Following on from the recent launch of the new Chem-IQ program, John Mowbray asks Sean Cady, VP Global Responsible Sourcing at VF Corp. some tough questions on behalf of our readers. Based on our conversations with various industry players since the launch of the new ‘Chem-IQ’ program by VF Corp. – first revealed by Ecotextile News – we received a huge amount of feedback from our readership asking for further clarification of the new chemical management tool.

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  • Monday, 17 June 2019

    Digitalisation and AI to boost sustainable fashion?

    GLASGOW — New research undertaken at the University of Glasgow has examined the role digitalisation can play in changing how consumers respond to, manage and maintain their clothes. Its findings offer up evidence that supports some anecdotal…
  • Monday, 17 June 2019

    Chromuch offers ‘sustainable’ synthetic fibre

    TAIPEI – ‘Sustainable’ synthetic fibre innovator Chromuch is taking a fresh approach to yarn production, and now offers sheath and core solution dyed yarns – made from rPET bottles – which it claims is: “the most eco-certified fibre brand in the…
  • Friday, 14 June 2019

    Walmart and HanesBrands support National Parks

    WINSTON-SALEM —US apparel firm HanesBrands has launched a new collection of T-shirts in support of the National Park Foundation. The garments will be available online and in select Walmart stores located nearby nine of the United States’ most…
  • Friday, 14 June 2019

    Recycled T-shirt range uses AI to avoid textile waste

    FRESHWATER — British apparel manufacturer Teemill has launched a new range of organic cotton T-shirts which the company intends to take back an indefinite number of times. The firm offers online shoppers made-to-order printed clothing which means no…
  • Friday, 14 June 2019

    Asics supports climate task force

     KOBE – Sports performance brand Asics has become the first sporting goods manufacturer to support the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), which will see it disclose information of business risks…
  • Friday, 14 June 2019

    Levi’s, Nike, Calvin Klein among brands ‘deeply troubled’ by Myanmar

    WASHINGTON — The American Apparel & Footwear Association and Fair Labor Association have written to the Myanmar government calling for action on rights violations in the nation’s textile supply chain and for freedom of association and collective…
  • Friday, 14 June 2019

    UN wants ethical fashion to mitigate climate crisis

    NEW YORK — The United Nations has put out a call for applications from young people interested in developing innovative, technology-driven solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges; none more so than the climate crisis. One of the…
  • Thursday, 13 June 2019

    Planet Textiles 2019: zero tolerance of textile pollution

    BARCELONA – At the forthcoming Planet Textile Summit on sustainability next week at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona, a high-level breakout session led by Frank Michel, the CEO of the ZDHC Foundation will provide advice and practical examples of how to…
  • Thursday, 13 June 2019

    Hemp textiles boosted by new laws and Levi’s adoption

    WASHINGTON — On December 20th of last year, President Donald Trump signed the 2018 United States Farm Bill into law. Included in this was text which reformed hemp from a controlled substance to an agricultural commodity, legalising the growing of…
  • Thursday, 13 June 2019

    Eastman transitions fibre line to 100% recycled PET

    KINGSPORT – Eastman Chemical Company has announced that Avra, its family of high performance fibres, will be produced with 100 per cent post-consumer recycled PET plastic as of spring 2020, as it continues to ramp up its sustainability efforts,…
  • Thursday, 13 June 2019

    Target set for renewable energy by 2030

    MINNEAPOLIS — US multichannel retailer Target has claimed a “major step forward” by committing to source electricity for all its domestic operations from renewable sources by 2030. This new pledge supersedes its previous aim, set in 2017, and the…
  • Thursday, 13 June 2019

    Unifi launches Repreve ocean plastics fibre

    GREENSBORO — Unifi has launched a new Repreve branded fibre derived from “bottles at high risk of ending up in the ocean,” with the goal of tackling the “root cause” of ocean plastic pollution. The Repreve Our Ocean fibre is made from bottles…
  • Thursday, 13 June 2019

    Ralph Lauren announces new sustainability goals

    NEW YORK – Luxury fashion retailer Ralph Lauren has revealed ‘Design the Change’, a new set of global citizenship and sustainability strategy and goals which it hopes will “bring clarity and focus to how Ralph Lauren will deliver the change required…
  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019

