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LONDON - Findings from a leading UK research business indicate that just three per cent of consumers would be willing to pay significantly more for eco-friendly or sustainable fashion garments. The findings show that a fifth of consumers would not pay any extra for sustainable fashion, while just 3 per cent would pay 21 per cent extra. The findings are hugely significant given that a mark-up of 20 per cent more on green fashion items is often the going rate given the extra costs generally involved in producing niche, green fashion items.

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  • Wednesday, 19 September 2018

    Wrangler partners with Royo for foam-dyed denim

    GREENSBORO – Iconic US jeans brand Wrangler has confirmed that it will use denim fabrics from Spanish mill Tejidos Royo that have been dyed with a new foam-based technology, which it’s claimed can reduce water use by up to 99 per cent compared to…
  • Wednesday, 19 September 2018

    New podcast series: Big Closets – Small Planet

    WAKEFIELD – Today we launch the first in a series of new podcasts from Michael Schragger, Founder of the Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA) and Ecotextile News, which looks at two new innovative platforms that aim to accelerate sustainable fashion…
  • US retailer continues fight against landfill
    Monday, 17 September 2018

    US retailer continues fight against landfill

    BELLEVUE - US second-hand apparel retailer Savers has announced that, in the next stage of its campaign to divert American waste from landfill, it will have removed plastic bags from all its North American stores by the end of 2018.
  • IKEA accelerates environmental action plan
    Monday, 17 September 2018

    IKEA accelerates environmental action plan

    STOCKHOLM - IKEA, one of the world’s largest home textiles retailers, has confirmed that it will accelerate the implementation of its environmental action plan which includes taking the next step towards its aim of achieving ‘zero emissions’ on home…
  • Monday, 17 September 2018

    QR-tex: fighting the real risks of fake apparel

    Some apparel firms do a lot to ensure their products are as sustainable as possible. Some do not. One thing is for sure, counterfeit goods will be made with no regard for environmental impact whatsoever. David Styles takes a look at a new smartphone…
  • Wednesday, 12 September 2018

    Most apparel buyers don’t reward supplier compliance

    HONG KONG – The majority of apparel buyers are still not paying their suppliers for samples or rewarding textile manufacturers with incentives for environmental and social compliance, according to Marsha Dickson from the Better Buying program which…
  • Monday, 10 September 2018

    Fourth batch of innovators join Fashion for Good Accelerator

    AMSTERDAM – With participants that have pioneered disruptive techniques ranging from bio based dyes to software for closet management, the latest batch of industry innovators have been unveiled for the Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator…
  • Monday, 10 September 2018

    John Lewis partner puts textile recycling fears to bed

    BLACKBURN – UK-based mattress recycling firm Furniture Recycling Group (TFRG), which claims to be capable of recycling 100 per cent of a mattress – including all textile components – has now reached the milestone of one million mattresses diverted…
  • Thursday, 06 September 2018

    Burberry apparel incineration in its dying embers?

    LONDON – Luxury fashion brand Burberry has, following a mainstream media storm, announced that it will end the practice of destroying unsaleable products through incineration with immediate effect. When the company’s annual report revealed it had…
  • Friday, 31 August 2018

    Collaboration saves Sea Turtles with swimwear

    NEW YORK – Eco Swim by Aqua Green and online retailer Ziggie have joined forces with the Sea Turtle Conservatory and the Endangered Species Coalition as part of a collaborative effort seeking to save endangered sea turtle hatchlings.
  • Wednesday, 29 August 2018

    Outerknown launches 100% organic cotton jeans

    LOS ANGELES – US apparel firm Outerknown has moved into the production of jeans, launching S.E.A. Jeans which the brand says incorporates 100 per cent organic cotton from Candiani & ISKO denim mills and is manufactured by Saitex.
  • Wednesday, 29 August 2018

    Survey highlights generational split on textile waste

    NEWCASTLE – A new survey conducted amongst UK consumers has suggested that despite the commonly held view that millennials are driving a shift towards a more circular textile industry, many under-25s are responsible for apparel going to waste for…
  • Wednesday, 29 August 2018

    North American firm has recycled textiles in the bag

    VANCOUVER – B Corp certified brand Tentree, which has set the lofty target of planting one billion trees by 2030, is approaching the launch of its latest product – a backpack made entirely from recycled materials; apart from minor cork accessories…
  • Tuesday, 28 August 2018

