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Exclusive interview with Sajid Hussain, chief operating officer, Tamilnadu Water Investment Co., Ltd, India, who was heavily involved in the zero liquid discharge (ZLD) project which involved the textile manufacturing industry in Tirupur. He notes that the ZLD project found that with efficient recovery of water and salt in the dyeing process, almost 50 per cent of the ZLD operating cost can be recovered.

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  • Tuesday, 26 May 2020

    New body aims to make supply chains sustainable Premium Article

    LONDON - A new foundation has been set up to create more sustainable supply chains in a number of sectors, including fashion, as the global economy turns its attention to post pandemic change. The Sustainable Future Foundation (SFF) brings together…
  • Tuesday, 26 May 2020

    BGMEA threatens to blacklist Edinburgh Woollen Mill

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has threatened to blacklist British apparel retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) after ignoring calls to pay suppliers for fulfilled orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.…
  • Tuesday, 26 May 2020

    Brands urged to pay levy to help garment workers Premium Article

    NEW DELHI - The Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA), which campaigns to improve conditions in the garment industry, is calling on brands to make a one-off payment of two per cent of their annual sourcing budget to help protect workers from the impact of…
  • Tuesday, 26 May 2020

    PETA urges Prada to ban animal skins

    LONDON – Animal rights organisation PETA has written to luxury fashion brand Prada ahead of its virtual annual meeting today, urging the company to stop the use of wild animal skins in its accessories. PETA makes the case that the ongoing health…
  • Tuesday, 26 May 2020

    Sateri enters China’s lyocell fibre market

    SHANGHAI - Cellulosic fibre producer Sateri says it has successfully begun production of lyocell fibre in China in a collaboration with Asia Symbol, the country’s leading producer of pulp and packaging board. The newly-installed 20,000 ton per annum…
  • Tuesday, 26 May 2020

    Digital payments on the rise in Bangladesh

    DHAKA – An indicative survey of Bangladeshi garment workers finds that in the month of May, there’s been a surge in digital wage payments, more than three times as many as in April. Perhaps inspired by ongoing efforts to minimise direct contact, the…
  • Tuesday, 26 May 2020

    Ocean microplastics 'drastically underestimated'

    PLYMOUTH - New research into the extent of microplastic pollution in the oceans suggests there could be at least double the number of tiny plastic particles as previously thought. Scientists using nets with a finer mesh size than normally used to…
  • Tuesday, 26 May 2020

    Karnataka government increases working hours

    KARNATAKA – The Karnataka government has increased the working hours for those in the garment sector to 10 a day, ignoring calls from trade unionists which warn that exploitation, particularly at a time of such hardship, risks the health of the…
  • Monday, 25 May 2020

    New report: Chemical Circularity in Fashion Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Progress towards the ‘Circular Economy’ in the textile sector has primarily focused on the recycling and re-use of fibres and fabrics. But very little work has been done on the chemicals used to manufacture, recycle and remanufacture…
  • Friday, 22 May 2020

    California Senate backs garment worker protections bill Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – The California State Senate Committee has approved a new bill which, if passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee, would expand wage theft liability in California’s garment manufacturing industry and make it essential that brands…
  • Friday, 22 May 2020

    Bamboo textile brand raises seed funding

    LOS ANGELES - Sustainable brand Ettitude has closed a US$1.6 million seed round in the US, showing increasing global demand for its organic bamboo textile products. The company, which claims to recycle and reuse water up to 200 times, enjoyed record…
  • Friday, 22 May 2020

    India’s SMEs planning move from Mumbai Premium Article

    GUJARAT – Garment manufacturers in Mumbai are considering flocking to the more rural state of Gujarat, with concerns growing of the spread of coronavirus in India’s densely populated cities. According to the Garment Manufacturers’ Welfare…
  • Friday, 22 May 2020

    BFC and CFDA call for industry reset Premium Article

    LONDON: The British Fashion Council and the Council of Fashion Designers of America have issued a joint call for an industry reset after the current coronavirus pandemic. They say fast fashion needs to slow down and are calling on brands and…
  • Friday, 22 May 2020

