Thursday, December 6, 2012

HM Announces Global Recycling Program for February 2013

Beginning February 2013, customers will be able to exchange used garments for shopping discounts in H&M stores (in all 48 markets worldwide). Sustainability is an important part of H&M’s culture, and with this, the Swedish retailer strives to reduce the environmental impact of clothes throughout their lifecycle.

“Our sustainability efforts are rooted in a dedication to social and environmental responsibility. We want to do good for the environment, which is why we are now offering our customers a convenient solution: to be able to leave their worn out or defective garments with H&M” says Karl-Johan Persson, CEO H&M.

H&M will be the first fashion company to roll out garment collecting in select stores worldwide. Through this global initiative, H&M’s customers can help save natural resources and contribute to reduced environmental impact by avoiding textile waste. Any pieces of clothing, from any brand, and in any condition will be accepted. In return, the customer will receive a voucher for each bag of clothing donated.

Every year, tons of textiles are thrown out with domestic waste, and end up in landfills. Over 95% of these clothes could be used again; re-worn, reused or recycled - depending on the state of the garment. Through its Conscious Foundation, H&M has made it its mission to reduce the environmental impact of garments throughout the lifecycle by closing the loop on textile fiber and supporting social projects along H&M’s value chain. The aim is to find long-term technical solutions to reuse and recycle textile fibers on a larger scale.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mount Vernon FR Highlights Value-Added Fabric with Softening Finish

To enhance the comfort of flame resistant garments made with Mount Vernon FR fabric, Mount Vernon Mills is now offering its AMSOFT™ finish on all fabrics available within the brand’s six collections. The AMSOFT finish is applied to Mount Vernon FR fabrics using the Biancalani AIRO® 24 machine, which uses a chemical-free softening process to provide a distinct, naturally soft hand and improved drape to the company’s flame resistant fabrics. The AMSOFT process softens fabric at a speed of 40 meters per minute, and can process up to 600 kilograms of fabric per hour.
“Utilizing the latest technology in the industry guarantees that Mount Vernon FR fabrics are the most comfortable fabrics available on the market,” said Mike Woods, vice president of flame resistant fabric sales for Mount Vernon Mills. “Our AMSOFT finish exemplifies Mount Vernon’s continual pursuit of innovation and added value for our customers, who demand comfort as well as safety in their flame resistant garments.”

The AMSOFT finish can be applied to the company’s extensive selection of flame resistant protective fabrics in the following six collections:

· AMTEX™ C100 – 100 percent cotton

· AMTEX™ PLUS – 88 percent cotton/12 percent nylon blend

· RESILIENCE® – 80 percent cotton/20 percent Nomex® blend

· RESILIENCE® TRIO – Cotton/Nomex®/nylon blend

· PHOENIX FR – Flame-resistant denim ranging from 7.5 to 14.75 ounces/square yard

· MYFR – Custom fabric program that allows customers to tailor flame resistant fabrics to match their unique needs

Mount Vernon FR fabrics are produced in the company’s vertically integrated manufacturing facility located in Trion, Ga. To ensure that every Mount Vernon FR fabric is of the highest level of reliability, quality, durability, color consistency and shrinkage control, the company has total in-house control of more than 25 major processes, including spinning, weaving, dyeing and FR finishing, and uses more than 3,000 computer-monitored control points and extensive quality assurance testing.

About Mount Vernon Mills & Mount Vernon FR:Mount Vernon Mills is a 165-year-old manufacturer of textile, chemical and related products for the apparel, industrial, institutional and commercial markets. Mount Vernon FR is part of Mount Vernon Mills’ Apparel Fabrics Group, which produces denim, flame resistant and piece-dyed fabric. It is the largest of all the Mount Vernon Mills groups, accounting for more than half of all company sales. More information can be found at or

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Scottish Success Celebrating Employee Owned Companies

Dynamic employee owned organisations were recognised at an awards ceremony with Scottish companies pulling off a unique double.

The UK Phillip Baxendale Awards showcased the very best in British employee ownership and the Scottish winners show the growing popularity of the business model.

The night saw wins for two vibrant Scottish businesses where employees have a real stake in their place of work.

Dick Philbrick, managing director of engineering firm Clansman Dynamics, was awarded the “Outstanding Leadership Award” for the inspirational role he has played at the head of that company, and the clear productivity gains since becoming employee owned.

Michelle Quadrelli of technical textile manufacturer Scott and Fyfe received the “Employee Innovation” award for the exciting marketing tools she has developed to engage with staff as the business undertakes its journey to employee ownership.

Dick Philbrick also chairs the Advisory Board of Co-operative Development Scotland – the agency responsible for growing employee owned businesses in Scotland.

He said: “I’m accepting this on behalf of all of my colleagues at Clansman Dynamics. The employees have worked hard, and risen to the challenge of owning their company. They have all played their part in the exciting journey we are on, and have all contributed to our success.”

Sarah Deas, chief executive of Co-operative Development Scotland, who is recognised as being the catalyst for the surge in interest in employee ownership and collaborative models in Scotland, was Highly Commended in the category of ‘Voice of Employee Ownership.’

Deas added: “What these awards show is that we are gaining real traction in the business community when it comes to making the case for employee ownership. Not only do firms benefit from an increase in staff morale but the evidence clearly points to a rise in productivity.”

Margaret Paterson, manager of Dumfries and Galloway home care company, Stewartry Care, was Highly Commended in the Leadership Award. Dyce based Woollard & Henry was also recognised with a Highly Commended award for Productivity and Profitability.

The Awards are co-organised by the Employee Ownership Association and Baxi Partnership. Peter Stocks, chief executive of the Baxi Partnership, said: “This year’s awards offer us a catwalk of high-performing businesses that are using their employee owned model as to drive their success. These exemplar organisations delivering to both public and private sectors show us the best of British innovation and workforce passion.

“It has been an incredibly exciting twelve months for the employee ownership sector, and given the potential in our growing sector the best is yet to come.”
About CDS
Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) is a Scottish Enterprise subsidiary, established to help companies grow by setting up consortium or employee-owned businesses. It works in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
An employee-owned business is one in which the employees hold the majority of the shares either directly or through an employee benefit trust. EO gives employees a meaningful stake in their organisation together with a genuine say in how it is run.
Employee owned businesses account for a combined annual turnover in excess of £30 billion in the UK, more than two per cent of GDP and growing.
2012 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Co-operatives (IYC). For further information on CDS see or call on 0141 951 3055. Follow CDS on Twitter at!/cdscotland
About The Baxi Partnership
Baxi Partnership is a dynamic, successful employee owned company. We operate across a range of sectors, including an advisory service that helps other organisations to become owned by their employees. The mission of the Baxi Partnership is to support the growth of strong, sustainable mutual and employee ownership.
Our first-hand experience in supporting public and private sector organisations for over 12 years shows time and again that giving employees a significant stake in the enterprise they work for, and real participation in how that enterprise is run, produces a significant lift in employee motivation from which follow a series of benefits that drive superior performance.
To find out more about Baxi Partnership, please visit our website at