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The biggest problem with addressing environmental issues in China's vast textile industry is not simply about money or new technology – it's about lack of motivation according to Ma Jun, Director of the Beijing-based Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE).

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  • Tuesday, 18 February 2020

    Bestseller strengthens engagement with workers’ rights NGO

    BRANDE – Danish fashion firm Bestseller has signed a new five-year strategic partnership with workers’ rights initiative HERproject as it continues to work towards a 2025 target of supporting 100,000 women in garment factories around the world. The…
  • Monday, 17 February 2020

    Cambodia’s garment association fearful after EBA suspension

    PHNOM PENH – The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has urged the European Union (EU) to rescind its partial suspension of the country’s trading benefits under the Everything But Arms (EBA) initiative, saying it could signal the…
  • Monday, 17 February 2020

    Campaigners call for action after fatal fire

    AHMEDABAD - Workers' rights campaigners and trade union leaders are calling for urgent action to avoid a repetition of the recent denim factory fire in the Indian city of Ahmedabad in which at least seven workers lost their lives. The Clean Clothes…
  • Monday, 17 February 2020

    DyStar splits from ETAD amid ongoing rumpus

    RAUNHEIM – In a surprise move, textile chemical giant DyStar, has resigned from the Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers (ETAD) and joined TEGEWA – the German sector association within the German…
  • Friday, 14 February 2020

    Fashion Council responds to XR pressure

    LONDON - The British Fashion Council (BFC) has responded to pressure from Extinction Rebellion (XR) to cancel London Fashion Week in September by saying it recognises that there is a climate emergency and will encourage all businesses to address how…
  • Friday, 14 February 2020

    H&M reveals first Circulose garment

    STOCKHOLM - Retail giant H&M says its new clothing made with Re:Newcell's Circulose fabric will be the first time chemically recycled cotton clothes have been used in garments sold at scale. H&M announced earlier this month that it was set to become…
  • Friday, 14 February 2020

    New Look earns gold award for climate action

    LONDON - British retailer New Look has become the first global fashion company to achieve a gold standard through the UN Climate Neutral Now programme. The company is to be held up as a positive example for its work to reduce its carbon footprint at…
  • Friday, 14 February 2020

    SAC ramps up forum agenda

    SAN FRANSICO – The Sustainable Apparel Collation (SAC) has announced a raft of Higg Index manufacturing forums ahead of its 2020 Global Member Meeting, which is scheduled to be held in Bangkok 16-18 June.
  • Friday, 14 February 2020

    Bangladesh factories 'lack fire alarms' Premium Article

    DHAKA - More than 84 per cent of garment factories inspected by the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety have not yet had fire alarm and smoke detectors satisfactorily installed and verified. And nearly 70 per cent of factories have not yet…
  • Thursday, 13 February 2020

    H&M to review sourcing from Cambodia

    STOCKHOLM - Fashion retailer H&M is to review its sourcing of garments from Cambodia following the decision of the European Union to partially suspend the country's trade preferences because of human rights violations. Cambodia will lose about 20…
  • Thursday, 13 February 2020

    Canopy scathing on deforestation reporting

    LONDON - Fashion brands including Versace, Michael Kors, and Bestseller, along with retailers such as TK Maxx and Amazon, are among those failing to address deforestation in agricultural supply chains and are complicit in the destruction of tropical…
  • Thursday, 13 February 2020

    Adidas leads sustainable cotton rankings

    AMSTERDAM - Sportswear brand Adidas has been declared the global leader in the Sustainable Cotton Ranking 2020 of how companies globally score on their policy, traceability and uptake of sustainable cotton. The league table, published by Pesticide…
  • Thursday, 13 February 2020

    Sateri gains CDP merit

    SHANGHAI – Sateri, one of the world’s leading producers of viscose rayon, achieved an ‘A-‘ score with its submission to CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) for Climate Change in 2019. The mark puts Sateri in the ‘leadership’ band of companies and…
  • Thursday, 13 February 2020

    Microfibre pollution could be 'underestimated'

    TORONTO - New scientific research into the effect of microplastics on ocean life suggests that the damage caused by microfibres from plastic-based textiles could have been underestimated. Assistant Professor Chelsea Rochman, of the University of…
  • Thursday, 13 February 2020

