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Each year around 75,000 MT of synthetic indigo is produced globally – and more than half of it is produced by one company: Wonderful Chemical Ltd, which is based in Hong Kong. In this exclusive interview, we managed to secure a very rare interview with media shy Shiu-Kee Wang, the owner of the HK-based company, which operates the huge Taifeng facility in Inner Mongolia. In the wide ranging interview he provides a deep insight into global denim manufacture and also what his company's plans are from an environmental perspective.

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  • Monday, 03 August 2020

    Lost Stock partnerships support circular economy Premium Article

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

    Improved Higg tool makes impact easier to measure

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

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

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

    Australian wool growers in limbo over mulesing Premium Article

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

    New arrest as Cambodian PM quashes freedom of speech

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

    Private apparel firms urged to open up on ethics Premium Article

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

    Myanmar election candidates seek to address workers’ rights

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

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

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

    Nike outlines net zero ambition with new initiative Premium Article

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

    Boohoo to “act decisively” on investigation findings Premium Article

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

    Textile suppliers count cost of ongoing price pressures

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

    New spin on textile wastewater treatment Premium Article

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

    Bangladeshi platform tipped to transform transparency Premium Article

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

    Letter to Indian PM addresses worker concerns

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

    Ralph Lauren urged to ban alpaca wool, exotic skins

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

    China textile giant to make polyester from coal Premium Article

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

    Tax reforms may reduce textile environmental impact

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

    IDH insurance scheme protects Indian BCI farmers

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

    Newscast: Forced labour and fashion in China

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

    UN intervenes on Cambodia intimidation tactics Premium Article

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

    BFC opens new round of COVID relief funding

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

    Primark launches nationwide recycling scheme in UK

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

    Boohoo to manufacture via new “model factory” Premium Article

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

    Vaude introduces product ‘repair index’

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

    Report: Crystal Group turns to Industry 4.0 solutions

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

    Prana launches its “most sustainable” fabric yet

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

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

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

    Investors to influence textile supply chain reform Premium Article

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

    Boyish Jeans adopts Retraced transparency plug-in

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

    McKinsey challenges brands to address biodiversity Premium Article

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

    ZDHC rolls out Supplier to Zero initiative Premium Article

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

    COVID-19 delays BCI inquiry into Xinjiang cotton Premium Article

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

    Australian Wool Innovation seeks grower feedback

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

    Australian fashion platform champions sustainability

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

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

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

    New Boohoo site in Leicester linked with automation Premium Article

    LEICESTER – Fast fashion brand Boohoo has reportedly acquired a former Vauxhall dealership in the UK city of Leicester, which it will transform into a highly-automated garment factory. It’s said that the Manchester brand bought the site before it…
  • Friday, 24 July 2020

    Seed project launched for organic cotton farmers Premium Article

    MADHYA PRADESH - A new project has been launched to make quality, affordable non-GMO seed accessible to Indian farmers wanting to grow organic cotton. The Organic and Fairtrade Cotton Secretariat (OFCS) and 11 partners across government, the private…
  • Friday, 24 July 2020

    Countries urged to back EU's Cambodia action Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Today, 33 civil society organisations including the Fair Labor Association (FLA), Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) and Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) have urged national governments including those of the United Kingdom,…
  • Friday, 24 July 2020

    Brands distance themselves from Xinjiang cotton Premium Article

    LONDON - Brands and retailers have been distancing themselves from cotton grown in the Xinjiang region of China amidst growing concern over the use of forced labour by Uyghur Muslim prisoners. The End Uyghur Forced Labour coalition of nearly 200…
  • Thursday, 23 July 2020

    Summer Podcast Tips Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – Have you been unable to find time to listen to the Big Closets Small Planet podcast series that we’ve been working on with Michael Schragger from the Sustainable Fashion Academy? If not, no worries, because the summer break (for those of…
  • Thursday, 23 July 2020

    Sustainable Apparel Coalition adds new board members Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has recruited five new board members, adding supply chain, academic and industry expertise to its ranks. The new additions include Linda Greer, senior global fellow of the Institute of Public…
  • Thursday, 23 July 2020

