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Maldives Stock Exchange

Maldives Stock Exchange

The Maldives has today announced another milestone on its high profile journey towards becoming a low carbon economy, declaring that it is now home to the world’s first “carbon neutral” stock exchange. The Maldives Stock Exchange (MSE) announced that it had teamed up with UK-based CarbonNeutral Company to measure and offset its carbon emissions. The company said that it had...

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Nanoparticles in fabrics

Nanoparticles in fabrics

Nanotechnology has been discovered by the textile industry  – in fact, a new area has developed in the area of textile finishing called “Nanofinishing”.   Making fabric with nano-sized particles  creates many desirable properties in the fabrics without a significant increase in weight, thickness or stiffness, as was the case with previously used techniques.    Nanofinishing...

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“Dry water” and CO2

“Dry water” and CO2

An unusual substance known as “dry water,” which resembles powdered sugar, could provide a new way to absorb and store carbon dioxide, the major greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming, scientists reported here today at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. The powder shows bright promise for a number of other uses, they said. It may, for instance, be a...

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Textile and denim pollution

Textile and denim pollution

Textile pollution is getting some mainstream attention. CNN recently posted an article on its website about the pollution problems in China’s Pearl River delta. While the communist nation’s pollution woes have been highlighted in the media before, CNN’s piece goes a step further, specifically demonstrating how textile and denim dyeing is a major cause of the Pearl’s pollution. In the...

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Carbon Footprint

Carbon Footprint

Known as ‘the elephant in the room‘ the textile industry has a heavy impact on the environment. As current practices are unsustainable, companies, environmentalists, and consumers are looking at strategies for reducing the textile carbon footprint. According to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, industrial manufacturing accounted for 18.5 percent of carbon dioxide...

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BioCouture, Fashion Research Project

Imagine if we could grow clothing… BioCouture aims to address ecological and sustainability issues around fashion. The BioCouture research project is harnessing nature to propose a radical future fashion vision. We are investigating the use of bacterial-cellulose, grown in a laboratory, to produce clothing. Our ultimate goal is to literally grow a dress in a vat of...

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Climate change, carbon mitigation

Over the past few years, climate change issues have moved from the academic arena to front page headlines in mainstream newspapers worldwide. Promoted by weather events such as the European heat wave in 2003, Hurricane Katrina in the United States in 2005, or icebergs melting shots, climate change has itself moved up from public debates to the political agenda. “Climate change” or...

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The Story of Cap and Trade – Italiano

The Story of Cap and Trade Sottotitoli in italiano per il video THE STORY OF CAP AND...

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The Story of Cap & Trade

The Story of Cap &...

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Top companies report gas emissions

Petrobras, Ford Brasil, Walmart Brasil, and Whirlpool are some of the first companies to voluntarily measure and publicly report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions using the Brazil GHG Protocol Program, a project of the World Resources Institute (WRI). Findings suggest nearly 30 companies that took part in the program are responsible for approximately 20 percent of Brazil’s energy and...

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Flainox targets carbon emissions

Flainox is showing its new Universal NRG garment rotary dye extractor, for which it has calculated the full lifetime CO2 impact. It claims the user can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 29%, representing a saving of $1.6 million over the typical 15-year lifespan of the machine. The Italian company, in Hall W5, Stand C70, says the carbon footprint of the new machine has been investigated over its...

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Flainox launches Dyeing Machine

Flainox has conducted in 2009 the first product life cycle assessment from “cradle-to-grave” of all the green house gasses (GHG) contributing in turn to the global warming effect that are emitted during the entire life cycle of a Universal NRProtary dyeing machine. The Life Cycle Assessment has been performed by an independent consultant provider, Rexizon according to ISO 14044 and BSI...

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London spotlights eco and ethical fashion

London spotlights eco and ethical fashion

Two major eco-textile and ethical fashion events will join forces in London this autumn when the Ethical Fashion Source exhibition runs alongside the fourth international RITE Group conference on sustainable textiles. Leading speakers include Baroness Lola Young OBE, Forum for the Future, Marks & Spencer, DuPont, Huntsman, surf brand Finisterre, plus five breakout sessions on textile...

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Code for sustainable business

Major EU retailers, including Tesco, Ikea, C&A, Marks and Spencer and Carrefour, have signed up to a voluntary code of conduct seeking to reduce their environmental footprint on issues ranging from energy use to sustainable sourcing of raw materials. With the launch yesterday (24th June) of the ‘code for environmentally sustainable business‘, leading retailers have committed to a set...

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Polartec and Repreve put bottles to use

Polartec, a leading manufacturer of technical, high-performance fabrics, is partnering with Unifi to introduce fabrics made with Repreve 100 — a recycled fiber made with 100% clear plastic water bottles. When you look at post-consumer waste, the numbers are staggering. More than 21 billion plastic bottles enter landfills every year. Happily, Polartec and Repreve 100 can now help consumers...

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Supply chains for Australian cotton

Environmental issues and corporate and social responsibility will be key themes at this year’s Australian Cotton Conference, which takes place from 10-12 August at the Gold Coast Conference & Exhibition Centre, Queensland. With more than 95% of raw Australian cotton exported, one of the key challenges involved in branding “Australia” to the textile and retail sector involves supply...

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Textiles and water use

Textiles and water use

Water.  Our lives depend on it.  It’s so plentiful that the Earth is sometimes called the blue planet – but freshwater is a remarkably finite resource that is not evenly distributed everywhere or to everyone.  The number of people on our planet is growing fast, and our water use is growing even faster.  About 1 billion people lack access to potable water, and about 5 million people die...

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Organic cotton more profitable

Greenpeace has launched a new report which says that farming organic cotton in India is more profitable than growing genetically engineered varieties of cotton because of the higher input costs of GM and a greater potential for debt accumulation. Greenpeace says this difference is magnified during periods of drought. In its report titled “Picking Cotton – The choice between organic and...

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Fossil Fuel CO2 and Volcanic CO2

Fossil Fuel CO2 and Volcanic CO2

We have all seen lots of pictures of the Eyjafjallajokull eruption now, with steam and ash billowing up in the air. The eruption started one month ago, and as the Guardian reports, The eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano is unlikely to have any significant impact on climate but has caused a small fall in carbon emissions, experts say. The Guardian editors seem to have forgotten that the...

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The Sustainability Learning Curve

A recent American Apparel Producers Network (AAPN) meeting in Miami Beach drew strong attendance and even stronger interaction. Why? Well, this group has never had a problem getting people talking, but with sustainability in the apparel supply chain as the main topic, they weren’t just talking. There was a real effort among fiber producers, spinners, knitters, weavers, dyers,...

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