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In this wide-ranging interview with Ecotextile News, Glenn Bennett outlines the adidas way of thinking on sustainability and he says going forward, on the environmental side, the sportswear giant sees the issues of water scarcity, the dependence on non-renewable resources and the impact of climate change as the biggest challenges for the business.

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  • Friday, 14 August 2020

    UK government aligns industry in supply chain support Premium Article

    LONDON – The UK government has today launched a new initiative in collaboration with high-street retailers including Marks & Spencer, Primark and Tesco, through which capital will be made available to those in clothing and food supply chains across…
  • Friday, 14 August 2020

    Salvatore Ferragamo obtains sustainable SI Rating

    FLORENCE - Italian brand Salvatore Ferragamo has become the first fashion company to receive the expansive SI Rating Silver certification for its progress towards sustainability. The SI Rating, created by Italian start-up ARBalzan, claims to be the…
  • Friday, 14 August 2020

    Sun Chemicals establishes sustainability committee

    NEW JERSEY – US packaging manufacturer Sun Chemical has established a corporate sustainability committee, as it vies to double down on efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. The firm says the focus of its committee will align…
  • Friday, 14 August 2020

    Leicester: Authorities start surprise inspections Premium Article

    LEICESTER – A multi-agency operation led by the Gangsters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) is executing unannounced visits on Leicester garment factories, to ensure sites are complying with workplace safety standards, following findings in recent…
  • Friday, 14 August 2020

    Bacteria 'could make nylon production sustainable'

    EDINBURGH - Scientists say that nylon manufacture could be made more sustainable by the discovery that bacteria can make a key chemical involved in the process without emitting harmful greenhouse gases. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh say…
  • Friday, 14 August 2020

    Kontoor and HERproject address workforce health

    GREENSBORO – Apparel conglomerate Kontoor Brands, whose brands include Wrangler and Lee, has partnered with BSR’s HERproject to support female workers within its supply chain. It’s HERhealth, a branch of the project, which is of particular…
  • Thursday, 13 August 2020

    Ralph Lauren invests in fibre recycling startup Premium Article

    NEW YORK – The Ralph Lauren Corporation has announced a minority investment in sustainable startup Natural Fiber Welding (NFW) which aims to recycle natural fibres – such as cotton waste – into high-performance new materials. As a part of the…
  • Thursday, 13 August 2020

    Applied DNA waits on cotton-tagging patent

    STONY BROOK – Molecular technologies specialist Applied DNA Sciences (ADNAS) has received a Notice of Allowance for its outstanding US patent application, entitled Method and Device for Marking Fibrous Materials. With a patent set to be issued in…
  • Thursday, 13 August 2020

    Cambodia: project to empower women in the workforce

    PHNOM PENH – A new three-year project launched by a coalition of NGOs in Cambodia will support women in industries like garment manufacture, as they strive to promote better governance. The initiative, called Greater Young Women Empowerment in…
  • Thursday, 13 August 2020

    Selfridges latest to launch rental collection Premium Article

    LONDON – Fashion retailer Selfridges has partnered with clothing rental platform Hurr Collective to launch its own retail service which will host more than 100 items from more than 40 brands. Available to take away for 4, 8, 10 or 20 days, shoppers…
  • Thursday, 13 August 2020

    Scientists produce spider silk from bacteria

    TOKYO - Japanese scientists say they have succeeded in producing spider silk from photosynthetic bacteria in a breakthrough which they say could lead to sustainable mass production for textiles. Extremely strong, lightweight and completely…
  • Thursday, 13 August 2020

    Valentino bans alpaca wool

    MILAN – Luxury fashion brand Valentino has banned alpaca wool from its future fashion collections, having caught wind of the findings from PETA’s undercover investigation of the world's largest privately owned alpaca farm in Peru, Mallkini, at which…
  • Thursday, 13 August 2020

    Prada Group bans kangaroo leather

    MILAN - The Prada Group, which owns brands including Prada and Miu Miu, has confirmed that it has banned the use of kangaroo skin in all future products and collections. The move was welcomed by animal rights group PETA which urged the company to…
  • Wednesday, 12 August 2020

    Future Fashion Now design contest launched

    LONDON - Future Fashion Now - a global, sustainable design competition to rethink how the fashion industry works - has been launched by the WeDesign agency in collaboration with the United Nations (UN) and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The…
  • Wednesday, 12 August 2020