    Remake calls for accountability on LA factory infections Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES – Ayesha Barenblat, the founder of workers’ rights organisation Remake, has called on Dov Charney – owner of Los Angeles Apparel, the factory which registered more than 300 COVID-19 cases and four deaths over recent months – to take…
  • Thursday, 23 July 2020

    Cambodia surveys COVID-19 impact on garment workers Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - Camabodia has launched a nationwide survey on the effects of COVID-19 on garment workers ahead of annual three-way talks to set the new level of the country's minimum wage. Ministry of Labour officials are carrying out the survey,…
  • Thursday, 23 July 2020

    Textile microfibres found in native UK sharks Premium Article

    EXETER – A research team in the UK has found both microplastics and microfibres in the guts of 46 native, deep-water sharks, which it says highlights the “pervasive nature of plastic pollution”. Analysing the aquatic animals, which were of just four…
  • Thursday, 23 July 2020

    Fashion for Good announces latest innovators Premium Article

    MUMBAI – Sustainability initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) has announced the second batch of innovators to join its South Asia Innovation Programme; these burgeoning companies bring with them promising new solutions in raw materials, wet processing,…
  • Thursday, 23 July 2020

    Brands urged to exit Xinjiang over forced labour Premium Article

    LONDON - A new coalition of more than 190 organisations from 36 countries is urging brands and retailers to cut all ties with suppliers implicated in forced labour involving Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China within 12 months. The End…
  • Thursday, 23 July 2020

    Archroma teams with Soorty for ‘healthy’ denim Premium Article

    REINACH – Pakistan denim mill Soorty has teamed up with colour and specialty chemicals business Archroma to produce a new collection of denim fabrics, garments and masks based around both healthcare needs and sustainability. 
  • Wednesday, 22 July 2020

    Indian states increase worker layoff allowance Premium Article

    INDIA – The Indian states of Punjab and Gujarat have amended the Industrial Disputes Act of 1947, affording factories that employ no more than 300 workers the opportunity to close without seeking permission from the country’s labour department in…
  • Wednesday, 22 July 2020

    Consumers 'want sustainability' post COVID-19 Premium Article

    NEW YORK - European consumers want fashion players to act responsibly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and consider their social and environmental impacts, according to a new survey carried out by management consultants McKinsey and Company. The…
  • Wednesday, 22 July 2020

    Aid by Trade publishes latest verification report Premium Article

    HAMBURG – The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) has published its ninth annual aggregated verification report, which reflects on the progress of its Cotton Made in Africa initiative throughout 2019. “This report represents AbTF's continued commitment…
  • Wednesday, 22 July 2020

    Fung hands WorkerApp tool to Elevate Premium Article

    HONG KONG - Supply chain manager Fung Group has linked up with sustainability solutions provider Elevate to develop its Worker App communication tool to help factories improve worker relations as they emerge from COVID-19 lockdown. WorkerApp was…
  • Wednesday, 22 July 2020

    Dumped clothes donations intercepted by authorities Premium Article

    BASINGSTOKE – Apparel dumped by donation bins are to be disposed of and so won’t benefit charities, says the council of UK town Basingstoke, after images surfaced which showed a stream of bags, that’s believed to contain castaway clothing, had been…
  • Wednesday, 22 July 2020

    US sanctions suppliers over Xingjiang links Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US has announced sanctions against 11 Chinese companies - said to include current and former suppliers to Patagonia, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss and Muji - over alleged links with human rights violations against…
  • Tuesday, 21 July 2020

    Cradle to Cradle standard open for further review Premium Article

    OAKLAND – The Cradle to Cradle Innovation Institute has opened up the latest draft of its product standard version 4 for public review, having similarly turned to the industry for feedback in August of last year. Having incorporated changes off the…
  • Tuesday, 21 July 2020

    Walmart, Target join bid to reinvent plastic bag Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Leading retailers, including Walmart and Target, have joined a new consortium led by circular economy investment firm Closed Loop Partners which aims to reinvent the single use plastic shopping bag. The Beyond the Bag initiative also…
  • Tuesday, 21 July 2020

    Nordstrom publishes 2025 sustainability goals Premium Article

    SEATTLE - US department store chain Nordstrom has published its 2025 Corporate Social Responsibility goals in which it oulines its plans to become more sustainable, drive positive labour practices and support the communities it serves. Nordstrom…
  • Tuesday, 21 July 2020

