Social Media
Log in

Register Subscribe

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition has launched a new transparency roadmap, which will allow members to roll out previously confidential Higg Index scores to the general public. The move comes as the SAC membership pushes for greater transparency on Higg, in a bid for the tool to become the harmonised textile industry standard of choice for social and environmental improvement. John Mowbray reports.

So far the Sustainable Apparel Coalition has remained relatively quiet about its future plans for releasing Higg Index scores for public consumption, which has prompted concerns that its members have been slow to collect information – or are not keen on releasing data that can be held up to further scrutiny.

But Jason Kibbey, CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, hopes these fears will now recede after an explicit decision was taken at last month’s annual SAC meeting in Copenhagen to rubber-stamp a new roadmap for the transparent release of all Higg data. The roadmap shows the first tranche of Higg facilities data will be released by mid-2018 and other data, from the brand tool and then the product tool, will be released afterwards, with 2020 seen as a final cut-off date for full public release of the Higg Index.

“We are committing to launch the Environmental and Social Modules for facilities in 2018, so that companies can release their own FEM (Facilities environmental module) scores and FSLM (Facilities Social Labour Module) scores,” Kibbey told Ecotextile News. “Before this happens, we need to do two things as part of the new roadmap – that is the next revision of Higg and also the verification steps. But we are firmly committed to that timeline and there will be a full data release by mid-2018.”

Data from the Facilities tool will be the first to be released since the SAC has more data on this part of Higg than the other two areas: the Brand tool slated for release in 2019 and the much more tricky Product tool, which will bring up the rear in 2020.

So what exactly will this look like? Kibbey says there is still room for experimentation in order to get it right. “It’s likely there will be some on-product information about scores, but facility data could be available in other ways. Perhaps some sort of interactive on-line map similar to the recently released sourcing map launched by Marks & Spencer.”

Until recently there was some trepidation about the release of Higg facilities data because there was no consistent way for it to be used by member companies, or the 6,000 facilities that have so far uploaded modules to the central Higg database.

Communication tool kit

Essentially, for each of the different assessments a ‘communication tool kit’ will be designed that will describe – and to some extent dictate – exactly how the released Higg scores will be used so that information is released in a consistent way. “We are in a position to provide a standardised, comparable way for the Higg scores to be used in public so data can all be used and interpreted in the same way,” said Kibbey.

But will be there a requirement to release all information ‘good and bad’? “We’re focusing on this in our guidelines,” he said, “An is why we are having governance around those guidelines so people do not just cherry pick the best and give a false impression of just one per cent of their supply chain. This will become part of the guidelines for use of the data.”

Latest News

  • Wednesday, 21 April 2021

    PETA reaffirms call for Levi’s to ban leather

    SAN FRANCISCO – Animal rights organisation PETA will today attend denim brand Levi’s digital annual meeting in a bid to influence a ban on animal leather. The non-profit routinely attends the meetings of fashion brands and retailers, having bought…
  • Wednesday, 21 April 2021

    Vans steps up with sustainability targets

    CALIFORNIA – US footwear brand Vans has outlined several new sustainability targets which will see it increase its uptake of responsibly sourced materials, reduce its carbon emissions and eradicate plastics from its supply chain. The VF Corp company…
  • Wednesday, 21 April 2021

    Mills Fabrica set to expand to London

    LONDON - The Mills Fabrica global platform for sustainable and social innovation in the apparel and textiles industry is to open a new physical hub in the UK this summer. Mills Fabrica, which also supports innovation in the agritech and food…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    Garment workers fear COVID-19 lockdowns Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Clothing retailers and brands can expect late deliveries on orders from countries such Cambodia, where garment companies in Phnom Penh and neighbouring Ta Khmau city are currently locked down until 28th April in a bid to curb the spread…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    J.Crew announces sustainability targets

    NEW YORK - US fashion retailer J.Crew has announced a new initiative aimed at improving sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) throughout its global supply chain. The company says its 'Re-imagined by J.Crew' campaign will support…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    US brand Revolve outlines sustainability plans

