentechnisch verändertes Saatgut sowie chemische Pestizide und Düngemittel. Dennoch finden sich immer wieder gentechnische Veränderungen in Textilien, die eigentlich mit den einschlägigen Bio-Labels ausgezeichnet sind. Die denkbaren Ursachen der Verunreinigung von Bio-Baumwolle durch gentechnische Veränderungen sind vielschichtig und reichen über die gesamte Wertschöpfungskette hinweg. Der Textilprüfdienstleister Hohenstein ist aktuell eines von fünf Laboren europaweit, das die Prüfung von Textilien auf genveränderte Organismen (englisch: genetically modified organisms, GMO) gemäß dem ISO/IWA 32:2019 Protokoll akkreditiert durchführt.

  • Hohenstein ist als eines von wenigen Prüflaboren weltweit nach ISO 17025 für das ISO/IWA 32:2019 Protokoll akkreditiert
     

Textilien ohne Gentechnik – bei diesem Anliegen setzen immer mehr Verbraucher auf Bio-Baumwolle und nehmen dafür gerne auch höhere Preise in Kauf. Denn der Anbau von Bio-Baumwolle erfordert den Verzicht auf gentechnisch verändertes Saatgut sowie chemische Pestizide und Düngemittel. Dennoch finden sich immer wieder gentechnische Veränderungen in Textilien, die eigentlich mit den einschlägigen Bio-Labels ausgezeichnet sind. Die denkbaren Ursachen der Verunreinigung von Bio-Baumwolle durch gentechnische Veränderungen sind vielschichtig und reichen über die gesamte Wertschöpfungskette hinweg. Der Textilprüfdienstleister Hohenstein ist aktuell eines von fünf Laboren europaweit, das die Prüfung von Textilien auf genveränderte Organismen (englisch: genetically modified organisms, GMO) gemäß dem ISO/IWA 32:2019 Protokoll akkreditiert durchführt.

Das Protokoll wurde von der International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) als International Workshop Agreement (IWA) auf Initiative von Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) und Textile Exchange entwickelt. Ziel ist es, ein offizielles, standardisiertes GMO-Testprotokoll für Textilien aus biologischem Anbau anwenden zu können. Demnach muss jede biologische Baumwolle frei von Gentechnik sein, wohingegen konventionelle Baumwolle den Einsatz von Gentechnik zulässt. Mitte Februar 2021 veröffentlichten die Initiatoren des ISO/IWA 32:2019 Protokolls eine Übersicht über die 14 Prüflabore weltweit, die Tests gemäß den Anforderungen des Protokolls durchführen dürfen, darunter auch der deutsche Prüfdienstleister Hohenstein.

Die Hohenstein Experten haben aber auch eigene molekularbiologische Nachweissysteme entwickelt, um gentechnisch veränderte Baumwolle an allen kritischen Punkten der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette prüfen zu können – von der Roh-Baumwolle über Garne und Flächengebilde bis hin zu konfektionierten Endprodukten. Damit erlaubt das Screening die lückenlose Rückverfolgbarkeit über die gesamte textile Kette hinweg mit klaren Ja-/Nein-Aussagen über GMO-freie Baumwolle bzw. Textilien. Als Partnerinstitut von OEKO-TEX® überprüft Hohenstein auch im Rahmen der STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® Zertifizierung Textilien auf gentechnisch veränderte Organismen. Bei Einhaltung der Vorgaben können die Artikel hier mit den Claims „Bio-Baumwolle“, „biologische Baumwolle“ oder „GMO nicht nachweisbar“ beworben werden.

Hersteller, Marken und der Handel, aber auch Zertifizierungsorganisationen profitieren von lückenlosen analytischen Nachweisen bis hin zum Endprodukt: Verbraucher können darauf vertrauen, dass in den gekauften Artikeln keinerlei gentechnisch veränderte Baumwolle nachgewiesen werden konnte. Denn: Bislang beinhalten die meisten Bio-Zertifizierungen entweder gar keine obligatorischen Labortests oder nur Stichproben-Tests am Baumwoll-Saatgut.

In zwei Schritten zu 100 Prozent Gewissheit - Die Hohenstein GMO-Tests laufen wie folgt ab:

1. Die Probe wird zerkleinert und die Baumwollfasern werden mechanisch und enzymatisch aufgeschlossen. Das Erbgut (DNA) wird aus der Faser isoliert und in einem mehrstufigen Prozess aufgereinigt.

2. Eine gentechnische Veränderung liegt vor, wenn in der DNA spezifische Zielsequenzen (Markergene) vorhanden sind. Diese lassen sich molekularbiologisch nachweisen. Kontrollreaktionen dienen zum Nachweis unveränderter Baumwoll-DNA sowie zum Ausschluss falsch-negativer Ergebnisse.

More information:
Hohenstein Bio-Baumwolle Gentechnik
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Hohenstein

Hohenstein: Autorisierte Zertifizierungsstelle des Grünen Knopfs (c) BMZ
12.02.2021

Hohenstein: Autorisierte Zertifizierungsstelle des Grünen Knopfs

Ernannte Auditorinnen und Auditoren des Textilprüfdienstleisters Hohenstein sind künftig auch in Sachen Grüner Knopf unterwegs. Denn Hohenstein ist vom Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) autorisiert, die Einhaltung der Anforderungen bei den antragstellenden Unternehmen gemäß dem Zertifizierungsprogramm des staatlichen Siegels für nachhaltige Textilien zu überprüfen.

