From an environmental perspective, doing the right thing, or doing the better thing, must also be the most financially rewarding option if the global textile sector is to improve the way it operates. And taxation could be the answer, argues Phil Patterson.

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  • Friday, 17 January 2020

    Garment workers’ organisation calls for greater protection

    ASHULIA – Garment workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, have today staged a demonstration demanding exemplary punishment for the culprits of an alleged rape in Ashulia. Around 50 members of the workers’ welfare organisation, Bangladesh Garment Sramik…
  • Friday, 17 January 2020

    Tyton completes successful funding round

    DANVILLE – Textile recycling innovator Tyton Biosciences has completed an US$8 million Series A funding round, led by the investment arm of outdoor brand Patagonia, Tin Shed Ventures. The investment will be used to help facilitate the scaling of…
  • Thursday, 16 January 2020

    Agreement reached to transition Bangladesh Accord

    DHAKA – The BGMEA and the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh have officially signed a transition agreement to finalise the creation of the new RMG sustainability council (RSC), which aims to oversee the safety of garment workers in the…
  • Thursday, 16 January 2020

    Dhaka gridlocked as garment workers protest

    DHAKA – Bangladeshi garment workers have blockaded a road in the country’s capital of Dhaka in protest over unpaid wages, in an incident that mirrors a strike taken just last month. Traffic in Shyamoli allegedly ground to a halt for more than two…
  • Wednesday, 15 January 2020

    Cambodia’s workforce endangering lives by hitching rides

    PHNOM PENH – Findings from a new National Social Security Fund (NSSF) report has highlighted the danger garment factory workers subject themselves to when in transit to their jobs. According to the new NSSF report, 50 workers were killed and almost…
  • Wednesday, 15 January 2020

    YKK zippers use marine plastic waste

    TOKYO – Japanese fastener manufacturer YKK has developed new apparel zippers using marine plastic waste intercepted on the coastline of Sri Lanka. The company will present its new Natulon Ocean Sourced collection at both ISPO Munich and the Outdoor…
  • Wednesday, 15 January 2020

    Bangladeshi workers still facing repression over wage protests

    DHAKA – Two years on since tens of thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers took to the streets in protest over poverty wages, many remain out of work and facing criminal charges from disgruntled factory bosses. In January 2019, workers ended…
  • Tuesday, 14 January 2020

    Sympatex to showcase circular jacket at ISPO

    MUNICH – Later this month at ISPO 2020, functional materials manufacturer Sympatex will showcase what it says is the world’s first upcycled jacket made in-line with the principles of a circular economy. The rEvolution Hybrid jacket comprises 30 per…
  • Tuesday, 14 January 2020

    VF Corp among new Global Fashion Agenda partners

    BERLIN – Global Fashion Agenda has welcomed three new Associate Partners: VF Corporation, Zalando and TAL Apparel. The trio will work closely with the GFA, providing feedback and input on its mission to accelerate the fashion industry’s transition…
  • Tuesday, 14 January 2020

    Acoustics used to collect textile microfibres in solution Premium Article

    NAGANO – Scientists in Japan say they’ve found a way to separate synthetic textile microfibres and other microplastics from solution using sound waves – opening up the possibility of retrofitting these acoustic devices on to washing machines and in…
  • Tuesday, 14 January 2020

    Lenzing supports reforestation in Albania

    SHKODRA – Wood-based fibre manufacturer Lenzing has initiated reforestation efforts in Albania in collaboration with the Austrian Development Agency and local communities. In the Ana e Malit region of North Albania, 50 per cent of the forest area…
  • Tuesday, 14 January 2020

    Textiles should be made from cellulose-based waste Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – A new report on how the textile industry can turn waste into a valuable resource by 2030 will be released later this week by The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). Two years in the making, the report says although the…
  • Tuesday, 14 January 2020

    Microfibre emissions halved with cooler, quicker washes Premium Article

    LEEDS – New scientific research confirms that cooler, quicker home launderings could drastically mitigate the emission of textile microfibres into the environment. Academics at the University of Leeds teamed up with Procter & Gamble (P&G), which…
  • Monday, 13 January 2020

