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SAN FRANCISCO –  The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has opened up its proprietary suite of Higg Index tools to non-member small and medium-sized (SME) brands and retailers through a new, special licensing option called the SME Access program. The move comes in a bid to collect a much wider variety of assessment data on environmental impacts and to boost adoption of the Higg right across the global textile supply chain. As of July 1st, the SAC also reports that so far over 13,000 Higg Index assessments have been posted by over 6,000 companies worldwide.

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  • Monday, 15 October 2018

    CE100 Network adds DuPont and Mud Jeans

    COWES – The Circular Economy 100 (CE100) Network, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, has announced the addition of four new members, including DuPont Biomaterials and MUD Jeans. The goal of the network is to connect leaders and innovators from…
  • Friday, 12 October 2018

    MADE-BY enters administration

    AMSTERDAM – The Dutch-based not for profit MADE-BY, which was founded in 2004 entered into administration last week in a move that will disappoint many stakeholders in the sustainable fashion area. The organisation was one of the original pioneer…
  • Tuesday, 09 October 2018

    Platform seeks to eradicate sportswear non-compliance

    OSTERMUNDIGEN – Sportswear brands now have a new tool at their disposal to combat non-compliance, with the launch of the WFSGI (World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry) Compliance Labelling Requirements (CLR) Database. The online tool is…
  • Fairtrade advocate issues textile sector rallying cry
    Monday, 17 September 2018

    Fairtrade advocate issues textile sector rallying cry

    LONDON - On behalf of the Fairtrade Foundation, Subindu Garkhel will take to the stage at this week’s International Convention on Sustainable Trade and Standards to urge the industry to use its sizeable global power to lift people out of poverty and…
  • Friday, 14 September 2018

    New bill to strengthen Bangladesh textile exports

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Parliament has tabled, and subsequently passed, the Textile Bill 2018 in an effort to maintain and even enhance the quality of the nation’s textile products as a way of protecting the economy which relies so heavily on foreign…
  • Thursday, 06 September 2018

    Textiles water stewardship drive in Southern India

    GENEVA – UN Global Compact initiative CEO Water Mandate and a co-operative of apparel firms have joined forces to establish a water stewardship initiative in Southern India. Global brands such as Gap, Levi Strauss & Co and PVH Corporation are among…
  • Thursday, 23 August 2018

    Collaboration seeks Higg Index consumer engagement boost

    SAN FRANCISCO – A new collaboration has been announced between B Corp certified GlobeScan and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) in order to make strides in developing communication guidelines and resources to more successfully engage consumers…
  • Thursday, 23 August 2018

    AAFA continues microfibre information sharing drive

    WASHINGTON – The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has announced a Microfiber Discharge - What should you do? webinar to educate industry stakeholders and consumers alike on the most recent academic, regulatory and industrial findings…
  • Monday, 20 August 2018

    Bangladesh seeks SEZ investment at US trade meeting

    DHAKA – Ahead of the fourth round of meetings as part of the Trade and Investment Co-operation Forum Agreement (TICFA) between Bangladesh and the United States, sources in Dhaka have confirmed that Bangladeshi representatives will pursue US…
  • Monday, 13 August 2018

    Vaude outlines latest sustainability progress

    TETTNANG – Outdoor brand Vaude has launched a comprehensive supplier management programme, a move it hopes will offer its international producers and material suppliers the support necessary to ensure high ecological and social standards are present…
  • Thursday, 09 August 2018

    EOG unveils first boardsports members

    ZUG – The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has announced two new member organisations, with Burton and Nitro becoming the first additions from the boardsports sector to become full members. Furthermore, Salomon is adding its snowboard division to its…
  • Wednesday, 08 August 2018

    SAC announces latest Higg MSI update

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has announced the second update of 2018 of its Higg Index MSI (Materials Sustainability Index), described by the organisation as the most trusted tool for accurately measuring and scoring a…
  • Monday, 06 August 2018

    Investors back due diligence framework alignment

    BRUSSELS – Representatives from a wide variety of investment firms have signalled support for collaborative industry-wide efforts seeking increased alignment of due diligence frameworks with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply…
  • Tuesday, 17 July 2018

    EU, China align circular economy policies

    BEIJING – At the EU-China Summit currently taking place in the Chinese capital, both parties have expressed their commitment to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Circular Economy and have also established a deal on oceanic pollution…
  • Amfori
    Thursday, 28 June 2018

    Amfori strengthens sustainability partnerships

    BRUSSELS – Global business association for sustainable trade amfori has reflected on a successful year in its latest annual report – the first under its new name. Amfori has reported its strongest ever increase in membership and geographical…
  • Monday, 25 June 2018

