ZIPPERS GET GREEN: Ideal Fastener Corp., the world's second-largest zipper manufacturer, is partnering with Unifi Inc. in offering manufacturers "sustainable zippers." Ideal will use Unifi's Repreve yarns, which are 100 percent recycled, for zipper tapes. The product will be marketed under the Ideal Earth product suite. According to a statement from Unifi, the resources expended even on trim can add up, especially for larger items such as jackets. The companies estimate that using Ideal Earth jacket zipper tapes for 500 jackets or 500 pants conserves a about one gallon of gasoline.

WOOL MISSING MESSAGE: Henrik Kuffner, director general of the International Wool Textile Organization, believes the wool industry is missing an opportunity to deliver an eco-friendly message. In an editorial in the IWTO's most recent newsletter, Kuffner warned that consumer interest in sustainable and organic technologies and products was likely to be a long-term trend, and one the wool industry had failed to address. A definition for organic wool has yet to be worked out.

"Wool, with its natural attributes, being probably the best material for this target group, is about to miss the train with this huge market opportunity, and so far, a remarkable part of the wool industry has ignored this movement," Kuffner said. "Amazingly, consumers are even discussing more about 'organic polyester' than wool. Can we afford this? When are we going to join this trend?"

LEVI'S GOES WITH GLORY: China's Ever-Glory International Group has received orders valued at about $1 million from Levi Strauss to produce cargo pants and chinos. Levi's began working with Ever-Glory in 2006, and during the second half of the year, the company offered Levi's its own design styles. Ever-Glory is publicly traded in the U.S. and produces apparel for brands such as Eddie Bauer, BB Dakota and Fat Face.

LENZING OPENS IN INDIA: Lenzing Fibers opened a new sales and marketing office on Monday in Coimbatore, India, one of the country's textile centers. The company has also teamed up with India's Modi Group to build a new viscose fiber production facility in India.

The plant will take two years to construct and is expected to start production by 2010. There is only one viscose fiber supplier in India, resulting in high import duties for brands and manufacturers looking to use Lenzing's modal and Tencel fibers.

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