    MoU signals closer ties for Danish and French fashion

    COPENHAGEN – As part of French President Emmanuel Macron's state visit to Denmark, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) centred on sustainable fashion will be signed by Global Fashion Agenda and Institut Français de la Mode. This follows a string of…
  • Wednesday, 22 August 2018

    Tiger Beer collection seeks to save ailing species

    KUALA LUMPUR – Tiger Beer, WWF Malaysia and Pestle & Mortar Clothing have joined forces to develop a limited-edition ‘Endangered’ capsule collection from which 100 per cent of the sales will go directly to WWF Malaysia to support its Malayan tiger…
  • Wednesday, 22 August 2018

    Walmart sets out 2025 environmental goals

    BENTONVILLE – Global retailer Walmart has published the 2018 edition of its Global Responsibility Report, detailing commitments to improve its environmental credentials on issues including: waste headed to landfill; CO2 emissions; and land and water…
  • Thursday, 16 August 2018

    C&A reveals recipe for sustainable jeans range

    DÜSSELDORF – Fashion retailer C&A has today launched a new range of sustainable jeans for sale in store, together with the details of exactly what materials they’ve been made from. The new jeans were designed in partnership with Fashion for Good and…
  • Wednesday, 15 August 2018

    US firm bares all for sustainable apparel

    SAN DIEGO ­– Women’s fashion and activewear company secondtoNAKED has launched an online shopping platform which only promotes apparel that adheres to its environmental, economic and social criteria. Following the launch, the firm’s founder spoke to…
  • Monday, 13 August 2018

    Retailer launches elephant conservation range

    NEW YORK – LALF has released a range on T-shirts which will donate 25 per cent of all sales to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a non-profit which supports elephant conservation and biodiversity preservation in Africa.
  • Wednesday, 08 August 2018

    Testing the water with sustainable swimwear

    LONDON - In a bold move to find out whether consumers really do care about what they are buying and its impact on people and the planet, Lucy Drage, the former head of ethics and sustainability for clothing at Sainsbury’s, will launch her own range…
  • Tuesday, 07 August 2018

    Research calls for plastic hanger retail reform

    SHEFFIELD – UK-based garment hanger recycler Braiform has published research claiming that the environmental impact of plastic clothes hangers can be just as damaging as recently-vilified single use plastics such as bags, straws and bottles.…
  • Monday, 06 August 2018

    Primark Pride T-shirt highlights supply chain hypocrisy?

    DUBLIN – High street fashion retailer Primark has found itself engulfed in a debate regarding supply chain ethics after selling Pride t-shirts aimed at promoting LGBTI rights, despite the fact these garments were printed in nations where legislation…
  • Thursday, 02 August 2018

    Textile transparency – a burning issue

    LONDON - In the wake of the news that Burberry admitted to incinerating millions of pounds worth of unsold and surplus luxury products to protect its brand equity, Orsola de Castro, co-founder of Fashion Revolution, says it’s now time for all…
  • Thursday, 26 July 2018

    Fashion tourism a tool for sustainability implementation

    MADRID – The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is ramping up its efforts to ensure that tourism is fully utilised as a medium by which sustainability messages – with a particular emphasis on the UN Sustainable Development Goals…
  • Wednesday, 25 July 2018

    High fashion brands unite for luxury roadmap

    HONG KONG – A group of fifteen luxury brands have gathered at an event Hong Kong to discuss the global opportunities and challenges facing the higher end of the apparel sector. In addition to the meeting, a report has been published by members of…
  • Tuesday, 17 July 2018

    UN flags up forests for fashion initiative

    NEW YORK – An ongoing event at the United Nations headquarters in New York during the 2018 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development is linking forest-based materials from sustainably managed forests, with the world of fashion.…
  • Italian high fashion sustainability awards back for second year
    Monday, 09 July 2018

    Italian high fashion sustainability awards back for second year

    MILAN - The Green Carpet Fashion Awards (GCFA) Italia - which seek out the sustainability-minded collections created in the luxurious world of high fashion - will this year be following a theme of ‘Handprint of Fashion’. A ceremony to mark the…
  • Friday, 06 July 2018