    Myanmar to resume wage discussions post-pandemic

    YANGON – Myanmar’s National Committee for the Minimum Wage (NCMW) says the COVID-19 pandemic has drawn developments to introduce a new national minimum wage to a standstill, but says discussions could get underway once more by the end of the month.…
  • Thursday, 21 May 2020

    Mulesed sheep wool less popular at auction Premium Article

    SYDNEY - Wool from Australian sheep mulesed without pain relief is less likely to reach reserve prices at auction than fleece from animals treated more humanely or not mulesed, it has been claimed. SustainaWOOL programme manager Dr Paul Swan said…
  • Thursday, 21 May 2020

    Indian manufacturers get green light to export PPE

    TIRUPUR – The decision in India to enable garment manufacturers to export non-surgical masks around the world has been heralded by native stakeholders, which project revenues to grow by as much as US$1 billion over the next few years as face masks…
  • Thursday, 21 May 2020

    Brands accused of 'colonialism' over COVID-19

    SAN FRANCISCO - Workers’ rights organisation Remake, which launched the PayUp campaign, to pressure brands and retailers to pay in full for orders during the coronavirus pandemic, has accused those who refuse of "colonialist" behaviour. Some 15…
  • Thursday, 21 May 2020

    Protests rife throughout Dhaka

    DHAKA – Garment workers across Bangladesh’s capital of Dhaka have protested in their droves over pay, Eid bonuses and factory closures. Across Ashulia, Dhamrai, Gazipur, Narayanganj and Chattogram, factory staff from more than 10 sites have staged…
  • Thursday, 21 May 2020

    IndustriALL campaign raises awareness of ILO conventions Premium Article

    GENEVA – The southeast Asian office of workers’ rights organisation IndustriALL has partnered with affiliates in Cambodia to create an online campaign which raises awareness of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Convention 190 on violence…
  • Thursday, 21 May 2020

    Garment workers 'fired on' during protest Premium Article

    KARACHI - Protesting garment workers were shot at by a police officer and factory guards in Pakistan during a protest over unpaid wages and forced dismissals during lockdown, according to trade union leaders. The National Trade Union Federation of…
  • Wednesday, 20 May 2020

    Fashion innovators awarded funding support Premium Article

    LONDON - Ten of the UK fashion industry’s innovative and sustainable small to medium enterprises have been awarded more than £1.2 million (US$1.5 million) by the Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT) research institute. They include…
  • Wednesday, 20 May 2020

    ZDHC releases new CMS Framework Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The ZDHC Foundation has released a new tool to provide companies with guidelines to ensure their chemical management system (CMS) protects worker safety and reduces environmental impact. The ZDHC CMS Framework aims to provide the…
  • Wednesday, 20 May 2020

    Calls for robust labour laws in India as workers struggle Premium Article

    KARNATAKA – Trade unionists in Karnataka, are calling on the Indian state's authorities to bolster labour laws in the context of COVID-19, or risk driving industry infrastructure into the ground. It’s said that excessive working hours coupled with…
  • Wednesday, 20 May 2020

    Factories threatened with closure over payments Premium Article

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has advised the Ministry of Labour to close 46 factories across Bangladesh which represent the remaining one per cent of sites yet to pay workers their wages for March.…
  • Wednesday, 20 May 2020

    Cotton Council International joins SAC

    WASHINGTON DC – Cotton Council International (CCI) has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and will use the group’s Higg Index sustainability measurement tools to drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its supply chain.…
  • Tuesday, 19 May 2020

    Debt 'bigger threat than virus' in Cambodia Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - Deep levels of household debt in Cambodia mean that many garment workers see finding the money for repayments as a bigger threat than COVID-19. Low paid workers in Cambodia often make use of microfinance institutions (MFI) and it is…
  • Tuesday, 19 May 2020

    H&M’s Cos brand creates ‘sustainable’ activewear

    STOCKHOLM – H&M’s high-end fashion brand Cos has launched a new activewear collection which integrates recycled nylon and polyester, as well as ‘sustainably sourced’ and organic cotton. Cos Active is the company’s response to a customer base…
  • Tuesday, 19 May 2020

    Cotton industry to collaborate on COVID-19

    ZURICH — The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), Committee For International Co-Operation Between Cotton Associations (CICCA), International Cotton Association (ICA), International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) and International Textile Manufacturers…
  • Tuesday, 19 May 2020

