The Sustainable Apparel Coalition released a new, more user-friendly version of its Higg platform and updated its Facility Environmental Module (FEM) in early December. The move is being seen as a crucial step for the SAC to fully engage its members throughout their supply chains. Ecotextile News took a sneak preview before its final release.

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  • Monday, 18 November 2019

    Lidl joins ACT living wage initiative

    NECKARSULM - German discounter Lidl has committed to ensuring that workers in its garment and footwear supply chain are paid a living wage by signing up to the ACT initiative. The supermarket chain is estimated to be the fifth biggest grocery chain…
  • Monday, 18 November 2019

    Australian wool under pressure over mulesing

    PERTH - The Australian wool industry has come under further pressure over the controversial practice of mulesing after retailers Kmart and Target committed to stop selling products containing mulesed wool. The news prompted the president of the…
  • Friday, 15 November 2019

    Lawyers urge EU to act on garment workers' wages

    NEWCASTLE - The European Union is being urged by the lawyer authors of a new report to introduce new legislation to tackle poverty wages in global fashion supply chains. The Circle NGO, set up by the singer Annie Lennox to challenge injustices faced…
  • Friday, 15 November 2019

    Kering and IFM launch 'sustainability' chair

    PARIS - French fashion giant Kering has linked up with the Institut Français de la Mode (IFM) to launch the first higher education research and teaching centre dedicated to sustainability and corporate social responsibility in the fashion industry.…
  • Friday, 15 November 2019

    Organic cotton production up by 56 per cent

    LAMESA - The global production of organic cotton has increased by 56 per cent to reach the highest levels seen in eight years, according to Textile Exchange's 2019 Organic Cotton Market Report. The report shows that production of organic cotton…
  • Thursday, 14 November 2019

    Sympatex spotlights circularity at Performance Days Premium Article

    MUNICH – After debuting the product at last week’s A+A trade show in Düsseldorf, Sympatex has shifted across Germany to showcase its new circular jacket concept at the Performance Days event in Munich. Sympatex partnered with Schoeller Textil,…
  • Thursday, 14 November 2019

    ISKO creates fabric blend with reused cotton

    MUNICH – Textile manufacturer ISKO is set to launch its new 'R-Two' fabric which comprises both recycled polyester and re-used cotton that’s otherwise lost during production. Speaking at the ongoing Performance Days trade show in Munich, the company…
  • Thursday, 14 November 2019

    'World's first' biodegradable stretch denim jeans

    AMSTERDAM - Dutch jeanmaker Denham has partnered with Italian denim mill Candiani to launch what it claimed to be the world’s first biodegradable, stretch denim created using plant-based yarns. The new denim is made from organic cotton wrapped…
  • Thursday, 14 November 2019

    Brands challenged to reveal lowest wages

    NASHVILLE - Ethical fashion companies Nisolo and ABLE have launched a human rights campaign with a difference - in which they challenge other brands to reveal the lowest wages paid to workers in their supply chains. The Lowest Wage Challenge urges…
  • Thursday, 14 November 2019

    Adidas recycles high performance running shoe

    HERZOGENAURACH - Sportswear brand Adidas has created the second generation of its first 100% recyclable shoes, the FutureCraft Loop, which are being given back to their original owners to compare against the first version. Adidas launched the shoe…
  • Wednesday, 13 November 2019

    Inditex signs deal on supply chain workers' rights

    GENEVA - Fashion giant Inditex and the IndustriALL Global Union federation have signed an agreement to protect the rights of workers in the company's supply chain. Inditex executive chairman, Pablo Isla, and the general secretary of IndustriALL…
  • Wednesday, 13 November 2019

    German survey indicative of industry’s intentions

    MUNICH – At the ongoing Performance Days trade show in Munich, Udo Fischer, of native news outlet TextilWirtschaft, outlined findings from a new industry survey indicative of greater interest – both from stakeholders and consumers alike – in…
  • Wednesday, 13 November 2019

    PODCAST: Lenzing CEO talks up environmental prospects

    WAKEFIELD – Stefan Doboczky, the CEO of wood-based fibre supplier Lenzing, sat down with Mike Schragger from the Sustainable Fashion Academy to give a largely optimistic view of the big social and environmental challenges the textile industry faces…
  • Wednesday, 13 November 2019

