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AMSTERDAM – ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme has announced that BLC Chem-Map has been accepted as a certification standard on the programme. The company will act as an indicator of chemical formulations conforming to the ZDHC’s Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL).

BLC Chem-Map also offers chemical suppliers the option to achieve Level 3 conformance on the ZDHC programme, the organisation says.

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  • Fairtrade advocate issues textile sector rallying cry
    Monday, 17 September 2018

    Fairtrade advocate issues textile sector rallying cry

    LONDON - On behalf of the Fairtrade Foundation, Subindu Garkhel will take to the stage at this week’s International Convention on Sustainable Trade and Standards to urge the industry to use its sizeable global power to lift people out of poverty and…
  • Friday, 14 September 2018

    New bill to strengthen Bangladesh textile exports

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Parliament has tabled, and subsequently passed, the Textile Bill 2018 in an effort to maintain and even enhance the quality of the nation’s textile products as a way of protecting the economy which relies so heavily on foreign…
  • Thursday, 06 September 2018

    Textiles water stewardship drive in Southern India

    GENEVA – UN Global Compact initiative CEO Water Mandate and a co-operative of apparel firms have joined forces to establish a water stewardship initiative in Southern India. Global brands such as Gap, Levi Strauss & Co and PVH Corporation are among…
  • Thursday, 23 August 2018

    Collaboration seeks Higg Index consumer engagement boost

    SAN FRANCISCO – A new collaboration has been announced between B Corp certified GlobeScan and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) in order to make strides in developing communication guidelines and resources to more successfully engage consumers…
  • Thursday, 23 August 2018

    AAFA continues microfibre information sharing drive

    WASHINGTON – The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has announced a Microfiber Discharge - What should you do? webinar to educate industry stakeholders and consumers alike on the most recent academic, regulatory and industrial findings…
  • Monday, 20 August 2018

    Bangladesh seeks SEZ investment at US trade meeting

    DHAKA – Ahead of the fourth round of meetings as part of the Trade and Investment Co-operation Forum Agreement (TICFA) between Bangladesh and the United States, sources in Dhaka have confirmed that Bangladeshi representatives will pursue US…
  • Monday, 13 August 2018

    Vaude outlines latest sustainability progress

    TETTNANG – Outdoor brand Vaude has launched a comprehensive supplier management programme, a move it hopes will offer its international producers and material suppliers the support necessary to ensure high ecological and social standards are present…
  • Thursday, 09 August 2018

    EOG unveils first boardsports members

    ZUG – The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has announced two new member organisations, with Burton and Nitro becoming the first additions from the boardsports sector to become full members. Furthermore, Salomon is adding its snowboard division to its…
  • Wednesday, 08 August 2018

    SAC announces latest Higg MSI update

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has announced the second update of 2018 of its Higg Index MSI (Materials Sustainability Index), described by the organisation as the most trusted tool for accurately measuring and scoring a…
  • Monday, 06 August 2018

    Investors back due diligence framework alignment

    BRUSSELS – Representatives from a wide variety of investment firms have signalled support for collaborative industry-wide efforts seeking increased alignment of due diligence frameworks with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply…
  • Tuesday, 17 July 2018

    EU, China align circular economy policies

    BEIJING – At the EU-China Summit currently taking place in the Chinese capital, both parties have expressed their commitment to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Circular Economy and have also established a deal on oceanic pollution…
  • Amfori
    Thursday, 28 June 2018

    Amfori strengthens sustainability partnerships

    BRUSSELS – Global business association for sustainable trade amfori has reflected on a successful year in its latest annual report – the first under its new name. Amfori has reported its strongest ever increase in membership and geographical…
  • Monday, 25 June 2018

    The Microfibre Consortium debuts infographic at OutDoor

    FRIEDRICHSHAFEN – The Microfibre Consortium has released its Microfibre Management Infographic 1.0 at this year’s OutDoor show, held for the final time in Friedrichshafen before relocating to Munich. The consortium says it has open sourced the…
  • Friday, 22 June 2018

