eco indicator

Unprecedented Arctic ozone loss in 2011

Chemical ozone destruction occurs over both polar regions in local winter–spring. In the Antarctic, essentially complete removal of lower-stratospheric ozone currently results in an ozone hole every year, whereas in the Arctic, ozone loss is highly variable and has until now been much more limited. Here we demonstrate that chemical ozone destruction over the Arctic in early 2011 was – for...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

Henri Lloyd eyes global eco network

Marine apparel brand Henri-Lloyd has unveiled a new company environmental policy which it hopes to extend to cover its entire global network of suppliers and...

Read More

Year of Natural Fibres

Year of Natural Fibres

Since the 1960s, the use of synthetic fibers has increased dramatically,  causing the natural fiber industry to lose much of its market share. In December 2006, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2009 the International Year of Natural Fibres (IYNF); a year-long initiative focused on raising global awareness about natural fibers with specific focus on increasing market demand to help...

Read More

Dow Corning sustainability

Dow Corning sustainability

What does sustainability mean for Dow Corning? It means working with our customers to develop materials and solutions that help address some of the most pressing needs of our society. It means acting responsibly in our own operations to protect our environment and our people. It means partnering with communities to help foster a quality of life for today and for future generations. The journey...

Read More

Natural fibre industries

Natural fibre industries

Natural fibre industries employ millions of people 
and contribute to a greener planet. The International Year of Natural Fibres will be officially launched on 22 January 2009, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome. Objectives raise awareness and stimulate demand for natural fibres; promote the efficiency and sustainability of the...

Read More

HOME: act for the planet.

HOME: act for the planet.

We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate. The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being. For this...

Read More

Earth Day 2010

Earth Day 2010

On April 22, 1970, some 20 million people across USA rallied to protest the state of the planet.  This first Earth Day was, as American Heritage Magazine said, “one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy.”  Earth Day was a spontaneous response  at the grassroots level  which spurred Congress to create America’s core environmental protection laws, and continues to...

Read More

PUMA’s Carbon Neutral Plans

PUMA’s Carbon Neutral Plans

Sportswear giant Puma has embarked on the next phase of its ambitious long-term sustainability program with the launch of a new environmentally friendly packaging and distribution system. Designed by industrial designer Yves Behar, the ‘Clever Little Bag’ is a re-usable shoe bag that protects each pair of shoes from damage from the point it leaves the factory until the consumer takes it...

Read More

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

Textiles production and processing that is use of intensive chemical applications during the fibre production like in viscose and wet processing such as use of bleaching agents and other harmful chemicals along with dyes.  Associated social and environmental concerns growing towards increasing industrial Pollution, industrial waste disposal problems, economic and social health of the farmers and...

Read More

Textile’s life cycle

Textile’s life cycle

Not all textiles are created equal. Some fabrics, such as polyester and nylon, which are petroleum-derived, are downright unsustainable. And although rayon is composed of wood pulp, its production is a polluting bad boy. Even ubiquitous cotton isn’t untouchable, as we’ll learn in detail in a post of its own. The Jan/Feb 2006 issue of Natural Home & Garden had this to say: The textile...

Read More

Sustainability of textiles

Sustainability of textiles

Sustainability of textiles refers to any method utilised to attempt to make the production of that textile more environmentally friendly. Textiles refer to any product that is made from fabric, and there are several stages involved in making fabric, and therefore there are many ways in which each stage can be altered to make the production of that textile more enviroinmentally friendly. I...

Read More