    Customer demand drives Pertex’s sustainability ambition

    MUNICH – Following the launch of its first sustainability report, Ecotextile News caught up with fabric supplier Pertex to gain greater insight into the company’s outlook on the outdoor industry and its aim to meet various sustainability targets by…
  • Wednesday, 13 November 2019

    Prince Charles in sustainable fashion training project

    AYRSHIRE - Italian online fashion retailer Yoox Net-a-Porter has linked up with Prince Charles to launch a new project which gives students from the UK and Italy the chance to help design a sustainable fashion line. The Modern Artisan project is a…
  • Wednesday, 13 November 2019

    Patent awarded for textile dyeing effluent treatment

    LUDHIANA - Indian textile and paper manufacturer Trident Ltd has been awarded a patent for a new process to treat industrial effluents discharged from the textile dyeing process. The company, the world's largest manufacturer of terry towelling, and…
  • Tuesday, 12 November 2019

    Dutch fashion brands pledge further transparency

    AMSTERDAM – Eight Dutch fashion brands including Kings of Indigo, Kuyichi and WE Fashion have today signed a ‘transparency pledge’ as part of their involvement with the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile initiative. In doing so, the…
  • Tuesday, 12 November 2019

    Sympatex recycled share reaches 80 per cent

    MUNICH – Functional textile developer Sympatex has expanded its share of unmixed, recycled polyester laminates in its apparel line to 80 per cent as it looks to develop a range of products that can be upcycled, and as part of its strategy to offer…
  • Tuesday, 12 November 2019

    Prada signs up for 'sustainability' linked loan

    MILAN - Prada says it has become the first fashion house to sign up for a loan under which repayments are linked to 'sustainability'. The Italian company claims its US$50 million loan with the Crédit Agricole Group over five years is the first of…
  • Tuesday, 12 November 2019

    Europeans pay attention to care labels

    PARIS - European consumers are concerned about clothing durability with seven out of ten shoppers paying close attention to the care instructions on garment labels. Those were the results of the 2019 European Barometer which have been unveiled by…
  • Tuesday, 12 November 2019

    230m garments unsold each year in Germany

    BERLIN - At least 230 million items of clothing a year remain unsold in Germany each year and end up going to waste, recycling plants or being sold cheaply overseas. The figure is based on statistics from market research firm Euromonitor…
  • Monday, 11 November 2019

    Performance Days awards announced

    MUNICH - The Performance Days functional fabrics fair has announced the winners of two awards for 'sustainability' and functionality. The organisers of the event, held in the German city of Munich on November 13 and 14, is handing out awards for…
  • Monday, 11 November 2019

    Apparel Coalition releases new Higg modules

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has released the 2019 Higg Facility Modules; tools developed to improve social and environmental sustainability within the textiles industry. The introduction of the Higg Facility Environmental…
  • Monday, 11 November 2019

    Sustainability Consortium launches wastewater toolbox

    ARIZONA – The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), a US-based non-profit, has launched a new website that collates information of the causes, impacts and treatment of wastewater in the textiles industry, as to provide a “level playing field” for brands,…
  • Friday, 08 November 2019

    Adidas praised for work on supply chain workers' pay

    THE HAGUE - Sportswear brand Adidas has been held up as a positive example for its efforts to ensure workers in its supply chain are paid a living wage in a new report. The ASN Bank report, entitled Living Wage in the Garment Sector: Results of the…
  • Friday, 08 November 2019

    H&M CEO’s comments “unconscionable”, say researchers

    LONDON – The Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion (UCRF) has written an open letter in which it describes the recent remarks of H&M’s CEO “unconscionable”, and challenged the fashion tycoon to address systemic poverty within the brand’s supply…
  • Friday, 08 November 2019

    Canada Goose loses bid to block protesters

    LONDON - Winter clothing brand Canada Goose has lost a court bid to prevent animal rights activists from protesting outside its European flagship store in London about the use of fur and down in its garments. The company, best known for its down…
  • Thursday, 07 November 2019