    Think tank to assess ecological cost of fashion

    LONDON - The Planet Tracker non-profit think tank, which aims to align the financial markets with sustainability issues, has received a grant to turn its attention to the fashion industry. The recently-launched Laudes Foundation, set up by the…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    Eastman debuts Naia staple fibre in Paris

    PARIS – At the ongoing Première Vision trade fair in Paris, Eastman is debuting what is an extension of its Naia brand with the introduction of a new cellulosic staple fibre. “We are thrilled to expand our product offerings, and we have been working…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    Zalando welcomes new waste legislation

    BERLIN - European online fashion platform Zalando has welcomed new German legislation to reduce the amount of unsold stock destroyed by brands and retailers. With only 0.05 pe cent of returns destroyed, the company says it will be unaffected by the…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    ZDHC offers online submissions platform

    AMSTERDAM – An online platform has been launched to enable industry and members of the public to contribute to the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero initiative to replace hazardous chemicals in textiles and clothing production. The ZDHC MRSL Submission Platform…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    EU partially suspends Cambodia trade preferences Premium Article

    BRUSSELS — The European Union (EU) has delivered a potential hammer blow to the garment industry in Cambodia by deciding to partially suspend the country's trade preferences because of systematic human rights violations. Cambodia will lose about 20…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    Kingpins Hong Kong scrapped over coronavirus

    HONG KONG - The Kingpins denim trade fair scheduled for Hong Kong in May has been cancelled because of global health concerns over the coronavirus epidemic. Kingpins organisers said they had decided to call off the event, which had been due to take…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    Nike creates Move to Zero capsule

    BEAVERTON – Sportswear giant Nike has developed a capsule collection of garments which integrate sustainable cotton and recycled polyester, can be manufactured using less chemicals and that boasts pattern efficiency of more than 90 per cent,…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    Lenzing claims new modal fibres standard

    PARIS - Wood-based fibre manufacturer Lenzing has created a new chlorine-free gentle bleaching process which it claims delivers a new standard in clean modal fibre production. The company said its new 'Eco Pure' technology, announced at the Première…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    European Green Deal 'must be transparent'

    AMSTERDAM - The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) sustainability reporting organisation has backed the European Green Deal as a "global game changer" but says that accurate and transparent reporting on tackling climate change is crucial for it to…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    More road blocks in Dhaka as workers protest

    TEJGAON – Garment workers at a factory in Bangladesh have blocked a road in the country’s capital, Dhaka, in protest over its impromptu closure. Traffic is said to have come to a standstill earlier today at both ends of an intersection in the area…
  • Tuesday, 11 February 2020

    PFAS chemicals 'threaten textile workers'

    OSLO - Research from Norwegian NGO Future in Our Hands claims that exposure to high levels of PFAS chemicals is having a devastating impact on the health of factory workers in China who produce textiles for western markets. PFAS, which are often…
  • Tuesday, 11 February 2020

    Nike publishes latest Impact Report

    BEAVERTON – Sportswear brand Nike has published its latest Impact Report for the fiscal year 2019, which highlights that the company has made good headway in mitigating resource consumption, increasing its use of ‘sustainable’ materials and…
  • Tuesday, 11 February 2020

    AEO outlines 'sustainability' targets

    PITTSBURGH – Fashion retailer American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) has joined the RE100 group of companies committed to renewable energy and also signed the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. RE100, which is led by The Climate Group in…
  • Tuesday, 11 February 2020

    Seven killed in blaze at denim mill Premium Article

    AHMEDABAD - At least seven garment workers have lost their lives in a fire which broke out in an Indian denim mill which claims to supply leading western brands. The Nandan Denim factory in the city of Ahmedabad in the western Indian state of…
  • Monday, 10 February 2020

    Bangladeshi workers call for anti-harassment committees

    ASHULIA – Bangladeshi garment workers have once again demonstrated at the doors of a press club in the suburban area of Ashulia, demanding anti-harassment committees be established at all apparel sites as the culprits of an alleged rape reported…
  • Monday, 10 February 2020

