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  • Wednesday, 15 July 2020

    ChemSec and ZDHC link up for safer chemicals

    GOTHENBURG - ChemSec and the ZDHC Foundation have announced a joint bid to replace hazardous chemicals used in textile and leather manufacturing with safer alternatives. The collaboration will mean that ZDHC will publish its MRSL Candidate List as a…
  • Wednesday, 15 July 2020

    Amazon and Aquafil join Ellen MacArthur Foundation

    COWES - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has announced that online retail giant Amazon and sustainable textile producer Aquafil have joined its circular economy network. Swiss technology company ABB has also joined the network of companies which have…
  • Wednesday, 15 July 2020

    Brands invited to join U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Premium Article

    MEMPHIS – From today, fashion brands and retailers can join the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, a new data-rich system that will verify company commitments and efforts in-line with the UN’s sustainability goals. First unveiled at the Cotton Sourcing USA…
  • Wednesday, 15 July 2020

    London Fashion Week to go ahead in September

    LONDON - The British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced that London Fashion Week will go ahead this September in a revised format that will include both physical and digital shows. The event will be held from 17-22 September and will feature…
  • Wednesday, 15 July 2020

    Levi’s appoints C&A’s Jeffrey Hogue to chief sustainability role Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – US apparel brand Levi Strauss has appointed Jeffrey Hogue as its new chief sustainability officer, who joins having served in the same role at C&A for over six years. “I am thrilled to be joining a company with such a rich history as…
  • Wednesday, 15 July 2020

    Project aims to turn cans into zips and buckles

    LONDON - Accessories brand Elvis & Kresse is working with researchers from Queen Mary University of London’s School of Engineering and Materials Science on a project to build a carbon-free forge to recycle aluminium drinks cans into zips and…
  • Wednesday, 15 July 2020

    Uniqlo bans alpaca wool from clothing

    TOKYO – Following in the footsteps of Marks & Spencer, Japanese fashion titan Uniqlo has vowed to ban the use of alpaca wool from its collections after a PETA exposé highlighted instances of gross misconduct at the world’s largest privately owned…
  • Tuesday, 14 July 2020

    Podcast: Ecotextile Talks – Behind the News

    WAKEFIELD – Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in our editorial newsroom? If so, why not have a listen to the first two episodes of our new series of Ecotextile Talks podcasts available on Apple, Google, Spotify and Deezer. Like…
  • Tuesday, 14 July 2020

    Boohoo urged to engage with trade unions Premium Article

    ENGLAND – A trade union leader in the UK says “it comes as no surprise” that fast fashion retailer Boohoo is at the centre of controversy surrounding supply chain factory conditions, having rejected its attempts to collaborate and address worker…
  • Tuesday, 14 July 2020

    Cambodia's garment industry appeals for help

    PHNOM PENH - Cambodia's garment industry had issued a renewed plea for help amidst new statistics revealing that more than 150,000 workers have now lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. Factory owners and trade unions both called on the…
  • Tuesday, 14 July 2020

    New Zealand clothing industry bids for circularity

    WELLINGTON - New Zealand's clothing and textile industry has launched a new organisation which aims to increase the proportion of recycling in the sector. The Textile Product Stewardship Project sits within the Textile Reuse Programme which was…
  • Tuesday, 14 July 2020

    Survey: brands using animal product “out of touch”

    LONDON – An indicative survey of British consumers has found that a large majority would welcome a ban on animal fur imports, with only three per cent of participants saying they wear such materials. Conducted by YouGov and commissioned by Humane…
  • Monday, 13 July 2020

    Second brand dragged into Leicester claims

    LEICESTER - Fashion brand Quiz has suspended all activity with one of its suppliers in Leicester following allegations that garment workers were being paid just £3 an hour to make its clothes. It follows a series of allegations about garment…
  • Monday, 13 July 2020

    Trump urged to address PPE confusion Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has written to the US President’s administration, and other authorities in the country, urging that harmonised guidelines be published if retail workers are to be protected amidst the…
  • Monday, 13 July 2020

    LA factory closed over 300 COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

