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Leo does not take this planet for granted!

Giving one of the most memorable, sustainable, tender, emotional, sensitive, aware, conscious speeches of all Oscar history, Leonardo Di Caprio has deserved to be this years top Green Celebrity of the year. Drawing attention to climate change, Di Caprio said,  “The Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”

To access the full speech of Di Caprio’s Oscar speech:

http://oscar.go.com/news/winners/watch-leonardo-dicaprios-acceptance-speech-for-best-actor-2016

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Levi Strauss received ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award thanks to Tonello

Levi Strauss & Co. of USA, known worldwide for its authentic vintage look jeans, is the winner of the first ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award. It clinched the ITMA Industry Excellence Award category from two other finalists: Berto Industria Tessile (Italy) and Gebrüder Otto (Germany).

Using the NoStone® garment washing technology from Tonello, an ITMA 2015 exhibitor, Levi Strauss & Co. has started preliminary development work in their Plock facility in Poland. Tonello’s technology provides Levi Strauss an important first step to solving an industry challenge in denim finishing – the use of pumice stones which have environmental, economic and mechanical disadvantages.

Receiving the award at the ITMA 2015 gala dinner was Levi Strauss & Co.’s R&D Product Researcher, Mr. Franky Vangaever. He enthused, “We are very excited to be the first winner of the ITMA award. The success is a testimony of the strong collaboration of two iconic brands – Tonello and ourselves – in pursuit of industry sustainability.”

CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, launched the ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award as part of its ongoing efforts to encourage and recognise outstanding industry members and post-graduate students for their contributions to the sustainable development of the global textile and garment industry. The two award categories are ITMA Industry Excellence Award for ITMA 2015 exhibitors and their clients, and the R&I Excellence Award for post-graduate students of institutions participating in the Research & Innovation Pavilion.

Mr Charles Beauduin, President of CEMATEX, who also sits on the Industry Excellence Award judging panel, said: “The ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award celebrates the successful collaboration between technology providers and industry users. With both parties working closely together, innovative, yet practical solutions that positively impact the environment and business bottom line can be created. Hence, we hope to continue to encourage more of such industry collaborations. CEMATEX would like to congratulate the winners and finalists for their excellent efforts.”

The Industry Excellence Award recognizes textile and garment manufacturers who have leveraged on technological innovations to advance business sustainability that benefit people, planet and profit. The finalists have worked closely with ITMA 2015 exhibitors to introduce innovative solutions to their production process or products.

Finalist Berto Industria Tessile is a leading vertically integrated manufacturer of denim products. It leverages on the Matex® Eco Applicator range by ITMA exhibitor Monforts to significantly reduce the amount of liquid needed in finishing denim fabrics, leading to energy savings and a huge reduction in waste water produced.

On the other hand, Gebrüder Otto is a leading yarn manufacturer which implemented Mayer & Cie’s spinitsystems® to produce single jersey fabric using up to 35 per cent less energy compared to the conventional process.

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Sustainability awards to be unveiled at ITMA 2015

CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, announced that six finalists have been shortlisted from some 30 entries for its first ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award. Three of the finalists are vying for the ITMA Industry Excellence Award while the remaining three are competing for the ITMA Research & Innovation (R&I) Excellence Award.

Industry Excellence Award:
The Award recognizes textile and garment manufacturers who have leveraged on technological innovations to advance business sustainability that benefit people, planet and profit. After much deliberation, the judges have picked the following three finalists who have worked closely with ITMA 2015 exhibitors to introduce innovative solutions to their production process or products:

  • Berto Industria Tessile SRL (Italy) 
Berto Industria Tessile, a leading vertically integrated manufacturer of denim products, was quick to recognize the economic and ecological advantages of the Matex® Eco Applicator range by ITMA exhibitor Monforts. They were the pioneer in adopting Monforts’ innovative technology, which enabled them to significantly reduce the amount of liquid needed in finishing denim fabrics, leading to energy savings and a huge reduction in waste water produced.
  • Gebrüder Otto GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) 
Gebrüder Otto, one of the leading yarn manufacturers in Europe, implemented Mayer & Cie.’s spinitsystems® to produce single jersey fabric using up to 35 per cent less energy compared to the conventional process. As a spinning mill, Gebrüder Otto produces the roving bobbins which are processed on the Spinit machines.
  • Levi Strauss & Co. (USA) 
Levi Strauss & Co., one of the world’s largest brand name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear, has started preliminary development work in their Plock facility in Poland using the NoStone® garment washing technology. Tonello’s NoStone® technology provides Levi Strauss & Co. an important first step to solving an industry challenge to make denim finishing more sustainable, cost-effective and efficient.

Mr Charles Beauduin, who sits on the Industry Excellence Award judging panel and is also President of CEMATEX, said: “We thank ITMA 2015 exhibitors for supporting this award. What differentiates this award from other industry recognition is that we celebrate the successful collaboration between technology providers and industry users, which ultimately benefits consumers. Necessity is the mother of invention, and the synergies from both parties working together towards a common goal will bring about more innovative solutions that will positively impact the environment and the business bottom line.”

