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Could the advent of the 'Virtual Department Store' ultimately lead to more responsible chemical management in apparel supply chains? Phil Patterson thinks so.

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  • Monday, 28 September 2020

    Walmart aims for zero emissions by 2040

    BENTONVILLE - Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is targeting zero emissions across the company’s global operations by 2040 without the use of carbon offsetting. Walmart, together with its charitable arm, the Walmart Foundation, is also…
  • Monday, 28 September 2020

    CCC challenges brands to commit to wage assurance scheme

    AMSTERDAM – Workers’ rights group Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has today kick-started a new campaign which challenges brands and retailers to commit to a wage assurance scheme that will guarantee supply chains workers are paid adequately. A report…
  • Monday, 28 September 2020

    Canopy joins UN Fashion Charter

    VANCOUVER – Environmental NGO Canopy has joined the United Nations’ Fashion Charter (UNFCCC) as a supporting organisation, and says it will work alongside the likes of Nike, Stella McCartney, Burberry, Chanel, Inditex as it vies to make a case for…
  • Monday, 28 September 2020

    Allbirds closes US$100 million funding round

    SAN FRANCISCO - Sustainable footwear brand Allbirds has announced the successful completion of a US$100 million funding round which it described as a vote of confidence in its strength in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by global investment…
  • Monday, 28 September 2020

    PETA stages London Fashion Week protest

    LONDON - Supporters of the animal rights group PETA have descended on London Fashion Week to urge designers to drop exotic skins from their collections. Wearing bright yellow 'HAZMAT' suits, they claimed that as well as causing suffering to animals,…
  • Monday, 28 September 2020

    Labour Behind the Label welcomes Boohoo report Premium Article

    LEICESTER - Labour Behind the Label has welcomed the publication of an independent inquiry into Boohoo’s Leicester supply chain as a "damning indictment" of the fast fashion retailer's practices, culture and failings. And the charity urged the UK…
  • Monday, 28 September 2020

    M&S reintroduces Shwopping scheme

    LONDON – Marks & Spencer will bring back its Shwopping scheme later this week, encouraging consumers to donate their unwanted garments. The service, which was ditched only six months ago before the company U-turned on the decision, will benefit the…
  • Monday, 28 September 2020

    ASOS launches first circular clothing collection

    LONDON – Fashion retailer ASOS has launched its first circular collection of garments and accessories, all of which have been made to comply with eight pre-defined design principles. The collection demonstrates the company’s commitment to a circular…
  • Friday, 25 September 2020

    Chanel issues its first Sustainability Bond Premium Article

    LONDON – Luxury fashion brand Chanel has raised US$700 million for the issue of its first Sustainability Bond. The company’s is different to that of the likes of Burberry – which recently issued its own US$300 million bond – in that it will include…
  • Friday, 25 September 2020

    Respite for Cambodia as US orders increase

    PHNOM PENH – The Asian Development Bank has revised its economic projection for Cambodia, as it predicts that an increase in orders from US customers might offset the damage done by its partial suspension from the Everything But Arms (EBA)…
  • Friday, 25 September 2020

    Inquiry lambasts Boohoo for Leicester ‘failings’ Premium Article

    LEICESTER – An independent inquiry into fast fashion retailer Boohoo’s working practises in Leicester has found significant ‘failings’ in its supply chain following claims in July that garment workers were being paid below the minimum wage and…
  • Friday, 25 September 2020

    Asics joins RE100 environmental initiative

    KOBE – Sportswear brand Asics is the latest to join the global environmental initiative RE100, as it commits to using only renewable energy across its entire business operations by 2050. Asics joins the likes of Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Chanel and…
  • Thursday, 24 September 2020

    PETA calls on Italian PM to ban fur farms

    MILAN – Animal rights organisation PETA has taken to the streets of Milan amidst the city’s Fashion Week to once again urge the country’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to ban fur farming. Authorities in the Netherlands have already outlawed farming…
  • Thursday, 24 September 2020

    Dyeing auxiliary improves water savings Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – One year on from the launch of its new textile dyeing auxiliary for polyester and its blends, which combines pre-scouring, dyeing and reduction clearing in a single bath, Huntsman Textile Effects claims collective water savings of ‘more…
  • Thursday, 24 September 2020