    LOS ANGELES – A garment factory in downtown Los Angeles, California, has been closed after an investigation by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (DPH) found there had been more than 300 cases of the coronavirus at the site, leading to the…
  • Monday, 13 July 2020

    Transformers Foundation to host Catalysts event

    NEW YORK - The Transformers Foundation is set to host its first-ever summit as a non-profit organisation after splitting off from the Kingpins denim trade shows. Entitled Catalysts, the digital event will focus on actively addressing and…
  • Friday, 10 July 2020

    Tessuto links up with Parley for the Oceans

    NEW YORK - Textile producer Clerici Tessuto has joins forces with environmental group Parley for the Oceans to produce luxury fabrics using recycled polyester yarn made from ​marine plastic. The agreement aims to combine high-end fabric production…
  • Friday, 10 July 2020

    Cambodian authority looks to settle factory wage war

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s Ministry of Labour will hold a meeting with representatives of the now-closed Hana garment factory today, in an effort to resolve ongoing tensions between bosses and workers over pay. In late June, Labour Dispute Committee…
  • Friday, 10 July 2020

    Garment workers 'gassed' during insect spraying Premium Article

    JORDAN - More than 140 women garment workers had to be taken to hospital after they inhaled toxic gases during spraying to control insects and rodents at their factory. Doctors said it appeared the concentration of the chemicals used for the…
  • Friday, 10 July 2020

    ZDHC welcomes new members Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has welcomed three new oragnisations to its Roadmap to Zero programme, which aligns stakeholders in efforts to replace hazardous chemicals with safer ones in textiles and clothing production. Chemical manufacturers…
  • Thursday, 09 July 2020

    Garment factories 'targeting pregnant workers'

    DHAKA - Garment factories in Bangladesh have been accused of targeting pregnant women and trade union activists as they downsize their workforces amidst the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Fears have been raised that 1.8 million garment…
  • Thursday, 09 July 2020

    Myanmar pay rises ruled out by inflation Premium Article

    YANGON – Findings from a new survey conducted by the French Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry has found that workers across the country’s manufacturing industries that were recipients of a pay rise last year were in fact no better off due to…
  • Thursday, 09 July 2020

    SMEs join 2020 Circular Fashion Pledge

    SAN FRANCISCO - The Sustainable Brands initiative says that more than 110 small and medium-sized fashion brands have committed to join its newly launched 2020 Circular Fashion Pledge. The pledge asks brands to commit to at least one of three goals…
  • Thursday, 09 July 2020

    GMAC appeals for ILO backing of EBA postponement Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has urged the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and those supporting its Call to Action to throw down their support for postponing Cambodia’s partial suspension from the…
  • Thursday, 09 July 2020

    PVH aims to help shape 'new normal'

    NEW YORK - PVH Corp, which owns brands including Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, outlined its ambition to help shape the 'new normal' post-pandemic as it published its annual Corporate Responsibility (CR) report. The company's 2019 report, the…
  • Wednesday, 08 July 2020

    Garment workers 'need more support' - report Premium Article

    NEW DELHI - The Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA), which campaigns to improve conditions in the garment industry, is calling for further action from brands and governments to protect garment factories and their workers from the impact of the…
  • Wednesday, 08 July 2020

    Levi’s the latest to #PayUp Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Levi’s is the latest apparel brand to agree to pay its suppliers for goods they produced amidst the pandemic, joining the likes of H&M, Adidas, Inditex and many more who’ve promised to support those in their supply chains. Since the…
  • Wednesday, 08 July 2020

    Napapijri jackets certified Cradle to Cradle gold Premium Article

    AOSTA – Outdoor apparel brand Napapijri has been awarded Cradle to Cradle Certified gold level certification for its series of circular jackets. The lifecycle of these garments has been lauded as exemplary by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation…
  • Wednesday, 08 July 2020

    Boohoo appoints QC to investigate UK factories Premium Article

    MANCHESTER - Embattled British fast fashion brand Boohoo has appointed a leading barrister who specialises in business crime to head an independent investigation into pay and conditions at its supply factories in Leicester. Alison Levitt QC will…
  • Wednesday, 08 July 2020

