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  • Monday, 21 September 2020

    Tech duo back blockchain’s potential in fashion

    LONDON – Blockchain technology provider Everledger has partnered with tech firm and IoT (Internet of Things) specialist Temera to provide greater product transparency within the fashion industry. Using NFC chips by Temera and Everledger’s…
  • Monday, 21 September 2020

    Online platform champions non-mulesed wool growers

    ADELAIDE – In Australia, a new platform called NewMerino has been created to spotlight wool growers who’ve ceased mulesing. The organisation has a growing membership of what it calls ‘New Generation Farmers’, those who demonstrate a “sustainable”…
  • Monday, 21 September 2020

    Lenzing receives improved sustainability rating

    LENZING – Textile fibre producer Lenzing has been awarded an improved sustainability rating of B- by field agency ISS ESG for its ongoing efforts to reduce the firm’s environmental impacts. The revised rating, up from C+, positions the Austrian…
  • Monday, 21 September 2020

    Zalando launches pre-owned fashion service

    BERLIN – European fashion platform Zalando has launched a new pre-owned clothing service in Germany and Spain, through which users can return their unwanted garments to be resold via its online marketplace. The concept is all in aid of enabling a…
  • Friday, 18 September 2020

    Cone Denim adopts Oritain’s tracing tech

    GREENSBORO – Cone Denim, of the Elevate Textiles Group which also owns American & Efird and Burlington, has partnered with supply chain traceability specialist Oritain to validate the end-to-end authenticity of the cotton it uses. Oritain’s method,…
  • Friday, 18 September 2020

    Salomon to launch fully recyclable running shoe

    ANNECY - French sportswear brand Salomon has announced that it has developed a fully recyclable performance road running shoe, the Index.01, which will go on sale next spring. The Index.01, the company’s first shoe that is designed to be…
  • Friday, 18 September 2020

    Coats Digital solution calculates fair wages for workers

    UXBRIDGE – Coats Digital, the technological arm of industrial thread manufacturer Coats, has updated its GSDCost software – which helps fashion brands and manufacturers streamline the logistics of their operations – to introduce a new globalised…
  • Friday, 18 September 2020

    Oxfam partners with Depop for #SecondhandSeptember

    LONDON – British charity Oxfam has partnered with e-commerce platform Depop as it looks to draw attention to its #SecondhandSeptember campaign, which challenges consumers to refrain from purchasing brand-new stock for the entire month. On Oxfam’s…
  • Friday, 18 September 2020

    H&M cuts ties with supplier over forced labour Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish fashion brand H&M is ending its relationship with a Chinese yarn producer over concerns about the use of forced labour by Uyghur prisoners in the country's Xinjiang region. The company had already pulled out of Xinjiang where up…
  • Thursday, 17 September 2020

    Uniqlo set to launch recycled down jackets

    TOKYO - Retailer Uniqlo is to launch a new initiative that involves producing and selling new garments made with recycled clothes collected from customers who no longer need them. Called Re.Uniqlo, the programme will be launched in Japan on 2nd…
  • Thursday, 17 September 2020

    Green Button label celebrates first anniversary

    BERLIN – Germany's Grüner Knopf (green button) label, a government-run textile certification mark, has marked its first anniversary by revealing how much ground it has covered over the last 12 months. As many as 52 companies have joined the scheme…
  • Thursday, 17 September 2020

    Digital plan to track every garment in the world Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Digital platform provider Eon has linked up with fashion brands H&M, PVH and Target, as well as software giant Microsoft, in a plan to give every garment in the world a unique digital identity. The initial aim is to bring 400 million…
  • Thursday, 17 September 2020

    More microfibres 'end up on land than in water' Premium Article

    SANTA BARBARA - More polyester and nylon microfibres - shed from clothing during washing - now end up on land around the world than in our rivers and oceans, according to new research. Scientists at the University of California say around 176,500…
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    Sustainable Apparel Coalition announces Higg PM launch Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) today announces the release of its Higg Product Module (Higg PM), a lifecycle assessment tool that promises to guide brands, retailers and manufacturers by calculating both product and supply…
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    H&M, IKEA back call for 55% EU emissions cut Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - More than 150 businesses - including H&M and IKEA - are calling on the European Union (EU) to commit to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 55 per cent by 2030. The European Corporate Leaders Group (CLG Europe), a…
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    Sustainable fashion app expands across UK and Ireland