    River Island signs Transparency Pledge

    LONDON - British fashion retailer River Island has accepted a challenge by the Clean Clothes Campign (CCC) workers' rights organisation to publish the details of its suppliers. The company was one of five targeted by the CCC and the Human Rights…
  • Monday, 10 February 2020

    Myanmar manufacturers counter worker wage demands

    YANGON – Garment manufacturers in Myanmar have completed factory surveys of their own as they look to stifle worker attempts to secure a substantial increase to the country’s minimum wage which is reviewed on a biennial basis. At the beginning of…
  • Monday, 10 February 2020

    Cos launches circularity clothing scheme Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - H&M-owned fashion brand Cos has partnered up with The Renewal Workshop to wash and repair damaged garments which are then put back on sale with a 30 per cent discount. Entitled 'Cos Restore', the circular economy collection is available…
  • Monday, 10 February 2020

    Lee Jeans to launch compostable denim Premium Article

    MERRIAM, KANSAS - Denim brand Lee Jeans is set to launch a range of fully biodegradable jeans which can be put in the compost bin when the user no longer wants to keep them. Lee's ‘Back to Nature’ collection is made of compostable linen-cotton…
  • Monday, 10 February 2020

    Cambodia braced for raw material shortage Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has warned that as many as 10 per cent of the country’s garment manufacturing sites may be forced to temporarily close next month due to a shortage of raw materials. China is a key…
  • Monday, 10 February 2020

    H&M backs campaign against PFAS chemicals Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Fashion retailer H&M is backing the call of safer chemicals NGO ChemSec to end the use of harmful PFAS chemicals in apparel and supply chains. H&M, which banned the use of PFAS in its clothing, accessories and shoes in 2013, has joined…
  • Monday, 10 February 2020

    Fire destroys Cambodian garment factories Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Two garment manufacturing sites in Cambodia have been ravaged by fires over the weekend, but it’s not yet known what started the blaze. On Saturday evening at approximately 17:30pm local time, the factory of 8 Star Sportswear Ltd caught…
  • Friday, 07 February 2020

    Former Lacoste boss: legislation needed to support sustainability claims Premium Article

    PARIS – Former Lacoste and Diesel CEO, Steven Birkhold, says apparel brands must start to leverage technology if they’re to become more transparent and authenticate assertions of sustainability within their supply chains. Birkhold, who’s been in…
  • Friday, 07 February 2020

    Coronavirus spreads supply chain concern Premium Article

    CHINA – Unpredictability about the spread of the coronavirus outbreak in China, coupled with government-mandated production delays in select provinces and cities, has led to uncertainty about how this will impact the global supply chain and…
  • Friday, 07 February 2020

    CCC calls for “reality check” after European Parliament meeting Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – The European Parliament forum, which discussed progress in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG) sector on Tuesday, should have been a platform for workers to share their experiences, believes the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC). Employers,…
  • Friday, 07 February 2020

    Cambodian authorities reinstate Better Factories project Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s Labour Ministry has extended the country’s Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) project for another three-year term. Until 2022, the BFC’s Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) – which comprises representatives of the government, the…
  • Thursday, 06 February 2020

    Are free returns fashion’s unseen problem? Premium Article

    Returns by online shoppers will have risen by 27.3 per cent in the five years to 2023, according to industry analyst GlobalData, with the apparel and footwear sector accounting for the lion’s share. The value of unwanted goods being returned by…
  • Thursday, 06 February 2020

    Gucci partners with nature conservation initiative Premium Article

    MILAN – Luxury apparel brand Gucci is the first apparel firm to join The Lion’s Share Fund, a nature conservation initiative led by the United Nations’ Development Programme (UNDP). The fund aims to raise US$100 million per year within the next five…
  • Thursday, 06 February 2020

    La Sportiva donates Black Friday sales Premium Article

    TRENTO - Italian outdoor clothing and footwear brand La Sportiva has donated a fifth of its Black Friday sales to a nature conservation group for the third year in a row. The company donated €4,400 (US$4,840) - 20 per cent of its revenue over the…
  • Thursday, 06 February 2020

    North Face expands circularity programme Premium Article

    ALAMEDA - VF Corp-owned outdoor apparel brand The North Face is aiming to boost its circular economy credentials by expanding its North Face Renewed programme in which consumers can purchase previously worn or returned clothing that has been…
  • Thursday, 06 February 2020

