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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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  • Friday, 23 September 2022

    Inditex ranks low in Spain for sustainability

    LONDON - Zara owner Inditex has come bottom in new sustainability rankings of the 40 largest listed companies in Spain compiled by the Standard Ethics rating company. Standard Ethics' methodology measures companies’ level of compliance with…
  • Friday, 23 September 2022

    TE and GOTS tighten organic cotton checks Premium Article

    LUBBOCK – Textile Exchange has tightened up the certification of organic cotton, in partnership with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), in a bid to clampdown on fraud. From 1st December, cotton from GOTS-certified facilities will have to…
  • Friday, 23 September 2022

    Romanian fashion firm in circular denim drive

    BUCHAREST – Romanian fashion brand No44 has launched a new takeback and recycling initiative in collaboration with Turkish manufacturer ISKO, as it looks to support its claim of being one of few ‘sustainable’ clothing companies in the country. No44,…
  • Thursday, 22 September 2022

    Fashion and textiles blamed for microfibres Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Fashion and textiles are named as the leading sources of microfibre pollution in a new draft report from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The report to US Congress…
  • Thursday, 22 September 2022

    PVH Foundation joins Fashion Climate Fund Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - The PVH Foundation - the philanthropic arm of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein owner PVH Corp - has joined the Apparel Impact Institute's (Aii) US$250M Fashion Climate Fund. It comes on board as a lead funder, joining Lululemon, H&M,…
  • Thursday, 22 September 2022

    Ganni becomes certified B Corp Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – Danish fashion brand Ganni has become the latest clothing company to earn B Corp certification. B Corporations, of which there are more than 4,500 globally, are subjected to rigorous assessments which measure efforts across five impact…
  • Thursday, 22 September 2022

    First ITMF awards celebrate sustainability

    DAVOS – At the recent International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) annual conference, event organisers handed out awards in the categories of sustainability and innovation, and international cooperation for the first time. Among the…
  • Thursday, 22 September 2022

    Adidas, Stella McCartney launch ‘circular’ tracksuit

    HERZOGENAURACH – Sportswear giant Adidas and luxury fashion firm Stella McCartney have teamed up once again to develop a ‘circular’ tracksuit made from Infinited Fiber Company’s (IFC) ‘Infinna’ fibre. The prototype outfit is the first to be made via…
  • Thursday, 22 September 2022

    Joules launches resale platform for customers

    MARKET HARBOROUGH – British fashion brand Joules has launched a resale platform as the latest phase of its 'Joules ReWear' programme in partnership with circular fashion specialist Reskinned. The Joules ReWear online shop enables customers to buy…
  • Thursday, 22 September 2022

    Gore expands use of PFAS-free membrane

    ELKTON - Outdoor fabric manufacturer Gore has announced the expansion of the use of its new PFAS-free waterproof membrane to more Gore-Tex products for the autumn/winter season. Launched a year ago, Gore's expanded polyethylene (ePE) membrane was…
  • Wednesday, 21 September 2022

    Study highlights PFAS presence in school uniforms Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA/TORONTO – Millions of schoolchildren in the US and Canada are exposed to potentially harmful levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) everyday through their uniforms, according to a new peer-reviewed study. PFAS, also known as…
  • Wednesday, 21 September 2022

    TexAid facility adopts Intelligent Sorting Stations Premium Article

    SCHATTDORF – Circular services specialist TexAid has partnered with German innovator Circular.Fashion to adopt its Intelligent Sorting Stations. These stations enable the swift processing of garments which integrate Circular.Fashion’s digital…
  • Wednesday, 21 September 2022

    Minimum wage hike agreed for Cambodia

    PHNOM PENH – The minimum wage for garment, footwear and textile workers in Cambodia is to rise to US$200 a month next year, following negotiations between factory owners, trade unions and government officials. Unions had been demanding a US$21 rise…
  • Wednesday, 21 September 2022

    Better Cotton bid to back sustainable farming Premium Article

    GENEVA - The Better Cotton initiative has announced that it is working with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to promote sustainable agricultural practices among smallholder farmers. Better Cotton is working to develop a cotton-specific carbon…
  • Wednesday, 21 September 2022

