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23.09.2020

Grüne Ausrichtung bestätigt: Schmitz Textiles mit Bestnoten ausgezeichnet

  • Emsdettener Textilhersteller nach STeP by OEKO-Tex® für nachhaltige Produktion zertifiziert

Nachhaltigkeit ist das Schlagwort der Stunde – auch in der Wirtschaft. Eine nachhaltige Welt erfordert jedoch eine neue Art des Wirtschaftens zum Schutz der Ressourcen und Umwelt. Das Textilunternehmen Schmitz Textiles, zu dem die Marke drapilux gehört, hat es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht, in jedem Produktionsbereich so grün wie möglich zu handeln. Das Engagement wurde nun durch die erfolgreiche Zertifizierung nach STeP by OEKO-TEX® belohnt.

  • Emsdettener Textilhersteller nach STeP by OEKO-Tex® für nachhaltige Produktion zertifiziert

Nachhaltigkeit ist das Schlagwort der Stunde – auch in der Wirtschaft. Eine nachhaltige Welt erfordert jedoch eine neue Art des Wirtschaftens zum Schutz der Ressourcen und Umwelt. Das Textilunternehmen Schmitz Textiles, zu dem die Marke drapilux gehört, hat es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht, in jedem Produktionsbereich so grün wie möglich zu handeln. Das Engagement wurde nun durch die erfolgreiche Zertifizierung nach STeP by OEKO-TEX® belohnt.

STeP (Sustainable Textile Production) by OEKO-TEX® ist ein unabhängiges Zertifizierungssystem für Marken, Handelsunternehmen und Hersteller im Bereich der Textilindustrie. OEKO-TEX®, ein Zusammenschluss von 18 unabhängigen Prüf- und Forschungsinstituten für Textil- und Lederökologie aus Europa und Japan, entwickelt Standards für die Textil- und Lederindustrie sowie die zugrundeliegenden Prüfmethoden und Grenzwerte. Ziel ist es, ein Risikomanagement, den Verbraucher- und Umweltschutz sowie gesetzliche Konformität sicherzustellen. Neben dem Aspekt der Umweltfreundlichkeit untersucht STeP nachhaltige Produktionsbedingungen, den effizienten Einsatz von Ressourcen und Technologien sowie die Einhaltung von sozialverträglichen Arbeitsbedingungen. Die Prüfung umfasst sechs Module: Chemikalienmanagement, Umweltleistungen, Umweltmanagement, Soziale Verantwortung, Qualitätsmanagement sowie Gesundheitsschutz und Arbeitssicherheit. Die Zertifizierung ist ein starkes Instrument zur kontinuierlichen Optimierung der Nutzung natürlicher Ressourcen und zeigt Wege auf, Prozesse effizienter zu gestalten. Durch die Transparenz und weltweite Vergleichbarkeit der Kriterien unterstützt STeP Endverbraucher und Händler bei der Auswahl des Textilherstellers. Schmitz Textiles kann so seinen Vorbildcharakter in allen Bereichen noch weiter stärken. „Nachhaltigkeit war schon immer ein wichtiges Thema bei Schmitz Textiles“, bekräftigt Stefan Ruholl, Geschäftsführer des Emsdettener Unternehmens. So hat der Textilhersteller bereits 2002 die ISO 14001 Norm implementiert, die die Anforderungen an ein Umweltmanagementsystem festlegt. „Die Zertifizierung nach STeP krönt unser Engagement noch einmal, da die Anforderungen über die gesetzlichen hinaus gehen und zum Beispiel Einsatzverbote für gewisse Gefahrenstoffe mit sich bringen“, führt Stefan Ruholl aus. 

Auch in Zukunft will das Emsdettener Unternehmen mit gutem Beispiel vorangehen. „Getreu dem Motto der Gründerfamilie Schmitz ‚Der Zukunft verpflichtet – schon immer‘ werden wir uns bis zum nächsten Audit in drei Jahren noch weiter verbessern“, verspricht Stefan Ruholl. drapilux-Vertriebsleiter Hubert Reinermann ergänzt, dass auch die Produkte nachhaltiger werden sollen. So hat drapilux 2020 als erste der Schmitz Textiles-Marken Artikel mit einem Anteil an nachhaltig produzierten Fasern präsentiert. Gemeinsam mit dem Garnhersteller Trevira arbeitet drapilux daran, das neuartige Garn weiterzuentwickeln und den Anteil des recycelten Materials zu erhöhen.

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Milano Unica: Iluna Group presents the FW 21-22 collection (c) Iluna Group
Green Label and BIOLINE laces
08.09.2020

Milano Unica: Iluna Group presents the FW 21-22 collection

  • Trust the vibes, energy doesn’t lie!

Advanced design and sustainability, innovation, aesthetics and quality, made of “ethical” laces and tights of very high quality standards and a careful look at fashion. Iluna Group, strengthened by this heritage, with a smart approach, carefully selected materials, know-how on processes and particular attention to the ecosystem, is a leader in its sector

With the FW 21-22 collection, Iluna Group focuses on design excellence aimed at perfection driven by this particular historical moment, in which preferring quality over quantity has become necessary: offering ever higher standards of quality is combined with the choice of reducing minimum waste in a way of working that becomes more thoughtful, studied, focused and less hectic.

  • Trust the vibes, energy doesn’t lie!

Advanced design and sustainability, innovation, aesthetics and quality, made of “ethical” laces and tights of very high quality standards and a careful look at fashion. Iluna Group, strengthened by this heritage, with a smart approach, carefully selected materials, know-how on processes and particular attention to the ecosystem, is a leader in its sector

With the FW 21-22 collection, Iluna Group focuses on design excellence aimed at perfection driven by this particular historical moment, in which preferring quality over quantity has become necessary: offering ever higher standards of quality is combined with the choice of reducing minimum waste in a way of working that becomes more thoughtful, studied, focused and less hectic.

The range of sustainable products expands by adding to the GRS certified Green Label, the BIOLINE, made with raw materials such as the precious ROICA™ V550 premium stretch fiber which belongs to ROICA Eco-Smart ™ family produced by Asahi Kasei able to combine elasticity and comfort and other benefits in terms of circular economy related to the health of materials, as demonstrated by the Gold Level Material Health Certificate by the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute, and by the world's first biodegradable polyamide 6.6 yarn AMNI SOUL ECO®, fibers that degrade completely in the environment under anaerobic conditions.

The exceptional natural dyes proposed are made with vegetable dyes extracted from various plants, with a color chart that now has 14 shades, all with solidity within the OEKO TEX® Standard 100 and all GOTS certified. No chemical product is used for the dyes, including the softening finish, for which an equally natural product is used.

All the products of the Iluna Group collections can be made in a recycled or organic variant.

Iluna Group participates to Milano Unica and digitally at all sector fairs, a new way of communicating that together with the use of social media - accompanied by the launch last year of the official website and e-commerce with all the collections and the ilunamasks.com site dedicated to the sale of the exclusive Iluna masks - it can be transformed from a necessity to a great resource and an opportunity to enhance a 360° sustainable attitude. Iluna, even before the pandemic, has always considered the sustainable aspect a priority in its work and now, in the light of this new landscape, the many years of experience gained benefits the company by pushing it to place itself more and more as a precursor of sustainable innovation.

The constant commitment to responsible solutions makes Iluna Group the only lace manufacturer to use - since 2017 - transformed stretch in the entire range of its elastic laces. Iluna Group excellence is based 100% on responsible innovation, guaranteed by the most important certifications. The creation of smart lace, strictly Made in Italy, is also Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certified. Today Iluna is a reference point for international markets and boasts products with OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification.

