Increased customer awareness on environmental issues, new legislation such as the Modern Slavery Act, and the rise of NGOs and their skill as campaigners have been the biggest drivers of change for the global textile industry over the last decade, according to Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer.

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  • Friday, 22 March 2019

    H&M commits to ‘sustainable’ materials by 2030

    STOCKHOLM – Fashion brand H&M has announced that it has increased its use of ‘sustainable’ materials in its products from 35 to 57 per cent in the past year, and aims to use 100 per cent ‘sustainably’ sourced materials by 2030.
  • Thursday, 21 March 2019

    Cotton industry fights back against “false information”

    BREMEN – To mark World Water Day, the Bremen Cotton Exchange has taken aim at reports on the water consumption of cotton, saying that information which is spread in the media has “been in circulation for years and is desperately in need of an…
  • Thursday, 21 March 2019

    Target aims for viscose textile transparency

    VANCOUVER – Mass market retailer Target has today joined over 170 brands and apparel industry stakeholders by committing to the CanopyStyle initiative in a bid to ensure the use of ancient and endangered forest fibre is not found in its own viscose…
  • Thursday, 21 March 2019

    Stakeholders unite to reduce textile waste

     TORONTO – The Ontario Textile Diversion Collaborative (OTDC) – an independent organisation of over 40 stakeholders – is set to host a Symposium on April 11th to address textile waste diversion and recycling. It will also launch a public awareness…
  • Wednesday, 20 March 2019

    Tintex partners with water saving initiative

    VILA NOVA DE CERVEIRA – Portuguese textile company Tintex has announced a new project, partnering with water saving NGO Drip by Drip for its initiative, known as ‘The Blue Lab’.
  • Wednesday, 20 March 2019

    SAC to host design workshop in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) will host ‘The Future of Design Workshop’ in Los Angeles on April 24th, aiming to introduce industry designers and the public at large to the SAC and the Higg Index – more specifically the Higg…
  • Wednesday, 20 March 2019

    123 million items of clothing ‘unworn’ in London

    LONDON – UK clothing charity Traid has reported that 23 per cent of clothing owned in London has never been worn, equating to around 123 million garments. This was revealed alongside the startling statistic that 22 per cent of Londoners throw away…
  • Wednesday, 20 March 2019

    Bangladesh Accord releases quarterly report

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Accord has released its report for the final quarter of 2018, detailing the remediation progress and status of workplace programs within the last 3 months of the year.
  • Tuesday, 19 March 2019

    Inditex, MIT agreement explores sustainable solutions

    ARTEIXO – Spanish retailer Inditex has today finalised a US$4 million multi-year agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) through which it will pursue various research initiatives relating to the circular economy and the…
  • Tuesday, 19 March 2019

    GHCL recycled polyester home range to expand

    NOIDA – Gujarat Heavy Chemicals Ltd. (GHCL) is to continue a roll out of home textile products which are made from recycled polyester, following on from the recent launch of bedding made from the material. It is said to be the first bedding line to…
  • Monday, 18 March 2019

    Fashion for Good welcomes new group of innovators

    AMSTERDAM – A fifth batch of innovators have joined the Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator, as ten entrepreneurs were selected from hundreds of applicants. They will undertake a twelve-week curriculum which includes mentorship and business…
  • Monday, 18 March 2019

    Primaloft claims polyester circularity breakthrough

    LATHAM – Advanced material technology company Primaloft has announced that its Primaloft Bio fibres are now renewable in a circular economy, after third-party testing proved the polyester fibres were capable of being chemically recycled.
  • Monday, 18 March 2019

    Non-profit votes to require supplier transparency

    WASHINGTON – The Fair Labor Association (FLA) has, in response to requests from trade unions and other independent labour rights and human rights organisations, voted to require its company affiliates to publicly disclose their supplier lists. This…
  • Friday, 15 March 2019

    Stahl expands finishing range to boost compliance

    WAALWIJK – Dutch process chemicals and coatings firm Stahl is introducing a new range of finishing options, including a wet-end solution, so it can offer clients a complete portfolio of leather processing products that comply with the ZDHC (Zero…
  • Friday, 15 March 2019