    Bestseller, Spinnova forge new partnership

    HELSINKI – Finnish fibre innovator Spinnova will embark on a “long-term sustainability journey” with Bestseller, as the pair announce a new partnership which will see the fashion brand look to integrate Spinnova’s patented method of producing…
  • Thursday, 24 September 2020

    PFI introduces Recycled Material Certification

    HONG KONG – Testing, inspection and auditing organisation PFI has launched a new third-party certification system for recycled content, which it calls the Recycled Material Certification (RMC). The company introduces both RMC and RMC Blue, with the…
  • Thursday, 24 September 2020

    Brands failing on living wages, CCC report finds Premium Article

    GLOBAL – A new report launched by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) non-profit has unearthed that, despite the pledges of leading fashion firms, not a single brand or retailer of the 108 it cross-checked pays all of its supply chain workers a living…
  • Thursday, 24 September 2020

    New Sateri fibre meets Recycled Claim Standard

    SHANGHAI – Viscose producer Sateri has unveiled a new recycled fibre at the ongoing Intertextile Shanghai trade show, which has been certified to the Recycled Claim Standard (RCS). This standard requires a product to contain at least five per cent…
  • Wednesday, 23 September 2020

    Amazon spotlights sustainability with new global initiative Premium Article

    SEATTLE – E-commerce giant Amazon has today unveiled Climate Pledge Friendly, a new programme which promises to spotlight more sustainable product alternatives on the company’s online marketplace. Through this initiative, Amazon will initially…
  • Wednesday, 23 September 2020

    US legislation over Xinjiang imports gains traction Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The US House of Representatives has voted to take comprehensive action against the import of apparel and other goods from Xinjiang’s Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and will work on the “legal presumption” that any product which arrives…
  • Wednesday, 23 September 2020

    PETA urges Capri Holdings to ban exotic animal skins

    LONDON – Animal rights organisation PETA will attend the annual meeting of Capri Holdings today, which owns illustrious brands such as Versace and Michael Kors, as it poses the question: When will you protect public health and animal welfare by no…
  • Wednesday, 23 September 2020

    NGOs set out to identify forced labour cases in Bangladesh

    WASHINGTON – Humanitarian campaign groups GoodWeave International and the Awaj Foundation have partnered to provide COVID-19 relief aid to Bangladesh’s hard-hit apparel industry workers, and has vowed to conduct in-depth research into the nation’s…
  • Tuesday, 22 September 2020

    Lenzing launches carbon-zero Tencel fibre

    LENZING – Textile fibre producer Lenzing has brought to market its very first carbon-zero Tencel branded lyocell and modal fibres, which have been third-party verified and certified Carbon Neutral. The product’s development is the latest step in…
  • Tuesday, 22 September 2020

    Survey: consumers allured by sustainable packaging Premium Article

    DUBLIN – A new survey conducted by packaging specialist Smurfit Kappa highlights growing appetite amongst European customers for fashion brands to adopt more sustainable forms of packaging. Amongst respondents within the UK, 45 per cent of the…
  • Tuesday, 22 September 2020

    Remake initiative looks ahead to broader industry action Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Workers’ rights organisation Remake has outlined an ambitious new initiative which expands on the success of its #PayUp campaign – which has to date forced U-turns on retracted payments to the tune of US$22bn globally – and urges…
  • Tuesday, 22 September 2020

    Myanmar unions deem COVID guidelines “unfair”

    YANGON – Workers’ unions in Myanmar have labelled the Ministry of Labour’s COVID-19 guidelines “unfair”, with instructions largely laying the responsibility with garment factory employees to reduce the spread of the infection, rather than their…
  • Tuesday, 22 September 2020

    Lee Jeans spotlights sustainability with Selfridges’ pop-up

    LONDON – Lee Jeans has partnered with department store Selfridges to launch a pop-up store selling garments produced using recycled and organic materials, and the firm’s water-free Crystal Clear dyeing process. Called ‘Lee’s For a World That Works…
  • Tuesday, 22 September 2020