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First Swiss “Community Mask” with TESTEX label by Schoeller Textil AG and Forster Rohner AG Photo: Schoeller Textil AG
First Swiss “Community Mask” with TESTEX label by Schoeller Textil AG and Forster Rohner AG
21.08.2020

First Swiss “Community Mask” with TESTEX label by Schoeller Textil AG and Forster Rohner AG

With immediate effect, the first fabric mask with the official “TESTEX Community Mask” test label is available from the two Swiss textile firms, Schoeller Textil AG and Forster Rohner AG. Since May, the companies have been able to offer their masks with official EMPA recommendation. The sustainable and economical quality products consist primarily of recycled performance fabric which can be recycled once again at the end of its service life.

Swiss cooperation
With the product from the two companies based in the east of Switzerland, Schoeller Textil AG and Forster Rohner AG, the Swiss market now boasts the first textile mask featuring the label “TESTEX Community Mask”. Together with the EMPA, TESTEX has developed a testing procedure which analyses textile masks with regard to their filter function, spray resistance, comfort of wear, reusability and additionally skin-friendliness of the textiles. By now, numerous Swiss and international consumers, as well as the employees of major companies (e.g. transport companies) have satisfied themselves of the suitability of the Swiss Community Masks for everyday use.

With immediate effect, the first fabric mask with the official “TESTEX Community Mask” test label is available from the two Swiss textile firms, Schoeller Textil AG and Forster Rohner AG. Since May, the companies have been able to offer their masks with official EMPA recommendation. The sustainable and economical quality products consist primarily of recycled performance fabric which can be recycled once again at the end of its service life.

Swiss cooperation
With the product from the two companies based in the east of Switzerland, Schoeller Textil AG and Forster Rohner AG, the Swiss market now boasts the first textile mask featuring the label “TESTEX Community Mask”. Together with the EMPA, TESTEX has developed a testing procedure which analyses textile masks with regard to their filter function, spray resistance, comfort of wear, reusability and additionally skin-friendliness of the textiles. By now, numerous Swiss and international consumers, as well as the employees of major companies (e.g. transport companies) have satisfied themselves of the suitability of the Swiss Community Masks for everyday use.

Recyclable fabric made with 60 % recycled fibres
The high-quality fabric components in the mask were developed by the innovative Rheintal-based company Schoeller Textil AG. The two-layer polyester fabric is hydrophilic (having an affinity to water) on the outside and hydrophobic (water-repelling) on the outside and furthermore features an antibacterial finish. Thanks to the cotton-like feel, the fabric offers pleasant wearing comfort. The sustainable fabric consists of 60 % recycled fibres. Within the framework of the wear2wear recycling cooperation (www.wear2wear.org), the masks can be recycled once again when they reach the end of their life cycle.

The reusable mask is made up by Forster Rohner AG in St. Gallen and in its European subsidiaries. It impresses with optimum fit and tested skin tolerance. All components of
the mask comply with the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100. The testing process screens for numerous controlled and non-controlled substances. Masks with the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 label are safe to wear. Forster Rohner also added a fashion component to the technicallyinnovative mask. The subsidiary, Jakob Schlaepfer AG, created a special print for the mask of the kind otherwise only developed for famous couture and prêt-à-porter fashion labels around the world. In addition to white and plain-coloured masks, a limited edition of available print designs emerges, or specific colours or even individual print designs are created for major customers.

TERASIL® BLUE W DYE (C) Huntsman Corporation
11.03.2020

HUNTSMAN TEXTILE EFFECTS introduces TERASIL® BLUE W DYE

  • Technology for dyeing polyester and its blends

TERASIL® BLUE W high wash fastness dye raises operational excellence of mills, providing right-first-time results leading to savings of water, energy and costs.

Huntsman Textile Effects introduces TERASIL® BLUE W, the latest addition to the TERASIL® W/WW range of wash fast disperse dyes. TERASIL® Blue W is designed to meet all major requirements for high performance sportswear and athleisure wear.

Polyester fiber has become the fiber of choice in the textile industry, the demand for polyester and man-made fibers is expected to rise over the long term, as sports and athleisure apparel markets expand around the world. At the same time, leading brands, retailers and mills are increasingly focused on achieving brilliant and deep shades, consistent shade reproducibility, as well as water, energy and cost savings.

  • Technology for dyeing polyester and its blends

TERASIL® BLUE W high wash fastness dye raises operational excellence of mills, providing right-first-time results leading to savings of water, energy and costs.

Huntsman Textile Effects introduces TERASIL® BLUE W, the latest addition to the TERASIL® W/WW range of wash fast disperse dyes. TERASIL® Blue W is designed to meet all major requirements for high performance sportswear and athleisure wear.

Polyester fiber has become the fiber of choice in the textile industry, the demand for polyester and man-made fibers is expected to rise over the long term, as sports and athleisure apparel markets expand around the world. At the same time, leading brands, retailers and mills are increasingly focused on achieving brilliant and deep shades, consistent shade reproducibility, as well as water, energy and cost savings.

TERASIL® BLUE W is developed by Huntsman Textile Effects to provide the leading solution for meeting industry’s wash fastness requirements. TERASIL® BLUE W offers an attractive shade and high build-up for deep blues which stays vibrant. TERASIL® BLUE W also provides quality assurance as products are bluesign® approved and suitable for STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified textile products.

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TERASIL BLUE W (c) HUNTSMAN
TERASIL BLUE W
11.03.2020

HUNTSMAN TEXTILE EFFECTS INTRODUCES TERASIL® BLUE W DYE

A BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGY FOR DYEING POLYESTER AND ITS BLENDS

Huntsman Textile Effects introduces TERASIL® BLUE W, the latest addition to our TERASIL® W/WW range of wash fast disperse dyes. TERASIL® Blue W is designed to meet all major requirements for high-performance sportswear and athleisure wear. TERASIL® BLUE W stands out as the leading disperse wash fast blue dye in the market which is not sensitive to reduction, leading to higher reproducibility, right-first-time results and operational excellence.

Polyester fiber has become the fiber of choice in the textile industry, the demand for polyester and man-made fibers is expected to rise over the long term, as sports and athleisure apparel markets expand around the world. At the same time, leading brands, retailers and mills are increasingly focused on achieving brilliant and deep shades, consistent shade reproducibility, as well as water, energy and cost savings.

A BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGY FOR DYEING POLYESTER AND ITS BLENDS

Huntsman Textile Effects introduces TERASIL® BLUE W, the latest addition to our TERASIL® W/WW range of wash fast disperse dyes. TERASIL® Blue W is designed to meet all major requirements for high-performance sportswear and athleisure wear. TERASIL® BLUE W stands out as the leading disperse wash fast blue dye in the market which is not sensitive to reduction, leading to higher reproducibility, right-first-time results and operational excellence.

Polyester fiber has become the fiber of choice in the textile industry, the demand for polyester and man-made fibers is expected to rise over the long term, as sports and athleisure apparel markets expand around the world. At the same time, leading brands, retailers and mills are increasingly focused on achieving brilliant and deep shades, consistent shade reproducibility, as well as water, energy and cost savings.

With cutting-edge disperse dye technology at its heart, TERASIL® BLUE W is developed by Huntsman Textile Effects to provide the leading solution for meeting industry’s wash fastness requirements. TERASIL® BLUE W offers an attractive shade and high build-up for deep blues which stays vibrant. TERASIL® BLUE W also provides quality assurance as products are bluesign® approved and suitable for STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified textile products(1).

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Asahi Kasei Adavnce at ISPO 2020 in Munich (c) AKA
Asahi Kasei Adavnce at ISPO 2020 in Munich
18.02.2020

Asahi Kasei Advance presents ECOSENSOR™ at ISPO 2020

At ISPO, AKA – Asahi Kasei Advance keeps the planet fit and healthy at the same time. The cutting edge department of global material innovator Asahi Kasei, unveils ECOSENSOR™, the cutting-edge fabric collection boosting responsible innovation with a “New Eco High-tech Force of Nature” new generation of performance.