    Stora Enso joins global plastic pollution pact

    HELSINKI – Finnish manufacturer Stora Enso has joined the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, run in collaboration between the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and UN Environment, which aims to eliminate plastic waste and pollution at the source.…
  • Friday, 15 March 2019

    Under Armour social compliance programme accredited

    WASHINGTON – US sportswear brand Under Armour has received accreditation from the Fair Labor Association (FLA) for its social compliance programme, confirming that the company has “strong policies and practices in place to set goals, monitor, and…
  • Friday, 15 March 2019

    UN debuts Alliance, continues Neonyt collaboration

    NAIROBI – The new United Nations Alliance on Sustainable Fashion, established by a partnership between UN Environment and other UN agencies, has been launched at the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. Ahead of the launch, the Alliance’s…
  • Friday, 15 March 2019

    EPA updates TSCA for first time in 40 years

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the first update of its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory, for 40 years, which shows that over half of the listed substances are no longer being sold on the US…
  • Thursday, 14 March 2019

    Labelling lessons for fashion from the food industry?

    Food labels detail calories, ingredients, nutritional values and often even the address of the production facility. Fashion equivalents are often limited simply to size and price. David Styles assesses whether the apparel sector can bridge the…
  • Thursday, 14 March 2019

    Lenzing to invest heavily in sustainable production by 2022

    LENZING – The Lenzing Group has outlined its sustainable manufacturing technologies investment strategy for the coming years in its latest annual report. The Austrian fibre producer claims to have "developed well” in the 2018 financial year in spite…
  • Thursday, 14 March 2019

    Ecoalf furthers feather-free focus with vegan certification

    MADRID – Spanish apparel firm Ecoalf, which has made its name through incorporating recycled materials into its product portfolio, has received PETA-approved vegan certification for a new range of apparel. The company states that this certification…
  • Wednesday, 13 March 2019

    Social audit portal launched to drive industrywide change

    LONDON – The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) and Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) have joined forces to launch the Beyond Social Auditing portal, aimed at educating users on the failings of social auditing processes while also…
  • Wednesday, 13 March 2019

    Support for Brazilian organic cotton innovation

    SAO PAULO – The C&A Foundation has chosen eight winners for its ‘Meaningful Innovation for Family Farming - Sustainable Cotton Challenge’ programme in Brazil, which was launched late last year to support innovation among smallholder organic cotton…
  • Wednesday, 13 March 2019

    US retail project promotes natural dye potential

    SAN FRANCISCO – Housework, a fashion and homeware retail project based in California, has been established to promote the use of nontoxic and biodegradable components – including fabrics, stitching, dyes and finishes – in the manufacture of apparel. 
  • Tuesday, 12 March 2019

    Mud goes transparent with first sustainability report

    AMSTERDAM – Dutch denim firm Mud Jeans has published its inaugural sustainability report, containing data from the past three years – a period which has seen the company grow its operations substantially. Mud Jeans has been discussing topics such as…
  • Tuesday, 12 March 2019

    Project under way to unlock reuse of coated textiles

    RONSE – The EU-funded Decoat project has held an inaugural meeting of its members to formally begin work, with Devan Chemicals amongst those in attendance. The main goal of Decoat is to unlock the potential of textiles and plastic materials with…
  • Tuesday, 12 March 2019

    Consumer thirst grows for ‘sustainable fashion’ online

    LONDON – Global fashion search platform Lyst has released a new report based on the online shopping behaviour of 80 million shoppers over 12 months that shows there’s been a 66 per cent increase in searches based around sustainable fashion. The new…
  • Tuesday, 12 March 2019

    Primark debuts jeans made using only 'sustainable cotton’

    DUBLIN – High street fashion retailer Primark has launched a range of women’s skinny jeans made using only cotton sourced from the company’s Sustainable Cotton Programme. The new collection, which is made up of three denim washes, will retail at £13…
  • Monday, 11 March 2019