    LONDON - Sustainable fashion app Nuw is to expand its services across the UK and Ireland after previously being available in only London, Dublin and Cambridge. The app, which allows its users to borrow and swap clothes in their area for a…
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    Burberry confirms details of sustainable bond

    LONDON - Luxury fashion brand Burberry has revealed that it is aiming to raise £300 million (US$390m) in funding through the issue of its first Sustainability Bond. The five-year bond, the first of its kind by a luxury fashion brand, will be used to…
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    PODCAST: Revisiting fashion's misinformation problem

    WAKEFIELD - Our latest Big Closets Small Planet podcast revisits fashion's misinformation problem which was highlighted by a special Ecotextile News investigation - Busting Myths - late last year. Back then, we looked at some of the more…
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    Re:newcell ponders potential new factory move

    STOCKHOLM – Textile recycling innovator Re:newcell is exploring the possibility of investing in a new facility in Sweden, as it looks to scale production. Re:newcell’s technology chemically recycles garments with high cellulosic content to yield…
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    Outerknown vows to eliminate plastic packaging Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – US apparel brand Outerknown has vowed to eliminate plastic polybags from its operations, and says all its suppliers will switch to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified tissue bags by the end of next year. To achieve this, the…
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    Sportswear brand On launches subscription service

    GENEVA – Swiss sportswear brand On has launched a new apparel subscription service which will enable consumers to stay ahead of new releases whilst also enabling a circular economy. Through this service, called Cyclon, users will pay £25 a month for…
  • Tuesday, 15 September 2020

    Playbook tackles fashion's impact on climate Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action has today launched a new ‘playbook’ to enable actors in the fashion supply chain to identify what climate actions to take and which initiatives could support them on the road to…
  • Tuesday, 15 September 2020

    XR activists seek funding for fashion initiative

    LONDON - Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists have launched a crowdfunding campaign to set up a new initiative - Fashion Act Now - tasked with making sure the fashion industy works fast enough to mitigate climate change. In an online plea for…
  • Tuesday, 15 September 2020

    SBTi to develop global standard on net-zero Premium Article

    LONDON - The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has launched a programme to develop the first science-based global standard for corporate net-zero target setting. SBTi has published a new paper which lays out the conceptual foundations for…
  • Tuesday, 15 September 2020

    US blocks Xinjiang cotton and apparel

    WASHINGTON DC - The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced five Withhold Release Orders (WRO) blocking imports from the Xinjiang region of China over forced labour fears. The WROs direct CBP officers at all ports to withhold the…
  • Tuesday, 15 September 2020

    Laudes Foundation pushes for regenerative economy

    LONDON – The Laudes Foundation has forged partnerships with both the Council on Economic Policies (CEP) and the New Economics Foundation (NEF), and will free up €5.5 million to accelerate a push towards a more inclusive and regenerative economy.…
  • Tuesday, 15 September 2020

    Cambodian unions to boycott labour laws discussion

    PHNOM PENH – Six workers’ unions in Cambodia plan to boycott a meeting between the country’s labour ministry today, in opposition to proposed new amendments to labour laws which would see overtime payment rates scrapped. Authorities have deliberated…
  • Tuesday, 15 September 2020

    MPs urge government to help fix fashion Premium Article

    LONDON - Cross-party MPs are calling on the British government to help fix fashion by doing more to support the development of more sustainable fabrics, boost textile recycling and help to bring back manufacturing jobs to the UK. Those are the key…
  • Monday, 14 September 2020

    Designers use 3D printing for sustainability Premium Article

    MINNEAPOLIS - 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys is working with fashion designers through the European Union funded Re-FREAM project to make the production of fashion more sustainable. The company's PolyJet 3D printing technology played an integral…
  • Monday, 14 September 2020