Ernannte Auditorinnen und Auditoren des Textilprüfdienstleisters Hohenstein sind künftig auch in Sachen Grüner Knopf unterwegs. Denn Hohenstein ist vom Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) autorisiert, die Einhaltung der Anforderungen bei den antragstellenden Unternehmen gemäß dem Zertifizierungsprogramm des staatlichen Siegels für nachhaltige Textilien zu überprüfen.

Die neue Zertifizierungsstelle des Grünen Knopfs kann auf einen umfangreichen Erfahrungsschatz zurückgreifen: Hohenstein ist schon seit Jahrzehnten auf die Prüfung und Zertifizierung textiler Produkte und die Auditierung von Unternehmen entlang der gesamten textilen Kette spezialisiert. Als Gründungsmitglied und Prüfinstanz der OEKO-TEX® Gemeinschaft hat sich das Unternehmen stets für Verbraucherschutz und Produktverantwortung stark gemacht. Das Produktlabel MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® für schadstoffgeprüfte sowie umweltfreundlich und sozial verantwortlich hergestellte Textilien ist eines der Siegel, die das BMZ aktuell als Voraussetzung für die Vergabe des Grünen Knopfs anerkennt. Interessierte Unternehmen können also gleich doppelt von der Zertifizierung aus einer Hand profitieren. Unabhängig von MADE IN GREEN ist Hohenstein aber auch in der Lage, Unternehmen und ihre Produkte nach den staatlich geforderten 46 Kriterien ökologischer und sozialer Nachhaltigkeit des Grünen Knopfs zu prüfen.

75 Years Hohenstein - Successful Roots worldwide © Hohenstein
Today, at its headquarters in Bönnigheim, Germany, Hohenstein has expanded as a versatile service provider beyond the castle with modern lab buildings.
04.01.2021

75 Years Hohenstein - Successful Roots worldwide

BÖNNIGHEIM - Textile testing and research partner Hohenstein has reason to celebrate: this year marks the company’s 75th anniversary. Now in its third generation of family ownership, the company will spend this landmark year expanding its foundation for the future. Owner Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecheels is proud: "Our motto, We live textiles, expresses exactly what has made us special for many decades - our collective enthusiasm for textiles and the opportunity to provide solutions that make a difference in the world.”

Successful Roots

BÖNNIGHEIM - Textile testing and research partner Hohenstein has reason to celebrate: this year marks the company’s 75th anniversary. Now in its third generation of family ownership, the company will spend this landmark year expanding its foundation for the future. Owner Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecheels is proud: "Our motto, We live textiles, expresses exactly what has made us special for many decades - our collective enthusiasm for textiles and the opportunity to provide solutions that make a difference in the world.”

Successful Roots

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Otto Mecheels laid the foundation for an internationally-renowned company in 1946 when he founded the Hohenstein Institutes, a textile school in Hohenstein Castle. His son, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Jürgen Mecheels modernized the Hohenstein Group’s business structures and expanded into new research and service areas such as textile finishing or professional laundries/dry cleaning. He helped to forever change textile safety with the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification system that protects consumers from harmful substances. Under Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecheels’ leadership since 1995, Hohenstein has been at the forefront of microfiber analysis, consistently perfected its created standards for comfort and compression testing and worked to reduce the industry’s ecological impact. Last but not least, the testing laboratory in Hong Kong, which has been in operation since 2011, and the Hohenstein textile testing laboratories in Bangladesh and India, which were opened in 2018, ensure even greater market proximity.

Solutions for the Global Textile Industry

Today, Hohenstein specializes in the testing, certification and research of all kinds of textile-related products. With a total of more than 1,000 employees at its headquarters in Bönnigheim and in more than 40 branches, contact offices and laboratories worldwide, the company faces the current challenges of the global industry.

"Textile sustainability remains a major focus for us and is woven through every decision we make," explains Stefan Mecheels. “Even services that are seemingly focused on innovation contribute somehow to longer lasting products, less waste and more safety. Our Digital Fitting Lab helps brands leap forward with digitized apparel development. Using modern 3D and 4D technologies and our traditional fit and pattern expertise, we help our clients design better fitting clothes with fewer prototypes and less waste.”

When SARS-CoV-2 struck, the company developed a quality label to easily identify non-medical, community masks that meet legal and functional requirements. The Hohenstein Quality Labels are independent proof with a high level of credibility among buyers and consumers.

Anniversary

Among the celebrations, Hohenstein plans to hold a mid-year press conference with regional and industry journalists. "We are celebrating this anniversary because we have succeeded in constantly adapting to the market and use our applied research to anticipate developments. For this I would first like to thank our employees, who, in keeping with the motto We live textiles, put their hearts and souls into their work. A very special thanks also goes to our customers, some of whom have been placing their trust in us for decades," says Stefan Mecheels, adding "I am convinced that we are positioned to continue our contribution in the future.

Oeko-Tex STeP (c) OEKO-TEX®
11.11.2020

Hohenstein: STeP by OEKO-TEX®

Verbraucher erwarten heutzutage nicht nur qualitativ hochwertige und gesundheitlich unbedenkliche Textilien, sondern zunehmend auch ihre sozialverträgliche und nachhaltige Produktion. STeP (Sustainable Textile & Leather Production) by OEKO-TEX® ermöglicht es Produktionsbetrieben, ihr nachhaltiges Engagement im Zusammenschluss mit ihrer Lieferkette verständlich und lückenlos zu dokumentieren. Die TVU Textilveredlungsunion GmbH im mittelfränkischen Leutershausen zeigt, wie nachhaltige Produktionsbedingungen aussehen können und hat dies beim jüngsten Hohenstein Audit im Rahmen der Zertifizierung nach STeP by OEKO-TEX® unter Beweis gestellt.