    Sustainable tech plaudits for Orange Fiber founder

    CATANIA – The British Department for International Trade's Italy office has recognised CEO & co-founder of Orange Fiber, Adriana Santanocito, with an award for her "outstanding commitment towards a sustainable future” at a ceremony in Catania,…
  • Monday, 11 March 2019

    Initiative aims for full organic cotton traceability

    DENVER – Agricultural blockchain start-up Bext360 has partnered with Fashion for Good, C&A Foundation and the Organic Cotton Accelerator for a pilot that uses blockchain to trace organic cotton from farm to gin. The Organic Cotton Traceability Pilot…
  • Monday, 11 March 2019

    ILO and IFC unite to empower female garment workers

    DHAKA – A pilot programme has been launched by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), offering training to female garment workers in order to enable more women to take up supervisory roles within…
  • Monday, 11 March 2019

    Teijin rallies behind TCFD recommendations

    TOKYO – Teijin Group has made public its support for the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), established by the Financial Stability Board (FSB). TCFD was founded under the proviso that those companies…
  • Friday, 08 March 2019

    Trashion Week back to combat textile waste

    ONTARIO – The second edition of the annual Trashion Week, aimed at promoting reuse and raising awareness of the issues surround apparel waste, will take place next month in Stratford, Ontario. 
  • Friday, 08 March 2019

    The legislation game

    LONDON – The UK has proposed and implemented legislation, and commissioned research which will inform future government policy that could change the fashion industry beyond measure. Recent rumblings from Europe suggest this approach may be…
  • Friday, 08 March 2019

    Ganni makes sustainable strides with RePack and SAC

    COPENHAGEN – Danish fashion brand Ganni has recently announced two key apparel sector alliances which reinforce the firm’s commitment to advancing its sustainability credentials. Ganni is now offering its online customers the use of Finnish…
  • Friday, 08 March 2019

    New GOTS figures show significant growth

    STUTTGART – The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has reported it had 5,760 certified facilities in 2018, an increase of 14.6 per cent from the previous year. The facilities – which rose from 5,024 in 2017 – are located in 64 different…
  • Friday, 08 March 2019

    Lenzing departs Chinese viscose initiative

    LENZING – Austrian cellulose fibre producer Lenzing has decided to pull its Chinese Lenzing Nanjing Fibers (LNF) operation out of the Collaboration for Sustainable Development of Viscose (CV). The company says it intends to ‘pursue its own path to…
  • Thursday, 07 March 2019

    Record uptake of Better Cotton in 2018

    LONDON – The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has reported a record year in 2018, as 93 retailer and brand members sourced more than one million metric tonnes of Better Cotton, which it says is enough to make approximately 1.5 billion pairs of jeans.…
  • Thursday, 07 March 2019

    Textile dye industry bosses to debate at Planet Textiles

    BARCELONA – The leaders of the world’s largest textile chemical and dyestuff producers will together take part in a unique panel discussion on harmonisation and transparency within textile chemical management at the forthcoming Planet Textiles…
  • Thursday, 07 March 2019

    Sperry launches recycled plastic shoes

    LEXINGTON – American footwear brand Sperry is to launch a collection of shoes made with material spun from plastic which has been recovered from marine and coastal environments. This material comes from material engineering company Bionic and is…
  • Thursday, 07 March 2019

    Bangladesh inspection agencies not ready, CCC claims

    AMSTERDAM – Following a fire in a Dhaka garment factory this week, and despite claims stating otherwise from the Bangladesh government, Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) believes that national inspection bodies are not yet ready to take over…
  • Thursday, 07 March 2019

    Chinese sustainable fashion education programme relaunched

    BEIJING – An online programme aimed at educating industry executives on sustainable fashion has been relaunched by CBCF (China Beauty Charity Fund) and WeDesign Group. The programme’s schedule features a variety of online and offline sessions, all…
  • Thursday, 07 March 2019

    Expandable children’s apparel is a growing trend

    SACRAMENTO – A North American start-up is seeking to bridge the gap between conceptual design and a commercially viable product after starting a crowdfunding campaign to scale its business featuring expandable clothing for children. This concept hit…
  • Thursday, 07 March 2019

