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Although the development and commercial launch of nanotechnology continues to gather pace, regulation and legislation governing its possible hazardous effects continue to lag seriously behind.

The increased consumer demand for durable and functional apparel produced with a minimum impact on the environment has created opportunities for nanomaterials to be used in textiles since they can give a variety of textile effects such as stain repellence, wrinkle-free finishes, static elimination and electrical conductivity without compromising comfort, flexibility, fabric weight or using potentially hazardous chemicals.

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  • Wednesday, 08 July 2020

    Garment workers 'need more support' - report Premium Article

    NEW DELHI - The Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA), which campaigns to improve conditions in the garment industry, is calling for further action from brands and governments to protect garment factories and their workers from the impact of the…
  • Wednesday, 08 July 2020

    Levi’s the latest to #PayUp

    SAN FRANCISCO – Levi’s is the latest apparel brand to agree to pay its suppliers for goods they produced amidst the pandemic, joining the likes of H&M, Adidas, Inditex and many more who’ve promised to support those in their supply chains. Since the…
  • Wednesday, 08 July 2020

    Napapijri jackets certified Cradle to Cradle gold

    AOSTA – Outdoor apparel brand Napapijri has been awarded Cradle to Cradle Certified gold level certification for its series of circular jackets. The lifecycle of these garments has been lauded as exemplary by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation…
  • Wednesday, 08 July 2020

    Boohoo appoints QC to investigate UK factories Premium Article

    MANCHESTER - Embattled British fast fashion brand Boohoo has appointed a leading barrister who specialises in business crime to head an independent investigation into pay and conditions at its supply factories in Leicester. Alison Levitt QC will…
  • Wednesday, 08 July 2020

    Fast Retailing among Make Fashion Circular inductees Premium Article

    NEW YORK – The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative has welcomed six new recruits: Fast Retailing, Guess, Lee, Nordstrom, Wrangler and Vestiaire Collective. The initiative was launched back in 2017 and has set out to…
  • Tuesday, 07 July 2020

    Boohoo dropped by Next, Asos and Zalando Premium Article

    LEICESTER - Fast fashion brand Boohoo has been dropped by major retailers Asos, Next and Zalando over concerns for the pay and conditions of garment workers in its UK supply chain factories. The company this week had more than £1.5 billion wiped off…
  • Tuesday, 07 July 2020

    Amazon calls halt to viscose from endangered forests Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Amazon has teamed up with the CanopyStyle initiative in a bid to ensure that by 2022 none of the private label clothing sold on its platform is made from viscose derived from ancient and endangered forests. The world’s largest retailer…
  • Tuesday, 07 July 2020

    Gap launches B2B mask supply service

    SAN FRANCISCO – Fashion retailer Gap has launched a B2B product programme, enabling businesses of all sizes to purchase non-medical grade cloth face masks in bulk. The introduction of the initiative coincides with the re-opening of brick and mortar…
  • Tuesday, 07 July 2020

    Fast fashion lagging behind customers

    PARIS – Just ten per cent of the collections of some leading fast fashion brands and retailers could be classed as ecologically responsible, according to a new survey. Fashion analytics experts Retviews, a startup recently acquired by technological…
  • Tuesday, 07 July 2020

    EU recommits to textile reform despite COVID-19 Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – In an ongoing live webinar hosted by the Global Fashion Agenda, Virginijus Sinkevičius, the EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries reaffirmed Europe’s commitment to deliver on flagship initiatives, such as the European…
  • Tuesday, 07 July 2020

    C&A called on to address supplier violations Premium Article

    YANGON – A collective of workers’ rights organisations has submitted a complaint against fashion titan C&A to the Complaints and Disputes Committee of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textiles, accusing the retailer of turning a blind…
  • Tuesday, 07 July 2020

    Sustainable startups shortlisted for green award

    LONDON - British sustainable fashion start-ups Colorifix and Spintex have made the shortlist of this year’s Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge. It means they are in with a shout of receiving the €500,000 (US$563,000) top prize at the international…
  • Tuesday, 07 July 2020