    Cambodia re-strategises after EBA suspension

    PHNOM PENH – Stakeholders in Cambodia’s garment manufacturing industry are fearful that Prime Minister Hun Sen’s reluctance to comply with the European Union recommendations, addressing what it calls “systemic human rights violations” in the…
  • Wednesday, 12 August 2020

    Organic cotton harvest second largest on record Premium Article

    LUBBOCK - Organic cotton production in 2018/19 increased 31 per cent on the previous season to achieve the second largest harvest on record, according to the Textile Exchange’s 2020 Organic Cotton Market Report. The report reveals that 222,134…
  • Wednesday, 12 August 2020

    Two more Sateri mills now EU-BAT compliant

    SHANGHAI - Two more mills owned by cellulosic fibre producer Sateri have been confirmed as compliant with the emissions and wastewater discharge limits of the European Union's Best Available Techniques (EU-BAT) directives. It means the company,…
  • Wednesday, 12 August 2020

    New South Wales “not ready” for mulesing ban

    NEW SOUTH WALES – A parliamentary inquiry in New South Wales has heard that the wool industry is not ready for mulesing to be banned in 2022, as could be the case with proposed new legislative changes that is also pushing for pain relief to be…
  • Wednesday, 12 August 2020

    MacArthur Foundation launches ‘circular toolkit’ Premium Article

    COWES – The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has launched a new Circular Design Toolkit, which pools online resources to support textile manufacturers reduce the environmental impact of their operations. Via a dedicated platform, users can gain access to…
  • Wednesday, 12 August 2020

    Biotech creates new test for insects in dye

    LUGO - Spanish biotechnology company AMSlab - in conjunction with animal rights group PETA - has developed a test to tell whether garments have been made with the use of dyes made from crushed insects. The test for carmine, a red dye made from dried…
  • Tuesday, 11 August 2020

    Cambodian protestors warned against future demonstrations

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s Justice Ministry has warned that activists which defy a ban on holding protests to demand the release of prominent union leader Rong Chhun could face a similar fate, after protestors clashed with police outside of Phnom…
  • Tuesday, 11 August 2020

    Nike releases sustainable takes on classic trainers

    BEAVERTON - Sportswear brand Nike has released more sustainable versions of some of its most popular trainers featuring at least 20 per cent recycled materials. The Nike Sportswear Recycled Canvas pack includes new takes on shoes including the Nike…
  • Tuesday, 11 August 2020

    Authorities issue subpoena against Los Angeles Apparel

    LOS ANGELES – Authorities in LA have issued a subpoena to garment manufacturing site Los Angeles Apparel regarding its pay and sick leave policies, after the factory became a hotbed for COVID-19 with more than 300 cases registered amongst staff,…
  • Tuesday, 11 August 2020

    Brands 'will struggle to replace Xinjiang cotton'

    WASHINGTON DC - Efforts to persuade brands and retailers to sever their links with the Xinjiang region of China over the use of forced labour in the cotton industry will struggle because of the lack of sufficient alternative supplies, according to a…
  • Tuesday, 11 August 2020

    Aid by Trade kick-starts three-year water project

    ADDIS ABABA – The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF), which delivers Cotton Made in Africa (CMiA), is spearheading a new three-year project in Ethiopia which will address water pollution through water stewardship innovation and action plans. For this,…
  • Tuesday, 11 August 2020

    Levi’s, Ganni launch upcycled fashion rental service

    SAN FRANCISCO – Apparel brands Levi’s and Ganni have teamed up to launch a new rental service for an upcycled capsule collection of Levi’s vintage denim pieces. Called ‘Love Letter’, the collaboration focuses solely on three items: a button-down…
  • Monday, 10 August 2020

    Scientists develop fluorine-free oil repellent textile Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Canadian researchers have teamed up with outdoor brand Arc’teryx to develop an oil repellent fluorine-free textile finish using a new technique that combines fabric construction with PFC-free surface-based coatings. “It became clear that…
  • Monday, 10 August 2020

    Cotton Horizons: What’s different about ‘regenerative’? Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – In the latest installment of Cotton Horizons in Ecotextile News, cotton expert Simon Ferrigno looks for clarity in the field of ‘regenerative cotton’, and speaks with La Rhea Pepper, managing director of Textile Exchange (TE). In Textile…
  • Monday, 10 August 2020