    Inditex forms Sustainability Committee amid record sales

    ARTEIXO – After Spanish retailer Inditex announced record Q1 sales of €5.93 billion, the company says it will now form a Sustainability Committee within its Board of Directors that will oversee strategies and policies, supervise efforts to monitor…
  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019

    Bluesign to release ‘black limits’ for textile dyes

    ST GALLEN – Starting next month, Bluesign will publish threshold limits for chemical substances in finished products such as textile auxiliaries or dyes that are listed as having carcinogenic, mutagenic, or reprotoxic properties. The new Bluesign…
  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019

    Gap and Arvind unite for fashion water savings

    SAN FRANCISCO — Global fashion retailer Gap Inc. has announced a new partnership with long time collaborator Arvind Limited in an effort to channel “industry-leading solutions” to the problem of global water scarcity. The project will see the duo…
  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019

    WRAP rallies recycling innovators

    LONDON – The Resource Action Fund, launched by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in May, will pile investment totalling £4.7 million into two ambitious projects in a bid to transform the reprocessing and recycling…
  • Tuesday, 11 June 2019

    CEA threatens to ‘name and shame’ cotton counterfeiters

    GIZA – Cotton Egypt Association (CEA), the non-profit which supports the Egyptian Cotton brand, has launched an initiative that will work to “actively root out” counterfeiters in the textile industry and will name and shame the manufacturers found…
  • Tuesday, 11 June 2019

    32 major fashion brands fail on living wage

    BRISTOL – A report by non-profit Labour behind the Label has revealed that out of 32 fashion brands surveyed, a staggering 31 can show no evidence of a living wage being paid to any of the workers who make their goods; with outlier Gucci paying…
  • Tuesday, 11 June 2019

    IKEA announces 100% recycled polyester pledge

    LEIDEN – Homeware conglomerate IKEA has announced its ambition to replace all virgin polyester textiles products with recycled polyester by 2020. This comes as the firm has embarked on a mission to utilise only renewable or recycled materials by…
  • Tuesday, 11 June 2019

    Fashion Revolution launches online course

    ASHBOURNE – NGO Fashion Revolution has announced the launch of a free online course aimed at those wishing to learn more about topics such as the fashion industry’s impact on people and planet, what the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals…
  • Tuesday, 11 June 2019

    Teijin develops 100% recycled ‘cotton-like’ polyester yarn

    TOKYO – Teijin Frontier, the Teijin Group’s fibres and products converting company, has announced the development of what it calls a ‘cotton-like’ high-performance polyester yarn made from 100 per cent recyclable materials for athleisure fashion and…
  • Tuesday, 11 June 2019

    Environmental tools the focus for SAC, ZDHC forum

    BARCELONA — The latest edition of the SAC and ZDHC Manufacturer Forum series will be held on 21st June alongside ITMA at Fira de Barcelona. The event, which is open to all textile and apparel industry manufacturers, brands and retailers who wish to…
  • Monday, 10 June 2019

    CanopyStyle event highlights conservation progress

    SHANGHAI – Over 80 brands, innovators, producers and stakeholders descended on Canopy’s Brand Summit – co-hosted by H&M, M&S, and Inditex – representing 80 per cent of global viscose supply. Household names such as Walmart, Gap and Target were among…
  • Monday, 10 June 2019

    Fibershed publishes sustainable fashion guide

    SAN GERONIMO — Sustainable fashion non-profit Fibershed has published a new guide to help consumers make informed decisions when purchasing or caring for apparel. The organisation says its new publication offers “simple guidelines” which provide…
  • Monday, 10 June 2019

    Forensic traceability nears full commercialisation

    STONY BROOK — Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. has published the latest information on the commercialisation of its CertainT traceability platform, designed to offer conclusive forensic evidence that a textile product contains what is claimed on the…
  • Monday, 10 June 2019

    Louis Vuitton, Dior get blockchain makeover

    NEW YORK CITY – Blockchain software technology company Consensys has announced a new partnership with French luxury goods corporation LMVH and multinational technology corporation Microsoft, which will see its technology used to verify the…
  • Monday, 10 June 2019