Harnessing AKA expertise in yarning a smarter future, the new range focuses on sportwear, urban and athleisure fabrics. “At ISPO we launch the energetic protein fitting perfectly in textiles for clothes with an active imprint, comfort touch and smooth style. From-yarn-to-dyeing and along the whole supply chain, the collection is 100% traceable.” Says Nishizawa Akira, President & Representative Director Asahi Kasei Advance corporation.

Such goals were scored thanks to the renown expertise of Research & Development and energized by constantly and strictly controlled processes that aim to save energy, water and Green House gases emissions. The result is a high-performative collection combining maximum comfort with durability and stretch-ability.

At ISPO, AKA – Asahi Kasei Advance keeps the planet fit and healthy at the same time. The cutting edge department of global material innovator Asahi Kasei, unveils ECOSENSOR™, the cutting-edge fabric collection boosting responsible innovation with a “New Eco High-tech Force of Nature” new generation of performance.

Harnessing AKA expertise in yarning a smarter future, the new range focuses on sportwear, urban and athleisure fabrics. “At ISPO we launch the energetic protein fitting perfectly in textiles for clothes with an active imprint, comfort touch and smooth style. From-yarn-to-dyeing and along the whole supply chain, the collection is 100% traceable.” Says Nishizawa Akira, President & Representative Director Asahi Kasei Advance corporation.

Such goals were scored thanks to the renown expertise of Research & Development and energized by constantly and strictly controlled processes that aim to save energy, water and Green House gases emissions. The result is a high-performative collection combining maximum comfort with durability and stretch-ability.

With ECOSENSOR™, Asahi Kasei Advance truly innovates at ISPO as the very first producers choosing the high-performance path with sustainable values. “Like a truly complete athlete, ECOSENSOR™ wins both during the sprint and all along its performance. It’s outstanding light & stretch features match durability.”

Indeed, the flexible and multitasking range is the high-tech solution for sportwear, outerwear and beyond. The collection embraces the casual and sporty mood of active urban surfers as well as that easy-to-wear attitude for a relaxing free-time at home.

Excellent stretch and high-performative features match the adventurous temperament of extreme explorers, while durability and resistance are the key features to weave fabrics for outdoor activities. The target of ECOSENSOR™ by Asahi Kasei is to push at maximum the choice towards bluesign® approved and Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified ingredients and production processes, and GRS (Global Recycled Standard) for recycled ingredients, showing the path to sustainability.

Working with the best like-minded apparel partners, AKA has achieved unsurpassed active climate control materials. The unique high-tech and low-impact functionality has been designed to make a real, sustainable difference a better future.

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(c) Iluna
10.01.2020

ILUNA Group presents new naturally-dyed Yoga Capsule Collection

Iluna is bringing to the Parisian leading trade show for lingerie Interfilière its responsible offer and a unique Yoga capsule collection. The Yoga Capsule collection is characterized by the inclusion of responsible premium ingredients such as GRS certified Q-NOVA®, made for more than half by pre-consumption waste, and the GRS certified premium stretch yarn ROICA™ EF constructed out of more than 50% pre-consumer recycled content. Unique added value of the capsule is that it is enriched by natural based GOTS certified dyestuffs, a safe alternative to the chemical ones. A collection with a ten shades color offer strictly linked to the seasonality with high color fastness and durability respondent to the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification.

 

Iluna is bringing to the Parisian leading trade show for lingerie Interfilière its responsible offer and a unique Yoga capsule collection. The Yoga Capsule collection is characterized by the inclusion of responsible premium ingredients such as GRS certified Q-NOVA®, made for more than half by pre-consumption waste, and the GRS certified premium stretch yarn ROICA™ EF constructed out of more than 50% pre-consumer recycled content. Unique added value of the capsule is that it is enriched by natural based GOTS certified dyestuffs, a safe alternative to the chemical ones. A collection with a ten shades color offer strictly linked to the seasonality with high color fastness and durability respondent to the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification.

 

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19.12.2019

ISKO awarded with the prestigious OEKO-TEX® STeP certification.

After becoming the first company in the world awarded both the rigorous EU Ecolabel and Nordic Swan Ecolabel, ISKO has recently reached another important milestone in its long-standing responsible journey: it has become the first Turkish denim manufacturer awarded with STeP by OEKO-TEX® modular certification system.

The certification results in a powerful tool to implement the company’s Responsible Innovation™ approach. This mindful and holistic vision tackles environmental and social responsibility to reach the goal of a 100% sustainable and ethical denim production, based on three main pillars – creativity, competence and citizenship.

“Responsibility and innovations go hand in hand, at ISKO,” explained Senior Sustainability and CSR Executive Ebru Ozkucuk Guler, “To be awarded with such a prestigious certification is proof that one has to look at the big picture: sustainable actions need to involve and take into account the entire value chain, in the long run, considering not only production steps but also the development of a healthy and safe work environment. It is the perfect ending to a very fulfilling year, we are eager to see what 2020 will bring.”

After becoming the first company in the world awarded both the rigorous EU Ecolabel and Nordic Swan Ecolabel, ISKO has recently reached another important milestone in its long-standing responsible journey: it has become the first Turkish denim manufacturer awarded with STeP by OEKO-TEX® modular certification system.

The certification results in a powerful tool to implement the company’s Responsible Innovation™ approach. This mindful and holistic vision tackles environmental and social responsibility to reach the goal of a 100% sustainable and ethical denim production, based on three main pillars – creativity, competence and citizenship.

“Responsibility and innovations go hand in hand, at ISKO,” explained Senior Sustainability and CSR Executive Ebru Ozkucuk Guler, “To be awarded with such a prestigious certification is proof that one has to look at the big picture: sustainable actions need to involve and take into account the entire value chain, in the long run, considering not only production steps but also the development of a healthy and safe work environment. It is the perfect ending to a very fulfilling year, we are eager to see what 2020 will bring.”

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  100% NATURE” collection by CALIDA ‘stretches’towards a sustainable future with ROICA ™ (c) ROICA™
100% NATURE by Calida round neck t-shirt & boxer shorts with ROICA™ V550
02.12.2019

100% NATURE” collection by CALIDA ‘stretches’towards a sustainable future with ROICA ™

“100 % NATURE” collection by Calida reflects a shared vision for sustainable fashion. A mission and a strong commitment combining comfort with technology, style and a responsible attitude.

Manufactured in a closed, particularly energy-efficient cycle and sourced from sustainably managed forests, the man/woman underwear and loungewear collection by leading fashion brand Calida reaches the 100% of sustainability thanks to the premium stretch fiber  ROICA™ delivers ultimate hyper-performance in both stretch and sustainability.

Cellulose-based premium materials are blended with ROICA™ V550; the non-toxic-release* innovation in sustainable elastic fibers, matching the need for elasticity , quality , comfort with the request for sustainability and respect for the environment.

ROICA™ V550 is part of ROICA Eco-Smart™ family, the latest and cutting edge range of ROICA™, the premium stretch fiber for the modern wardrobe by leading innovator Asahi Kasei.

“100 % NATURE” collection by Calida reflects a shared vision for sustainable fashion. A mission and a strong commitment combining comfort with technology, style and a responsible attitude.

Manufactured in a closed, particularly energy-efficient cycle and sourced from sustainably managed forests, the man/woman underwear and loungewear collection by leading fashion brand Calida reaches the 100% of sustainability thanks to the premium stretch fiber  ROICA™ delivers ultimate hyper-performance in both stretch and sustainability.

Cellulose-based premium materials are blended with ROICA™ V550; the non-toxic-release* innovation in sustainable elastic fibers, matching the need for elasticity , quality , comfort with the request for sustainability and respect for the environment.

ROICA™ V550 is part of ROICA Eco-Smart™ family, the latest and cutting edge range of ROICA™, the premium stretch fiber for the modern wardrobe by leading innovator Asahi Kasei.