    Lenzing completes second Tencel Luxe pilot plant Premium Article

    LENZING – The Lenzing Group has completed the production of its second pilot plant dedicated to the manufacture of Tencel Luxe, a lyocell filament yarn for luxury markets. The new plant, which became operational in just December, is expected to…
  • Wednesday, 05 February 2020

    Asics recognised for carbon emission reductions Premium Article

    KOBE – Japanese sportswear brand Asics has been recognised for its efforts over the past year to mitigate carbon emissions within its supply chain with a spot on the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) company leaderboard. More than 4,800 firms have…
  • Wednesday, 05 February 2020

    Forced labour falls in Uzbek cotton fields Premium Article

    TASHKENT – The systematic and systemic use of forced and child labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry has fallen dramatically, according to a new report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The report, compiled by the ILO for the World…
  • Wednesday, 05 February 2020

    Call to widen Bangladesh industry debate Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), which works to improve conditions for workers in the global garment industry, has criticised a decision not to invite workers to speak at a European Union debate on the Bangladesh apparel industry.…
  • Wednesday, 05 February 2020

    PETA ploy looks to combat House of Fraser fur sale Premium Article

    LONDON – Animal welfare NGO People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has become a shareholder in Frasers Group, the owner of apparel retailer House of Fraser, as it looks to influence the reintroduction of the retailer’s fur ban. In…
  • Wednesday, 05 February 2020

    World’s first Cradle to Cradle platinum denim Premium Article

    BERLIN - An off-white denim, created by a partnership of retailer C&A, Pakistani textile mill Rajby Textiles and circular economy consultants Eco Intelligent Growth (EIG), has become the world's first to receive platinum Cradle to Cradle…
  • Wednesday, 05 February 2020

    Brands converge for sustainability workshop Premium Article

    MUMBAI – The 16 fashion brands and retailers which last year partnered to launch the SU.RE (Sustainable Resolution) project at Lakmé Fashion Week in Mumbai have come together for the first B2B workshop focused on establishing short- and long-term…
  • Wednesday, 05 February 2020

    Claiming victory, PETA ends naked fur protests Premium Article

    NORFOLK, VIRGINIA - Animal rights organisation PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is claiming victory in its fight against the use of fur in fashion. PETA says it has ended its campaign of recruiting celebrities to pose nude and…
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2020

    Chemical recycling solution nears commercialisation Premium Article

    CASTALNOGA – An innovative new chemical recycling solution for PET and polyester is on the precipice of commercial release having been funded by the EU’s Horizon’s 2020 programme and backed by a consortium of companies including H&M. Chemical…
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2020

    Burkina Faso opens organic cotton ginnery Premium Article

    KOUDOUGOU - West Africa's first organic cotton ginning plant is up and running in Burkina Faso in an ambitious project designed to boost the country's organic cotton industry. The US$12 million facility, designed to process 125 tonnes of cotton per…
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2020

    Carbios to establish demo recycling plant this year Premium Article

    CLERMONT-FERRAND – Bioplastics firm Carbios has signed an exclusive joint development agreement with biological solutions provider Novozymes, through which Carbios secures a consistent supply of enzymes that will help scale its enzymatic polyester…
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2020

    Denim startup makes Time’s 100 Best Inventions Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Fashion start-up Denim Unspun, which uses 3D scanning and robotics to create personalised jeans with scarcely any waste, has been named on Time magazine’s list of 100 Best Inventions of 2019. The size-less brand says its 3D weaving…
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2020

    Customers 'shun brands on environmental grounds' Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Consumer attitudes have reached a tipping point on 'sustainability' with many now avoiding brands which do not prioritise minimising their impact on the environment, according to a new global survey. However, the study, by INGS Research,…
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2020

    Everlane's authenticity questioned as NGO launches petition Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Workers’ rights NGO Remake has launched a petition demanding US apparel brand Everlane to clear its name of greenwashing, as it faces ongoing allegations from its remote customer service representatives of inadequate pay and attempts…
  • Monday, 03 February 2020

    Innovation space created for Copenhagen Fashion Week Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – Copenhagen Fashion Summit and Copenhagen International Fashion Fair (CIFF) have announced the inception of a business space for sustainable innovation which will debut during Copenhagen Fashion Week at CIFF. The space, called C+, will…
  • Monday, 03 February 2020