    Fast Retailing among Make Fashion Circular inductees Premium Article

    NEW YORK – The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative has welcomed six new recruits: Fast Retailing, Guess, Lee, Nordstrom, Wrangler and Vestiaire Collective. The initiative was launched back in 2017 and has set out to…
  • Tuesday, 07 July 2020

    Boohoo dropped by Next, Asos and Zalando Premium Article

    LEICESTER - Fast fashion brand Boohoo has been dropped by major retailers Asos, Next and Zalando over concerns for the pay and conditions of garment workers in its UK supply chain factories. The company this week had more than £1.5 billion wiped off…
  • Tuesday, 07 July 2020

    Amazon calls halt to viscose from endangered forests Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Amazon has teamed up with the CanopyStyle initiative in a bid to ensure that by 2022 none of the private label clothing sold on its platform is made from viscose derived from ancient and endangered forests. The world’s largest retailer…
  • Tuesday, 07 July 2020

    Gap launches B2B mask supply service Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Fashion retailer Gap has launched a B2B product programme, enabling businesses of all sizes to purchase non-medical grade cloth face masks in bulk. The introduction of the initiative coincides with the re-opening of brick and mortar…
  • Tuesday, 07 July 2020

    Fast fashion lagging behind customers Premium Article

    PARIS – Just ten per cent of the collections of some leading fast fashion brands and retailers could be classed as ecologically responsible, according to a new survey. Fashion analytics experts Retviews, a startup recently acquired by technological…
  • Tuesday, 07 July 2020

    EU recommits to textile reform despite COVID-19 Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – In an ongoing live webinar hosted by the Global Fashion Agenda, Virginijus Sinkevičius, the EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries reaffirmed Europe’s commitment to deliver on flagship initiatives, such as the European…
  • Tuesday, 07 July 2020

    C&A called on to address supplier violations Premium Article

    YANGON – A collective of workers’ rights organisations has submitted a complaint against fashion titan C&A to the Complaints and Disputes Committee of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textiles, accusing the retailer of turning a blind…
  • Tuesday, 07 July 2020

    Sustainable startups shortlisted for green award Premium Article

    LONDON - British sustainable fashion start-ups Colorifix and Spintex have made the shortlist of this year’s Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge. It means they are in with a shout of receiving the €500,000 (US$563,000) top prize at the international…
  • Tuesday, 07 July 2020

    XR activists target fast fashion giants Premium Article

    LONDON - Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists are this week planning to stage protests on London's Oxford Street to urge fast fashion brands to financially support their overseas suppliers through the coronavirus pandemic. The protests, orchestrated…
  • Monday, 06 July 2020

    Campaigners challenge Lost Stock COVID-19 initiative Premium Article

    EDINBURGH - The Lost Stock initiative to support garment workers in supply chain countries has been criticised by the organisers of the PayUp campaign to pressure brands which have cancelled orders during the coronavirus pandemic. Lost Stock was set…
  • Monday, 06 July 2020

    Boohoo probes Leicester COVID-19 claims Premium Article

    LEICESTER - Online fashion retailer Boohoo has promised to investigate claims that conditions in its supplier factories in Leicester contributed to the city's coronavirus spike. It comes after Leicester was forced back into lockdown due to a rise in…
  • Monday, 06 July 2020

    COVID-19: Brands advised on supplier relationships Premium Article

    LONDON – The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and FairWear have published joint guidance for brands on how to conduct their supplier relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19: Loss of Jobs and Wages Series is based on four webinars…
  • Monday, 06 July 2020

    New BGMEA hospital provides respite Premium Article

    CHATTOGRAM – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has established a new 50-bed hospital in the export processing zone of Saltgola in Chattogram. The facility will be used to treat garment workers infected by…
  • Friday, 03 July 2020

    Bestseller to pay immediately for orders Premium Article

    RANDE - Danish fashion brand Bestseller has announced it is to pay for all current orders immediately - as well as implementing early payments until October - to help its suppliers survive the coronavirus crisis. Bestseller said it recognised the…
  • Friday, 03 July 2020