    XR activists target fast fashion giants

    LONDON - Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists are this week planning to stage protests on London's Oxford Street to urge fast fashion brands to financially support their overseas suppliers through the coronavirus pandemic. The protests, orchestrated…
  • Monday, 06 July 2020

    Campaigners accuse Lost Stock COVID-19 initiative Premium Article

    EDINBURGH - The Lost Stock initiative to support garment workers in supply chain countries has been criticised by the organisers of the PayUp campaign to pressure brands which have cancelled orders during the coronavirus pandemic. Lost Stock was set…
  • Monday, 06 July 2020

    Boohoo probes Leicester COVID-19 claims

    LEICESTER - Online fashion retailer Boohoo has promised to investigate claims that conditions in its supplier factories in Leicester contributed to the city's coronavirus spike. It comes after Leicester was forced back into lockdown due to a rise in…
  • Monday, 06 July 2020

    COVID-19: Brands advised on supplier relationships

    LONDON – The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and FairWear have published joint guidance for brands on how to conduct their supplier relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19: Loss of Jobs and Wages Series is based on four webinars…
  • Monday, 06 July 2020

    New BGMEA hospital provides respite

    CHATTOGRAM – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has established a new 50-bed hospital in the export processing zone of Saltgola in Chattogram. The facility will be used to treat garment workers infected by…
  • Friday, 03 July 2020

    Bestseller to pay immediately for orders

    RANDE - Danish fashion brand Bestseller has announced it is to pay for all current orders immediately - as well as implementing early payments until October - to help its suppliers survive the coronavirus crisis. Bestseller said it recognised the…
  • Friday, 03 July 2020

    Uzbekistan cotton 'still faces challenges'

    DERRY - A new study on Uzbekistan's controversial cotton industry says the country still faces significant challenges if it is to achieve the international benchmarks expected by consumers and brands. Uzbekistan abolished the state-ordered quota…
  • Friday, 03 July 2020

    UK retailers plot course for net-zero

    LONDON - Next, Amazon UK, IKEA and Marks & Spencer (M&S) are among 20 major UK retailers who this week pledged to jointly develop a net-zero roadmap for the retail sector, setting a more ambitious target than the national 2050 requirement. The…
  • Friday, 03 July 2020

    Consortium explores safer water repellent solutions

    NOTTINGHAM – Nanomaterials manufacturer Promethean Particles has joined a consortium of companies exploring the development of safer water repellent textile treatments. With increasing concern over the health implications posed by conventional…
  • Friday, 03 July 2020

    New initiative to focus on wastewater management Premium Article

    BERLIN - The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles has launched a joint initiative to promote sustainable wastewater management in textile supply chains, focusing on Taiwan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, China, Pakistan and Turkey. Partnership Initiative…
  • Friday, 03 July 2020

    Project supports struggling Dhaka communities

    DHAKA – Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the OHS (Occupational health and safety) Initiative for Workers and Community is launching an emergency response project to support garment workers, their families and communities across the Bangladeshi…
  • Thursday, 02 July 2020

    'Leather' from apple pulp startup raises €1.1m

    COPENHAGAN - Danish startup Beyond Leather Materials - which produces a sustainable leather alternative from the apple pulp left over from cider production - has successfully closed a €1.1 million (US$1.24m) seed investment round. Dutch startup…
  • Thursday, 02 July 2020

    Lost Stock initiative sells 96,000 boxes of clothes

    EDINBURGH - The Lost Stock initiative to support garment workers in supply chain countries by selling boxes of unused clothing stock has raised 96,000 weeks’ worth of food aid for Bangladeshi families in just one month. Lost Stock was set up by…
  • Thursday, 02 July 2020

    White paper plots road map for textile waste Premium Article

    ANN ARBOR - A new white paper from sustainability consultants Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) highlights the current state of textile waste in the US and outlines a future system in which textiles are recovered for best and highest use. Entitled…
  • Thursday, 02 July 2020

    ILO rolls out COVID-19 safety training

    DHAKA – The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is teaming up with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BKMEA) to establish a virtual platform…
  • Wednesday, 01 July 2020