    Multi-stakeholder initiatives 'failing' - report Premium Article

    BERKELEY - Global multi-stakeholder initiatives - including those in the apparel industry - are failing to effectively detect and remedy human rights abuses, according to the conclusions of a decade-long research project. The MSI Integrity human…
  • Tuesday, 21 July 2020

    Cambodia called on to freeze loan repayments Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Measures to alleviate loan repayment concerns in Cambodia are failing, says Human Rights Watch, as borrowers are increasingly being forced to sell collateralized assets such as land to make payment. Though there’s been numerous calls…
  • Tuesday, 21 July 2020

    Brands urged to support supply chains Premium Article

    NEW DELHI – A group of workers’ rights organisations have called on fashion brands and retailers to establish to make a Supply-chain Relief Contribution (SRC), through which two per cent of their total sourcing budget from the preceding 12 months…
  • Tuesday, 21 July 2020

    Vivobarefoot launches shoe re-commerce platform Premium Article

    LONDON – UK footwear firm Vivobarefoot has launched what it says is the world’s first re-commerce site catering exclusively to the repair and resale of shoes. Through its ReVivo programme, the London-based brand hopes to reverse the cycle of…
  • Monday, 20 July 2020

    Textile microfibre summit set for 2021 Premium Article

    UK – As the global apparel industry starts to get to grips with its contribution to pollution related to textile fibre fragmentation, the Microfibre Consortium will hold an online edition of its Fibre Fragmentation Summit between March 23 - 26th,…
  • Monday, 20 July 2020

    Fibershed project maps regional textile manufacturing Premium Article

    SAN GERONIMO - Sustainable supply chain advocates Fibershed have produced an ecosystem mapping initiative focused on textile manufacturing on the western side of the USA. Fibershed’s Regional Fiber Manufacturing Initiative (RFMI) maps the ecosystem…
  • Monday, 20 July 2020

    Wool platform rewards sustainable sheep farmers Premium Article

    SALTAIRE - A wool quality assurance platform which pays farmers who follow regenerative practices more for their wool has been launched in the UK as plummeting prices have seen fleeces destroyed rather than sent to auction. The Woolkeepers platform…
  • Monday, 20 July 2020

    UK government urged to address factory exploitation Premium Article

    LONDON – A letter from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) addressed to the UK’s Secretary of the State for the Home Department Priti Patel calls for government action in tackling worker exploitation claims. Backed by fashion brands and retailers…
  • Friday, 17 July 2020

    Sustainable brand 'fails sustainability test' Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Footwear brand Allbirds, which prides itself on its sustainability, has failed the sustainability test of the Eco-Stylist online marketplace for ethically-made men’s clothing. Eco-Stylist notes Allbirds is a B Corporation which was…
  • Friday, 17 July 2020

    Uyghur workers videoed on TikTok platform Premium Article

    XINJIANG – Footage which has emerged on the social media platform TikTok has raised fresh fears over the sufferment of China’ Uyghur Muslim population, as it shows what are believed to be forced labourers in transit. In March, research from the…
  • Friday, 17 July 2020

    Patagonia and Surfdome trial removal of polybags Premium Article

    VENTURA - US outdoor apparel brand Patagonia has linked up with online sports specialist Surfdome to trial the removal of plastic polybags from clothes orders. The two companies recently completed a three month trial, called Plastic Cutback, to…
  • Friday, 17 July 2020

    Gap agrees to pay for cancelled orders Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Fashion brand Gap Inc has become the latest to commit to paying its suppliers in full for orders it cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic that were already completed or in production. "Gap Inc will work collaboratively with…
  • Friday, 17 July 2020

    Filter effective in reducing microfibre emissions by 78% Premium Article

    PLYMOUTH – A team of researchers at the University of Plymouth has tested the efficacy of six washing machine filters in reducing the emission of textile microfibres during laundering. All six filters were proven effective in improving levels of…
  • Thursday, 16 July 2020

    COVID-19 disguises underhand union busting Premium Article

    GLOBAL – Across the world’s key apparel manufacturing nations, it’s alleged that unscrupulous factory bosses are using the COVID-19 pandemic – and the massive financial impact it’s had – to break up workers’ unions. According to native trade unions…
  • Thursday, 16 July 2020