    New body aims to empower ethical fashion designers

    LONDON - FreedomeE, a new global body aimed at promoting 'sustainability' among smaller scale players in the fashion industry, has been launched in London. Billed as a community of fashion brands, suppliers, artisans and creatives, it provides a…
  • Thursday, 07 November 2019

    Danish fashion brand gains FSC Certification

    COPENHAGEN - Masai Copenhagen has become the first Danish fashion brand to gain FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certification for the cellulose-based textiles in its garments throughout its entire supply chain. The company has been working closely…
  • Thursday, 07 November 2019

    AAFA writes to PM after Nirapon shut down

    DHAKA – Fashion brands trade group American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has written to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh expressing its fears for garment workers after the Nirapon safety monitoring organisation was shut down by the…
  • Wednesday, 06 November 2019

    Future Fabrics Expo speakers revealed

    LONDON - Organisers of the Ninth Future Fabrics Expo, due to be held in January, have revealed the line-up of speakers for the seminar programme which runs alongside the show. The Sustainable Angle said the speakers would be made up of "outstanding…
  • Wednesday, 06 November 2019

    Lenzing awarded for blockchain technology

    AUSTRIA - Cellulosic fibre supplier Lenzing has been awarded for its work in introducing blockchain technology for fibre identification along the textile value chain. The company has become the first to be awarded a gold Digital Corona award for…
  • Wednesday, 06 November 2019

    Eastman partners after technology launch

    KINGSPORT – Following the launch of its carbon renewal chemical recycling technology, American manufacturer Eastman has partnered with Circular Polymers, and in doing so secures access to a consistent source of feedstock that can be repurposed.…
  • Tuesday, 05 November 2019

    Uniqlo probed over sacked garment workers

    WASHINGTON DC – The Fair Labour Association (FLA) has launched a formal investigation into claims that fashion brand Uniqlo’s parent company Fast Retailing and German brand S. Oliver owe US$5.5 million to sacked Indonesian garment workers. It comes…
  • Tuesday, 05 November 2019

    Primaloft cuts 48% of CO2 from production

    LATHAM – The introduction of a new proprietary manufacturing technique from material innovator Primaloft will reduce CO2 emissions from production by as much as 48 per cent. P.U.R.E. (Produced Using Reduced Emissions) is a manufacturing technology…
  • Tuesday, 05 November 2019

    House of Holland to trial ‘Swap Shop’

    LONDON – British fashion brand House of Holland is trialling a ‘Swap Shop’ in a store in East London, through which customers can return their unwanted products in exchange for a £5 credit token. The company also invites people to fetch in other…
  • Tuesday, 05 November 2019

    90,000 garment jobs at risk in Cambodia

    PHNOM PENH - About 90,000 garment workers in Cambodia could lose their jobs if proposed European Union trade sanctions cause fashion brands to pull out of the country, according to business leaders and workers' rights groups. The garment industry is…
  • Tuesday, 05 November 2019

    Gap and Arvind unveil water treatment plant Premium Article

    AHMEDABAD – Global fashion retailer Gap Inc and denim manufacturer Arvind Limited have unveiled a new water treatment facility which they say will save eight million litres of fresh water every day - or 2.5 billion litres per year. The plant will…
  • Monday, 04 November 2019

    US plastic waste Bill to prompt textile microfibre action Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – Working with the National Stewardship Action Council (NSAC), US senators from New Mexico and California have circulated a discussion draft of what could be landmark legislation that would ban certain plastic products and require…
  • Monday, 04 November 2019

    How fashion could become 'sustainable' by 2035

    ZUG - The fashion industry will not become 'sustainable' under current business practices - but 'sustainability' could be possible within 16 years if key changes are made, according to a new report. Entitled The Future of Sustainability in the…
  • Monday, 04 November 2019

    Four new organisations join up with ZDHC

    AMSTERDAM - Four new organisations have become contributors to the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme which aims to substitute hazardous chemicals for safer ones in textiles and clothing production. Textile testing organisation Kaken Test Centre and…
  • Friday, 01 November 2019

    H&M CEO criticised over fast fashion comments

    LONDON – Labour Behind the Label has lambasted recent comments made by H&M’s CEO Karl-Johan Persson after saying that if consumers were to ditch fast fashion, it would lead to “terrible social consequences”. Persson was speaking in Stockholm when he…
  • Friday, 01 November 2019