    Digitisation to boost circularity, new report suggests

    NEW YORK – A new industry report outlines the influence greater connectivity with the Internet of Things (IoT) could have on the circular economy. Product traceability platform provider Circular ID and energy supplier Eon author the report, in which…
  • Monday, 13 January 2020

    Cambodia pays out US$7.6m to workers on maternity leave

    PHNOM PENH – Garment workers in Cambodia were last year afforded almost 20 per cent more money than the year prior when on maternity leave, the country’s National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has announced. In 2019, female workers were paid an…
  • Monday, 13 January 2020

    Wool broker makes wool declarations compulsory Premium Article

    DUBBO – An Australian wool brokering firm says it will no longer partner with growers that don’t have a National Wool Declaration (NWD) as it looks to encourage more transparent trade agreements. An NWD is voluntary, disclosing information that…
  • Friday, 10 January 2020

    Crackdown on child labour in Mexico

    PUEBLA - A new initiative has been launched by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to crackdown on the use of child labour in the Mexican fashion industry. The 14-month programme aims to prevent, detect and assist victims of child…
  • Friday, 10 January 2020

    New policy brief addresses textile chemicals

    GENEVA - The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) has published a policy brief that addresses chemicals of concern in textiles, among other products, and efforts to minimise their impacts on human health and the…
  • Friday, 10 January 2020

    New Cotton Guide to focus on climate change

    WAKEFIELD – The new updated version of MCL News & Media's authoritative Inside Guide to Cotton & Sustainability - due out next month - warns that the industry is running out of time to reduce its environmental impact. The second edition of the…
  • Thursday, 09 January 2020

    Kering donates to support Australian fire fight

    PARIS – Luxury fashion group Kering, which owns the brands Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, to name but a few, says it will contribute AU$1 million in support of efforts to combat Australia’s ongoing fires. Since…
  • Thursday, 09 January 2020

    Action taken against 'unsafe' garment factories

    DHAKA - A total of 84 garment factories in Bangladesh have had their Utilisation Declaration (UD) certificates suspended - preventing them from importing duty-free raw materials and exporting finished products - due to safety concerns. The…
  • Thursday, 09 January 2020

    Oeko-Tex expands 'sustainability' label

    ZURICH - Testing and certification organisation Oeko-Tex's Made in Green sustainability label now includes leather products under newly updated guidelines which come fully into effect in April. Oeko-Tex says its guidelines, including test criteria…
  • Thursday, 09 January 2020

    Myanmar set to adjust minimum wage

    YANGON – From next week, Myanmar’s government will begin research across major cities on the cost of labour in the garment, food and commodity sectors, as it looks to establish a new minimum wage to be introduced this May. Every two years the…
  • Wednesday, 08 January 2020

    Five more companies join up with ZDHC

    AMSTERDAM - Five more companies have signed up to the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero initiative to replace hazardous chemicals with safer ones in textiles and clothing production. They include chemical companies, Buckman International, Modern Dyestuffs &…
  • Wednesday, 08 January 2020

    Dyntex develops biosynthetic performance fabrics

    BREGENZ – Austrian textile manufacturer Dyntex has developed two new ultralight biosynthetic fabrics for high performance apparel. Dyntex Biodegradable and Dyntex Biological Origin are the culmination of three years R&D, with company CEO, Mathias…
  • Wednesday, 08 January 2020

    Call for action against 'unsafe' garment factories

    DHAKA - The Bangladeshi government has ordered apparel trade bodies to prevent garment factories which have failed to improve safety to protect workers from exporting their products. The Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments…
  • Wednesday, 08 January 2020

    Ireland set to ban textiles from household bins

    DUBLIN - Ireland is set to ban clothes and textiles from household bins, landfill and incineration under new proposals designed to reduce the impact of fast fashion on the environment. Climate Action and Environment Minister Richard Bruton sees such…
  • Wednesday, 08 January 2020

    Tunisia targets efficient textile recycling infrastructure

    TUNIS – Tunisia’s textile industry is set to place greater focus on sustainable business practices, with the launch of a new initiative that will engage stakeholders in aligning with circular production principles and creating more robust recycling…
  • Tuesday, 07 January 2020

