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With 17 goals, 162 targets and 244 Indicators, and a daunting number of reports on how to engage. We reveal here why the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals matter and how they’re bound to affect global textile and apparel supply chains – and it’s simpler than it might seem. Caterina Conti reports. 

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  • Tuesday, 26 January 2021

    Microplastics challenge offers cash prize for new solutions

    WASHINGTON – A consortium launched by US technology firm Conservation X Labs will offer US$650,000 for solutions that help combat the ocean’s microplastics problem. Backed by the likes of sportswear firm Under Armour, surf wear brand Finisterre and…
  • Tuesday, 26 January 2021

    Consortium pilots innovative cotton farming Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Fashion for Good initiative has linked up with leading brands Kering and PVH Corp to launch a two year project to pilot new resource-efficient cotton farming technology. Global textile manufacturer Arvind Ltd is also involved in the…
  • Tuesday, 26 January 2021

    Australian Wool Innovation to trial blockchain

    SYDNEY - Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) is to trial the use of transparency platform Everledger's blockchain technology to trace the chain of custody of wool from farm to consumer. AWI says the collaboration aims to capture and make visible secure…
  • Tuesday, 26 January 2021

    Eurofins Chem-MAP develops vegan apparel test

    NORTHAMPTON - Chemical management testing company Eurofins Chem-MAP has developed a vegan apparel and footwear verification testing programme that has been registered with the Vegan Society’s Vegan Trademark. The verification test will give…
  • Tuesday, 26 January 2021

    Danish retailer pledges ‘sustainable’ cotton by 2024

    AARHUS – Danish homeware retailer Jysk has pledged that by 2024, its textile-based products will use only ‘sustainable’ cotton, that’s either organic, recycled or sourced through the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). “We have been focusing on cotton…
  • Tuesday, 26 January 2021

    Tackling fashion's supply chain footprint Premium Article

    GENEVA - The supply chains of eight industries - including fashion - are responsible for more than half of all carbon emissions globally, according to a new study from the World Economic Forum. The report, Net-Zero Challenge: The supply chain…
  • Monday, 25 January 2021

    IKEA increases use of recycled polyester

    LEIDEN - Swedish homeware giant IKEA has published its 2020 sustainability report in which it reveals it has increased its use of recycled polyester from 59 to 83 per cent of all textile products. The 'IKEA Sustainability Report FY20' also says the…
  • Monday, 25 January 2021

    New study reveals jobs cost of pandemic

    DHAKA - More than a third of a million garment workers have lost their jobs in Bangladesh so far during the coronavirus pandemic with most companies failing to properly compensate laid-off employees, according to a new report. A significant number…
  • Friday, 22 January 2021

    Sustainable secondhand platform set to launch Premium Article

    LONDON - Social shopping platform Farleigh.io is to launch later this month allowing users to buy and sell sustainable second-hand clothing and other goods. The platform is designed to resemble a shoppable version of the Pinterest social media site…
  • Friday, 22 January 2021

    ITMA 2023 to spotlight sustainability

    SINGAPORE – The world’s largest textile machinery and garment technology showcase, ITMA, will return from 8-14 June 2023, with the theme ‘Transforming the World of Textiles’. The quadrennial event, commonly referred to as the ‘Olympics’ of the…
  • Friday, 22 January 2021

    H&M and Lee link up on sustainable denim Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM/GREENSBORO - Swedish fashion company H&M and US denim brand Lee have launched a collaboration aimed at developing the next generation of more sustainable denim. The 'holistic collaboration' is set to lead to new design and production…
  • Friday, 22 January 2021

    Cambodian businesses forced to issue seniority pay

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s Minister of Labour and Vocational Training Ith Sam Heng has issued a notice which will require all employers in the country, including those in the garment sector, to pay former and current employees the seniority pay to…
  • Friday, 22 January 2021

    Beyond Retro to wholesale vintage apparel

    LONDON – Second-hand fashion firm Beyond Retro is making its assortment of vintage garments available to retailers for the first time at wholesale prices. The company, based out of London, says its team of international trend forecasters enable it…
  • Thursday, 21 January 2021

    NGO proposals urge brands to pay a living wage

    GLOBAL – A coalition of workers’ rights NGOs have launched a website that lays out proposals for wage reform in the global garment industry. Backed by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) and Workers-driven Social…
  • Thursday, 21 January 2021