    NGO urges investigation of worker dismissal claims

    NEW YORK – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Bangladeshi authorities to immediately investigate allegations made by garment workers and union leader of arbitrary dismissals and false criminal cases following the spate of recent wage protests.…
  • Wednesday, 06 March 2019

    ETI links business and pressure on labour standards

     LONDON – A report commissioned by the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has suggested that business models are at the forefront of creating pressures on labour standards in global supply chains. The report – titled ‘Business models and labour…
  • Wednesday, 06 March 2019

    Bangladesh gets new RMG safety body

    DHAKA – Following the dissolution of The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a new organisation has been formed to work on training programmes to maintain safety performance in the Bangladesh garment and textile sectors with what it's calling a…
  • Wednesday, 06 March 2019

    US research explores sustainable shopper demographics

    NEW YORK – American research firm Nielsen has published market analysis detailing the key characteristics which influence how ‘sustainable’ a consumer’s shopping habits are. The findings suggest that, alongside an individual’s level of digital…
  • Wednesday, 06 March 2019

    Cotton Australia joins Google for global online project

    MASCOT – Cotton Australia has confirmed that it has collaborated with Google Arts & Culture to launch an interactive online project highlighting some of humanity’s greatest inventions and innovations – some of which are specific to the textile and…
  • Wednesday, 06 March 2019

    Class partners with fashion sustainability event

    MILAN – Creativity Lifestyle and Sustainable Synergy (Class) has partnered with Fashion Technology Accellerator, who has organised the third edition of ‘Rethinking Fashion Sustainability’, an event that will bring together brands aiming to lead the…
  • Wednesday, 06 March 2019

    Zalando eyes Higg and BCI to advance its goals

    BERLIN – Online fashion retailer Zalando has outlined its goal to become a leading online destination for ‘sustainable’ fashion in Europe by 2020 with plans to up its sourcing of Better Cotton and deepen its engagement with the Higg Index. “As we…
  • Tuesday, 05 March 2019

    Demand grows for cleaner denim dyes

    REINACH – Archroma has told Ecotextile News that due to a higher than expected demand for its for ‘Denisol Pure Indigo 30’ it’s had to triple the planned production for this dye, with all the pre-reduced liquid indigo capacity at its Pakistan…
  • Tuesday, 05 March 2019

    Eastman seeks polyester recycling commercial breakthrough

    KINGSPORT – Eastman has announced its intention to pursue the launch of an ‘innovative advanced circular recycling technology’ that is able to recover the value of polyester waste which at present cannot be recycled by existing mechanical methods.…
  • Tuesday, 05 March 2019

    Hanesbrands strengthens university ties in Cincinnati

    ATLANTA – A collaboration has been established between the University of Cincinnati, IMG College Licensing and Hanesbrands Inc. to expand an existing relationship and scale up the manufacture of licensed apparel and merchandise for the academic…
  • Tuesday, 05 March 2019

    OECD calls for action on textile due diligence

    PARIS – OECD General Secretary Angel Gurría called out the challenges and urgent changes needed in the garment and footwear industries at the 5th yearly OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) forum on responsible supply…
  • Tuesday, 05 March 2019

    Big Apple seeks big change with textile waste campaign

    NEW YORK – An initiative aimed at educating and engaging consumers on the issues surrounding textile waste and how they can divert tonnes of discarded apparel from landfill is underway in New York. The #WearNext project is being orchestrated by a…
  • Monday, 04 March 2019

    OECD report assesses Higg alignment credentials

    PARIS – The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has published a report assessing the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and its flagship Higg Index suite of textile industry tools in relation to the former’s Due Diligence…
  • Monday, 04 March 2019

    ASBCI conference takes aim at fashion challenges

    HALIFAX – The Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) will host a conference on 8th May with a focus on sustainability and ethics in the fashion supply chain, posing the question: “is it up to the industry to change the way…
  • Monday, 04 March 2019