“100% NATURE” is certified CRADLE TO CRADLE™, which means that raw materials can be used time and again in an ongoing biological cycle. CALIDA is also the first clothing brand worldwide to be awarded the ‘MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®’ label, which is based on compliance with strict social responsibility and ecological criteria and certifies that the textiles carrying the label have been tested for harmful substances.

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(c) closed
Gilberto Calzolari
14.11.2019

Premium Brands choosing Responsible Innovation for the Wardrobe of Tomorrow

C.L.A.S.S. discloses five key and influencing brands with unique outfits already available in the market, that demonstrate how smart materials are able to deliver eco hi-tech valuable innovations. 

Five, completely different, contemporary lifestyles!

C.L.A.S.S. discloses five key and influencing brands with unique outfits already available in the market, that demonstrate how smart materials are able to deliver eco hi-tech valuable innovations. 

Five, completely different, contemporary lifestyles!

Among the first adopters of E.C.O. Kosmos shines Gilberto Calzolari, a luxury prêt-à-porter brand Made in Italy with a responsible soul, whose style is represented by the demi-couture dress: fresh, glamorous and romantic. Precious fabrics, complemented by the highest quality in production techniques and tailoring craftsmanship, bear the hallmarks of a brand with a strong identity that is in tune with the needs of contemporary living and reclaims the values of environmental sustainability as well as elegance and excellence typical of luxury Made in Italy. Supported by the CNMI Fashion Trust due to its environmental committment and unique design, the brand chose two materials of the E.C.O. KOSMOS cross-collection for the SS 2020 presented during MFW: the E.C.O. AURORA 50% AMNI SOUL ECO® -50% Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified Cotton canvas and the E.C.O. SONICA Newlife™ stretch satin.

Closed: the German brand, founded in1978, focuses on great designs, small details and pure quality to create understated and advanced denim looks totally handmade in Italy. Closed selected the new amazing Candiani ReLast line, the range of market fresh responsible denim products whose objective is to introduce a 100% transformed innovative solution. The partnership between ROICA™ and Candiani generated a very special ROICA™ yarn realized only for Candiani. A premium stretch yarn that is boasting a GRS (Global Recycled Standard) version 4 certification, thanks to its high percentage of recycled content and appropriated process of transformation.

Within the premium brand adoptions of Bemberg™ shines Martin Greenfield, one of the world's most renowned tailor company. The company, founded in 1977 by Martin Greenfield, realizes hand tailored men’s clothing to meet the requirements of innovative designers, specialty retailers, costume designers, stylists and individuals. For finest made-to-order as well as made-to-measure suits,100% built by hand in their Brooklyn Factory, they choose Bemberg™ Yarn Dyed Lining produced in Italy and Japan for its soft versatility, unique precious touch and exquisite comfort.

My.Suit: Since My.Suit was founded in 2008 in NYC, their philosophy has been simple: provide their clients with a better way to buy a suit.  Their made-to-measure suits and tuxedos offer a better fit than traditional off-the-rack alternatives by accommodating as many different body types as possible, and can be made in a variety of fabric and style options to suit individual needs.  My.Suit utilizes a vertical business model: fabric mill, suit manufacturing, and retail locations, to provide a quick delivery time at an attractive price point. My.Suit has been using Bemberg™ lining to add style and comfort to their suit jackets for over a decade.  With a wide range of colors and designs, Bemberg lining complements their extensive fabric selection and helps us to create visually stunning suits that feel great and provides a personalized option to their clients.

un-sanctioned™ is an innovation-driven performance running apparel brand newly launched in September, 2019; founded on the belief that it’s time for running to give back to the environment all runners take so much joy from.  In partnership with Miti-Spa, un-sanctioned™ has developed and launched with two initial sustainable performance running fabrics called [ BottleKnit™ ] — a 100% recycled polyester made from plastic bottles. And [ WasteKnit™] — a 100% upcycled polyamide made from industrial waste blended with ROICA™ EF yarn for uncompromising smart stretch performance.

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Italian Converter celebrates 25 years with the  E.C.O. KOSMOS cross-collection (c) GB Network
Toupe and brick red E.C.O. Graffiti (100% linen) on E.C.O. Aurora (cotton and AMNI SOUL ECO®)
09.09.2019

Italian Converter celebrates 25 years with the E.C.O. KOSMOS cross-collection

  • Empowering fashion with responsible R&D, cutting edge finishing and a Made in Italy design imprint

Paris - “The soul of sustainable fashion is an alchemy, a combined commitment and an act of responsibility”. This is the motto ‘embossed’ in the collections and the values of Italian Converter. At Première Vision, the leading manufacturer celebrates its 25th anniversary and presents E.C.O. KOSMOS, a cross-collection, a brand-new ‘green line’ range’ and a winning formula shining a light on the company’s responsible path and unique ‘blend’ for the fashion of tomorrow.

  • Empowering fashion with responsible R&D, cutting edge finishing and a Made in Italy design imprint

Paris - “The soul of sustainable fashion is an alchemy, a combined commitment and an act of responsibility”. This is the motto ‘embossed’ in the collections and the values of Italian Converter. At Première Vision, the leading manufacturer celebrates its 25th anniversary and presents E.C.O. KOSMOS, a cross-collection, a brand-new ‘green line’ range’ and a winning formula shining a light on the company’s responsible path and unique ‘blend’ for the fashion of tomorrow.

The acronym E.C.O. stands for Ecologic, Conversion, Optimisation; three unique concepts and values that truly embody Italian Converter DNA: sustainability, transformative process and quality improvement.
For over 25 years, Italian Converter creates high-quality materials for some of the leading fashion and accessories brands. “Made in Italy and sustainability are part of our DNA.” Says Costantino Karazissis, founder of Italian Converter. “We believe that responsible sourcing and processes as well as a deep research into new technology pathways and a market-savvy taste for material design must be the starting point.”

At the core of the company’s responsible alchemy is also the constant research for the perfect balance of 100% Made in Italy materials. “We proudly collaborate with 120 skilled employees producing new hybrid material innovations daily, attracting partnerships from the best high-end brands both in Italy and abroad”.

Toupe and brick red E.C.O. Graffiti (100% linen) on E.C.O. Aurora (cotton and AMNI SOUL ECO®)

E.C.O. KOSMOS is entirely traceable, transparent, 100%made in Italy. The collection walks through a very complete and balanced range sustainable materials - from natural to eco high tech ones- that are transformed, enriched and valued in 9 high-tech cutting-edge innovations thanks to the Italian Converter expertise.
•    The natural line starts from bases of cotton bonded with AMNI SOUL ECO®, an enhanced polyamide 6.6 that degrades within 5 years instead of decades, as other conventional ones do.
•    The stretch innovations start from bases in GRS-certified Newlife™, a cutting-edge premium recycled polyester created using a High-Tech Conversion Model. Thanks to a mechanical process, used plastic bottles are turned into a top-quality polymer and yarn which is 100% traceable and 100% Made in Italy. The whole process takes place within a 100 square km area in Piedmont in Northern Italy.
 
All the references make use only of water-based resins and Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified dying. The result, is resistant and transpiring solutions which come with bold and high-performing features, with a soft touch or even with a silky, yet strong, and enveloping feel. The designs range from rustic to contemporary and nod to jacquard, ‘authentic look’ and ‘drill’ hints. An ideal solution for footwear, apparel and leather goods.

Long story short? No compromises. E.C.O. Kosmos reflects design, innovation and responsible values, as well as 100% Italian Converter know-how.
 
“But this is just the beginning,” adds Karazissis. “The next step we are going to implement in the E.C.O. Kosmos cross-collection is a progressive integration of our triple-expertise, processes and R&D.” A sustainable step forward, a leap woven into a deep expertise a story to-be-continued. For a better future, this is for sure.