    Scientists back textile microfibre filters Premium Article

    TORONTO – Scientists at the University of Toronto have shown how two commercially available washing machine filter technologies can reduce the shedding of textile microfibres from fleece fabrics during domestic laundering. Examining the performance…
  • Tuesday, 07 January 2020

    Houdini collection dominated by recycled material

    STOCKHOLM – Outdoor apparel brand Houdini will soon launch its new fall/winter 2020 collection, which is made up largely of garments that utilise at least 50 per cent recycled fibre. “To create a waste-free world, we need to make sure products are…
  • Tuesday, 07 January 2020

    Textile recycling project 'close to success' Premium Article

    MARIBOR - European researchers say a pilot plant developed to turn textile waste into raw materials which can be re-used in the industrial production of new fibres or plastics is close to achieving market applications. The Resyntex project, in the…
  • Tuesday, 07 January 2020

    Vietnamese workers strike over inadequate bonuses

    NINH BINH – More than a thousand workers at a garment manufacturing facility in Vietnam have gone on strike in protest over unpaid Tet bonuses traditionally awarded to staff in-line with the Lunar New Year. Each year, Vietnam celebrates the Lunar…
  • Monday, 06 January 2020

    Nike tweaks footwear design to use offcuts Premium Article

    BEAVERTON – Sportswear giant Nike has released a new pair of footwear which makes use of what would otherwise be discarded fabric offcuts. The Beaverton-based brand has reimagined its material utilisation and placement to mitigate waste, layering…
  • Monday, 06 January 2020

    Workers, employer at loggerheads after factory protests

    YANGON – Garment workers at a Japanese-owned factory in Yangon, Myanmar, have threatened to protest at the doors of the Japanese embassy if the site’s bosses do not withdraw ongoing labour cases against the group of 16 employees. A band of workers…
  • Monday, 06 January 2020

    Amazon workers warned after speaking out on climate Premium Article

    SEATTLE – Workers at retail giant Amazon have been told they will face dismissal if they continue to discuss the firm’s climate impact with the media without its authorisation. The company has opened investigations into a group of employees who…
  • Monday, 06 January 2020

    Row over minimum wage hike in Bangladesh

    DHAKA - A row has broken out between workers' rights campaigners and factory owners over a recent hike in the minimum wage paid to garment workers in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association took exception to a…
  • Monday, 06 January 2020

    Debate over EU carcinogen pigment rating Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Union's proposal to list one of the most widely-used textile pigments as a ‘category 2’ carcinogen appears set to spark controversy in the industry. The EU recently announced that titanium dioxide (TiO2), one of the most…
  • Friday, 03 January 2020

    PVH partners for new educational programme Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Fashion powerhouse PVH Corp, which owns the brands Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, has announced a five-year partnership with Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business, based in New York, which will establish an educational hub…
  • Friday, 03 January 2020

    Factory fire safety fears raised in Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA - Safety experts fear lives could be put at risk in Bangladesh unless the fire safety sections of proposed new national building safety standards - which affect garment factories along with other structures - are strengthened. Experts at the…
  • Friday, 03 January 2020

    American football team upcycles merchandise Premium Article

    MASSACHUSETTS – American football team the New England Patriots has partnered with sustainable apparel brand Refried in an effort to divert surplus team merchandise away from landfill. Overstocked items or perhaps jerseys donning the names of…
  • Friday, 03 January 2020

    New law 'could lead to synthetic fibre ban' Premium Article

    WASHINGTON D.C. - Brands and retailers are being warned that proposed landmark legislation in the US to clampdown on plastic pollution could lead to restrictions on the use of synthetic fibres. Heidi Sanborn, executive director of the National…
  • Friday, 03 January 2020

    Cambodia urged to engage with EU over EBA Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH — The Cambodian government is being urged to work with the European Union (EU) to retain vital trade privileges after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned their loss would deliver a huge blow to the country's economy. The EU is…
  • Friday, 03 January 2020

    Devan to debut bio-based solutions at Heimtextil Premium Article

    RONSE – Textile finishing innovator Devan Chemicals will debut two new bio-based solutions at next week’s Heimtextil trade show in Frankfurt: an antimicrobial and a patented cooling technology. The Belgian firm’s new antimicrobial is the latest…
  • Thursday, 02 January 2020