    Bloomingdale’s launches sustainability platform

    NEW YORK – US clothing retailer Bloomingdale’s has partnered with New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to launch a new innovation fund that will address environmental and social issues within the sector. The collaboration is to support…
  • Wednesday, 21 September 2022

    GFA joins US Coalition on Sustainability Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The US Coalition on Sustainability, a startup non-profit organisation established in collaboration with the United Nations, has welcomed more than a dozen leading alliances to SustainChain, its digital technology platform for…
  • Tuesday, 20 September 2022

    Tool shows stagnated garment worker wages

    AMSTERDAM - Workers' rights campaigners have launched new data which they say highlights how supply chain garment workers are becoming worse off as their wages are eroded by soaring inflation. The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has added new data to…
  • Tuesday, 20 September 2022

    AC Milan encourages recycling in Puma partnership

    MILAN – Italian football club AC Milan have announced the launch of a prize draw as it incentivises fans to donate unwanted polyester-based kits at the stadium’s stores in support of Puma’s Re:Jersey initiative. Puma launched Re:Jersey earlier this…
  • Tuesday, 20 September 2022

    IndustriALL urges brands to leave Myanmar Premium Article

    YANGON - The IndustriALL global trade union has written to brands and retailers sourcing from Myanmar urging them to begin negotiations on a responsible exit following a major study into the human rights implications of continuing to do business in…
  • Tuesday, 20 September 2022

    Macy’s rolls out circular services

    NEW YORK – US retailer Macy’s has outlined various services it’s introduced across its operations in a bid to promote circularity. Notably, the company – which earlier this year joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s network – has sought…
  • Sunday, 18 September 2022

    New organic cotton varieties for India Premium Article

    FRICK – After over a decade of research, the Swiss organic agricultural research institute FiBL, has released two new varieties of organic cotton seed to farmers in India that are derived from American upland cotton and traditional Indian Desi…
  • Friday, 16 September 2022

    Swiss brand On creates shoe sole from CO2 Premium Article

    ZURICH - Swiss sports brand On says it has created the first shoe to feature a sole made from CO2 emissions in partnership with Chicago-based carbon capture company LanzaTech. On hopes the technology behind the prototype, called Cloudprime, will be…
  • Friday, 16 September 2022

    Lenzing switching to renewable energy in China Premium Article

    LENZING - Austrian wood-based fibre producer Lenzing has announced that its Chinese subsidiary will be using 100 per cent renewable electricity from 2023, reducing carbon emissions by 100,000 tonnes annually. Lenzing Nanjing Fibers will also convert…
  • Friday, 16 September 2022

    CottonConnect, ICAC to address industry challenges Premium Article

    LONDON – CottonConnect and the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the view to combining their specialisms and collaboratively addressing challenges within the sector. With an agreement…
  • Thursday, 15 September 2022

    PFAS to be restricted in ZDHC's updated MRSL Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Chemical management specialist ZDHC has announced the latest version of its Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) which includes new restrictions on all PFAS used for textile, footwear and leather treatments. PFAS (per- and…
  • Thursday, 15 September 2022

    Primark to exit Myanmar after ETI report Premium Article

    YANGON - Fashion retailer Primark is to stop sourcing from Myanmar following what was claimed to be the most comprehensive study so far into the human rights implications of continuing to do business in the country. The Ethical Trading Initiative…
  • Thursday, 15 September 2022

    Watchdog confirms details of H&M, Decathlon probes Premium Article

    THE HAGUE – Consumer watchdogs in the Netherlands have revealed the extent of the measures that fashion giant H&M and sporting gear retailer Decathlon agreed to accept to avoid sanctions for greenwashing. H&M has agreed to withdraw its 'Conscious'…
  • Thursday, 15 September 2022

    US university opens biodegradability lab Premium Article

    DARTMOUTH – A state-of-the-art biodegradability laboratory has been established at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Dartmouth in a bid to accelerate innovation in ocean-safe plastics and other materials which contaminate our environment. The…
  • Thursday, 15 September 2022

    Patagonia owner 'gives away company' Premium Article

    VENTURA - The billionaire owner of outdoor clothing brand Patagonia says he has given away the company to a charitable trust which will plough any profits not reinvested in the company into fighting climate change. Yvon Chouinard, 83, who founded…
  • Thursday, 15 September 2022