    CALIFORNIA – US fashion retailer Revolve has announced new sustainability plans, which include the launch of a ‘sustainable’ brand division, a new sustainability filter on its platform and efforts to offset carbon emissions for all future marketing…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    Zalando looks to close sustainability gap Premium Article

    BERLIN - European online retailer Zalando has published a new report in which it considers how best to close the gap between the attitudes and behaviours of fashion consumers on sustainability. Entitled 'It Takes Two: How the Industry and Consumers…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    Infinited Fiber to build €220M factory in Finland Premium Article

    HELSINKI – Infinited Fiber Company (IFC), which produces cellulosic fibres from textile waste, plans to build a 30,000 metric tons per year facility in Finland at a cost of €220 million. Working with textile machine builder Andritz, it expects the…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    Teijin backs call for ambitious emissions target

    TOKYO – Japanese textile conglomerate Teijin Limited has come out in support of a statement calling for more ambitious environmental targets in its homeland. It relates to a request made by the Japan Climate Initiative (JPI) which wants authorities…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    Report calls for tougher product design requirements Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – The Environmental Coalition on Standards (ECOS) has today published a report which explains how a more sustainable approach to garment design could dramatically reduce the industry’s environmental impact while supporting the circular…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    Garment industry badly hit by Myanmar coup Premium Article

    YANGON - Around 200,000 garment workers in Myanmar have lost their jobs since the military coup at the beginning of February, according to a leading workers’ rights campaigner. Several major brands, including H&M, Primark and Benneton, have put a…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    REI sets out new partner requirements

    SEATTLE – Outdoor retailer REI has said in its latest impact report that suppliers and partners will be expected to ramp up their environmental and social initiatives with a focus on reducing climate impacts, using re-commerce and sourcing materials…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    Leicester factory probe findings revealed Premium Article

    LEICESTER - Investigators looking into allegations surrounding garment factories in Leicester say they have found no evidence of modern slavery but did find that workers were being paid less than the minimum wage and working in poor conditions.…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    African cotton bodies team up to support farmers

    HAMBURG – The Cotton Made in Africa (CMiA) initiative and the African Cotton Foundation (ACF) have teamed up to support training and new implementation measures conducted by cotton companies across the continent. Actions will be coordinated by the…
  • Monday, 19 April 2021

    China looks to Central Asia for more cotton

    BEIJING - China is looking to Asian countries such as Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to reduce its reliance on imported cotton from the United States and Australia. With relations strained between China and western countries - amidst ongoing…
  • Monday, 19 April 2021

    Fashion detox changes consumer outlook

    GLASGOW – Academics at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) are calling on consumers to partake in their Fashion Detox Challenge, after new research found that those who abstain from binge buying develop healthier, more sustainable views about what’s…
  • Monday, 19 April 2021

    Nanollose raises investment for pilot production

    PERTH – Australian textile innovator Nanollose has raised US$2.85 million from investors to underpin pilot production of its environmentally-friendly tree-free lyocell fibres and fabrics. The company says the offer was over subscribed and will allow…
  • Monday, 19 April 2021

    Wrangler outlines new sustainability targets Premium Article

    GREENSBORO – US denim brand Wrangler has announced new sustainability targets via the launch of its ‘WeCare Wrangler’ platform. The sustainability platform has been established to underline the company’s commitment to protecting the environment and…
  • Monday, 19 April 2021

    Asics launches new circular collection

    KOBE – Sportswear brand Asics has launched a new collection of footwear and apparel which it says uses a circular manufacturing approach to reduce its environmental impact. Asics' Earth Day Pack includes trainers created from around five tonnes of…
  • Monday, 19 April 2021

    Birla Cellulose awarded for circularity, transparency efforts

    MUMBAI – Textile fibre manufacturer Birla Cellulose has emerged as the winner of the first ‘National Innovative and Sustainable Supply Chain Award’, presented by United Nations Global Compact Network India (GCNI). The Aditya Birla brand received the…
  • Friday, 16 April 2021