    ETI pours cold water on Boohoo claims Premium Article

    LEICESTER - The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has contacted the UK government's Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) to distance itself from Boohoo claims that it was "taking steps to gain membership". Boohoo, which has been at the centre of the…
  • Thursday, 16 July 2020

    Mulesing legislation hangs in the balance Premium Article

    NEW SOUTH WALES – Woolgrowers have been urged to have their say on proposed amendments to the POCTA (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Act in New South Wales, as the state’s Legislative Council looks to fast-track new laws that could see pain relief…
  • Wednesday, 15 July 2020

    ChemSec and ZDHC link up for safer chemicals Premium Article

    GOTHENBURG - ChemSec and the ZDHC Foundation have announced a joint bid to replace hazardous chemicals used in textile and leather manufacturing with safer alternatives. The collaboration will mean that ZDHC will publish its MRSL Candidate List as a…
  • Wednesday, 15 July 2020

    Amazon and Aquafil join Ellen MacArthur Foundation Premium Article

    COWES - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has announced that online retail giant Amazon and sustainable textile producer Aquafil have joined its circular economy network. Swiss technology company ABB has also joined the network of companies which have…
  • Wednesday, 15 July 2020

    Brands invited to join U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Premium Article

    MEMPHIS – From today, fashion brands and retailers can join the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, a new data-rich system that will verify company commitments and efforts in-line with the UN’s sustainability goals. First unveiled at the Cotton Sourcing USA…
  • Wednesday, 15 July 2020

    London Fashion Week to go ahead in September Premium Article

    LONDON - The British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced that London Fashion Week will go ahead this September in a revised format that will include both physical and digital shows. The event will be held from 17-22 September and will feature…
  • Wednesday, 15 July 2020

    Levi’s appoints C&A’s Jeffrey Hogue to chief sustainability role Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – US apparel brand Levi Strauss has appointed Jeffrey Hogue as its new chief sustainability officer, who joins having served in the same role at C&A for over six years. “I am thrilled to be joining a company with such a rich history as…
  • Wednesday, 15 July 2020

    Project aims to turn cans into zips and buckles Premium Article

    LONDON - Accessories brand Elvis & Kresse is working with researchers from Queen Mary University of London’s School of Engineering and Materials Science on a project to build a carbon-free forge to recycle aluminium drinks cans into zips and…
  • Wednesday, 15 July 2020

    Uniqlo bans alpaca wool from clothing Premium Article

    TOKYO – Following in the footsteps of Marks & Spencer, Japanese fashion titan Uniqlo has vowed to ban the use of alpaca wool from its collections after a PETA exposé highlighted instances of gross misconduct at the world’s largest privately owned…
  • Tuesday, 14 July 2020

    Podcast: Ecotextile Talks – Behind the News Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in our editorial newsroom? If so, why not have a listen to the first two episodes of our new series of Ecotextile Talks podcasts available on Apple, Google, Spotify and Deezer. Like…
  • Tuesday, 14 July 2020

    Boohoo urged to engage with trade unions Premium Article

    ENGLAND – A trade union leader in the UK says “it comes as no surprise” that fast fashion retailer Boohoo is at the centre of controversy surrounding supply chain factory conditions, having rejected its attempts to collaborate and address worker…
  • Tuesday, 14 July 2020

    Cambodia's garment industry appeals for help Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - Cambodia's garment industry had issued a renewed plea for help amidst new statistics revealing that more than 150,000 workers have now lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. Factory owners and trade unions both called on the…
  • Tuesday, 14 July 2020

    New Zealand clothing industry bids for circularity Premium Article

    WELLINGTON - New Zealand's clothing and textile industry has launched a new organisation which aims to increase the proportion of recycling in the sector. The Textile Product Stewardship Project sits within the Textile Reuse Programme which was…
  • Tuesday, 14 July 2020

    Survey: brands using animal product “out of touch” Premium Article

    LONDON – An indicative survey of British consumers has found that a large majority would welcome a ban on animal fur imports, with only three per cent of participants saying they wear such materials. Conducted by YouGov and commissioned by Humane…
  • Monday, 13 July 2020