    USDA invests in ‘sustainable’ cotton farming Premium Article

    MEMPHIS – The US Cotton Trust Protocol is to head up a new cotton initiative across the country after receiving funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Climate Smart Cotton Programme will set out to provide financial and…
  • Wednesday, 14 September 2022

    H&M, Decathlon avoid sanctions for sustainability claims Premium Article

    THE HAGUE – Fashion conglomerate H&M and sporting gear retailer Decathlon have made commitments to the Netherlands' Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) to market their products’ sustainability credentials more accurately following the outcome…
  • Wednesday, 14 September 2022

    Europe unveils proposals for forced labour ban Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission (EC) has unveiled its proposals to ban products made with forced labour from the single market, a year after EC President Ursula von der Leyen committed to do so in her 2021 State of the Union speech. It follows…
  • Wednesday, 14 September 2022

    50 million people in modern slavery - report Premium Article

    GENEVA – Fifty million people were living in modern slavery last year, according to a new joint report from the International Labour Organization (ILO), Walk Free and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). The report says that 28…
  • Wednesday, 14 September 2022

    Levi’s WellThread expands on plant-based indigo Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Denim giant Levi's is expanding its use of plant-based indigo dyes in the latest collection of its 'WellThread' series of products which claim reduced environmental impact. The fall/winter 2022 WellThread collection features a new…
  • Tuesday, 13 September 2022

    Casual garment workers 'denied rights in Turkey' Premium Article

    ISTANBUL - A new report on casual employment in the Turkish garment industry says that working without social security is “ordinary” for garment workers and retirement is "beyond their wildest dreams". The study, from Clean Clothes Campaign Turkey…
  • Tuesday, 13 September 2022

    Nike robot to extend the life of trainers Premium Article

    LONDON - Sportswear giant Nike has launched a robot-augmented system designed to extend the life of trainers as a pilot project at its flagship Nike Town store in London. The BILL (Bot Initiated Longevity Lab) system is designed to clean and repair…
  • Tuesday, 13 September 2022

    Sportswear brand On steps into resale Premium Article

    ZURICH – Sportswear brand On has teamed up with recommerce specialist Trove to launch Onward, a new resale service for pre-owned footwear. With Onward, Trove will manage the logistics of accommodating customer returns, whilst On will incentivise…
  • Tuesday, 13 September 2022

    New York funds Fashion Innovation Center Premium Article

    NEW YORK – The governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, has announced that US$10 million in state funding will be allocated to the establishment of a new Fashion Innovation Center (FIC), which it’s hoped will spotlight New York-produced ‘smart’ and…
  • Tuesday, 13 September 2022

    Polartec® powers Haglöfs' new layering concept

    Haglöfs’ Synchronized Performance Layering System will deliver up to 30% less humidity in clothing through clever use of fabric and design. An update to the well-documented L.I.M. Series, the new L.I.M. Z|T System has been tested by real people in…
  • Monday, 12 September 2022

    ETI urges brands to reassess presence in Myanmar Premium Article

    YANGON - The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is urging brands and retailers sourcing from Myanmar to reassess their presence in the country following what is claimed to be the most comprehensive study so far into the human rights implications. The…
  • Monday, 12 September 2022

    Auco Chem awarded highest ZDHC certification Premium Article

    PISA - Italian textiles and leather chemicals company Auco Chem has been awarded the highest certification offered by the ZDHC Road Map to Zero programme. Chemical management testing company Chem-MAP awarded Auco Chem with ZDHC MRSL V2.0 Level 3…
  • Monday, 12 September 2022

    Rhode Island university to research microplastics Premium Article

    PROVIDENCE – The University of Rhode Island is to be granted US$1 million in federal assistance as it looks to better understand sources of microplastic pollution and their threat to oceans around the world. A wealth of research has highlighted the…
  • Monday, 12 September 2022

    Hong Kong PolyU launches fashion challenge Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has teamed up with local financial services company Hang Seng Bank to co-found the Sustainable Future Challenge in Textiles and Fashion. The competition encourages students, researchers, industry…
  • Monday, 12 September 2022