    Views sought on new ecolabelling proposals Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Nordic Swan Ecolabel, the official ecolabel of the Nordic countries, is appealing for input into proposed new criteria for the ecolabelling of textiles. The organisation behind the symbol - known to nine out of ten Nordic consumers and…
  • Wednesday, 01 July 2020

    H&M praised for pandemic purchasing practices Premium Article

    DHAKA - Swedish fashion giant H&M is being held up as a positive example of buyer behaviour during the coronavirus pandemic by its suppliers in Bangladesh. Many brands and retailers have been criticised for cancelling and delaying orders, or…
  • Wednesday, 01 July 2020

    Viscose producer Sateri signs Fashion Industry Charter Premium Article

    SHANGHAI – Chinese viscose producer Sateri has become the first of its kind to join the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, an initiative led by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Signatories to the charter…
  • Wednesday, 01 July 2020

    Dutch Agreement companies accused on due diligence Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Companies affiliated to the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) have been accused of coming up short in their work to improve human rights in their supply chains. A joint report by the Clean Clothes Campaign…
  • Wednesday, 01 July 2020

    Kering sets 2025 biodiversity strategy Premium Article

    PARIS – Fashion conglomerate Kering, which owns Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen, has outlined a new biodiversity strategy, in which it states that it will strive to be net positive by 2025. The French firm’s targets include…
  • Wednesday, 01 July 2020

    Preferred fibres 'not growing fast enough' Premium Article

    LUBBOCK - Production of more sustainable fibre and materials is growing but not at the speed and scale required, according to Textile Exchange's 2020 Preferred Fibre and Materials Market Report (PFMR). It reveals that global fibre production has…
  • Wednesday, 01 July 2020

    Survey: Cambodian workers crippled by low incomes Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – A survey of suspended factory workers, whose sites have closed either temporarily or permanently in light of the coronavirus pandemic, highlights the severity of their financial difficulties with respondents suggesting they’re eating…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    Boohoo suppliers ‘forced’ UK staff to work during lockdown Premium Article

    LEICESTER – Workers in the Leicester garment manufacturing sector supplying fashion brands such as Boohoo were forced to work through the UK COVID-19 lockdown amid furlough fraud, according to a new investigation by the Labour Behind the Label…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    Scientists: ‘avoid’ entire class of fluorine chemicals Premium Article

    BERKELEY – A group of scientists has today called for all per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) to be treated as one single class of chemistry and said they should be avoided for nonessential uses due to their persistence in the environment and…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    'Better Cotton' reaches 22% of production Premium Article

    GENEVA - The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has launched its 2019 annual report in which it reveals that 22 per cent of global cotton is now produced under its principles. The 2019 report reveals that licensed BCI Farmers in 23 different countries…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    Munich Fabric Start adapts September event Premium Article

    MUNICH – The organisers of Munich Fabric Start and Bluezone have U-turned on optimistic plans to host the show in its original format on September 1, opting to cancel the event this year “due to several reasons related to the pandemic." “This hard…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    Teijin launches “partly plant-derived” Solotex fibre Premium Article

    TOKYO – Teijin Frontier, the group’s fibres and products converting arm, has launched the latest iteration of its Solotex conjugated performance fibre, which is produced by pairing a partly plant-derived polytrimethylene terephthalate polymer with…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    Vietnam's apparel industry agrees action plan Premium Article

    HANOI - Employers' organisations, industry bodies and trade unions have come together to agree a plan to help the country's apparel industry survive the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. A joint statement on the agreement was signed by employers’…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    FibreTrace links up with LWB to track fibres Premium Article

    LONDON - Textile traceability pioneers FibreTrace have linked up with luminescent materials specialist Leuchtstoffwerk Breitungen GmbH (LWB) in a global strategic partnership. The partnership brings together skills in the textile industry with…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    Cambodian minister vows to address worker plights Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s Minister of Labour Ith Samheng has urged his peers in authority to address the plight of workers amidst the coronavirus pandemic, after yet more protests over factory closures and uncertainty over pay. In a meeting with the…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    PETA urges LVMH to ban fur and animal skins Premium Article

    LONDON – Animal rights organisation PETA will attend the annual meeting of luxury fashion titan LVMH, which owns brands such as Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior, today as it urges the firm to ban both fur and exotic animal skins from its clothes…
  • Monday, 29 June 2020