    IKEA to open its first secondhand store Premium Article

    LEIDEN - Swedish homeware giant IKEA is to open its first secondhand store later this year as part of the company's bid to be fully circular by the year 2030. The store, a test project which will be closely monitored, will open in ReTuna, the…
  • Monday, 14 September 2020

    Fashion Week protestors address Uyghur plight Premium Article

    NEW YORK – On the opening night of New York Fashion Week, Uyghur rights and advocacy groups staged demonstrations, highlighting the industry’s accountability in the ongoing plight of Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region, where it’s believed…
  • Monday, 14 September 2020

    Fashion rental platform integrates carbon tracker Premium Article

    LONDON – Fashion rental service Hurr Collective has integrated a real-time carbon footprint tracker into its platform which will provide users with insight into the emissions savings their actions will make by opting not to purchase brand-new items.…
  • Monday, 14 September 2020

    Fashion 'blind to water pollution impact' Premium Article

    LONDON - The fashion and textiles industry is largely blind to water pollution with only one in ten companies aware of the risks across their own supply chains, according to new research. The report, 'Interwoven Risks, Untapped Opportunities' by…
  • Friday, 11 September 2020

    Textile Exchange takes charge of 'Preferred Fiber Toolkit' Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Fashion brand Gap has partnered with Textile Exchange for the public release of its Preferred Fiber Toolkit (PFT), an online resource that will detail the environmental and social impacts of various raw material, as to inform…
  • Friday, 11 September 2020

    Primark launches A Better Future campaign Premium Article

    DUBLIN - Fast fashion retailer Primark has this week launched a new campaign, Time for Change: A Better Future, which it says is aimed at making sustainable fashion more affordable. It includes significant increases in the number of products made…
  • Friday, 11 September 2020

    PVH Corp bans exotic animal skins Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Fashion conglomerate PVH Corp., the owner of brands including Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, has banned exotic animal skins from its clothing, telling PETA that it’s part of its “long-term strategy to drive fashion forward for good”.…
  • Friday, 11 September 2020

    Expanded Transformers ED to be staged online Premium Article

    NEW YORK - The Transformers Foundation is to virtually stage the next edition of its Transformers ED student and consumer-facing denim education series online via Zoom on October 14, 15 and 16. Featuring three days of content focused on the topics…
  • Friday, 11 September 2020

    Fashion For Good project champions chemical recycling tech Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Sustainability initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) has initiated a new project which, with the support of a consortium of brands, manufacturers and industry organisations, will vie to scale promising chemical recycling solutions in…
  • Friday, 11 September 2020

    Cambodia sets new minimum wage for garment workers Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia's minimum wage for garment workers has been set at US$192 per month for next year - an increase of just US$2 - prompting criticism from trade unions. The Ministry of Labour announced that from 1st January 2021 permanent garment…
  • Thursday, 10 September 2020

    Solo New York wins sustainability award Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Sustainable bag brand Solo New York has won the Business Intelligence Group's 2020 Sustainability Initiative of the Year award. The brand's Re:cycled Collection was recognised for its innovative use of recycled materials and broader…
  • Thursday, 10 September 2020

    H&M backs biodiversity research with investment Premium Article

    BONN – Fashion brand H&M has announced a new four-year financial contribution to The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which will support a new project at the organisation looking at the impact and dependence…
  • Thursday, 10 September 2020

    Cash support for Bangladesh's garment workers Premium Article

    DHAKA - The Bangladesh government is to provide laid-off garment workers with 3,000 taka (US$35) a month for three months, in a relief programme backed by the European Union and Germany to the tune of €113 million (US$134m). Workers laid off from…
  • Thursday, 10 September 2020

    Performance Days to address ‘closing the loop’ Premium Article

    MUNICH – At this year’s Performance Days trade show in Munich, scheduled to go ahead from 9-10 December, a theme of ‘Nothing to Waste – Closing the Loop’ will address the industry’s gargantuan waste issue, with expert talks and exhibits set to…
  • Wednesday, 09 September 2020