    Lenzing signs deal for solar power plant Premium Article

    LENZING - Austrian wood-based fibre producer Lenzing has signed a 20-year contract with two green energy companies to build a solar plant to power the fibre and pulp plant at its Lenzing base. The deal with Enery and Energie Steiermark involves the…
  • Sunday, 11 September 2022

    Vote: Nike to continue sourcing from China Premium Article

    PORTLAND – As directed by the Board of Nike directors, shareholders of the sportswear giant voted on Friday to reject a proposal that would stop it sourcing goods and raw materials from China, as allegations of forced labour and human rights abuses…
  • Friday, 09 September 2022

    Ebay partners with garment repairs specialist Premium Article

    LONDON – Peer-to-peer resale marketplace Ebay has partnered with product repairs specialist Reskinned in a bid to strengthen its secondhand fashion offering. Reskinned has worked with tens of brands to date, including River Island and Joules, giving…
  • Friday, 09 September 2022

    BFC investigates impact of e-commerce returns Premium Article

    LONDON - The British Fashion Council (BFC) has commissioned a study which will explore how best to address the climate change impact of increasing returns by online fashion shoppers. Global strategy consultancy firm Roland Berger will carry out the…
  • Friday, 09 September 2022

    US lifts import ban on Indian garment maker Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC — US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has lifted an import ban on an Indian garment manufacturer - which supplied major brands including H&M - after officials accepted that forced labour had been eradicated. Natchi Apparel, which is…
  • Friday, 09 September 2022

    Haartz Corporation adopts PFAS-free solutions Premium Article

    ACTON – The Haartz Corporation, a US-based specialty materials manufacturer active in the apparel, automotive and furniture sectors, has forged a partnership with textile finishing innovator Green Theme Technologies (GTT) to adopt its PFAS-free…
  • Thursday, 08 September 2022

    Donations sought for Pakistan cotton farmers Premium Article

    QUETTA – In addition to the loss of lives, homes, and livelihoods due to the floods in Pakistan, the unprecedented monsoon rainfall has also damaged crops on over 1 million hectares of land including the province of Balochistan, where 13,000 organic…
  • Thursday, 08 September 2022

    Nike launches low carbon material process Premium Article

    BEAVERTON - Sportswear giant Nike has launched a new way of making apparel which it claims reduces carbon footprint by an average of 75 per cent compared to a traditional knit fleece. Nike Forward - billed as the company's most significant apparel…
  • Thursday, 08 September 2022

    Hopes of a breakthrough in SAC controversy? Premium Article

    OSLO / AMSTERDAM - Consumer watchdogs in Norway are working with counterparts around the world on how sustainability information could best be incorporated on consumer-facing garment labels following a "constructive" meeting with the Sustainable…
  • Wednesday, 07 September 2022

    Leather industry plan to combat greenwashing Premium Article

    NORTHAMPTON - The Leather Working Group (LWG) trade body has announced the launch of a new project to drive supply chain transparency and combat greenwashing. The LWG Chain of Custody project aims to create a vision and a practical roadmap for how…
  • Wednesday, 07 September 2022

    Nike shareholders urged to halt China sourcing Premium Article

    BEAVERTON - Two ethical investment companies are urging shareholders of sportswear giant Nike to pause the sourcing of cotton and other raw materials from China because of ongoing concerns about the alleged use of forced labour. New York-based…
  • Wednesday, 07 September 2022

    Global Fashion Summit heads for Singapore Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) has announced that the first destination for its Global Fashion Summit outside of Copenhagen is Singapore, which will host the event from November 3rd later this year. As the Copenhagen Fashion Summit has done…
  • Wednesday, 07 September 2022

    Dye innovator backed by Kering, Albini Group Premium Article

    VIENNA – Dye solution innovator Vienna Textile Lab has teamed up with the innovation arms of fashion companies Kering and Albini to advance the development of ‘sustainable’ dyeing methods. Vienna Textile Lab claims to produce organic colours from…
  • Wednesday, 07 September 2022

    Brands accused of obstructing Accord’s expansion Premium Article

    ISLAMABAD – A new report from the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has accused leading fashion firms, such as H&M, Inditex, Bestseller and C&A, of obstructing the expansion of the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment…
  • Tuesday, 06 September 2022