Verbraucher erwarten heutzutage nicht nur qualitativ hochwertige und gesundheitlich unbedenkliche Textilien, sondern zunehmend auch ihre sozialverträgliche und nachhaltige Produktion. STeP (Sustainable Textile & Leather Production) by OEKO-TEX® ermöglicht es Produktionsbetrieben, ihr nachhaltiges Engagement im Zusammenschluss mit ihrer Lieferkette verständlich und lückenlos zu dokumentieren. Die TVU Textilveredlungsunion GmbH im mittelfränkischen Leutershausen zeigt, wie nachhaltige Produktionsbedingungen aussehen können und hat dies beim jüngsten Hohenstein Audit im Rahmen der Zertifizierung nach STeP by OEKO-TEX® unter Beweis gestellt.

STeP ist ein modulares Zertifizierungssystem für Produktionsstätten der Textil- und Lederindustrie und unterstützt Betriebe dabei, umweltfreundliche Produktionsprozesse dauerhaft umzusetzen, die Arbeitssicherheit zu verbessern und sozialverträgliche Arbeitsbedingungen zu fördern. Zielgruppe der STeP-Zertifizierung sind sowohl Textil- und Lederhersteller aller Verarbeitungsstufen als auch Marken und Handelsunternehmen. STeP bietet aber auch die Möglichkeit, weltweit geeignete Kooperationspartner und Lieferanten zu finden, die den jeweiligen Ansprüchen in Bezug auf Umweltschutz und sozialer Verantwortung gerecht werden.*


*Weitere Informationen finden Sie im Anhang

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ECONNECTION: new collaborative business model (c) GB Network
11.11.2020

ECONNECTION: new collaborative business model

  • A new collaborative business model gives life to ECONNECTION: an eco-high-tech collection designed thinking of the “end of life”

Three premium textile companies, one common goal: jointly offer ready to use, coordinated solutions that are design driven, performing and responsible also at the end of life.

Penn Textile Solutions/Penn Italia - international company producing and developing innovative fabrics through warp and weft knitting technologies, Tessitura Colombo Antonio, famous for the processing of lace and ribbons dedicated to the world of corsetry , Elastici Besana specialized in the production of narrow elastic for corsetry and underwear, have been working together to expand the frontiers of sustainable manufacture practices and to offer an innovative collection , a new set of incredible eco high tech innovations delivering a responsibility concept including also the end of life : ECONNECTION.

The responsible ECONNECTION collection, in which the words ECO and CONNECTION mixed to underline the importance of connect and come together for a sustainable project, features:

  • A new collaborative business model gives life to ECONNECTION: an eco-high-tech collection designed thinking of the “end of life”

Three premium textile companies, one common goal: jointly offer ready to use, coordinated solutions that are design driven, performing and responsible also at the end of life.

Penn Textile Solutions/Penn Italia - international company producing and developing innovative fabrics through warp and weft knitting technologies, Tessitura Colombo Antonio, famous for the processing of lace and ribbons dedicated to the world of corsetry , Elastici Besana specialized in the production of narrow elastic for corsetry and underwear, have been working together to expand the frontiers of sustainable manufacture practices and to offer an innovative collection , a new set of incredible eco high tech innovations delivering a responsibility concept including also the end of life : ECONNECTION.

The responsible ECONNECTION collection, in which the words ECO and CONNECTION mixed to underline the importance of connect and come together for a sustainable project, features:

  • 7 advanced knitted stretch fabrics by Penn Textile Solutions/Penn Italia,
  • 3 precious laces by Tessitura Colombo Antonio
  • 3 functional bands by Elastici Besana

So, 3 key leading companies with a key target : to design and deliver the market amazing responsible fabrics able to offer a responsible end of life. This opened up the door to new generation of ingredients such as:

  • ROICA™ V550 made by leading fiber manufacturer Asahi Kasei, a premium sustainable stretch yarn that at the end of his life smartly breaks down without releasing harmful substances in the environment according to Hohenstein Environment Compatibility Certification and also boasting the Gold Level Material Health Certificate by Cradle-to-Cradle Product Innovation Institute** as it has been evaluated for impact on human and environmental health.
  • Amni Soul Eco®, the world’s first biodegradable in anaerobic conditions polyamide 6.6 yarn that degrades in around 5 years* after disposing in landfill, developed by SOLVAY and produced and distributed in Italy by FULGAR.

The collection is presented in its BIO -BOX that will be sent to selected brands at worldwide level

A smart project that highlights the importance of synergies between companies know how, and new generation of materials , that is able to take products to a new level of responsible innovation, technology and exceptional performances where beauty and function will be able to carry the smart factor for the values they represent for the consumer and highlighting for the first time also the importance of their end of life.

Econnection (c) Penn Textile Solutions
29.10.2020

Penn Textile Solutions: Collaborative business model gives life to ECONNECTION

Penn Textile Solutions/Penn Italia - international company producing and developing innovative fabrics through warp and weft knitting technologies, Tessitura Colombo Antonio, famous for the processing of lace and ribbons dedicated to the world of corsetry, Elastici Besana specialized in the production of narrow elastic for corsetry and underwear, have been working together to expand the frontiers of sustainable manufacture practices and to offer an innovative collection, a new set of eco high tech innovations delivering a responsibility concept including also the end of life: ECONNECTION.