    ZDHC welcomes new contributors Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Another two companies have signed up to the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero initiative to replace hazardous chemicals with safer ones in textiles and clothing production. Solution provider Nissenken Quality Evaluation Centre and textile…
  • Monday, 03 February 2020

    C&A emissions targets backed by SBTi Premium Article

    DUSSELDORF – Fashion retailer C&A has received approval from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for its plans to reduce its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 30 per cent across all scopes by 2030. C&A’s GHG reduction targets are in…
  • Monday, 03 February 2020

    Kingpins launches new Transformers Foundation Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Kingpins Transformers has launched a non-governmental organisation (NGO) called Transformers Foundation, through which it will work closely with brands, retailers, consumers and students to influence environmentally sustainable action…
  • Monday, 03 February 2020

    New guidelines issued on vegan fashion Premium Article

    LONDON - New UK guidelines on vegan fashion have been drawn up to prevent manufacturers from claiming their products are 'sustainable' solely on the grounds they do not contain animal products. The guidelines, drawn up by the British Retail…
  • Monday, 03 February 2020

    Discrimination rife in Brazil’s textile industry, report finds Premium Article

    SÃO PAULO – Findings from a new report have placed a spotlight on the extent of harassment, sexual abuse and gender-based discrimination within Brazil’s garment manufacturing industry. Funded by the Laudes Foundation (formerly C&A Foundation), with…
  • Monday, 03 February 2020

    Shanghai textile fairs postponed over coronavirus Premium Article

    SHANGHAI - Messe Frankfurt’s three Shanghai textile fairs which were due to take place in March have been postponed until later in the year because of the coronavirus outbreak. The events - Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics Spring Edition, Yarn…
  • Friday, 31 January 2020

    Hugo Boss makes Australian bushfire donation Premium Article

    METZINGEN – Luxury apparel brand Hugo Boss will donate A$100,000 to charity to aid efforts in Australia to combat bushfires which have ravaged thousands of homes across the country. Since September of last year, parts of Australia have been ablaze…
  • Friday, 31 January 2020

    BCI reports 40% hike in 'better cotton' Premium Article

    GENEVA - The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has revealed that its 150 retailer and brand members collectively sourced more than 1.5 million metric tons of 'better cotton' last year - a 40 per cent increase on 2018. The volume of 'better cotton' -…
  • Friday, 31 January 2020

    France bans dumping of unsold fashion Premium Article

    PARIS - France has made it illegal for fashion brands and retailers to destroy unsold or returned clothing under wide-ranging new anti-waste legislation. The law, which the French government claims is a world first, was finally adopted after the…
  • Friday, 31 January 2020

    Nordstrom launches resale service Premium Article

    NEW YORK – American department store chain Nordstrom will today launch a second-hand clothing service both online and at its flagship store in New York. It’s See You Tomorrow service, expected to run for six months before it’s reviewed, will stock…
  • Friday, 31 January 2020

    Young shoppers seek to make clothes last Premium Article

    LONDON - More young British shoppers are looking for ways to increase the lifecycle of their clothing, by selling, mending, swapping and renting them, according to a new survey. Last year, 52 per cent of UK shoppers aged 25-34, bought secondhand…
  • Thursday, 30 January 2020

    Patagonia adopts Primaloft’s new P.U.R.E technology Premium Article

    LATHAM – Patagonia will be the first apparel brand to use Primaloft’s P.U.R.E (Produced Using Reduced Emissions) manufacturing technology, as it launches the latest iteration of its Nano Puff jacket. Introduced in November 2019, Primaloft's P.U.R.E…
  • Thursday, 30 January 2020

    Kering claims progress on 'sustainability' Premium Article

    PARIS – Luxury fashion group Kering, which owns brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen, claims to be well on the way to meeting its 2025 sustainability targets. The company says it reduced its…
  • Thursday, 30 January 2020

    Nanollose partners to scale microbial cellulose Premium Article

    PERTH – Australian textile innovator Nanollose has signed a collaborative agreement with Grasim Industries Ltd., of the Aditya Birla Group, to work on exclusively developing and scaling the former’s ‘Tree-Free’ Nullarbor fibre production. Nanollose…
  • Thursday, 30 January 2020

