Livia Firth is the founder and creative director of Eco Age Ltd, and the Green Carpet Challenge (GCC). She is also an Oxfam Global Ambassador, and a founding member of Annie Lennox’s ‘The Circle’, a powerful women’s advocacy group.

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  • Tuesday, 15 October 2019

    All Patagonia waterproof shells now recycled

    VENTURA - Outdoor clothing brand Patagona has announced that all of its waterproof shell jackets are now made with recycled materials in Fair Trade Certified factories. Patagonia said the pledge covered 61 styles of product categories, from Alpine…
  • Tuesday, 15 October 2019

    Lululemon garment workers 'beaten and abused'

    BANGLADESH - Female garment workers producing Lululemon designer leggings are reportedly being physically and verbally assaulted at the Bangladeshi factory where they work. Young female factory workers told The Guardian newspaper how they struggled…
  • Tuesday, 15 October 2019

    RGE invests US$200m in textile fibre innovation

    SINGAPORE – Manufacturing group Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) has announced plans to invest US$200 million in cellulosic textile fibre research and development over the next 10 years. The investment, revealed ahead of the Textile Exchange Sustainability…
  • Monday, 14 October 2019

    Deforestation sparks concerns over wood-derived textiles

    AMAZON - Amidst concern over a surge in the number of wildfires in the Amazon rainforest this year, questions are being asked about what deforestation means for ‘sustainable’ wood-derived textiles. Illegal deforestation is more commonly linked to…
  • Monday, 14 October 2019

    Vietnam's garment industry told to clean up its act

    HANOI - Vietnam's garment industry has been told to clean up its act in terms of its huge water and energy use and the substantial pollution caused by the discharge of toxic chemicals. Le Hong Thang, the Director of the Department of Industry and…
  • Monday, 14 October 2019

    California bans the sale of fur

    LOS ANGELES - California has become the first US state to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products. The law will prevent the sale or manufacturer of clothing, shoes or handbags made with fur from 2023. The bill was supported by some of the…
  • Monday, 14 October 2019

    Birla Cellulose claims carbon neutral emissions

    MUMBAI - Textile manufacturer Birla Cellulose says it has become the first viscose manufacturer to declare carbon neutrality in Scope 1 and Scope 2 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. It comes after the company, part of the Aditya Birla Group, evaluated…
  • Friday, 11 October 2019

    Finisterre first to use 'marine-safe' packaging

    ST AGNES - UK surf specialist Finisterre has become the first fashion brand to wrap its garments in ‘marine-safe’ bags made from Aquapak polymer which do not break down into microplastics in the ocean or on land. The new packaging will begin to…
  • Friday, 11 October 2019

    Fibre Council to promote organic message

    VANCOUVER - The Organic Trade Association’s Fibre Council is to focus on organic supply chain integrity and best labelling practices for organic textiles when it participates in the 2019 Textile Sustainability Conference. The Fibre Council, which is…
  • Friday, 11 October 2019

    Costco children's pyjamas among blocked imports

    NEW YORK - Children’s pyjamas and baby sleepers sold by wholesaler Costco - believed to have been made with forced labour by ethnic minority groups held at an internment camp in China - were reportedly among imports recently blocked by US officials…
  • Friday, 11 October 2019

    Textile microfibres: the invisible tide

    VANCOUVER – Planet Textiles will team up with Textile Exchange in Vancouver next week to bring delegates a unique panel discussion on the science behind textile microfibre pollution, why it matters – and what the textile industry should be doing…
  • Friday, 11 October 2019

    Fashion for Good exhibit focuses on circularity

    AMSTERDAM – Dutch NGO Fashion for Good (FFG) has launched its latest exhibition at its headquarters in Amsterdam, which focuses on circularity in the fashion industry. The Reborn exhibit showcases garments from C&A, Frankie Collective, MAFIA, Pure…
  • Thursday, 10 October 2019

    Questions raised over Bangladesh Accord successor

    DHAKA - Workers rights NGOs are questioning whether Bangladesh is ready to take on responsibility for workplace safety six years on from the Rana Plaza disaster. The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has been described as one of few…
  • Thursday, 10 October 2019

    Miss Selfridge urges customers to recycle

    LONDON - Fashion brand Miss Selfridge is working in partnership with the British Heart Foundation to encourage customers to recycle and donate their unwanted clothes, accessories and shoes. As well as raising money for the charity, the initiative is…
  • Thursday, 10 October 2019