    UK committee launches ‘fast fashion’ inquiry

    LONDON – The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry into the social and environmental impacts of the ‘fast fashion’ culture which has become an integral part of the apparel industry. The investigation has been established to explore…
  • Wednesday, 13 June 2018

    Support for EOG Sustainability Charter hits new heights

    ZUG – The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has announced that two more national associations have adopted its Sustainability Charter and, in so doing, have outlined support for its goals of pursuing best practice in corporate citizenship, responsibility…
  • Monday, 11 June 2018

    Denim Expert becomes first Bangladeshi SAC member

    CHITTAGONG – Denim Expert Ltd has become the first Bangladeshi manufacturer to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a move which will see the company adopt the Higg Index to chart its CSR and sustainability progress. The Bangladesh-based…
  • Wednesday, 06 June 2018

    US polyester legislation unlikely this year

    SACRAMENTO – The proposed polyester legislation from several US states in light of textile microfibre pollution appears to have hit the buffers in the respective state assemblies of California, New York and Connecticut. Time constraints would seem…
  • Friday, 01 June 2018

    Could the UK follow US states in microfibre legislation?

    LONDON – Earlier this year, the US states of California and Connecticut took the unprecedented step of proposing legislation which would see polyester garments legally required to bear warning labels regarding their potential to shed microfibres…
  • Wednesday, 30 May 2018

    Levi Strauss: Life as a leader

    COPENHAGEN - While travelling by train to meet Paul Dillinger it struck me that no matter where you are in the world, in any densely populated area there will almost certainly be one person – and often many more – wearing a pair of Levi’s. It then…
  • Thursday, 17 May 2018

    NSF joins CDP to provide third-party verification

    ANN ARBOR – NSF International has announced that it has become a verification provider of non-profit organisation CDP in order to assist in operating a global disclosure system designed to help companies and municipalities accurately assess and…
  • Friday, 04 May 2018

    NGO takes swipe at Levi’s in climate change row

    SAN FRANCISCO — Environmental NGO Stand.earth has released a new report which attacks the global apparel sector for its role in air pollution and climate change, whilst pointing the finger at Levi Strauss specifically as being one of the industry’s…
  • Friday, 04 May 2018

    UK government funds textile marine pollution study

    PLYMOUTH – Scientists at the University of Plymouth have received support from the UK government to conduct new research aimed at analysing the impact of clothing, amongst other products, on the marine environment. The study, which has been given an…
  • Thursday, 03 May 2018

    New report blasts textile certification

    LONDON – A new NGO report published today concludes that environmental certification programmes in the textile sector are guilty of making false promises on sustainability and calls for the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) to be scrapped completely.…
  • Tuesday, 24 April 2018

    AAFA questions polyester warning label proposals

    WASHINGTON – Following the states of California and Connecticut having proposed the implementation of mandatory warning labels for polyester garments, the AAFA (American Apparel and Footwear Association) has raised concerns about the legitimacy of…
  • Thursday, 19 April 2018

    Guess partners with Better Cotton Initiative

    LOS ANGELES – Fashion brand, Guess has announced its newly-established partnership with the Better Cotton initiative (BCI) in the latest of a series of initiatives undertaken by the company to improve its sustainability credentials. Guess has cited…
  • Thursday, 12 April 2018

    Made-By launches latest Mode Tracker edition

    UTRECHT – Dutch not-for-profit, Made-By has published the third instalment of ‘Mode Tracker’, a tool which the organisation says is capable of independently verifying a brand’s sustainability credentials and providing the tools necessary to achieved…
  • Thursday, 05 April 2018

    Connecticut joins California in polyester warning labels bill

    HARTFORD – Connecticut has become the second US state, alongside California, to publish a bill which establishes a legal requirement for companies to attach warning labels on garments made from a certain percentage of polyester. Both states are now…
  • Tuesday, 03 April 2018

    GOTS doubles up with new leadership structure

    STUTTGART – In a move which the organisation describes as having further emphasised its commitment to ‘working together to achieve solutions’, GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) has announced the implementation of dual leadership at the head of…
  • Thursday, 29 March 2018