    Second brand dragged into Leicester claims Premium Article

    LEICESTER - Fashion brand Quiz has suspended all activity with one of its suppliers in Leicester following allegations that garment workers were being paid just £3 an hour to make its clothes. It follows a series of allegations about garment…
  • Monday, 13 July 2020

    Trump urged to address PPE confusion Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has written to the US President’s administration, and other authorities in the country, urging that harmonised guidelines be published if retail workers are to be protected amidst the…
  • Monday, 13 July 2020

    LA factory closed over 300 COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES – A garment factory in downtown Los Angeles, California, has been closed after an investigation by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (DPH) found there had been more than 300 cases of the coronavirus at the site, leading to the…
  • Monday, 13 July 2020

    Transformers Foundation to host Catalysts event Premium Article

    NEW YORK - The Transformers Foundation is set to host its first-ever summit as a non-profit organisation after splitting off from the Kingpins denim trade shows. Entitled Catalysts, the digital event will focus on actively addressing and…
  • Friday, 10 July 2020

    Tessuto links up with Parley for the Oceans Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Textile producer Clerici Tessuto has joins forces with environmental group Parley for the Oceans to produce luxury fabrics using recycled polyester yarn made from ​marine plastic. The agreement aims to combine high-end fabric production…
  • Friday, 10 July 2020

    Cambodian authority looks to settle factory wage war Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s Ministry of Labour will hold a meeting with representatives of the now-closed Hana garment factory today, in an effort to resolve ongoing tensions between bosses and workers over pay. In late June, Labour Dispute Committee…
  • Friday, 10 July 2020

    Garment workers 'gassed' during insect spraying Premium Article

    JORDAN - More than 140 women garment workers had to be taken to hospital after they inhaled toxic gases during spraying to control insects and rodents at their factory. Doctors said it appeared the concentration of the chemicals used for the…
  • Friday, 10 July 2020

    ZDHC welcomes new members Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has welcomed three new oragnisations to its Roadmap to Zero programme, which aligns stakeholders in efforts to replace hazardous chemicals with safer ones in textiles and clothing production. Chemical manufacturers…
  • Thursday, 09 July 2020

    Garment factories 'targeting pregnant workers' Premium Article

    DHAKA - Garment factories in Bangladesh have been accused of targeting pregnant women and trade union activists as they downsize their workforces amidst the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Fears have been raised that 1.8 million garment…
  • Thursday, 09 July 2020

    Myanmar pay rises ruled out by inflation Premium Article

    YANGON – Findings from a new survey conducted by the French Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry has found that workers across the country’s manufacturing industries that were recipients of a pay rise last year were in fact no better off due to…
  • Thursday, 09 July 2020

    SMEs join 2020 Circular Fashion Pledge Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – More than 110 small and medium-sized fashion brands have taken the 2020 Circular Fashion Pledge – an independent initiative that was first launched back in April 2020 as part of Fashion Revolution Week. The pledge asks brands to…
  • Thursday, 09 July 2020

    GMAC appeals for ILO backing of EBA postponement Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has urged the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and those supporting its Call to Action to throw down their support for postponing Cambodia’s partial suspension from the…
  • Thursday, 09 July 2020

    PVH aims to help shape 'new normal' Premium Article

    NEW YORK - PVH Corp, which owns brands including Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, outlined its ambition to help shape the 'new normal' post-pandemic as it published its annual Corporate Responsibility (CR) report. The company's 2019 report, the…
  • Wednesday, 08 July 2020

    Garment workers 'need more support' - report Premium Article

    NEW DELHI - The Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA), which campaigns to improve conditions in the garment industry, is calling for further action from brands and governments to protect garment factories and their workers from the impact of the…
  • Wednesday, 08 July 2020

    Levi’s the latest to #PayUp Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Levi’s is the latest apparel brand to agree to pay its suppliers for goods they produced amidst the pandemic, joining the likes of H&M, Adidas, Inditex and many more who’ve promised to support those in their supply chains. Since the…
  • Wednesday, 08 July 2020

    Napapijri jackets certified Cradle to Cradle gold Premium Article

    AOSTA – Outdoor apparel brand Napapijri has been awarded Cradle to Cradle Certified gold level certification for its series of circular jackets. The lifecycle of these garments has been lauded as exemplary by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation…
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