    Reduction vs offsetting - the big carbon debate Premium Article

    WASHINGTON D.C. - With more and more brands and manufacturers publicly stating their ambitions on reducing their carbon footprints, attention is starting to shift to the means of meeting these ambitious targets. More than 80 fashion and textile…
  • Thursday, 02 January 2020

    Textile microfibres abundant in the air we breathe Premium Article

    LONDON – As well as finding their way into global aquatic environments, textile microfibres are also abundant in the air that we breathe, according to scientists at King’s College London who found that ‘fibrous microplastics’ made up 92 per cent of…
  • Thursday, 02 January 2020

    Auxiliaries from waste vegetable oil Premium Article

    BOLOGNA – Italian company Erca SpA has developed a new line of textile auxiliaries derived from waste vegetable oil that can be used as levelling and dispersing agents when dyeing polyester. Sold under the ‘Revecol’ brand, these two new products are…
  • Monday, 23 December 2019

    Season’s Greetings to all our readers Premium Article

    As we close down for the Christmas period we’d like to extend ‘Season’s Greetings’ to all of our readers and wish everyone all the very best for 2020. In December next year we will publish a special issue of Ecotextile News to mark its 100th edition…
  • Monday, 23 December 2019

    Everlane caught up in worker controversy Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Customer service representatives working remotely for US apparel brand Everlane have accused the company of not providing the wages, healthcare and other benefits afforded to office staff. The San Francisco-based firm, which has…
  • Monday, 23 December 2019

    Adidas incorporates ocean plastic in apparel Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH - Sportswear brand Adidas is working with material technology company PrimaLoft to incorporate recycled plastic waste intercepted from remote islands, beaches and coastal communities in its outdoor apparel. The two companies are…
  • Monday, 23 December 2019

    Funding announced for 'sustainability' projects Premium Article

    OSLO - The Norwegian Research Council (NRC) has agreed to fund two projects exploring ways to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion and textile industry. The NRC is to provide €1 million (US$1.1 million) to both the LASTING project of the…
  • Monday, 23 December 2019

    Thousands protest in Bangladesh over unpaid wages Premium Article

    UTTARA – Thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers in the suburbs of Dhaka have blocked a highway in protest over unpaid wages. Local reports indicate that workers belonging to the company Top Jeans are owed up to three months of backed up wages and…
  • Friday, 20 December 2019

    2019 on Ecotextile News Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – As has become customary at Ecotextile News as each year comes to a close, we’ve compiled just a few of the standout articles from the past 12 months that will serve to remind you of the most popular stories that have shaped 2019. If you…
  • Friday, 20 December 2019

    39 US companies certified by GOTS in 2019 Premium Article

    STUTTGART - A total of 39 US companies gained certification to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) in 2019, bringing the total to 113 individual companies. GOTS covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and…
  • Friday, 20 December 2019

    Lenzing to build world’s largest wood pulp plant Premium Article

    SAO PAULO - Wood-based fibre manufacturer Lenzing has announced that it is to go forward with US$1.3 billion plans to build the world's largest dissolving wood pulp plant in Brazil. The company, one of the world's leading suppliers of cellulosic…
  • Friday, 20 December 2019

    Myanmar workforce protests labour rights inaction Premium Article

    YANGON – Around 200 workers from a garment factory in Myanmar are protesting at the doors of the Yangon region’s government office after a letter sent to its labour department was ignored. The World Jin Garment Factory’s workforce reported…
  • Friday, 20 December 2019

    New rift on factory safety in Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA - A new rift has opened up between garment factory owners in Bangladesh and the organisations which have represented western brands on factory safety in their supply lines since the Rana Plaza disaster. The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and…
  • Friday, 20 December 2019

    Recycling action plan combats clothing disposal Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – The European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC) has laid out policy recommendations for the textiles industry and called on the European Commission to instigate a strategy that would increase material recycling. This comes hot on…
  • Friday, 20 December 2019