    Womenswear brand WNU becomes B Corp Premium Article

    LONDON – Womenswear brand With Nothing Underneath (WNU) has become the latest company to earn B Corp certification. B Corporations, of which there are more than 4,500 globally, are subjected to rigorous assessments which measure efforts across five…
  • Tuesday, 06 September 2022

    Marimekko to set science-based targets Premium Article

    PAIMOIO – Finnish design house Marimekko has committed to setting greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals in line with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The company says it published “ambitious” targets back in 2020 but will look to…
  • Monday, 05 September 2022

    Survey: Gen Z sustainability ideas and actions confused Premium Article

    SHEFFIELD – A consumer survey has identified a “clear gap” between the pro-sustainability ideologies of Generation Z consumers and their shopping habits. Sheffield Hallam University researchers found that of the 56 students they surveyed and 24 that…
  • Monday, 05 September 2022

    Zalando, Decathlon back shoe recycling framework Premium Article

    NOUVELLE-AQUITAINE – German fashion company Zalando and French sporting gear retailer Decathlon are amongst the backers of a new shoe recycling programme launched in France’s Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. The ‘Reshoes’ programme is to be led by CETIA,…
  • Friday, 02 September 2022

    PFAS ban backed by California assembly Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – California’s state assembly has this week passed new legislation that would prohibit the manufacture and sale of garments and textiles that contain PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) by 2025. PFAS, also known as…
  • Friday, 02 September 2022

    Selfridges targets boost in ‘circular’ transactions Premium Article

    LONDON – British retailer Selfridges has committed that by 2030, 45 per cent of its transactions will come from ‘circular’ products and services. The target has been outlined in the firm’s first annual ‘Project Earth’ report, in which it’s indicated…
  • Thursday, 01 September 2022

    UN releases assessment of Xinjiang Premium Article

    XINJIANG – The United Nations’ Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) has published its assessment of human rights concerns in China’s Xinjiang region, where it’s reported that 1.6 million Uyghur Muslims are being held in the largest…
  • Thursday, 01 September 2022

    Lenzing joins Dutch Denim Deal Premium Article

    LENZING – Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing has joined the Dutch Denim Deal in support of ‘sustainable’ production practices. Launched in November of 2020, the deal tasks signatories with using at least five per cent recycled content in every pair…
  • Thursday, 01 September 2022

    Web plug-in streamlines secondhand shopping Premium Article

    SANTA BARBARA – Circular solutions provider Beni has launched a Chrome browser extension in a bid to make secondhand clothes shopping more accessible. With the plug-in, consumers that have identified an item they like online will be directed to…
  • Thursday, 01 September 2022

    JSRTEX adopts Alchemie's dyeing solution

    Taiwan-based JSRTEX, a leading textile innovator in Asia, has completed its first sustainable dye run using the ground-breaking EndeavourTM waterless dyeing system from UK textile industry disruptor Alchemie Technology. Alchemie’s Endeavour machine,…
  • Wednesday, 31 August 2022

    BGMEA teams up with Jeanologia Premium Article

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has teamed up with textile technology specialist Jeanologia and will look to tap into the Spanish innovator’s expertise to benefit Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG)…
  • Wednesday, 31 August 2022

    Danish project to increase textile circularity Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN - The Danish Innovation Fund is investing 106.5 million Danish krone (US$14.3m) to support research projects aimed at transitioning the textiles and plastics industry towards circularity until 2050. The Partnership for Circular Economy…
  • Wednesday, 31 August 2022

    Lace manufacturer launches natural dye solution Premium Article

    COLOMBO - Sri Lankan lace manufacturer Noyon Lanka has launched a 100 per cent natural dye solution for lace which it says is the first of its kind to be approved by the Control Union agricultural certification body. The company, a subsidiary of MAS…
  • Wednesday, 31 August 2022

    Isle of Wight launches recycling campaign Premium Article

    NEWPORT – Authorities in the UK’s Isle of Wight have launched a textile recycling campaign in a bid to encourage residents to adopt more ‘sustainable’ disposal habits. In collaboration with waste management firm Amey, the island’s council has…
  • Wednesday, 31 August 2022