    Radici reflects with 2018 sustainability report

    BERGAMO – Chemicals, plastics and synthetic fibre producer Radici Group has released its 2018 sustainability report, in which it notes the progress the company continues to make to mitigate resource consumption. With a portfolio of products all…
  • Friday, 01 November 2019

    Whistleblower app launched for garment workers

    AUCKLAND - New Zealand fashion retailers Glassons and Hallenstein Brothers have introduced a whistleblower app to enable workers in supplier factories to report ethical breaches without fear of reprisal. Parent company Hallenstein Glasson Holdings…
  • Friday, 01 November 2019

    "Inefficient" Mexico given circular suggestions

    MEXICO CITY – The C&A Foundation has partnered with the Mexican Center for Environmental Law (CEMDA) to publish a new report that it’s hoped can accelerate a transition to a circular economy in Mexico. The report, Promotion of Circular Economy in…
  • Friday, 01 November 2019

    Down and feathers 'more sustainable' than polyester

    HÖCHST - Natural down in jackets, bedspreads and sleeping bags has 18 times less of an impact on climate change than polyester fill, according to a new Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The LCA, commissioned by the International Down and Feather Bureau…
  • Friday, 01 November 2019

    Re:newcell launches 'first' circular cotton clothes

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish clothing recycling company Re:newcell says it is set to become the first in the world to launch a range of garments made from recycled cotton clothes early next year. The clothes, made with Re:newcell's new 'Circulose' material,…
  • Thursday, 31 October 2019

    New partnership to forensically verify US cotton

    WASHINGTON DC - Industry body Cotton USA and scientific traceability service Oritain have signed a partnership to provide forensic verification of origin for all US cotton in what is being described as a global industry first. The partnership…
  • Thursday, 31 October 2019

    Gap explores new circular manufacturing processes

    HONG KONG – Apparel retailer Gap Inc., has partnered with the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) to develop technological solutions that can assist Gap in implementing circular practices within its supply chain. Two…
  • Thursday, 31 October 2019

    Monsoon to become 90 per cent 'sustainable' by 2023

    LONDON – Fashion retailer Monsoon has pledged that more than 90 per cent of its clothing will be made from responsibly-sourced materials within four years. The company made the announcement on the back of its new sustainability report and also…
  • Wednesday, 30 October 2019

    Global cotton industry to discuss circularity

    BREMEN - The global cotton industry will once again converge on the German city of Bremen in March for the 35th International Cotton Conference which will focus on the concept of a circular economy. Up to 500 participants from all over the world are…
  • Wednesday, 30 October 2019

    Zalando claims carbon neutral status from today

    BERLIN - European online fashion platform Zalando has committed to a net-zero carbon footprint in its own operations, including all deliveries and returns, from today as part of its new sustainability strategy. Entitled 'do.MORE', the strategy also…
  • Wednesday, 30 October 2019

    Planet Textiles Pod shines light on unseen workers Premium Article

    BARCELONA – “When you look at the supply chain of an average retailer, when you look at how many workers are registered in that supply chain as a hypothetical example, you can factor in that there’ll be five times more invisible workers than visible…
  • Wednesday, 30 October 2019

    Eastman commercialises chemical recycling solution

    KINGSPORT – American manufacturer Eastman has developed a chemical recycling technology able to break down waste polyester materials into their core molecular components and use them to create new recycled plastics comparative in quality to their…
  • Tuesday, 29 October 2019

    H&M to launch first clothing rental service

    STOCKHOLM - Fashion retailer H&M is launching its first clothing rental service in a trial scheme at a flagship store in the Swedish capital city of Stockholm. Members of H&M’s loyalty programme will be able to rent selected party dresses and skirts…
  • Tuesday, 29 October 2019

    Myanmar failing to protect ethnic minorities

    NEW YORK - The head of the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) on Myanmar, Marzuki Darusman, says the country is failing in its obligation under the Genocide Convention to prevent the mistreatment of ethnic minorities in the…
  • Tuesday, 29 October 2019

    Sympatex to debut circular jacket

    DUSSELDORF – At next month’s A+A trade show in Germany, functional textile specialist Sympatex will present a new workwear jacket developed by the wear2wear European partnership of firms, which is vying to create products compliant with a circular…
  • Tuesday, 29 October 2019