    Recycling reimagined

    LONDON - Jack Ostrowski has been working with post-consumer textiles for over a decade and speaks to David Styles about his latest venture, reGAIN, an apparel recycling app with which he is hoping to build a circular fashion legacy.
  • Thursday, 05 July 2018

    Packaging circularity from start to Finnish

    HELSINKI – Finnish apparel firm Makia has become the latest brand to ditch typical disposable e-commerce packaging and move to a reusable alternative made possible through a newly-established partnership with RePack. The RePack business model aims…
  • Monday, 02 July 2018

    ‘Organic’ shirt from Target made of polyester and rayon

    MINNEAPOLIS – Department store chain Target is currently removing a range of misleading t-shirts emblazoned with the words ‘100% Organic’ from some of its stores in the US, after it was noticed they were in fact made from a 50:50 polyester/rayon…
  • ASOS
    Friday, 29 June 2018

    ASOS partners with Centre for Sustainable Fashion on circular design

    LONDON – Online fashion giant ASOS is partnering with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) at London College of Fashion to pilot a training programme on circular fashion for its designers.
  • Friday, 29 June 2018

    LVMH to cut ties with Edun

    PARIS – French luxury group LVMH is to cut ties with eco-fashion label Edun and hand back its minority stake to the company, which was first launched by U2 star Bono and his wife Ali Hewson back in 2005. Headquartered in Ireland, Edun sources…
  • Tuesday, 26 June 2018

    Fashion for Good unveils PVH as latest partner

    AMSTERDAM – Global apparel firm PVH Corporation has become the latest industry heavyweight to join forces with Fashion for Good, the fashion initiative which connects disruptive innovators with major apparel companies to enable the formation of…
  • Friday, 22 June 2018

    Changing the shape of fashion education

    AMSTERDAM – “Everything starts with education” is how Leslie Holden, head of the fashion & design department at AMFI (Amsterdam Fashion Institute), began explaining the motivation behind launching a pioneering master’s degree programme for aspiring…
  • Thursday, 21 June 2018

    Zalando responds to NGO transparency claims

    BERLIN – Online fashion retailer Zalando has responded to allegations made in a speech at the company’s AGM (Annual General Meeting) regarding a perceived lack of transparency in its supply chain. The claims were made by a representative of Femnet,…
  • Wednesday, 20 June 2018

    IKEA launches take-back pilot in Australia

    TEMPE – Swedish homeware giant IKEA has debuted a take-back initiative which, if extended across its global network of stores, could extend the lifecycles of a vast quantity of home textiles. The initial phase of this trial will give customers at…
  • Tuesday, 19 June 2018

    John Lewis and Guess latest circular fashion converts

    LONDON & LOS ANGELES – UK-based retailer John Lewis has launched a pilot ‘buy-back’ programme in partnership with recycling specialist Stuffstr. The scheme will be made available to a small number of customers as a precursor to rolling out a…
  • Monday, 18 June 2018

    Google invests in JD.com, concern on the high street

    BEIJING – JD.com, one of China’s largest E-commerce firms, has announced that Google are set to invest around US$550 million in the company in order to advance a strategic partnership with the aim of developing a ‘personalised and frictionless’…
  • Friday, 15 June 2018

    Savers urges textile industry to adopt circularity

    BELLEVUE – Following the release of the third State of Reuse Report by US apparel retailer Savers, the firm’s vice president of recycling and reuse spoke to Ecotextile News to discuss its findings and how the industry can transform its relationship…
  • Thursday, 14 June 2018

    Climate change focus for Hugo Boss white paper

    METZINGEN – Fashion brand Hugo Boss has released its third white paper on environmental impact valuation, this time with a focus on – amongst other key issues – addressing the root causes of the firm’s impact on climate change. Environmental Impact…
  • Thursday, 14 June 2018

    Filippa K attracted by sustainable water-repellent

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish fashion brand Filippa K has partnered with cleantech company OrganoClick and will market the firm’s water-repellent and biodegradable textile impregnation, OrganoTex, through its garment care product line. OrganoClick, a spin-off…
  • Friday, 08 June 2018

    Buckhill Capital investment boost for circular fashion firm

    SAN FRANCISCO –Buckhill Capital LP has invested in The Renewal Workshop, a move it hopes will aid the circular economic system provider to further scale up its operations. The Renewal Workshop generates additional revenues for the apparel industry…
  • Thursday, 07 June 2018