The winners of the ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award will be announced at the ITMA 2015 Gala Dinner held at the La Pelota in Milan on 12 November. The winner of the Industry Excellence Award will receive a cash prize of 10,000 euros and a trophy, among other rewards. CEMATEX has launched ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award as part of its ongoing efforts to encourage and recognize outstanding industry members and post-graduate students for their contributions to the sustainable development of the global textile and garment industry.

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Europe to invest €3.8 billion in the biobased economy

48 Companies join forces with the European Commission to set up a Public-Private Partnership and accelerate the deployment of biobased products in Europe

The European Commission proposed a €3.8 billion Public Private Partnership (PPP) on Biobased Industries, in order to accelerate the commercialization of biobased products in Europe. Read the full story

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IKMIB to support green production

IKMIB (Istanbul Chemicals and Chemical Products Exporters’ Association),  which carries out major tasks in order to strengthen the position of the Turkish chemicals sector in the foreign markets and to increase its exports,  has recently launched a new project that would advance the competitiveness of the sector to a higher level. Having launched “Green Production, Clean Future” project with the support of Istanbul Development Agency, IKMIB will develop methods and policies to step up the chemicals companies to an international competitiveness level by analyzing their manufacturing processes and product lives.

Green Production Clean Future” project, which is carried out in partnership with Bosphorus University Sustainable Development and Clean Production Center and Istanbul Provincial Directorate of  Environment, aims to improve the environmental impacts of the products such as climate change as well as their impacts on energy and resource consumption.  Products manufactured by the companies operating in plastics, soap, cosmetics, dyes and organic-inorganic product segments will be subjected to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The assessment that identifies high energy and raw material requirement processes of the products that leads to environmental pollution during manufacturing and application stages will provide significant hints about where companies should focus while maintaining their environmental impacts under control. Companies those would like to improve their environmental performances and manufacturing processes will take the opportunity to be able to analyze many data concerning their manufacturing processes thanks to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Assessment results will be provided to companies as a report.

IKMIB (Istanbul Chemicals and Chemical Products Exporters’ Association) Chairman of the Board Murat Akyüz stated that they are pioneering many projects as well as their efforts to increase the chemicals exports.  Akyüz also said: “Green production concept is one of the most important issues of today. In this sense, we very much believe in our “Green Production Clean Future” project that we have been working on for a long time. It provides a significant opportunity to our sector companies to test their environmental performances. With our project funded under Istanbul Development Agency Knowledge Based Economic Growth Financial Support Program, we aim to take competitiveness to the next level via increasing the knowledge and awareness in our sector.”

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Demand growing for Lenzing fiber in sportswear

The fiber manufacturer Lenzing focused totally on the theme of “a fiber that provides a sense of well-being”, in all the sports exhibitions held in the beginning of the year. The most critical issue in functional apparel textiles is the selection of the right textile fibers. As a cellulosic fiber, TENCEL® provides comfort of casual wear by preventing skin irritations thanks to its high moisture absorption capacity and smooth fiber structure.

The demand for TENCEL® fiber is ever-growing. Austrian fiber manufacturer also expects a significant amount of growth in demand in the Turkish market.  According to up-to-date statistics, Lenzing is the leading fiber (TENCEL®, Lenzing Modal®, Lenzing Viscose®) supplier of the Turkish textile sector with a market share of 40%. The company also expects to increase its market share in the Turkish market in the forthcoming years.

Feel-good concept

The stress and fast pace of our everyday lives put our well-being at risk. Taking time out to relax and restore our energy levels has become an important part of a healthy lifestyle. TENCEL®, the creation of a holistic feel-good concept, helps establish life balance. With TENCEL®, textiles can be created which contribute to a feeling of well-being. Skin-friendly and eco-friendly, TENCEL® promotes the physical comfort that leads to total relaxation. TENCEL® C, the cosmetic specialty fiber with an integrated oceanic skin care complex, provides additional benefits which make it a true feel-good fiber.

In harmony with nature

TENCEL® is the functional fiber which exists in harmony with Nature. It is botanic in origin since it is extracted from the raw material of wood. Fiber production is eco-friendly due to the closed loop production process. Thus, the textiles are made with respect for mankind and the environment as well.

Where botanic and functionality join forces

TENCEL® is well known as a performance fiber. Its moisture absorption is enormous and its skin-sensory properties are unparalleled. TENCEL® absorbs up to 50% more moisture than cotton and the smooth fiber structure prevents skin irritations in a completely natural way.

Where botanic and photosynthesis join forces

From wood to fiber, TENCEL® comes from Nature. The fiber makes use of photosynthesis which has been an essential mechanism in Nature since the beginning of time and has constituted the basis for life on earth.

Where botanic and relaxation join forces

TENCEL®’s natural moisture content guarantees complete relaxation. When the surfaces of materials rub against each other, electrostatic charging results. The fiber’s moisture content determines to what extent the materials become charged. High moisture content prevents charging. TENCEL®’s moisture content is about 13% and is much higher than polyester which has no moisture content at all. With clothing of TENCEL®, sports can, therefore, be practiced in a “relaxed” way in the truest sense of the word.