The responsible ECONNECTION collection, in which the words ECO and CONNECTION mixed to underline the importance of connect and come together for a sustainable project, features:

  • 7 advanced knitted stretch fabrics by Penn Textile Solutions/Penn Italia,
  • 3 precious laces by Tessitura Colombo Antonio
  • 3 functional bands by Elastici Besana

The project opened up the door to new generation of ingredients such as:

Penn Textile Solutions/Penn Italia - international company producing and developing innovative fabrics through warp and weft knitting technologies, Tessitura Colombo Antonio, famous for the processing of lace and ribbons dedicated to the world of corsetry, Elastici Besana specialized in the production of narrow elastic for corsetry and underwear, have been working together to expand the frontiers of sustainable manufacture practices and to offer an innovative collection, a new set of eco high tech innovations delivering a responsibility concept including also the end of life: ECONNECTION.

The responsible ECONNECTION collection, in which the words ECO and CONNECTION mixed to underline the importance of connect and come together for a sustainable project, features:

  • 7 advanced knitted stretch fabrics by Penn Textile Solutions/Penn Italia,
  • 3 precious laces by Tessitura Colombo Antonio
  • 3 functional bands by Elastici Besana

The project opened up the door to new generation of ingredients such as:

  • ROICA™ V550 made by leading fiber manufacturer Asahi Kasei, a premium sustainable stretch yarn that at the end of his life smartly breaks down without releasing harmful substances in the environment according to Hohenstein Environment Compatibility Certification and also boasting the Gold Level Material Health Certificate by Cradle-to-Cradle Product Innovation Institute** as it has been evaluated for impact on human and environmental health.
  • Amni Soul Eco®, the world’s first biodegradable in anaerobic conditions polyamide 6.6 yarn that degrades in around 5 years* after disposing in landfill, developed by SOLVAY and produced and distributed in Italy by FULGAR.

 

Design fürs Recycling in der Modebranche verbreiten (c) Hohenstein
Durch kreisförmige Bewegungen wird in dieser Maschine zur Textilprüfung u.a. die Scheuerfestigkeit geprüft
24.08.2020

Design fürs Recycling in der Modebranche verbreiten

  • Recycling ist mehr als eine Mode.

Doch zur Mode soll künftig verstärkt sinnvolles Recycling gehören: Die Menschen in Deutschland kaufen pro Jahr im Schnitt 26 kg Textilien pro Kopf, davon 12-15 kg Bekleidung. Ein hochwertiges Recycling ist angesichts dieser großen Mengen eine große Herausforderung. Zum verbesserten Recycling gehört Kreislaufwirtschaft, die schon beim Design von Produkten ans „Leben danach“, nämlich das nächste oder erneuerte Erzeugnis denkt. Wie das für Kleidung funktionieren kann, zeigen wir exemplarisch am Beispiel eines aktuellen Forschungsprojekts: Teil 2 unserer Serie zum Design für Recycling.

  • Recycling ist mehr als eine Mode.

Doch zur Mode soll künftig verstärkt sinnvolles Recycling gehören: Die Menschen in Deutschland kaufen pro Jahr im Schnitt 26 kg Textilien pro Kopf, davon 12-15 kg Bekleidung. Ein hochwertiges Recycling ist angesichts dieser großen Mengen eine große Herausforderung. Zum verbesserten Recycling gehört Kreislaufwirtschaft, die schon beim Design von Produkten ans „Leben danach“, nämlich das nächste oder erneuerte Erzeugnis denkt. Wie das für Kleidung funktionieren kann, zeigen wir exemplarisch am Beispiel eines aktuellen Forschungsprojekts: Teil 2 unserer Serie zum Design für Recycling.

Getränkeflaschen aus dem Kunststoff PET eignen sich schon heute aufgrund ihrer Sortenreinheit ideal fürs Recycling, und zwar nicht nur für Verpackungen. Unter dem Motto „Von der Faser zur Faser“ nutzt das die angewandte Forschung im Verbundprojekt DiTex für Mietwäsche. Die eingesetzten Fasern stammen aus recycelten PET-Flaschen, die Mietwäsche selbst soll nach ihrem ersten Lebenszyklus wieder zu Wäsche recycelt werden. „Mietwäsche eignet sich auch deshalb gut fürs Konzept ‚Design for Recycling‘, weil sich ihre Nutzung genau nachvollziehen lässt, was optimale Voraussetzungen fürs Recycling bietet“, erläutert Projektleiterin Dr. Anja Gerhardts vom Forschungsinstitut Hohenstein. Das Institut aus Baden-Württemberg ist in dem vom Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (IÖW) initiierten und koordinierten Vorhaben für Textilprüfungen und Produktspezifikationen zuständig. Fürs Nutzen statt Besitzen entwickeln die Verbundpartner je eine kreislauffähige Linie von Bettwäsche sowie von Polo- und Businesshemden. Die Hemden dienen als Dienstkleidung für Polizei und Rettungsdienst.

Intelligentes Etikett speichert Informationen Über den gesamten Nutzungskreislauf wird die Wäsche mit einer digitalen Tracking-ID ausgestattet. Dieses „intelligente“ Etikett speichert Informationen wie Faserherkunft, Materialkomposition und Beschaffenheit des Textils. Dadurch können Recyclingunternehmen die Produkte besser sortieren, den Recycling-Anteil erhöhen und aufwerten. In zahlreichen Waschversuchen wird in Hohenstein nun getestet, wie gut das Tracking-Tool sich bewährt, wie es um Reißfestigkeit, Weißgrad, Farbqualität, Haltbarkeit und Tragekomfort der Textilien bestellt ist, wenn sie im gewerblichen Textilservice bis zu 200 Mal gewaschen, geschleudert und getrocknet werden. „In DiTex bringen wir Nutzer, Beschaffer und Recycler von Textilien an einen Tisch, um kreislauffähiges Produktdesign Realität werden zu lassen“, erläutert Anja Gerhardts.