    Consumers want sustainability post lockdown

    LONDON - Half of all UK consumers think the fashion industry should do whatever it takes to become more environmentally sustainable after COVID-19 and just 19 per cent want it to go back to normal, according to a recent survey carried out for the…
  • Monday, 10 August 2020

    New study reveals COVID-19 impact on Ethiopia

    HAWASSA - Close to half of women garment workers in Ethiopia have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic and virtually none have been able to find alternative employment, according to a new study. The Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)…
  • Monday, 10 August 2020

    Cambodian authorities handed union recommendations

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s National Trade Unions Coalition (NTUC) has written to the country’s Ministry of Labour with recommendations on how best to address the ongoing plight of workers amidst the pandemic. NTUC council chamber leader Ath Thorn says…
  • Monday, 10 August 2020

    EOG welcomes German supply chain proposals

    BERLIN - The European Outdoor Group (EOG) trade body has welcomed German proposals to introduce legislation that would that make companies legally responsible for human rights and environmental issues throughout their supply chains. Two German…
  • Monday, 10 August 2020

    Research spotlights key causes of microfibre emissions

    DÜBENDORF – Researchers at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materias Science and Technology (EMPA) say textile microfibres from synthetic fabrics account for more than one third of microplastics in the ocean, with tests highlighting that…
  • Monday, 10 August 2020

    Report: pandemic cost garment workers 'billions'

    AMSTERDAM - Garment workers in supply chain countries across South and Southeast Asia received 38 per cent less pay than their regular pay on average at the height of the pandemic, according to a new report. The Clean Clothes Campaign said it means…
  • Friday, 07 August 2020

    Union busting: Inditex praised, Bestseller slammed Premium Article

    YANGON - Garment workers' rights campaigners have praised Zara owner Inditex, but criticised Bestseller, after a trade union claimed victory following a two month dispute with a supplier in Myanmar. The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) says Inditex was…
  • Friday, 07 August 2020

    Workers’ rights complaint at C&A supplier taken forward Premium Article

    YANGON – The Complaints and Disputes Committee of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textiles has informed workers’ rights organisations SOMO, Action Labor Rights (ALR) and Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) that it will take up its complaint…
  • Friday, 07 August 2020

    Fashion For Good resumes polybag recycling project Premium Article

    LONDON – Global fashion sustainability initiative Fashion For Good (FFG) has announced the resumption of its Polybag Collection Scheme pilot in London, through which UK recycler First Mile will work to drastically improve the city’s infrastructure…
  • Friday, 07 August 2020

    John Lewis rolls out Better Jobs scheme Premium Article

    LONDON - Department store chain John Lewis is rolling out a new progressive supplier engagement programme, called Better Jobs, to all of its 120 UK manufacturing suppliers following a successful trial. The Better Jobs programme, which replaces…
  • Friday, 07 August 2020

    Outland Denim opens up factories to other brands Premium Article

    TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN - Sustainable brand Outland Denim has revealed plans to open up its Cambodian manufacturing facilities to other brands in its first sustainability report. The Australian company also aims to establish an in-house standard for…
  • Friday, 07 August 2020

    Convention on child labour gains universal ratification Premium Article

    GENEVA – An International Labour Convention comdemning the “worst forms of child labour” has become the first in history to be ratified by all member States, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). The convention is the first of…
  • Friday, 07 August 2020

    Investors urged to be vigilant in Xinjiang Premium Article

    XINJIANG - The Investor Alliance for Human Rights is urging investors to carry out enhanced due diligence to ensure the brands and retailers they support have no links to human rights abuses in the Xingjiang region of China. An estimated 1.8 million…
  • Friday, 07 August 2020

    ASOS gatekeeps with brand transparency expectations Premium Article

    LONDON – Fast fashion e-commerce retailer ASOS has announced four commitments which partnering brands who source from within the UK will have to meet if they’re to continue to leverage the ASOS platform. Brands must drastically improve supply chain…
  • Thursday, 06 August 2020