    H&M Group buys majority stake in Sellpy

    STOCKHOLM - Retailer the H&M Group is increasing its stake in the Swedish second-hand clothing platform Sellpy which is to use the investment to expand overseas. H&M has been investing in Sellpy since 2015 but a new investment of SEK 60 million…
  • Wednesday, 09 October 2019

    Ellen MacArthur links up with BlackRock Premium Article

    LONDON - BlackRock, the world's largest asset management firm, has entered into a global partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to set up an investment fund aimed at driving the development of a circular economy. BlackRock, which controls…
  • Wednesday, 09 October 2019

    Investment takes Spinnova towards upscaling

    JYVASKYLA - Finnish fibre company Spinnova has raised new growth capital of 11 million euros which it says will enable it to look towards commercialising what it claims will be the world’s most sustainable textile fibre. Spinnova has patented a…
  • Wednesday, 09 October 2019

    Lenzing invests €40M to lower carbon footprint

    AUSTRIA – As it looks to become carbon neutral by 2050, man-made cellulosic fibre supplier Lenzing has earmarked €40 million to optimise its self-sufficiency on raw materials such as sulphuric acid, improve filtration and reduce its use of fossil…
  • Wednesday, 09 October 2019

    Farfetch takes donations with new resale service

    LONDON – Luxury fashion retail platform Farfetch has launched a donations service through which customers can return unwanted apparel and donate a portion of the sell-on price to charity. The UK-based initiative, introduced in collaboration with…
  • Wednesday, 09 October 2019

    HeiQ technologies bolster circular ambition

    ZURICH – Twinery, the technology arm of apparel giant MAS Holdings, has partnered with Swiss innovator HeiQ to bolster its ambition of creating a circular value chain for its Truecycled synthetic yarn. Both HeiQ’s Clean Tech and Eco Dry products are…
  • Tuesday, 08 October 2019

    Canopy teams up with ZDHC to clean-up viscose

    AMSTERDAM – CanopyStyle and the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme have teamed up to tackle the potential negative environmental impacts of viscose production through a collaborative approach that will see them align on raw materials, wastewater…
  • Tuesday, 08 October 2019

    Textiles microfibres leak past wastewater treatment Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – New research estimates that around 878 tonnes of textile microfibres are washed into North American waterways every year from home laundering even after wastewater treatment, which usually catches around 95 per cent of total microfibre…
  • Monday, 07 October 2019

    Europe to accelerate drive towards textiles circularity Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – The Council of the European Union has given the green light to accelerate the transition of key sectors, including textiles, towards a circular economy and says it will encourage the use of economic instruments, such as taxation and…
  • Monday, 07 October 2019

    EOCA opens conservation project vote

    KENDAL – The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) has invited industry-wide input as it looks to whittle down the list of projects it’s set to fund with a combined €180,000 in the coming months. A public vote has opened today and will…
  • Monday, 07 October 2019

    Forum explores Bangladesh's future prosperity

    DHAKA – The Annual Bangladesh Business Forum attracted more than 350 stakeholders in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG) sector, from brand-level through to workers’ organisations, in the name of creating dialogue on how to bolster the country’s…
  • Monday, 07 October 2019

    Inaugural World Cotton Day opens in Geneva Premium Article

    GENEVA – Leading figures in the global cotton industry have converged on the Swiss city of Geneva for the first ever World Cotton Day. The event is being held at the World Trade Organisation’s headquarters following a request by the 'Cotton-4'…
  • Monday, 07 October 2019

    Unions, NGOs call for corporate accountability law

    BRUSSELS – More than 80 NGOs and trade unions have joined forces, calling on the European Commission to introduce corporate accountability legislation that it’s hoped would mitigate human rights abuse cases throughout global supply chains and offset…
  • Monday, 07 October 2019

    Burberry partners with resale platform, cites circularity

    LONDON – Luxury apparel brand Burberry has partnered with high-end product marketplace The RealReal, through which it hopes to keep its garments in circulation for longer. The companies say this venture promotes the benefits of a circular economy…
  • Monday, 07 October 2019

    Calida says shoppers will pay more for sustainability

    SURSEE - Swiss fashion brand Calida's COO Daniel Gemperle says the label has proved that consumers are prepared to pay a premium for sustainable clothing. In an exclusive interview with Ecotextile News, he said sales of the company's products, which…
  • Friday, 04 October 2019

    Garment and textile agreement proving 'effective’