    Gender data in industry "woefully insufficient" Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) has today published a Gender Baseline Report, having assessed the commitments and strategies of 36 leading apparel brands around the world. The report looks at the gender data disclosure of each…
  • Monday, 21 September 2020

    Tech duo back blockchain’s potential in fashion

    LONDON – Blockchain technology provider Everledger has partnered with tech firm and IoT (Internet of Things) specialist Temera to provide greater product transparency within the fashion industry. Using NFC chips by Temera and Everledger’s…
  • Monday, 21 September 2020

    Online platform champions non-mulesed wool growers

    ADELAIDE – In Australia, a new platform called NewMerino has been created to spotlight wool growers who’ve ceased mulesing. The organisation has a growing membership of what it calls ‘New Generation Farmers’, those who demonstrate a “sustainable”…
  • Monday, 21 September 2020

    Lenzing receives improved sustainability rating

    LENZING – Textile fibre producer Lenzing has been awarded an improved sustainability rating of B- by field agency ISS ESG for its ongoing efforts to reduce the firm’s environmental impacts. The revised rating, up from C+, positions the Austrian…
  • Monday, 21 September 2020

    Zalando launches pre-owned fashion service Premium Article

    BERLIN – European fashion platform Zalando has launched a new pre-owned clothing service in Germany and Spain, through which users can return their unwanted garments to be resold via its online marketplace. The concept is all in aid of enabling a…
  • Friday, 18 September 2020

    Cone Denim adopts Oritain’s tracing tech Premium Article

    GREENSBORO – Cone Denim, of the Elevate Textiles Group which also owns American & Efird and Burlington, has partnered with supply chain traceability specialist Oritain to validate the end-to-end authenticity of the cotton it uses. Oritain’s method,…
  • Friday, 18 September 2020

    Salomon to launch fully recyclable running shoe Premium Article

    ANNECY - French sportswear brand Salomon has announced that it has developed a fully recyclable performance road running shoe, the Index.01, which will go on sale next spring. The Index.01, the company’s first shoe that is designed to be…
  • Friday, 18 September 2020

    Coats Digital solution calculates fair wages for workers Premium Article

    UXBRIDGE – Coats Digital, the technological arm of industrial thread manufacturer Coats, has updated its GSDCost software – which helps fashion brands and manufacturers streamline the logistics of their operations – to introduce a new globalised…
  • Friday, 18 September 2020

    Oxfam partners with Depop for #SecondhandSeptember Premium Article

    LONDON – British charity Oxfam has partnered with e-commerce platform Depop as it looks to draw attention to its #SecondhandSeptember campaign, which challenges consumers to refrain from purchasing brand-new stock for the entire month. On Oxfam’s…
  • Friday, 18 September 2020

    H&M cuts ties with supplier over forced labour Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish fashion brand H&M is ending its relationship with a Chinese yarn producer over concerns about the use of forced labour by Uyghur prisoners in the country's Xinjiang region. The company had already pulled out of Xinjiang where up…
  • Thursday, 17 September 2020

    Uniqlo set to launch recycled down jackets Premium Article

    TOKYO - Retailer Uniqlo is to launch a new initiative that involves producing and selling new garments made with recycled clothes collected from customers who no longer need them. Called Re.Uniqlo, the programme will be launched in Japan on 2nd…
  • Thursday, 17 September 2020

    Green Button label celebrates first anniversary Premium Article

    BERLIN – Germany's Grüner Knopf (green button) label, a government-run textile certification mark, has marked its first anniversary by revealing how much ground it has covered over the last 12 months. As many as 52 companies have joined the scheme…
  • Thursday, 17 September 2020

    Digital plan to track every garment in the world Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Digital platform provider Eon has linked up with fashion brands H&M, PVH and Target, as well as software giant Microsoft, in a plan to give every garment in the world a unique digital identity. The initial aim is to bring 400 million…
  • Thursday, 17 September 2020

