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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    Lenzing partners for blockchain traceability

    LENZING – Austrian fibre producer Lenzing has partnered with Hong Kong-based tech firm TextileGenesis to utilise the company’s blockchain technology as a way to incorporate traceability into its flagship Tencel branded fibre business. In the wake of…
  • Friday, 17 May 2019

    Nike debuts circular fashion design guide

    COPENHAGEN — At the Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2019, Nike’s chief design officer, John Hoke, announced the launch of a new design resource created by the sportswear giant. Circularity: Guiding the Future of Design went live while Hoke was on stage,…
  • Thursday, 16 May 2019

    Asics Sustainability Report displays progress

    KOBE – Sports performance brand Asics has released its 2018 Sustainability Report, which summarises the company’s progress towards ‘sustainability’, noting amongst other things that it surpassed its CO2 emissions reduction targets for 2020 two years…
  • Thursday, 16 May 2019

    Stella McCartney teams up with Google Cloud

    COPENHAGEN – Stella McCartney is to team up with Google’s Cloud platform to use artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics in a new pilot which aims to improve transparency in the global fashion supply chain reaching down to tier 4 raw…
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

    Techtextil debut for Archroma UV protector

    FRANKFURT – Colour and specialty chemicals company Archroma has today debuted its new Fadex AS New “super UV protector” at the biennial Techtextil trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. The product, a UV protection solution for polyester fibre that’s…
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

    Copenhagen event calls for post-growth future

    COPENHAGEN – Questioning efforts to introduce a circular business model for the fashion industry took centre stage in Copenhagen on Monday as the newly-established Sustainable Fashion Research Agenda (SFRA) debut event took place at the Carlsberg…
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

    Podcast: mobile banking to save the planet

    WAKEFIELD – In the third podcast of our new series, Mike Schragger speaks to Johan Pihl and Jacob Odqvist of Doconomy, who have developed a ‘mobile banking service for everyday climate action’ which they say makes it easier for consumers to join the…
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

    CPH summit under way, EU manifesto launch

    COPENHAGEN — The doors of the DR Koncerthuset in the Danish capital have once again been flung open to welcome delegates from across the fashion industry to the two-day Copenhagen Fashion Summit. Ahead of this year’s proceedings, a manifesto…
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2019

    Toolkit aims to combat future fashion risks

    COPENHAGEN – Forum for the Future and the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) at London College of Fashion have launched an open-source interactive toolkit which uses future scenarios to help identify risks and opportunities for the fashion…
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2019

    New report makes business case for circular fashion

    AMSTERDAM – A new report has been published by Fashion for Good and Accenture Strategy, exploring the financial viability of circular business models in the fashion industry. Having placed rental, subscription-rental and recommerce options under the…
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2019

    Brands sign up to access Worn Again recycled materials

    NOTTINGHAM – Japanese sportswear brand ASICS Europe and German outdoor textiles specialist Sympatex are just some of the new names to join founder members H&M and Kering in the Worn Again Technologies pioneer members’ programme. The initiative,…
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2019

    Sympatex aims for 100 per cent circularity

    MUNICH – Sympatex Technologies has teamed up with UK polymer recycling firm Worn Again in a bid to close the recycling loop for its range of functional laminates by 50 per cent within 5 years and aims to become ‘100 per cent circular’ by 2030. The…
  • Monday, 13 May 2019

    Kering introduces animal welfare standards

    PARIS – International luxury group Kering has published a new set of animal welfare standards, with detailed requirements for the treatment of cattle, calves, sheep and goats throughout their entire lives, along with guidelines for abattoirs. Kering…
  • Monday, 13 May 2019

    Neere upcycles plastic waste into clothing

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  • Monday, 13 May 2019

    Spin out aims to accelerate Higg Index

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has today confirmed the spin out of Higg Co., a public benefit company that aims to increase both the efficiency and scale of the Higg Index throughout global fashion supply chains. While Higg…
  • Friday, 10 May 2019

    Oritain tackles fraud through Supima mapping

    DUNEDIN – Supply chain traceability specialist Oritain has announced the completion of mapping for all Supima cotton growing regions. This spans across Supima-branded cotton grown in the USA – specifically in the states of Arizona, California, New…
  • Friday, 10 May 2019