    UK to establish new circular research centre

    EXETER – A new national circular economy research hub is to be established at the University of Exeter, and will work in conjunction with five like-minded state-of-the-art facilities – announced by the British government in November – to explore…
  • Thursday, 21 January 2021

    Green Button scheme responds to criticisms Premium Article

    BERLIN – Germany's Grüner Knopf (Green Button) government-run sustainability scheme has responded to criticisms from NGOs that it is failing to meet its promises on ensuring brands address social and environmental concerns. Two NGOs, the Swiss…
  • Thursday, 21 January 2021

    Sustainability firms to streamline fashion circularity

    DENVER – US sustainability company ReCircled has acquired fellow circular economy advocate Circlarity, whose technology it will leverage to streamline product returns. ReCircled, based out of Denver, Colorado, works both with apparel brands and…
  • Thursday, 21 January 2021

    Teijin sets up European innovation centre

    ARNHEM - Japanese tech and fibres firm Teijin Group has established a new research and development centre in the Netherlands to explore sustainable solutions across its business interests. The company says its new European Sustainable Technology…
  • Wednesday, 20 January 2021

    Manufacturers unite to demand better practices Premium Article

    ASIA - Six major garment producing countries have come together to launch an initiative calling for better purchasing practices in the fashion and textiles industry. The project has been launched by the STAR Network which represents nine trade…
  • Wednesday, 20 January 2021

    EU doubles relief funds in Myanmar

    YANGON – The European Union (EU) will double the finances made available to support garment workers in Myanmar, as the country’s workforce continues to be hit hard by the ramifications of COVID-19. The EU is making an additional €5 million (US$6m)…
  • Wednesday, 20 January 2021

    Mulesing stance influenced by flystrike risk, survey finds

    MELBOURNE – A new national survey out of Australia has questioned wool industry stakeholders on their thoughts about mulesing. Although the team at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, which is conducting…
  • Tuesday, 19 January 2021

    Circularity project gets $1.2M from Walmart Foundation Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Accelerating Circularity has bagged a US$1.2 million research grant from the Walmart Foundation to explore circular textile-to-textile systems generated from fabric waste on the East Coast of the USA. The award follows on from the…
  • Tuesday, 19 January 2021

    BGMEA seeks priority vaccines for factory owners

    DHAKA - The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has been criticised after requesting 10,000 priority COVID-19 vaccinations for factory owners and their families - but none for their 4.1 million workers. The BGMEA has…
  • Tuesday, 19 January 2021

    Unspun makes its “most sustainable jeans yet”

    NEW YORK – Apparel brand Unspun has produced what it says are its most sustainable jeans yet. The US firm, which uses 3D scanning and robotics to create personalised jeans that mitigate waste, has aligned with the principles of the Ellen MacArthur…
  • Tuesday, 19 January 2021

    Supply Compass update streamlines business communications

    LONDON – Sustainable sourcing platform Supply Compass has updated its online services to enable fashion brands and retailers to invite and onboard their supply chain partners onto the system, which it says will improve communications across business…
  • Tuesday, 19 January 2021

    Hema cancels all orders citing pandemic

    AMSTERDAM - Dutch retailer Hema has reportedly cancelled all orders with its suppliers with immediate effect and extended its payment terms for orders which have already been delivered. The move led to the company being added to the Worker Rights…
  • Tuesday, 19 January 2021

    Bluesign recognition for Thai Acrylic Fibre

    BANGKOK - Thai Acrylic Fibre (TAF) – part of Aditya Birla Group – has become the first acrylic fibre company to become a Bluesign System Partner. The company underwent an elaborate screening process including input stream management, environment…
  • Monday, 18 January 2021

    AWI launches Wool 2030 strategy Premium Article

    VICTORIA – Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), an industry organisation, has published its Wool 2030 strategy which will inform stakeholders as they look to adopt sustainable best practices. The strategy is underpinned by five pillars, which address…
  • Monday, 18 January 2021

    Carbios strengthens patent portfolio amid recycling progress Premium Article

    CLERMONT-FERRAND – Bioplastics firm Carbios has strengthened its patent portfolio after successfully using its recycling technology to produce virgin-grade plastic bottles from textile waste. Carbios’ enzymatic polyester depolymerisation process can…
  • Monday, 18 January 2021