    More microfibres 'end up on land than in water' Premium Article

    SANTA BARBARA - More polyester and nylon microfibres - shed from clothing during washing - now end up on land around the world than in our rivers and oceans, according to new research. Scientists at the University of California say around 176,500…
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    Sustainable Apparel Coalition announces Higg PM launch Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) today announces the release of its Higg Product Module (Higg PM), a lifecycle assessment tool that promises to guide brands, retailers and manufacturers by calculating both product and supply…
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    H&M, IKEA back call for 55% EU emissions cut Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - More than 150 businesses - including H&M and IKEA - are calling on the European Union (EU) to commit to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 55 per cent by 2030. The European Corporate Leaders Group (CLG Europe), a…
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    Sustainable fashion app expands across UK and Ireland Premium Article

    LONDON - Sustainable fashion app Nuw is to expand its services across the UK and Ireland after previously being available in only London, Dublin and Cambridge. The app, which allows its users to borrow and swap clothes in their area for a…
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    Burberry confirms details of sustainable bond Premium Article

    LONDON - Luxury fashion brand Burberry has revealed that it is aiming to raise £300 million (US$390m) in funding through the issue of its first Sustainability Bond. The five-year bond, the first of its kind by a luxury fashion brand, will be used to…
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    PODCAST: Revisiting fashion's misinformation problem Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD - Our latest Big Closets Small Planet podcast revisits fashion's misinformation problem which was highlighted by a special Ecotextile News investigation - Busting Myths - late last year. Back then, we looked at some of the more…
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    Re:newcell ponders potential new factory move Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Textile recycling innovator Re:newcell is exploring the possibility of investing in a new facility in Sweden, as it looks to scale production. Re:newcell’s technology chemically recycles garments with high cellulosic content to yield…
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    Outerknown vows to eliminate plastic packaging Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – US apparel brand Outerknown has vowed to eliminate plastic polybags from its operations, and says all its suppliers will switch to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified tissue bags by the end of next year. To achieve this, the…
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    Sportswear brand On launches subscription service Premium Article

    GENEVA – Swiss sportswear brand On has launched a new apparel subscription service which will enable consumers to stay ahead of new releases whilst also enabling a circular economy. Through this service, called Cyclon, users will pay £25 a month for…
  • Tuesday, 15 September 2020

    Playbook tackles fashion's impact on climate Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action has today launched a new ‘playbook’ to enable actors in the fashion supply chain to identify what climate actions to take and which initiatives could support them on the road to…
  • Tuesday, 15 September 2020

    XR activists seek funding for fashion initiative Premium Article

    LONDON - Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists have launched a crowdfunding campaign to set up a new initiative - Fashion Act Now - tasked with making sure the fashion industy works fast enough to mitigate climate change. In an online plea for…
  • Tuesday, 15 September 2020

    SBTi to develop global standard on net-zero Premium Article

    LONDON - The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has launched a programme to develop the first science-based global standard for corporate net-zero target setting. SBTi has published a new paper which lays out the conceptual foundations for…
  • Tuesday, 15 September 2020

    US blocks Xinjiang cotton and apparel Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced five Withhold Release Orders (WRO) blocking imports from the Xinjiang region of China over forced labour fears. The WROs direct CBP officers at all ports to withhold the…
  • Tuesday, 15 September 2020

    Laudes Foundation pushes for regenerative economy Premium Article

    LONDON – The Laudes Foundation has forged partnerships with both the Council on Economic Policies (CEP) and the New Economics Foundation (NEF), and will free up €5.5 million to accelerate a push towards a more inclusive and regenerative economy.…
  • Tuesday, 15 September 2020

    Cambodian unions to boycott labour laws discussion Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Six workers’ unions in Cambodia plan to boycott a meeting between the country’s labour ministry today, in opposition to proposed new amendments to labour laws which would see overtime payment rates scrapped. Authorities have deliberated…
  • Tuesday, 15 September 2020

    MPs urge government to help fix fashion Premium Article

    LONDON - Cross-party MPs are calling on the British government to help fix fashion by doing more to support the development of more sustainable fabrics, boost textile recycling and help to bring back manufacturing jobs to the UK. Those are the key…
  • Monday, 14 September 2020

    Designers use 3D printing for sustainability Premium Article

    MINNEAPOLIS - 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys is working with fashion designers through the European Union funded Re-FREAM project to make the production of fashion more sustainable. The company's PolyJet 3D printing technology played an integral…
  • Monday, 14 September 2020