    PurFi to upscale recycling waste into textiles Premium Article

    WAREGEM - Circular fibre firm PurFi's upcycling ambitions could lead to the company turning 25,000 tonnes of waste into virgin quality textiles annually within two years, according to CEO Joy Nunn. The company, which operates a textiles sorting and…
  • Tuesday, 29 October 2019

    Four Paws vies to eliminate mulesing

    SYDNEY – Global animal protection organisation Four Paws has released a new guidebook which it hopes will encourage brands to distance themselves from using mulesed wool. The guidebook, Transitioning away from mulesed sheep wool, details…
  • Monday, 28 October 2019

    Time to ‘normalise’ sustainability, says university figure

    MANCHESTER – Fast fashion brands should harness their strong market positions and online outreach to ‘normalise’ sustainable fashion items, says a senior fashion lecturer at the University of Manchester. The comments made come after recent findings…
  • Monday, 28 October 2019

    Swedish boost for textile-to-textile recycling Premium Article

    VÄXJÖ – Swedish pulp and paper giant Södra claims it’s made a new chemical ‘breakthrough’ that allows it to separate polyester/cotton blended textiles and turn them into raw materials for viscose and lyocell fibre production. Once separated by the…
  • Monday, 28 October 2019

    Downturn reported in Bangladesh garment industry

    DHAKA - Fifty-nine garment factories have closed down with the loss of 25,900 workers jobs in the last seven months in Bangladesh where industry leaders fear the country's contracting industry could soon by overtaken by that of rival Vietnam. Rubana…
  • Monday, 28 October 2019

    BCI boosted by member influx

    GENEVA – The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has reflected on its first half of the year, in which it welcomed 200 new members, including 34 retailers and 162 suppliers and manufacturers. Increasing interest in sustainably sourced cotton is good news…
  • Monday, 28 October 2019

    BCI farmers reduce water and pesticide use

    LONDON - The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has revealed that it worked with more than two million cotton farmers in 21 countries over the course of the 2017/18 cotton season. The not-for-profit organisation — the largest cotton sustainability…
  • Monday, 28 October 2019

    Indorama commits to New Plastics Economy

    BANGKOK – Global chemicals producer Indorama Ventures has announced its commitment to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy, a project which vies to create a circular economy for plastics in circulation. The project’s focus is…
  • Monday, 28 October 2019

    BP to build $25 million PET recycling plant

    NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS - Oil giant BP is to invest US$25 million on a pilot plant to test new technology said to be capable of recycling PET plastic waste into high-performance polyester for clothing, packaging and industrial fibre products. BP says…
  • Friday, 25 October 2019

    Uzbek cotton could be banned over slavery fears

    LONDON - A landmark legal judgement due in London next week could prevent cotton from Uzbekistan from entering the UK - and potentially the entire European Union - over fears it is planted and harvested with the aid of slave labour. The Uzbek-German…
  • Friday, 25 October 2019

    24 more companies join the Fashion Pact

    PARIS - Another 24 fashion and textiles companies have signed up for the Fashion Pact which was launched at the recent G7 summit in France in an attempt to reduce the impact of the industry on the environment. The news, which brings the total number…
  • Friday, 25 October 2019

    Vietnamese suppliers 'must embrace sustainability'

    HO CHI MINH CITY - Vietnamese manufacturers need to focus on sustainability in order to take a bigger stake in the global supply chain, according to the head of the international trade association, Amfori. Christian Ewart, director general of…
  • Friday, 25 October 2019

    Polyester dyeing auxiliary saves resources, cuts costs

    SINGAPORE – Huntsman Textile Effects has introduced a new textile dyeing auxiliary for polyester and its blends, which claims to give environmental advantages by combining pre-scouring, dyeing and reduction clearing in a single bath. The new…
  • Friday, 25 October 2019

    Scientists find 'new way' of using enzymes to dye textiles

    BORAS - Scientists at the University of Boras in Sweden claim to have come up with a new way of using enzymes to dye textiles which reduces the usage of energy and water and the discharge of potentially harmful chemicals. Doctoral student May…
  • Thursday, 24 October 2019