    EU seeks novel solutions with new industry platform

    BRUSSELS – A newly established EU innovation platform has called on textiles sector stakeholders to submit information on novel techniques that could be considered for inclusion in the Best Available Techniques Reference Document (BREF) revision…
  • Monday, 19 March 2018

    Sensient gets Eco Passport certification

    MORGES – Ink manufacturer Sensient has been awarded Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certification, which the company says allows its customers to confirm its compliance with sustainable textile manufacture. Sensient achieved Eco Passport certification…
  • Monday, 12 March 2018

    ZDHC approves SciveraLENS to MRSL conformance

    AMSTERDAM – ZDHC has announced it has accepted assessment firm, SciveraLENS as a ZDHC Accepted Certification Standard of the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) Conformance. ZDHC says it decided to announce SciveraLENS as an…
  • Friday, 09 March 2018

    Cradle to Cradle certifies first wool brand

    KENNEBUNK – US wool apparel brand, Ramblers Way has announced that is set to launch the world’s first Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certified organic wool clothing line. The certification applies to all the Ramblers Way apparel which is also certified to…
  • Monday, 05 March 2018

    GOTS gathers industry for US Roundtable

    CHARLESTON – The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has hosted a Roundtable event which saw brands, manufacturers, trade associations and organic cotton farmers gather to provide feedback on the challenges and opportunities which currently face…
  • Wednesday, 21 February 2018

    Pakistan organic cotton eyes certification

    KARACHI – Up to 50,000 bales of organic cotton currently being cultivated in Pakistan will get certification from world agencies next year, the World Wildlife Fund Pakistan (WWF-P) and the Karachi Cotton Association (KCA) says. WWF-P will supervise…
  • Wednesday, 21 February 2018

    ZDHC recognises GreenScreen

    MASSACHUSETTS – Clean Production Action and ZDHC has announced GreenScreen as the newest certification standard for the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL). GreenScreen comes from Clean Production Action’s chemical hazard assessment…
  • Wednesday, 31 January 2018

    Gant partners with Waterkeeper Alliance

    STOCKHOLM – US apparel brand, Gant has announced a new partnership with Waterkeeper Alliance to support the work done by the organisation in patrolling and protecting global waterways and contributing to projects aimed at combatting the growing…
  • Monday, 15 January 2018

    Foreign Trade Association becomes amfori

    BRUSSELS – The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) has become amfori as the organisation says expectations towards businesses are increasing, in regard to sustainability concerns. Amfori says its no longer enough to deliver goods at low prices as more…
  • Thursday, 11 January 2018

    Turkish delight over ecolabel launch

    ANKARA – The Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization has announced the introduction of the nation’s own ecolabel certification which will apply to textiles manufactured in Turkey. The relevant legislation is being introduced in order to…
  • Wednesday, 10 January 2018

    Green Theme receives Eco Passport certification

    PORTLAND – Green Theme International has announced that it has received Eco Passport certification by Oeko-Tex, after evaluation from the Hohenstein Institute. The certification was awarded for Green Theme’s Aquavent water-repellency product, which…
  • Thursday, 21 December 2017

    Better Cotton 2020 target in sight, but rapid growth still required

    UTRECHT – The Better Cotton Growth and Innovation Fund (GIF) is said to be on target to meet its objective of reaching 5 million cotton farmers by 2020, but still needs to grow rapidly to keep BCI on track to achieve its ambitious targets,…
  • Monday, 18 December 2017

    Textile Standards and Legislation 2018 – now in press

    MCL News and Media has despatched to press its sixth printed edition of the 100 page Textile Standards and Legislation booklet which is designed to guide textile industry professionals through the minefield of standards and labels related to…
  • Monday, 18 December 2017

    Further luxury fashion brands to shun fur

    LONDON – Michael Kors has announced its commitment to avoid the use of fur in its products and will be phasing out the use of all animal fur from Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo collections by the end of December 2018. The company are the most recent of…
  • Monday, 20 November 2017

    Swedish government calls for textiles partnership

    STOCKHOLM – The Swedish minister for enterprises, innovation and rural affairs, Sven-Erik Bucht has called for a collective approach to address climate change alongside Indian textile manufacturer, Aditya Birla. The Swedish government says it is…
  • Monday, 13 November 2017