    The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile is proving to be a relevant and effective way of improving sustainability in the sector, according to a new independent report. Research consultants Avance Impact say companies participating in…
  • Friday, 04 October 2019

    Diesel and Coke launch recycled fashion range

    PARIS - Fashion brand Diesel and Coca-Cola have joined forces to create a limited edition fashion range incorporating recycled plastic bottles and recycled cotton. Called The (Re)Collection, it is being launched at an exclusive website which…
  • Friday, 04 October 2019

    Scientists create water-resistant natural wax coating

    HELSINKI – Scientists in Finland have developed a new, natural wax coating which they say makes an affordable water-resistant and breathable coating for garments without the use of harmful chemicals. It comes amidst growing concern over the use of…
  • Friday, 04 October 2019

    Mystery shopper probes clothing take-back schemes

    As the concept of the circular economy continues to gather momentum in the global textile industry, more and more retailers are implementing in-store clothing take-back schemes in a bid to divert garments from landfill. With 11 million garments sent…
  • Thursday, 03 October 2019

    Stella McCartney unveils first plant-based faux fur

    PARIS - Fashion designer Stella McCartney has unveiled what is believed to be the world’s first faux-fur coat made using plant-based ingredients. Koba Fur-Free Fur, made by Ecopel with DuPont Sorona plant-based fibres and recycled polyester, is said…
  • Thursday, 03 October 2019

    SML creates 'Ecohanger' with recycled chipboard

    HONG KONG - Global apparel branding and packaging company SML has created a new coathanger which uses recycled chipboard to eliminate more than 50 per cent of plastic used in conventional hangers. SML says its 'EcoHanger' is aimed at helping…
  • Thursday, 03 October 2019

    Soil Association launches organic cotton report

    LONDON - The Soil Association has launched a new report - Thirsty for Fashion - in support of its 'Cotton On' campaign in support of organic cotton. The launch, at the Devonshire Club in London, was attended by leading brands, including Arcadia,…
  • Thursday, 03 October 2019

    Londoners willing to pay more for sustainable fashion

    LONDON - More than half of Londoners are willing to pay more for sustainable fashion, according to a new survey. Of the 1,000 people polled, 57 per cent said they were willing to pay more for sustainable fashion so long as it was good value for…
  • Wednesday, 02 October 2019

    Twitter backlash prompts brand disclaimer debate Premium Article

    LONDON – Fast fashion brands have been in the spotlight over recent weeks after tweets circulating online drew widespread attention to website disclaimers that products containing certain chemicals can cause cancer, birth defects and reproductive…
  • Wednesday, 02 October 2019

    Bluesign Technologies joins forces with ZDHC

    AMSTERDAM - Swiss-based Bluesign Technologies is to become a contributor to the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme which aims to substitute hazardous chemicals for safer ones in textiles and clothing production. It comes 17 months after Bluesign, which…
  • Wednesday, 02 October 2019

    US blocks clothing from China over slavery fears

    NEW YORK - The United States has blocked the import of goods suspected to have been made with forced labour from five countries, including clothing from China, in a rare crackdown on slave labour. The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said it…
  • Wednesday, 02 October 2019

    Podcast: Textile microfibre pollution, an urgent problem?

    BARCELONA – Though research continues to shed new light on the problem of textile microfibres in our oceans, Sophie Mather, board chair of the Microfibre Consortium, questions whether the proliferation of other micro-particles is muddy the waters of…
  • Tuesday, 01 October 2019

    New bid to reduce packaging’s impact on forests

    VANCOUVER - Not for profit Canopy is teaming up with some of the world's biggest brands, including Asos, H&M and VF Corporation, to launch a new initiative to reduce the impact of packaging on the world's forests. Canopy, which works to help…
  • Tuesday, 01 October 2019

    EOCA support boosts funding potential

    KENDAL – The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) now counts 150 companies as members, and says that with this, it can provide greater support and funding to projects the world over. EOCA says that with more companies and organisations…
  • Tuesday, 01 October 2019

    New fibre hopes to be classed as paper Premium Article

    OSLO – Two Finnish companies working on a new class of cellulose-based fibre, claimed to be the ‘most sustainable’ in the world, have been talking about their hopes for the product. Spinnova, which recently announced a long-term product development…
  • Tuesday, 01 October 2019

    Asics takes stake in eco-friendly fabrics startup

    MADRID - Japanese sportswear firm Asics has taken a stake in Spanish startup Pyrates Smart Fabrics which develops advanced and responsible eco-friendly knit fabrics. Pyrates develops its fabrics, some of which are certified by Oeka-Tex, from…
  • Monday, 30 September 2019