    Tchibo to expand its rental programme

    HAMBURG – German retailer Tchibo’s will expand its ‘Share’ rental programme this year to include more infant and children’s wear after a recent review of the first 12 months of the company’s sustainability initiative. The company found the…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2019

    Researchers call out ‘misleading’ sustainable fashion rhetoric

    LONDON – The Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion (UCRF), a group established to combat issues such as the fashion sector’s ingrained growth logic, has criticised the communications published in the lead-up to the 2019 Copenhagen Fashion Summit…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2019

    ‘Breakthrough’ plastic can be recycled indefinitely

    BERKELEY – Scientists in California say they’ve designed a new type of recyclable plastic that unlike polyester can be used over and over again without a loss in performance or quality and which can be moulded in to different shapes, textures, and…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2019

    Podcast: “The era of living in denial is over”

    WAKEFIELD – In the second podcast of our new series, Mike Schragger speaks to Edwin Keh, CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles & Apparel (HKRITA), about his views on how the fashion and apparel sector is still playing catch-up with…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2019

    European recycling board expands polyester focus

    BRUSSELS — Demeto, a European project established to build a network of like-minded organisations in the PET industry with the goal of creating disruptive recycling solutions, has announced the addition of polyester fibre producer Kolon to its…
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    Spinnova partners for agricultural waste project

    HELSINKI — Finnish fibre producer Spinnova has joined forces with compatriot energy company Fortum to form a ‘disruptive strategic partnership’ within the latter’s bio-based business. The duo’s objective is to transform waste derived from the…
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    Tengiva launches textile waste diversion label

    BELOEIL — Tengiva has launched a Responsible Stock Management label, created to identify and promote all manufacturers undertaking “logistic and operational efforts” to divert materials from landfill and incineration - by selling excess stock online…
  • Tuesday, 07 May 2019

    Pulse report: Sustainability in fashion slowed by a third

    COPENHAGEN – The 2019 edition of Pulse of the Fashion Industry has revealed that ‘sustainable’ progress in the fashion industry has slowed by a third in the past year, and is not moving fast enough to counter-balance the fashion industry's rapid…
  • Tuesday, 07 May 2019

    Fashion for Good welcomes Arvind

    AMSTERDAM – Indian textile supplier Arvind Limited has become the latest organisation to join Fashion for Good, as it further commits to test and implement new innovations that claim to improve the environmental footprint of textiles production.…
  • Friday, 03 May 2019

    Forests for Fashion comes to London

    LONDON – PEFC, the sustainable forestry NGO will host an event on the 22 May at Techspace Shoreditch, London where delegates will hear from experts at Lenzing, Textile Exchange and others about the latest best available technology for producing…
  • Friday, 03 May 2019

    VF Corporation signs Charter for Climate Action

    GREENSBORO – Lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories company VF Corporation has become a signatory to the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, joining more than 40 fashion and apparel industry companies with the common goal of net-zero…
  • Thursday, 02 May 2019

    Project Cece strives for accessible ethical fashion

    AMSTERDAM – Project Cece says that it is setting out to make ethical fashion more accessible to consumers. The start-up uses an online aggregator to collect products from ‘sustainable’ clothing brands, helping shoppers to make fair choices more…
  • Thursday, 02 May 2019

    PODCAST: New series kicks off with technology and innovation

    WAKEFIELD – To kick-off our new ‘Big Closets, Small Planet’ podcast series, host Michael Schragger of the Sustainable Fashion Academy sits down with Greg Stillman of the Plug and Play Tech Center and Rogier van Mazijk of Fashion for Good to get some…
  • Thursday, 02 May 2019

    Circle Economy, Fashion for Good partner for circular shift

    AMSTERDAM – A strategic partnership has been established between industry innovation hub Fashion for Good and Switching Gear, a project set up by Circle Economy. The initiative has been started with the aim ​of accelerating re-commerce and rental…
  • Wednesday, 01 May 2019