„Praxisnahe Forschung zu Fasern und Textilien gehört zu den Kernkompetenzen vieler unserer Institute, sei es für Industrieprodukte oder für verbrauchernahe Erzeugnisse. Projekte wie DiTex zeigen innovative Lösungen zum Design fürs Recycling. Durch den interdisziplinären Ansatz in unserem Verbund können auch andere Branchen von solchen Lösungen lernen“, erklärt die Geschäftsführerin der Zuse-Gemeinschaft, Dr. Annette Treffkorn.

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28.03.2019

Hohenstein bietet Abwasserprüfungen an

  • Ab sofort setzt Hohenstein sein Know-how als Labor für ZDHC-Abwasserprüfungen ein

Durch die neue Anerkennung der ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) als Partnerlabor für Abwasserprüfungen, bietet Hohenstein nun seinen Kunden die Sicherheit, ZDHC-konform zu produzieren.

Als international akkreditiertes Testlabor sowie als Serviceanbieterund Forschungspartner der Textilindustrie unterstützt Hohenstein die Ziele der ZDHCsowie der ZDHC Roadmap.
Wie Hohenstein und die OEKO-TEX® Gemeinschaft, hat auch die ZDHC zum Ziel, umwelt-und gesundheitsschädigende Chemikalien im Herstellungsprozessvon Textilien, Leder und Schuhen wesentlich zu reduzieren oder gar komplett zu verbannen.

Durch die Prüfung der Abwasserwerte unterstützt Hohenstein die Industrie auf dem Weg eines minimierten Ausstoßes an gefährlichen Chemikalien. Hohenstein ist seit Dezember 2018 Mitglied der ZDHC und deren Laborarbeitsgruppe, die sich u.a. mit einheitlichen Anforderungen und Prüfverfahren für Abwasser beschäftigt. Mit Hilfe des ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® können bereits Chemikalien auf die ZDHC MRSL Konformität geprüft werden

  • Ab sofort setzt Hohenstein sein Know-how als Labor für ZDHC-Abwasserprüfungen ein

Durch die neue Anerkennung der ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) als Partnerlabor für Abwasserprüfungen, bietet Hohenstein nun seinen Kunden die Sicherheit, ZDHC-konform zu produzieren.

Als international akkreditiertes Testlabor sowie als Serviceanbieterund Forschungspartner der Textilindustrie unterstützt Hohenstein die Ziele der ZDHCsowie der ZDHC Roadmap.
Wie Hohenstein und die OEKO-TEX® Gemeinschaft, hat auch die ZDHC zum Ziel, umwelt-und gesundheitsschädigende Chemikalien im Herstellungsprozessvon Textilien, Leder und Schuhen wesentlich zu reduzieren oder gar komplett zu verbannen.

Durch die Prüfung der Abwasserwerte unterstützt Hohenstein die Industrie auf dem Weg eines minimierten Ausstoßes an gefährlichen Chemikalien. Hohenstein ist seit Dezember 2018 Mitglied der ZDHC und deren Laborarbeitsgruppe, die sich u.a. mit einheitlichen Anforderungen und Prüfverfahren für Abwasser beschäftigt. Mit Hilfe des ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® können bereits Chemikalien auf die ZDHC MRSL Konformität geprüft werden

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Hohenstein

(c) SANITIZED AG
05.02.2019

Sanitized® Odoractiv 10: Odor-free polyester functional clothing

  • Patented technology with bluesign®, ECO PASSPORT, and Skin Friendly certification

Polyester sport and functional textiles treated with Sanitized® Odoractiv 10 are protected against “permastink”. Already a holder of the Swiss Technology Award, the Sanitized® Odoractiv 10 odor-management technology can now carry the bluesign® sustainability label, the Skin Friendly certification from the Hohenstein Institute and the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® label. SANITIZED AG has been a bluesign® system partner for over 10 years.

An unwelcome odor can quickly develop in polyester sport and functional clothing, even if freshly washed. This is “permastink”. It’s a challenge to the textile industry as it generally reduces the attractiveness and market opportunities of sport and functional clothing made from polyester.

  • Patented technology with bluesign®, ECO PASSPORT, and Skin Friendly certification

Polyester sport and functional textiles treated with Sanitized® Odoractiv 10 are protected against “permastink”. Already a holder of the Swiss Technology Award, the Sanitized® Odoractiv 10 odor-management technology can now carry the bluesign® sustainability label, the Skin Friendly certification from the Hohenstein Institute and the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® label. SANITIZED AG has been a bluesign® system partner for over 10 years.

An unwelcome odor can quickly develop in polyester sport and functional clothing, even if freshly washed. This is “permastink”. It’s a challenge to the textile industry as it generally reduces the attractiveness and market opportunities of sport and functional clothing made from polyester.

The patented, non-biocidal Sanitized® Odoractiv 10 technology provides specific solutions and sales arguments for the end products. It works in two ways: The odor-causing bacteria can’t stick to the textile surface and are washed out completely in a normal wash cycle. This is due to the anti-adhesive “coating” applied in the padding process. This effect has been proven in a test procedure developed in cooperation with EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology). Secondly, the treatment has an adsorbing effect. The odors are “trapped” and repeatedly expelled during a normal wash cycle.