    H&M to sell clothes made with 'circular' fabric Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Retail giant H&M has announced that it is to start selling clothing made with Re:Newcell's Circulose fabric which is created from up-cycled clothing and fashion waste. H&M, which has been a minority investor in the Swedish recycling…
  • Thursday, 30 January 2020

    Brands accused of jeopardising jobs in Cambodia Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - Garment manufacturers in Cambodia (GMAC) have accused brands and labour rights groups of jeopardising jobs by publishing an open letter criticising the country's record on workers' rights. The Garment Manufacturers Association in…
  • Thursday, 30 January 2020

    Global Fashion Agenda and McKinsey team up Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – The Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) has welcomed American consultancy firm McKinsey & Company as a Strategic Knowledge Partner and says the pair will work closely to identify the systemic changes needed to catalyse industry-wide change.…
  • Wednesday, 29 January 2020

    BCI slammed for refusing to quit Xinjiang Premium Article

    XINJIANG − A leading expert has criticised the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) for refusing to pull out of the Xinjiang region of China, where cotton suppliers - including a member of its own council - have been accused of using forced labour. The…
  • Wednesday, 29 January 2020

    Fashion For Good announces Asia Innovation Programme inductees Premium Article

    MUMBAI – Global sustainability initiative Fashion For Good (FFG) has announced the nine burgeoning industry innovators to be part of its South Asia Innovation Programme. The start-ups, with solutions in raw materials, waste management, textile…
  • Wednesday, 29 January 2020

    Bangladesh round table explores sexual abuse in RMG sector Premium Article

    DHAKA – A round table convening representatives from various industry NGOs has shed new light on the issue of sexual harassment in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG) sector. Organised by Dkaha-based newspaper Prothom Alo, with support from native…
  • Wednesday, 29 January 2020

    Adidas recycled fabrics to cut plastic waste Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH - Sportswear giant Adidas is to launch new fabrics made from recycled polyester and marine plastic waste, and expand the product lines that use them, to help reduce plastic waste. PrimeBlue, a performance fabric which contains Parley…
  • Wednesday, 29 January 2020

    Zalando capsule collection champions sustainable fashion Premium Article

    BERLIN – European e-commerce company Zalando has partnered with nine Nordic brands to develop a sustainable womenswear capsule collection. Entitled ‘Small steps. Big impact. by Zalando’, the collection vies to introduce a “cohesive, conscious…
  • Wednesday, 29 January 2020

    Workers protest union leader sackings, demand intervention Premium Article

    YANGON – Garment workers from three firms in Yangon, Myanmar, have marched to the City Hall today in protest over poor working conditions, low wages and their employers’ efforts to suppress their right to demonstrate. According to local reports,…
  • Wednesday, 29 January 2020

    Polartec’s Power Air made 100% recyclable Premium Article

    ANDOVER – Textile innovator Polartec has developed a new version of its Power Air fabric technology which is 100 per cent recyclable and 25 per cent lighter than the first iteration launched back in 2018. Polartec’s Power Air insulation, used by the…
  • Tuesday, 28 January 2020

    Radici creates new recycled nylon Premium Article

    BERGAMO – Italian chemicals, plastics and synthetic fibre producer Radici Group has coincided the launch of its new recycled nylon 6 material with the acquisition of native recycler Zeta Polimeri, actions the firm believes can drastically accelerate…
  • Tuesday, 28 January 2020

    Copenhagen Fashion Week launches sustainability plan Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN - Organisers of Copenhagen Fashion Week have unveiled their 'Sustainability Action Plan 2020-2022' which is designed to reinforce the event's environmental credentials. Protest groups, such as Extinction Rebellion, have been calling for…
  • Tuesday, 28 January 2020

    H&M 'sorry' for data security breaches Premium Article

    HAMBURG - Global fashion brand H&M has apologised for data protection breaches, involving the intimate details of employees being stored illegally, which could technically see the company face a huge fine of close to US$1 billion. The allegations…
  • Tuesday, 28 January 2020

