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Why footwear could be the next Readymade Garments (RMG)

Footwear exports are steadily approaching the one billion dollar mark, having rapidly risen to $714 million in the fiscal year (FY), 2015-16. Only export of jute goods ($746 million) and home textiles of the readymade garments (RMG) family ($753 million) match these volumes. But footwear exports are ahead of the …

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Reebok ‘Growing’ Compostable Footwear from Cotton + Corn

Global fitness brand Reebok has launched its “Cotton + Corn” sustainable products initiative, which will bring plant-based footwear to the market later this year. The latest effort in a growing number of brand partnerships, startups, and innovations in manufacturing and materials aimed at cleaning up the highly polluting and wasteful footwear …

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Demand in Lok Sabha for patenting Kolhapuri footwear

The famed Kolhapuri chappals, known for unique designs and comfort, should be patented at the earliest to protect the region’s cottage industry, a few MPs demanded in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. NCP member Dhananjay Mahadik, who is from Kolhapur, said artisans of the region have been faced with a …

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FutureCraft 4D: Adidas Launches First Mass-Market 3D Shoe

Adidas AG (ADR) has taken a major step toward bringing 3D-printed shoes to the mainstream. The German sportswear company announced Thursday it is launching the first mass-market 3D-printed shoe, its FutureCraft 4D. FutureCraft 4D The launch could end up being one of the most notable innovations in the shoe industry, just …

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Reebok sets out to grow renewable shoes

Sports brand Reebok has announced a new sustainable products initiative, which will bring plant-based footwear to the market later this year. Named Cotton + Corn, the initiative is being developed by the Reebok Future team to create shoes “made from things that grow”. The first release will be a shoe …

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Adidas introduces a new 3D-printing process to create shoes perfectly fitted to feet

Futuristic 3D printed trainers will go into mass production in the near future, according to one of the world’s largest sportswear brands. Adidas has joined forces with a firm whose advances in technology could see the shoes move from prototypes and novelty releases into the mainstream The unique process to …

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Footwear that also track and navigate

Tracking the number of steps walked in a day and calculating the calories burnt in the process has become the favourite pastime of many a fitness enthusiast. There are many fitness bands that help track such activity, and remain paired with your smartphone. But Indian start-up Lechal is now selling …

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Private Label Shoe Care

BATA Malaysia has ceased producing its B-First school shoes design, which was said to have the word “Allah” imprinted on its sole. Its managing director, Paolo Grassi, said it would instead replace it with a new design this June. “Our priority is the customers’ needs and satisfaction, and the change …

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An idea to reduce leather industry pollution

CHENNAI: The leather industry is a major pollutant, but it can be cleaned up if an out-of-the-box idea of scientists from the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) is employed at the processing stage. “By simply changing the chemicals used in tanning, you can bring down the amount of unused chromium …

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Vietnam wants to export 2 billion pairs of shoes by 2025

The growth of Vietnam’s leather and footwear industry will remain strong even if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal collapses, according to the Vietnam Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association (Lefaso). Speaking at the 2017 Vietnam Footwear Summit in Ho Chi Minh City (March 15-16), Diep Thank Kiet, deputy chairman …

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