    Race to the Top showcases Vietnamese ‘sustainable’ improvements

    HANOI – Vietnam’s Race to the Top programme, designed to scale ‘sustainable’ manufacturing practices in the nation’s apparel & footwear industry, has released a report detailing the results from an impact assessment the initiative’s first graduate…
  • Wednesday, 01 May 2019

    Timberland x SFA hold Haiti ‘Agricultural Revolution’ event

    NEW YORK – Timberland and the Smallholder Farmers Alliance, the collaboration behind a project to reintroduce cotton to Haiti after a 30-year hiatus, are set to hold an event in New York to discuss the project. February saw the groundbreaking…
  • Wednesday, 01 May 2019

    Ralph Lauren introduces recycled materials for Earth Polo

    NEW YORK – Fashion brand Ralph Lauren has debuted its new Earth Polo range, featuring polo shirts made using only recycled polyester derived from discarded plastic bottles. The launch is said to kick-start the company’s commitment to abolishing the…
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    Texprocess panel to explore ‘Commercialising Sustainability’

    FRANKFURT – Messe Frankfurt’s upcoming Texprocess will host an hour-long workshop exploring varying approaches and strategies towards the commercialisation of fashion industry innovations. Fabrikology’s Karla Magruder and Micke Magnusson of Re…
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    BBC Earth debuts ‘circular’ fashion collection

    LONDON – Following on from the huge success of the the BBC’s Blue Planet series, presented by Sir David Attenborough, the corporation has teamed up with apparel manufacturer Teemill to produce a range of ‘sustainable’ garments. BBC Earth says it has…
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    Planet Textiles: Higg Index session, more speakers

    BARCELONA – A breakout session that updates delegates on Higg Index progress and other new developments will feature at the upcoming Planet Textiles Summit in Barcelona with panellists from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition including Jason Kibbey…
  • Monday, 29 April 2019

    Circular fashion spins its way to Australia

    A national clothing take-back scheme in a country of around 25 million people would help to avoid disruption to the fashion industry caused by mandatory regulations, according to founder of the Australian Circular Textile Association, Camille Reed.…
  • Monday, 29 April 2019

    Techtextil and Texprocess place focus on ‘sustainability’

    FRANKFURT – 2019’s edition of Messe Frankfurt’s Techtextil/Texprocess event will place a focus on sustainability for the first time, looking at how exhibitors approach the issue. ‘Sustainability and Techtextil’ and ‘Sustainability at Texprocess’…
  • Monday, 29 April 2019

    Recycled polyester the perfect tonic for drinks firms

    CLERMONT-FERRAND – Beverage-producing powerhouses PepsiCo, Nestlé Waters and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe are the three latest large-scale firms to join a consortium designed to tackle plastic waste. The initiative, founded by bioindustrial…
  • Friday, 26 April 2019

    Rejuvenation commits to ‘sustainably-sourced’ textiles

    PORTLAND – Home goods designer and manufacturer Rejuvenation has announced a commitment to sustainability through their products, announcing that all textiles will now be 'sustainably-sourced' and made from organic fibres.
  • Friday, 26 April 2019

    Columbia Sportswear makes water donation pledge

    PORTLAND — Columbia Sportswear has launched a new donation programme to drive support for non-profit Planet Water Foundation and counteract the water-intensive practices at certain stages of the apparel supply chain.
  • Friday, 26 April 2019

    US Chamber of Commerce Foundation praises Walmart

    WASHINGTON — The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation has made public its support of Walmart, an organisation it says forms part of an “inspiring group of corporations committed to making a difference.” This comes after the global retailer unveiled its…
  • Friday, 26 April 2019

    Timberland CSR report demonstrates mixed progress

    STRATHAM – Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland has released its 2018 corporate social responsibility report, which highlights the company’s commitment to ‘sustainable’ practices. In 2018, 75 per cent of all cotton used in Timberland apparel was…
  • Friday, 26 April 2019

    La Liga team goes for climate neutral goal

    SEVILLE — Kit launches for sports teams which focus on recycled materials or polyester derived from ocean plastics have become commonplace, but La Liga side Real Betis Balompié has taken its commitment one step further by joining the Climate Neutral…
  • Friday, 26 April 2019

    R Collective invites public to ‘Meet the Makers’