    Fashion is 'big bet' for African circularity

    ABIDJAN - The fashion and textiles industry has been highlighted as a key opportunity to develop a circular economy for Africa, according to a new World Economic Forum report. Entitled 'Five Big Bets for the Circular Economy in Africa', the report…
  • Friday, 16 April 2021

    Allbirds to use only regenerative wool by 2025

    SAN FRANCISCO – Sustainable footwear brand Allbirds has set itself a target of using only wool that is regeneratively farmed by the middle of the current decade. The company will launch its first products made with more sustainably-farmed fibre…
  • Friday, 16 April 2021

    ASOS and DPD launch textile recycling initiative

    LONDON - Online fashion retailer ASOS has teamed up with delivery company DPD to launch a new textile recycling initiative called ReLove. Shoppers receiving ASOS parcels via DPD can now use the delivery service's app to select an option to donate…
  • Friday, 16 April 2021

    China 'to launch own Better Cotton Initiative' Premium Article

    BEIJING - China is reportedly set to launch its own version of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) in the latest development in the country's attempt to fight back against forced labour allegations surrounding the country's cotton industry. The…
  • Thursday, 15 April 2021

    ZDHC welcomes new recruits to programme Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has welcomed four new recruits to its Roadmap to Zero programme, including German viscose producer Kelheim Fibres and Sri Lankan textile manufacturer Hayleys Fabric. Both join ZDHC as contributors to the programme,…
  • Thursday, 15 April 2021

    Nike launches new service to combat waste

    BEAVERTON - Sportswear giant Nike has launched a new service in which returned shoes can be refurbished and resold, thereby extending their lifespan, to reduce waste. Initially available at 15 stores in the US, the service, called 'Nike…
  • Thursday, 15 April 2021

    Canada Goose launches sustainability report

    TORONTO - Outdoor apparel brand Canada Goose has launched its latest sustainability report which includes a range of environmental commitments but no plans to end its controversial use of fur. Canada Goose's 2020 sustainability report provides…
  • Thursday, 15 April 2021

    Podcast: The Higg Index - 10 years in the making

    WAKEFIELD – Ten years on from the foundation of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the latest edition of our Ecotextile Talks Radio Show examines the progress of the Higg Index suite of tools that it helped to create. In this first episode of…
  • Thursday, 15 April 2021

    Fast fashion set to decline, warns bank Premium Article

    ZURICH - Fast fashion brands like Zara, H&M and Primark could face sharp declines in profits over the next decade as sustainability rises to the top of the consumer agenda, according to Swiss multinational investment bank UBS. A new report by the…
  • Wednesday, 14 April 2021

    PETA urges LVMH to drop fur and exotic skins

    LONDON - The PETA animal rights organisation is set to once again urge luxury fashion company LVMH to stop using fur and exotic skins in its products. PETA is a shareholder in LVMH, which owns brands such as Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Fendi,…
  • Wednesday, 14 April 2021

    Muji issues statement on Xinjiang cotton Premium Article

    TOKYO - Japanese fashion retailer Muji has issued a statement after being criticised for continuing to use cotton from the Xinjiang region of China despite forced labour concerns. Muji is one of the number of companies slammed by the End Forced…
  • Wednesday, 14 April 2021

    AGI Denim's HempX wins C2C gold certification

    KARACHI - Pakistani textile manufacturer AGI Denim has been awarded gold level certification from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute for it's HempX fabric. The award recognises environmental and social performance across five…
  • Tuesday, 13 April 2021

    Fashion for Good picks South Asia innovators Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The Fashion for Good initiative has selected 10 new innovators to participate in the third batch of its South Asia Innovation Programme. The new batch includes potential game-changers such as inks produced from greenhouse gas emissions,…
  • Tuesday, 13 April 2021