    Applied DNA awaits cellulose tagging patent approval

    STONY BROOK – Molecular authentication technologies provider Applied DNA Sciences (ADNAS) has received a Notice of Allowance for a new patent relating to the use of its CertainT marker system on cellulose-based fibres. The patent, expected to be…
  • Thursday, 24 October 2019

    Amazon accused of selling clothing from banned factories

    NEW YORK - Online retail giant Amazon has been accused of allowing clothing manufactured in Bangladeshi factories that violate international safety standards to be sold on its website. An investigation by the Wall Street Journal found that "a steady…
  • Thursday, 24 October 2019

    Fashion brands judged on supply chain oversight Premium Article

    BEIJING – Fashion brands have been judged on their oversight of sustainability in their supply chains in the sixth annual Green Supply Chain CITI Evaluation rankings which have just been released by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs…
  • Wednesday, 23 October 2019

    Fashion for Good calls for broader innovation investments

    AMSTERDAM – Netherlands-based sustainable fashion initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) has issued a call to arms to industry stakeholders and investment groups, noting “the amount of capital available in the textile innovation space is still small in…
  • Wednesday, 23 October 2019

    Primaloft partners with Parley for the Oceans

    LATHAM – Material innovator Primaloft has partnered with environmental organisation Parley for the Oceans to develop insulation made from repurposed plastic bottles found on the coasts of remote islands. Parley, which has notably collaborated with…
  • Wednesday, 23 October 2019

    Canopy raises fresh Sateri concerns Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Leading NGO Canopy has raised further concerns about the social and environmental impacts of viscose sourcing in Sateri’s supply chain despite acknowledging the company has made some early progress. Last week, Sateri and its sister…
  • Tuesday, 22 October 2019

    Brands ranked on climate targets Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Just 18 months since accusing jeanswear giant Levi Strauss & Co., of “dragging its feet” in the face of climate change, environmental NGO Stand.earth has released a Filthy Fashion Climate scorecard, rating Levi’s the most committed…
  • Tuesday, 22 October 2019

    Future Fabrics Expo inspires sustainable sourcing

    LONDON – The Sustainable Angle’s Future Fabrics Expo will return once more in the new year, from 29-30 January, with the ninth reincarnation brought to you again from the Victoria House in London. The trade fair looks to inspire greater focus on…
  • Tuesday, 22 October 2019

    Circular initiative on-boards its first brands

    AMSTERDAM – Following the launch of its Switching Gear project in May of this year, Dutch duo Circle Economy and Fashion for Good (FFG) have on-boarded their first two brands keen to capitalise on opportunities in recommerce and rental. The…
  • Tuesday, 22 October 2019

    Tours demonstrate sustainable cotton supply chain

    LOUISIANA – Global chemicals company BASF hopes to establish an industry benchmark for traceability within cotton supply chains, with the introduction of brand-oriented tours. Only recently, the German firm welcomed along the likes of Levi Strauss…
  • Tuesday, 22 October 2019

    Sustainable items just 3 per cent of online fashion Premium Article

    LONDON – A new report published by UK retail analysts looks at how the fashion industry has been expanding its use of ‘sustainable’ fabrics and processes in their assortments over time, as well as the pricing and performance metrics behind so-called…
  • Monday, 21 October 2019

    McKinsey survey: sustainable sourcing tops agenda

    NEW YORK – Sustainable sourcing is amongst the top priorities for chief sourcing officials, according to an industry-facing survey conducted by US consultancy McKinsey & Company. The survey reflects the perspectives of 64 senior figures from brands…
  • Monday, 21 October 2019

    Maternity rights inconsistent across Bangladesh

    WASHINGTON – A new study conducted by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) has uncovered disparities in the maternity rights of women in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG) sector. Findings from anonymous interviews with 88 female workers spanning the…
  • Monday, 21 October 2019

    Bangladesh hosts parallel sustainability conferences

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Denim Expo and Sustainable Apparel Forum (SAF) will return next month between the 5-6th, with a focus on sustainability and responsible manufacturing techniques. Held concurrently in the Bangladeshi capital, the second…
  • Friday, 18 October 2019