    Bestseller secures organic cotton direct from farms Premium Article

    RANDE - Danish fashion brand Bestseller has signed agreements with two groups in India – representing about 2,000 organic cotton farmers – to secure a transparent and direct supply for the 2020/2021 season. The company, which last year joined the…
  • Thursday, 06 August 2020

    'Dark side' factories threaten post-pandemic reshoring Premium Article

    LEICESTER - British factories which pay workers less than half of the minimum wage could jeopardise attempts by brands to reshore more of their supply chain after the coronavirus pandemic, according to one expert. Leicester's garment factories,…
  • Thursday, 06 August 2020

    New South Wales farmers resist mulesing changes Premium Article

    NEW SOUTH WALES – A group of wool growers in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, say they’ll resist efforts to ban mulesing outright and mandate pain relief for sheep, as they believe it’s counter-intuitive to widely-held animal welfare concerns.…
  • Thursday, 06 August 2020

    China exports to dip, US sourcing survey says Premium Article

    GLOBAL – Researchers at the University of Delaware have conducted a 2020 Fashion Industry Benchmarking Study, with 25 US fashion brand executives alluding to the countries that are set to benefit from a boon in business as the world resurfaces…
  • Thursday, 06 August 2020

    Bangladesh exports rebound to record levels Premium Article

    DHAKA - Global brands and retailers reinstating orders for garments as COVID-19 lockdown restrictions ease have reportedly triggered a bounce back by Bangladesh's exports to record levels. Shipments of readymade garments were responsible for the…
  • Thursday, 06 August 2020

    Diesel joins Better Cotton Initiative Premium Article

    GENEVA – Fashion brand Diesel is the latest to join the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), a move which aligns with its sustainability target of ensuring half of the cotton it sources is “more responsible”. In January, the Italian outfit launched its…
  • Wednesday, 05 August 2020

    Fast food chain launches sustainable clothing Premium Article

    NEWPORT BEACH - The Chipotle fast food chain is launching a sustainable clothing line made with organic cotton dyed with upcycled avocado pits from its restaurants. The company already claims to be one of the US's largest buyers of Global Organic…
  • Wednesday, 05 August 2020

    Textile firm accused of false environmental statements Premium Article

    HENAN - The IPE (Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs) environmental non-profit has accused a Chinese textile company of making false statements about environmental violations. Henan Xinye Textile Co Ltd was one of two case studies…
  • Wednesday, 05 August 2020

    Boohoo supplier review in call for evidence Premium Article

    MANCHESTER - A leading barrister carrying out an independent review for fast fashion retailer Boohoo into pay and conditions at its supply factories has issued a public call for evidence. Alison Levitt QC, who specialises in business crime, is…
  • Wednesday, 05 August 2020

    Osprey adopts Hyosung’s ‘sustainable’ nylon Premium Article

    CORTEZ – Osprey, which produces goods for the outdoor industry, has partnered with fibre manufacturer Hyosung to leverage its 100 per cent recycled Mipan regen robic high-tenacity nylon for a new series of Talon/ Tempest baggage solutions. Osprey…
  • Wednesday, 05 August 2020

    Project reveals huge scale of circularity challenge Premium Article

    NEW YORK - The Accelerating Circularity project to speed up the move from a linear to a circular textile industry has published its initial research findings which reveal more than 85 per cent of apparel waste is currently going to landfill or…
  • Wednesday, 05 August 2020

    Scottish firm finds new life for surplus stock Premium Article

    ELGIN – Luxury Scottish cashmere manufacturer Johnstons of Elgin has launched a new collection made from the leftover yarn of previous apparel ranges. Called EveryYarn, the new product line aims to yield new applications for what would otherwise be…
  • Wednesday, 05 August 2020

    Report: brands urged to address systemic union busting Premium Article

    LONDON – A new report published today by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) suggests that trade union members in apparel manufacturing supply chains have been unfairly targeted for dismissal over recent months, with unscrupulous…
  • Tuesday, 04 August 2020

    ZDHC welcomes two new additions Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has welcomed two new organisations to its Roadmap to Zero programme to replace hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives in textiles and clothing production. Turkish textile auxiliaries manufacturer Eksoy Kimya…
  • Tuesday, 04 August 2020

    Move from mulesing proves profitable, report says Premium Article

    CANBERRA – A new report makes a compelling case for Australia’s wool growing industry to ditch mulesing in favour of breeding flystrike-resistant sheep, having surveyed 97 native producers who’ve already made the switch and found it to yield greater…
  • Tuesday, 04 August 2020