    EU envoy urges Cambodia to back down on EBA Premium Article

    MADRID - A leading European Union envoy is urging Cambodia to make political concessions to avoid the loss of special trade preferences which would massively impact on the country's apparel industry and cost about 90,000 garment workers their jobs.…
  • Thursday, 19 December 2019

    ISKO awarded OEKO-TEX STeP certification Premium Article

    BURSA - ISKO, which bills itself as one of world's leading denim producers, has become the first Turkish denim mill to be awarded OEKO-TEX's STeP certification. STeP (Sustainable Textile and Leather Production) is a modular certification system…
  • Thursday, 19 December 2019

    Zalando reveals details of Tier 1 suppliers Premium Article

    BERLIN - European online fashion platform Zalando has revealed the details of most of the factories classed as Tier 1 suppliers to its own private label brands. The company shared details of 80 per cent of the Tier 1 suppliers to its private labels…
  • Thursday, 19 December 2019

    Karl Lagerfield brand finally bans fur Premium Article

    LONDON - Fashion brand Karl Lagerfeld, whose founder famously defended the killing of animals for their skin, has banned fur from its collections after decades of pressure from animal rights campaigners. People for the Ethical Treatment (PETA) which…
  • Thursday, 19 December 2019

    Australian state regulation protects sheep Premium Article

    VICTORIA – New regulations passed in the Australian state of Victoria now mean native sheep producers could be fined as much as AUD$3,300 for surgically mulesing sheep without administering pain relief. For some time, organisations in Victoria have…
  • Thursday, 19 December 2019

    Rebecca Taylor brand offers circularity service Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Womenswear brand Rebecca Taylor has introduced a new circularity service in which customers can trade in lightly worn garments which can then be repaired, cleaned, and resold. The company's 'ReCollect' programme aims to repurpose…
  • Thursday, 19 December 2019

    SCAP results marred by clothing consumption surge Premium Article

    BANBURY – New data published by WRAP’s Sustainable Clothing Action Plan 2020 (SCAP 2020) reflects on the progress its signatories have made to date, finding that whilst targets to reduce water and cut carbon emissions are on track, clothing…
  • Wednesday, 18 December 2019

    H&M joins Tent Partnership for Refugees Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - The H&M group has joined the global Tent Partnership for Refugees private sector network which works to improve the lives and livelihoods of refugees. The company says the partnership will allow it to build on its work to address the…
  • Wednesday, 18 December 2019

    Conscious Fashion Campaign launches in NYC Premium Article

    NEW YORK - The Conscious Fashion Campaign (CFC) initiative, which aims to help the fashion industry achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has been formally launched. Founder Kerry Bannigan, a social impact entrepreneur, said the CFC…
  • Wednesday, 18 December 2019

    Lindex to train women cotton farmers in India Premium Article

    GOTHENBURG - Swedish fashion retailer Lindex is to fund a project to train female cotton farmers in isolated rural areas of India in environmentally-friendly production methods. The two-year project, in collaboration with the Cotton Connect…
  • Wednesday, 18 December 2019

    Labour rights coalition calls for greater transparency Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Whilst recognising a surge in transparency within the apparel manufacturing industry, a new report published by a coalition of unions, human rights groups and labour rights advocates has called on more companies to commit to its…
  • Wednesday, 18 December 2019

    Canopy reveals 2019 Hot Button rankings Premium Article

    VANCOUVER - Environmental non-profit Canopy has revealed its 2019 Hot Button rankings of the work of global viscose producers to protect ancient and endangered forests. The list shows a significant jump in the volume of man-made cellulosic fibre…
  • Tuesday, 17 December 2019

    EU urged to help bring circularity to textiles Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The RREUSE non-profit network of social enterprises involved in the reuse, repair and recycling sector is urging the European Union to act to help bring circularity to the fashion and textile industry. In a new report, entitled Vision for…
  • Tuesday, 17 December 2019

    SDGs to be promoted at Messe Frankfurt trade shows Premium Article

    NEW YORK - The Texterpise Network coalition of textile trade fair organiser Messe Frankfurt, the Conscious Fashion Campaign and the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) has announced plans to work together to reduce the impact of the…
  • Tuesday, 17 December 2019