    ‘Red zoned’ factories miss out on US$3.2m in orders Premium Article

    CHATTOGRAM – Six garment manufacturing facilities in the Bangladeshi city of Chattogram say they’re set to lose out on a combined US$3.2 million in orders after being forced to suspend operations due to a location-based lockdown period which won’t…
  • Monday, 29 June 2020

    Enzyme process for recycled PET enters new phase Premium Article

    CLERMONT-FERRAND – French bioplastics firm Carbios has started to build its new demonstration facility in Lyon, which will use enzymes to break down and recycle waste plastics that's then turned into 'virgin-grade' polyethylene terephthalate (PET)…
  • Monday, 29 June 2020

    Euratex outlines strategy for industry "renaissance" Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – Industry authority Euratex has developed and will execute five initiatives as it looks to “guide the [apparel] sector to its renaissance.” The European organisation recognises just how integral the fashion and textile industries have been…
  • Monday, 29 June 2020

    Sri Lanka urged to modernise industry Premium Article

    COLOMBO - The Sri Lankan government is being urged to modernise the country's garment and textiles industry following the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The recommendation is contained in a report, 'COVID-19 & Beyond - The…
  • Monday, 29 June 2020

    Scientists 'discover how to grow coloured cotton' Premium Article

    CANBERRA - Scientists in Australia say they have discovered a way to grow coloured cotton in a breakthrough which could remove the need for potentially harmful chemical dyes. Researchers from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research…
  • Monday, 29 June 2020

    H&M-backed Sellpy expands into Germany Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - H&M backed Swedish second-hand clothing platform Sellpy has launched in Germany in the first stage of a planned international expansion. Sellpy, which was established in Sweden in 2014, aims to open up access to its online service, which…
  • Monday, 29 June 2020

    GlobalData: pandemic to accelerate nearshoring shift Premium Article

    LONDON – The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the fashion and textile industries is expected to lead an increasing number of brands and retailers to nearshore their supply chain operations over the coming years, according to market analytics…
  • Monday, 29 June 2020

    US cotton bodies align industry efforts Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture and the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), pledging to work cohesively to accelerate sustainability outcomes within America’s cotton…
  • Monday, 29 June 2020

    New Innovation Institute to fast-track material innovation Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Material Innovation Institute (MII), a newly launched non-profit in the United States, has set its sights on the advancement of sustainable materials across the fashion, automotive and homeware industries, and plans to partner…
  • Friday, 26 June 2020

    Gore announces new carbon reduction targets Premium Article

    DELAWARE – Technical textile supplier Gore Fabrics has announced a new sustainability framework which includes carbon reduction goals for its Gore-Tex flagship brand. It includes a science-based target to reduce carbon emissions in Gore’s…
  • Friday, 26 June 2020

    Ralph Lauren shares 2020 sustainability report Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Fashion brand Ralph Lauren has revealed new targets on greenhouse gas emissions and water stewardship in its 2020 Global Citizenship and Sustainability Report. The report includes the establishment of a science-based target for a 30 per…
  • Friday, 26 June 2020

    Mass market potential for rental and reuse - report Premium Article

    BANBURY - A new report from UK waste recycling charity WRAP claims to demonstrate potential mass market appeal for circular business models in the fashion industry such as rental and reuse. However, it adds that consumer interest in these new…
  • Friday, 26 June 2020

    European project eyes transformative material change Premium Article

    GENK – A new European research project which vies to reimagine the make-up of textile fibres used for clothing and fishing gear has been kick-started this month, bringing together 14 partner organisations from across nine countries on the continent.…
  • Friday, 26 June 2020

    OrganoClick funded for further research Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish chemicals company OrganoClick has been awarded SEK 1.3 million (around US$130,000) by government research agency Vinnova to further develop its fluorocarbon-free OrganoTex treatment. The R&D project, called Popfree, will start in…
  • Friday, 26 June 2020

    Call for EU to commit to circularity Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN - The Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) non-profit is to stage an online event to urge the European Union (EU) to commit to circularity in the textiles industry in its post-pandemic recovery plans. The event will examine the impacts of COVID-19…
  • Friday, 26 June 2020