    Oxfam produces report on M&S supply chain Premium Article

    LONDON - Oxfam has published a report on Marks and Spencer (M&S) after being asked by the brand to act as a 'critical friend' and conduct a gap analysis of its supply chain. The charity's research identified a number of issues including in-work…
  • Monday, 18 January 2021

    Oritain authenticates first Cone Denim samples Premium Article

    GREENSBORO – US manufacturer Cone Denim has completed its first verification of origin audit through traceability solutions specialist Oritain, and says all samples examined posed zero risk or affiliation with restricted zones around the world, such…
  • Friday, 15 January 2021

    VF publishes details of Tier 1-4 suppliers Premium Article

    DENVER – Fashion giant VF Corporation, which owns Vans, The North Face and Timberland, is disclosing information on its suppliers - from Tier 1 through to Tier 4 - in what it describes as unprecedented industry transparency. The company has…
  • Friday, 15 January 2021

    Kelheim Fibres adopts infrared tech in new viscose variant Premium Article

    MUNICH – German manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has partnered with textile innovator Hologenix to create a viscose fibre that integrates the former’s Celliant infrared responsive technology, proven to capture and convert body heat into infrared that…
  • Friday, 15 January 2021

    Call to stop brands destroying unsold clothing Premium Article

    DENVER - The US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) federation of non-profit public advocacy groups has launched a campaign for action to stop fashion companies from destroying unsold clothing. US PIRG says much of the clothing and textiles sent…
  • Friday, 15 January 2021

    Boohoo 'on right road' - Sir Brian Leveson Premium Article

    MANCHESTER - Retired judge Sir Brian Leveson has published his first report on Boohoo's response to allegations that many of the UK garment workers who make its clothes worked in dangerous conditions for illegally low wages. Sir Brian was appointed…
  • Friday, 15 January 2021

    First Latin American firms enrolled in Cotton Trust Protocol Premium Article

    MEMPHIS – The US Cotton Trust Protocol has enrolled its first batch of 28 Latin American suppliers, as it accelerates its ambitions of creating a data-rich platform representative of the entire industry. Launched to verify sustainability progress…
  • Thursday, 14 January 2021

    NFW steps up vegan leather production Premium Article

    PEORIA - Sustainable startup Natural Fiber Welding (NFW) has announced it is doubling manufacturing capacity at its Illinois base for the production of its 'Mirum' plant-based leather. The company says it has added 110,000 sq ft of space for…
  • Thursday, 14 January 2021

    New initiative for a fairer fashion industry Premium Article

    GLOBAL - More than 300 industry stakeholders, including brands, manufacturers, government representatives, trade unions and international organisations, have come together for a new bid to create a fairer fashion sector post pandemic. The Industry…
  • Thursday, 14 January 2021

    Fashion training academy planned for Leicester Premium Article

    LEICESTER - A £300,000 training academy for the fashion sector is to be set up in the heart of Leicester’s troubled garment industry. The city council is to establish the Leicester Fashion Technology Academy (LFTA) in the Spinney Hills district…
  • Thursday, 14 January 2021

    Teijin introduces internal carbon pricing system Premium Article

    TOKYO - Japanese tech and fibre firm Teijin has announced it has introduced an internal carbon pricing (ICP) system for the group's capital investment plans. The ICP mechanism creates economic incentives to reduce CO2 emissions by quantifying CO2…
  • Thursday, 14 January 2021

    JC Penney partners with Apparel Impact Institute Premium Article

    TEXAS – Apparel brand JC Penney has partnered with the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii) to improve the sustainability performance of its energy, water and chemical usage. Joining the likes of Target, Gap and Levi’s, JC Penney will enroll in the Aii’s…
  • Thursday, 14 January 2021

    US bans cotton imports from Xinjiang Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US has banned imports of all cotton products from China’s Xinjiang region - which provides more than a fifth of global supplies - over forced labour concerns. The move comes days after the UK government announced steps to block…
  • Thursday, 14 January 2021

