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As politicians and health leaders call for action to tackle antibiotic resistance and hospital acquired infections, we look at some of the obstacles textile manufacturers face in getting antimicrobial products to market while complying with regulation. By Tony Whitfield.

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  • Monday, 26 July 2021

    Unions to get tough in Cambodia pay rise talks

    PHNOM PENH – Workers union representatives in Cambodia are still hopeful that overflowing order books will be instrumental in garment workers getting a more favourable deal from the upcoming 2022 wage talks.
  • Monday, 26 July 2021

    Lenzing invests in new wastewater treatment plant

    GRIMSBY – Austrian fibre manufacturer The Lenzing Group is to invest £20 million (US$27.5m) in a new wastewater treatment plant at its site in Grimsby, England. The investment supports Lenzing’s target of reducing wastewater emissions by 2022. Phil…
  • Monday, 26 July 2021

    Formalwear marketplace secures US$6.3m funding

    SAN FRANCISCO – Formalwear marketplace Queenly has secured investment to the tune of US$6.3 million, which will be used to scale its services. The online platform accommodates the resale of designer and consumer apparel, catering to a market which…
  • Monday, 26 July 2021

    G-Star launches apparel repairs pilot

    AMSTERDAM – Apparel brand G-Star Raw has launched a new product repair pilot programme in a bid to keep clothing in use for longer. The service is to be trialled in G-Star’s homeland, the Netherlands, with the view to expansion should it prove…
  • Friday, 23 July 2021

    Modern slavery concerns overlooked, report suggests Premium Article

    LONDON – A new report published by researchers from the universities of Liverpool and Nottingham suggests that amid the global pandemic, commercial and operational risks were prioritised by companies ahead of modern slavery concerns. ‘Implications…
  • Friday, 23 July 2021

    PETA thumbs up for exotic skins ban

    DUBLIN – Animal rights charity PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has welcomed an announcement from Selfridges Group that its Irish department stores Arnotts and Brown Thomas have banned exotic skins and the group has pledged to…
  • Friday, 23 July 2021

    Greenwashing ‘rulebook’ looks to curb misleading claims Premium Article

    LONDON – Software solutions provider Provenance has developed a new ‘digital rulebook’ designed to help brands and retailers make more accurate sustainability claims. The tool has been developed to mitigate cases of exaggerated, vague or misleading…
  • Friday, 23 July 2021

    Armani vows to reduce GHG emissions Premium Article

    MILAN – Italian fashion giant The Armani Group has vowed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50 per cent over the next decade. The company says it is targeting a 50 per cent reduction in scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 2030 (from a 2019 base…
  • Friday, 23 July 2021

    Unity needed on German microplastic waste Premium Article

    BONN - The production and household washing of sportswear such as fleece jackets and running gear results in around 10 tons of textile microplastics being released into the environment in Germany every year, according to the findings of a…
  • Friday, 23 July 2021

    Crocs commits to becoming net zero

    COLORADO – US footwear brand Crocs has announced its commitment to becoming a net zero company by 2030. To achieve this, the firm has detailed a number of actions and initiatives, including work to use only vegan materials by the end of this year.…
  • Friday, 23 July 2021

    ThredUp, LG Electronics launch donations programme Premium Article

    OAKLAND – Online consignment store ThredUp has partnered with clothing care and laundry innovator LG Electronics USA to introduce a new garment donation service to the United States. The companies’ apparel clean-out programme encourages the public…
  • Thursday, 22 July 2021

    Companies rally around California wage bill Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – More than 140 businesses have come out in support of the Garment Worker Protection Act (SB 62), as state senator Maria Elena Durazo looks to push through what would be a historic bill for California. A press conference was hosted…
  • Thursday, 22 July 2021

    ISKO joins Jeans Redesign Project

    BURSA – Denim manufacturer ISKO has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jeans Redesign Project, an initiative with a mission statement to prolong the lifecycle of denim. All signatories pledge to work by guidelines that establish minimum…
  • Thursday, 22 July 2021

    Guess unveils latest sustainability targets Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES – US apparel brand Guess has detailed new sustainability targets in its latest sustainability report, Vision Guess. Increasing the share of ‘sustainable’ denim in its portfolio, adopting more recycled fibre and reducing carbon emissions…
  • Thursday, 22 July 2021