    3M seeks fashion gains with recycled insulation

    MAPLEWOOD – Manufacturing firm 3M has launched a new range of insulation for applications in the fashion sector, with the company stating that its latest products – which contain up to 100 per cent plastics or fabrics – offer brands the opportunity…
  • Monday, 04 March 2019

    BlockTexx targets big year for textile recycling

    SYDNEY – Australian fashion technology specialist BlockTexx has made clear its intent to significantly scale up its work to separate and recover the environmental and economic value of textile fibres using its proprietary S.O.F.T. technology in…
  • Friday, 01 March 2019

    ‘Girl Power’ t-shirt workers laid off after wage protests

    DHAKA – Over 100 garment workers have allegedly been sacked in Bangladesh after a protest over low wages at a factory that makes ‘Girl Power’ T-shirts. These are among the 7,500 employees from 27 factories in the country that claim to have been…
  • Friday, 01 March 2019

    UNFCCC seeks industry stakeholder partnerships

    BONN – The UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) has put out a call for stakeholders from a variety of sectors – including the textiles and apparel space – to submit applications to establish climate-focused partnerships.…
  • Friday, 01 March 2019

    Mammut urges consumers to sew not throw

    SEON – Swiss mountaineering and hiking apparel firm Mammut has called on consumers to mend existing apparel rather than disposing of used garments – whether at home or via the company’s in-house repair service. The Swiss firm states that long-term…
  • Friday, 01 March 2019

    Coats launches 2022 sustainability strategy

    UXBRIDGE – UK-based thread manufacturer Coats has revealed a series of targets it is seeking to achieve by 2022, underpinned by the concurrent release of its sustainability strategy covering the same period. Coats has also published its inaugural…
  • Thursday, 28 February 2019

    Paper cites textiles potential to alleviate poverty

    ZURICH – New research has explored the historical and ongoing influence which the actions of the global textiles industry has on the welfare of workers, economic development and the environment. The paper states that the textile sector has been, and…
  • Thursday, 28 February 2019

    Dhaka fire prompts further Bangladesh Accord debate

    DHAKA – In the wake of a fire in the Bangladeshi capital which killed more than 70 people, campaign groups and garment worker rights organisations have been quick to praise the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh for helping minimise…
  • Thursday, 28 February 2019

    UK shopping centre to offer apparel recycling points

    LONDON - Real estate investment trust company Landsec has confirmed that it will introduce discarded apparel and textiles recycling collection points at its Westgate shopping centre in Oxford. The retail outlet which hosts the stores of brands…
  • Thursday, 28 February 2019

    Sappi joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition

    JOHANNESBURG – South African pulp and paper company Sappi Limited has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and says it will use the Higg Index to drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its supply chain.
  • Thursday, 28 February 2019

    Bank & Vogue strikes partnership for used apparel depots

    VANCOUVER – Canadian post-consumer textiles specialist Bank & Vogue has announced a partnership with non-profit Encorp Pacific which will see the duo launch a pilot programme aiming to establish a network of used apparel and accessory depots within…
  • Wednesday, 27 February 2019

    Biosynthetic fibres to stem microfibre pollution?

    WASHINGTON – Research undertaken by a professor at Penn State University in the United States has suggested that innovative biosynthetic fibre choices could help the textile and apparel industries in combating the threat posed by microfibre…
  • Wednesday, 27 February 2019

    Researchers set out manifesto for fashion change

    LONDON – A group of academics with specialisms in the fashion sector have formed the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion (UCRF), aimed at drawing attention to the crucial role of building and sharing knowledge in making the fashion system…
  • Wednesday, 27 February 2019

    Could UN Clean Seas provide a textiles boost?