    Fashion giants sued over forced labour Premium Article

    PARIS - Zara owners Inditex, Uniqlo, SMCP and footwear brand Skechers are being sued in France for allegedly using cotton produced with forced labour in China. Three NGOs and a Uyghur woman who was held at a camp in the Xinjiang region of China have…
  • Tuesday, 13 April 2021

    Nanofibre filaments from recycled polyester Premium Article

    TOKYO – Teijin claims to have developed the world’s first ultra-fine recycled polyester filaments, which are just 700 nanometres in diameter. Using proprietary spinning technology, the ultra-fine polyester ‘Nanofront’ filaments are capable of…
  • Tuesday, 13 April 2021

    Mother of Pearl links up with Onloan Premium Article

    LONDON - Sustainable fashion brand Mother of Pearl has partnered with online fashion rental service Onloan to launch a new initiative aimed at increasing circularity. Called the Full Circle, it aims to break the traditional “linear” retail model…
  • Tuesday, 13 April 2021

    Nike reveals more on cleaner chemicals Premium Article

    BEAVERTON - Sportswear giant Nike has revealed more about its plans to replace 10 priority chemistries with ‘cleaner’ alternatives by 2025. The company recently outlined the ambition in its FY20 Impact Report, entitled 'Breaking Barriers', but did…
  • Tuesday, 13 April 2021

    EU urged to tackle garment worker pay Premium Article

    NEWCASTLE - The Circle NGO is calling on the European Union (EU) to introduce legislation which would encourage brands and retailers to ensure garment workers in their supply chains are paid a living wage. The Circle, which was founded by the singer…
  • Monday, 12 April 2021

    Garment factories to stay open during lockdown Premium Article

    DHAKA - The Bangladeshi government has agreed to a plea from garment manufacturers to allow their factories to remain open during an upcoming lockdown to arrest a spike in COVID-19 cases. The government has decided to allow factories to run during…
  • Monday, 12 April 2021

    Brands 'failing to protect migrant workers' Premium Article

    GLOBAL - Major brands and retailers are failing to honour promises to protect the rights of migrant workers in global supply chains, according to the KnowTheChain initiative. KnowTheChain is a partnership between Humanity United, the Business &…
  • Monday, 12 April 2021

    Microfibre Consortium approves first third-party lab Premium Article

    GENEVA - Inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS has been approved by The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) as its first third-party laboratory member. The agreement means that SGS will soon be extending its fibre fragmentation…
  • Monday, 12 April 2021

    Levi's joins Fashion for Good initiative Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Denim brand Levi Strauss has joined the Fashion for Good initiative in a bid to create pilots to address some of the most pressing sustainability issues in its value chain.. Levi's says that joining Fashion for Good will enable the…
  • Friday, 09 April 2021

    Canada moves towards slave labour action Premium Article

    OTTAWA - Canada is moving forward with new legislation that would see companies face hefty fines if they are caught importing products made with slave or child labour. The Senate, the upper house of parliament in Canada, has given a second reading…
  • Friday, 09 April 2021

    Uniqlo to monitor Xinjiang situation Premium Article

    TOKYO – Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing says it will ‘keep an eye’ on its cotton supply chain to make sure that none of its clothes are made with forced labour in Xinjiang – despite a robust performance in China which helped the Japanese retailer to…
  • Friday, 09 April 2021

    New European campaign targets fast fashion Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission is set to launch a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of the environmental impact of the fast fashion industry. The ‘Beyond Your Clothes’ campaign - part of the European Union-funded 'SMART Textile & Garments'…
  • Friday, 09 April 2021

    'Alarming spike' in ethical risks in factories Premium Article

    LONDON - Supply chain compliance experts QIMA report an "alarming spike" in ethical risks in factories around the world which supply western brands and retailers. A new 'barometer' study by QIMA says the percentage of factories which it ranked 'red'…
  • Thursday, 08 April 2021