    HONG KONG — As part of the global series of events to mark Fashion Revolution Week, The R Collective is holding Meet the Makers of Sustainable Fashion, an event centred around a panel discussion exploring the story behind the collective’s inception…
  • Thursday, 25 April 2019

    Fashion for Good Accelerator graduates join Scaling Programme

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good has announced that the four newest innovators to join its Scaling Programme have previously participated its Accelerator Programme, meaning they have now progresses to a stage where they can benefit from running pilots…
  • Thursday, 25 April 2019

    Wool on the red carpet — and in outer space

    VENICE - “There is no ‘silver bullet’ or perfect fibre,” said keynote speaker and Eco-Age founder, Livia Firth, at the 88th IWTO congress in Venice, in the same building that houses the Biennale. Her new film about wool farmers in Tasmania,…
  • Thursday, 25 April 2019

    Traceability provider gets million dollar funding boost

    STONY BROOK — Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., which offers molecular tagging and authentication services to apparel brands and retailers seeking to prove the authenticity of their products, has announced the receipt of the first US$1 million of a US$5…
  • Thursday, 25 April 2019

    PrettyLittleThing launches recycled range, reGAIN deal

    LONDON — Online fashion retailer PrettyLittleThing (PLT) has debuted a new collection made using recycled materials, including pre-consumer factory offcuts and recycled polyester derived from discarded plastic bottles. PrettyLittleThing has also…
  • Thursday, 25 April 2019

    SKFK to open Circular Closet for rental customers

    BIZKAIA — Basque clothing brand SKFK is set to launch a new monthly subscription service to enable its customers to rent apparel from a constantly updating selection of 40 premium outfits. The company, which has consistently worked towards reducing…
  • Wednesday, 24 April 2019

    Quiksilver joins European Outdoor Group

    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Boardsports clothing retailer Quiksilver has become the latest brand to join the European Outdoor Group (EOG), and has pledged to play a full role in the association’s sustainability projects. This addition takes the total number…
  • Wednesday, 24 April 2019

    Tapestry Inc. unveils new 2025 CSR goals

    NEW YORK — Tapestry Inc., the organisation behind brands such as Coach, Kate Spade New York and Stuart Weitzman, has published its 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report, in which the company has unveiled a series of targets it aims to achieve by…
  • Wednesday, 24 April 2019

    Puma 2020 sustainable fibre pledge “sharply increased”

    HERZOGENAURACH — Sportswear brand Puma has announced an increase in the percentage of ‘sustainable materials’ it aims to utilise in its product portfolio by 2020. The company has now set its sights on reaching a goal of 90 per cent of its main…
  • Wednesday, 24 April 2019

    Ternua launches 100 per cent recycled backpack collection

    ARRASATE – Outdoor clothing brand Ternua has launched a collection of backpacks made from 100 per cent recycled fabrics, which are also PFC-free. Recycled nylon sourced from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and recycled polyester sourced from…
  • Wednesday, 24 April 2019

    Adidas, Reebok, Patagonia top Transparency Index

    ASHBOURNE — The three highest ranking brands in the 2019 edition of the Fashion Transparency Index are Adidas, Reebok and Patagonia; in results which remain predominantly consistent with last year’s publication. Fashion Revolution, the organisation…
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    Brands commit to CanopyStyle on Earth Day

    LOS ANGELES – Canopy has announced the addition of multiple new fashion brands to its CanopyStyle initiative on Earth Day. Outdoor brand Eddie Bauer, US clothing brand and retailer Guess, Puerto Rico-based Valija Gitana and specialty retailer AEO…
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    Applied DNA and GHCL launch ‘sustainable’ bedsheets

    STONY BROOK – PCR-based DNA manufacturer Applied DNA has partnered with chemical manufacturer GHCL to launch Rekoop, ‘sustainable’ bedsheets made by blending cotton with polyester fibre obtained from recycled PET bottles. The companies say that 36…
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    Bearaby puts sustainability fears to bed with Tencel

    NEW YORK — In a move which the company states will “challenge industry norms,” US weighted blanket firm Bearaby has launched a new collection utilising Lenzing’s Tencel branded lyocell fibre.
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    Fashion Revolution Week returns, UN Charter signed