    Burberry to launch 'first sustainability bond' Premium Article

    LONDON - Burberry has announced plans to become the first luxury brand to issue a sustainability bond to fund social and environmental improvements. The proceeds will be used to finance eligible projects listed under Burberry’s new Sustainability…
  • Wednesday, 09 September 2020

    Bangladesh’s RMG sector concerned as Europe cases rise Premium Article

    DHAKA – There’s concern in Bangladesh as countries within Europe register increases in the number of daily COVID-19 cases, which threaten the southeast Asian nation’s resurgence. Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG) sector is typically accountable…
  • Wednesday, 09 September 2020

    Germany backs ILO bid to help garment workers Premium Article

    BERLIN - The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is to give €14.5 million (US$17m) to an International Labour Organisation (ILO) programme to help garment workers affected by COVID-19 in seven countries. The…
  • Wednesday, 09 September 2020

    Startup’s rental platform set to launch in US Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Clothing rental startup Wardrobe will soon launch in the US following a successful beta phase which it started in November of last year. With a peer-to-peer business model, Wardrobe enables users to list their own items whilst browsing…
  • Wednesday, 09 September 2020

    US to block Xinjiang cotton over forced labour Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US is reportedly set to block key exports from China's Xinjiang region - including cotton - over allegations that they are produced using forced labour by Uyghur Muslims. Up to 1.8 million Uyghurs, and other Turkic groups, have…
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    Monki brand launches upcycled capsule collection Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Monki, a brand of H&M, has announced the launch of a new upcycled capsule denim collection which makes use of pre-consumer waste. The Swedish fashion firm says the three items created, a jacket, pair of denim jeans and tote bag, make use…
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    H&M knuckles down with plastics project Premium Article

    JAKARTA – Fashion brand H&M, in partnership with bottled water company Danone-Aqua, has vowed to step up the work of its Bottle2Fashion initiative with the launch of a new children’s clothing range made from plastics intercepted on the coasts of…
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    Adidas supplier 'lays off' 4,000 workers Premium Article

    LAPU-LAPU - Around 4,000 garment workers have reportedly been laid off without notice by a sportswear manufacturer, which reportedly supplies major brands including Adidas, Under Armour and Lululemon, in the Philippines. The Partido Manggagawa…
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    Garment workers spent savings to survive COVID-19 Premium Article

    DHAKA - A quarter of garment workers in Bangladesh spent their savings to cover living expenses during the coronavirus pandemic while 18 per cent borrowed money and nine per cent relied on family support, according to a survey. The poll, entitled…
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    Hong Kong welcomes ‘Sustainable September’ initiative Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Fashion resale platform Vestiaire Collective is spearheading a new ‘Sustainable September’ campaign in Hong Kong, which encourages consumers to opt for second-hand clothes only this month. In a similar vein to Oxfam’s…
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    Leicester factories blamed for spread of COVID Premium Article

    LEICESTER – Garment manufacturing bosses in Leicester are amongst those who’ve been singled out for blame for spreading the coronavirus in the UK, after a former government minister launched an attack on the country’s handling of the contagion in…
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    Consumer survey highlights sustainability perceptions Premium Article

    JYVÄSKYLÄ – Researchers at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland have surveyed more than 1,500 consumers across the country, as well as in the USA, France, Germany and Sweden, to assess their perceptions of sustainability in textiles and clothing.…
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    Report says manufacturers are key to circularity Premium Article

    SINGAPORE - International sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future is calling on the fashion industry to realise the huge untapped potential of manufacturers to accelerate the transformation towards circularity. Forum for the Future has…
  • Monday, 07 September 2020

    Post-lockdown ‘Fabric Days’ event a success Premium Article

    MUNICH – The organisers of Munich Fabric Start say their Fabric Days trade show has been a success, having attracted more than 3,600 visitors from 30 countries for the first post-lockdown industry event. Held from 1-3 September, Fabric Days was…
  • Monday, 07 September 2020

    Solidaridad backs calls for EU due diligence law Premium Article

    UTRECHT - The Solidaridad international organisation has added its voice to calls for the EU to introduce legislation requiring European businesses to carry out environmental and human rights due diligence throughout their supply chains.…
  • Monday, 07 September 2020