    BFC rallies fashion firms to donate fabrics Premium Article

    LONDON – The British Fashion Council (BFC) has teamed up with more than 20 brands, including Burberry, Victoria Beckham, River Island and Barbour, to donate waste materials to colleges across the UK. The Student Fabric Initiative aims to provide…
  • Thursday, 08 April 2021

    WRAP set to launch Textiles 2030 initiative Premium Article

    LONDON – UK waste recycling charity WRAP has confirmed that its Textiles 2030 project to create a more circular industry in Britain will be formally launched later this month. WRAP says Textiles 2030, which it describes as the world's most ambitious…
  • Thursday, 08 April 2021

    Bestseller vows to support organic cotton cultivation Premium Article

    BRANDE – Danish fashion company Bestseller hopes to incentivise more farmers to make the transition to organic agricultural practices by promising that it will enrol more 'in-conversion' cotton into its portfolio. The company hopes that using…
  • Thursday, 08 April 2021

    Cambodia to vaccinate 500,000 garment workers Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - Cambodia has started vaccinating garment and textile workers in a bid to innocculate half a million of them by the end of June and help jump-start a post-pandemic recovery. The country had one of the lowest incidences of COVID-19 but an…
  • Thursday, 08 April 2021

    Traceability tool tipped to address sourcing concerns Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – Technological solutions provider SupplyShift has partnered with the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) to offer fashion brands and manufacturers a tool to snuff out forced labour within their networks. The YESS (Yarn Ethically &…
  • Thursday, 08 April 2021

    Warning to fashion industry on sustainability Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Increasing demands by consumers and regulators for a more sustainable apparel industry pose a financial and reputational risk to companies that don’t adapt, according to global credit rating agency Moody’s. Fast-fashion retailers and…
  • Thursday, 08 April 2021

    GlamCorner plays host to Spell rental collection Premium Article

    SYDNEY – Australian rental platform GlamCorner has partnered with native fashion brand Spell to help launch a rental collection for the firm. The offering, which GlamCorner will host and handle the logistics of, includes 48 Spell items which…
  • Thursday, 08 April 2021

    Call to pay garment workers a living wage Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Workers' rights campaigners have drawn up a living wage benchmark which they hope will be used to ensure garment workers in disadvantaged parts of Europe are paid enough to live on. The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has developed what it…
  • Wednesday, 07 April 2021

    GFA confirms new chief executive Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – The Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) has appointed Federica Marchionni, the former president of Dolce & Gabbana and international CEO of Secoo, as its new CEO. She’ll take the mantle from the 1st June and replaces GFA stalwart Eva Kruse, who…
  • Wednesday, 07 April 2021

    Social auditors 'should be liable for reports' Premium Article

    LONDON - Social auditors should be held legally liable for inaccurate reports which fail to uncover health and safety breaches in brands and retailers' supply chains, according to the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC). A new report…
  • Wednesday, 07 April 2021

    IKEA makes pledge to act on child labour Premium Article

    LEIDEN - Swedish-owned homeware giant IKEA is pledging to accelerate efforts to strengthen child rights and remove child labour from the company's supply chain. IKEA says it wants to support the United Nations (UN) which has designated 2021 as the…
  • Wednesday, 07 April 2021

    Exclusive: Boohoo sourcing director talks Leicester Premium Article

    MANCHESTER - Last June, fast fashion brand Boohoo became embroiled in allegations of supply chain exploitation, as sites in the city of Leicester - a manufacturing hub for the company - were found to be operating with little consideration of…
  • Wednesday, 07 April 2021

    Cairo factory tragedies prompt safety calls Premium Article

    CAIRO - Workers rights campaigners are calling for an international safety agreement after at least 28 lives were lost in two garment factory tragedies in a month in the Egyptian capital city of Cairo. Eight people died and 29 were injured last week…
  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021

    Soorty launches organic cotton initiative Premium Article

    KARACHI - Pakistan's largest vertically integrated denim company, Soorty, has launched an initiative to increase the use of organic cotton in the denim supply chain. The Soorty Organic Cotton Initiative (SOCI) has been launched in partnership with…
  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021