    Collection includes printed Spinnova products Premium Article

    JYVÄSKYLÄ – Fibre manufacturer Spinnova has linked up with fashion brand and fellow Finnish company Marimekko for a capsule collection which contains the first ever commercially available printed products made using the former's sustainable fibre.…
  • Wednesday, 31 August 2022

    UK government framework tackles emissions Premium Article

    LONDON – Manufacturing facilities in sectors including textiles and chemicals will need to adopt ‘sustainable’ best practices to prevent or minimise carbon emissions, as part of a new programme launched by the British government. Based on the…
  • Wednesday, 31 August 2022

    RGE aims to close loop on textile waste Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – Leading viscose manufacturer Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) has outlined its intention to co-develop urban-fit, closed-loop textile-to-textile recycling solutions at the Sustainable Textile Research Centre (SusTex) it’s founded alongside…
  • Tuesday, 30 August 2022

    Bremen cotton conference focuses on sustainability Premium Article

    BREMEN - Ongoing efforts to reduce the environmental impact of the global cotton industry will be the focus of the 36th International Cotton Conference Bremen on the 29th and 30th September. The event, organised by the Bremen Cotton Exchange and the…
  • Tuesday, 30 August 2022

    Japan to boost its circular economy Premium Article

    TOKYO – Authorities in Japan have outlined their ambitions to boost the size of the domestic circular economy to ¥80 trillion ($583.7 billion) by 2030. Government sources are reported to have expressed an interest in addressing clothing production…
  • Tuesday, 30 August 2022

    Euratex calls for EU action on energy crisis Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Textile and clothing industry body Euratex has called for a single strategy from the European Union (EU) to tackle the energy crisis and safeguard the future of the industry. Euratex is calling for support to stop companies going under…
  • Tuesday, 30 August 2022

    PET recycler acquires fibre firm Premium Article

    JELGAVA – PET Baltija, a leading European PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) recycler, has acquired Czech textile producer Tesil Fibres in a bid to vertically integrate the two’s operations and increase the availability of recycled materials. Tesil…
  • Tuesday, 30 August 2022

    ILO, Nike in bid to protect garment workers Premium Article

    GENEVA - The International Labour Organization (ILO) has linked up with sportswear giant Nike for a new initiative to cut road deaths and injuries among commuting garment and footwear workers. The joint project aims to understand why garment and…
  • Tuesday, 30 August 2022

    H&M, WWF develop wood sourcing tool Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Fashion conglomerate H&M Group has teamed up with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Cambodia to develop an artificial intelligence-enabled smartphone application capable of swiftly identifying species of wood. The pair are to…
  • Friday, 26 August 2022

    Renewcell flagship factory "up and running" Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish textile recycler Renewcell has announced that its new flagship factory - billed as the world’s first commercial scale 100 per cent textile-to-textile recycling plant - is now up and running. In the company's new interim report,…
  • Friday, 26 August 2022

    Aspiga fashion brand is awarded B Corp status Premium Article

    LONDON - Fashion brand Aspiga has become the latest of a small number of companies in the sector to be awarded B Corp status. B Corps, of which there are more than 4,500 globally, are subjected to rigorous assessments which measure efforts across…
  • Thursday, 25 August 2022

    Neonyt event plans global roll out Premium Article

    FRANKFURT – The next edition of the Neonyt sustainable fashion and business exhibition from Messe Frankfurt will take place in Düsseldorf for the first time next January, before being rolled out globally with a new partner. Neonyt, originally known…
  • Thursday, 25 August 2022

    Gap claims success in improving water access Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Fashion brand Gap Inc says it has helped improve access to water and sanitation for two million people linked to the garment industry in the Indian states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Gap worked with the US Agency for…
  • Thursday, 25 August 2022

    Cambodian garment workers seek wage hike Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Trade unions representing garment workers in Cambodia are demanding a US$21 rise in the minimum wage for their members while factory owners want them held at the current level of US$194 a month. Those are the positions of the two sides…
  • Thursday, 25 August 2022

    Global heatwaves play havoc with cotton Premium Article

    LUBBOCK – Severe droughts in Texas have been blamed after US cotton production plummeted by nearly three million bales due to a ‘historically high’ abandonment of cotton on millions of acres of land in the southwest of the country. With India’s…
  • Wednesday, 24 August 2022