    US Senate bill addresses China forced labour Premium Article

    WASHINGTON D.C. – The US Senate has approved a bill to sanction Chinese government officials responsible for forced labour camps in the western region of Xinjiang, where it’s believed millions of Uyghur Muslims are held against their will and forced…
  • Tuesday, 19 May 2020

    Global brands back UN-led Recover Better plan Premium Article

    GLOBAL - More than 150 global corporations - including H&M, Inditex owner Zara, IKEA and PVH, have signed a 'Better Recovery' statement urging governments to align post-pandemic socio-economic recovery with climate science. The CEOs of Burberry,…
  • Tuesday, 19 May 2020

    New agenda to guide fashion through COVID-19 Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN - The Global Fashion Agenda non-profit has released an agenda to guide fashion leaders in futureproofing their business models after the coronavirus pandemic by placing sustainability at the core of their operations. Entitled the CEO…
  • Monday, 18 May 2020

    Circular system wins gold for Brands Fashion Premium Article

    BUCHHOLZ –- German sustainable workwear manufacturer Brands Fashion says it has won gold certification by the Cradle to Cradle Certified product standard for its latest collection after creating a waste-free circular production process. Mathias…
  • Monday, 18 May 2020

    Bangladesh urges EU to pressure brands Premium Article

    DHAKA - The Bangladesh government has urged the European Parliament to put pressure on brands and retailers not to cancel orders lodged with the country's garment factories. Commerce Secretary Md Jafar Uddin, in a letter to Bernd Lange, chairman of…
  • Friday, 15 May 2020

    Brands agree to protect workers in Myanmar Premium Article

    YANGON - Some of the world's biggest fashion brands including H&M, Zara owners Inditext and C&A have reached an agreement with suppliers and trade unions to protect garment factories and workers in Myanmar from the worst impacts of the COVID-19…
  • Friday, 15 May 2020

    'No more sackings before Eid' in Bangladesh Premium Article

    DAKHA - Garment factory owners in Bangladesh have reportedly agreed not to sack any workers before the next Eid-ul-Fitr holiday which falls this year on 23rd May. The decision comes as factories - and their workers - continue to struggle to survive…
  • Thursday, 14 May 2020

    Unused fabric platform wins MIT funding Premium Article

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS - The Queen of Raw platform that connects buyers and sellers of unused fabrics has won funding from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's MIT Solve initiative. Queen of Raw works to give new life to the estimated…
  • Thursday, 14 May 2020

    COVID-19 claims 6,300 jobs in Myanmar Premium Article

    YANGON — More than 6,300 factory workers in the Yangon region of Myanmar have now lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to trade union leaders. The Confederation of Trade Unions in Myanmar (CTUM) says that 47 factories in…
  • Thursday, 14 May 2020

    Under Armour commits to paying suppliers Premium Article

    BALTIMORE - Sportswear brand Under Armour has followed rivals like Nike and Adidas in agreeing to pay its suppliers in full and on time for all orders that were in production when the coronavirus pandemic hit. Many brands have been criticised for…
  • Wednesday, 13 May 2020

    Fashion Council names COVID relief fund recipients Premium Article

    LONDON – The British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced the 37 businesses it will apportion funding to from its £1 million COVID-19 relief kitty. It was in March that the BFC established its Foundation Fashion Fund, with the aim of supporting…
  • Wednesday, 13 May 2020

    Pakistani workers protest over jobs and pay Premium Article

    KARACHI - Thousands of factory workers have staged a major protest in Pakistan over the non-payment of wages and widespread job losses which they say have left more than 10 million people in poverty. The National Trade Union Federation of Pakistan…
  • Wednesday, 13 May 2020

    Dispute over COVID-19 deaths in Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA - Controversy is raging over the number of garment workers to be infected with COVID-19 in Bangladesh where more than 1,750 factories have now reopened despite an ongoing government lockdown. The Industrial Police, which is responsible for…
  • Wednesday, 13 May 2020

    Mongolian farmers certified to Good Cashmere Standard Premium Article

    HAMBURG – The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) has announced that the first cashmere farmers in Inner Mongolia have been certified to the Good Cashmere Standard, which the organisation launched last year. “We can now provide the textile industry with…
  • Wednesday, 13 May 2020