    Sympatex joins eBay Upcycling Store Premium Article

    MUNICH – Functional textile manufacturer Sympatex has followed in the footsteps of European outdoor brand Vaude by announcing a partnership with the eBay Upcycling Store. Launched back in March of last year, the store affords companies the chance to…
  • Wednesday, 13 January 2021

    Denim firm acquires LA site to offer near-shoring services Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – Pakistani denim manufacturer Artistic Milliners has acquired a factory in Los Angeles, California, which it holds ambitions of turning into a state-of-the-art garment manufacturing site equipped with the latest digital solutions. “This…
  • Wednesday, 13 January 2021

    Rudolf Group develops new bio-based DWRs Premium Article

    GERETSRIED – German chemicals company Rudolf Group has developed two new durable water repellent (DWR) textile treatments manufactured entirely from natural ingredients. Ruco-Dry Bio CGR and Ruco-Dry Bio NPE have been created to meet growing…
  • Wednesday, 13 January 2021

    ZDHC releases Air Emissions Position Paper Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has published a report detailing its plans to broaden the scope of its work to address the management of air emissions within the textile, apparel, leather and footwear industry. The ZDHC Air Emissions Position Paper…
  • Wednesday, 13 January 2021

    Textile microfibres “pervasively” polluting the Arctic Premium Article

    ARCTIC – A research team has found evidence that microplastic fibres from synthetic textiles are “pervasively” polluting the Arctic Ocean, with contaminants found in 96 of 97 samples taken throughout the polar region. “We’re looking at a dominance…
  • Wednesday, 13 January 2021

    Ricoh links with Farbenpunkt on sustainable ink Premium Article

    LONDON - Electronics company Ricoh Europe has agreed a deal to market sustainable printing and dye manufacturer Farbenpunkt's innovative new textile ink, PeractoJet, which aims to reduce the industry's environmental impact. The partnership means…
  • Wednesday, 13 January 2021

    Europe seeks feedback on plans for textiles Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission is inviting feedback after publishing a roadmap on its plans to boost the textiles industry post-COVID and to transform textile waste collection, sorting and recycling across member states. The European Green Deal,…
  • Tuesday, 12 January 2021

    Lycra Company recognised by C2C Institute Premium Article

    WILMINGTON – US manufacturer the Lycra Company has announced that 25 of its fibre products have been awarded material health certificates at the gold level by the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Products Innovation Institute. “The products with material…
  • Tuesday, 12 January 2021

    Britain to act on Xinjiang forced labour Premium Article

    LONDON - Britain is to seek to block the import of goods suspected of being made using forced labour in China’s Xinjiang province where up to two million Uyghur Muslims are being held in so-called 're-education camps'. It is the latest international…
  • Tuesday, 12 January 2021

    Kelheim Fibres earns EMAS certification Premium Article

    KELHEIM – German firm Kelheim Fibres has become the first viscose manufacturer globally to attain EMAS (Eco Management and Audit Scheme) certification. Developed by the European Union, EMAS encompasses the ISO 14001 standard on environmental…
  • Tuesday, 12 January 2021

    Investment fund to back firms spearheading sustainability Premium Article

    LONDON – One Planet Capital, an investment house established last year to champion sustainable innovation, has launched a new Sustainable Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), through which companies across industries such as fashion, agriculture and…
  • Tuesday, 12 January 2021

    Bangladesh faces another export threat Premium Article

    DHAKA - Bangladesh's garment industry could face a new threat to its huge export market after a senior European Union official said the country would have to meet EU demands on human rights to continue to enjoy duty-free market access to the bloc.…
  • Tuesday, 12 January 2021

    ZDHC approves more Eurofins laboratories Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Eurofins Softlines and Leather has received approval from ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme for four of its laboratories in India, Spain, Italy and Turkey to conduct ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL) tests for Level 1, 2…
  • Tuesday, 12 January 2021

    Green Button scheme accused of 'deficiencies' Premium Article

    BERLIN – Germany's Grüner Knopf (Green Button) government-run sustainability scheme has been accused of failing to meet its promises to deliver clothes and textiles made in line with social and environmental standards. Two NGOs, the Swiss…
  • Tuesday, 12 January 2021

    Nanollose, Birla file joint patent for lyocell manufacture Premium Article

    PERTH – Australian textile innovator Nanollose and Birla Cellulose, of the cellulosic fibre manufacturing conglomerate Aditya Birla, have filed a joint patent application for the production of high tenacity lyocell made using microbial cellulose.…
  • Monday, 11 January 2021