    Reflaunt secures US$11m in funding Premium Article

    LISBON – Circular solutions provider Reflaunt has secured US$11 million via a Series A funding round, which it’ll use to bolster its services and forge new partnerships. Ventech China, Bombyx Growth Fund and Global Blue led the financing, with the…
  • Wednesday, 24 August 2022

    Myanmar coup's toll on unions and civil society Premium Article

    YANGON - The military coup in Myanmar has taken a severe toll on the abilities of trade unions and civil society organisations to protect workers and migrants, according to a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO). Entitled…
  • Wednesday, 24 August 2022

    The RealReal reports growth in shoppers Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Luxury resale platform The RealReal is claiming a significant growth in the number of people using its marketplace and in products sold in its annual report. The RealReal says that 5.3 million new shoppers joined its platform, which…
  • Wednesday, 24 August 2022

    US, Honduras team up to enable nearshoring Premium Article

    NORTH CAROLINA – Educational institutes across the US state of North Carolina have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Honduras’ Central American Technological University (UNITEC) in a bid to train students and ensure the next generation…
  • Wednesday, 24 August 2022

    Bangladesh suppliers to use Fair Price app Premium Article

    DHAKA - Factory owners in Bangladesh have signed a deal to use the Fair Wear Foundation's Fair Price app which is designed to help negotiate prices with buyers which allow for the payment of a fair wage to garment workers. The Bangladesh Knitwear…
  • Wednesday, 24 August 2022

    Mycelium innovator files for patent Premium Article

    ESTERO – Biomaterials manufacturer Mushrooms Incorporated, formerly Marijuana Strategic Ventures, has filed for a provisional patent covering a novel method of producing mycelium thread for textile applications. The firm says it hopes to develop…
  • Tuesday, 23 August 2022

    Primark to offer in-store secondhand fashion Premium Article

    DUBLIN - Budget fashion retailer Primark has partnered with the Vintage Wholesale Company to allow its customers to shop for secondhand fashion in its stores. A 'WornWell' concession has now opened in Primark’s Birmingham High Street store and a…
  • Tuesday, 23 August 2022

    Lenzing switches to green energy in Indonesia Premium Article

    LENZING - Austrian wood-based fibre producer Lenzing has announced that its production site in Indonesia is now using electricity solely from renewable sources. Indonesian subsidiary South Pacific Viscose (SPV) has been using electricity generated…
  • Tuesday, 23 August 2022

    Simply Be enters fashion rental market Premium Article

    MANCHESTER - Plus-sized womenswear brand Simply Be has launched its first clothing rental range in partnership with the Hirestreet fashion rental platform. Customers can now choose from 23 garments, ranging in size from 10 to 32, including…
  • Tuesday, 23 August 2022

    Berghaus refreshes Repairhaus free repair service Premium Article

    SUNDERLAND - Outerwear retailer Berghaus is relaunching its free repair service as Repairhaus to encourage more customers to “champion repairing over replacing”. The company has offered free repairs since it was founded 56 years ago but is…
  • Tuesday, 23 August 2022

    New deal on workplace safety in Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA - A new agreement to improve workplace safety and health in Bangladesh has been agreed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI). It will cover 10 priority sectors…
  • Tuesday, 23 August 2022

    Eddie Bauer moves into resale, rental Premium Article

    SANTA MONICA – Outerwear brand Eddie Bauer has teamed up with recommerce specialist Arrive to launch garment resale and rental services. Arrive manages the logistics and boasts pre-existing infrastructure enabling brand and retail partners to…
  • Monday, 22 August 2022

    Policy Hub urges EU to tackle rising textile waste Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The Policy Hub, a joint project from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI), Global Fashion Agenda and Textile Exchange, has published a position paper on the European…
  • Monday, 22 August 2022

    Trumpler awarded highest ZDHC certification Premium Article

    WORMS - German company Trumpler, which supplies chemicals to the leather tanning industry, has been awarded with the highest certification offered by the ZDHC Road Map to Zero programme. Chemical management testing company Chem-MAP awarded…
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