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Keeping clean with light

Exposure to light activates cleaning agent in fabric New research from UC Davis scientists reveals how useful a self-cleaning fabric – more specifically, cotton – can be for many professions. The fabric is able to fight off bacteria as a result of its production of hydrogen peroxide. “When we put the chemical on the fabric and then put it into the light, hydrogen peroxide is...

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Climate Change Trends

Climate Change Trends

Climate Change Trends: Carbon Emissions Giants Right now, 10 countries — including the U.S., China and Russia — are responsible for 80 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. The United States is the world’s second largest emitter (China ranks no. 1), sending around 5.8 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere a year. That’s the equivalent to a year’s...

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Using suppliers pouring toxic chemicals

Some of the world’s most famous clothing brands, including Nike, Adidas Puma, and H&M are using suppliers that pour toxic chemicals into China’s rivers, the environmental pressure group Greenpeace has claimed. In a year-long investigation, undercover activists collected water samples from discharge pipes at factories belonging to two of China’s largest textile manufacturers...

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Tintura in capo NRG Universal

Tintura in capo a basso impatto ambientale Grazie all’esperienza ormai consolidata nello studio di soluzioni a basso impatto ambientale Flainox ha elaborato la tecnologia per la tintura in capo di NRG Universal. Le emissioni equivalenti di gas a effetto serra della macchina rotativa-centrifugante per tintura capi confezionati, calzini, seamless e collants “NRP-Universal” sono state...

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Textile Exchange adds ‘Detox’ workshop

Barcelona – Textile Exchange has added an additional workshop session to this year’s Sustainable Textiles Conference, which takes place in Barcelona, Spain, immediately prior to the ITMA exhibition. Ecotextile News Source:...

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Threats to Oceans and Reefs

Threats to Oceans and Reefs

A new report on the state of the world’s oceans is gaining considerable attention this week. The report by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature warns that combined threats to oceans are creating conditions where there is “a high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human...

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Blue Carbon Certification

Blue Carbon Certification

Flainox s.r.l. has completed the environmental certification on the emission of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases. The study commissioned to REXIZON was conducted in January 2011. It has been calculated the carbon foot print (total absolute emissions) of CO ₂ and GHG produced by the company in 2008, 2009 and 2010 according to ISO 14064-1 and 2 / 2006 and (PAS) 2050:2008. They were...

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Sustainable Textile Industry

Sustainable Textile Industry

Sustainable Textile Industry Measure, Mitigation and Management of the Carbon  Footprint of product, machinery and dyeing process for energy-saving and effluent-reducing. Carbon Footprint The Carbon Footprint is a measure of the relative global amount of carbon dioxide (CO2 in Kgs or tonnes) and other greenhouse gases emitted by a human activity or accumulated over the full life cycle of a...

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Africa’s cotton and textile

Africa’s cotton and textile

The outlook is bright for Africa’s cotton, textile and apparel sector. The industry is undergoing a renaissance fueled by a global demand for cotton, diversification of sourcing and manufacturing locations around the world and an African middle class that is stimulating demand for African-made apparel. To capitalize on these trends, USAID East Africa’s Competitiveness and Trade Expansion...

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Ongoing climate change

Ongoing climate change following a complete cessation of carbon dioxide emissions A threat of irreversible damage should prompt action to mitigate climate change, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which serves as a basis for international climate policy. CO2-induced climate change is known to be largely irreversible on timescales of many centuries1, as...

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Green fund approved in Cancun

A UN climate conference on Saturday approved a deal to create a ‘green’ fund for developing countries and to take other small steps to address global warming, over heated objections from Bolivia that the pact doesn’t go far enough. The agreement in Cancun went a long way to restoring faith in the unwieldy UN process after the letdown a year ago at a much-anticipated summit in...

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EUR 500 million loan for Climate Change

China: EUR 500 million loan for Climate Change mitigation projects The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a EUR 500 million loan to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for projects supporting climate change mitigation. The Climate Change Framework Loan II (CCFLII) was signed by Mrs. Magdalena Álvarez Arza, Vice-President of the EIB and by Vice-Minister of Finance Li Yong, in Beijing...

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China says…

China says it is world’s top greenhouse gas emitter China acknowledged on Tuesday it is the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases stoking global warming, confirming what scientists have said for years but defending its right to keep growing emissions. BEIJING (Reuters) - China acknowledged on Tuesday it is the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases stoking global...

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Turning down the Earth’s temperature

Turning down the Earth’s temperature won’t be fast, simple or inexpensive In case you haven’t heard, the Earth is getting hotter, and most scientists blame mankind. The average global temperature has risen 1.3 degrees in the last century, and the future might be quite a bit warmer. As international climate negotiators convene in Cancun, Mexico, this week, the Intergovernmental...

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From waste to worth

Recycling programs divert post-industrial and post-consumer waste from landfills and turn them into valuable feedstock for new textile products. Consumer awareness of the importance of environmental stewardship has led to increased demand for products manufactured with minimal impact on the world’s well-being. And the demand for textiles that have a “green” pedigree has grown...

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Organic Exchange to “Textile Exchange”

Memo from leading brands/retailers/manufacturers to the global textile industry: Becoming more sustainable is not an option but a necessity. P.S. – Let’s work together to clean up our act and save money as a result! Such was the message from the record 347 representatives of the global retail value chain from 32 countries around the world attending last week’s Sustainable Textiles...

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Dry water to combat global warming

The substance resembles powdered sugar and could revolutionise the way chemicals are used. Each particle of dry water contains a water droplet surrounded by a sandy silica coating. In fact, 95 per cent of dry water is ”wet” water. Scientists believe dry water could be used to combat global warming by soaking up and trapping the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. Tests show that it is more...

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China’s Green Goal

China’s Green Goal

China is expected to achieve its target of a 20-percent cut in energy use per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) in the five years to 2010 as planned, Said Mr. Li Yizhong, China’s Minister of Industry and Information Technology. With efforts in the fourth quarter, the energy efficiency goal for the 11th Five-Year (2006-2010) period would be met. Li also forecast energy consumption per...

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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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