    Agencies fear impact of diluted Bangladesh water policies

    DHAKA - The International Development Organisation (IDO) fears the impact of Bangladesh's garment industry on the country's water supplies is becoming "alarming" despite policies put in place to protect them. The use of groundwater for textile…
  • Friday, 18 October 2019

    Sexual harassment costs Cambodian garment industry dear

    PHNOM PENH - Sexual harassment in the workplace could be costing the Cambodian garment industry as much as US$89 million per year, according to the Care Cambodia development organisation. Jan Noorlander, the organisation's acting country director,…
  • Thursday, 17 October 2019

    Textile Exchange announces new 2030 sustainability strategy Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – At its annual conference, non-profit Textile Exchange announced its new Climate+ sustainability strategy which includes a bold ambition to help the industry reduce its CO2 emissions from textile fibre and material production by between…
  • Thursday, 17 October 2019

    Wool, viscose the focus of Textile Exchange blockchain project Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Textile Exchange has partnered with blockchain technology provider TextileGenesis in a pilot scale study that will assess the feasibility of mapping the chain of custody in wool and viscose supply chains. TextileGenesis is once again…
  • Thursday, 17 October 2019

    IKEA and H&M shed light on chemicals in recycled textiles Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – IKEA and H&M have teamed up to identify what sort of chemical contaminants are typically found in pre-owned cotton textiles in a bid to improve the safe reuse of these materials within a ‘circular system’. At the Textiles Exchange event…
  • Thursday, 17 October 2019

    Brands boycott Xinjiang cotton over forced labour fears

    XINJIANG - Fashion brands Cotton On and Target Australia have stopped sourcing cotton from China's Xinjiang province over concerns about mass human rights abuses there - including forced labour by prisoners. Cotton On has now completed an internal…
  • Thursday, 17 October 2019

    Complaint lodged against Uniqlo over sacked workers

    WASHINGTON DC - A complaint has been lodged against fashion brand Uniqlo’s parent company Fast Retailing with the Fair Labour Association (FLA) on behalf of garment workers at two factories in Indonesia who lost their jobs overnight. The Clean…
  • Thursday, 17 October 2019

    YKK plant-based zip wins good design award

    TOKYO - Japanese fastener manufacturer YKK has received the 2019 Good Design Best 100 award from the Japan Design Promotion Association for a zip made from plant-based polyester. The GreenRise zipper is made with plant-derived polyester made from…
  • Thursday, 17 October 2019

    Nirapon and BGMEA locked in talks on factory safety

    DHAKA - Nirapon, the body set up to continue the work of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, has announced that it is still in talks with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on factory safety. The two bodies…
  • Wednesday, 16 October 2019

    ACT brands back living wage for garment workers

    The Action, Collaboration, Transformation (ACT) initiative has adopted a joint due diligence framework for member brands to ensure their purchasing practices facilitate the payment of a living wage to garment workers in their supply chains. The ACT…
  • Wednesday, 16 October 2019

    Podcast: Financing sustainable textile production

    BARCELONA – Impact investor Tanvi Karambelkar, of the newly-launched Good Fashion Fund, and Abhishek Bansal, of Arvind - a vertical manufacturer based in India, discuss some of the challenges of funding the technological innovations needed to make…
  • Wednesday, 16 October 2019

    Adidas launches recycling initiative to customers

    LONDON - Adidas has launched a new recycling initiative in the UK, entitled Infinite Play, in which customers are incentivised to pass on their old sportswear instead of sending it to landfill. The global sportswear brand is working with social…
  • Wednesday, 16 October 2019

    Textile Exchange debut for Spinnova’s straw fibre Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – On the opening day of this year’s Textile Exchange sustainability conference, here in Vancouver, Canada, Finnish fibre innovator Spinnova is showcasing a newly developed textile fibre based on wheat straw. The company has on display a…
  • Tuesday, 15 October 2019

    Research flags up extent of textile waste Premium Article

    PARIS – New research from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) calculates that the issue of textile waste costs the industry around £414 million per annum, due to clothing underutilisation which is subsequently discarded.…
  • Tuesday, 15 October 2019

    Will second-hand really overtake fast fashion? Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - The second-hand clothing market has seen huge growth on the back of renewed interest in sustainability, but how realistic are predictions that it will overtake fast fashion within 10 years? Brands to have recently become involved…
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