    Rival integrity initiatives compete in wool industry Premium Article

    SYDNEY – The new head of Australia’s first industry-owned wool integrity scheme says it’s already gaining traction among sheep farmers and other industry players. Dr Paul Swan, a former research chief with the Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) who…
  • Monday, 30 September 2019

    Birla Cellulose to halve water use by 2025

    MUMBAI - Textile manufacturer Birla Cellulose has set a target of reducing its water use, compared to 2015 levels, by 50 per cent by the year 2025. The company, the world's largest producer of viscose staple fibre (MMF), says it will achieve the…
  • Monday, 30 September 2019

    Cordenka receives biodegradability certification

    OBERNBERG - German textiles manufacturer Cordenka has received certification from TÜV Rheinland confirming the biodegradability of its cellulose-based natural fibres. It confirms that the company's technical multifilament yarns are biodegradable in…
  • Monday, 30 September 2019

    American Eagle announces sustainability targets

    PITTSBURGH - Retailer American Eagle Outfitters Inc (AEO) has unveiled new sustainability goals which include becoming carbon neutral by 2030. AEO says the pledge covers all of its owned and operated facilities, including stores, offices and…
  • Friday, 27 September 2019

    Firms team up for sustainable yarn development

    MUMBAI – Thai Acrylic Fiber Co. (TAF), of the Aditya Birla Group, has partnered with Bangladeshi textile manufacturer Simco; a collaboration through which the duo will combine the former’s Radianza fibre with recycled Cyclo cotton. Bringing together…
  • Friday, 27 September 2019

    Success in tackling slavery among garment workers

    TAMIL NADU - A five year programme to eradicate bonded labour among workers in India - including garment factory employees - has succeeded in reducing modern slavery, according to a new report. The Freedom Fund initiative has been trialling two…
  • Friday, 27 September 2019

    Brands join pilot scheme to pay garment workers digitally

    NEW YORK - Levi Strauss, Marks & Spencer, and the VF Corporation have joined forces with Mastercard in a pilot scheme to pay garment workers digitally in Egypt and Cambodia. The aim is to ensure factory workers - especially women who make up 68 per…
  • Friday, 27 September 2019

    Funding round bolsters resale platform

    CALIFORNIA – Technological solutions provider Yerdle, which has enabled the likes of Patagonia and outdoor retailer REI to establish in-house resale platforms over recent years, has received funding to the sum of US$20 million from a Series C…
  • Friday, 27 September 2019

    Report on BCI's work in India notes weaknesses Premium Article

    ANDHRA PRADESH - A new report on the work of the Better Cotton Initiative to encourage sustainable farming practices among smallholder cotton producers in India has highlighted a number of weaknesses. The report, commissioned by the ISEAL Alliance,…
  • Friday, 27 September 2019

    New Toray brand markets recycled PET fibres

    TOKYO – Japanese material innovator Toray has announced the launch of a new brand that will be used exclusively to market synthetic fibres derived from recycled PET plastics. The company has developed contaminant filtering technology which it says…
  • Friday, 27 September 2019

    Asos deliveries to go electric in London

    LONDON - Online retailer Asos has signed a five year deal with courier DPD which will see at least 50 per cent of its deliveries in the London Ultra Low Emission Zone carried out by electric vehicles. The multi-million pound new deal will also see…
  • Friday, 27 September 2019

    Kontoor Brands commits to preserving forests

    GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA - Global apparel company Kontoor Brands Inc, which owns denim brands Wrangler and Lee, has committed to sustainability in its purchasing and use of sustainable forest materials. Kontoor has announced its first Forest…
  • Friday, 27 September 2019

    Levi’s further funds climate innovations

    SAN FRANCISCO – Apparel brand Levi Strauss & Co., has announced that its current crop of ‘Collaboratory’ fellows will be granted investment to the sum of US$380,000 as it looks to scale up sustainable solutions that combat climate change. Since May…
  • Thursday, 26 September 2019

    LVMH chairman says Greta Thunberg is 'demoralising'

    PARIS — LVMH Chairman Bernard Arnault has sparked controversy by describing schoolgirl environmental activist Greta Thunberg as "demoralising" when he spoke at the luxury giant’s sustainability event in Paris. Arnault, 70, said to be the richest man…
  • Thursday, 26 September 2019