    ASHBOURNE — Since the Rana Plaza collapse of 2013, Fashion Revolution has held annual events to both mark the anniversary and promote more ethical, sustainable practices within the garment sector. This year will be no different, with a global series…
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    Adidas claims circularity stride with ‘100% recyclable’ trainer

    NEW YORK — Sportswear giant Adidas has launched a new ‘fully recyclable’ running shoe which, once worn out by the consumer, will be accepted back by the company to be ground down and reutilised in a new piece of footwear. 
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    Tufts student venture offers healthcare to female workers

    BOSTON — The winner of a first-place prize at this year’s New Ventures Competition is a healthcare-focused project seeking to give women working in the Bangladesh garment sector access to transformative medical care. Each year, the competition run…
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    Banana Republic and Old Navy reveal sustainability goals

    SAN FRANCISCO – In conjunction with Earth Day, clothing company Gap has announced new sustainability commitments for its retailers Banana Republic and Old Navy, saying it hopes to accelerate the company’s use of ‘sustainable’ materials in its…
  • Thursday, 18 April 2019

    Risky business: Cross-sector benchmarks offer fresh insight

    LONDON – S&P Global Ratings has debuted its ESG Evaluation and Risk Atlas, a new framework and tool which seek to benchmark cross-sector organisations – helping firms contextualise progress comparative to counterparts in other industries. The…
  • Thursday, 18 April 2019

    Olivia Wilde partners with Thred Up for second-hand collection

    WASHINGTON DC – In the lead up to 2019’s Earth Day, Olivia Wilde’s Conscious Commerce has announced it is partnering with online thrift shop Thred Up to launch the ‘Choose Used’ collection, a 3,000 piece collection of second-hand T-shirts and…
  • Thursday, 18 April 2019

    New Wrangler range takes ‘local’ approach to traceability

    GREENSBORO – Wrangler, one of the major denim brands which now operates under the newly-formed Kontoor group umbrella, has launched a new collection which aims to deliver a uniquely ‘local’ approach to supply chain traceability. The Wrangler Rooted…
  • Thursday, 18 April 2019

    Re.VerSo selected for Sustainable Thinking project

    FLORENCE – Representative of zero-waste circular production system for wool and cashmere, Re.VerSo has been selected as one of the members of Salvatore Ferragamo Museum’s Sustainable Thinking project, which the company says is due to “the value it…
  • Thursday, 18 April 2019

    HSBC and Walmart establish green finance deal

    HONG KONG – A partnership struck between global bank HSBC and US retail giant Walmart will see the latter’s suppliers offered financial incentives for meeting or exceeding sustainability targets. The Sustainable Supply Chain Finance Programme looks…
  • Thursday, 18 April 2019

    HanesBrands scoops 10th straight EPA award

    WINSTON-SALEM – Clothing company HanesBrands Inc. has received the US Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Sustained Excellence and Partner of the Year award for the tenth year running. The accolade is designed to highlight continued success…
  • Wednesday, 17 April 2019

    Eco TLC to back seven R&D projects

    PARIS – Producer responsibility organisation Eco TLC is to continue its yearly tradition of supporting R&D projects, with seven having been given a favourable recommendation by the Scientific Committee. 29 applications were filed following TLC’s…
  • Wednesday, 17 April 2019

    ISKO joins Textile Exchange to prioritise responsibility

    BURSA – In what the company describes as “further expand its vision of a responsible and sustainable landscape in the industry,” Turkish denim specialist ISKO has announced its membership of Textile Exchange. ISKO has outlined its ambition of…
  • Wednesday, 17 April 2019

    Eileen Fisher exhibits desire to end clothing waste

    MILAN – A collaborative art project initiated by US clothing brand Eileen Fisher and designed to combat textile waste has reached the last stop on its world tour after taking part in Milan Design Week. The collective has already taken the Waste No…
  • Wednesday, 17 April 2019

    IFC partners with H&M, Fortum and Virala

    ESPOO - Infinited Fiber Company Ltd. (IFC) says it has raised €3.7 million in funding from investors, which include H&M Group, Fortum and Virala. The company is currently running a 50-ton pilot plant in Finland and plans to increase the annual…
  • Wednesday, 17 April 2019