    Sri Lanka firm claims ‘Net Zero Carbon’ first

    BATTICALOA — Sri Lankan apparel firm Brandix has claimed that its manufacturing facility in Batticaloa is the “world’s first” to achieve ‘Net Zero Carbon’ status. This certification signifies that a factory has “completely neutralised its…
  • Monday, 10 June 2019

    Fashion for Good launches new shop theme

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good has launched a new theme in its Good Shop: Colour. It says it will explore the alternative methods to colouring textiles and footwear, showcasing six brands and designers challenging current dyeing and colouring…
  • Friday, 07 June 2019

    Greenpeace takes a fashion Detox ‘pause’

    AMSTERDAM — Environmental campaign group Greenpeace has revealed to Ecotextile News its intention to take a “pause from active campaigning” in the textile and apparel sector given the “significant progress” made by various industry actors in the…
  • Friday, 07 June 2019

    BCI annual report charts 2020 targets progress

    GENEVA – The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has released its 2018 annual report in which it details the progress it has made in reaching its 2020 sustainability targets. Notably, BCI Brand and Retail members surpassed the milestone of sourcing one…
  • Friday, 07 June 2019

    Planet Textiles gives ITMA new take on sustainability

    BARCELONA – The upcoming Planet Textiles Summit to be held at the ITMA textile technology exhibition, which expects over 100,000 visitors over 7 days, will hold three special breakout sessions that deal with some of the textile industry’s biggest…
  • Friday, 07 June 2019

    Big-name brands back Cambodia contract ruling

    PHNOM PENH – H&M, Levi’s and Gap have come out in support of an arbitration council ruling in Cambodia, which states that a factory suppling the three brands must give permanent contracts to the 408 workers which it previously employed on a…
  • Friday, 07 June 2019

    Ethiopia cotton collaboration strives for sustainability

    UTRECHT — Solidaridad has teamed up with Cotton made in Africa, Danish Ethical Trading Initiative and MVO Nederland to establish a new project aimed at promoting a sustainable value chain for Ethiopian cotton on its journey to European consumers.…
  • Friday, 07 June 2019

    Cotton On wins Responsible Retailer Award

    GEELONG – Australian retail chain Cotton On has been awarded 2019 Responsible Retailer Initiative of the Year at the World Retail Congress Awards in Amsterdam, due to its work with the Kenya Cotton Programme, the company’s first ‘sustainable’…
  • Thursday, 06 June 2019

    SLCP tool to minimise social audit duplication

    AMSTERDAM — The Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP) has announced the launch of an industry tool designed to replace existing social and labor audits in the sizeable apparel industries of China, India, Sri Lanka and Taiwan. SLCP signatories,…
  • Thursday, 06 June 2019

    Consumer survey signals appetite for sustainability

    LONDON – A survey commissioned by e-commerce and retail AI platform Nosto has found that of a sample of 2,000 consumers split across the UK and United States, more than half (52 per cent) want the fashion industry to become more sustainable, with…
  • Thursday, 06 June 2019

    College announces 'sustainable' fashion programme

    LONDON – Central Saint Martins (CSM) – a constituent college of the University of the Arts London – has announced the launch of a 'sustainable' fashion programme, taught by architect Nancy Diniz. It will be focused on biodesign and creating fashion…
  • Thursday, 06 June 2019

    EOCA welcomes eight new members

    KANTON ZUG – The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) has announced the addition of seven new members and a new trade partner, adding to the growing list of over 130 companies under the NGO’s banner. Sunday Afternoons, World of Camping,…
  • Wednesday, 05 June 2019

    Kering platform seeks fashion transparency and innovation

    PARIS — Kering Group, the company behind luxury fashion brands such as. Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga, has launched a new digital platform to boost interaction with its Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L) account. Kering has also…
  • Wednesday, 05 June 2019

    H&M to give circular insights at Planet Textiles

    BARCELONA — This year’s edition of Planet Textiles will be opened by H&M’s head of sustainability, Pascal Brun, who will give fresh insights on the fashion giant’s work on innovation, circularity and the business case for reducing the environmental…
  • Wednesday, 05 June 2019