    Uzbekistan cotton 'still faces challenges' Premium Article

    DERRY - A new study on Uzbekistan's controversial cotton industry says the country still faces significant challenges if it is to achieve the international benchmarks expected by consumers and brands. Uzbekistan abolished the state-ordered quota…
  • Friday, 03 July 2020

    UK retailers plot course for net-zero Premium Article

    LONDON - Next, Amazon UK, IKEA and Marks & Spencer (M&S) are among 20 major UK retailers who this week pledged to jointly develop a net-zero roadmap for the retail sector, setting a more ambitious target than the national 2050 requirement. The…
  • Friday, 03 July 2020

    Consortium explores safer water repellent solutions Premium Article

    NOTTINGHAM – Nanomaterials manufacturer Promethean Particles has joined a consortium of companies exploring the development of safer water repellent textile treatments. With increasing concern over the health implications posed by conventional…
  • Friday, 03 July 2020

    New initiative to focus on wastewater management Premium Article

    BERLIN - The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles has launched a joint initiative to promote sustainable wastewater management in textile supply chains, focusing on Taiwan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, China, Pakistan and Turkey. Partnership Initiative…
  • Friday, 03 July 2020

    Project supports struggling Dhaka communities Premium Article

    DHAKA – Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the OHS (Occupational health and safety) Initiative for Workers and Community is launching an emergency response project to support garment workers, their families and communities across the Bangladeshi…
  • Thursday, 02 July 2020

    'Leather' from apple pulp startup raises €1.1m Premium Article

    COPENHAGAN - Danish startup Beyond Leather Materials - which produces a sustainable leather alternative from the apple pulp left over from cider production - has successfully closed a €1.1 million (US$1.24m) seed investment round. Dutch startup…
  • Thursday, 02 July 2020

    Lost Stock initiative sells 96,000 boxes of clothes Premium Article

    EDINBURGH - The Lost Stock initiative to support garment workers in supply chain countries by selling boxes of unused clothing stock has raised 96,000 weeks’ worth of food aid for Bangladeshi families in just one month. Lost Stock was set up by…
  • Thursday, 02 July 2020

    White paper plots road map for textile waste Premium Article

    ANN ARBOR - A new white paper from sustainability consultants Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) highlights the current state of textile waste in the US and outlines a future system in which textiles are recovered for best and highest use. Entitled…
  • Thursday, 02 July 2020

    ILO rolls out COVID-19 safety training Premium Article

    DHAKA – The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is teaming up with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BKMEA) to establish a virtual platform…
  • Wednesday, 01 July 2020

    Views sought on new ecolabelling proposals Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Nordic Swan Ecolabel, the official ecolabel of the Nordic countries, is appealing for input into proposed new criteria for the ecolabelling of textiles. The organisation behind the symbol - known to nine out of ten Nordic consumers and…
  • Wednesday, 01 July 2020

    H&M praised for pandemic purchasing practices Premium Article

    DHAKA - Swedish fashion giant H&M is being held up as a positive example of buyer behaviour during the coronavirus pandemic by its suppliers in Bangladesh. Many brands and retailers have been criticised for cancelling and delaying orders, or…
  • Wednesday, 01 July 2020

    Viscose producer Sateri signs Fashion Industry Charter Premium Article

    SHANGHAI – Chinese viscose producer Sateri has become the first of its kind to join the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, an initiative led by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Signatories to the charter…
  • Wednesday, 01 July 2020

    Dutch Agreement companies accused on due diligence Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Companies affiliated to the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) have been accused of coming up short in their work to improve human rights in their supply chains. A joint report by the Clean Clothes Campaign…
  • Wednesday, 01 July 2020

    Kering sets 2025 biodiversity strategy Premium Article

    PARIS – Fashion conglomerate Kering, which owns Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen, has outlined a new biodiversity strategy, in which it states that it will strive to be net positive by 2025. The French firm’s targets include…
  • Wednesday, 01 July 2020