    'Excessive overtime' essential to equal living wage

    WASHINGTON – A study undertaken by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) suggests that in the absence of a nationally-adopted living wage, Vietnamese garment workers are forced to accept excessive overtime simply to survive. The quantity of hours many…
  • Tuesday, 16 April 2019

    Unions react to further Bangladesh Accord delay

    DHAKA – Following yet another delay to a conclusive decision on the future of the Accord, unions representing workers in Bangladesh have once again called for the extension of the regulatory body’s tenure in the nation’s garment sector. 
  • Tuesday, 16 April 2019

    ADIF and ZDHC announce collaboration

    SHANGHAI – Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and the China Dyestuff Industry Association (CDIA) participated in a joint information event at the 2019 China InterDye exhibition, during which they announced ADIF will join ZDHC as a…
  • Tuesday, 16 April 2019

    Zalando deal adds to stellar 2019 for circular.fashion

    BERLIN – The latest company to be selected for online fashion retailer Zalando’s zImpact accelerator programme is fashion tech innovator circular.fashion. The initiative offers visibility, funding and industry expertise to companies seeking to…
  • Tuesday, 16 April 2019

    ‘Sustainable’ NGO re-invests in supply chain

    WOOLACOMBE – UK-based not-for-profit organisation Origin has committed to re-invest 100 per cent of its profits into the African communities from which the fabrics for its clothing originate. The NGO makes organic cotton sweatshirts and t-shirts,…
  • Tuesday, 16 April 2019

    Campaign tackles fashion injustice and plagiarism

    AMSTERDAM – A new online campaign has been launched with the aim of highlighting injustices experienced by artisans in the textile and apparel supply chains. The #WhatYouWearMatters social media project will seek to promote the importance of “fair…
  • Monday, 15 April 2019

    Diverse cotton summit driven by environmental solutions

    LA JOLLA – Any delegates headed to the Cotton Sustainability Summit in San Diego to hear exclusively about niche issues relating to the cotton supply chain will have been left overwhelmed by the breadth of content discussed. In the city’s La Jolla…
  • Monday, 15 April 2019

    AAFA rallies behind India talks, Mongolia bill

    WASHINGTON – The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has made public its support for both the Mongolia Third Neighbor Trade Act – which could offer duty-free access to the US market for Mongolian products – and further talks in the…
  • Monday, 15 April 2019

    Econyl key to new activewear range

    PHILADELPHIA – Aquafil's flagship Econyl yarn has been announced as the key component of US fashion brand Free People’s newest in-house activewear range. The company believes this move will boost its sustainability credentials, describing Econyl as…
  • Monday, 15 April 2019

    Dutch AGT reports progress, but admits change is slow

    AMSTERDAM – With just over 2.5 years before it comes to an end, the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) today reports that 86 per cent of the 92 textile and garment companies signed up to the initiative are ‘well on the way’ to…
  • Friday, 12 April 2019

    Retailer demands garment industry regulation

    HAMBURG – German retailer Tchibo has called on the country’s government to regulate the garment industry and enforce better working conditions, as it continues to pursue a fully ‘sustainable’ production chain.
  • Thursday, 11 April 2019

    Walmart to pressure suppliers to use Higg Index

    BENTONVILLE – US retail giant Walmart says it’s set three new textile sustainability goals as part of its on-going efforts to reduce the environmental impact of textiles and clothing it sells. This includes, by 2022, a committment to source only…
  • Thursday, 11 April 2019

    Veit launches heat recycling shirt finisher

    After spending time working in the development aid sector, the director of the German textile engineering firm Veit has returned to the family operation with a new vision for the industry. New technology is often cited as one way in which the…
  • Thursday, 11 April 2019

    Mills Fabrica partners with H&M Global Change Award

    HONG KONG – The Mills Fabrica – a programme dedicated to supporting technology and style start-ups – has announced a partnership with the H&M Foundation’s Global Change Award (GCA), which aims to accelerate the shift from a linear to circular…
  • Thursday, 11 April 2019

    Control Union slams ‘dubious’ firms, but what’s next for organic?