    Bluesign announces first Japanese brand system partner

    ST. GALLEN – Bluesign has announced that sportswear brand Asics has become its first Japanese partner for responsible chemical management. Asics says it enables it to use Bluesign assessment tools for chemical management throughout its supply chain.…
  • Tuesday, 07 November 2017

    Spandex gets recycled certification

    TAIWAN – For the first time, recycled spandex from the Sheico Group waste has been certified to the Global Recycled Standard. The GRS certification was awarded to a Taiwanese-based textile producer in October 2017 and is claimed to have the same…
  • Friday, 03 November 2017

    Consumers more aware of textile environmental impacts

    ZURICH – Results from an Oeko-Tex study, the first of its kind to focus on the global consumer as opposed to the textile industry, appears to show a rising awareness among consumers about the contributions of the fashion industry to climate change.…
  • Tuesday, 31 October 2017

    Project uses microwaves to chemically recycle PET

    BRUSSELS – A new project has been launched this week that enables the chemical de-polymerisation of polyester (PET) using microwaves. The project is expected to vastly improve the current methods and success rate of the chemical recycling of PET and…
  • Monday, 30 October 2017

    First customer for Made in Green standard in Austria

    VIENNA – Textile certification institute, OETI has announced that the Made in Green by Oeko-Tex standard has had its first customer in its native country of Austria. Austrian hotel bedding and linen manufacturer, Amidex has signed up to the…
  • Wednesday, 18 October 2017

    Unions call for EU action on Bangladesh labour rights

    AMSTERDAM – Clean Clothes Campaign and other trade unions has called for the European Commission to launch a trade investigation into Bangladesh labour rights. This comes as trade unions say the Bangladeshi government have continually failed to…
  • Wednesday, 11 October 2017

    Argentina to adopt Responsible Wool Standard

    POTOMAC – The Argentinian government and its Industry Wool Federation – the Federation Lanera Argentina – which represents wool scourers, topmakers and exporters have said they will adopt the language, content and best practices of the Responsible…
  • Tuesday, 10 October 2017

    NSF expands sustainable certification

    ANN ARBOR – Environmental accreditation company, NSF International is now an approved certification for three Textile Exchange standards. NSF says consumers are seeking greater transparency in the products they purchase and the company aims to act…
  • Friday, 29 September 2017

    Wool yarn bags gold eco award

    OAKLAND – A wool yarn jointly developed by Italian spinner Zegna Baruffa and Stella McCartney has been awarded a Cradle to Cradle gold level certificate and will feature in the fashion brands ready-to-wear collections and accessories. The…
  • Thursday, 14 September 2017

    Otto Group tops CmiA cotton sales

    HAMBURG – Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) has revealed that Bonprix, part of the German Otto Group was the biggest buyer of its cotton in 2016 with multi-channel retailer Tschibo and then the Rewe Group following closely behind via its EWE, Penny and…
  • Tuesday, 12 September 2017

    UN slaps North Korea with textiles export ban

    NEW YORK – The United Nations (UN) has voted unanimously in favour of tougher new sanctions on North Korea, which include a total ban on the export of textiles. Textiles are Pyongyang’s second-largest export, and the UN says the ban will cost the…
  • Wednesday, 06 September 2017

    ZDHC recognises standards for MRSL conformance

    AMSTERDAM – Certification to the Eco-Passport by Oeko-Tex and ToxServices’ Full Materials Disclosure (ToxFMD) program are the first standards to be accepted by the ZDHC Foundation as indicators that chemical formulations conform to level one of its…
  • Tuesday, 05 September 2017

    Environmental focus amid Myanmar turmoil

    MYANMAR – Amid the political turmoil currently taking place in Myanmar, the Bangladesh and German governments have launched the Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry (PSES) project for the textile and apparel industry.…
  • Cotton
    Friday, 25 August 2017

    GOTS certifies Woolam Gin

    O‘DONNELL – Cotton gin Woolam Gin, of O’Donnell, Texas, has been certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) v5, the first certified US organic cotton gin utilising Applied DNA’s molecular tagging system, which provides a platform to…
  • Wednesday, 23 August 2017