    Trudeau Foundation backs indigenous fashion research

    TORONTO — Research being undertaken by a PhD student into the economic and social relationships between Indigenous peoples and the fashion industry has been selected as one of 20 studies receive support from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.
  • Wednesday, 05 June 2019

    Investors respond to Bangladesh Accord extension

    DHAKA — The ICCR (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility), which in January 2018 urged the extension of the Bangladesh Accord’s operations, has spoken out following the temporary stay the regulatory body has been granted by the Appellate…
  • Wednesday, 05 June 2019

    PODCAST: Subcritical water – a boost for textile recycling?

    WAKEFIELD – The Sustainable Fashion Academy’s Mike Schragger recently sat down with Luke Henning, founder of Tyton BioSciences, who explained how his company stumbled upon a new use for its technology that could shape the future of textile…
  • Tuesday, 04 June 2019

    FENC grows North America recycling presence

    TAIWAN — Far Eastern New Century Corporation (FENC) has announced the acquisition of US recycling firm Phoenix Technologies International LLC — and most crucially, its annual 36,000 tonne capacity.
  • Tuesday, 04 June 2019

    Greenpeace trials tentative textile return

    AMSTERDAM — Environmental campaign group Greenpeace is trialling a newly-prescribed amalgamation of existing industry standards to verify the ethical, non-hazardous production of textiles for its range of t-shirts, bags and other merchandise. The…
  • Tuesday, 04 June 2019

    M&S’ Mike Barry announces resignation

    LONDON – Marks and Spencer’s director of sustainable business Mike Barry has announced that he will resign from his role on June 30 after 19 years with the British multinational. Barry has played an instrumental role in the company’s 180-point Plan…
  • Tuesday, 04 June 2019

    ZDHC adds five new contributors

    AMSTERDAM – Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) has announced the addition of LVMH, Colourtex, Samia Spa, Covolan Têxtil and Ratti Spa as organisations to join its its base of Contributors, which now stands at close to 150.
  • Tuesday, 04 June 2019

    Finland explores legal due diligence obligation

    HELSINKI — The Finnish Government has pledged to adopt mandatory HRDD (Human resources due diligence) legislation at both national and EU level, ensuring that due diligence is a requirement in all supply chains serving the nation’s economy. 
  • Monday, 03 June 2019

    Kingpins highlights top ‘sustainable’ products

    AMSTERDAM – The organisers of denim trade show Kingpins have announced an initiative intended to help attendees identify the most ‘sustainable’ products on offer at the show. Kingpins’ Most Sustainable Products will see ten winners selected at each…
  • Monday, 03 June 2019

    Unprecedented biodiversity decline accelerates extinctions

    NAIROBI — Research undertaken by the Intergovernmental Science‑Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has called the current global response to the climate crisis “insufficient,” and urged transformative changes if the…
  • Monday, 03 June 2019

    US retailer fined for child labour, illegal wages

    SALT LAKE CITY – The US Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has ordered a Utah-based clothing retailer to pay US$84,048 in back wages, liquidated damages, and penalties to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)…
  • Friday, 31 May 2019

    New concerns raised for chemical safety in China

    BEIJING — March of this year saw a fatal explosion rip through a factory run by Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co. Ltd (JTC), a company which produces m-phenylenediamine alongside a range of other key intermediaries in Yancheng, China, that are used in…
  • Friday, 31 May 2019

    A blueprint for denim change

    BARCELONA – How should the denim manufacturing industry make jeans by 2025? And what breakthroughs in technology and thinking are needed to make this happen? These will be some of the key talking points at the special session on denim production…
  • Friday, 31 May 2019

    Child labour an ‘extreme risk’ in China, India

    BATH — New research into the prevalence of child labour has categorised several textile-producing powerhouse nations as being at either high or extreme risk of facilitating the practice within supply chains. Report authors Verisk Maplecroft…
  • Friday, 31 May 2019

    Tchibo scales up ocean plastics in sportswear

    HAMBURG – German retailer Tchibo has launched its latest collection of sportswear, which it says utilises the ‘ocean plastic’ of PET bottles & textile waste, with the end goal of “more recycling, less resource consumption.” This is the second Tchibo…
  • Friday, 31 May 2019