    Petition to Primark criticises loose safety measures Premium Article

    LONDON – A petition launched by Primark employees in the UK is calling for more stringent safety measures in stores, as they say customers have flouted the rules since re-opening on June 15. In its address to Primark CEO Paul Marchart, the petition…
  • Thursday, 25 June 2020

    Report reveals plight of Indian garment workers Premium Article

    DELHI - A new report from the Society for Labour and Development (SLD) labour rights organisation paints a harrowing picture of the plight of garment workers during the coronavorus lockdown in India. Entitled 'Garment Workers in India’s Lockdown -…
  • Thursday, 25 June 2020

    Fashion 'needs to learn from nature' - report Premium Article

    MISSOULA - The fashion industry need to act more like a natural ecosystem to become truly sustainable and circular, according to a new report from the Biomimicry Institute non-profit. Entitled 'The Nature of Fasion - Moving towards a regenerative…
  • Thursday, 25 June 2020

    Canopy audit praises Jilin Chemicals progress Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Environmental NGO CanopyStyle has published the results of Chinese man-made cellulosic fibre manufacturer Jilin Chemical Fiber’s first CanopyStyle audit, lauding the Asian firm’s efforts to mitigate the use of materials from ancient and…
  • Wednesday, 24 June 2020

    Hohenstein and Scivera claim 'greener chemistry' Premium Article

    BOENNIGHEIM/CHARLOTTESVILLE – Textile testing company Hohenstein and chemical management experts Scivera have linked up to streamline the process for chemical suppliers to assess and validate preferred chemicals for apparel, footwear and home…
  • Wednesday, 24 June 2020

    Post-Brexit deals 'must be aligned with climate goals' Premium Article

    LONDON - Leading businesses including IKEA and Marks & Spencer are calling on the British government to ensure that any post-Brexit trade deals are aligned with climate and environmental goals. The Aldersgate Group, an alliance of dozens of business…
  • Wednesday, 24 June 2020

    H&M accused over 1,200 job losses Premium Article

    MYSORE: Fashion brand H&M says it is working with one of its suppliers and unions after it was accused of being responsible for the closure of an Indian garment factory with the loss of 1,200 jobs. Gokaldas Exports has shut down its Euro Clothing…
  • Wednesday, 24 June 2020

    PODCAST: How tax can help save the planet Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – Femke Groothuis, founder and president of The Ex'Tax Project, explains the potential power of tax reform to transform the apparel industry at the scale and pace required. Groothuis, whose thinktank calls for the shift of taxation from…
  • Wednesday, 24 June 2020

    Fears for apparel donations as waste volumes mount Premium Article

    EXETER – The council of Exeter city, in the UK, has warned that there is “no market for rags” after images surfaced of abandoned piles of clothes that had been left alongside clothing banks. Though well meaning, consumers are believed to have dumped…
  • Wednesday, 24 June 2020

    AAFA calls for digitised product labelling Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has written to the US Federal Trade Commission urging that it provides a timely update to its decades-old product labelling regulations to better leverage digital solutions. “Technology…
  • Wednesday, 24 June 2020

    Brits 'set to discard 67 million garments' Premium Article

    BANBURY - British households are poised to dispose of 67 million items of clothing once lockdown has been lifted, according to UK waste recycling charity WRAP. A new survey by WRAP suggests that two in five Brits (41 per cent) had a clothing…
  • Tuesday, 23 June 2020

    Resale to overtake fast fashion, says ThredUp Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – US consignment company ThredUp has published its 2020 Resale Report suggesting that with shifting consumer focus, the value of the resale market can be expected to trump that of fast fashion by the end of the decade. With a rapid…
  • Tuesday, 23 June 2020

    Bangladesh 'among 10 worst countries for workers' Premium Article

    DHAKA - Bangladesh has been named as one of the worst countries in the world for workers' rights - with those in the garment industry among the worst affected, according to a new survey. The 2020 ITUC Global Rights Index, produced by the…
  • Tuesday, 23 June 2020

    A statement: a win for water in the EU Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – Today, MCL News & Media is pleased to announce that along with 25 other responsible companies and over 375,000 EU citizens, our joint efforts to maintain the EU Water Framework Directive, as advocated by the #Protectwater campaign have…
  • Tuesday, 23 June 2020