    AWI board urged to choose projects over profits Premium Article

    SYDNEY – A former board member of Australia Wool Innovation has urged the industry body to halve the incomes of board personnel, at least until the country’s wool market recovers from the effects of COVID-19. According to AWI’s Annual Report…
  • Monday, 07 September 2020

    Green Carpet Fashion Awards go digital Premium Article

    MILAN - The Green Carpet Fashion Awards - which recognise industry moves towards sustainability - are going digital this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The event, normally held at La Scala theatre in Milan, will this year be a fusion of…
  • Monday, 07 September 2020

    UK project vies to create circular sportswear Premium Article

    MIDDLESBOROUGH – UK sportswear brand Presca says it hopes to revolutionise the market as it kick-starts a project which will vie to create fully circular performance apparel. Having secured funding, Presca, along with Poseidon Plastics and a team at…
  • Friday, 04 September 2020

    Oeko-Tex registers progress despite COVID-19 set-back Premium Article

    ZURICH – Swiss certifications authority Oeko-Tex says that despite the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, it was able to increase the number of certificates and labels it’s issued in the past financial year by 13 per cent. In total, the…
  • Friday, 04 September 2020

    Adidas makes eco-versions of classic trainers Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH - Sportswear brand Adidas has redesigned some of its most iconic trainers for a new range, which it calls Clean Classics, designed to reduce the company's impact on the environment. The vegan trainers aim to minimalise plastic waste…
  • Friday, 04 September 2020

    2020 Redress Design Award winners revealed Premium Article

    HONG KONG - Environmental charity Redress has announced the winners of the 2020 Redress Design Award which is billed as the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition. Grand final winners of the competition, which was held online this…
  • Friday, 04 September 2020

    Microplastics detrimental to land fertility, research finds Premium Article

    CHONGQING – Researchers in China have concluded a study which has assessed the impact microplastics have on land fertility and ecosystems underground. The findings highlight that across four test areas, those exposed to the highest quantities of…
  • Friday, 04 September 2020

    Slavery risks 'surge in manufacturing hubs' Premium Article

    BATH – The risk of modern slavery in garment and textile manufacturing hubs in Asia has risen dramatically on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to consultants Verisk Maplecroft. In its 2020 Human Rights Outlook report, the global risk…
  • Thursday, 03 September 2020

    Raw materials key to sustainability - survey Premium Article

    LENZING - The majority of consumers want to shop for fashion and textiles more sustainably with the choice of raw materials ranking as a key factor in purchasing decisions, according to new survey by textile manufacturer Lenzing. The study of 9,000…
  • Thursday, 03 September 2020

    California worker protection bill falls through Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – Highly anticipated proposed legislation that would have ensured garment workers in the state of California are afforded a minimum wage has fallen through, as it failed to come up for a vote before the midnight deadline of this year’s…
  • Thursday, 03 September 2020

    IKEA owner to invest in tackling climate change Premium Article

    LEIDEN - IKEA owner, the Ingka Group, is to invest €600 million (US$710m) in sustainability measures including a 'zero fossil fuel' approach to help IKEA achieve its ambition of becoming climate positive by 2030. The money will be spent over the…
  • Thursday, 03 September 2020

    Cambodian unions eye wage increase as talks loom Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Workers unions in Cambodia are pushing for a minimum wage increase of more than six per cent to provide respite for those employed in the sector amidst COVID-19. The proposal follows a meeting of union leaders last month, including…
  • Thursday, 03 September 2020

    Denim microfibres found in remote Arctic Premium Article

    TORONTO - Microfibres from blue denim jeans have been found in the remote Canadian Arctic, according to a new study by scientists at the University of Toronto. The research, published in the American Chemical Society’s Environmental Science and…
  • Thursday, 03 September 2020

    Oxfam reignites #SecondhandSeptember with Selfridges pop-up Premium Article

    LONDON – British charity Oxfam has announced that it will establish a new second-hand fashion pop-up in the London store of clothing retailer Selfridges. The pop-up will be there for just four weeks and coincides with Oxfam’s #SecondhandSeptember…
  • Thursday, 03 September 2020