    The Microfibre Consortium debuts infographic at OutDoor

    FRIEDRICHSHAFEN – The Microfibre Consortium has released its Microfibre Management Infographic 1.0 at this year’s OutDoor show, held for the final time in Friedrichshafen before relocating to Munich. The consortium says it has open sourced the…
  • Friday, 22 June 2018

    UK committee launches ‘fast fashion’ inquiry

    LONDON – The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry into the social and environmental impacts of the ‘fast fashion’ culture which has become an integral part of the apparel industry. The investigation has been established to explore…
  • Wednesday, 13 June 2018

    Support for EOG Sustainability Charter hits new heights

    ZUG – The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has announced that two more national associations have adopted its Sustainability Charter and, in so doing, have outlined support for its goals of pursuing best practice in corporate citizenship, responsibility…
  • Monday, 11 June 2018

    Denim Expert becomes first Bangladeshi SAC member

    CHITTAGONG – Denim Expert Ltd has become the first Bangladeshi manufacturer to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a move which will see the company adopt the Higg Index to chart its CSR and sustainability progress. The Bangladesh-based…
  • Wednesday, 06 June 2018

    US polyester legislation unlikely this year

    SACRAMENTO – The proposed polyester legislation from several US states in light of textile microfibre pollution appears to have hit the buffers in the respective state assemblies of California, New York and Connecticut. Time constraints would seem…
  • Friday, 01 June 2018

    Could the UK follow US states in microfibre legislation?

    LONDON – Earlier this year, the US states of California and Connecticut took the unprecedented step of proposing legislation which would see polyester garments legally required to bear warning labels regarding their potential to shed microfibres…
  • Wednesday, 30 May 2018

    Levi Strauss: Life as a leader

    COPENHAGEN - While travelling by train to meet Paul Dillinger it struck me that no matter where you are in the world, in any densely populated area there will almost certainly be one person – and often many more – wearing a pair of Levi’s. It then…
  • Thursday, 17 May 2018

    NSF joins CDP to provide third-party verification

    ANN ARBOR – NSF International has announced that it has become a verification provider of non-profit organisation CDP in order to assist in operating a global disclosure system designed to help companies and municipalities accurately assess and…
  • Friday, 04 May 2018

    NGO takes swipe at Levi’s in climate change row

    SAN FRANCISCO — Environmental NGO Stand.earth has released a new report which attacks the global apparel sector for its role in air pollution and climate change, whilst pointing the finger at Levi Strauss specifically as being one of the industry’s…
  • Friday, 04 May 2018

    UK government funds textile marine pollution study

    PLYMOUTH – Scientists at the University of Plymouth have received support from the UK government to conduct new research aimed at analysing the impact of clothing, amongst other products, on the marine environment. The study, which has been given an…
  • Thursday, 03 May 2018

    New report blasts textile certification

    LONDON – A new NGO report published today concludes that environmental certification programmes in the textile sector are guilty of making false promises on sustainability and calls for the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) to be scrapped completely.…
  • Tuesday, 24 April 2018

    AAFA questions polyester warning label proposals

    WASHINGTON – Following the states of California and Connecticut having proposed the implementation of mandatory warning labels for polyester garments, the AAFA (American Apparel and Footwear Association) has raised concerns about the legitimacy of…
  • Thursday, 19 April 2018

    Guess partners with Better Cotton Initiative

    LOS ANGELES – Fashion brand, Guess has announced its newly-established partnership with the Better Cotton initiative (BCI) in the latest of a series of initiatives undertaken by the company to improve its sustainability credentials. Guess has cited…
  • Thursday, 12 April 2018

    Made-By launches latest Mode Tracker edition

    UTRECHT – Dutch not-for-profit, Made-By has published the third instalment of ‘Mode Tracker’, a tool which the organisation says is capable of independently verifying a brand’s sustainability credentials and providing the tools necessary to achieved…
  • Thursday, 05 April 2018

    Connecticut joins California in polyester warning labels bill

    HARTFORD – Connecticut has become the second US state, alongside California, to publish a bill which establishes a legal requirement for companies to attach warning labels on garments made from a certain percentage of polyester. Both states are now…
  • Tuesday, 03 April 2018

    GOTS doubles up with new leadership structure

    STUTTGART – In a move which the organisation describes as having further emphasised its commitment to ‘working together to achieve solutions’, GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) has announced the implementation of dual leadership at the head of…
  • Thursday, 29 March 2018

    EU seeks novel solutions with new industry platform

    BRUSSELS – A newly established EU innovation platform has called on textiles sector stakeholders to submit information on novel techniques that could be considered for inclusion in the Best Available Techniques Reference Document (BREF) revision…
  • Monday, 19 March 2018

    Sensient gets Eco Passport certification

    MORGES – Ink manufacturer Sensient has been awarded Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certification, which the company says allows its customers to confirm its compliance with sustainable textile manufacture. Sensient achieved Eco Passport certification…
  • Monday, 12 March 2018