    Preferred fibres 'not growing fast enough' Premium Article

    LUBBOCK - Production of more sustainable fibre and materials is growing but not at the speed and scale required, according to Textile Exchange's 2020 Preferred Fibre and Materials Market Report (PFMR). It reveals that global fibre production has…
  • Wednesday, 01 July 2020

    Survey: Cambodian workers crippled by low incomes Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – A survey of suspended factory workers, whose sites have closed either temporarily or permanently in light of the coronavirus pandemic, highlights the severity of their financial difficulties with respondents suggesting they’re eating…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    Boohoo suppliers ‘forced’ UK staff to work during lockdown Premium Article

    LEICESTER – Workers in the Leicester garment manufacturing sector supplying fashion brands such as Boohoo were forced to work through the UK COVID-19 lockdown amid furlough fraud, according to a new investigation by the Labour Behind the Label…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    Scientists: ‘avoid’ entire class of fluorine chemicals Premium Article

    BERKELEY – A group of scientists has today called for all per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) to be treated as one single class of chemistry and said they should be avoided for nonessential uses due to their persistence in the environment and…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    'Better Cotton' reaches 22% of production Premium Article

    GENEVA - The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has launched its 2019 annual report in which it reveals that 22 per cent of global cotton is now produced under its principles. The 2019 report reveals that licensed BCI Farmers in 23 different countries…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    Munich Fabric Start adapts September event Premium Article

    MUNICH – The organisers of Munich Fabric Start and Bluezone have U-turned on optimistic plans to host the show in its original format on September 1, opting to cancel the event this year “due to several reasons related to the pandemic." “This hard…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    Teijin launches “partly plant-derived” Solotex fibre Premium Article

    TOKYO – Teijin Frontier, the group’s fibres and products converting arm, has launched the latest iteration of its Solotex conjugated performance fibre, which is produced by pairing a partly plant-derived polytrimethylene terephthalate polymer with…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    Vietnam's apparel industry agrees action plan Premium Article

    HANOI - Employers' organisations, industry bodies and trade unions have come together to agree a plan to help the country's apparel industry survive the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. A joint statement on the agreement was signed by employers’…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    FibreTrace links up with LWB to track fibres Premium Article

    LONDON - Textile traceability pioneers FibreTrace have linked up with luminescent materials specialist Leuchtstoffwerk Breitungen GmbH (LWB) in a global strategic partnership. The partnership brings together skills in the textile industry with…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    Cambodian minister vows to address worker plights Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s Minister of Labour Ith Samheng has urged his peers in authority to address the plight of workers amidst the coronavirus pandemic, after yet more protests over factory closures and uncertainty over pay. In a meeting with the…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    PETA urges LVMH to ban fur and animal skins Premium Article

    LONDON – Animal rights organisation PETA will attend the annual meeting of luxury fashion titan LVMH, which owns brands such as Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior, today as it urges the firm to ban both fur and exotic animal skins from its clothes…
  • Monday, 29 June 2020

    ‘Red zoned’ factories miss out on US$3.2m in orders Premium Article

    CHATTOGRAM – Six garment manufacturing facilities in the Bangladeshi city of Chattogram say they’re set to lose out on a combined US$3.2 million in orders after being forced to suspend operations due to a location-based lockdown period which won’t…
  • Monday, 29 June 2020

    Enzyme process for recycled PET enters new phase Premium Article

    CLERMONT-FERRAND – French bioplastics firm Carbios has started to build its new demonstration facility in Lyon, which will use enzymes to break down and recycle waste plastics that's then turned into 'virgin-grade' polyethylene terephthalate (PET)…
  • Monday, 29 June 2020

    Euratex outlines strategy for industry "renaissance" Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – Industry authority Euratex has developed and will execute five initiatives as it looks to “guide the [apparel] sector to its renaissance.” The European organisation recognises just how integral the fashion and textile industries have been…
  • Monday, 29 June 2020

    Sri Lanka urged to modernise industry Premium Article

    COLOMBO - The Sri Lankan government is being urged to modernise the country's garment and textiles industry following the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The recommendation is contained in a report, 'COVID-19 & Beyond - The…
  • Monday, 29 June 2020