 

Run like the wind (c) Huntsman
04.09.2019

HUNTSMAN INTRODUCES HIGH IQ® COOL COMFORT

  • Performance assurance program for textiles with advanced moisture management technology

Huntsman Textile Effects has extended its HIGH IQ® performance assurance program to help mills, brands and retailers meet consumer demand for garments with durable moisture management. HIGH IQ® Cool Comfort performance program is built on the industry’s broadest and most advanced moisture management agents to deliver durable, long-lasting performance.
As consumers around the world adopt more active lifestyles and outdoor activities, the need for cool, dry and comfortable sports and athleisure wear is on an upward trend.
HIGH IQ® Cool Comfort performance program allows garments to breathe, while at the same time, transports moisture away from the body. This ensures consumers can stay cool, dry and fresh throughout. The unique technology supports accelerated evaporation, ensuring garments dry quickly for long-lasting comfort.

  • Performance assurance program for textiles with advanced moisture management technology

Huntsman Textile Effects has extended its HIGH IQ® performance assurance program to help mills, brands and retailers meet consumer demand for garments with durable moisture management. HIGH IQ® Cool Comfort performance program is built on the industry’s broadest and most advanced moisture management agents to deliver durable, long-lasting performance.
As consumers around the world adopt more active lifestyles and outdoor activities, the need for cool, dry and comfortable sports and athleisure wear is on an upward trend.
HIGH IQ® Cool Comfort performance program allows garments to breathe, while at the same time, transports moisture away from the body. This ensures consumers can stay cool, dry and fresh throughout. The unique technology supports accelerated evaporation, ensuring garments dry quickly for long-lasting comfort.

“Today’s consumer seeks comfort and performance in their active lifestyle. With Huntsman’s HIGH IQ® Cool Comfort performance assurance program, we offer durable moisture management so your garment remains breathable, stays cool and attains the comfort of cotton. Unique quick-dry properties created by the natural microclimate of the garment help to reduce post-exercise chill, making the effects highly suitable for sports and active wear,” said Lee Howarth, Global Marketing Manager, Huntsman Textile Effects.
Only mills that meet Huntsman’s stringent requirements earn the right to use the HIGH IQ® performance assurance hang tags as point-of-sale product branding. Updated hangtags and promotional materials are available to support mills and brands in communicating the benefits of the HIGH IQ® Cool Comfort performance assurance program.

The technology that drives the HIGH IQ® Cool Comfort program complies with the requirements of bluesign® for safe and sustainable textile production. Furthermore, fabrics produced with HIGH IQ® Cool Comfort moisture management are suitable for STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified textile products. The global leader in intelligent effects, Huntsman Textile Effects developed the HIGH IQ® global performance assurance program to help mills, brands and retailers produce high-performance textiles with built-in sun protection, freshness, friction protection and water repellence, in bright whites and color that lasts. The program is based on innovative dyes and effects and unparalleled technical support and application know-how from Huntsman Textile Effects to help mills improve their productivity and competitiveness.
 

Am 1. September 2019 wird Lutz Lehmann als neuer CEO Global Strategies Teil des Hohenstein-Teams. © Hohenstein
01.09.2019

Lehmann führt Hohensteins neuen Vertriebskurs fort

  • Ab dem 1. September 2019 verstärkt Lutz Lehmann als neuer CEO den Bereich Global Strategies bei Hohenstein.

BÖNNIGHEIM - Lehmann konzentriert sich in seiner neuen Funktion auf die Entwicklung neuer Geschäftsfelder und die Weiterentwicklung der Vertriebsstrategien, um Hohensteins Position als Global Player zu stärken. Er wird die Teams Vertrieb, Marketing und Business Development direkt leiten.

„Ich freue mich, bei einem Unternehmen zu arbeiten, das in der Textilwirtschaft ein hohes Ansehen genießt“, sagt Lehmann. „Es gibt viel Potenzial für die gesamte Branche. Dies ist eine wunderbare Gelegenheit, meine Markterfahrungen und -kenntnisse einzubringen und Hohenstein in der Textilprüfindustrie weiter voranzutreiben.“ In den letzten acht Jahren arbeitete Lutz Lehmann als CEO der Hermes Hansecontrol Group.

  • Ab dem 1. September 2019 verstärkt Lutz Lehmann als neuer CEO den Bereich Global Strategies bei Hohenstein.

BÖNNIGHEIM - Lehmann konzentriert sich in seiner neuen Funktion auf die Entwicklung neuer Geschäftsfelder und die Weiterentwicklung der Vertriebsstrategien, um Hohensteins Position als Global Player zu stärken. Er wird die Teams Vertrieb, Marketing und Business Development direkt leiten.

„Ich freue mich, bei einem Unternehmen zu arbeiten, das in der Textilwirtschaft ein hohes Ansehen genießt“, sagt Lehmann. „Es gibt viel Potenzial für die gesamte Branche. Dies ist eine wunderbare Gelegenheit, meine Markterfahrungen und -kenntnisse einzubringen und Hohenstein in der Textilprüfindustrie weiter voranzutreiben.“ In den letzten acht Jahren arbeitete Lutz Lehmann als CEO der Hermes Hansecontrol Group.

Zuvor war Lehmann in verschiedenen Funktionen beim TÜV Rheinland und der SGS Deutschland beschäftigt. „Lutz Lehmann ist eine ausgezeichnete Ergänzung unseres Managementteams“, betont Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecheels, Inhaber und Geschäftsführer des Prüfdienstleisters Hohenstein. „Wir freuen uns sehr, dass er seine Erfahrungen und Verbindungen im Bereich Testing, Inspection, Certification (TIC) nach Hohenstein bringt.“

Source:

Global Marketing & Sales Hohenstein

HeiQ Eco Dry footwear hangtag (c) HeiQ
12.06.2019

HeiQ: Eco Dry for Footwear

Swiss textile innovator HeiQ launches a new fluorine-free product in their HeiQ Eco Dry product family for a full range of durable water repellence technologies, from apparel to footwear options. As one of the pioneers in this field, HeiQ is the go-to solution provider for many apparel brands that seek fluorine-free sustainable water repellent solutions. Used by over 50 brands worldwide today, HeiQ Eco Dry is a family of innovative, eco-friendly and PFC-free water repellent textile technologies.

After adding HeiQ DuPont™ ECO-LED to the range last year, recently HeiQ has further developed another technology targeting footwear materials. This new solution, HeiQ Eco Dry FW, is Oeko-Tex® conform and bluesign® pending, enables very high hydrophobic properties, and is suitable for wool, polyamide and their blends. It does not compromise on breathability and is fluorine-free. For leather on footwear, HeiQ DuPont™ ECO-LED is recommended. With HeiQ Eco Dry, brands protect their products in a sustainable manner.

Swiss textile innovator HeiQ launches a new fluorine-free product in their HeiQ Eco Dry product family for a full range of durable water repellence technologies, from apparel to footwear options. As one of the pioneers in this field, HeiQ is the go-to solution provider for many apparel brands that seek fluorine-free sustainable water repellent solutions. Used by over 50 brands worldwide today, HeiQ Eco Dry is a family of innovative, eco-friendly and PFC-free water repellent textile technologies.

After adding HeiQ DuPont™ ECO-LED to the range last year, recently HeiQ has further developed another technology targeting footwear materials. This new solution, HeiQ Eco Dry FW, is Oeko-Tex® conform and bluesign® pending, enables very high hydrophobic properties, and is suitable for wool, polyamide and their blends. It does not compromise on breathability and is fluorine-free. For leather on footwear, HeiQ DuPont™ ECO-LED is recommended. With HeiQ Eco Dry, brands protect their products in a sustainable manner.

“Summer just started. And in many countries it also means the start of rainy season!”, says Hoi Kwan Lam, Chief Marketing Officer at HeiQ. “We work with over 150 brands all over the world on a daily basis and what we see is the unstoppable growth in their craving for innovative, sustainable and effective solutions.” continues Lam. “Our ecological solutions allow brands to send a positive message and maintain a sustainable image. Today, 58% of consumers that are willing to pay more make their purchase decisions based on a brand’s environmental commitment*. We are happy for such a trend and it also means business opportunities for all”.