    Spike in organic cotton forecast by 2030 Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Global industry non-profit Textile Exchange is predicting an 84 per cent increase in demand for organic cotton by the year 2030, compared to a 2019/2020 baseline. The forecast - based on a survey of Textile Exchange members and members…
  • Thursday, 22 July 2021

    Indian retailers join Canopy initiatives

    BENGALURU – Indian e-commerce platform FlipKart and fashion retailer Myntra have partnered with environmental non-profit Canopy in a bid to protect ancient and endangered forests by way of responsible sourcing practices. The companies have committed…
  • Thursday, 22 July 2021

    Textile waste consumes London for campaign

    LONDON - This eye-catching image of the streets of London piled up with textile waste is part of a new campaign - by Reckitt brand Vanish - to encourage people to wear clothes for longer. Created by the Havas London advertising agency, it highlights…
  • Thursday, 22 July 2021

    Rent the Runway files for IPO Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Apparel company Rent the Runway (RTR) has filed paperwork with US regulators for an initial public offering (IPO), as it looks to boost finances and drive forward the firm’s rental and resale services. Though the firm’s progress faltered…
  • Thursday, 22 July 2021

    Chinese factories 'laying off Xinjiang workers' Premium Article

    QINGDAO - Chinese apparel factories that make goods sold in the US for brands, including Nike, are reportedly laying off workers from the Xinjiang region to distance themselves from forced labour concerns. Several factories, including a subsidiary…
  • Wednesday, 21 July 2021

    Jeans Redesign report takes in member feedback Premium Article

    COWES – The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) has today published a new document that draws insight from the signatories of its Jeans Redesign Project. ‘The Jeans Redesign: Insights from the first two years’ reflects on the framework’s success to…
  • Wednesday, 21 July 2021

    Levi's helps suppliers access green finance Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Denim giant Levi Strauss is working with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help its global suppliers fund projects to reduce their environmental impact. The IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global…
  • Wednesday, 21 July 2021

    Latest wool declaration clarifies mulesing definitions Premium Article

    NEW SOUTH WALES – The Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) has published a revised National Wool Declaration (NWD), which chief executive Mark Grave says, “endeavours to create clarity and provide the market with confidence”. Key changes relate to…
  • Wednesday, 21 July 2021

    Accelerating Circularity seeks trial partners

    NEW YORK – The Accelerating Circularity initiative is seeking partners for its recently announced US trials of commercial scale textile-to-textile systems. The organisation has published a new report, Putting Textiles to Good Use, in which it…
  • Wednesday, 21 July 2021

    J.Crew brand Madewell launches resale service Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – Madewell, an apparel brand of the J.Crew Group, has launched a new resale service in collaboration with online consignment store ThredUp. The service will enable customers to return their unwanted denim jeans in exchange for US$20…
  • Wednesday, 21 July 2021

    Aii launches bid to bring sustainability home Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Apparel Impact Institute (Aii) is partnering with sustainable finance company Bank of the West to introduce the 'Clean by Design' (CBD) programme in the garment supply chain in its native California. The company, which is already…
  • Tuesday, 20 July 2021

    ILO reveals coup impact on garment industry Premium Article

    YANGON - A quarter of a million garment workers in Myanmar have lost their jobs following the military coup in February, according to a new study by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO says the coup, on top of the economic impact of…
  • Tuesday, 20 July 2021

    Microfibre research highlights potential solutions Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Environmental non-profit Ocean Wise has detailed the findings of a new study into textile microfibre emissions, which suggests a combination of solutions at home, at the manufacturing stage and during design could drastically reduce the…
  • Tuesday, 20 July 2021

    Leather industry challenges new alternatives Premium Article

    GLOBAL - Four organisations representing the global leather industry have issued a joint statement in which they challenge the growing use of 'sustainable' alternatives to leather. The International Council of Tanners’ (ICT), Cotance (the…
  • Tuesday, 20 July 2021

    COVID costs garment workers nearly $12bn Premium Article

    GLOBAL - Garment workers are owed US$11.85 billion in unpaid wages and severance money as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic so far, according to new research by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC). The report, entitled 'Still Un(der)paid', builds on…
  • Tuesday, 20 July 2021