    Accelerator programme seeks fashion innovators Premium Article

    CAMBRIDGE - A free accelerator programme to fast-track tech innovation for a sustainable fashion industry has been launched by one of the world's leading universities. The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is…
  • Tuesday, 04 August 2020

    Patagonia launches regenerative agriculture campaign Premium Article

    VENTURA - US outdoor apparel brand Patagonia has launched a new campaign to promote the benefits of regenerative organic agricultural practices in limiting climate change. The company has created a new range of cotton T-shirts sourced from farms…
  • Tuesday, 04 August 2020

    BASF develops Product Carbon Footprint tool Premium Article

    LUDWIGSHAFEN – Global chemicals company BASF has developed a Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) tool that it’s begun applying to its portfolio of more than 45,000 products, as to detail their associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. With a deadline of…
  • Tuesday, 04 August 2020

    70 teens found locked up at spinning mill Premium Article

    AVINASHI - At least 70 teenagers, aged 15 to 18, have been found locked up at a spinning mill in the town of Avinashi in the Tirupur district of southern India's state of Tamil Nadu. As many as 40 of the teenagers - 37 girls and three boys - told…
  • Tuesday, 04 August 2020

    Indian manufacturers face turbulent year ahead Premium Article

    NEW DELHI – New research by the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) paints a concerning picture for garment suppliers in the country in the coming months, as an indicative survey finds that 95 per cent of respondents expect operations…
  • Tuesday, 04 August 2020

    Primark in new COVID-19 pledge to suppliers Premium Article

    DUBLIN - Fast fashion retailer Primark has agreed to pay its suppliers in full for all outstanding finished garments and to utilise or pay for any finished fabric liabilities. The company previously agreed to pay for orders that were in production,…
  • Tuesday, 04 August 2020

    Cambodia sets out five-year development strategy Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – The Cambodian Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) has set out a five-year development strategy which it believes will transform the country’s garment footwear and bag trade into a “high-value, supportive, diversified and more…
  • Monday, 03 August 2020

    Lost Stock partnerships support circular economy Premium Article

    EDINBURGH – Lost Stock, the UK-based initiative which was launched in May to support garment workers impacted by Covid-19 in Bangladesh and other underdeveloped countries, has announced new national charity and clothes swap partnerships in a bid to…
  • Monday, 03 August 2020

    Improved Higg tool makes impact easier to measure Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – As the textile industry continues to grapple with its impact on the environment, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and Higg Co. have upgraded the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI), a cradle-to-gate scoring tool for…
  • Monday, 03 August 2020

    Zalando: "We can influence our industry to do more" Premium Article

    In an exclusive Q&A with Ecotextile News (ETN), Kate Heiny (KH), director, sustainability, at Zalando SE reveals why the Berlin-based ecommerce giant wants its partners to align with its own environmental and social objectives – before they can sell…
  • Monday, 03 August 2020

    Australian wool growers in limbo over mulesing Premium Article

    VICTORIA – An Australian sheep crutcher in the state of Victoria fears some wool farmers might forego mulesing due to the additional costs that’ve stemmed from pain relief administration being mandated. Mulesing, the practice of removing…
  • Monday, 03 August 2020

    New arrest as Cambodian PM quashes freedom of speech Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – A prominent Cambodian labour leader has been arrested for speaking out on “politically sensitive matters” relating to the government’s handling of its borders with Vietnam. Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions,…
  • Friday, 31 July 2020

    Private apparel firms urged to open up on ethics Premium Article

    LONDON – The newly relaunched Good Work Investor Coalition (GWC), the worker rights arm of responsible investment charity, ShareAction, says it’s exploring ways to influence privately owned companies to engage more openly in tackling poor employment…
  • Friday, 31 July 2020

    Myanmar election candidates seek to address workers’ rights Premium Article

    YANGON – In Myanmar, eleven aspiring election candidates have outlined their intentions to challenge for seats in order to give a voice to workers and farmers which, under the current government, face oppression when speaking out on rights issues.…
  • Friday, 31 July 2020