    Scientists 'discover how to grow coloured cotton' Premium Article

    CANBERRA - Scientists in Australia say they have discovered a way to grow coloured cotton in a breakthrough which could remove the need for potentially harmful chemical dyes. Researchers from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research…
  • Monday, 29 June 2020

    H&M-backed Sellpy expands into Germany Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - H&M backed Swedish second-hand clothing platform Sellpy has launched in Germany in the first stage of a planned international expansion. Sellpy, which was established in Sweden in 2014, aims to open up access to its online service, which…
  • Monday, 29 June 2020

    GlobalData: pandemic to accelerate nearshoring shift Premium Article

    LONDON – The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the fashion and textile industries is expected to lead an increasing number of brands and retailers to nearshore their supply chain operations over the coming years, according to market analytics…
  • Monday, 29 June 2020

    US cotton bodies align industry efforts Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture and the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), pledging to work cohesively to accelerate sustainability outcomes within America’s cotton…
  • Monday, 29 June 2020

    New Innovation Institute to fast-track material innovation Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Material Innovation Institute (MII), a newly launched non-profit in the United States, has set its sights on the advancement of sustainable materials across the fashion, automotive and homeware industries, and plans to partner…
  • Friday, 26 June 2020

    Gore announces new carbon reduction targets Premium Article

    DELAWARE – Technical textile supplier Gore Fabrics has announced a new sustainability framework which includes carbon reduction goals for its Gore-Tex flagship brand. It includes a science-based target to reduce carbon emissions in Gore’s…
  • Friday, 26 June 2020

    Ralph Lauren shares 2020 sustainability report Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Fashion brand Ralph Lauren has revealed new targets on greenhouse gas emissions and water stewardship in its 2020 Global Citizenship and Sustainability Report. The report includes the establishment of a science-based target for a 30 per…
  • Friday, 26 June 2020

    Mass market potential for rental and reuse - report Premium Article

    BANBURY - A new report from UK waste recycling charity WRAP claims to demonstrate potential mass market appeal for circular business models in the fashion industry such as rental and reuse. However, it adds that consumer interest in these new…
  • Friday, 26 June 2020

    European project eyes transformative material change Premium Article

    GENK – A new European research project which vies to reimagine the make-up of textile fibres used for clothing and fishing gear has been kick-started this month, bringing together 14 partner organisations from across nine countries on the continent.…
  • Friday, 26 June 2020

    OrganoClick funded for further research Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish chemicals company OrganoClick has been awarded SEK 1.3 million (around US$130,000) by government research agency Vinnova to further develop its fluorocarbon-free OrganoTex treatment. The R&D project, called Popfree, will start in…
  • Friday, 26 June 2020

    Call for EU to commit to circularity Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN - The Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) non-profit is to stage an online event to urge the European Union (EU) to commit to circularity in the textiles industry in its post-pandemic recovery plans. The event will examine the impacts of COVID-19…
  • Friday, 26 June 2020

    Petition to Primark criticises loose safety measures Premium Article

    LONDON – A petition launched by Primark employees in the UK is calling for more stringent safety measures in stores, as they say customers have flouted the rules since re-opening on June 15. In its address to Primark CEO Paul Marchart, the petition…
  • Thursday, 25 June 2020

    Report reveals plight of Indian garment workers Premium Article

    DELHI - A new report from the Society for Labour and Development (SLD) labour rights organisation paints a harrowing picture of the plight of garment workers during the coronavorus lockdown in India. Entitled 'Garment Workers in India’s Lockdown -…
  • Thursday, 25 June 2020

    Fashion 'needs to learn from nature' - report Premium Article

    MISSOULA - The fashion industry need to act more like a natural ecosystem to become truly sustainable and circular, according to a new report from the Biomimicry Institute non-profit. Entitled 'The Nature of Fasion - Moving towards a regenerative…
  • Thursday, 25 June 2020