    Asos and New Look demand safer UK working conditions

    LEICESTER – Major fashion brands, Asos and New Look say unsafe working conditions are preventing their companies from making a return to the UK. Nick Beighton, chief executive, Asos and Anders Kristiansen, CEO, New Look described current conditions…
  • Tuesday, 22 August 2017

    Backlash as China proposes textile scrap ban

    WASHINGTON – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has filed comments with the World Trade Organisation in response to China’s proposed ban on scrap imports, which ISRI says would have a negative impact on textile recycling industries…
  • Tuesday, 15 August 2017

    US textile recyclers say export ban will reduce jobs

    ABINGDON – Representatives from the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) have objected in front of the US Trade Representative, to a proposed ban on secondhand clothing imports from the US, which was tabled by the East…
  • Monday, 14 August 2017

    Fabric of Change awards 180,000 euros

    BANGALORE – Ashoka and the C&A Foundation have awarded 180,000 euros to participants in the Fabric of Change project, the companies have announced. Launched in 2015, the project aimed to address questions surrounding gender inequality, human rights…
  • Monday, 14 August 2017

    EU Eco-Label for textiles gets update

    BRUSSELS – The European Commission (EC) has fine-tuned its criteria the voluntary EU Ecolabel for textiles, including its definition of textiles to include accessories and intermediate products used in textiles and it has extended the validity of…
  • Thursday, 03 August 2017

    Patagonia launches hemp canvas workwear

    CALIFORNIA – US outdoor brand Patagonia is launching a line of workwear made with Iron Forge Hemp canvas, a blend of industrial hemp, recycled polyester and organic cotton which, it is claimed, is more durable, abrasion resistant and comfortable…
  • Monday, 31 July 2017

    Avocet gains quality and environmental standards

    BRIGHOUSE – Avocet, the UK based textile dye and flame-retardant manufacturer, has successfully achieved the ISO 9001:2015 quality management and the ISO 14001:2015 environmental standards certifications from the International Organisation for…
  • Monday, 03 July 2017

    Textile reuse programme welcomes new members

    WELLINGTON – Textile rental service Alsco and Wellington City Council have joined the New Zealand Textile Reuse Programme. The new additions join Fonterra and The Formary in the project, which seeks to reuse the 80 billion garments produced each…
  • Friday, 30 June 2017

    Textile Exchange updates recycled textile standards

    TEXAS – Textile Exchange has announced the release of the updated Recycled Claim Standard 2.0 (RCS) and Global Recycled Standard 4.0 (GRS), which provide standards for recycled materials in the apparel industry. Unifi, Geentanjali Woolens,…
  • Friday, 30 June 2017

    JC Penney achieves Made in Green by Oeko-Tex

    NEW YORK - US apparel business JC Penney has become the first retailer in the US to introduce the Made in Green by Oeko-Tex traceable textile label. The JC Penney Home Quick-Dri bath towel has been awarded the label which assures customers the…
  • Friday, 23 June 2017

    Euratex warns against ‘hard Brexit’

    BRUSSELS - The European Apparel and Textile Confederation, Euratex, has warned that the imminent Brexit will create a real risk of "regulatory divergence" in areas such as chemical regulation and REACH, CO2 emissions and consumer protection rules…
  • Monday, 19 June 2017

    EU set to tighten grip on textile regulations

    FRIEDRICHSHAFEN – Federation of European Sporting Goods (FESI) has identified textile chemicals that cause skin sensitisation as the next big target for European regulators; noting that ongoing research is progressing that could justify further EU…
  • Thursday, 15 June 2017

    Mandatory disclosure for Chinese listed firms

    BEIJING – China is set to introduce mandatory environmental disclosure for listed companies after an extensive survey of stock listed businesses found that many failed a key environmental disclosure test in their annual reports. Fudan University in…
  • Tuesday, 13 June 2017

    EU seeks greener public textile procurement

    BRUSSELS – The European Union has announced a raft of new developments with its voluntary Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for textiles products and services. With criteria largely based on the EU Ecolabel criteria for textiles, this is an…
  • Tuesday, 13 June 2017