    Benetton Group makes 2025 cotton pledge

    TREVISO — Benetton Group, the company behind brands such as Sisley and United Colors of Benetton, has committed to exclusively use cotton that is either organic, recycled or sourced from Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) farmers by 2025.
  • Thursday, 30 May 2019

    Bangladesh knitter scales up cationic dyeing

    DHAKA – A patent pending, cationic textile dye technology for griege fabrics, which it’s claimed allows future zero discharge waste water treatment plants to run at acceptable costs – with no salt and minimal total dissolved solids (TDS) – is now up…
  • Thursday, 30 May 2019

    Levi Strauss extends vulnerable communities support

    SAN FRANCISCO — The Levi Strauss Foundation has committed one million dollars to a Rapid Response Fund — supporting organisations that protect highly vulnerable communities — for the third year in a row. The Foundation cites the current political…
  • Thursday, 30 May 2019

    Fashion brands ‘falling short’ on living wage pledges

    SHEFFIELD — A report published by academics at the University of Sheffield suggests that while many big name fashion brands are committing to headline-grabbing wage pledges they are currently failing to meet these targets. It is alleged that many…
  • Thursday, 30 May 2019

    Bangladesh seeks Green Climate Fund investment

    DHAKA – The Infrastructure Development Company (IDCOL) has announced that it will be seeking US$100 million in loans from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and hopes to secure a further US$66 million through borrower co-financing in order to improve…
  • Thursday, 30 May 2019

    Southampton’s second hand fashion surge

    SOUTHAMPTON — Southampton Clothes Swap, a community project funded by Southampton City Council and established to run monthly events promoting sustainable fashion consumption, is set to hold Sustainable Fashion Fest 2019 at the John Hansard Gallery.…
  • Thursday, 30 May 2019

    ITMA announces Sustainable Innovation Award finalists

    BARCELONA – Ahead of ITMA 2019, the finalists of the second ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award have been unveiled, with the winner set to be announced at a prize presentation ceremony at the event on 20th June. The award comprises two categories: the…
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2019

    Everlane partners with bluesign

    SAN FRANCISCO – US clothing retailer Everlane, which is known for its efforts to build a transparent business, has today become a bluesign system partner, saying the move builds upon its “transparent values and puts sustainability front and centre…
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2019

    Archroma to debut five innovations at ITMA

    REINACH – Swiss colour and specialty chemicals company Archroma has announced that it will be presenting five innovations and 24 system solutions, and plans to host ‘Innovation and Solutions Sessions’ at its booth to showcase them. This will include…
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2019

    Textile recycling on World Circular Economy Forum agenda

    HELSINKI — This year’s World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF2019) will take place in Helsinki, with around 2,000 delegates descending on the Finnish capital to discuss key issues such as the recycling of apparel and textiles. Aalto University, the…
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2019

    Ted Baker among circular business inductees

    LONDON – The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and circular business consultancy firm QSA Partners have forged relationships with Ted Baker, outdoor brand FW and fashion technology platform Farfetch, in a pilot-scale effort to introduce new…
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2019

    Cambodian workers fear unemployment amid EU sanctions

    PHNOM PENH — As the European Union is said to have instigated a process to suspend its ‘Everything But Arms’ (EBA) trade agreement with Cambodia, fear is spreading among the nation’s garment workers that their livelihoods could be at risk. Research…
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2019

    Podcast: Innovation to combat textile waste

    WAKEFIELD – Today's episode of Big Closets Small Planet casts an eye over two companies seeking to combat the vast quantities of waste the apparel and textile industries are responsible for producing. Every week the series explores how individuals…
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2019

    New BCI certified cotton thread from Coats

    UXBRIDGE — British thread producer Coats has launched a duo of new 100 per cent cotton products, both of which have been certified by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) according to the organisation’s sustainable raw material criteria. The two new…
  • Tuesday, 28 May 2019