    Textile Exchange seeks feedback on recycled material standards Premium Article

    TEXAS – Industry non-profit Textile Exchange is seeking feedback over the next two months on the latest versions of its Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) and Global Recycled Standard (GRS). The Vancouver-based organisation says it will welcome the…
  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021

    Garment workers 'denied legal severance pay' Premium Article

    GLOBAL - Tens of thousands of workers at factories which produce garments for leading fashion brands have been fired during the COVID-19 pandemic but illegally denied financial compensation, according to a new report. The Worker Rights Consortium…
  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021

    Superdry signs up with We aRe SpinDye Premium Article

    CHELTENHAM - Fashion brand Superdry has signed an agreement with Swedish clean tech company We aRe SpinDye (WRSD) to use its resource-efficient dyeing process. WRSD's dyeing process involves melting colour pigments and recycled polyester together,…
  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021

    Garment workers call for better contract terms Premium Article

    GLOBAL – Apparel suppliers across Asia have come together to demand better contracts from fashion brands and retailers. A draft document, seen by Reuters, comes after many high-street names pulled orders upon the global outbreak of the coronavirus,…
  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021

    UN experts warn companies on Xinjiang Premium Article

    NEW YORK - United Nations human rights experts are urging companies to closely scrutinise their supply chains following concerns over the alleged detention and forced labour of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China. Independent UN experts…
  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021

    Keen shares ‘model’ on removing PFCs Premium Article

    PORTLAND – After successfully removing PFCs from its supply chain, US footwear brand Keen is sharing its insight by publishing an open-source model explaining how other companies can follow suit. “We spent the last seven years researching,…
  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021

    BGMEA elects Hassan as new president Premium Article

    DHAKA - Faruque Hassan, the managing director of the Giant Group, has been elected as the new president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA). Hassan replaces Dr Rubana Huq who became the first female leader of…
  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021

    The RealReal launches upcycling programme Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Second-hand fashion marketplace The RealReal has launched a new upcycled apparel collection in partnership with some of fashion’s leading firms to offer luxury items a new life. The company has acquired unwanted stock from the likes…
  • Thursday, 01 April 2021

    Exclusive: Chemical cocktail found in face masks Premium Article Audio Version Available

    Top German scientists have found that wearing certain types of face masks for long periods of time could result in potentially hazardous chemicals and harmful microplastics being inhaled deep into human lungs. Professor Michael Braungart, director…
  • Thursday, 01 April 2021

    Mango makes progress on ‘sustainable’ fibre front Premium Article

    BARCELONA – Spanish fashion brand Mango has announced that 79 per cent of its garments now integrate more ‘sustainable’ fibres. These products now align with the principles of the brand’s Committed Collection, which it launched in 2017 with the…
  • Thursday, 01 April 2021

    ETI urges extra caution on Xinjiang cotton Premium Article

    LONDON - The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is urging brands and retailers to take extra steps to ensure that their supply chains are not linked in any way with the Xinjiang region of China. It comes as fashion companies are under severe pressure…
  • Thursday, 01 April 2021

    AWEX wool declaration “premature”, says grower body Premium Article

    QUEENSLAND – WoolProducers Australia, a native grower body, has described Australian Wool Exchange’s (AWEX) review of its National Wool Declaration (NWD) as “premature”, and believes this year’s document shouldn’t be finalised until conclusions are…
  • Wednesday, 31 March 2021

    H&M releases statement on Xinjiang controversy Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish fashion giant H&M - which has been at the centre of a Chinese backlash against western boycotts of Xinjiang cotton over forced labour concerns - has released a statement on the controversy. H&M has born the brunt of the consumer…
  • Wednesday, 31 March 2021