    ZWOLLE – Control Union Certifications (CUC) has criticised ‘dubious companies’ for the decision by the European Commission to withdraw its license to certify organic goods in five key regions. In a statement from CUC received by Ecotextile News, the…
  • Wednesday, 10 April 2019

    Plans unveiled for upcycling textile manufacturing plant

    DUBAI – At an industry conference geared towards sustainable innovation in textile manufacturing, leaders from across the United Arab Emirates’ and Japan’s public and private sectors revealed plans to establish a plant in the city of Dubai that will…
  • Wednesday, 10 April 2019

    EC withdraws Control Union organic licence for five regions

    BRUSSELS – The European Commission has withdrawn the organic certification licence of international certification body Control Union in five countries, saying that its alleged poor performance facilitated organic fraud. The Control Union licence to…
  • Tuesday, 09 April 2019

    Rental increase drives REI growth

    SEATTLE – Outdoor retailer Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) will continue to expand its rental and used gear offerings, in the wake of the cooperative posting record financial results for 2018, shortly after it first entered the expanding rentals…
  • Tuesday, 09 April 2019

    Planet Textiles announces ‘Pitch for our Planet’ line-up

    BARCELONA – Fashion for Good will once again host the ‘Pitch for our Planet’ textile innovation session at the forthcoming Planet Textiles event which takes place on 22nd June in Barcelona where it is being co-hosted alongside ITMA 2019. Speakers at…
  • Tuesday, 09 April 2019

    Used apparel growth attracts fashion retail giants

    STOCKHOLM/ LOS ANGELES – Swedish retailer H&M and denim-led US brand Guess have both announced the imminent launch of new collections and services to offer consumers the chance to buy second-hand apparel. Industry research has increasingly pointed…
  • Monday, 08 April 2019

    Hirdaramani Group arrival bolsters Make Fashion Circular

    COLOMBO – Sri Lankan apparel firm Hirdaramani Group has joined the likes of Gap, H&M and Nike in the ranks of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative. 
  • Monday, 08 April 2019

    Industry bodies share “deep concern” with Cambodia PM

    PHNOM PENH – The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), Fair Labor Association (FLA) and six other apparel industry organisations have written to the Prime Minister of Cambodia urging action to tackle what is described as the “labour and…
  • Monday, 08 April 2019

    Fur-free New York's sustainable fashion drive

    NEW YORK – New York City Council has followed in the footsteps of its counterparts in San Francisco and Los Angeles by proposing legislation seeking to ban the sale of new fur garments. The legislation would, if enacted, impose fines on certain…
  • Monday, 08 April 2019

    Kingpins teams with ZDHC to clean up denim

    NEW YORK – Denim industry event series Kingpins has revealed the next phase of its work to ensure all exhibitors comply with a set of mandatory environmental and social standards by end of 2020 to help drive positive change in the denim…
  • Friday, 05 April 2019

    H&M accused of living wage “empty promises and bogus claims”

    AMSTERDAM — Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has alleged that Swedish fashion retailer H&M has failed to meet its promise of implementing a living wage for 850,000 workers in its supply chain and that the company has “put a lot of effort in trying to…
  • Friday, 05 April 2019

    ‘Organic’ and ‘ethical’ clothes surge in UK

    BRISTOL – Farming charity Soil Association has released its UK Textile Organic Market Report, in which it reveals that sales of Soil Association Certification organic textiles grew by 18 per cent in the UK in 2018, making the market now worth…
  • Friday, 05 April 2019

    OETI and Vegan Society collaborate for V-label audits

    VIENNA — OETI (Institut für Ökologie, Technik und Innovation GmbH) has confirmed that it will now, on behalf of the Vegan Society Austria, audit textile companies seeking to obtain V-label certification. This comes after a pilot project undertaken…
  • Friday, 05 April 2019

    Further speeches for ASBCI sustainability event

    HALIFAX – The keynote slot at Time for Change, the ASBCI’s upcoming fashion sustainability and ethics conference, will see fashion journalist Colin McDowell OBE sit down with environmental, social and governance expert Michael Spenley for an…
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