    CCC urges EU to investigate Bangladesh

    BANGLADESH- The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is urging the European Parliament to fully investigate labour rights breaches in Bangladesh’s ready-made-garment sector. The CCC claims that, while labour rights in Bangladesh have historically lagged…
  • Wednesday, 07 June 2017

    Global Network to fight forced labour

    GENEVA – A Global Business Network made up of 187 member states has been created by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) after corporate calls for more stringent regulations on forced labour and human trafficking.
  • Wednesday, 07 June 2017

    Sustainability slips down political agenda

    UNITED KINGDOM – Ahead of the UK’s General Election, which takes place tomorrow, an online poll of over 600 sustainability experts concluded that the long-term health of our planet has been ignored by the main political parties in favour of…
  • Thursday, 18 May 2017

    Industry leaders launch sustainable cotton coalition

    LONDON – A number of leading apparel brands and retailers, cotton standards, existing industry initiatives and other stakeholders across the supply chain have come together to form ‘Cotton 2040’ – a newly developed initiative designed to “accelerate…
  • Responsible Down Standard
    Tuesday, 14 March 2017

    Down standards to merge

    LAMESA – Textile Exchange and NSF International are to merge their two down standards and intend to release one global down standard that includes the best components from the Responsible Down Standard (TE) and Global Traceable Down Standard (NSF…
  • Tuesday, 07 March 2017

    Organic textile standard updates criteria

    STUTTGART - The latest version of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has been released. Version 5.0 of the standard includes stricter criteria for regenerated fibres and the introduction of a new category for combined products. GOTS is a…
  • Monday, 09 January 2017

    Oeko-Tex announced new regulations for 2017

    ZURICH – Swiss textiles standard Oeko-Tex has announced a raft of changes to its Made in Green, MySTeP, STeP and Standard 100 certifications. The company announced the changes in the year it celebrates its 25th anniversary.
  • Monday, 19 December 2016

    Oeko-Tex launches certification for leather goods

    ZURICH – Swiss textiles standard Oeko-Tex is to launch a new certification for leather goods that have been tested for harmful substances. From 2017 onwards, producers and suppliers of leather goods will be able to have their products certified to…
  • Monday, 14 November 2016

    Trump election threatens progress on environment

    WASHINGTON – The major strides made by the Obama administration on environmental protection are under serious threat following the election of climate change sceptic Donald Trump as US president – with clear ramifications for the regulation of…
  • NSF, Textile Exchange
    Wednesday, 05 October 2016

    Textile Exchange and NSF forge strategic partnership

    HAMBURG - Textile Exchange has announced a new strategic partnership with not-for-profit public health organisation NSF International which will see the latter investing in TE's operations as it seeks to expand its reach in the sustainability sphere…
  • Wednesday, 28 September 2016

    Leading retailers champion wool standard

    LUBBOCK – Several leading brands, including Marks and Spencer, Patagonia and REI, have all given broad commitments to the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), the voluntary global standard recently set up by Textile Exchange. In total, 15 brands have…
  • Friday, 26 August 2016

    Chinese textiles polluters named and shamed by MEP

    BEIJING - China's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has revealed the extraordinary lengths some of the country's textile dyeing and finishing mills will go to in order to avoid falling foul of pollution laws and regulations. A briefing by…
  • Wednesday, 24 August 2016

    British MPs call for action on microplastics

    LONDON – UK Members of Parliament have called for a worldwide ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetics. The UK Government's Environmental Audit Committee claims the tiny balls of plastic used in shower gels and facial scrubs can now be found in Arctic…
  • Thursday, 04 August 2016

    Anti-trust experts warn against Bayer-Monsanto merger

    WASHINGTON - Two leading US anti-trust experts have published a white paper warning against a possible merger between Bayer and Monsanto, arguing that such a move would see a new Bayer-Monsanto conglomerate controlling nearly 70 per cent of the…
  • Tuesday, 02 August 2016