    The North Face joins recommerce revolution

    ALAMEDA – VF-owned outdoor apparel brand, The North Face has launched an online recommerce platform to sell its pre-owned apparel which has been washed, repaired and quality checked. The launch of The North Face Renewed has been described as a “big…
  • Wednesday, 06 June 2018

    US retailer publishes latest apparel reuse report

    BELLEVUE – US apparel retailer, Savers has published the third edition of its annual State of Reuse Report to examine potential solutions to the mounting problem of textile waste which is beginning to be quantified in scientific research. Figures…
  • Tuesday, 05 June 2018

    UK campaign looks to raise textile microfibre awareness

    LONDON –Hubbub, a non-profit organisation which promotes environmental causes, has established WhatsInMyWash, a campaign which is seeking to achieve the same kind of media exposure for textile microfibre pollution as has been received by single-use…
  • Tuesday, 05 June 2018

    Gucci to balance creativity with sustainability

    MILAN – As part of a 10-year plan, global luxury brand Gucci has today launched a new initiative which it says can balance its creation and marketing of high-end fashion with a radical sustainability agenda. One where it aims to guarantee the…
  • Friday, 01 June 2018

    Finisterre launches microplastics campaign

    ST. AGNES – British coldwater surf brand, Finisterre has launched a new ‘Microplastics’ collection which will see ten per cent of profits donated to Surfers Against Sewage. The company which this year celebrated its fifteenth anniversary has also…
  • Wednesday, 30 May 2018

    RePack pioneers postal packaging progress

    HELSINKI – An innovative method of parcelling apparel purchased online has been developed by reusable packaging service, RePack. The business aims to minimise the volume of plastics and cardboard that end up in landfill as a direct result of…
  • Tuesday, 29 May 2018

    Fashion start-up uses AI to increase textile lifecycles

    LONDON – A UK-based technology start-up is seeking to challenge the throwaway culture of ‘fast fashion’ by utilising Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help consumers in reusing and upcycling garments which they already own. Save Your Wardrobe has…
  • Tuesday, 29 May 2018

    New report seeks fashion sustainability blueprint

    CAMBRIDGE – A new report has been published seeking to review consumer perception of the fashion industry and to assess the roles of businesses and consumers in promoting sustainability in fashion. Sustainable Fashion Blueprint 2018 was co-authored…
  • Wednesday, 23 May 2018

    H&M eyes South Africa as supplier

    CAPE TOWN - H&M is looking at expanding its supply chain to South Africa, with executives from the world’s second largest clothing retailer set to visit some of the country’s main cities this week.
  • Friday, 18 May 2018

    Finisterre at 15

    For the last 15 years, Finisterre and its founder, Tom Kay have been ploughing the furrow of sustainability in an industry which seemed to have viewed the perpetually growing mountain of disused wetsuits around the world as an acceptable evil. David…
  • Wednesday, 16 May 2018

    Patagonia to scale-up recommerce effort

    VENTURA – Patagonia is about to enter the next stage of growth for its Worn Wear online store, where it sells its refurbished second-hand gear to keep consumers wearing stuff for longer, reduce consumption and lower the environmental footprint of…
  • Wednesday, 16 May 2018

    Filippa K adopts biological dyeing

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish fashion brand, Filippa K, has partnered with biotechnology company, Colorifix and will integrate the UK firm’s biological dyeing process in the manufacture of its apparel later this year. Colorifix’s technology, which converts…
  • Wednesday, 16 May 2018

    CPH Fashion Summit: A new dawn for Chinese fashion?