    Klopman reveals 'sustainability' achievements Premium Article

    FROSINONE - Italian workwear manufacturer Klopman has revealed that it increased its production of fabrics made with 'sustainable' materials to 2.3 million metres, an increase of 77 per cent, in just one year. Klopman now offers its customers the…
  • Tuesday, 17 December 2019

    Kontoor Brands cuts waste across North America Premium Article

    GREENSBORO – Kontoor Brands, which owns the brands Wrangler and Lee, has announced reaching zero-waste designation for all its owned distribution centres in North America. This means 95 per cent of waste from these facilities will be diverted from…
  • Tuesday, 17 December 2019

    Fashion Nova denies LA sweatshops claim Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES - Online fast fashion retailer Fashion Nova has denied claims that some of the workers who make its clothes are paid less than a quarter of the minimum wage to work in cockroach and rat-infested 'sweatshop' factories in Los Angeles. An…
  • Tuesday, 17 December 2019

    Oxfam calls for Xmas fast fashion resistance Premium Article

    LONDON – Findings from a new survey conducted by charitable organisation Oxfam indicate that huge volumes of sequinned outfits and accessories will be worn once and discarded over the festive period. Of the 2,000 women surveyed, aged between 18 and…
  • Monday, 16 December 2019

    Microplastic pollution 'massively underestimated' Premium Article

    SAN DIEGO - The amount of microplastics in our oceans could be a million times worse than previously thought, according to new research which suggests existing studies have seriously underestimated the problem. Researchers found previously…
  • Monday, 16 December 2019

    Consumers confused by brands' mixed messages Premium Article

    BIRMINGHAM - Consumers wanting to shop ethically are struggling to choose between brands with some proudly flying the flag of sustainability while others seem happy for apparently excellent work to go under the radar. A host of recent consumer…
  • Monday, 16 December 2019

    UK shoppers to spend £2.4bn on Xmas clothes Premium Article

    LONDON - People in Britain say they will spend £2.4 billion (US$3.2 billion) on new outfits for Christmas parties - but many of them will be worn only once, according to a new survey. Environmental charity Hubbub's poll of 3,008 UK adults found that…
  • Monday, 16 December 2019

    Garment workers protest unpaid wages Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodian garment workers are protesting unpaid wages after bosses closed a manufacturing site without providing full payment or seniority benefits. The almost 200-strong workforce have slept on the doorstep of the manufacturing site…
  • Monday, 16 December 2019

    ASOS pledges to New Plastics Economy Premium Article

    LONDON – Fashion brand ASOS has become a signatory of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, an initiative which vies to create a circular economy for plastics in circulation. The project’s focus is three-fold;…
  • Friday, 13 December 2019

    Busting Myths: Why 25% of all pesticides are not used on cotton Premium Article

    In the last - for now - of our examinations of some of the more incredible claims widely quoted about our industry's environmental impact, we look at the report that 25 per cent of the world’s pesticides are used for growing cotton. This is perhaps…
  • Friday, 13 December 2019

    Woman killed in Bangladesh garment factory explosion Premium Article

    DHAKA - A young woman has been killed and five other people injured in an explosion at a sweater factory - which reportedly supplies brands including H&M and Next - on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital city of Dhaka. Factory safety has once…
  • Friday, 13 December 2019

    Open data platform encourages circular fashion Premium Article

    BERLIN – German tech start-up circular.fashion has launched an open data standard for the fashion industry, as it lays the foundations for stakeholders to better engage in circular business practices. The open source licensed platform will host data…
  • Friday, 13 December 2019

    Report reflects on ECAP’s project impacts Premium Article

    LONDON – The European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) has published a report reflecting on the impacts of its various sustainable fashion projects trialled over the past four years. The Driving Circular Fashion and Textiles report details the successes…
  • Friday, 13 December 2019

    Levi's named winner of Golden Halo Award Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has been named one of the winners of the Engage for Good organisation's 2020 Golden Halo Awards. Kelly McGinnis, Levi's chief communications officer, will accept the award at the Engage for Good Conference in…
  • Friday, 13 December 2019