    NAIROBI – The UN, across several of its many divisions, has recently ramped up its focus on improving the environmental impact of the fashion industry – in accordance with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Another trend with an equally steep…
  • Tuesday, 26 February 2019

    VIDEO: Planet Textiles Pod – Karun Tyagi

    VANCOUVER – At the most recent Planet Textiles event, VP of business development at Proavita Karun Tyagi took to the hot seat in the PT Pod to answer questions about probiotics and what he wants to see in the future for the textile industry.
  • Tuesday, 26 February 2019

    CHT sees a formaldehyde-free textile future

    TÜBINGEN – Speciality textile chemicals supplier CHT says it’s seen a spike in demand for formaldehyde-free binders used in textile finishing and pigment dyeing – despite some initial doubts about the effectiveness of these types of formulations.…
  • Tuesday, 26 February 2019

    UK retailers unite against worker exploitation

    LONDON – A group of UK retailers including M&S, Tesco and Sainsbury’s – all of which have substantial apparel operations – have come together as Founding Sponsors of the Responsible Recruitment Toolkit (RRT). The resource will offer “expert,…
  • Tuesday, 26 February 2019

    North American duo sole searching for sustainability

     VANCOUVER – Canadian footwear manufacturer Sole has teamed up with responsible apparel company United by Blue (UBB) to produce a shoe designed using entirely sustainable materials.
  • Tuesday, 26 February 2019

    AAFA seeks to educate firms on REACH changes

    WASHINGTON – The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) will host a webinar in order to better inform both its member organisations and the wider industry on changes to the EU’s REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction…
  • Tuesday, 26 February 2019

    Eastman partners with Class to support circular economy

    KINGSPORT – Specialty materials provider Eastman, the maker of Naia cellulosic acetate yarn, has announced a new partnership with Milan-based Class (Creativity Lifestyle and Sustainable Synergy) as both organisations seek to support the fashion…
  • Tuesday, 26 February 2019

    The North Face scales new heights with Oscars win

    ALAMEDA – A documentary film supported by VF Corp-owned outdoor apparel brand The North Face has been awarded Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles. Free Solo, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin,…
  • Monday, 25 February 2019

    US fashion retailer swoops into rental marketplace

    PITTSBURGH – American Eagle Outfitters has become the latest firm to introduce a subscription service for its apparel, offering users the chance to order garments from the firm’s latest collections before deciding whether to return or keep the item…
  • Monday, 25 February 2019

    Straight talking on circular fashion

    As part of the on-going debate within Ecotextile News about the issue of circularity in the fashion sector, Megan McGill, Programme Manager for Circular Transformation, C&A Foundation asks, “What exactly is a circular fashion business model?” As the…
  • Monday, 25 February 2019

    US event seeks to turn the red carpet green

    LOS ANGELES – The tenth anniversary of Red Carpet Green Dress (RCGD), founded by actress Suzy Amis Cameron, took place in the build up to this year’s Oscars awards ceremony. The event was launched in 2009 to benefit California’s MUSE School – also…
  • Monday, 25 February 2019

    Fashion design to receive wildlife conservation grant

    NEW YORK – The Zoological Lighting Institute (ZLI) has announced that it will award four US$1,000 and eight US$500 grants in a variety of sustainable design and scientific fields in order to promote animal welfare and wildlife conservation matters…
  • Monday, 25 February 2019

    Oxfam garment worker study cites “entrenched exploitation”

    MELBOURNE – Research conducted by Oxfam Australia into the lives of female garment workers has exposed what the charity describes as “the undeniable truth” which lurks behind the apparel sold in the country's fashion stores. The report claims that…
  • Friday, 22 February 2019

    Mulesing alternative trialled in Australia

    VICTORIA – A new liquid nitrogen procedure aims to eliminate the need for mulesing sheep, while also delivering better growth rates and increased wool production. The process – dubbed ‘steining’ – has been developed by vet and inventor Dr. John…
  • Friday, 22 February 2019

    Report shows ‘preferred cotton’ sourcing progress

    LUBBOCK – Textile Exchange has published the first annual 2020 Sustainable Cotton Challenge Report, as part of an initiative that aims to encourage brands and retailers to source 100 per cent of their cotton from a list of approved environmental…
  • Friday, 22 February 2019

    Circular fashion to take centre stage in Australia

    MELBOURNE – A national clothing take-back scheme in a country of 25 million people would help to avoid severe disruption to the fashion industry caused by mandatory regulations, believes the founder of the Australian Circular Textile Association…
  • Wednesday, 20 February 2019