    COPENHAGEN – As a panel of Chinese textile industry representatives discuss the nation’s sustainability future at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, a new report from China Water Risk has also provided a greater insight into the country’s governmental…
  • Thursday, 10 May 2018

    Fashion for Good recruits new technologies

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good (FFG) has welcomed three new participants to its Scaling Programme, a network of innovators established to fast-track the latest technologies for adoption across the apparel supply chain. Joining the likes of SoftWear…
  • Wednesday, 09 May 2018

    Sustainable pulse of fashion quickens – but not fast enough

    COPENHAGEN – The second edition of the Pulse of the Fashion Industry report released today by the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) says the business case for sustainability in the fashion industry has strengthened –…
  • Tuesday, 08 May 2018

    Retailer caught up in false ‘NZ made’ labelling debacle

    WELLINGTON – Apparel brand, World has come under attack following an investigation which found that t-shirts sold by the company as ‘NZ-made’ were in fact manufactured in Bangladesh. The organisation, which has put ethical practices at the front and…
  • Zoggs
    Wednesday, 02 May 2018

    Aquafil Econyl yarn in new Zoggs swimwear range

    SURREY – At a launch event in London, UK-based swimwear brand, Zoggs has debuted a new 'Ecolast' range of apparel which will incorporate Aquafil's Econyl yarn, derived from discarded industrial waste.
  • Wednesday, 02 May 2018

    Avery Dennison seeks to avoid landfill with post-consumer patches

    GUANGZHOU – Avery Dennison has collaborated with Fashion Revolution in order to create patches designed to enable consumers to mend garments easily at home, contributing to less apparel finding its way into landfill. The heat transfer patches, which…
  • Friday, 27 April 2018

    Pachacuti brimming with Fashion Revolution enthusiasm

    ASHBOURNE – Pachacuti, the hat brand run by Fashion Revolution founder, Carry Somers has put into practice the spirit of supply chain transparency which the initiative seeks all apparel organisations to adopt. The ‘Imadeyourhat’ hashtag has been…
  • Thursday, 26 April 2018

    Fast Retailing commits to slowing deforestation with Canopy

    VANCOUVER – Multinational retail conglomerate, Fast Retailing – which owns brands including Uniqlo – has joined the CanopyStyle initiative aimed at ensuring the textile supply chain works to protect some of the world’s most endangered ecological…
  • Wednesday, 25 April 2018

    France proposes law to tackle unsold clothing problem

    PARIS – As part of France’s new Circular Economy Roadmap, the French government has proposed new regulations that would prohibit apparel brands and retailers from discarding or incinerating unsold items, and instead, require them to donate unsold…
  • Wednesday, 25 April 2018

    The North Face launches national park PET project

    ALAMEDA – Outdoor apparel brand, The North Face has released the ‘Bottle Source’ collection which features a range of t-shirts and tote bags made from a blend of cotton and recycled PET derived from discarded water bottles in the United States’…
  • Wednesday, 25 April 2018

    Esprit first to sign Dutch-German sustainability agreement

    DUSSELDORF – Esprit, which has around 50 stores in the Netherlands, has become the first fashion brand to become a signatory of the joint initiative between the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles and the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable…
  • Friday, 20 April 2018

    Partnership seeks shift to luxury fashion circularity

    SAN FRANCISCO – Stella McCartney and partner firm The RealReal have launched an advertising campaign aimed at promoting circularity among luxury fashion consumers to coincide with Earth Day. 'The Future of Fashion is Circular’ ad is said to have…
  • Thursday, 19 April 2018

    Timberland studies sustainable shopping habits

    STRATHAM – Timberland has conducted a survey of US consumers aimed at building a greater understanding of apparel purchasing habits, with a particular emphasis on the environmental motivations exhibited by shoppers. The ‘Wardrobe Values’ study asked…
  • Wednesday, 18 April 2018

    JD.com boss foresees AI future for fashion retail

    MADRID – At the 2018 World Retail Conference, a panel discussion has tackled the issue of financial sustainability and longevity in the retail jobs market with advances in AI (artificial intelligence) casting an ever-growing shadow over the role of…
  • Wednesday, 18 April 2018

    New app aims to divert clothing from landfill

    LONDON – A new app launched in the UK to help consumers recycle unwanted clothes is being supported by fashion brands and retailers such as Superdry, Asics, New Balance, boohoo and Missguided, in a bid to divert an estimated 300,000 tonnes of…
  • Friday, 13 April 2018

    Fashion Revolution targets total transparency

    ASHBOURNE – You will often hear brands discussing the Rana Plaza collapse of 2013 as a turning point for the industry, and if that really is true then most of the progression can be attributed to those individuals and organisations which have…
  • Wednesday, 11 April 2018