    Report: “Chemical recycling a distraction at best” Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), which collaborates with upwards of 600 grassroot groups and NGOs around the world, has published a new report which discredits the potential chemical recycling solutions hold…
  • Friday, 31 July 2020

    Nike outlines net zero ambition with new initiative Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – Sportswear brand Nike is joined by the likes of Microsoft, Starbucks and Mercedes-Benz as a founding member of a new initiative that’s set out to accelerate to transition to a net zero global economy. Called the Transform to Net Zero…
  • Friday, 31 July 2020

    Boohoo to “act decisively” on investigation findings Premium Article

    MANCHESTER – Fast fashion retailer Boohoo has vowed to “act decisively” when the results of its third-party supply chain investigation are published, having had its reputation tarnished by links to unscrupulous supplier factories in Leicester that…
  • Friday, 31 July 2020

    Textile suppliers count cost of ongoing price pressures Premium Article

    ARLINGTON – High-pressure cost negotiations by apparel buyers have the greatest impact on textile suppliers’ business profitability, which then overflows onto workers and the environment, putting all forms of sustainability at risk, says a new…
  • Thursday, 30 July 2020

    New spin on textile wastewater treatment Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – US-based SeaChange Technolgies has put a new spin on the clean-up of textile effluent from dyeing and finishing with a new way to treat wastewater and sludge using vortex separation in a one-step process. Funded by Fashion for Good, the…
  • Thursday, 30 July 2020

    Bangladeshi platform tipped to transform transparency Premium Article

    DHAKA – A new online beta platform borne out of Dhaka, Bangladesh, holds the potential to radically improve transparency in the country’s ready-made garment sector, by mapping the locations and production details of native suppliers. The Mapped in…
  • Thursday, 30 July 2020

    Letter to Indian PM addresses worker concerns Premium Article

    NEW DELHI – A number of leading fashion brands have signed a letter addressed to Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi, urging that the government U-turns on proposed labour law changes that could lead factory staff in some states to operate for…
  • Thursday, 30 July 2020

    Ralph Lauren urged to ban alpaca wool, exotic skins Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Animal rights organisation PETA has urged luxury fashion brand Ralph Lauren to ban both exotic skins and alpaca fleece from its clothing, ahead of its virtual annual meeting today. Ralph Lauren has banned fur, angora wool and mohair in…
  • Wednesday, 29 July 2020

    China textile giant to make polyester from coal Premium Article

    WUJIANG – In a move that will make many environmental campaigners choke on their food, Jiangsu-based synthetic textile giant Hengli plans to tap China’s abundant coal reserves – instead of oil – to produce polyester yarns. Normally, oil is used as…
  • Wednesday, 29 July 2020

    Tax reforms may reduce textile environmental impact Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The textile industry can take the lead in tax reforms that target natural resources and pollution rather than labour. A move that could enable job creation and help to reduce overconsumption associated with the ‘take-make-waste’ model,…
  • Wednesday, 29 July 2020

    IDH insurance scheme protects Indian BCI farmers Premium Article

    GENEVA – The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and its strategic partner and funder, the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) have provided respite for more than 175,000 smallerholder farmers in India amidst the coronavirus pandemic, having introduced an…
  • Wednesday, 29 July 2020

    Newscast: Forced labour and fashion in China Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – We’ve just released episode two of the new series of Ecotextile Talks ‘behind the news’ broadcasts with our journalists John Mowbray, Simon Glover and Simon Ferrigno who give a round-up of the current situation on allegations of forced…
  • Wednesday, 29 July 2020

    UN intervenes on Cambodia intimidation tactics Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – The United Nations has sent a letter to Cambodia’s government over allegations it attempted to intimidate a representative of workers’ rights group Licadho by threatening jail time. Licadho’s monitoring manager Am Sam Ath was quoted on…
  • Wednesday, 29 July 2020

    BFC opens new round of COVID relief funding Premium Article

    LONDON – The British Fashion Council has opened a second round of funding through its BFC Foundation Fashion Fund, affording native businesses struggling amidst the coronavirus pandemic the opportunity to earn a portion of the £500,000 it’s raised.…
  • Wednesday, 29 July 2020

    Primark launches nationwide recycling scheme in UK Premium Article

    LONDON – Fast fashion retailer Primark has launched a new nationwide recycling scheme in the UK, which will allow shoppers to return unwanted apparel regardless of the brand or outlet it was bought from. Research by the Waste and Resources Action…
  • Tuesday, 28 July 2020