    Garment factories could be underwater by 2030

    ASIA - Many parts of garment-producing areas in Asian supply countries could be underwater by 2030, according to new research commissioned by the International Labour Organization (ILO). Two researchers at Cornell University, New York, carried out…
  • Monday, 19 July 2021

    OCA publishes 2020 annual report

    AMSTERDAM – The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) initiative has published its 2020 annual report, in which it reflects on “a year of milestones, opportunities and successes”. The organisation, which supports farmers in cultivating organic cotton…
  • Monday, 19 July 2021

    Desigual innovation programme invites applicants

    BARCELONA – Spanish fashion brand Desigual has partnered with open innovation platform Plug and Play to launch the ‘Awesome Lab’, a new incubator programme for promising start-ups. The Awesome Lab will onboard an initial five to seven companies,…
  • Monday, 19 July 2021

    Cotton tracing trial shows positive signs

    JERUSALEM – The Israeli Cotton Board (ICB) has provided a positive update on its trial of a chemical marker technology and blockchain platform within cotton supply chains. The organisation announced a partnership with product authentication…
  • Friday, 16 July 2021

    Factory owners hit back on COVID-19 claims Premium Article

    COLOMBO – Garment factory owners in Sri Lanka have hit back against criticism from human rights campaigners who urged them to do more to protect their workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sri Lanka Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) says…
  • Friday, 16 July 2021

    US warns of Xinjiang risks to businesses Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US government has issued an advisory notice warning of "heightened risks" to businesses with links to the Xinjiang region of China because of "horrific abuses" against Uyghur Muslims and other minority groups. More than a million…
  • Friday, 16 July 2021

    Maine first to outline PFAS ban Premium Article

    MAINE – The US state of Maine has become the country’s first to outline a ban on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The law will come into play from 2030, though applications deemed “currently unavoidable” at present would be exempt and…
  • Friday, 16 July 2021

    Outerwear brand Eddie Bauer goes into rental Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – Outerwear brand Eddie Bauer is to launch its first rental programme in a bid to promote circularity and make its technical apparel more accessible. The brand will make the service available across the United States, with garments…
  • Friday, 16 July 2021

    C&A outlines new 2028 sustainability targets Premium Article

    DUSSELDORF – German fashion company C&A has launched a new 2028 global sustainability strategy. It addresses the firm’s uptake of ‘sustainable’ materials, ambitions to support the circular economy and efforts to eradicate single-use plastics…
  • Thursday, 15 July 2021

    Li & Fung partners with Canopy Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Fashion supply chain logistics specialist Li & Fung has partnered with environmental non-profit Canopy to help protect vulnerable forests. The company joins the likes of Puma and LVMH in committing to the Canadian organisation’s…
  • Thursday, 15 July 2021

    SBTi to increase minimum target to 1.5C Premium Article

    LONDON - The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has updated its minimum requirement for corporate climate action to the more ambitious 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement. Previously companies were expected to at least set targets in line with…
  • Thursday, 15 July 2021

    DuPont and spin-offs settle $50m PFAS claims Premium Article

    WILMINGTON - Chemical giant DuPont, and two spin-off companies, have agreed to pay at least US$50 million to help clean up environmental damage caused by releases of historical compounds including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. The…
  • Thursday, 15 July 2021

    Sympatex sustainability work recognised by B Corp Premium Article

    MUNICH – German textile manufacturer Sympatex Technologies has been named one of the ‘Best for the World’ B Corporations for 2021. The recognition places Sympatex among the top five per cent of B Corps globally, of which there are an estimated…
  • Thursday, 15 July 2021

    Brands 'fail to address wage theft in Cambodia' Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - Cambodian workers producing apparel for companies including Adidas, VF Corp, Target, Nike and Gap were deprived of an estimated US$109 million in wages during COVID-19 lockdowns in April and May 2021, according to campaigners. This…
  • Wednesday, 14 July 2021

    Inditex brings forward net zero carbon target Premium Article

    ARTEIXO - Fashion giant Inditex, which owns brands including Zara, has announced that it has brought forward its net zero carbon emissions target forward by a decade to 2040. Executive chairman Pablo Isla made the announcement at the company's…
  • Wednesday, 14 July 2021