No binder, no nano
Another characteristic: The treatment with Sanitized® Odoractiv 10 doesn’t apply an additional binder system. As with all of our products, SANITZED AG uses no nano technology. The safety and tolerability have been confirmed by the Skin Friendly certification from the Hohenstein Institute and ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® label. These have now been joined by the bluesign® accreditation.

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Award-winning TINTEX Textiles shows water saving solutions at Performance Days (c) TINTEX Textiles
80% Lenzing Modal® + 20% European Hemp rib by TINTEX Textiles
20.11.2018

Award-winning TINTEX Textiles shows water saving solutions at Performance Days

  • Performance Days - November 28 and 29, 2018 – Hall C1 Booth B18
  • Two of TINTEX’s fabrics have made it into the PERFORMANCE FORUM Jury’s Pick Category that represents fabrics which are a valuable contribution to this season Performance Days Focus Topic “WATER – OUR RESPONSIBILITY”

See, touch and experience the latest collection from TINTEX as they reveal a wonderful range of innovative fabrics that redefine fashion, inspire creativity, spark emotion and optimize responsible solutions. TINTEX, being an ingenious leader in textile and research innovation for over twenty years, transforms a new generation of cotton and other natural based materials. Established in the Porto region as authorities in superior dyeing and finishing techniques making TINTEX Textiles the perfect choice for fashion.

  • Performance Days - November 28 and 29, 2018 – Hall C1 Booth B18
  • Two of TINTEX’s fabrics have made it into the PERFORMANCE FORUM Jury’s Pick Category that represents fabrics which are a valuable contribution to this season Performance Days Focus Topic “WATER – OUR RESPONSIBILITY”

See, touch and experience the latest collection from TINTEX as they reveal a wonderful range of innovative fabrics that redefine fashion, inspire creativity, spark emotion and optimize responsible solutions. TINTEX, being an ingenious leader in textile and research innovation for over twenty years, transforms a new generation of cotton and other natural based materials. Established in the Porto region as authorities in superior dyeing and finishing techniques making TINTEX Textiles the perfect choice for fashion.

All the recent awards bestowed, demonstrate TINTEX continue research and commitment. They have been awarded for the Best product of the Base Layer Category by ISPO jury, moreover they have just received the prestigious German Design Awards 2019 and last but not least, they are selected as finalists for the Future Textile Awards in the category Best Innovation for Sustainable Textiles.
TINTEX continues to lead the way, as they proudly take part in the Make Fashion Circular initiative, by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and activate change industry wide. This initiative aims to collaborate and innovate towards a new textile economy based on the principles of a Circular Economy.

In addition, since this November, TINTEX is a bluesign® system partner, thus means that they are responsibly acting parties of the textile value chain committed to applying the bluesign® system, continuously improving their environmental performance and always been focused on a sustainable future.

A milestone for TINTEX and fashion, as they launch Naturally Clean - an exceptional smart finishing process that is uniquely responsible. Naturally Clean enhances the natural beauty of cotton, takes a cost effective modern approach to eliminate aggressive treatments and optimizes clean surfaces, vivid colors, providing an exquisitely smooth handfeel. Naturally Clean achieves this by using Novozymes technology, a company that is indeed the world leader in biological solutions. Second, using textile chemicals with the lowest possible environmental impact, without compromising performance, from Beyond Surface Technologies AG. Naturally Clean maintains the original characteristics for an extended period of time. All materials are Oeko-Tex and soon bluesign® certified, thus eliminating harmful substances.
TINTEX’ Autumn/Winter 2019/2020 collection includes vibrant tones, refreshing turquoise and electric green, light and warm copper with chocolate browns that connect the natural and spiritual in an extra-sensorial universe. Infused with a stunning palette of nostalgic and multicultural colors - warm yellow with darkened reds, dynamic purple with urban greys - that express globalization and human connection.
Key smart ingredients of the season are:

  • A New Generation of Cotton: GOTS certified organic cotton, Supima® cotton, and ECOTEC® by Marchi & Fildi the smart cotton that saves up to 77.9% water consumption and introduces the concept of a circular economy.
  • SeaCell™ and Smartcel™: produced using the Lyocell process in a closed loop with no chemicals released as waste. The patented process of SeaCell™ allows that the positive properties of the seaweed are permanently preserved within the fiber, even after multiple washing cycles. Smartcel™ includes the essential trace element zinc providing anti-inflammatory capabilities.
  • REFIBRA™ by Lenzing technology involves upcycling a substantial proportion of cotton scraps e.g. from garment production, in addition to wood pulp, where the raw material is transformed to produce new TENCEL™ Lyocell fiber to make fabrics and garments.
  • Bemberg™ by Asahi Kasei: A new generation GRS Certified material, made from cotton linters, with a biodegradability certification by Innovhub. A matchless, high tech natural material, with a special handfeel and aesthetics.
  • ROICA™ by Asahi Kasei
    - ROICA™ EF has a percentage of pre-consumer recycled content that is more than 50%, and thanks to this it has been GRS (Global Recycled Standard) certified.
    - ROICA™ V550 a premium stretch innovative yarn boasting the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold Level for Material Health product and ingredients as it was evaluated throughout the supply chain for lower impacts on human and environmental health. Striving toward eliminating all toxic and unidentified chemicals for a safe continuous cycle. Hohenstein Environment Compatibility Certificate - ROICA™ proudly breaks down without releasing harmful substances.