    ZDHC welcomes new recruits Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has welcomed new recruits to its Roadmap to Zero programme, including ‘sustainable’ fibre manufacturers Spinnova and Eastman Naia. The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), which supports the Better Cotton Initiative…
  • Monday, 11 January 2021

    American Vintage bans angora wool Premium Article

    MARSEILLE - French fashion brand American vintage has committed to a ban on the use of wool from angora rabbits in all future collections following long-standing pressure from animal welfare campaigners. The PETA animal rights group, which has been…
  • Monday, 11 January 2021

    Moncler launches '100% sustainable jackets' Premium Article

    MILAN - Luxury skiwear brand Moncler has launched a new range of jackets which it says are made entirely from more sustainable materials as part of the company's Born to Protect strategy to reduce its environmental impact. Moncler says the jackets,…
  • Monday, 11 January 2021

    Bangladesh 'drops bid for US trade deal' Premium Article

    DHAKA - Bangladesh has reportedly dropped its plea to the US to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) deal - because it is not ready to meet demands on areas including workers' rights. The Bangladeshi government was seeking an FTA to ease the burden on…
  • Friday, 08 January 2021

    Bangladesh garment industry 'in danger' - BGMEA Premium Article

    DHAKA - Garment manufacturers in Bangladesh warn that their industry could collapse unless the government agrees to extend a scheme to lend them money to pay workers' wages because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers…
  • Friday, 08 January 2021

    Consumer survey spotlights growing sustainability focus Premium Article

    LONDON – A consumer survey commissioned by Fashion Revolution has assessed the attitudes and habits of 5,000 shoppers aged between 16-75 across the UK, France, Spain, Germany and Italy. Findings, which cover brand and manufacturing expectations and…
  • Friday, 08 January 2021

    Adidas to launch fungi-based vegan shoe Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH – Sportswear giant Adidas is developing a new vegan 'leather' shoe made from fungi as part of its pledge to drive up its use of sustainable materials. The new 'purely biological' Stan Smith trainers will be made from mycelium, the…
  • Friday, 08 January 2021

    British brand House of Hackney becomes B Corp Premium Article

    LONDON – British fashion and interiors brand House of Hackney has become a certified B Corporation, an accolade which recognises the firm’s ongoing efforts to demonstrate best practices on the social and environmental front. B Corporations, of which…
  • Thursday, 07 January 2021

    Dyneema fibre the subject of chemical recycling work Premium Article

    GELEEN – Material sciences firm Royal DSM has partnered with clean-tech company Clariter to undertake tests which will examine whether its Dyneema brand of fibre – said to be 15 times stronger than steel on a weight for weight basis – can be…
  • Thursday, 07 January 2021

    BGMEA outlines sustainability commitments Premium Article

    DHAKA - The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has released its first sustainability report in which it outlines the country’s apparel sector's commitment to become more environmentally conscious and socially…
  • Wednesday, 06 January 2021

    M&S promises to avoid Xinjiang sourcing Premium Article

    LONDON – Marks & Spencer has today officially pledged to avoid sourcing cotton and textiles from the Xinjiang region of China and says it remains ‘committed’ to offering clothing made from 100 per cent ‘sustainably sourced’ materials. The UK…
  • Wednesday, 06 January 2021

    Farah clothing collections to use 100% organic cotton Premium Article

    LONDON – British menswear brand Farah says its core clothing lines will use 100 per cent organic cotton, which will first be demonstrated in the firm’s upcoming spring/summer collection. Farah brand director, Mark McCann, commented: “Like many…
  • Wednesday, 06 January 2021

    COVID-19 impact on Bangladesh exports revealed Premium Article

    DHAKA - A huge drop in the shipment of readymade garments due to declining orders in the face of the coronavirus pandemic was the biggest factor behind a 14.57 per cent fall in exports from Bangladesh last year. New figures from the Export Promotion…
  • Wednesday, 06 January 2021

    ZDHC tweaks limits, ditches supplier declarations Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has tweaked the latest version of its manufacturing restricted substance list (MRSL) to align with bluesign, updated its MRSL candidate list and phased out the self-declared conformance level 0 on its ZDHC chemical…
  • Wednesday, 06 January 2021