More information:
HeiQ
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HeiQ

ROICA™ Premium Stretch Innovations  for the Modern Wardrobe (c) ROICA
AEANCE outfit made with MITI Spa fabric containing ROICA™ EF
27.02.2019

ROICA™ Premium Stretch Innovations for the Modern Wardrobe

ROICA™ discloses five key and influencing brands with unique outfits already available in the market, that demonstrate how ROICA™ is able to deliver and transform basic performant stretch in eco hi-tech valuable innovations interpreted in five, completely different, contemporary lifestyles!

Inspired by the need for style-conscious, sustainable garments that are versatile for every life situation, AEANCE was created as a brand that merges ready-to-wear with technical apparel. The brand`s values are timeless minimalism, substance and understated luxury. Less, but better. AEANCE is committed to creating garments with the least possible impact on the environment and has set up a supply chain focusing on eco-sustainability and ethical responsibility. The Women`s Light Padded Jacket of the look selected for ISPO is the result of a collaboration with the acclaimed industrial designer Konstantin Grcic.

ROICA™ discloses five key and influencing brands with unique outfits already available in the market, that demonstrate how ROICA™ is able to deliver and transform basic performant stretch in eco hi-tech valuable innovations interpreted in five, completely different, contemporary lifestyles!

Inspired by the need for style-conscious, sustainable garments that are versatile for every life situation, AEANCE was created as a brand that merges ready-to-wear with technical apparel. The brand`s values are timeless minimalism, substance and understated luxury. Less, but better. AEANCE is committed to creating garments with the least possible impact on the environment and has set up a supply chain focusing on eco-sustainability and ethical responsibility. The Women`s Light Padded Jacket of the look selected for ISPO is the result of a collaboration with the acclaimed industrial designer Konstantin Grcic.

Knowing the transformative power of fitness, DAQUÏNI® was founded in 2012 to help women bridge the gap between how they feel and how they think they look when they are working out. Each DAQUÏNI® item is made in the E.U. from highest quality Oeko-Tex® certified materials. The brand’s first choice in fabrics is SOFILETA (founded in 1911) with its luxurious technical fabrics with ROICA™ V550 premium stretch awarded with Cradle-to-Cradle Innovation Institute’s GOLD LEVEL material health certificate.

The New York based brand Erin Snow creates chemically safe, circularly designed, socially fair luxury performance apparel. The Teri pant is Erin Snow's most innovative and highly anticipated pant to date. Teri is made from the finest bluesign® approved Schoeller 4-way stretch fabric containing ROICA™ V550 premium stretch sustainable fiber. The pant is insulated with PrimaLoft® Gold Luxe and repels water and dirt without PFCs, thanks to Schoeller's ecorepel® Bio finishing while giving maximum freedom of movement.

The SCOTT Racing Team, the Italian Mtb Pro Rider Team born in 1988, selected the high performance for active clothing identifying Rosti, SITIP and ROICA™ as strategic partners to ensure unique and performant biking outfit composed by tights and jacket. Made with the special BEHOT fabric by SITIP, constructed with active performance materials belonging to the ROICA Feel Good™ family, it not only insulates, but generates up to 2 degrees of heat as you workout as certified by CeRism, Outdoor Sport Research Centre at Verona University. Long life stretch, superior shape retention and best breathability thanks to the Blizzard by SITIP fabric that ensures thermal comfort and easy care to the users. A valuable choice that perfectly matches the performances of an experienced team of specialists.

SITA hits the European panorama for the first time at ISPO with ROICA™ few days after the official launch in US and Saudi Arabia on January 31st. Its high-tech debut collection for Spring 2019 provides women with an all-new luxury concept of timeless foundational apparel made in New York balancing concealed performance features and style to meet womens’everyday dynamic lifestyle. The newly-created made in Italy SITATECH™ fabric includes permanent agents that neutralize odor, withstand machine wash, and exhibit superior quality. The intricately designed fabric takes on instant appeal with nanotechnology fibers and ROICA™ CF, a yarn with an active smart odor neutralizer property, then knitted in Italy by Maglificio Ripa.

(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.

More information:
Sanitized AG
Source:

PR-Büro Heinhöfer

03.01.2019

OEKO-TEX® Neuregelungen 2019

OEKO-TEX® deckt die neue „REACH Anhang XVII CMR Gesetzgebung“ bereits ab

Im STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® und LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® wurden unter anderem die Substanz Benzol sowie vier Amin-Salze neu aufgenommen und mit Grenzwerten belegt. Auch die Substanz Quinolin, welche seit 2018 bereits unter Beobachtung von OEKO-TEX® stand, ist nun mit einem Grenzwert reglementiert. Im Zuge der „Vereinheitlichung“ der Grenzwertanforderungen gilt jetzt für nahezu alle Grenzwerte die Anforderung „<“.

Die Strategie von OEKO-TEX® besteht schon seit über 25 Jahren darin, nicht auf Gesetzgebungen zu warten, sondern im Sinne des Verbraucherschutzes proaktiv als Vorreiter tätig zu sein. Durch die Umsetzung der oben erwähnten Aktualisierungen deckt der STANDARD 100 und LEATHER STANDARD bereits jetzt die Anforderungen der neuen „REACH Anhang XVII CMR Gesetzgebung“ (Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1513) ab. Die Gesetzgebung wird für die darin behandelten 33 CMR Substanzen dagegen erst ab dem 01. November 2020 für Produkte verpflichtend. OEKO-TEX® ist also weit voraus und deckt darüber hinaus viele weitere Parameter im Sinne des Verbraucherschutzes ab.

OEKO-TEX® deckt die neue „REACH Anhang XVII CMR Gesetzgebung“ bereits ab

Im STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® und LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® wurden unter anderem die Substanz Benzol sowie vier Amin-Salze neu aufgenommen und mit Grenzwerten belegt. Auch die Substanz Quinolin, welche seit 2018 bereits unter Beobachtung von OEKO-TEX® stand, ist nun mit einem Grenzwert reglementiert. Im Zuge der „Vereinheitlichung“ der Grenzwertanforderungen gilt jetzt für nahezu alle Grenzwerte die Anforderung „<“.

Die Strategie von OEKO-TEX® besteht schon seit über 25 Jahren darin, nicht auf Gesetzgebungen zu warten, sondern im Sinne des Verbraucherschutzes proaktiv als Vorreiter tätig zu sein. Durch die Umsetzung der oben erwähnten Aktualisierungen deckt der STANDARD 100 und LEATHER STANDARD bereits jetzt die Anforderungen der neuen „REACH Anhang XVII CMR Gesetzgebung“ (Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1513) ab. Die Gesetzgebung wird für die darin behandelten 33 CMR Substanzen dagegen erst ab dem 01. November 2020 für Produkte verpflichtend. OEKO-TEX® ist also weit voraus und deckt darüber hinaus viele weitere Parameter im Sinne des Verbraucherschutzes ab.

More information:
Oeko-Tex OEKO-TEX®
Source:

OEKO-TEX® Gemeinschaft

Huntsman Textile Effects  (c)Huntsman Textile
UNIVADINE® E3-3D
07.09.2018

Huntsman Textile Effects introduces UNIVADINE® E3-3D

  • Huntsman Textile effects redefines dyeing of polyester including microfiber and blends with UNIVADINE® E3-3D diffusion accelerant
  • Eco-friendly diffusion accelerant provides reproducible, high-speed polyester dyeing

Singapore – Huntsman Textile Effects introduces UNIVADINE® E3-3D next-generation diffusion accelerant to help mills achieve high-performance dyeing of polyester, microfibers and blends in an environment-friendly way that complies with current and anticipated industry sustainability standards.

The demand for polyester and man-made fibers is booming as sports and athleisure apparel markets expand rapidly around the world. At the same time, big-name brands that set trends in the sector continue to increase focus on sustainability and performance. As such, this is putting pressure on mills since the current industry standard involves chemically active diffusion accelerants that contain unwanted chemicals and require additional leveling agents and anti-foaming products that may be hazardous to people and the environment.