    Wool recyclers to take in consumer waste Premium Article

    FLORENCE - Wool and cashmere circular economy platform Re.Verso is launching a programme which aims to make use of unwanted garments and involve consumers as “active players” in recycling. Entitled Take Back, it gives consumers the chance to bring…
  • Tuesday, 28 January 2020

    OECD forum to explore responsible supply chains Premium Article

    PARIS - The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to hold a two day forum on 'Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector'. The event, to be held from 11-13 February at the OECD…
  • Tuesday, 28 January 2020

    New marker sheds light on transparency Premium Article

    A UK start-up claims to have developed a ‘radical new option’ for the identification and authentication of synthetic textile fibres, polymers, dyes and chemicals using so-called ‘luminspheres’ that can be tuned into any wavelength to produce unique,…
  • Tuesday, 28 January 2020

    Fashion museum launches sustainable fashion programme Premium Article

    ANTWERP – The Fashion Museum of Antwerp, MoMu, has launched an online interactive lesson package focused on sustainable fashion, in the hope that it can inspire positive campaigns in fashion. Through brainstorming exercises, assignments and an…
  • Monday, 27 January 2020

    Applied DNA patent covers tagging man-made cellulosics Premium Article

    STONY BROOK – Molecular tagging technologies specialist Applied DNA Sciences (ADNAS) has been granted a patent entitled “Methods of Marking Cellulosic Products”, which will serve to protect the firm’s proprietary approach to tagging man-made…
  • Monday, 27 January 2020

    3M debuts compostable insulation at ISPO Premium Article

    MUNICH – US manufacturer 3M has debuted its first fully compostable apparel insulation at the ongoing ISPO trade show in Germany. The firm introduces 3M Thinsulate Bio insulation almost a year to the date since it launched an iteration of its…
  • Monday, 27 January 2020

    Bangladesh cracks down on illegal factories Premium Article

    DHAKA - Some 231 illegal factories - many of them in the textile and garment industry - are set to close in the Bangladeshi capital city of Dhaka after the High Court ordered officials to cut off their gas, electricity and water supplies. The…
  • Monday, 27 January 2020

    International Cotton Conference to focus on circularity Premium Article

    BREMEN - The transition to a circular economy will be one of the most widely-debated subjects at the upcoming International Cotton Conference in the German city of Bremen. An expert panel will discuss the 'cradle to cradle' cycle of cotton in a…
  • Monday, 27 January 2020

    Poor ventilation causes nearly 100 to faint in Cambodian factory Premium Article

    TAKÉO – Garment workers at a factory in Cambodia were given time off at the end of last week after almost 100 of them fainted in the space of two days due to poor ventilation and oxygen deprivation. Last Tuesday, reports emerged that 40 employees at…
  • Monday, 27 January 2020

    New microfibre shedding test developed Premium Article

    BÖNNIGHEIM - The Hohenstein textile research group has completed the development of a new method for analysing microfibre shedding from textiles which it says will shed new light on the issue. Using dynamic image analysis, the method quantifies…
  • Monday, 27 January 2020

    Brands write to Cambodia PM on workers' rights Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - Global brands, including Adidas and Levi Strauss, have written to Cambodian Prime Minster Hun Sen saying the country’s record on workers' rights could cost it vital trade privileges and deliver a huge blow to the country's garment…
  • Monday, 27 January 2020

    Bergans, Spinnova sweep ISPO awards Premium Article

    MUNICH – Norwegian outdoor brand Bergans and Finnish fibre company Spinnova are the recipients of both a Sustainability Achievement of the Year 2020 award and Scandinavian Outdoor award, for a subscription-based takeback and reuse concept launched…
  • Friday, 24 January 2020

    Companies pledge to protect Arctic Ocean Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Fashion brands Ralph Lauren, Puma, Allbirds and Aritzia are among eight new companies who have signed the Arctic Corporate Shipping Pledge not to ship their goods through the Arctic Ocean. The Arctic Corporate Shipping Pledge was…
  • Friday, 24 January 2020

    Fat Face announces 'sustainability' targets Premium Article

    HAVANT - British lifestyle clothing and accessories retailer Fat Face has announced plans to become carbon neutral and use 100 per cent recycled polyester among its sustainability targets for 2025. The company has committed that, by 2025, all of the…
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