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New Eco Textile Labelling Guide


Eco-Textile Labelling Guide

A new revised and updated version of the Eco Textile Labelling Guide is recently appeared. The handbook, edited by John Mowbray and supported by Messe Frankfurt, offers a comprehensive overview of textile certification and standards and of seals of quality for sustainably produced textiles.

The updated version of the Eco Textile Labelling Guide is the comprehensive compendium of all main international eco-standards, certifications and seals for sustainably produced textiles. This reference work, of some 100 pages, provides textile and clothing manufacturers, designers, product managers, buyers and dealers with information on voluntary and compulsory standards applicable to the textile industry across the whole supply chain. Along with environmental standards, the book deals with social criteria and certificates such as Fairtrade, Fair Labor Association and SA8000. In its new edition the Labelling Guide has also been expanded to include information on water standards, energy efficiency, waste disposal and biological degradability.

The editor of the Guide is John Mowbray, who is also in charge of Ecotextile News, the textile magazine. The Eco Textile Labelling Guide 2014 costs GPB 29.00 plus postage and can be ordered online at www.mowbray.uk.com.

Jana Kern


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The winning project ‘un Tragbar – un Carrieble’ of the 2014 ‘Young Creations Award: Upcycling’.

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New location, new website and new way for the trends of Heimtextil: “Theme Park” under the heading “Experience”

key-image-bart-web2-1020x600_finalCentral themes in a central location: the new ‘Theme Park’ with a variety of design and future-oriented themes will be staged in Hall 4.0 at the next Heimtextil. This means the Trend Show will move from Forum 0 to the middle of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre. Account is being taken not only of the retail trade and marketing but also disciplines such as research, development, design and product application. Even at this early stage, the contents of the new event highlight of the trade fair for home and contract textiles are beginning to emerge. >>>


Impetus for Heimtextil: more registrations than at this time last year


Heimtextil will offer a lot to discover in 2015, too.

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What makes a trend a trend?

Anne Marie Commandeur, Stijlinstitut Amsterdam

Anne Marie Commandeur, Stijlinstitut Amsterdam

The Heimtextil Trendtable involves trend agencies from all over the world: Germany, Japan, France, UK, USA and the Netherlands. We have spoken with Anne Marie Commandeur from Stijlinstituut Amsterdam. She assumes the planning of Heimtextil’s Theme Park, the new trend and inspiration forum. >>>


Enormous growth forecast for fibres from sustainable production


Will certified fibres account for a quarter of the world’s production in 2020? Photo: Remei AG

There are fewer and fewer resources available to us for manufacturing an ever increasing number of consumer goods. This development affects the textile industry just as much as other branches of industry. It is a development on a worldwide scale as globalisation means that more and more people are experiencing an improvement in socio-economic terms that is also reflected in ever more demanding consumer habits. In the textile industry, this dynamic has coincided with the reconstruction of the industry, taking it away from the traditional seasonal rhythms and in the direction of collection upon collection being produced throughout the year.  In 2011 the Indian business newspaper The Economic Times was already asking the question ‘Are we at Peak Cotton?’ with reference to the macro-economic scenario that says that all essential resources in our society are moving inevitably towards their production peak, or indeed have already gone beyond it. Although the Bremen Cotton Exchange does not mention a peak in its last annual report, it does, however, envisage tremendous challenges facing the manufacturers of natural fibres. An overview of the current market trends … >>>


Guidelines reloaded: Updates to major textile standards


Seals and their struggle for credibility and feasibility

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