    Lenzing to debut ‘Blues & Hues’ denim collection at Kingpins

    NEW YORK – A collaboration between cellulosic fibre producer, Lenzing and textile technology firm, Jeanologia has yielded the latest Sustainable Denim Wardrobe capsule collection which will be showcased at this month’s Kingpins in Amsterdam. Lenzing…
  • Monday, 09 April 2018

    REI standards to raise bar on sustainability

    SEATTLE – As part of its 80th year celebrations, US specialty outdoor retailer REI has today unveiled product sustainability standards for each of the more than 1,000 brands sold at the co-op. It says these new standards will make it easier for…
  • Tuesday, 03 April 2018

    Walmart unveils ‘Gigaton’ emissions project in China

    BEIJING – American retailer, Walmart has revealed plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its Chinese supply chain by 50 million metric tonnes by 2030. This target forms part of the firm’s larger Project Gigaton, aimed at reducing emissions in…
  • Thursday, 29 March 2018

    HanesBrands’ sales up, emissions down for 2017

    WINSTON-SALEM – US apparel firm HanesBrands has released annual reports highlighting both its environmental and financial performance in 2017. The environmental report highlights the company’s reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 15 per cent,…
  • Wednesday, 28 March 2018

    Can fashion CEOs align on sustainability?

    COPENHAGEN – This week the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) released its first ever ‘CEO Agenda’, which outlines the most ‘crucial’ sustainability priorities for top fashion executives after consultation with its strategic partners Kering, H&M, Target,…
  • Tuesday, 27 March 2018

    Chinese retailer furthers apparel recycling programme

    BEIJING – Chinese E-commerce firm JD.com has debuted the fourth phase of its apparel recycling programme which, since its inception in 2016, has collected around one million garments. The initiative sees the company collect used clothing from…
  • Monday, 26 March 2018

    Dorey rewrites fast fashion story

    Kaya Dorey, founder of Novel Supply Co. and recently crowned UN Young Champion of the Earth, speaks to David Styles to discuss her lofty ambitions which she hopes can positively influence her business, the fashion industry and the environmental…
  • Thursday, 22 March 2018

    Target sets new sustainable water use goal

    MINNEAPOLIS ­– Target has announced a new freshwater stewardship initiative which has been created in partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and is designed to contribute towards the successful delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.…
  • Thursday, 22 March 2018

    Timberland gives discarded Haitian plastic the boot

    STRATHAM ­– A collaborative project between apparel brand, Timberland and B Corp certified company, Thread has yielded a new range of footwear featuring material derived from discarded plastic bottles in Haiti. Following tree-planting and…
  • Wednesday, 21 March 2018

    Further calls for Italian fashion sustainability drive

    MILAN – Carlo Capasa, the head of the Italian Fashion Chamber has said that the non-profit organisation is intensifying efforts to create clear criteria on how the fashion industry can become more environmentally sustainable. He told an industry…
  • Tuesday, 13 March 2018

    Macy’s looks to traceable textiles for its products

    OHIO – Clothing retailer, Macy’s has selected Made In Green by Oeko-Tex traceable labels to select the textile products in its home collection. Made In Green says the label ensures products were made in environmentally friendly environments while…
  • Monday, 12 March 2018

    Denim recycling initiative hits US high street

    MINNEAPOLIS – Fashion retailer, Target and German garment recycling firm, I:CO (I:Collect) have announced a collaboration which will enable US customers to trade-in old denim garments in exchange for a 20 per cent discount on new apparel. I:CO,…
  • Monday, 05 March 2018

    Partnership for recycled nylon garments

    STOCKHOLM – Fashion brand H&M has announced a new collection of garments made from textiles made from recycled nylon. The H&M Conscious Exclusive collection features garments made from nylon found in landfills and the ocean, which the company says…
  • Wednesday, 28 February 2018

    Finisterre makes waves with B Corp certification

    ST AGNES – British cold water surf and apparel brand, Finisterre has become the first European surf brand to achieve B Corp certification. The company, established in 2003, is now among a select number of for-profit organisations who meet the B Corp…
  • Wednesday, 28 February 2018

    Shoppers show more concern for apparel sustainability

    CARY – Cotton Inc. has released three Supply Chain Insights, which it claims can provide the industry with new information on how rising environmental concerns are now influencing consumer’s purchasing patterns. One of the most telling statistics…
  • Tuesday, 27 February 2018