    Boohoo to manufacture via new “model factory” Premium Article

    LEICESTER – Fast fashion brand Boohoo has confirmed that it will begin producing its own clothes at a “model factory” it’s purchased in Leicester in the coming months, as the brand looks to take control of its stock and distance itself from…
  • Tuesday, 28 July 2020

    Vaude introduces product ‘repair index’ Premium Article

    TETTNANG – Outdoor apparel brand Vaude says it's systematically ‘embedding reparability’ into its product development so that textiles, clothing and other goods can be fixed by consumers much more easily. To make this happen, the German brand, which…
  • Tuesday, 28 July 2020

    Report: Crystal Group turns to Industry 4.0 solutions Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Crystal International Group has published its 2019 Sustainability Report, which reflects not just on the year gone by but on half a century of progress both on the social and environmental sustainability front, as the firm celebrates its…
  • Tuesday, 28 July 2020

    Prana launches its “most sustainable” fabric yet Premium Article

    CARLSBAD – Premium apparel brand Prana has developed what it’s describing as the firm’s “most advanced, sustainable fabric to date”, called ReZion. A spin on the company’s existing Zion line, ReZion is a bluesign-approved stretch performance fabric…
  • Tuesday, 28 July 2020

    Under-fire LA factory tipped to become “gold standard” Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Apparel, the factory which was closed in June after more than 350 of its staff caught COVID-19 leading to the deaths of four, has reopened and been tipped to become a gold standard for garment manufacture amidst the…
  • Monday, 27 July 2020

    Investors to influence textile supply chain reform Premium Article

    LONDON – Responsible investment charity ShareAction (SA) says the COVID-19 crisis could trigger significant growth of insecure work practices in sectors such as textiles and apparel and is calling for investors and companies to ‘deeply consider’ how…
  • Monday, 27 July 2020

    Boyish Jeans adopts Retraced transparency plug-in Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES – US denim brand Boyish Jeans has partnered with blockchain transparency platform Retraced to map the production of its apparel. Now, customers can gain assurance of Boyish’s sustainability credentials by clicking on products via the…
  • Monday, 27 July 2020

    McKinsey challenges brands to address biodiversity Premium Article

    HELSINKI – Market research authority McKinsey & Company has published new guidance for fashion brands and retailers to best address their impact on biodiversity. Titled Biodiversity: The Next Frontier in Sustainable Fashion, the company details…
  • Monday, 27 July 2020

    ZDHC rolls out Supplier to Zero initiative Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Previously known as the ‘Facility Leader’ programme, the ZDHC has now rolled out its new ‘Supplier to Zero’ initiative in a bid to boost chemical management within textile supplier factories – including those that are currently off the…
  • Monday, 27 July 2020

    COVID-19 delays BCI inquiry into Xinjiang cotton Premium Article

    LONDON – An on-going review by the Better Cotton Initiative into its cotton sourcing activities in the Xinjiang region of China has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and won't be published until at least October 2020. The BCI suspended all…
  • Monday, 27 July 2020

    Australian Wool Innovation seeks grower feedback Premium Article

    VICTORIA – Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) is calling on wool growers across the country to complete an online survey detailing what they believe to be priorities for a prosperous industry, to better inform the organisation’s Wool 2030 strategic…
  • Monday, 27 July 2020

    Australian fashion platform champions sustainability Premium Article

    SYDNEY – Australian retailer David Jones has launched a new platform which champions brands that adhere to its social and environmental sustainability criteria. The Mindfully Made initiative will only enlist companies which comply with one or more…
  • Friday, 24 July 2020

    Ocean plastics to nearly triple by 2040, MacArthur Foundation warns Premium Article

    COWES – The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has released Breaking the Plastic Wave: A Comprehensive Assessment of Pathways Towards Stopping Ocean Plastic Pollution, which estimates that the volume of plastics in our oceans could almost triple by 2040.…
  • Friday, 24 July 2020

    New Boohoo site in Leicester linked with automation Premium Article

    LEICESTER – Fast fashion brand Boohoo has reportedly acquired a former Vauxhall dealership in the UK city of Leicester, which it will transform into a highly-automated garment factory. It’s said that the Manchester brand bought the site before it…
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