    McQueen, Balenciaga ban animal fur Premium Article

    PARIS – Luxury brands Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga, both owned by fashion conglomerate Kering, have banned the use of animal fur within their supply chains. The news was disclosed in Kering’s 2020 Universal Registration document, which stated…
  • Wednesday, 31 March 2021

    Coalition to back natural fibres' case to EU Premium Article

    SYDNEY - The Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) industry organisation is to form an international coalition to ensure demand for natural fibres is not harmed at the expense of synthetics by new European Union (EU) legislation. It fears that the EU's…
  • Wednesday, 31 March 2021

    Four Paws ranks brands on mulesing commitments Premium Article

    LONDON – Animal rights group Four Paws has ranked 38 leading apparel brands based on their commitments to banning the controversial practice of mulesing within their supply chains. Rankings range from ‘mulesing-free champions’ including Patagonia…
  • Wednesday, 31 March 2021

    Myanmar garment workers in plea to brands Premium Article

    YANGON - Garment workers in Myanmar have renewed their call on fashion brands to support their protests against the military coup following the most violent weekend of demonstrations so far. More than 520 civilians have been killed in two months of…
  • Tuesday, 30 March 2021

    English city ponders textile recycling service Premium Article

    YORK – Authorities in the English city of York are contemplating new recycling measures which could see the introduction of a textile collection service. It’s just one of three options the council is pondering, following proposals from the…
  • Tuesday, 30 March 2021

    Lycra partners to develop recycled fibres Premium Article

    WILMINGTON – The Lycra Company has teamed up with Japanese trading firm Itochu Corporation to launch new functional fibres made from textile waste. Lycra says the new products lay the groundwork “for a more circular future”, which is one of the…
  • Tuesday, 30 March 2021

    Report highlights gap in garment worker pay Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - A new report from the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) reveals the difference between minimum wage and living wage in nearly 50 garment and textile industry countries. AGT says the report, compiled using data…
  • Tuesday, 30 March 2021

    Calls to recognise new Uzbek cotton union Premium Article

    TASHKENT - Human rights campaigners are calling for recognition for Uzbekistan's first independent trade union which has launched at a giant cotton producer amidst allegations of intimidation and harassment. Organisers of the Xalq Birligi (People’s…
  • Tuesday, 30 March 2021

    Eight killed after 'garment factory explosion' Premium Article

    CAIRO - Eight people have been killed and 29 injured after a reported explosion in a garment factory led to the collapse of a ten storey building in the Egyptian capital city of Cairo. Eyewitnesses said the building collapsed after an explosion in a…
  • Monday, 29 March 2021

    Xinjiang statement missing from BCI website Premium Article

    BEIJING - China's attempt to fight back against forced labour allegations surrounding the country's cotton industry continues to bear fruit with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) apparently removing a key statement from its website. The BCI…
  • Monday, 29 March 2021

    Bangladesh garment factories report on SDGs Premium Article

    DHAKA - The Bangladeshi garment industry has published a report on its progress towards helping the country meet its targets on the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The report, from the Bangladeshi Garment…
  • Monday, 29 March 2021

    Boohoo eyes ‘sustainable’ materials and resale Premium Article

    MANCHESTER – Fast fashion brand Boohoo has unveiled a new strategy which targets of integrating 'more sustainable’ materials and resale offerings across its brand portfolio. To coincide with this, the company has signed up to WRAP’s Textile 2030…
  • Monday, 29 March 2021

    Blockchain provider acquires €8 million in funding Premium Article

    PARIS – Traceability solutions provider Arianee has closed an €8 million (US$9.4m) seed financing round, which it’ll use to scale its blockchain-enabled platform for the luxury fashion sector. Paris-based Arianee – whose technology establishes…
  • Friday, 26 March 2021

    Brands accused of backtracking on Xinjiang Premium Article

    BEIJING - Leading western fashion brands and retailers are being accused of watering down their opposition to the alleged use of forced labour in Xinjiang's cotton industry under pressure from the Chinese government and consumers. The End Forced…
  • Friday, 26 March 2021