Of special interest this season, the two TINTEX’s fabrics that made it into the PERFORMANCE FORUM Jury’s Pick Category for their contribution to this season Topic “WATER – OUR RESPONSIBILITY”.

A smart rib developed to reduce the water usage as most as possible, from cultivation of raw materials until fabric finishing. A blend of TENCEL™ Modal, cellulosic & biodegradable material treated with no hazardous chemicals, pesticides nor fertilizers, and European hemp, a fast-growing plant that requires very little water and no herbicides, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or GMO seeds. Both fibres are biodegradable.

The second selected article is a 100% Merino Wool jersey made unique thanks to Colorau® by TINTEX, a patented natural dyeing process technique that uses vegetable herbs and extracts. A great amount of water was saved by avoiding subsequent washing steps. Also, lower water pollution is achieved by avoiding synthetic dyestuffs.

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(c) ROICA
19.10.2018

ROICA™ Partners Showcase ROICA Eco-Smart™ family at MarediModa, the Trade Fair dedicated to Beachwear Fabrics and Accessories

November 6th through 8th at MarediModa, gain insight into ROICA™ premium partners as they showcase their latest collections. A wide-range of offerings that include innovations using ROICA™ Eco-Smart™ family, the responsible choice. The premium stretch fiber, produced by Asahi Kasei, innovations that meet contemporary business needs and consumer desires for garments in the modern wardrobe; fashion, athleisure, sportswear, intimates and swimwear.

November 6th through 8th at MarediModa, gain insight into ROICA™ premium partners as they showcase their latest collections. A wide-range of offerings that include innovations using ROICA™ Eco-Smart™ family, the responsible choice. The premium stretch fiber, produced by Asahi Kasei, innovations that meet contemporary business needs and consumer desires for garments in the modern wardrobe; fashion, athleisure, sportswear, intimates and swimwear.

Asahi Kasei, recognized for responsible smart innovations offers the ROICA Eco Smart™ family, the range of the world's first responsibly made premium stretch fibers which includes ROICA™ smart yarns that offer sustainable solutions with impressive certifications: Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certified by Textile Exchange - ROICA™ EF constructed with more than 50% pre-consumer recycled content. Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold Level for Material Health product and ingredients - ROICA™ V550 yarn evaluated throughout the supply chain for lower impacts on human and environmental health. Striving toward eliminating all toxic and unidentified chemicals for a safe continuous cycle. Hohenstein Environment Compatibility Certificate - ROICA™ proudly breaks down without releasing harmful substances.

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ROICA™ ROICA Beachwear Asahi Kasei
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ROICA yarn (c) ROICA
ROICA yarn
01.10.2018

ROICA™ Joins FILO Speciality Yarn Fair in Milan

ROICA™ experts showcase the world-first ROICA Eco-Smart™ Family that offers 2 responsible made yarns: a GRS (Global Recycled Standard) version 3 certified yarn and the world’s first yarn awarded Cradle2Cradle Material Health Gold Level Certificate and Hohenstein Environment compatibility certification.
ROICA Eco-Smart™ Family is a range of the world's first responsibly made premium stretch fibers, which create ROICA™ smart yarns that offer sustainable solutions with impressive certifications:

ROICA™ experts showcase the world-first ROICA Eco-Smart™ Family that offers 2 responsible made yarns: a GRS (Global Recycled Standard) version 3 certified yarn and the world’s first yarn awarded Cradle2Cradle Material Health Gold Level Certificate and Hohenstein Environment compatibility certification.
ROICA Eco-Smart™ Family is a range of the world's first responsibly made premium stretch fibers, which create ROICA™ smart yarns that offer sustainable solutions with impressive certifications:

  • Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certified by Textile Exchange - ROICA™ constructed with more than 50% pre-consumer recycled content.
  • Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold Level for Material Health product and ingredients - ROICA™ yarn evaluated throughout the supply chain for lower impacts on human and environmental health. Striving toward eliminating all toxic and unidentified chemicals for a safe continuous cycle. Hohenstein Environment Compatibility Certificate - ROICA™ proudly breaks down without releasing harmful substances.

At the corporate level, ROICA™ has achieved the following certifications: Oeko Tex 100, ISO 14001:2004, ISO 9001:2008. Moreover, ROICA™ mills in Germany achieved the certification of ISO 50001:2001.
 

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14.09.2018

Die ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® Zertifizierung von Textilchemikalien

Als akkreditiertes Prüflabor mit über 1.000 Mitarbeitern weltweit gehört Hohenstein zu einem von 18 Instituten der OEKO-Tex®-Gesellschaft, die sich der Schadstoffprüfung von textilen Produkten und Bestandteilen von Textilien widmen. Mit der seit zwei Jahren bestehenden ECO PASSPORT Zertifizierung werden Textilchemikalien untersucht, die als Hilfsmittel in der Produktion eingesetzt werden. Der Zertifizierungsprozess am Beispiel des Spulöls Lissolfix von Total wird hier dargestellt.

Als akkreditiertes Prüflabor mit über 1.000 Mitarbeitern weltweit gehört Hohenstein zu einem von 18 Instituten der OEKO-Tex®-Gesellschaft, die sich der Schadstoffprüfung von textilen Produkten und Bestandteilen von Textilien widmen. Mit der seit zwei Jahren bestehenden ECO PASSPORT Zertifizierung werden Textilchemikalien untersucht, die als Hilfsmittel in der Produktion eingesetzt werden. Der Zertifizierungsprozess am Beispiel des Spulöls Lissolfix von Total wird hier dargestellt.