    IKEA to open its first secondhand store Premium Article

    LEIDEN - Swedish homeware giant IKEA is to open its first secondhand store later this year as part of the company's bid to be fully circular by the year 2030. The store, a test project which will be closely monitored, will open in ReTuna, the…
  • Monday, 14 September 2020

    Fashion Week protestors address Uyghur plight Premium Article

    NEW YORK – On the opening night of New York Fashion Week, Uyghur rights and advocacy groups staged demonstrations, highlighting the industry’s accountability in the ongoing plight of Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region, where it’s believed…
  • Monday, 14 September 2020

    Fashion rental platform integrates carbon tracker Premium Article

    LONDON – Fashion rental service Hurr Collective has integrated a real-time carbon footprint tracker into its platform which will provide users with insight into the emissions savings their actions will make by opting not to purchase brand-new items.…
  • Monday, 14 September 2020

    Fashion 'blind to water pollution impact' Premium Article

    LONDON - The fashion and textiles industry is largely blind to water pollution with only one in ten companies aware of the risks across their own supply chains, according to new research. The report, 'Interwoven Risks, Untapped Opportunities' by…
  • Friday, 11 September 2020

    Textile Exchange takes charge of 'Preferred Fiber Toolkit' Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Fashion brand Gap has partnered with Textile Exchange for the public release of its Preferred Fiber Toolkit (PFT), an online resource that will detail the environmental and social impacts of various raw material, as to inform…
  • Friday, 11 September 2020

    Primark launches A Better Future campaign Premium Article

    DUBLIN - Fast fashion retailer Primark has this week launched a new campaign, Time for Change: A Better Future, which it says is aimed at making sustainable fashion more affordable. It includes significant increases in the number of products made…
  • Friday, 11 September 2020

    PVH Corp bans exotic animal skins Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Fashion conglomerate PVH Corp., the owner of brands including Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, has banned exotic animal skins from its clothing, telling PETA that it’s part of its “long-term strategy to drive fashion forward for good”.…
  • Friday, 11 September 2020

    Expanded Transformers ED to be staged online Premium Article

    NEW YORK - The Transformers Foundation is to virtually stage the next edition of its Transformers ED student and consumer-facing denim education series online via Zoom on October 14, 15 and 16. Featuring three days of content focused on the topics…
  • Friday, 11 September 2020

    Fashion For Good project champions chemical recycling tech Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Sustainability initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) has initiated a new project which, with the support of a consortium of brands, manufacturers and industry organisations, will vie to scale promising chemical recycling solutions in…
  • Friday, 11 September 2020

    Cambodia sets new minimum wage for garment workers Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia's minimum wage for garment workers has been set at US$192 per month for next year - an increase of just US$2 - prompting criticism from trade unions. The Ministry of Labour announced that from 1st January 2021 permanent garment…
  • Thursday, 10 September 2020

    Solo New York wins sustainability award Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Sustainable bag brand Solo New York has won the Business Intelligence Group's 2020 Sustainability Initiative of the Year award. The brand's Re:cycled Collection was recognised for its innovative use of recycled materials and broader…
  • Thursday, 10 September 2020

    H&M backs biodiversity research with investment Premium Article

    BONN – Fashion brand H&M has announced a new four-year financial contribution to The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which will support a new project at the organisation looking at the impact and dependence…
  • Thursday, 10 September 2020

    Cash support for Bangladesh's garment workers Premium Article

    DHAKA - The Bangladesh government is to provide laid-off garment workers with 3,000 taka (US$35) a month for three months, in a relief programme backed by the European Union and Germany to the tune of €113 million (US$134m). Workers laid off from…
  • Thursday, 10 September 2020

    Performance Days to address ‘closing the loop’ Premium Article

    MUNICH – At this year’s Performance Days trade show in Munich, scheduled to go ahead from 9-10 December, a theme of ‘Nothing to Waste – Closing the Loop’ will address the industry’s gargantuan waste issue, with expert talks and exhibits set to…
  • Wednesday, 09 September 2020