    ‘Sustainable’ shopping centre opens in Belgium

    BRUSSELS – In the heart of Belgium’s capital, Yuman claims to be the country's first ‘sustainable’ shopping centre, showcasing brands which focus on developing a circular economy. Companies involved in the initiative include Tale Me, which offers…
  • Tuesday, 28 May 2019

    Roica, Candiani debut ReLast line

    MILAN – Asahi Kasei’s stretch fibre brand Roica and its new partner Candiani Denim will debut the new ReLast line, which utilises a specially-made variation of Roica’s GRS (Global Recycled Standard) version four certified elastane, at Denim Première…
  • Tuesday, 28 May 2019

    Netherlands pledges €35 million to end child labour

    THE HAGUE — An alliance between Stop Child Labour, UNICEF Netherlands and Save the Children Netherlands has received €35 million support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to aid a new project seeking to eradicate child labour. The…
  • Tuesday, 28 May 2019

    SAC Policy Hub seeks circular economy growth

    AMSTERDAM — The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has launched the Policy Hub for Circular Economy in an effort unite industry leaders behind policies that promote circular practices in the apparel, footwear and textile sectors. Circularity has,…
  • Tuesday, 28 May 2019

    Post-EAC inquiry: What next for British fashion?

    LONDON - The recommendations of the EAC inquiry into the fashion industry drew plenty of praise from industry stakeholders, but sharing findings was only ever going to be the first step. Since its publication, several UK politicians have…
  • Friday, 24 May 2019

    Fashion activist Katharine Hamnett: "Things have got worse"

    LONDON — Fashion designer and ethical activist Katharine Hamnett sat down with Ecotextile News for the latest instalment of our Hard Talk interview series. Industry alignment, the key issues facing the cotton sector, potential for legislative…
  • Friday, 24 May 2019

    Eurojersey declares PEF in textile sector first

    MILAN – Italian warp knit fabrics producer Eurojersey has become the first textile company to declare its Product Environmental Footprint (PEF), having been awarded PEF 010/19 certification by Certiqualit. The company has also announced that it…
  • Friday, 24 May 2019

    Inditex extends displaced migrant support

    ARTEIXO — Spanish fashion conglomerate Inditex, the parent company of brands such as Zara and Bershka, has announced the signing of a deal with Universidad Pontificia Comillas to renew the collaborative Chair for Refugees project, aimed at…
  • Friday, 24 May 2019

    Textile Exchange and Reblend join Cotton Recycling Pilot

    AMSTERDAM — Circle Economy has confirmed that both Textile Exchange and Reblend have joined its Cotton Recycling Pilot as knowledge partners. The duo will join forces with Circle Economy to add their respective insights in order to improve and…
  • Thursday, 23 May 2019

    PEFC helps fashion see the wood for the trees

    LONDON — PEFC’s Forests for Fashion event has seen industry representatives from the likes of Lenzing and Textile Exchange, alongside organisations such as the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), come together to discuss the…
  • Thursday, 23 May 2019

    Are banks ignoring ethical fashion?

    More and more banks are exerting pressure on the businesses they finance to pursue more environmentally-conscious projects. Is it time this approach was also applied to the welfare and employment rights of workers? 
  • Thursday, 23 May 2019

    Levi's, Nike, Gap seek climate and carbon talks

    WASHINGTON — Senior executives from more than 75 businesses in the United States, including apparel powerhouses Gap, Levi’s and Nike, have arranged to meet with a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers to debate meaningful climate legislation —…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2019

    Big Closets Small Planet: H&M climate positive by 2040?

    WAKEFIELD – Series Two of the Big Closets Small Planet podcast, run in partnership between Ecotextile News and the Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA), is now in full swing. Innovation in Climate Action is this week’s focus. More specifically, host…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2019

    Animals in fashion: are we nearing Farmageddon?