    Science-based study reveals environmental impact of apparel and footwear

    SAN FRANCISCO & BOSTON – A new in-depth, science-based study to investigate the environmental impacts of the apparel and footwear sector says these two industries together account for 8 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, almost as…
  • Monday, 26 February 2018

    Asos hosts modern slavery event

    MAURITIUS – Fashion brand Asos has hosted an event in Mauritius to discuss the challenges in managing labour migration and put forward a common framework for improving worker protection in the textile industry. Alongside the British High Commission…
  • Monday, 26 February 2018

    Campaigners shine light on Uniqlo workers dispute

    LONDON – Campaigners have projected a series of messages onto the Tate Modern in London demanding that Japanese fashion brand, Uniqlo pays 2,000 workers US$5.5 million in severance payments. Labour rights activists from War on Want, Labour Behind…
  • Wednesday, 21 February 2018

    Millennial generation raises concerns over textiles and sustainability

    ZURICH – The results of the latest Oeko-Tex global consumer survey on textiles and sustainability reveals that the ‘millennial generation’ of consumers are much more aware of the textile industry’s environmental and social shortcomings than their…
  • Tuesday, 20 February 2018

    Kering launches textile sustainability course

    LONDON – Kering has partnered with the London College of Fashion (LCF) to launch a sustainability course focussed on the environmental challenges facing the fashion industry. Fashion and Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing…
  • Wednesday, 14 February 2018

    Study questions generational sustainability shift

    NEW YORK – According to a new study conducted by LIM College in New York, the fashion industry is not doing enough to convince millennial consumers to buy sustainable apparel. Its findings suggest that despite stereotypes of a move towards younger…
  • Tuesday, 13 February 2018

    UK duo conceive infant apparel circularity campaign

    WATFORD – Baby apparel retailer, Mothercare and charity, Hubbub have joined forces in an attempt to redistribute around 65,000 baby garments as part of a new campaign to encourage circular practices in the sector. Rather than a culture of throwing…
  • Monday, 12 February 2018

    Cork fabric attracts fashion brands

    PORTO – Portuguese textile manufacturer Tintex noted significant interest from international fashion brands for the first time at the recent ISPO show in Munich, with its recently launched B.Cork water-based laminated fabrics said to have been…
  • Thursday, 08 February 2018

    Primark publishes supply chain map

    DUBLIN – Fashion retailer, Primark has published its Global Sourcing Map, an online tool which reveals information regarding the factories and suppliers which make up the company’s supply chain. Information available via the online platform relates…
  • Tuesday, 06 February 2018

    Commonwealth fashion initiative for common good

    LONDON – An initiative conceived by Eco-Age has been established in order to promote stronger sustainability efforts along with building stronger trade links between the textile producers of Commonwealth nations. Brands already confirmed to take…
  • Thursday, 01 February 2018

    Zalando collaborates on circular capsule collection

    AMSTERDAM – Online fashion retailer, Zalando has teamed up with Dutch couturiers Viktor&Rolf to produce a sustainable collection which will feature t-shirts made using Zalando’s stockpile of unsold apparel from previous seasons. This follows the…
  • Wednesday, 31 January 2018

    H&M seeks progress through digitisation

    STOCKHOLM – H&M has released its annual report for 2017 and announced its plans for the coming year. As seems to be an industry trend, the company listed automation and digitisation as major factors in plans to expand and grow the business. The H&M…
  • Wednesday, 31 January 2018

    NGO launches challenge opposing fast fashion

    BRISTOL – Labour Behind the Label, the NGO aimed at supporting garment workers’ rights, has launched the ‘Six Items Challenge’ aimed at opposing the rise of Fast Fashion while raising funds for causes which support garment workers worldwide. The…
  • Tuesday, 30 January 2018

    OutDoor publishes assembly update

    GENEVA – The European Outdoor Group has held its annual assembly, attended by 83 representatives of brands, retailers and associations that make up its membership. OutDoor says the key topics discussed were sustainability, corporate social…
  • Wednesday, 24 January 2018

    Wave of funding for microplastic pollution

    DAVOS – The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has awarded US$1 million to five new recyclable plastics solutions to reduce microplastic pollution at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos. The company says there is an urgent need to fund…
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