As we close down for the Christmas period we’d like to extend 'Season's Greetings' to all of our readers, wish everyone all the very best for 2016 and as usual at this time of year, we can reveal our top five 'most read' stories in the last 12 months.
Once again, the industry has taken another giant step towards becoming a more environmentally conscious industry, and although there is still lots of work ahead, 2015 has seen an increasing number of brands, textile suppliers and other organisations step up their efforts on textiles and sustainability. This has been reflected in traffic to our web-site where so far in 2015 we have had over 3.1 million page views and over 146,000 unique visitors.
Our top five most read stories on Ecotextile News are detailed here, but a highlight includes our fifth most popular news item of 2015: 'Adidas sets targets for worker's rights service', which reflects the on-going concerns about the lack of supply chain visibility when it comes to social compliance. Our fourth most popular story online was when we broke the news that 'H&M was to cut all ties with the Lower Omo Valley region in Ethiopia' after our ground-breaking expose of alleged land-grabbing by firms wanting to set up an organic cotton project in the area.
In third place was another yet another exclusive. This time we revealed that the Sustainable Apparel Coalition was to kick off Higg Index verification. A crucial aspect of Higg if it is to gain widespread credibility and acceptance in the global textile and apparel sector. In second place was our inside report on how the EU is looking at new plans to revise its Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for textiles.
However, the number one most read story on the Ecotextile News web-site was our exclusive interview with Greenpeace on its Detox campaign. In Greenpeace alters strategy but remains focused on Detox, we details how despite a perceived lull in its Detox campaign, it remains very active and is totally committed to the campaign to rid potentially hazardous chemicals from the textile supply chains of leading retailers and brands by 2020.
Much of these stories are detailed in further depth in the printed magazine and we look forward to bringing our readers the leading coverage of the sustainable textiles sector through 2016 which will undoubtedly be an even more eventful 12 months ahead.