    Podcast: Factoids scupper meaningful progress Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – ‘Don’t believe everything you hear’; this is the message from the latest Big Closets Small Planet podcast, which welcomes Ecotextile News’ own Simon Glover, and Sandra Roos, of Sweden’s RISE Institute, to shed light on the significance…
  • Tuesday, 12 May 2020

    Bangladesh welcomes worker wellbeing service Premium Article

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has teamed up with digital wellbeing assistant Maya, to provide a platform for garment workers to seek both general and mental health support amidst the pandemic. Maya,…
  • Tuesday, 12 May 2020

    Sustainability helps drive materials innovations - report Premium Article

    BOSTON – Sustainability is among four key 'megatrends' driving the innovations in materials needed for the future success of the textiles and apparel industry, according to a new study. The report, 'Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel…
  • Tuesday, 12 May 2020

    Webinar discusses pandemic impact on Asia Premium Article

    ONLINE - A webinar has been held to discuss how different stakeholders in the textile and garment industry can work together to help Asian supply countries weather the coronavirus crisis. The event, entitled Getting Through the Crisis Together, was…
  • Monday, 11 May 2020

    Garment workers in protests over pay cuts Premium Article

    DHAKA - Violent protests by garment workers in Bangladesh have seen at least 10,000 workers take to the streets to demand their full wages for April instead of the 65 per cent being offered. Workers from 14 garment factories in the capital city,…
  • Monday, 11 May 2020

    Zalando sees increased sustainable fashion sales Premium Article

    BERLIN - European online fashion platform Zalando is reporting stronger than expected growth with nearly 30 per cent of its customers shopping for more sustainable fashion. Zalando says it expects to grow its gross merchandise volume (GMV) by 10-20…
  • Monday, 11 May 2020

    Debenhams 'demands 90% discount on order' Premium Article

    DAKHA - British department store retailer Debenhams is reportedly demanding a 90 per cent discount to accept an already completed and shipped order from suppliers in Bangladesh. The company, which last month fell into administration putting its 142…
  • Monday, 11 May 2020

    Myanmar cautious as garment factories re-open Premium Article

    YANGON – Myanmar state counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi says garment factories resuming operations must be closely monitored, even after passing safety inspections, to ensure business owners continue to enforce safety measures and protect lives.…
  • Thursday, 07 May 2020

    VF adds more products to traceability tool Premium Article

    DENVER – VF Corporation has added new products to its online traceability tool which now includes over 40 items of apparel and footwear from brands such as Vans, The North Face and Timberland. The unique full supply chain maps enable consumers to…
  • Thursday, 07 May 2020

    Concern as COVID-19 cases rise in factories Premium Article

    DHAKA The number of garment workers testing positive for COVID-19 appears to be increasing - raising fears that factories may have to close again to limit the spread of the pandemic. It comes after eight more garment workers tested positive for the…
  • Thursday, 07 May 2020

    Landmark Group starts COVID support work Premium Article

    DUBAI – Retail conglomerate Landmark Group and the Jagtiani Foundation, a venture launched by the company’s owner, has set out to provide financial support across the middle east and within India to the tune of an estimated US$4 million. Uniting the…
  • Wednesday, 06 May 2020

    Wastewater training programme for textile industry Premium Article

    ALEXANDRIA – The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is working with sportswear brand Nike and the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) initiative to create a multilingual wastewater operations training programme for the textile industry.…
  • Wednesday, 06 May 2020

    Sustainable fashion contest semi-finalists named Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission has announced the semi-finalists for its 2020 European Social Innovation Competition - Reimagine Fashion: Changing behaviours for sustainable fashion. A total of 30 projects from 14 countries were selected, from a…
  • Wednesday, 06 May 2020

    Mulberry bans exotic animals from apparel Premium Article

    LONDON – Luxury fashion brand Mulberry has banned exotic animal skins from its future clothing collections, with the firm’s spring/summer collection marking this departure. As conservation experts warn that the trade of exotic skins from the likes…
  • Wednesday, 06 May 2020