    T2T Solutions opts for Centric Software Premium Article

    BARCELONA - Sustainable fashion provider T2T Solutions has selected Centric Software's SMB product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to digitally transform its work to source more ethical garments for fashion brands and retailers. T2T Solutions,…
  • Tuesday, 05 January 2021

    China set to expand coal’s use in fibre production Premium Article

    SHANXI – Textile industry insiders told delegates at the recent China Textile Conference that they can expect the coal industry to play an increasingly important part in the province’s manufacture of synthetic textile fibres. It’s reported that Wang…
  • Tuesday, 05 January 2021

    Second wave 'hits poorest hardest' - report Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has hit the “poorest and most vulnerable” hardest in Myanmar, according to a new report from the World Bank. In the latest issue of its twice yearly Myanmar Economic Monitor (MEM), the…
  • Tuesday, 05 January 2021

    Academics critical of fashion’s social media strategy Premium Article

    LIVERPOOL – Academics at the University of Liverpool have completed two case studies which assessed conversations on Twitter around sustainability issues in fashion and the subsequent brand engagement, and concluded that the approaches of fashion…
  • Tuesday, 05 January 2021

    Oeko-Tex tackles recycled fibres, carbon and water Premium Article

    ZURICH – As part of the regular annual updates to its testing criteria and limit values, Oeko-Tex has included an approach to integrate recycled materials as part of its Standard by 100 along with the systemic integration of the carbon and water…
  • Monday, 04 January 2021

    Karnataka government fails to protect workers, study finds Premium Article

    KARNATAKA – The author of a case study which has highlighted the unfair dismissal of more than 1,000 workers at a garment factory in Karnataka says the Indian state’s government failed to protect site staff, many of whom will now go without adequate…
  • Monday, 04 January 2021

    Adidas to reach 60% recycled polyester in 2021 Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH – Sportswear giant Adidas says this year it will use more than 60 per cent recycled polyester across its product range. The German outfit’s ambition is to only use recycled polyester by 2024 – a target it looks on course to meet after…
  • Monday, 04 January 2021

    NGOs call for faster supply chain finances Premium Article

    GLOBAL – A statement issued by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) says the coronavirus pandemic has created “a new level of despair among workers” and warns that “if brands don’t step up to help stanch the human…
  • Monday, 04 January 2021

    Partners aim for greater textile chemical scrutiny Premium Article

    CHARLOTTESVILLE – A new collaboration between chemistry software provider Scivera, and textile equipment maker, Jeanologia, aims to give apparel brands a deeper insight into the environmental impact of chemical formulations used during textile wet…
  • Monday, 04 January 2021

    Factory owners want minimum wage freeze Premium Article

    DHAKA - Union leaders in Bangladesh are urging the government to reject a plea by garment manufacturers to suspend a planned five per cent hike in the minimum wage for garment workers because of the pandemic. The Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers…
  • Wednesday, 23 December 2020

    Season’s Greetings Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – As we close down for the Christmas period we’d like to extend ‘Season’s Greetings’ to all of our readers and wish everyone all the very best for 2021 after what has been a troubling year for everyone. The unforeseen COVID-19 pandemic has…
  • Wednesday, 23 December 2020

    ICAC researchers spell out 2030 cotton vision Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) has released a cotton vision for the next decade as forecast by a dozen leading research experts. The industry body asked 12 former winners of the ICAC Researcher of the Year award…
  • Tuesday, 22 December 2020

    Remake launches #ShareYourProfits campaign Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Workers’ rights NGO Remake - which spent much of this year calling on fashion brands to #PayUp their suppliers for cancelled orders - has launched a new campaign to help vulnerable garment workers. Called #ShareYourProfits, it urges…
  • Tuesday, 22 December 2020

    Karl Lagerfeld bans use of exotic skins Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Fashion brand Karl Lagerfield has banned the use of exotic skins such as those of snakes and crocodiles from all products in due to fears of diseases, such as COVID-19, passing from wildlife to humans. Animal rights organisation PETA…
  • Tuesday, 22 December 2020