    Burberry to launch 'first sustainability bond' Premium Article

    LONDON - Burberry has announced plans to become the first luxury brand to issue a sustainability bond to fund social and environmental improvements. The proceeds will be used to finance eligible projects listed under Burberry’s new Sustainability…
  • Wednesday, 09 September 2020

    Bangladesh’s RMG sector concerned as Europe cases rise Premium Article

    DHAKA – There’s concern in Bangladesh as countries within Europe register increases in the number of daily COVID-19 cases, which threaten the southeast Asian nation’s resurgence. Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG) sector is typically accountable…
  • Wednesday, 09 September 2020

    Germany backs ILO bid to help garment workers Premium Article

    BERLIN - The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is to give €14.5 million (US$17m) to an International Labour Organisation (ILO) programme to help garment workers affected by COVID-19 in seven countries. The…
  • Wednesday, 09 September 2020

    Startup’s rental platform set to launch in US Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Clothing rental startup Wardrobe will soon launch in the US following a successful beta phase which it started in November of last year. With a peer-to-peer business model, Wardrobe enables users to list their own items whilst browsing…
  • Wednesday, 09 September 2020

    US to block Xinjiang cotton over forced labour Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US is reportedly set to block key exports from China's Xinjiang region - including cotton - over allegations that they are produced using forced labour by Uyghur Muslims. Up to 1.8 million Uyghurs, and other Turkic groups, have…
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    Monki brand launches upcycled capsule collection Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Monki, a brand of H&M, has announced the launch of a new upcycled capsule denim collection which makes use of pre-consumer waste. The Swedish fashion firm says the three items created, a jacket, pair of denim jeans and tote bag, make use…
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    H&M knuckles down with plastics project Premium Article

    JAKARTA – Fashion brand H&M, in partnership with bottled water company Danone-Aqua, has vowed to step up the work of its Bottle2Fashion initiative with the launch of a new children’s clothing range made from plastics intercepted on the coasts of…
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    Adidas supplier 'lays off' 4,000 workers Premium Article

    LAPU-LAPU - Around 4,000 garment workers have reportedly been laid off without notice by a sportswear manufacturer, which reportedly supplies major brands including Adidas, Under Armour and Lululemon, in the Philippines. The Partido Manggagawa…
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    Garment workers spent savings to survive COVID-19 Premium Article

    DHAKA - A quarter of garment workers in Bangladesh spent their savings to cover living expenses during the coronavirus pandemic while 18 per cent borrowed money and nine per cent relied on family support, according to a survey. The poll, entitled…
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    Hong Kong welcomes ‘Sustainable September’ initiative Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Fashion resale platform Vestiaire Collective is spearheading a new ‘Sustainable September’ campaign in Hong Kong, which encourages consumers to opt for second-hand clothes only this month. In a similar vein to Oxfam’s…
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    Leicester factories blamed for spread of COVID Premium Article

    LEICESTER – Garment manufacturing bosses in Leicester are amongst those who’ve been singled out for blame for spreading the coronavirus in the UK, after a former government minister launched an attack on the country’s handling of the contagion in…
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    Consumer survey highlights sustainability perceptions Premium Article

    JYVÄSKYLÄ – Researchers at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland have surveyed more than 1,500 consumers across the country, as well as in the USA, France, Germany and Sweden, to assess their perceptions of sustainability in textiles and clothing.…
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    Report says manufacturers are key to circularity Premium Article

    SINGAPORE - International sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future is calling on the fashion industry to realise the huge untapped potential of manufacturers to accelerate the transformation towards circularity. Forum for the Future has…
  • Monday, 07 September 2020

    Post-lockdown ‘Fabric Days’ event a success Premium Article

    MUNICH – The organisers of Munich Fabric Start say their Fabric Days trade show has been a success, having attracted more than 3,600 visitors from 30 countries for the first post-lockdown industry event. Held from 1-3 September, Fabric Days was…
  • Monday, 07 September 2020

    Solidaridad backs calls for EU due diligence law Premium Article

    UTRECHT - The Solidaridad international organisation has added its voice to calls for the EU to introduce legislation requiring European businesses to carry out environmental and human rights due diligence throughout their supply chains.…
  • Monday, 07 September 2020