    ZDHC approves SciveraLENS to MRSL conformance

    AMSTERDAM – ZDHC has announced it has accepted assessment firm, SciveraLENS as a ZDHC Accepted Certification Standard of the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) Conformance. ZDHC says it decided to announce SciveraLENS as an…
  • Friday, 09 March 2018

    Cradle to Cradle certifies first wool brand

    KENNEBUNK – US wool apparel brand, Ramblers Way has announced that is set to launch the world’s first Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certified organic wool clothing line. The certification applies to all the Ramblers Way apparel which is also certified to…
  • Monday, 05 March 2018

    GOTS gathers industry for US Roundtable

    CHARLESTON – The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has hosted a Roundtable event which saw brands, manufacturers, trade associations and organic cotton farmers gather to provide feedback on the challenges and opportunities which currently face…
  • Wednesday, 21 February 2018

    Pakistan organic cotton eyes certification

    KARACHI – Up to 50,000 bales of organic cotton currently being cultivated in Pakistan will get certification from world agencies next year, the World Wildlife Fund Pakistan (WWF-P) and the Karachi Cotton Association (KCA) says. WWF-P will supervise…
  • Wednesday, 21 February 2018

    ZDHC recognises GreenScreen

    MASSACHUSETTS – Clean Production Action and ZDHC has announced GreenScreen as the newest certification standard for the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL). GreenScreen comes from Clean Production Action’s chemical hazard assessment…
  • Wednesday, 31 January 2018

    Gant partners with Waterkeeper Alliance

    STOCKHOLM – US apparel brand, Gant has announced a new partnership with Waterkeeper Alliance to support the work done by the organisation in patrolling and protecting global waterways and contributing to projects aimed at combatting the growing…
  • Monday, 15 January 2018

    Foreign Trade Association becomes amfori

    BRUSSELS – The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) has become amfori as the organisation says expectations towards businesses are increasing, in regard to sustainability concerns. Amfori says its no longer enough to deliver goods at low prices as more…
  • Thursday, 11 January 2018

    Turkish delight over ecolabel launch

    ANKARA – The Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization has announced the introduction of the nation’s own ecolabel certification which will apply to textiles manufactured in Turkey. The relevant legislation is being introduced in order to…
  • Wednesday, 10 January 2018

    Green Theme receives Eco Passport certification

    PORTLAND – Green Theme International has announced that it has received Eco Passport certification by Oeko-Tex, after evaluation from the Hohenstein Institute. The certification was awarded for Green Theme’s Aquavent water-repellency product, which…
  • Thursday, 21 December 2017

    Better Cotton 2020 target in sight, but rapid growth still required

    UTRECHT – The Better Cotton Growth and Innovation Fund (GIF) is said to be on target to meet its objective of reaching 5 million cotton farmers by 2020, but still needs to grow rapidly to keep BCI on track to achieve its ambitious targets,…
  • Monday, 18 December 2017

    Textile Standards and Legislation 2018 – now in press

    MCL News and Media has despatched to press its sixth printed edition of the 100 page Textile Standards and Legislation booklet which is designed to guide textile industry professionals through the minefield of standards and labels related to…
  • Monday, 18 December 2017

    Further luxury fashion brands to shun fur

    LONDON – Michael Kors has announced its commitment to avoid the use of fur in its products and will be phasing out the use of all animal fur from Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo collections by the end of December 2018. The company are the most recent of…
  • Monday, 20 November 2017

    Swedish government calls for textiles partnership

    STOCKHOLM – The Swedish minister for enterprises, innovation and rural affairs, Sven-Erik Bucht has called for a collective approach to address climate change alongside Indian textile manufacturer, Aditya Birla. The Swedish government says it is…
  • Monday, 13 November 2017

    Bluesign announces first Japanese brand system partner

    ST. GALLEN – Bluesign has announced that sportswear brand Asics has become its first Japanese partner for responsible chemical management. Asics says it enables it to use Bluesign assessment tools for chemical management throughout its supply chain.…
  • Wednesday, 08 November 2017

    ZDHC adds new certification standard

    AMSTERDAM – ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme has announced that BLC Chem-Map has been accepted as a certification standard on the programme. The company will act as an indicator of chemical formulations conforming to the ZDHC’s Manufacturing…
  • Tuesday, 07 November 2017

    Spandex gets recycled certification

    TAIWAN – For the first time, recycled spandex from the Sheico Group waste has been certified to the Global Recycled Standard. The GRS certification was awarded to a Taiwanese-based textile producer in October 2017 and is claimed to have the same…
  • Friday, 03 November 2017

    Consumers more aware of textile environmental impacts

    ZURICH – Results from an Oeko-Tex study, the first of its kind to focus on the global consumer as opposed to the textile industry, appears to show a rising awareness among consumers about the contributions of the fashion industry to climate change.…
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