    Brands urge Biden to rejoin Paris Agreement Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC – Fashion brands including Nike, Levi Strauss (LS&Co), Gap, Target and the VF Corp-owned Timberland, Vans and North Face are amongst more than 1,000 signatories of a statement to the incoming Biden administration, reaffirming their…
  • Monday, 21 December 2020

    EU tweaks rules on REACH restricted substances Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – The European Commission has updated test methods for azo dyes that may be found in textiles as part of its harmonisation efforts on REACH chemical regulations with respect to restricted carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproductive toxicant…
  • Monday, 21 December 2020

    BCI to introduce full traceability by 2022 Premium Article

    GENEVA - The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has revealed it is aiming to develop a new system that will offer full physical traceability of its 'better cotton' by 2022. Ecotextile News revealed at the beginning of this month that the BCI hoped to…
  • Monday, 21 December 2020

    Namshi joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition Premium Article

    DUBAI — Middle East online fashion retailer Namshi has become the region's first to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and has also announced a series of sustainable and social responsibility initiatives. Namshi chairman Hadi Badri said…
  • Friday, 18 December 2020

    BCI recognises sustainable Greek cotton standard Premium Article

    GENEVA - The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has recognised Greek cotton that is grown to the country's AGRO-2 Integrated Management Standards certification as equivalent to its 'Better Cotton'. The decision is a boost to the sustainability…
  • Friday, 18 December 2020

    ISA TanTec launches LITE sourcing programme Premium Article

    MACAU - Leather manufacturer ISA TanTec has launched its own sourcing programme as part of its LITE (Low Impact To the Environment) concept. The company says its LITE programme goes beyond the sourcing requirements of the Leather Working Group (LWG)…
  • Friday, 18 December 2020

    VF Corp signs UN Global Compact Premium Article

    DENVER – Apparel giant VF Corp, which owns the likes of The North Face, Timberland and Vans, has announced its commitment to the UN’s Global Compact (UNGC) and its Women’s Empowerment Principles. Signatories of the UNGC pledge to champion corporate…
  • Friday, 18 December 2020

    PETA calls out URBN after wool exposé Premium Article

    PHILADELPHIA – Animal rights organisation PETA says it’s “pointing the finger” at fashion retailer URBN – owner of Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Free People – after footage from a PETA Asia investigation showed violence against sheep in…
  • Friday, 18 December 2020

    Bangladesh’s female workforce diminishing, data shows Premium Article

    DHAKA – New data collected by the team behind BRAC University’s Mapped in Bangladesh (MiB) platform shows that the proportion of women in the country’s ready-made garment (RMG) sector is diminishing, reportedly due to a rise in automation, wage…
  • Friday, 18 December 2020

    Backing allows Recover to scale recycled cotton Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES - Materials science company Recover is aiming to increase its production of recycled cotton to 200,000 metric tons per year by 2025 following "significant" backing by the STORY3 Capital investment firm. Both companies have declined to…
  • Friday, 18 December 2020

    Microfibre Consortium takes positives from 2020 Premium Article

    BRISTOL – The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) has told Ecotextile News that despite the obvious difficulties posed by COVID-19 this year, its work has remained on the front foot which it credits to the adaptability of its research partners worldwide.…
  • Thursday, 17 December 2020

    Dutch Agreement increases sustainable sourcing Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Signatories to the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) have again significantly increased their sourcing of more sustainable raw materials. The proportion of sustainable raw materials sourced by AGT members, who are…
  • Thursday, 17 December 2020

    Dunelm encourages circularity with new scheme Premium Article

    LONDON – Homeware retailer Dunelm has partnered with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) charity and furniture clearance company Clearabee in a bid to promote circularity. Through this new scheme, Dunelm will encourage its customers to re-direct what…
  • Thursday, 17 December 2020

    YNAP pilots Digital IDs in push for transparency Premium Article

    MILAN – Luxury fashion group Yoox Net-A-Porter (YNAP) is piloting Digital IDs for garments, which in theory would encompass product-specific QR codes linked to online data of their contents. For now, the concept is being tested on select items from…
  • Thursday, 17 December 2020

    Funding secured for sustainable fashion projects Premium Article

    LEEDS - The Future Fashion Factory research and development programme has secured £2 million (US$2.7m) in funding for new projects including sustainable alternatives to traditional materials and design processes. The funding, achieved in three…
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