    Patagonia and Columbia link up against Trump Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Outdoor clothing companies Patagonia and Columbia Sportwear have joined forces in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s effort to roll back former President Obama's Clean Power Plan. The two brands filed an amicus 'friend…
  • Wednesday, 06 May 2020

    Industry views sought on green recovery plan Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM — The Policy Hub for Circular Economy, a project led by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), is inviting textile industry stakeholders to contribute ideas to a post COVID-19 "green industry recovery plan". The organisation, which was…
  • Tuesday, 05 May 2020

    Briefing: What are the impacts of Covid-19 on cotton supply? Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – A new 15-page white paper on the potential impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on cotton supply chains has been published today by MCL News & Media. This new briefing aims to help retailers, brands and those involved in cotton production to…
  • Tuesday, 05 May 2020

    Crystal International donates 180,000 masks Premium Article

    HONG KONG – The Crystal International Group clothing manufacturer has distributed more than 180,000 masks to its workers' families and community groups in Vietnam, China and Cambodia, as well as its Hong Kong headquarters. The company says the…
  • Tuesday, 05 May 2020

    Brands backing the PayUp initiative Premium Article

    GLOBAL – Workers’ rights organisation Remake has provided an update on the success of its PayUp campaign, recognising that 13 major fashion brands and retailers have now agreed to pay for orders both completed and in-production, valuing US$7.5…
  • Tuesday, 05 May 2020

    Falsified data hampers supply chain policing Premium Article

    ITHACA - Apparel brands’ efforts to police their supply chains aren’t working because much of the information given to the auditors who inspect factories is inaccurate, according to researchers. A report, by Cornell University’s School of Industrial…
  • Tuesday, 05 May 2020

    Indonesia: 70% of factories could face permanent closure Premium Article

    JAKARTA – An Indonesian trade group warns that upwards of 70 per cent of the country’s garment factories could be forced to permanently close in the coming months as they’re crippled by dwindling orders and no financial support. “We have cash flow…
  • Tuesday, 05 May 2020

    Garment factories reopen in parts of India Premium Article

    BENGALURU: Garment factories have reopened in the Indian city of Bengaluru - despite the ongoing nationwide lockdown - after the government agreed to allow some activities to resume in private industries. Returning workers were made to undergo…
  • Tuesday, 05 May 2020

    Turkish manufacturers voice fears to brands Premium Article

    ISTANBUL - Garment manufacturers in Turkey have written to buyers to voice their concerns over the effect that cancelled orders are having on their industry. The Turkish Clothing Manufacturers’ Association Board (TGSD) is calling for closer…
  • Tuesday, 05 May 2020

    Myanmar provides income support for workers Premium Article

    YANGON – Myanmar’s Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population has introduced a new social security mechanism which will allow workers whose factories have been closed since mid-April due to safety inspections to claim for 40 per cent of their…
  • Tuesday, 05 May 2020

    SAC surveys assess impact of Covid-19 Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has kicked off a series of regular ‘pulse’ surveys to help its members to identify where retailers, brands and their suppliers are struggling due to the Covid-19 crisis – and to flag up how its…
  • Monday, 04 May 2020

    Canada Goose sets Bluesign-approval target Premium Article

    TORONTO – Apparel brand Canada Goose has established a new commitment to ensure 90 per cent of its fabrics are Bluesign-approved by 2025. Announced via the firm’s first-ever sustainability report, the commitment means that a large proportion of…
  • Monday, 04 May 2020

    Progress on Australian cotton but emissions rise Premium Article

    SYDNEY - The Australian cotton industry’s second five-year sustainability report reveals substantial reductions in the use of water and pesticides - but an increase in carbon emissions. The 2019 Australian Cotton Sustainability Report reveals that…
  • Monday, 04 May 2020

    Bangladesh on high alert as new cases emerge Premium Article

    DHAKA – Bangladesh’s readymade garment sector (RMG) may be forced to close once more if it’s found that health and safety measures are floundered and the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, says health minister Zahid Maleque. It comes…
  • Monday, 04 May 2020

    Call for more pay for laid off garment workers Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - Union leaders in Cambodia have written a joint letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen demanding more financial support for the country's furloughed garment workers who are said to be struggling to survive. Laid off garment workers in Cambodia…
  • Friday, 01 May 2020