    COPENHAGEN – During the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, a panel with the title: From Farm to Hanger: Animals in the Fashion Supply chain was supposed to discuss the role of certification schemes and animal welfare standards, however the session went…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2019

    Pilot yields C2C certified ‘biodegradable’ printed textiles

    TÜBINGEN – In a significant advancement for the textile printing sector, speciality chemical supplier CHT Group has produced print pastes and pigments that have been certified to the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Gold Standard by consulting institute EPEA…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2019

    Urban Outfitters pivots into rental fashion

    PHILADELPHIA — Fashion retailer Urban Outfitters has announced that Nuuly, a subscription-based rental service for women’s apparel, will launch this summer. The platform will initially offer subscribers the chance to rent six items per month, with…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2019

    Final Planet Textiles 2019 line-up revealed

    BARCELONA — The full line-up for this year’s Planet Textiles has now been revealed. Senior executives from Nike, HSBC and H&M will join big names from across a wide variety of textile and apparel businesses in taking to the stage at the sustainable…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2019

    F4D partner with Oxitex and Class

    COPENHAGEN – At this year’s Copenhagen Fashion Summit, F4D Solutions, which operates under the Fashion 4 Development umbrella, announced a new partnership with two of the solutions-platforms presented during the conference: Oxitex and Class. The…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2019

    ASBCI Conference places focus on sustainability

    MANCHESTER – “It is very difficult to be ethical when huge amounts of money are involved.” Fashion commentator Colin McDowell OBE opened the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) Spring Conference with a stark reminder of…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2019

    Supply chain transparency 'good for business'

    WASHINGTON – A new report claims that companies exhibiting greater supply chain transparency measures benefit from “better reputations, greater operational efficiency, improved legal compliance, and increased access to capital.” ICAR (International…
  • Monday, 20 May 2019

    Planet Textiles 2019: Innovation Zone

    BARCELONA — With the tenth edition of Planet Textiles only a matter of weeks away, we take a look at the exhibitors who will form this year’s Innovation Zone, a platform to showcase the latest breakthroughs from across the apparel and textile…
  • Monday, 20 May 2019

    PVH strategy to change one million lives in fashion?

    NEW YORK — PVH Corporation, the company which owns Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and several other of the most recognisable brands in fashion, has launched the latest incarnation of its Corporate Responsibility strategy, Forward Fashion. Published…
  • Monday, 20 May 2019

    Bangladesh Accord breakthrough: transition deal struck

    DHAKA — After months of prolonged delays and frustration, a deal has now been agreed between the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh and the Bangladesh garment employers’ association (BGMEA) to ensure a transition period of almost one…
  • Monday, 20 May 2019

    Romanian garment workers ‘paid 14% of living wage’

    DRESDEN — Apparel sector campaign group Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has published a new report claiming that garment workers in Romania are frequently denied acceptable working conditions and paid below the legal minimum wage — equating to as…
  • Friday, 17 May 2019

    Lenzing partners for blockchain traceability

    LENZING – Austrian fibre producer Lenzing has partnered with Hong Kong-based tech firm TextileGenesis to utilise the company’s blockchain technology as a way to incorporate traceability into its flagship Tencel branded fibre business. In the wake of…
  • Friday, 17 May 2019

    Nike debuts circular fashion design guide

    COPENHAGEN — At the Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2019, Nike’s chief design officer, John Hoke, announced the launch of a new design resource created by the sportswear giant. Circularity: Guiding the Future of Design went live while Hoke was on stage,…
  • Thursday, 16 May 2019

    Asics Sustainability Report displays progress

    KOBE – Sports performance brand Asics has released its 2018 Sustainability Report, which summarises the company’s progress towards ‘sustainability’, noting amongst other things that it surpassed its CO2 emissions reduction targets for 2020 two years…
  • Thursday, 16 May 2019

    Stella McCartney teams up with Google Cloud

    COPENHAGEN – Stella McCartney is to team up with Google’s Cloud platform to use artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics in a new pilot which aims to improve transparency in the global fashion supply chain reaching down to tier 4 raw…
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

    Techtextil debut for Archroma UV protector

    FRANKFURT – Colour and specialty chemicals company Archroma has today debuted its new Fadex AS New “super UV protector” at the biennial Techtextil trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. The product, a UV protection solution for polyester fibre that’s…
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

    Copenhagen event calls for post-growth future

    COPENHAGEN – Questioning efforts to introduce a circular business model for the fashion industry took centre stage in Copenhagen on Monday as the newly-established Sustainable Fashion Research Agenda (SFRA) debut event took place at the Carlsberg…
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