    93% of brands 'don't pay living wage' Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Some 93 per cent of surveyed brands are not paying the people who make their clothes a living wage, according to a new website launched by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and funded by the European Union (EU). The Fashion Checker…
  • Tuesday, 23 June 2020

    Cambodian unions call for indemnity pay U-turn Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – A collective of 14 major trade unions in Cambodia has submitted a petition to the country’s labour ministry, urging that it rescinds its decision to allow factory bosses to withhold annual seniority indemnity pay until 2021. Earlier…
  • Tuesday, 23 June 2020

    Four Paws details fashion’s animal welfare shortcomings Premium Article

    VIENNA – A new report by animal rights organisation Four Paws has assessed the global fashion industry’s efforts to meet adequate welfare standards in its supply chains, finding that only 21 per cent of brands trace even a portion of the…
  • Tuesday, 23 June 2020

    Laudes Foundation to review ZDHC funding Premium Article

    ZUG - The Laudes Foundation is to commission an independent review of its funding of the ZDHC Foundation which oversees the Roadmap to Zero programme to replace potentially harmful chemicals in the fashion and textiles industry. The Laudes…
  • Monday, 22 June 2020

    ISKO seeks Bluesign approval for denim mills Premium Article

    BURSA – Denim manufacturer ISKO has announced a new partnership with Bluesign, and says it will work with the organisation to achieve Bluesign Approved accreditation across all of its denim mills by the end of the year. Just one commitment outlined…
  • Monday, 22 June 2020

    Australian wool NGO blasted over underhand strategy launch Premium Article

    SYDNEY – Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), an authoritative organisation in the country’s wool growing industry, has faced backlash from its peers after launching its Flystrike Research, Development, Education, Extension and Communication Five-Year…
  • Monday, 22 June 2020

    C&A Foundation releases final annual report Premium Article

    ZUG - The C&A Foundation has released its fifth and final annual report after handing over the reins to its successor organisation, the Laudes Foundation. As well as reviewing its achievements in 2019, the report highlights some of the…
  • Monday, 22 June 2020

    Bid to suspend minimum wage in Cambodia Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - Garment manufacturers in Cambodia have been criticised after calling for the country's minimum wage of US$190 per month for garment workers to be suspended for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. Ken Loo, secretary-general of the…
  • Monday, 22 June 2020

    British brands back bid to save forests Premium Article

    VANCOUVER - Environmental non-profit Canopy has marked World Rainforest Day by announcing that another 45 brands - most of them British - have joined its CanopyStyle initiative to protect the world's ancient and endangered forests. UK brands…
  • Monday, 22 June 2020

    Fashion to bounce back with sustainability focus Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – On the first in what will be a series of interactive Ecotextile Talks newscasts, Catharina Martinez-Pardo, principal at market research authority the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), outlined the fashion industry’s potential to bounce back…
  • Monday, 22 June 2020

    'Sustainable' brands to lead fashion post-crisis Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – Companies which embrace sustainability will be the leaders of a resurgent fashion industry on the other side of the coronavirus pandemic, leading industry figures told the first ever Ecotextile Talks newscast. The event, hosted by…
  • Friday, 19 June 2020

    Allbirds ventures into sustainable underwear Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Sustainable footwear brand Allbirds has launched a limited-edition collection of 'sustainable' underwear for men and women. The new underwear collection features a boxer brief for men and a thong, brief, shortie and bralette for…
  • Friday, 19 June 2020

    ILO issues COVID-19 advice to garment factories Premium Article

    GENEVA - The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has developed a series of guides to held garment factories in Asia navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and build business resilience. The six 'action-orientated' guides are respond to the urgent needs…
  • Friday, 19 June 2020

    Trump sanctions Xinjiang forced labour Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – US president Donald Trump has signed new legislation which sanctions the repression of Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region, as widespread reports and mounting evidence suggest millions in this minority are held in detainment camps…
  • Friday, 19 June 2020