    AWI board urged to choose projects over profits Premium Article

    SYDNEY – A former board member of Australia Wool Innovation has urged the industry body to halve the incomes of board personnel, at least until the country’s wool market recovers from the effects of COVID-19. According to AWI’s Annual Report…
  • Monday, 07 September 2020

    Green Carpet Fashion Awards go digital Premium Article

    MILAN - The Green Carpet Fashion Awards - which recognise industry moves towards sustainability - are going digital this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The event, normally held at La Scala theatre in Milan, will this year be a fusion of…
  • Monday, 07 September 2020

    UK project vies to create circular sportswear Premium Article

    MIDDLESBOROUGH – UK sportswear brand Presca says it hopes to revolutionise the market as it kick-starts a project which will vie to create fully circular performance apparel. Having secured funding, Presca, along with Poseidon Plastics and a team at…
  • Friday, 04 September 2020

    Oeko-Tex registers progress despite COVID-19 set-back Premium Article

    ZURICH – Swiss certifications authority Oeko-Tex says that despite the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, it was able to increase the number of certificates and labels it’s issued in the past financial year by 13 per cent. In total, the…
  • Friday, 04 September 2020

    Adidas makes eco-versions of classic trainers Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH - Sportswear brand Adidas has redesigned some of its most iconic trainers for a new range, which it calls Clean Classics, designed to reduce the company's impact on the environment. The vegan trainers aim to minimalise plastic waste…
  • Friday, 04 September 2020

    2020 Redress Design Award winners revealed Premium Article

    HONG KONG - Environmental charity Redress has announced the winners of the 2020 Redress Design Award which is billed as the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition. Grand final winners of the competition, which was held online this…
  • Friday, 04 September 2020

    Microplastics detrimental to land fertility, research finds Premium Article

    CHONGQING – Researchers in China have concluded a study which has assessed the impact microplastics have on land fertility and ecosystems underground. The findings highlight that across four test areas, those exposed to the highest quantities of…
  • Friday, 04 September 2020

    Slavery risks 'surge in manufacturing hubs' Premium Article

    BATH – The risk of modern slavery in garment and textile manufacturing hubs in Asia has risen dramatically on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to consultants Verisk Maplecroft. In its 2020 Human Rights Outlook report, the global risk…
  • Thursday, 03 September 2020

    Raw materials key to sustainability - survey Premium Article

    LENZING - The majority of consumers want to shop for fashion and textiles more sustainably with the choice of raw materials ranking as a key factor in purchasing decisions, according to new survey by textile manufacturer Lenzing. The study of 9,000…
  • Thursday, 03 September 2020

    California worker protection bill falls through Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – Highly anticipated proposed legislation that would have ensured garment workers in the state of California are afforded a minimum wage has fallen through, as it failed to come up for a vote before the midnight deadline of this year’s…
  • Thursday, 03 September 2020

    IKEA owner to invest in tackling climate change Premium Article

    LEIDEN - IKEA owner, the Ingka Group, is to invest €600 million (US$710m) in sustainability measures including a 'zero fossil fuel' approach to help IKEA achieve its ambition of becoming climate positive by 2030. The money will be spent over the…
  • Thursday, 03 September 2020

    Cambodian unions eye wage increase as talks loom Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Workers unions in Cambodia are pushing for a minimum wage increase of more than six per cent to provide respite for those employed in the sector amidst COVID-19. The proposal follows a meeting of union leaders last month, including…
  • Thursday, 03 September 2020

    Denim microfibres found in remote Arctic Premium Article

    TORONTO - Microfibres from blue denim jeans have been found in the remote Canadian Arctic, according to a new study by scientists at the University of Toronto. The research, published in the American Chemical Society’s Environmental Science and…
  • Thursday, 03 September 2020

    Oxfam reignites #SecondhandSeptember with Selfridges pop-up Premium Article

    LONDON – British charity Oxfam has announced that it will establish a new second-hand fashion pop-up in the London store of clothing retailer Selfridges. The pop-up will be there for just four weeks and coincides with Oxfam’s #SecondhandSeptember…
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