    Canopy audit praises Jilin Chemicals progress Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Environmental NGO CanopyStyle has published the results of Chinese man-made cellulosic fibre manufacturer Jilin Chemical Fiber’s first CanopyStyle audit, lauding the Asian firm’s efforts to mitigate the use of materials from ancient and…
  • Wednesday, 24 June 2020

    Hohenstein and Scivera claim 'greener chemistry' Premium Article

    BOENNIGHEIM/CHARLOTTESVILLE – Textile testing company Hohenstein and chemical management experts Scivera have linked up to streamline the process for chemical suppliers to assess and validate preferred chemicals for apparel, footwear and home…
  • Wednesday, 24 June 2020

    Post-Brexit deals 'must be aligned with climate goals' Premium Article

    LONDON - Leading businesses including IKEA and Marks & Spencer are calling on the British government to ensure that any post-Brexit trade deals are aligned with climate and environmental goals. The Aldersgate Group, an alliance of dozens of business…
  • Wednesday, 24 June 2020

    H&M accused over 1,200 job losses Premium Article

    MYSORE: Fashion brand H&M says it is working with one of its suppliers and unions after it was accused of being responsible for the closure of an Indian garment factory with the loss of 1,200 jobs. Gokaldas Exports has shut down its Euro Clothing…
  • Wednesday, 24 June 2020

    PODCAST: How tax can help save the planet Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – Femke Groothuis, founder and president of The Ex'Tax Project, explains the potential power of tax reform to transform the apparel industry at the scale and pace required. Groothuis, whose thinktank calls for the shift of taxation from…
  • Wednesday, 24 June 2020

    Fears for apparel donations as waste volumes mount Premium Article

    EXETER – The council of Exeter city, in the UK, has warned that there is “no market for rags” after images surfaced of abandoned piles of clothes that had been left alongside clothing banks. Though well meaning, consumers are believed to have dumped…
  • Wednesday, 24 June 2020

    AAFA calls for digitised product labelling Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has written to the US Federal Trade Commission urging that it provides a timely update to its decades-old product labelling regulations to better leverage digital solutions. “Technology…
  • Wednesday, 24 June 2020

    Brits 'set to discard 67 million garments' Premium Article

    BANBURY - British households are poised to dispose of 67 million items of clothing once lockdown has been lifted, according to UK waste recycling charity WRAP. A new survey by WRAP suggests that two in five Brits (41 per cent) had a clothing…
  • Tuesday, 23 June 2020

    Resale to overtake fast fashion, says ThredUp Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – US consignment company ThredUp has published its 2020 Resale Report suggesting that with shifting consumer focus, the value of the resale market can be expected to trump that of fast fashion by the end of the decade. With a rapid…
  • Tuesday, 23 June 2020

    Bangladesh 'among 10 worst countries for workers' Premium Article

    DHAKA - Bangladesh has been named as one of the worst countries in the world for workers' rights - with those in the garment industry among the worst affected, according to a new survey. The 2020 ITUC Global Rights Index, produced by the…
  • Tuesday, 23 June 2020

    A statement: a win for water in the EU Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – Today, MCL News & Media is pleased to announce that along with 25 other responsible companies and over 375,000 EU citizens, our joint efforts to maintain the EU Water Framework Directive, as advocated by the #Protectwater campaign have…
  • Tuesday, 23 June 2020

    93% of brands 'don't pay living wage' Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Some 93 per cent of surveyed brands are not paying the people who make their clothes a living wage, according to a new website launched by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and funded by the European Union (EU). The Fashion Checker…
  • Tuesday, 23 June 2020

    Cambodian unions call for indemnity pay U-turn Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – A collective of 14 major trade unions in Cambodia has submitted a petition to the country’s labour ministry, urging that it rescinds its decision to allow factory bosses to withhold annual seniority indemnity pay until 2021. Earlier…
  • Tuesday, 23 June 2020

    Four Paws details fashion’s animal welfare shortcomings Premium Article

    VIENNA – A new report by animal rights organisation Four Paws has assessed the global fashion industry’s efforts to meet adequate welfare standards in its supply chains, finding that only 21 per cent of brands trace even a portion of the…
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