Sustainable fashion has recently been thrust into the spotlight with the media reporting on sustainability across various industries. Companies are being forced to reconsider everything from raw materials to production and labour practices. The fashion industry is moving towards the reusing and recycling of fashion items as opposed to utilizing more and more resources. Mindsets are shifting towards sustainable materials and labour practices. Governments around the world are rethinking how products, including clothing, are made and disposed of. The EU, for example, has ambitious plans for collecting used textiles and ensuring that products are easier to reuse, repair and recycle. What is Sustainable Fashion? Sustainable fashion is a movement and process of fostering change to fashion products and the fashion system. There is a shift toward greater environmental integrity and social justice. Sustainable fashion involves more than tackling textiles or products solely, it involves addressing the system of fashion
Open to those who are working in the industry aged 35 years and younger, the Young Professionals Programme provides the rare opportunity to gain an insider's view of the global industry. We match each Young Professional with a senior member of the wool textile trade and offer many opportunities for networking and socializing. IWTO has been pleased to be able to welcome more than 100 Young Professionals since the programme's inception in 2012. Applications for 2021 will open toward the end of 2020.
HRH The Prince of Wales Sends a Message to the Wool Industry This message from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Patron of The Campaign for Wool, was sent to the Chairman Nicholas Coleridge for distribution to all Campaign supporters across the world.
Both untreated wool and machine-washable wool biodegrade to a high degree, new research shows. What happens to textile fibres once they enter freshwater systems and the sea? It's a question that received scant attention until the recent rise of concern over microfibres. A substantial body of research firmly establishes how wool biodegrades on land, but far less was understood of its behaviour in the aquatic environment – until now. Findings released by New Zealand research institute AgResearch now reveal the biodegradation rates of various textile fibres in the marine environment. The research, led by Dr Stewart Collie, followed the path of the fibres released by domestic laundry processes, examining how the breakdown process occurs. Key Findings Both untreated wool and machine-washable wool biodegrade readily in the marine environment, as does the cellulose-based viscose rayon. Synthetic fibres showed little or no biodegradation. Machine-washable wool biodegraded even faster than untreated wool.
Is a renaissance for strong wool on the way? Renewed efforts to revitalise New Zealand’s strong wool sector provided a key focus at the 2019 IWTO Wool Round Table. Welcomed by the National Council of New Zealand Wool Interests, 76 delegates from the industry attended the event, held in Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island on 2-3 December 2019. Hon Damien O’Connor, New Zealand’s agriculture minister, urged leaders of the national strong wool supply chain to work together towards innovation and promtion. New Zealand’s fine Merino wool was considered a sunset industry two decades ago, he said, but have since then seen a renaissance with top brands singing multi-year contracts with Merino wool farmers. New Zealand represents 10% of global wool production. With 27 million sheep, it is the world’s third largest producer of wool and largest producer of strong wool. Some 92% of New Zealand’s clip is strong
IWTO Goes Digital - Join us online 20-23 May The annual IWTO Congress is a highlight of the global wool textile industry calendar. Like many events in 2020, the Congress has been challenged by the spread of covid-19. In April, the Executive Committee approved a digital format for 2020 with a programme of the offerings taking place 20-23 May. Congress 2020 - All Sessions Are Free of Charge and Accessible Online Working Groups: Join the Working Group Meetings by teleconference, as per the dates and times in the programme. Dial-in instructions and Agendas have been circulated to the registered members of each group. Final Agendas and Papers will be available on the Member Area > My Profile > Groups, one week before the meeting. If you wish to join and have not received instructions, contact Dalena White. Contacts & Specifications Committee: Join the C&S Committee Meetings by teleconference, as per the dates
First standardized guidelines measuring plastic pollution published by the Plastic Leak Project Leading sustainability consulting group Quantis and ecodesign center EA, in partnership with 35 member organizations and stakeholders, have released of the Plastic Leak Project (PLP) Guidelines, the first standardized methodology to map, measure and forecast plastic leakage. IWTO is proud to be part of this project, and in furthering the understanding of the sustainability of textiles throughout the supply chain. The Plastic Problem Plastic leakage is the potential amount of macro- and microplastics that are not kept in a circular loop or properly managed at their end-of-life, and thus leak into the environment. Following a yearlong collaboration and rigorous testing of the methodology through two in-depth pilot projects, the pioneering guidelines and proof-of-concept case studies are publicly available as of 28 February 2020. Download the Plastic Leak Project Methodological Guidelines and Brief. Of the estimated 8300 million metric tons of virgin plastic
Has the international sporting goods industry finally woken up? Sustainability, fair trade and social responsibility have been on the radar of sporting goods manufacturers for years now and continue to gain traction. With consumers increasingly on the look-out for fair-trade products as well as those made using environmentally friendly processes, companies are under pressure to adopt an appropriate stance. In line with the motto “Be responsible”, ISPO Munich 2020 offered 80,000 visitors a comprehensive insight into the areas of environmental protection, production & design, and society & health. Sustainability Hub At the Sustainability Hub, hosted by ISPO partner Greenroom Voice, "it wasn't just about business anymore," noted organiser Transparency Showcase Cira Reidel. "The collective wake up was tangible. For the first time there was real discussion about what we have to face as an industry. "Even the bright pink elephant in the room got tackled: 'How much stuff do we actually need? Don't we have too
Janet Prescott reports from Florence It may have been some time coming, but summer wool is a reality: that was one of the main messages of Pitti Filati where yarns and knitwear for Spring /Summer 2021 were on display. Increasingly used in light fabrics, wool brings freshness, breathability and adaptability to summer clothing. This is modern wool at its finest and we will surely see more as wool continues to lose its identification as a fibre suitable only for cold weather. Pitti Filati highlights La Lana d’Estate (“Summer Wool”) Introducing fine micron yarn for fine-gauge knits, Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia launched “La Lana d’Estate” or Summer Wool, a major project with The Woolmark Company. The project highlights wool's biodegradability and renewable qualities, enhancing many of the natural characteristics which make it so important currently. From the Spinners Summer season 2021 spinners have produced fashion yarns with multiple structures, printed surfaces, twists and dynamic looks brushed,