    Carbon tracking company secures new investment Premium Article

    BERLIN – Vaayu, a German carbon tracking software company, has secured US$1.6 million in investment which it’ll use to support the fashion industry’s ongoing environmental efforts. The funding is expected to be used to optimise the firm’s platform,…
  • Wednesday, 14 July 2021

    Partners turn carbon emissions into fabric Premium Article

    VANCOUVER - Athletic apparel retailer Lululemon has partnered with biotech startup LanzaTech to create what is claimed to be the world’s first fabric made from captured carbon emissions. LanzaTech is working with ‘green’ petrochemical manufacturer…
  • Wednesday, 14 July 2021

    Lenzing partnership yields citrus-blended Tencel Premium Article

    LENZING – Austrian textile manufacturer Lenzing Group has partnered with Italian innovator Orange Fiber to integrate citrus by-products in the production of Tencel-branded fibre. Orange Fiber boasts a patented production process that enables it to…
  • Tuesday, 13 July 2021

    Inditex urged to back new Accord agreement Premium Article

    ARTEIXO - Workers' rights campaigners are putting pressure on Zara owner Inditex, on the day of its annual shareholder meeting today, to sign a new legally binding agreement on garment factory safety in Bangladesh. Inditex, one of the world's…
  • Tuesday, 13 July 2021

    TMC publicly releases microfibre test Premium Article

    BRISTOL – The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) has announced the public release of its test method that determines the level of microfibres shed from fabrics during domestic laundering. First unveiled in 2019, the globally aligned and standard test has…
  • Tuesday, 13 July 2021

    Final consultation opens on Green Button 2.0 Premium Article

    BERLIN – The second and final stage of public consultation has been launched on version 2.0 of Germany's Grüner Knopf (Green Button) consumer-facing sustainability scheme. Green Button 2.0 aims to increase protection of people and the environment…
  • Tuesday, 13 July 2021

    COVID awareness campaign underway in Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA – The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched a COVID-19 Behaviour Change Awareness Campaign in Bangladesh in a bid to educate and protect workers in the country’s ready-made garment (RMG) sector. The campaign targets households…
  • Monday, 12 July 2021

    Parliamentary group pushes for industrywide action Premium Article

    LONDON – The UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion (ESF APPG) has published a new report which details recommendations on how government and stakeholders can address the fashion industry’s environmental impact…
  • Monday, 12 July 2021

    H&M, Levi's face legal action on 'wage theft' Premium Article

    SOUTH ASIA - The Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) worker rights group is taking legal action against global fashion companies including H&M and Levi's over the 'wage theft' of supply chain garment workers during the coronavirus pandemic. AFWA last…
  • Monday, 12 July 2021

    Clothing rental firm questions climate report Premium Article

    LONDON - Fashion rental firm Onloan has questioned a recent report which claimed that renting clothes was a bigger contributor to climate change than wearing them for longer and then throwing them away. Researchers at LUT University in Finland…
  • Monday, 12 July 2021

    Fears raised for Sri Lankan garment workers Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Brands which source from Sri Lanka, along with the country's government and factory owners, should do more to protect garment workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Human Rights Watch NGO. The influential organisation is…
  • Friday, 09 July 2021

    Supply chain law 'should apply to all' Premium Article

    THE HAGUE - Proposed legislation in the Netherlands to make companies responsible for environmental and human rights issues in their supply chain would be compromised if it only applied to bigger companies, according to a new report. The Netherlands…
  • Friday, 09 July 2021

    Gucci helps suppliers access green loans Premium Article

    MILAN - Luxury fashion brand Gucci has signed a deal with Italy's biggest bank, Intesa Sanpaolo, to give small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in its supply chain access to loans at better terms and conditions for environmental and social…
  • Friday, 09 July 2021

    MPs urge UK to ban Xinjiang cotton imports Premium Article

    LONDON - Britain's Foreign Affairs Committee has published a report in which it calls on the government to ban the import of all cotton products known to be produced in whole or in part in the Xinjiang region of China. Entitled 'Never Again: The…
  • Friday, 09 July 2021