  • Huntsman Textile effects redefines dyeing of polyester including microfiber and blends with UNIVADINE® E3-3D diffusion accelerant
  • Eco-friendly diffusion accelerant provides reproducible, high-speed polyester dyeing

Singapore – Huntsman Textile Effects introduces UNIVADINE® E3-3D next-generation diffusion accelerant to help mills achieve high-performance dyeing of polyester, microfibers and blends in an environment-friendly way that complies with current and anticipated industry sustainability standards.

The demand for polyester and man-made fibers is booming as sports and athleisure apparel markets expand rapidly around the world. At the same time, big-name brands that set trends in the sector continue to increase focus on sustainability and performance. As such, this is putting pressure on mills since the current industry standard involves chemically active diffusion accelerants that contain unwanted chemicals and require additional leveling agents and anti-foaming products that may be hazardous to people and the environment.

Developed by Huntsman Textile Effects specifically to meet these challenges, UNIVADINE® E3-3D diffusion accelerant is low-odor, free of benzyl benzoate and other hazardous substances. Part of Huntsman’s range of innovative dyEvolution™ dyeing auxiliaries, it uses Huntsman’s Active Diffusion Technology to enable high-speed dyeing with best-in-class leveling, retarding and migration properties.

“UNIVADINE® E3-3D diffusion accelerant delivers across three key dimensions – diffusion, leveling and migration – for exceptional performance and environmental and economic sustainability. Its environmental credentials offer mills greater processing flexibility and an optimum price-performance ratio,” said Kerim Oner, Global Marketing Manager for Dyeing Auxiliaries at Huntsman Textile Effects. “We expect this latest offering to change the way that the industry dyes polyester and blends while meeting stringent environmental standards.”

UNIVADINE® E3-3D diffusion accelerant has a high affinity to polyester, causing the fiber to swell and increasing the diffusion of the disperse dye, even at lower temperatures. Multiple leveling mechanisms then slow down the exhaustion rate to ensure safe, defect-free dyeing. Finally, as the dye bath heats up, the product’s strong support for disperse dye migration ensures the dye molecules are evenly absorbed.

As a result of this cutting-edge diffusion technology, UNIVADINE® E3-3D diffusion accelerant can be used to successfully dye polyester fibers in tightly wound or high-density yarn/beam dyeing and is suitable for jet applications without the need for anti-foaming products. Reducing exposure to high heat, its Active Diffusion Technology minimizes the potential to damage the elastane in polyester-elastane blends and provides for on-tone dyeing of microfibers. The superior migration support of UNIVADINE® E3-3D diffusion accelerant also increases reproducibility, allowing mills to dispense with additional leveling agents. Polyester, microfibers and blends treated with UNIVADINE® E3-3D diffusion accelerant comply with the requirements of bluesign®, in addition to being suitable for Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® and an approved input dyeing auxiliary chemical for GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified textile products*.

Source:

Huntsman Textile Effects

27.07.2018

ZDHC erkennt ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® als LEVEL-3-Indikator für ZDHC MRSL-Konformität an

Die ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) Initiative hat im Rahmen ihrer Roadmap To Zero die ECO PASSPORT Zertifizierung als LEVEL-3-Indikator für ihre MRSL-Konformität anerkannt. Die Liste mit ausgeschlossenen und reglementierten Substanzen für die Herstellung von Textilien (MRSL) der ZDHC wird in Verbindung mit dem ZDHC-Gateway – Modul Chemikalien implementiert.

ZDHC MRSL-Konformität LEVEL 3 – die höchste Stufe im aktuellen ZDHC-Programm – gibt an, dass nach ECO PASSPORT zertifizierte chemische Substanzen die ZDHC-Richtlinien für eine sichere Textilchemie erfüllen und zudem nachweislich verantwortungsvoll hergestellt wurden. Die MRSL der ZDHC umfasst chemische Substanzen, deren beabsichtigter Einsatz bei der Herstellung von Bekleidungs- und Schuhmaterialien sowie Zierteilen zum Schutz von Arbeitern, Verbrauchern und der Umwelt begrenzt oder verboten ist.

Die ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) Initiative hat im Rahmen ihrer Roadmap To Zero die ECO PASSPORT Zertifizierung als LEVEL-3-Indikator für ihre MRSL-Konformität anerkannt. Die Liste mit ausgeschlossenen und reglementierten Substanzen für die Herstellung von Textilien (MRSL) der ZDHC wird in Verbindung mit dem ZDHC-Gateway – Modul Chemikalien implementiert.

ZDHC MRSL-Konformität LEVEL 3 – die höchste Stufe im aktuellen ZDHC-Programm – gibt an, dass nach ECO PASSPORT zertifizierte chemische Substanzen die ZDHC-Richtlinien für eine sichere Textilchemie erfüllen und zudem nachweislich verantwortungsvoll hergestellt wurden. Die MRSL der ZDHC umfasst chemische Substanzen, deren beabsichtigter Einsatz bei der Herstellung von Bekleidungs- und Schuhmaterialien sowie Zierteilen zum Schutz von Arbeitern, Verbrauchern und der Umwelt begrenzt oder verboten ist.

„OEKO-TEX® arbeitet seit 25 Jahren mit der Bekleidungs- und Schuhindustrie daran, die globale Lieferkette von Schadstoffen zu befreien. ECO PASSPORT ist ein wichtiger Teil dieser Arbeit und zielt proaktiv auf unerwünschte Chemikalien ab, noch bevor sie in die Lieferkette gelangen“, sagt John Frazier, Sr. Technical Director für OEKO-TEX® in Nordamerika. „ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® ist für die spezifischen Herausforderungen konzipiert, denen Chemikalienhersteller bei ihren Bemühungen, die Vorgaben von Nachhaltigkeitsinitiativen einzuhalten und gleichzeitig die Vertraulichkeit ihrer Formulierungen zu wahren, gegenüberstehen. Durch die Anerkennung als LEVEL-3-Indikator ist es ECO PASSPORT zertifizierten Lieferanten möglich, die strengsten ZDHC-Anforderungen einzuhalten und gleichzeitig ihr geistiges Eigentum zu schützen.“

Im Rahmen der ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® Zertifizierung werden eine Vielzahl von Chemikalien, darunter Farbmittel, Mittel zum Abkochen, Klebstoffe, Tinten, Pigmente und Hilfsstoffe in einem vertraulichen, dreistufigen Prozess analysiert, der bestätigt, dass die Formulierungen und einzelnen Inhaltsstoffe (Chemikalien mit CAS-Nummer) bestimmte Kriterien im Hinblick auf Nachhaltigkeit, Sicherheit und die Einhaltung gesetzlicher Bestimmungen erfüllen. Chemische Formulierungen werden mit der umfangreichen OEKO-TEX® Liste besorgniserregender Substanzen abgeglichen und anschließend durch Laboruntersuchungen verifiziert, dass sie keine schädlichen Verunreinigungen enthalten. Die nachhaltige Produktion wird durch Unternehmensbesuche bei den Firmen vor Ort verifiziert, bei denen die Arbeitsschutzmaßnahmen des Herstellers, die Maßnahmen zum Wasser- und Luftschutz und die Qualitätskontrolle gemäß der STeP by OEKO-TEX® Richtlinien für nachhaltige Betriebsstätten unter die Lupe genommen werden. Formulierungen, die nach ECO PASSPORT zertifiziert sind, können im ZDHC Gateway – Modul Chemikalien und im OEKO-TEX® Einkaufsführer gelistet werden, so dass Hersteller von Bekleidung und Schuhen, die auf der Suche nach nachhaltigen Chemikalien sind, sie leicht identifizieren können.