    Wool Innovation chair grilled over mulesing comments Premium Article

    NEW SOUTH WALES – The chair of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has faced backlash over comments made about customer appetite for non-mulesed wool – which she said is only being driven by two European fashion houses – and is now on the receiving end…
  • Friday, 01 May 2020

    Brands 'responsible for garment worker safety' Premium Article

    DHAKA - A leading Bangladeshi trade unionist, who began her working life in a clothing factory at the age of 11, says brands and factory owners should be held responsible if garment workers returning to work die of coronavirus. More than 1,100…
  • Friday, 01 May 2020

    Fashion associations look to bolster US financial support Premium Article

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Three associations representing the apparel and travel goods industries have written to the US Congress with recommendations for future stimulus measures for American businesses post-pandemic. While President Donald Trump passed…
  • Friday, 01 May 2020

    Hugo Boss investigates supply chain claims Premium Article

    METZINGEN - Fashion brand Hugo Boss is investigating claims that workers in its European supply chain are being forced to work in high risk environments despite the coronavirus pandemic. A joint investigation by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and…
  • Thursday, 30 April 2020

    Huntsman forges new partnership in Vietnam Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – American chemicals company Huntsman has forged a strategic partnership with Vietnamese garment producer Phong Phu International (PPJ) through which it will help promote the manufacturer’s high-performance apparel portfolio. Recognised in…
  • Thursday, 30 April 2020

    CmiA project to limit COVID-19 spread in Africa Premium Article

    HAMBURG - The Cotton Made in Africa (CmiA) initiative is working with partner cotton companies and the Aid by Trade Foundation (ABTF) to provide basic hygiene measures to limit the spread of coronavirus in Sub-Saharan Africa. They are providing…
  • Thursday, 30 April 2020

    Microfibre shedding 'more complex than thought' Premium Article

    LEEDS - Scientists investigating how different textiles fragment say their initial findings suggest the issue is far more complex than had been suggested by earlier research. The Microfibre Consortium has shared preliminary results from the first…
  • Thursday, 30 April 2020

    Cambodian factory owners urged not to close down Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - As the number of garment workers laid off in Cambodia nears 100,000 - and is reportedly set to double - factory owners are being urged to suspend operations rather than close down so workers still receive part of their wages. Laid off…
  • Thursday, 30 April 2020

    Laid off workers' wages cut by 40% in Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA - Garment workers whose factories are closed because of the coronavirus pandemic in Bangladesh are to lose 40 per cent of their wages for April, the government has announced. State minister for labour Monnujan Sufian said the workers of the…
  • Thursday, 30 April 2020

    COVID-19 puts 'sustainable' fashion at crossroads Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Sustainability in fashion will be at risk in a post-pandemic world according to a new report which calls for a phased rebuilding of the industry, elevating the role of social and environmental commitments. Entitled 'Weaving a Better…
  • Wednesday, 29 April 2020

    Consortium welcomes pilot cotton recycling plant Premium Article

    ENSCHEDE – A consortium of companies championing a new textile recycling technology has brought to fruition a new pilot production plant at which upwards of 50 tonnes of pulp will be produced over the next two years before further work is undertaken…
  • Wednesday, 29 April 2020

    ZDHC releases cellulose production guidelines Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The ZDHC Foundation has expanded the scope of its work by issuing guidelines for the sustainable production of man-made cellulosic fibres. It is the first time that ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) has expanded its remit to…
  • Wednesday, 29 April 2020

    DuPont’s Sorona simplified with new hangtags Premium Article

    WILMINGTON – DuPont Sorona, a brand of the US chemicals company, has launched a new hangtag programme designed to simplify the selection process of iterations of its partially plant-based polymer. The Fabric Common Thread certification programme has…
  • Wednesday, 29 April 2020

    Fears for workers as garment factories reopen Premium Article

    DHAKA - Fears are being expressed for the safety of workers as garment factories continue to open in Bangladesh despite an ongoing lockdown to limit the spread of coronavirus. Campaigners are urging brands sourcing from the reopened factories, said…
  • Wednesday, 29 April 2020

    Mink COVID cases prompts PETA appeal Premium Article

    LONDON – Animal rights organisation PETA has written to the Dutch minister of agriculture, nature and food quality, Carola Schouten, urging the country’s government to bring forward its 2024 ban of mink fur, after news that mink on native farms have…
  • Wednesday, 29 April 2020