    Higg Index tool now opened up to non-members

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has opened up its proprietary suite of Higg Index tools to non-member small and medium-sized (SME) brands and retailers through a new, special licensing option called the SME Access program.…
  • Monday, 01 August 2016

    Eurotex defends EU CMR proposals

    BRUSSELS - Eurotex has welcomed updated European Commission plans to restrict 286 carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic (CMR) substances in textiles, claiming the new two-phase approach proposed by the Commission "makes sense" if authorities are to…
  • Tuesday, 26 July 2016

    Award for US organic cotton farmers

    WASHINGTON – A group of farmers from the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative (TOCMC) will receive the prestigious Organic Farmer of the Year Leadership Award from the Organic Trade Association (OTA). The award is in recognition of their work…
  • Wednesday, 20 July 2016

    Textile standards and labels guide now published

    WAKEFIELD – MCL News & Media has officially published its fifth edition of its unique, printed guidebook to global textile standards, labels and legislation. The guide provides a definitive reference tool for apparel retailers, brands and other…
  • Friday, 15 July 2016

    Jack & Jones joins CmiA programme

    HAMBURG – Denmark-based Bestseller brand Jack & Jones has partnered with Cotton made in Africa to develop a fully integrated textile production chain from field to fashion in Uganda. Jack & Jones has become the first Danish partner of the fast…
  • Tuesday, 05 July 2016

    FTA backs Dutch sustainable textiles initiative

    THE HAGUE - The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) has signed a Statement of Support for the Dutch Garment and Textiles agreement, the recently launched agreement which is encouraging businesses in Dutch textile and fashion industries to address…
  • Wednesday, 29 June 2016

    First partners for Fairtrade Textile Standard

    BERLIN – German textile suppliers 3Freunde, Shirts for Life and Melawear are the first textile manufacturers to sign up to the new Fairtrade Textile Standard at the ongoing Ethical Fashion Show in Berlin. Launched in March 2016, the Fairtrade…
  • Wednesday, 29 June 2016

    Textile standards and labels guide goes to press

    WAKEFIELD – MCL News and Media this week sends to press the 5th edition of its unique, printed guide to global textile standards, labels and legislation. The guide provides a definitive reference tool for apparel retailers, brands and other textile…
  • Thursday, 23 June 2016

    Laura Chaplin becomes ambassador for CmiA

    HAMBURG - Laura Chaplin, granddaughter of the famous silent movie actor Charlie Chaplin, is to start working immediately as an ambassador for the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative and will launch her own collection using cotton grown from CmiA…
  • Wednesday, 22 June 2016

    Radici Yarn and Oeko-Tex in 20 year milestone

    MILAN - Synthetic fibres, chemicals and plastics company RadiciGroup is one of 33 companies in the fashion textiles sector which has received an award for being certified to Oeko-Tex Standard 100 for 20 years at an award ceremony held this week in…
  • Friday, 17 June 2016

    ILO in stinging critique of Bangladeshi government

    GENEVA - The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has expressed in the strongest possible terms its frustration at the continued lack of progress being made by the Bangladeshi government in ensuring proper worker rights in its ready-made-garment…
  • Thursday, 07 April 2016

    GOTS wins civil action and urges greater FTC vigilance

    WASHINGTON – In a move that highlights the problem of false organic cotton fibre claims on textiles, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has just won a US legal case against three companies, where it alleged the unauthorised use of the GOTS…
  • Friday, 25 March 2016

    Fairtrade hits back at CCC criticism

    LONDON – Fairtrade International has responded to stinging criticism of its newly launched Fairtrade Textile Standard by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) saying that in its defence, no other standard or approach covers the entire production chain,…
  • Thursday, 17 March 2016

    Patagonia supplier Downlite meets down standard

    OHIO – US down manufacturer Downlite, a major supplier to outdoor apparel company Patagonia, has become certified to the Global Traceable Down Standard which addresses animal welfare and supply chain traceability from parent farm to factory.
  • Monday, 14 March 2016

    Oeko-Tex updates Standard 100 criteria

    ZURICH – Oeko-Tex has updated the test criteria and limit values for product certification in accordance with its Standard 100, with new test limits being introduced for all certifications from April 1.

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