    Chemical management app builds momentum Premium Article

    HONG KONG - Sustainability accelerator GoBlu International says its mobile chemical management app, The BHive, is now being used by 59 brands, retailers, chemical companies and other industry stakeholders. Inspired by the Vivino wine app, which…
  • Thursday, 12 December 2019

    PVH partners with Canopy to protect forests Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Fashion giant PVH Corp has teamed up with the Canopy and Pack4Good initiatives to minimise its impact on ancient and endangered forests. The company, which owns brands such as Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, has made a commitment to both…
  • Thursday, 12 December 2019

    Shoppers want sustainability at the right price Premium Article

    LONDON – More than three-quarters of fashion customers want to shop more sustainably – but only 39 per cent would be willing to pay more for ethical brands, according to a new report. The survey of more than 2,000 people was carried out by…
  • Thursday, 12 December 2019

    Renewal Workshop expands into Europe Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Renewal Workshop, which bills itself as the leading provider of circular solutions for apparel and textile brands, is expanding into Europe on the back of a $US5.5 million financing round. The Oregon-based company helps brands become…
  • Thursday, 12 December 2019

    Combined call for circular clothing economy Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Leading apparel and footwear organisations have come together to form a new organisation to call for holistic, coordinated efforts by policymakers to drive sector-wide circularity. The Policy Hub — launched by the Sustainable Apparel…
  • Thursday, 12 December 2019

    New hemp factory will be biggest in the US Premium Article

    LUBBOCK - Plans have been unveiled to build the largest industrial hemp processing facility in the US - and one of the largest in the world - to produce high-quality, textile-grade fibre and premium cellulose. Dallas-based company Panda Biotech is…
  • Thursday, 12 December 2019

    Textiles in spotlight for European Green Deal Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Textiles will be at the centre of a bid to create a circular economy in the new European Green Deal, announced this week by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Textiles, along with other "carbon-intensive industries" like…
  • Wednesday, 11 December 2019

    ZDHC welcomes four new contributors Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Four new organisations have become contributors to the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme which works to replace hazardous chemicals with safer ones in textiles and clothing production. Two denim companies, Advance Denim and Candiani Denim,…
  • Wednesday, 11 December 2019

    H&M signs agreement to protect migrant workers Premium Article

    GENEVA - The H&M Group has agreed with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to co-operate on the ethical recruitment and protection of migrant workers in its global supply chains. H&M Group’s head of sustainability Anna Gedda and Simo…
  • Wednesday, 11 December 2019

    Recycling polybags on the Fashion for Good agenda Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Global sustainability initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) has teamed up with Adidas, C&A, Kering, Otto Group, PVH Corp and, crucially, Cadel Deinking – an innovator from its Accelerator programme – as it explores the potential of producing…
  • Tuesday, 10 December 2019

    Blocked escape routes stopped workers fleeing fire Premium Article

    NEW DELHI - Blatant safety violations, including locked doors, barred windows and blocked staircases, prevented workers from escaping a garment factory fire which claimed 43 lives in New Delhi, according workers' rights campaigners. The Clean…
  • Tuesday, 10 December 2019

    NGO cautions Christmas jumper spending spree Premium Article

    LONDON – Environmental organisation Hubbub has called on British consumers to resist buying new Christmas jumpers, as it’s estimated 12 million are purchased each year despite having around 65 million stashed away from previous years. The NGO says…
  • Tuesday, 10 December 2019

    Fashion brands assessed on transparency in Brazil Premium Article

    SAO PAULO - A total of 30 fashion brands and retailers in the Brazilian market have been ranked on how much information they disclose about their social and environmental policies. Only one brand - C&A - of those assessed scored more than 60 per…
  • Tuesday, 10 December 2019

    Recycled material supplier adopts traceability tech Premium Article

    STONY BROOK – Molecular tagging technologies specialist Applied DNA Sciences (ADNAS) has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), through which the pair will develop and…
  • Tuesday, 10 December 2019

    Busting Myths: Why fashion's carbon footprint is not bigger than flights and shipping Premium Article

    In the second of our examination of some of the more incredible statistics widely used to illustrate the environmental impact of the fashion and textile industries, we look at one quoted by everybody from the UN to Greenpeace and from CBS News to…
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