    R&D project seeks textile fibres breakthrough Premium Article

    ESPOO - Finnish state-owned energy company Fortum and forest industry specialist Metsä Group have joined forces in a bid to develop ground-breaking technologies to convert straw and wood pulp fibre into novel bioproducts, such as textile fibres.…
  • Thursday, 18 June 2020

    Worn Again secures major new investment Premium Article

    WILTON - Textile recycling company Worn Again Technologies has secured up to €8 million (US$9m) in new equity capital from investors including further backing from Swedish fashion brand H&M. Swiss engineering company Sulzer Chemtech has also agreed…
  • Thursday, 18 June 2020

    Pain relief reminder issued to sheep farmers Premium Article

    VICTORIA – Australian wool growing authority VFF Livestock has issued a reminder that from July 1, it will be mandatory that all sheep farmers administer pain relief prior to mulesing. Mulesing is the controversial practice of removing wool-bearing…
  • Thursday, 18 June 2020

    Textile Exchange develops Responsible Alpaca Standard Premium Article

    LUBBOCK - Textile Exchange has begun work on creating a responsible standard for alpaca wool after an undercover investigation by the PETA animal rights organisation showed evidence of ill treatment at the world's largest privately owned alpaca farm…
  • Thursday, 18 June 2020

    Could second-hand suppress fast fashion appetite? Premium Article

    LONDON – Luxury fashion platform Farfetch has published a report outlining the correlation between buying pre-owned apparel and the subsequent need not to buy a brand-new product, to assess the environmental savings second-hand fashion could unlock.…
  • Thursday, 18 June 2020

    Archroma links up with Esprit for new collection Premium Article

    REINACH - Speciality chemicals business Archroma has collaborated with global fashion brand Esprit on a new capsule collection that makes use of its EarthColours range of fully traceable biosynthetic sulphur dyes. Esprit's 'I Am Sustainable'…
  • Thursday, 18 June 2020

    Timberland shares Q1 CSR performance Premium Article

    STRATHAM, NEW HAMPSHIRE - VF Corp-owned brand Timberland has announced its Q1 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report in which it breaks down its performance by its three 'sustainability' pillars - better product, greener world and…
  • Wednesday, 17 June 2020

    Munich Fabric Start targets September return Premium Article

    MUNICH – The organisers of Munich Fabric Start and Bluezone say it’s been their “personal mission” to host the first textile trade fair post COVID-19, as they set the stage for a return on September 1st. Over recent months, we’ve seen textile trade…
  • Wednesday, 17 June 2020

    ZDHC outsources InCheck service to third parties Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The ZDHC Foundation is outsourcing the delivery of its ZDHC InCheck service, which enables suppliers to benchmark the conformance of their chemical inventories to its Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL). ZDHC InCheck was…
  • Wednesday, 17 June 2020

    WRAP relaunches textile recycling grant fund Premium Article

    BANBURY - UK waste recycling charity WRAP is relaunching its £1.5 million (US$1.9m) textile recycling grant scheme to make funding more accessible because of the coronavirus pandemic. WASTE has streamlined the application process so that funds can…
  • Wednesday, 17 June 2020

    Marks & Spencer phases out alpaca wool Premium Article

    LONDON – Fashion retailer Marks & Spencer has announced that it will phase out the limited use of alpaca wool within its apparel range, having been made aware of cases of animal cruelty at farm-level. Animal rights organisation PETA – whose motto in…
  • Wednesday, 17 June 2020

    Research shifts perspectives on fast fashion Premium Article

    EXETER – A study conducted by a team of researchers from across the UK has found that consumers, when taught how to make, mend and modify their clothes, are less inclined to buy fast fashion. 40 people took part in textile workshops and were asked…
  • Wednesday, 17 June 2020

    Puma explores biodesign textile alternatives Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH - Sportswear brand Puma is exploring sustainable alternatives for making and dyeing textiles in a new biodesign project. The 'Design to Fade' project is a collaboration with Dutch project Living Colour and Swedish design studio…
  • Wednesday, 17 June 2020

    Policy Hub presents green recovery plan Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Key apparel organisations have come together to present proposals for a post-pandemic green recovery plan for the industry which they are to submit to the European Union. The Policy Hub, a joint project from the Sustainable Apparel…
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