Archive for January, 2011

Cotton Continues to Rise as Australian Floods Surge

Cotton prices jumped the most allowed by ICE Futures U.S. after the most devastating flooding in half a century damaged crops in Australia, the world’s fourth-largest exporter.

Close to 300 000 bales have been lost and that number will continue to rise if the wet weather continues.  According to the Australian Cotton Shippers Association, they had forecast record production of more than 4 million bales before the floods.   Prices have almost doubled in the past 12 months as growers struggled to meet rising demand from China.

Cotton futures for March delivery rose by the exchange limit of 4 cents, or 2.8 percent, to settle at $1.4725 a pound at 2:41 p.m. on ICE in New York in the biggest gain since Dec. 21.  The price touched a record $1.5912 on Dec. 21.

Government data shows the U.S. is forecast to be the largest exporter, followed by India and Uzbekistan.

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12/01/2011 at 7:35 am Leave a comment

The Fibre Price Sheet

The economic climate is still recovering, yet retail trends seem to be rolling along in step with the changing seasons. But what is really going on in the retail industry?  Fibre prices are escalating and the front of house is trying to retain its steady compusure while the back of house is scrambling to make production ends meet.

“Once these higher fibre prices filter through the supply chain, it’s going to be painful,”  said Gary Raines, vice president of economics and analysis with FCStone Fibers & Textiles.  “Who’s going to crack first?  Will consumers willingly pay higher year-over-year prices for apparel?   I’m not sure.  2011 is shaping up to be unlike any year we’ve seen.  There is a major disjoint between retail trends and what’s happening on the fibre side.” – WWD.com

Both synthetics and cotton will soon be out of the question if prices continue to rise at such a dramatic rate.  Iti’s now time that farmers, designers and manufacturers begin to look for economically vialable alternatives.

Our own fibre, CRAiLAR® Flax is soft like cotton, has a similar color, possesses similar performance traits and is cool and comfortable to wear year-round.  CRAiLAR® Flax and cotton look the same, fit the same and wash the same.  Still, CRAiLAR® Flax fibres shrink less than cotton fibres do, wick moisture better, and have increased dye uptake meaning they take less chemicals to reach the same color levels.

With cotton prices currently well over a dollar per pound, flax is a cost-effective raw material for fibre
production.  We estimate that we will be able to provide CRAiLAR® Flax at approximately $0.90 per
pound making it an economically viable complement to cotton.

The revolutionary all-natural CRAiLAR® process is non-polluting and consumes a lot less energy and
water than it takes to produce other natural fibers.  While CRAiLAR® Organic Fibres are strong and
durable like petroleum-based synthetics, they’re made from earth-friendly flax or hemp.  The processing
chemicals used within the CRAiLAR® process have been approved for use as textile auxiliary agents
according to the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS).  GOTS approved inputs are screened for
prohibited toxic chemicals such as aromatic solvents, heavy metals or fluorocarbons as well as
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).  All substances must also comply with strict toxicity and
eliminability standards.

06/01/2011 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

2011 Eco-Fashion Predictions of the Year

Ecouterre asked 28 eco-fashion movers and shakers, including a museum textile conservator, a fashion professor, an online curator of preowned clothing,  and several of their media comrades in arms to offer their forecasts for the year ahead.  Discover what they’re enthusiastic about this year and how eco-model Summer Rayne Oakes is opening access to sustainable materials and suppliers.

Read about Ecoteurre’s Eco-Fashion Predictions for 2011 here.

04/01/2011 at 4:30 am Leave a comment

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