    California worker protection bill makes progress Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – The Garment Worker Protection Act, also known as SB 62, has passed through California’s Assembly Judiciary Committee, as workers’ rights activists again try to tackle poverty pay across the state’s apparel manufacturing industry by way…
  • Friday, 09 July 2021

    US brand enters footwear resale market Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – US apparel brand PacSun has entered the footwear resale market as it looks to capitalise on growing appetite for secondhand fashion. The company’s PS Reserve service launches to cut out the “middleman authentication process” many…
  • Thursday, 08 July 2021

    Report reveals scale of pandemic 'wage theft' Premium Article

    SOUTH ASIA - A comprehensive new report on the experiences of supply chain workers producing garments for major brands during the COVID-19 pandemic says the overwhelming majority suffered from 'wage theft'. Entitled 'Money Heist - COVID-19 Wage…
  • Thursday, 08 July 2021

    Consultation opens on European PEF proposals Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Proposals to create a Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) system to measure the environmental impact of apparel and footwear products sold within the European Union have gone out to public consultation. The PEF Technical Secretariat of…
  • Thursday, 08 July 2021

    ASOS report highlights emissions reductions Premium Article

    LONDON – British fashion e-tailer ASOS has reported a 21 per cent year-on-year reduction in operational carbon emissions per order between September 2019 and August 2020. Detailed in the company’s 2021 Carbon Report, the figures show that the…
  • Thursday, 08 July 2021

    H&M, Walmart launch retail climate initiative Premium Article

    GLOBAL - H&M, Walmart, IKEA owner Ingka and Kingfisher have launched a new initiative to encourage other retailers to set out their plans to help meet the 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement. The Race to Zero Breakthroughs: Retail Campaign is…
  • Thursday, 08 July 2021

    Partnership vies to boost circular fashion uptake Premium Article

    BANYARES DE MARIOLA – Material sciences company Recover has forged a partnership with end-to-end solution provider Happy Punt and apparel exporter Hansae Co to streamline the development of more ‘sustainable’ clothing. The trio have joined forces to…
  • Wednesday, 07 July 2021

    AWI chairman calls for direction on mulesing Premium Article

    VICTORIA – The new chairman of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has refused to be drawn on discussions surrounding the fate of mulesing in the country’s wool sector, saying it’s up to industry leaders to “set a clear direction”. Speaking with…
  • Wednesday, 07 July 2021

    Esquel Group sues US over Xinjiang sanction Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Hong Kong-based textile and apparel manufacturer the Esquel Group is suing the US government after one of its subsidiaries was sanctioned because of alleged links to forced labour in China's Xinjiang region. The Changji Esquel…
  • Wednesday, 07 July 2021

    Coloreel secures new funds to scale technology Premium Article

    JÖNKÖPING – Swedish textile innovator Coloreel has raised SEK 70 million (US$8.1m) in a private placement to existing and new shareholders. The funding will help scale the firm’s patented dyeing technology, as it explores new markets and…
  • Wednesday, 07 July 2021

    Sustainable fashion centre planned for Sydney Premium Article

    SYDNEY - The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is teaming up with education and training provider TAFE NSW to develop a new Centre for Fashion and Textiles Sustainability. The education centre, in Sydney, aims to help develop a more sustainable…
  • Wednesday, 07 July 2021

    YKK adopts ‘sustainable’ treatment for zippers Premium Article

    TOKYO – Fastening solutions manufacturer YKK has entered into a licensing agreement with US innovator Green Theme Technologies (GTT), and will start using the firm’s Empel water protection treatment across its portfolio of sustainably-made zippers.…
  • Wednesday, 07 July 2021

    Gaultier owner Puig ditches exotic skins Premium Article

    BARCELONA - Spanish fashion company Puig - which owns brands including Jean Paul Gaultier, Carolina Herrera and Dries Van Noten - has agreed to stop selling products made with the skins of exotic animals such as snakes and crocodiles. The news was…
  • Wednesday, 07 July 2021

    ISKO to leverage HKRITA recycling solution Premium Article

    BURSA – Denim manufacturer ISKO has secured a licensing agreement with the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) to leverage its separation and recycling solution. The Green Machine, as it’s known, works via a hydrothermal…
  • Wednesday, 07 July 2021