„Nachhaltige Bekleidung und Schuhe muss mit einem umweltfreundlichen, „grünen“ Einsatz von Chemikalien beginnen“, so Frazier. „Wir freuen uns, dass die ZDHC die ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® Zertifizierung jetzt als Indikator für eine vertrauenswürdige, umfassende Produktverantwortung für Chemieprodukte anerkannt hat, die erforderlich ist, um die Auswirkungen der Industrie auf Arbeiter, Verbraucher und Umwelt wirklich zu reduzieren“.

More information:
Eco Passport ZDHC
Source:

OEKO-TEX® Service GmbH

03.05.2018

Vertrauen aufbauen

  • Wie baut man Vertrauen bei vielbeschäftigten, nachhaltigkeitsbewussten Verbrauchern auf?

Im Zeitalter von „Fake News“ und „Greenwashing“ ist es nicht überraschend, dass laut „The Key To Confidence: Verbraucher und textile Nachhaltigkeit – Denkweisen, Verhaltensweisen und Ausblicke“ 64 % der Verbraucher, die Ökotextilien kennen, angaben, dass sie zumindest manchmal überprüfen, ob die Aussagen zur Nachhaltigkeit der Wahrheit entsprechen. Dieser Anteil lag bei den Millennials sogar bei 69 % bzw. 74 % bei Eltern kleiner Kinder, die an der weltweiten OEKO-TEX® Studie teilgenommen haben(1). Kombiniert man diese Skepsis mit Zeitmangel, lässt sich leicht erahnen, wie Markenunternehmen, Zertifizierer und Einzelhändler zusammenarbeiten können, um einen verlässlichen und schnellen Weg zu mehr Vertrauen für diese vielbeschäftigten Verbraucher zu bereiten.

  • Wie baut man Vertrauen bei vielbeschäftigten, nachhaltigkeitsbewussten Verbrauchern auf?

Im Zeitalter von „Fake News“ und „Greenwashing“ ist es nicht überraschend, dass laut „The Key To Confidence: Verbraucher und textile Nachhaltigkeit – Denkweisen, Verhaltensweisen und Ausblicke“ 64 % der Verbraucher, die Ökotextilien kennen, angaben, dass sie zumindest manchmal überprüfen, ob die Aussagen zur Nachhaltigkeit der Wahrheit entsprechen. Dieser Anteil lag bei den Millennials sogar bei 69 % bzw. 74 % bei Eltern kleiner Kinder, die an der weltweiten OEKO-TEX® Studie teilgenommen haben(1). Kombiniert man diese Skepsis mit Zeitmangel, lässt sich leicht erahnen, wie Markenunternehmen, Zertifizierer und Einzelhändler zusammenarbeiten können, um einen verlässlichen und schnellen Weg zu mehr Vertrauen für diese vielbeschäftigten Verbraucher zu bereiten.

Um es beim Shopping leichter zu haben, entscheiden sich viele nachhaltigkeitsbewusste Verbraucher bereits im Voraus dafür ihre „Hausaufgaben“ zu machen. Auf diese Weise stellen sie für sich ein Markenpaket bzw. eine Sammlung von Marken zusammen, die sich mit ihren Wertvorstellungen decken. Diese Auswahl an gewünschten Marken kann sowohl Marken aus den Bereichen Bekleidung und Heimtextilien als auch Handelsmarken und Zertifizierungssysteme umfassen. 42 Prozent der Verbraucher in der Studie gaben an, dass sie die Werte und Prinzipien der von ihnen gekauften Marken kennen möchten, 34 Prozent möchten über die Nachhaltigkeitspraktiken einer Marke Bescheid wissen und 38 Prozent möchten wissen, welche kleinen Schritte Marken bereits unternommen haben, um nachhaltiger zu sein – auch wenn sie nicht vollständig „grün“ sind.

Wo bekommen Verbraucher vorab solche Informationen zur Nachhaltigkeit von Marken und Einzelhändlern? Hier spielt das Alter eine Rolle. Laut der OEKO-TEX® Studie war für Millennials das Internet die wichtigste Informationsquelle. 69 % dieser 18-36-jährigen verließen sich darauf. Der Anteil bei den Babyboomern lag im Vergleich dazu bei 55 %. Auch soziale Medien liegen mit 55 % bei den Millennials im Trend. Bei den Babyboomern macht dieser Anteil nur 25 % aus. Drei Viertel (74 %) der Babyboomer bevorzugen hingegen Mainstream-Medien als Informationsquelle.

Im Geschäft und am Produkt – dies sind im Verkauf die zwei wichtigsten Gelegenheiten zur Information und Beeinflussung der Verbraucher. Mehr als die Hälfte (52 %) der befragten Verbraucher gaben in der Studie „The Key To Confidence“ an, dass sie Textilien auf ein Label einer unabhängigen Organisation überprüfen, welche die Richtigkeit der Angaben verifiziert. Mehr als die Hälfte (49 %) schauen sich die Informationen zur Faserzusammensetzung auf den Etiketten an, um festzustellen, welche Art von Stoff verwendet wurde. 41 Prozent beurteilen ein Textilprodukt anhand des Herstellungsorts.

Diese Erkenntnisse bestätigen eindeutig, dass das Engagement einer Marke oder eines Händlers für ökologische und soziale Verantwortung über einen multimedialen Ansatz kommuniziert werden sollte. Zunächst interessieren sich die Konsumenten dafür, was Marken selbst auf ihren Websites, in der Werbung und in sozialen Medien kommunizieren. Darüber hinaus schätzen die Verbraucher aber auch die Bewertung durch Dritte, z.B. anhand von Zertifizierungen und Labels von vertrauenswürdigen Organisationen. Schließlich können Informationen, die direkt beim Einkaufs verfügbar sind, wie z. B. Infotafeln, Hang-Tags und Verpackungen, Produktlabels, ausführliche Online-Produktbeschreibungen sowie ein gut informiertes Verkaufspersonal, ein sehr effektives Mittel sein, um den Käufern relevante Informationen zur Nachhaltigkeit von Textilien bereitzustellen.

Verbraucher lernen schnell und man kann ihnen das Thema „textile Nachhaltigkeit“ leicht vermitteln. Sie suchen nach Informationen, die ihnen helfen, das Richtige zu tun. Sie verlassen sich darauf, dass Marken, Zertifizierungsorganisationen und Einzelhändler einen Teil der Arbeit für sie übernehmen, um die Suche nach und den Kauf von nachhaltigen Produkten zu einem positiven, zeiteffizienten Prozess mit Wohlfühlcharakter zu machen. Ein Millennial äußerte in der Studie „The Key To Confidence“ beispielsweise: „Die Welt steuert aufgrund der globalen Erderwärmung und des Klimawandels in ihr Verderben. Wir müssen deshalb alles erdenklich Mögliche tun, um die Umwelt zu schützen. Das bedeutet, nachhaltige Produkte zu kaufen, die Industrie dabei zu unterstützen, umweltfreundliche Produkte herzustellen, und an die Arbeiter in den Produktionsbetrieben zu denken.“

Marken, Zertifizierer und Einzelhändler, die zusammenarbeiten, um glaubwürdige Informationen und verlässliche Orientierung zu liefern, machen es vielbeschäftigten Verbrauchern leichter, das Richtige zu tun. Sie können einen weiteren kleinen Beitrag zu einem nachhaltigeren Lebensstil leisten und es ermöglichen, dass die Verbraucher mehr Einkäufe tätigen, ohne dass sie sich Gedanken über die Auswirkungen auf die Umwelt oder die Gesellschaft machen müssen. Und das sind die Faktoren, die es erlauben, Vertrauen und Loyalität bei den skeptischen, nachhaltigkeitsbewussten Verbrauchern von heute schaffen.

(1) „The Key To Confidence: Verbraucher und textile Nachhaltigkeit – Denkweisen, neue Verhaltensweisen und Ausblicke“, OEKO-TEX® und Anerca, 2017.

 

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OEKO-TEX® Service GmbH