    LVMH outlines new biodiversity strategy Premium Article

    PARIS – French fashion conglomerate LVMH, which owns the likes of Louis Vuitton, Dior and Givenchy, has unveiled its new biodiversity strategy which centres on measuring and reducing its environmental impact, promoting animal welfare and deploying…
  • Friday, 26 March 2021

    H&M extends partnership with WWF Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish fashion giant H&M is extending its partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) for another five years. H&M linked up with WWF to address the environmental impacts of its whole value chain, as well as to champion wider…
  • Friday, 26 March 2021

    Natural Fibers Alliance opposes UK fur ban Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – Environmental organisation the Natural Fibers Alliance (NFA) has hit back at fashion designers calling for a ban on real fur in the UK, saying their “short-sighted” views could force businesses to turn to environmentally harmful…
  • Friday, 26 March 2021

    Clothes swapping ‘department store’ to be trialled next month Premium Article

    NEW YORK – A new clothes swapping department store is to be trialled in New York next month, as it looks to shed the negative stigma surrounding pre-owned apparel and encourage more sustainable consumer behaviours. The concept store, which will run…
  • Thursday, 25 March 2021

    Sportswear giant 'quits BCI to source Xinjiang cotton' Premium Article

    BEIJING - Chinese company Anta Sports – the world's third-largest sportswear company – is reportedly leaving the Better Cotton Initiative so it can continue sourcing cotton from Xinjiang despite forced labour concerns. Japanese firm Asics also…
  • Thursday, 25 March 2021

    Dyneema the focus of circularity coalition Premium Article

    HEERLEN – Dutch multinational Royal DSM has established a coalition of 14 companies which will work together to close the loop on its Dyneema brand of fibre. Under the name CirculariTeam, the group will come together to share knowledge, resources…
  • Thursday, 25 March 2021

    Freeze branding trials throw up interesting findings Premium Article

    MELBOURNE – The University of Melbourne has published the preliminary findings of pain trials which assessed whether freeze branding – a method of protecting sheep from parasitic infections – caused as much discomfort as the controversial practice…
  • Thursday, 25 March 2021

    New bid to map circularity of Italian fashion Premium Article

    MILAN - A pioneering new project has been launched to create the first study of circularity across the supply chain of the Italian fashion industry. The SDA Bocconi School of Management, one of Europe's leading business schools, and advanced energy…
  • Thursday, 25 March 2021

    Study highlights Sri Lankan COVID concerns Premium Article

    COLOMBO - Workers' rights campaigners have published a new study on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in Sri Lanka where they claim brands, retailers and manufacturers are profiting at the expense of garment workers' health, employment…
  • Thursday, 25 March 2021

    Boohoo publishes UK supplier list Premium Article

    MANCHESTER – Fast fashion brand Boohoo has published a list of its UK manufacturers, which it’s cut down to just 78 companies in line with the recommendations of Alison Levitt QC’s report into the company. As was advised by Levitt – who was…
  • Wednesday, 24 March 2021

    Brands urged to boycott Turkmen cotton Premium Article

    LONDON - The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is urging fashion brands to stop sourcing cotton from Turkmenistan after a new report revealed the systematic use of forced labour in last year's harvest. Two NGOs, Turkmen.news and the Turkmen…
  • Wednesday, 24 March 2021

    Cambodian workers prepped for vaccine rollout Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s government has included garment workers amongst the list of priority groups to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and has tasked native organisations including the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) to support a…
  • Wednesday, 24 March 2021

    Avery Dennison launches supply chain transparency tool Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – Materials science company Avery Dennison has launched atma.io, a new digital transparency tool that creates a digital twin of products to map them throughout the supply chain. The company says its new platform can be leveraged across…
BACK ISSUE ARCHIVE
OTHER PUBLICATIONS FROM MCL NEWS & MEDIA

Interested in advertising?

Simply give us a call

Sales: +44 1977 708488

Or if you prefer email, click on the button below and we'll get back to you asap