    Levi’s latest to join US Cotton Trust Protocol Premium Article

    LONDON – Denim brand Levi’s is the latest company to join the US Cotton Trust Protocol, as it doubles down efforts towards its commitment of sourcing 100 per cent more sustainably grown cotton. Launched to verify sustainability progress through data…
  • Wednesday, 07 July 2021

    Progress on transparency 'too slow' - report Premium Article

    LONDON - Progress on supply chain transparency is still too slow among 250 of the world’s biggest fashion brands, according to a new report. Fashion Revolution's sixth annual Fashion Transparency Index - released today - ranks companies on their…
  • Tuesday, 06 July 2021

    Bluesign update focuses on aniline limits Premium Article

    ST GALLEN – In response to changes in the US EPA guidelines, Bluesign has tightened up its requirements for free aniline content in textile chemicals – such as indigo dyes – as part of the annual update to its chemical substance lists. Restriction…
  • Tuesday, 06 July 2021

    Regenagri programme launches new digital hub Premium Article

    LONDON - The Regenagri regenerative agriculture initiative has launched a new version of its digital hub, Regenagri 2.0, to help textile growers monetise their carbon reduction. The new platform enables brands to manage large groups of farms and…
  • Tuesday, 06 July 2021

    UK government failing fashion industry, research suggests Premium Article

    LONDON – New research commissioned by environmental charity Hubbub claims that the UK government has demonstrated a flagrant disregard for the environmental and social challenges facing the fashion industry. Figures reveal that just 19 policies in…
  • Tuesday, 06 July 2021

    Campaigners call for UK due diligence law Premium Article

    LONDON - Campaigners are calling on the UK to follow in the footsteps of European countries, such as France, Germany and Norway, by introducing a mandatory due diligence law which would make companies responsible for human rights and environmental…
  • Tuesday, 06 July 2021

    Allbirds outlines 10 sustainability targets Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Californian footwear and apparel brand Allbirds has detailed 10 new sustainability commitments which it says are amongst the most ambitious the footwear and apparel industries have ever seen. Each target in the brand’s ‘Flight Plan’…
  • Tuesday, 06 July 2021

    Food waste could change fashion - report Premium Article

    MUMBAI - Agricultural waste, such as rice straw and banana stems, from farming in South and Southeast Asia could be used to produce sustainable natural textile fibres at scale, according to a new report. The study, entitled Spinning Future Threads,…
  • Tuesday, 06 July 2021

    Walmart concludes Open Call amid nearshoring push Premium Article

    ARKANSAS – US retailer Walmart has concluded this year’s Open Call, which gives small businesses the chance to pitch their products and land new deals. At the heart of this year’s event was Walmart’s American Lighthouses concept, through which it’s…
  • Monday, 05 July 2021

    Infinited Fiber secures €30 million and new orders Premium Article

    HELSINKI – Infinited Fiber Company, which produces cellulosic fibre from textile waste, has secured €30 million (US$35.6m) in new capital, with the likes of Bestseller, H&M and Adidas amongst the investors. Bestseller and H&M have also announced new…
  • Monday, 05 July 2021

    Icebreaker progresses on plastic-free goal Premium Article

    AUCKLAND – Outdoor apparel brand Icebreaker, a VF Corp company, has revealed that it is 91 per cent of the way towards its target of being completely plastic-free by 2023. The announcement comes in the fourth annual Transparency Report of the…
  • Monday, 05 July 2021

    Scientists: ‘End plastic production by 2040’ Premium Article

    GLOBAL – Scientists have called for a global treaty to phase out the production of virgin and new plastics by 2040. Writing in the journal Science, the academics outlined the need for clear limits and controls if we’re to stop the material’s…
  • Monday, 05 July 2021

    Rental 'worse than throwing clothes away' Premium Article

    LAHTI - Fashion rental could have a bigger impact on climate change than owning garments and then throwing them away, according to a new study by scientists in Finland. Researchers at LUT University calculated the greenhouse gas emissions connected…
  • Monday, 05 July 2021

    Circular logistics firm secures new investment Premium Article

    AIRDRIE – Fashion logistics firm ACS Clothing, which enables brands and retailers to introduce resale and rental models, has secured £2.5 million (US$3.4m) in funding which will help increase its capacity and grow its workforce. The finances came…
  • Monday, 05 July 2021