    Cambodian minister: workers safe among colleagues Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – A Cambodian minister has looked to play down garment worker concerns that they’re susceptible to contracting the coronavirus upon returning to work, insisting “there are no outsiders”, and that the people they will likely come into the…
  • Wednesday, 29 April 2020

    Podcast: COVID-19 - Are millions of workers at risk? Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD - Leading figures from across the industry join our host Mike Schragger, from the Sustainable Fashion Academy, to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on supply chain workers in our latest Big Closets Small Planet podcast. As millions…
  • Tuesday, 28 April 2020

    PPE supply chains put pressure on health and the environment Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – The Covid-19 pandemic has created a mass scramble for personal protective equipment (PPE) with several developed nations reporting critical shortages of goggles, gloves, gowns, aprons and masks, that many believe are putting patients and…
  • Tuesday, 28 April 2020

    Fashion software pioneer joins circular economy network Premium Article

    COWES - UK fashion software company Unmade has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's CE100 network of companies which have committed to working towards a circular economy. The London-based company's patented technology enables fashion and…
  • Tuesday, 28 April 2020

    UK government urged to ban Xinjiang cotton imports Premium Article

    LONDON – A new 60-page document submitted to the UK’s customs authorities urges government to ban the import of cotton from Xinjiang, China, over persistent allegations of forced labour in the province. Written by the World Uighur Congress (WUC) and…
  • Tuesday, 28 April 2020

    TUV Rheinland wins ZDHC Level 3 approval Premium Article

    COLOGNE - Inspection servives provider TUV Rheinland has received approval to provide Level 3 testing and conformance certification for the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) initiative’s Manufacturing Restricted Substances List 2.0 (MRSL…
  • Tuesday, 28 April 2020

    Textile Exchange backs US Cotton Trust Protocol Premium Article

    MEMPHIS – The US Cotton Trust Protocol has been added to Textile Exchange’s list of preferred fibres and materials as guidance for brands and retailers. It joins a portfolio of sustainable cotton programmes including the Better Cotton Initiative…
  • Tuesday, 28 April 2020

    Wrangler smashes water conservation target Premium Article

    GREENSBORO – Denim brand Wrangler has surpassed its 2020 water conservation target of saving five billion litres of water, topping upwards of seven billion litres through increased water efficiency and water recycling, as well as the adoption of…
  • Tuesday, 28 April 2020

    Brands sign up to new circularity initiative Premium Article

    LONDON - More than 60 brands have signed up to a new initiative aimed at increasing circularity in the global fashion industry and reducing waste. Signatories to the 2020 Circular Fashion Pledge have committed to taking specific action to lead the…
  • Tuesday, 28 April 2020

    Brands urged to do more for homeworkers Premium Article

    MANCHESTER - The WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment, Globalising and Organising) network is urging fashion brands to step up to protect homeworkers who it describes as the world’s most vulnerable garment workers. It argues that while the plight of…
  • Tuesday, 28 April 2020

    “Consumers won’t fall for it” – PETA calls out Canada Goose Premium Article

    TORONTO – PETA has written to Dani Reiss, the CEO of Canada Goose, accusing the brand of attempting to mislead consumers with new animal welfare strategies in its supply chains. In the company’s first-ever sustainability report, Canada Goose has…
  • Monday, 27 April 2020

    Asics collection made with recycled plastic Premium Article

    KOBE – Japanese sportswear brand Asics has launched a new range of footwear, the uppers of which are made entirely from recycled PET plastic. Taking inspiration from century-old traditions, in which recapturing value from product waste was…
  • Monday, 27 April 2020

    Canadian NGO donates to lift Bangladeshi workers Premium Article

    TORONTO – The Steelworkers Humanity Fund, a Canadian organisation which promotes human rights through relief projects, has donated US$50,000 to the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, as it looks to alleviate some of the financial pressures…
  • Monday, 27 April 2020

    Quarantined garment workers 'running out of money' Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - Hundreds of garment workers who have been put into quarantine in Cambodia after returning to the capital, Phnom Penh, after celebrating the Khmer New Year with their families, say they are running out of money. The workers, who have…
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