Die ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® Zertifizierung
Die ECO PASSPORT Zertifizierung, die in Deutschland ausschließlich bei Hohenstein durchgeführt wird, ergänzt die bereits bestehenden Zertifizierungen von OEKO-TEX® wie zum Beispiel STANDARD 100. Der STANDARD 100 untersucht seit über 25 Jahren textile Roh-, Zwischen- und Endprodukte auf Schadstoffe und zertifiziert gesundheitlich unbedenkliche Textilprodukte. Die ECO PASSPORT Zertifizierung analysiert in einem zweistufigen Verfahren, ob Färbemittel, Ausrüstungshilfsmittel, Hilfsmittel und sonstige Chemikalien bei der Textilproduktion als unbedenklich eingestuft werden können. Spulöle, die in der Texturierung der Garnherstellung eingesetzt werden, können als produktionsspezifische Hilfsmittel eine ECO PASSPORT Zertifizierung erhalten.

Bedeutung der ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® Zertifizierung
Zwei Jahre nach der Einführung konnte die OEKO-TEX® Gemeinschaft mehr als 3.000 Produkte von über 400 Kunden weltweit zertifizieren. Die Zertifizierung erleichtert die Beschaffung von Textilhilfsmitteln für die Unternehmen, die Textilien nach dem STANDARD 100 herstellen und vertreiben. Somit werden sie den Anforderungen des Marktes nach gesundheitlich unbedenklichen Textilien gerecht und gewährleisten den Schutz der Mitarbeiter in der Textilproduktion, den Umweltschutz sowie den Schutz des Endverbrauchers. Für Total als Ölproduzenten bedeutet die ECO PASSPORT Zertifizierung einen weiteren Schritt, sich den Anforderungen der Branche anzupassen und umweltbewusste Öle anzubieten, um sich vom Wettbewerb abzuheben.

Prozess der ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® Zertifizierung
In allen Schritten der Zertifizierung erfolgt eine enge Abstimmung zwischen Hohenstein und dem Antragsteller. Der Antragsteller sollte, wenn möglich, über ein bestehendes Qualitätssicherungssystem laut ISO-Norm verfügen. Die Prüfung der Textilchemikalien erfolgt in zwei bis drei Stufen im Prüflabor von Hohenstein.

Stufe I: Konformitäts-Screening
Bei Erstzertifizierungen werden vor der Einreichung des Antrags Rückfragen seitens des Antragstellers geklärt. Nach der Kontrolle des Antrags werden Sicherheitsdatenblätter und Rezeptur des zu zertifizierenden Produkts analysiert und es wird überprüft, ob nicht erlaubte Substanzen in der Produktion eingesetzt werden. Sollte dies der Fall sein, hat der Hersteller die Möglichkeit, seine Rezeptur dahin gehend anzupassen. Bei den Spulölen Lissolfix von Total werden keine reglementierten Stoffe eingesetzt, sodass eine Rezepturanpassung nicht notwendig war.

Stufe II: Analytische Verifizierung
Gibt es bei der Erstprüfung keine Auffälligkeiten, erfolgt die Laborprüfung. Dabei werden die Bestandteile mit den geltenden Grenzwerten an Schadstoffen in Textilprodukten abgeglichen. Falls es zum Beispiel durch die Verpackung der Probe zu Verunreinigungen gekommen ist, kann eine neue Probe an das Labor zur Untersuchung geschickt werden. Die Parameter der Untersuchung richten sich nach dem Produkt. Im Fall der Spulöle Lissolfix APZX 1350 / 1500 / 4800 von Total wurde die Probe unter anderem auf folgende Parameter untersucht: Schwermetalle, Formaldehyd, Phthalate, chlorierte sowie zinnorganische und flüchtige organische Verbindungen.

Stufe III: Überprüfung der Nachhaltigkeit
Im Sommer 2018 wird der Prozess um eine dritte Stufe erweitert, in der, im Sinne der
Nachhaltigkeit, auch Umweltschutz und Arbeitsschutz abgefragt und vor Ort beim Produzenten überprüft werden. Dieser Schritt wird zunächst nur auf Wunsch des Antragstellers durchgeführt werden.

Gültigkeit der ECO PASSPORT Zertifizierung by OEKO-TEX®
Die ECO PASSPORT Zertifizierung ist ein Jahr gültig. Frühestens drei Monate vor Ablauf der Zertifizierung kann die Verlängerung beantragt werden. Diese zieht eine erneute Prüfung der Unterlagen sowie eine vereinfachte Laboruntersuchung mit sich, um eine gleichbleibende Qualität zu gewährleisten. Zudem ist es möglich, dass sich die Grenzwerte der Schadstoffe oder die Produktionsbedingungen der Textilchemikalien in der Zwischenzeit verändert haben, sodass eine erneute Prüfung zur Wahrung der Anforderungen notwendig ist. Falls es während der Laufzeit des Zertifikats zu Veränderungen am zertifizierten Produkt kommt, ist der Zertifikatsinhaber verpflichtet, die Veränderung anzuzeigen und gegebenenfalls eine neue Probe zur Prüfung zur Verfügung zu stellen. Als Hersteller von Ölen für die Industrie hat Total als einer der ersten Anbieter von Spulölen seine Produkte Lissolfix APZX 1350 / 1500 / 4800 zertifizieren lassen und plant bereits weitere Zertifizierungen nach ECO PASSPORT.

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