    NGOs welcome forced labour probe into brands Premium Article

    PARIS - NGOs who are suing fashion giants Uniqlo, Inditex, SMCP and Skechers for allegedly concealing "crimes against humanity" in China's Xinjiang region have welcomed French prosecutors's decision to open an investigation. The investigation has…
  • Friday, 02 July 2021

    Cow stomach microbes 'break down polyester' Premium Article

    VIENNA - Microbes from the stomachs of cows and sheep could be used to break down synthetic textiles, such as polyester, for recycling, according to a new scientific study. Researchers at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in the…
  • Friday, 02 July 2021

    Fashion brands 'squeezed garment workers' Premium Article

    SOUTH ASIA - Fashion companies H&M, Nike and Primark have been accused of driving factory workers in their supply chains in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Indonesia into desperation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The allegations come in Breaking Point, a…
  • Friday, 02 July 2021

    Non-profit calls for 'clear' labels for synthetics Premium Article

    LONDON – Environmental non-profit A Plastic Planet has sent a letter to the UK government calling for a 'clear labelling system' on clothing that would highlight the volume of synthetic fibres used. Backed by campaign groups, politicians and…
  • Friday, 02 July 2021

    Fashion giants probed over forced labour Premium Article

    PARIS - French prosecutors are investigating fashion companies Uniqlo, Zara owner Inditex, French company SMCP and US footwear brand Skechers for allegedly concealing "crimes against humanity" in China's Xinjiang region. Three NGOs - Collectif…
  • Friday, 02 July 2021

    Weird Fish reports success on sustainability targets Premium Article

    TEWKESBURY – British apparel retailer Weird Fish has reported strong progress in line with its sustainability targets, having surpassed its expectations for the volume of more ‘sustainable’ materials integrated in products. The brand launched its…
  • Thursday, 01 July 2021

    PVH Europe joins Dutch Denim Deal initiative Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - PVH Europe - which is home to the headquarters of Tommy Hilfiger Global and Calvin Klein Europe - has joined the Dutch Denim Deal sustainability initiative. The company will serve on the steering committee of the private-public…
  • Thursday, 01 July 2021

    Moose Knuckles Canada outlines sustainability targets Premium Article

    MONTREAL – Luxury outerwear and sportswear brand Moose Knuckles Canada has detailed a number of sustainability targets that’ll address carbon emissions, material usage, circularity and biodiversity by 2025. Outlining these aspirations, the company…
  • Thursday, 01 July 2021

    Organic cotton hits global record - report Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Global industry non-profit Textile Exchange has released its 2021 Organic Cotton Market Report revealing that the 2019/20 season saw the largest volume of organic cotton fibre harvested globally to-date. Some 229,280 farmers grew 249,153…
  • Thursday, 01 July 2021

    Outland Denim makes cotton tracing ‘breakthrough’ Premium Article

    BRISBANE – Australian jeanswear brand Outland Denim says it has reached a breakthrough in its supply chain traceability, and can now track the entirety of its products’ journeys from cotton seed to consumer. It follows progress reported in the…
  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021

    New circular project targets textile recycling Premium Article

    ANTWERP - A new circular fashion project has been launched in a bid to reduce clothing waste by providing practical evidence of the potential of textile-to-textile recycling. Clothing brands Decathlon, Petit Bateau, Bel & Bo, HNST and Xandres, as…
  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021

    Farfetch, ThredUp launch clothes donations service Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Luxury fashion platform Farfetch has partnered with online consignment store ThredUp to launch a new clothes donations service in the US. ThredUp’s Resale-as-a-Service (RaaS) model will facilitate the programme’s operations, entitling…
  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021

    BCI hits record despite Xinjiang and pandemic Premium Article

    GENEVA - The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has published its latest annual report in which it reveals that its 'better cotton' now accounts for 23 per cent of global production. In the 2019-2020 season, BCI retailer and brand members sourced 1.7…
  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021

    Timberland to launch take-back programme Premium Article

    STRATHAM – Outerwear brand Timberland is to launch a new product take-back programme in a bid to support its ambition of having a net positive impact on nature by 2030. Starting in August, consumers will be able to return branded footwear, apparel…
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