    Vivobarefoot attains B Corp status Premium Article

    LONDON – UK footwear brand Vivobarefoot has attained B Corp status, but says with this recognition it won’t rest on its laurels, instead vowing to become regenerative, not just sustainable. Certified B Corp companies are scored based on assessments…
  • Wednesday, 02 September 2020

    Ebay data shows surge in second-hand fashion buys Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – Online marketplace Ebay has released new data which highlights an exponential increase in consumer appetite for second-hand fashion. According to its insight, as of June more than 12 million people had bought a pre-owned fashion item…
  • Wednesday, 02 September 2020

    GoBlu welcomes new partners to BHive app Premium Article

    HONG KONG - Sustainability accelerator GoBlu International has welcomed new clients and partners to its BHive chemical management platform. The BHive is to support a three year public-private partnership between German service provider GIZ and…
  • Wednesday, 02 September 2020

    Icebreaker to be plastic free by 2023 Premium Article

    AUCKLAND - VF Corporation-owned outdoor clothing brand Icebreaker has commited to eradicate synthetics from its entire collection within three years to go plastic free by 2023. Icebreaker carried out a full audit of its supply chain, leading to the…
  • Wednesday, 02 September 2020

    NGOs press EU on supply chain legislation Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Eleven NGOs, including the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), have published a joint statement on proposed EU legislation requiring European businesses to carry out due diligence on human rights and environmental impact in every country in…
  • Wednesday, 02 September 2020

    Timberland targets circularity, net positivity by 2030 Premium Article

    STRATHAM – Fashion brand Timberland has outlined the bold new environmental target of becoming carbon negative by 2030. The US firm says a two-pronged approach will be adopted to achieve this, with efforts focusing on making all products 100 per…
  • Tuesday, 01 September 2020

    Progress on infinitely recyclable polymers Premium Article

    COLORADO – Research on recyclable plastics is gaining further momentum with the publication of a new study which claims to have developed a ‘new’ generation of plastic that can be recycled over and over again. It’s reported that the new material, a…
  • Tuesday, 01 September 2020

    ITUC urges Cambodia to release jailed activists Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has weighed in on the controversial arrests of labour rights activists in Cambodia, and has urged the country’s government to drop all charges against detainees, including those…
  • Tuesday, 01 September 2020

    Chanel heir eyes sugar cane investments Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Chanel heir David Wertheimer is leading an investment fund that aims to develop technology to extract from sugar cane sustainable alternatives to plastic and other materials used in clothing, shoes and accessories. Wertheimer, the son of…
  • Tuesday, 01 September 2020

    Controversy over COVID-19 job loss claims Premium Article

    DHAKA - Around 325,000 garment workers have lost their jobs and more than 1,900 factories closed their doors since March in Bangladesh because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report. However, the study by the Bangladesh Institute of…
  • Tuesday, 01 September 2020

    Tommy Hilfiger outlines 2030 targets Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger has outlined a number of new environmental and social sustainability targets for the next decade which address circularity, resource consumption, inclusivity and community wellbeing. With a strategy named…
  • Tuesday, 01 September 2020

    Virtu-Wool conference cites 'local' as way forward Premium Article

    Building local communities through better textile and fiber-based infrastructures emerged as a key theme of the two-day Virtu-Wool online research conference. The virtual conference, hosted New Zealand research institute AgResearch, served as a…
  • Tuesday, 01 September 2020

    US organisations call for WRO on Xinjiang cotton Premium Article

    XINJIANG – A group of human and labour rights organisations in the United States have filed a formal petition with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), urging it to issue a regional withhold release order (WRO) on all cotton-made goods linked…
  • Tuesday, 01 September 2020

    New Fashion Conveners coalition to drive industry forward Premium Article

    GLOBAL – A new coalition headed up by leading organisations across the fashion and textile industries has been created in a bid to align agendas, drive improvements on the sustainability front and to reduce duplication of effort. Called the ‘Fashion…
  • Tuesday, 01 September 2020