Where botanic and oceanic join forces

The skin is the largest human organ. Our skin can only be healthy when it is in balance. The specialty fiber TENCEL® C, which features an oceanic skin care complex (chitosan), promotes healthy skin. This specialty fiber helps to alleviate the skin’s daily loss of moisture and promotes skin health. When used in wellness textiles, TENCEL® C supports overall wellbeing.

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Super absorbent bamboo towels and bathrobes from Altinbasak

%100 bamboo yarn towels and bathrobes manufactured by Altınbasak, the innovative brand of home textiles, are preferred for their fast absorbency and having even more softer touch every time you wash. 

Using bamboo towel and bathrobe after shower makes difference starting the day. Doctors also approve that a hot and dry bamboo bath towel helps to relax.

Altinbasak Textile explained that when the views of customers who purchased especially bamboo bath towel, bathrobe and bed sheet, are evaluated the expressions of satisfaction along with happiness came out. Sparing more place to bamboo towels and bathrobes, which have higher water absorption specification, in its bath collection compared to other fabric types Altinbasak Textile pointed out that the customer satisfaction is raising as they use these products.

A few more minutes of sleep in bed with bamboo bed linen

The feeling of softness which a natural and comfortable bamboo bed linen provides for the skin keeps on surprising. A bamboo bed linen promises more comfortable sleep with its soft, absorbent, high quality, environment friendly specifications. Bamboo bed linen, bed sheet and pillowslip included in Altinbasak Textile 2013 collection makes you live the soft touch feeling with its environment friendly anti-bacterial feature. Besides, bamboo bed linen brings a healthy life to your home with its paint-free unbleached fabric.   Read the full story

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Sustainable textiles fair at Bella Center gains strong international support

With its latest trade fair initiative, CIFF FUTURE FABRICS, Bella Center shines the spotlight on sustainable materials for the fashion and furniture industries. A number of interest groups are already supporting the fair and its efforts to raise awareness of new initiatives to further the sustainable development of industry. The London-based non-profit organization The Sustainable Angle is a major player in sustainable textiles and thus an important partner for CIFF FUTURE FABRICS.

The Sustainable Angle works to explore and promote sustainable processes in the fashion and textiles supply chain. In connection with CIFF FUTURE FABRICS they will be presenting their exhibition called the Future Fabrics Expo.

Director Nina Marenzi explains why it is essential to support an initiative like CIFF FUTURE FABRICS:

“The Future Fabrics Expo has shown that there is appetite for a commercial fair where textile mills can market their sustainable fabrics. Unlike conventional fairs that dominate fabric sourcing at the moment, CIFF Future Fabrics fair will have sales stands with eco-friendly and responsibly produced textiles which complements the curated Future Fabrics Expo, showing a selection of sustainable fabrics produced by mills that meet our stringent environmental criteria.”

The international sustainability initiative Sustainia, with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the honorary chairman, will also be participating in the fair. Sustainia Works with international companies and organizations on the implementation of existing sustainable solutions within areas such as urban development, energy, health and fashion. The organization’s work aims to promote rapid transition to a green economy.

“Sustainability is the future of the fashion industry. There is no way around it for a sector that is a major consumer of water, energy, materials and other resources. Sustainia works with industry leaders to identify sustainable alternatives that do not compromise design. CIFF FUTURE FABRICS thus meets a great need. We at Sustainia are proud to be a partner of a trade fair that can help the industry towards a sustainable transition,” says Laura Storm, executive director of Sustainia.

The fashion and textile industry’s organization is also with the prospect of a fair focusing on sustainable materials in Copenhagen.

“Everyone these days is clamoring for sustainability. Consumers want responsibly manufactured products, recycled materials are hot and the industry’s youngest members are studying to become sustainability managers. Given that Copenhagen is a recognized fashion fair city, I see it as both obvious and welcome that Bella Center is taking the lead to give the fashion and textiles industry a commercial platform that looks to the future,” says Danish Fashion & Textile Managing Director Thomas Klausen.

Kristian W. Andersen, director of CIFF FUTURE FABRICS, looks forward to the new fair:

“It is always challenging to be the first to pursue ambitious projects, but with Denmark’s reputation as a leading nation in sustainability, I think the time has come to kick-start an alternative to the traditional fabric fairs, which only have a limited focus on sustainable materials. We want to create a platform that can bring together manufacturers, designers, interest groups, trend researchers and the press, thus making sustainable products and knowledge more accessible.”

CIFF FUTURE FABRICS consists of a trade show and a parallel conference, and will be held for the first time on 8–10 September 2013.

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Turkey to prove its dynamism for economics & growth

Grant Thornton’s Global Dynamism Index research ranked countries based on 22 indicators. The purpose of this research was to rank the countries providing the most suitable environment for business growth, in other words to name the most dynamic countries.

According to the overall ranking that has taken a total of 22 indicators of dynamism across 5 categories into account, the economy of Turkey ranked 36th. Whereas Turkey fell behind countries such as Germany, China and Japan; it surpassed countries such as Italy, Spain and Russia in this list. On the other hand, Turkey ranked 8th and surpassed countries such as Russia, Japan, Italy and UK basing on the economics & growth category.

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