    Nike partnership slashes water use in dyeing

    BARCELONA – In a real-world example of how Planet Textiles 2019 in Barcelona will address some of the practical environmental challenges faced by the textile industry, Nike will explain how working together with a Mexican textile supplier, it's…
  • Wednesday, 20 February 2019

    Gore PFC challenge tougher than expected

    DELAWARE – Gore Fabrics has said ‘technical challenges’ have slowed down its efforts to commercialise the production of its PTFE membranes without the use of what it calls PFCs ‘of environmental concern’ (PFCEC) – but it remains confident that it…
  • Wednesday, 20 February 2019

    R Collective launches textile waste collection

    HONG KONG – The R Collective, founded by environmental charity Redress, has launched its inaugural upcycled clothing collection, which re-uses textile waste that would ordinarily end up in landfill. According to Global Fashion Agenda, An estimated…
  • Tuesday, 19 February 2019

    Textile recyclers call for UK government action

    MAIDSTONE – Following today’s publication of the Environmental Audit Committee’s ‘Fixing Fashion’ report, the Textile Recycling Association has called for the UK government to accept and act on the recommendations made. It has also called on…
  • Tuesday, 19 February 2019

    VIDEO: Planet Textiles Pod – Mohan Senevirante

    VANCOUVER – The most recent Planet Textiles event featured the debut of the PT Pod, which hosted a range of interviews, including one with Mohan Senevirante, global water lead at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Mohan sat down to talk…
  • Tuesday, 19 February 2019

    MPs want legislation to fix UK fashion

    WAKEFIELD – UK politicians have called on the Government to change the law to require fashion retailers to perform due diligence across their supply chains and have recommended tax breaks for companies that comply with environmental and social…
  • Monday, 18 February 2019

    Boohoo wool ‘ban’ short-lived

    MANCHESTER – UK fast-fashion brand Boohoo walked back its ban on wool products hours after it was initially announced, following strong criticism from Australian sheep farmers – the industry’s biggest source of merino wool fibre. However, Ecotextile…
  • Monday, 18 February 2019

    Special supplement: The Life Cycle of Luxury

    WAKEFIELD – The latest printed edition of Ecotextile News contains an exclusive 12-page bonus supplement on work done by the Italian textile sector to evaluate the environmental impacts of silk textile production through publication of a new LCA…
  • Friday, 15 February 2019

    Fast fashion’s circularity drive: promising or pointless?

    LOS ANGELES – Recent weeks have seen H&M USA busily working to increase the quantities of unwanted textiles donated to its garment return programme. Initiatives to support this effort include a partnership with the Environmental Media Association…
  • Friday, 15 February 2019

    ISKO panel tackles greenwash in the denim sector

    PARIS - Turkish denim specialist ISKO has hosted a Responsible Denim event which the company says provided an opportunity to share ideas on the development of an integrated field-to-fabric approach along the value chain, as well as an occasion to…
  • Friday, 15 February 2019

    Recycling recognition sought at London Fashion Week

    LONDON – To coincide with the beginning of London Fashion Week (LFW), the Global Recycling Foundation has called on the fashion industry to celebrate brands which have already incorporated recycling materials and technologies into their operations.…
  • Friday, 15 February 2019

    Prada CSR programme to promote diversity

    MILAN – Luxury fashion brand Prada has announced the creation of a Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council in order to change the culture of both its operations and the wider fashion industry. The Council has the mission statement to “elevate…
  • Thursday, 14 February 2019

    BCI reaches 10 year milestone with renewed focus

    LONDON – Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) CEO Alan McClay has said that throughout 2019, the organisation will focus on the updated of its ‘claims framework’, which is being seen by some BCI member brands as an urgent priority so they can more easily…
  • Thursday, 14 February 2019

    Recycled rugs help Adidas trainers change their stripes

    AMSTERDAM – To coincide with the announcement that it will aim to produce eleven million pairs of footwear incorporating recycled plastic in 2019, Adidas has collaborated with designer Simone Post and German recycling innovator I:CO to create novel…
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