    Durable black shades cut water and energy use Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – A new quality assurance scheme launched by Huntsman Textile Effects which utilises a range of polyfunctional reactive dyes promises to meet global apparel retail demand for black shades that retain their intense colour even after…
  • Friday, 28 August 2020

    Criticisms mount against Boohoo inquiry Premium Article

    LEICESTER - The Labour Behind the Label initiative has added its voice to criticism of Boohoo's QC-led inquiry into allegations of workers' rights abuses in its UK supply chain. It comes after the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) refused to give…
  • Friday, 28 August 2020

    German supply chain law delayed by wrangling Premium Article

    BERLIN - German proposals to introduce legislation that would that make companies legally responsible for human rights and environmental issues throughout their supply chains have been delayed by political wrangling. The proposed Supply Chain Act,…
  • Friday, 28 August 2020

    Coalition aims to limit biodiversity loss Premium Article

    GLOBAL - The Science Based Targets Network (SBTN), a coalition of more than 50 environmental organisations and consultancies, is set to release guidance for companies to reduce their impacts on biodiversity loss. The organisation, which seeks to…
  • Friday, 28 August 2020

    USA joins MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics Pact network Premium Article

    FALLS CHURCH – The mission-statement of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact has been significantly strengthened with the launch of a new U.S. Plastics Pact in the States. More than 60 ‘activators’ committed to the cause will now…
  • Friday, 28 August 2020

    Wrangler targets halved water use by 2030 Premium Article

    GREENSBORO – Denim brand Wrangler has outlined an ambitious new target, saying that by 2030 it will strive to halve its water usage. The company, of Kontoor Brands, will work with the newly-launched Transformers Foundation to undertake a water…
  • Thursday, 27 August 2020

    Fashion startup recycles garments in closed loop Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish sustainable fashion startup A Good Company, which recycles its clothing through a closed loop process, has launched a Kickstart appeal to scale up production. The B-Corp company, which makes clothing with QR tracking codes so…
  • Thursday, 27 August 2020

    Fashion emissions to 'double Paris limit by 2030' Premium Article

    COPENHAGAN - The global fashion industry will emit carbon emissions equivalent to double the Paris Agreement limit by 2030 unless drastic action is taken, according to a new report. The study, entitled Fashion on Climate, from the Global Fashion…
  • Thursday, 27 August 2020

    Eurofins concludes microfibre research findings Premium Article

    HONG KONG – A white paper published by Eurofins Softlines & Leather has examined microfibre emissions from almost 600 fabric samples, and found that cotton fibres are the most consistently released amidst wash cycles, whilst the length of textile…
  • Thursday, 27 August 2020

    Lost Stock questioned by unhappy customers Premium Article

    EDINBURGH – Scottish fashion initiative Lost Stock has faced questions from disgruntled shoppers, which say that the items they’ve received do not equate to the promised combined value of £70. The team behind Lost Stock, which also owns the shopping…
  • Thursday, 27 August 2020

    Première Vision Paris cancels physical show Premium Article

    PARIS – As the French government bans public gatherings of over 5,000 people due to a recent increase in cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, international textile trade fair Première Vision has been forced to cancel its physical show at Paris…
  • Wednesday, 26 August 2020

    Fashion Positive launches circularity guidelines Premium Article

    OAKLAND - The Fashion Positive initiative has launched its first ever Circular Materials Guidelines which are designed to help manufacturers and brands build a more resilient fashion industry. The non-profit's Circular Materials Guidelines 1.0…
  • Wednesday, 26 August 2020

    Start date looms for consolidated ‘Fabric Days’ event Premium Article

    MUNICH – From next Tuesday, the organisers of Munich Fabric Start will welcome back exhibitors for the first textile trade show to be held in several months, with a revised format which it’s calling Fabric Days. Having U-turned on an earlier…
  • Wednesday, 26 August 2020

    ETI shuns Boohoo's supply chain inquiry Premium Article

    LEICESTER - The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is refusing to give evidence to Boohoo's investigation into allegations of workers' rights abuses in its supply chain, criticising the focus of the QC-led inquiry and questioning its independence. The…
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