    Pertex propagates sustainability with new targets

    MUNICH – Fabric producer Pertex has announced new sustainability commitments off the back of the release of its first report on the matter. The company says it wants to minimise its environmental impact through more considered business practices,…
  • Thursday, 26 September 2019

    Delicate wash settings release more microfibres

    NEWCASTLE - Scientists have revealed the surprising results of new research which reveals that washing clothes on a delicate setting is more environmentally damaging as it releases hundreds of thousands of extra microfibres into rivers and oceans.…
  • Thursday, 26 September 2019

    Fears for brands amidst Myanmar genocide threat

    GENEVA – A new UN report highlights that ethnic minorities in Myanmar are “under the threat of genocide,” from the country’s military; this, as brands re-evaluate supplier relations. Last month, fashion firm Esprit said it would sever ties with…
  • Thursday, 26 September 2019

    Nordstrom meets 2020 sustainability targets early

    SEATTLE - US department store chain Nordstrom has already surpassed some of its sustainability targets for 2020, according to its latest corporate social responsibility report. The retailer has achieved a 17.1 per cent decrease in energy intensity…
  • Thursday, 26 September 2019

    London initiative retrieves one million unworn garments

    LONDON – Textile reuse charity TRAID has announced that, a year on from the launch of its 23 per cent campaign, it has collected one million garments from consumers across London. The campaign, called 23 per cent after independent research revealed…
  • Wednesday, 25 September 2019

    IKEA survey finds sustainability is too costly for many

    LEIDEN - Most people across the world would like to live more sustainable lives but say the biggest barrier is that it costs too much, according to a new survey of people in 25 countries. The 'Healthy and Sustainable Living' survey was carried out…
  • Wednesday, 25 September 2019

    Zalando says neighbour delivery service is more sustainable

    BERLIN - Online retailer Zalando says a pilot scheme which allows customers to pick-up packages and drop-off returns with a neighbour is reducing the environmental impact of deliveries. The 'Din Nabo' (Your Neighbour) scheme, which is currently…
  • Wednesday, 25 September 2019

    H&M embraces circular economy to target climate change

    STOCKHOLM - The H&M Group plans to embrace a circular economy after a new report said energy efficiencies and switching to renewable energy can never do enough to combat climate change. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation report says energy…
  • Wednesday, 25 September 2019

    Watchdog warns 'ethical' fashion brand over misleading advert

    LONDON - Ethical fashion brand Matt & Nat has been issued a warning by the UK advertising watchdog for misleading customers about the green credentials of one of its products. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) warned the Canadian vegan…
  • Wednesday, 25 September 2019

    Spinnova and Bergans join forces on sustainable outdoor gear

    OSLO - Finnish fibre company Spinnova and Norwegian brand Bergans have entered a long-term product development partnership aimed at producing sustainable outdoor clothing. They are working on prototype products, so far undisclosed, which they aim to…
  • Wednesday, 25 September 2019

    Elevate Textiles establishes 2025 commitments

    CHARLOTTE – Elevate Textiles, which owns the brands American & Efird, Burlington, Cone Denim, Gütermann and Safety Components, has laid out 2025 commitments which address its use of materials, water and the emission of greenhouse gasses (GHG). The…
  • Wednesday, 25 September 2019

    BlockTexx, Infinited Fiber amongst ’50 to watch’

    SAN FRANCISCO – Research and consultancy firm, the Cleantech Group, has announced a ‘50 to watch’ list of innovators from across industry, the technologies of which are said to represent impactful solutions to the environment’s most pressing issues.…
  • Tuesday, 24 September 2019

    Asics solution dye approach offsets emissions

    KOBE – Footwear brand Asics is the latest company to join the United Nation’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action (UNFCCC), and has announced its ambition to expand its use of technology to offset carbon emissions in the dyeing process by 45…
  • Tuesday, 24 September 2019

    Textile dyeing factories bid to dump salt sludge deep at sea

    TIRUPPUR - Dyeing facilities in India's textiles and knitwear hub are exploring the possibility of dumping mixed salt sludge deep at sea. Units in the southern city of Tiruppur, which contributes to 90 per cent of India's cotton knitwear exports,…
  • Tuesday, 24 September 2019

    Tracing tech adopted for cotton ginning season

    STONY BROOK – Molecular technologies specialist Applied DNA Sciences (ADNAS) has received an order of US$1 million to supply its SigNature T tagging technology for the 2019/20 cotton ginning season which begins in October. The Company’s SigNature T…
  • Tuesday, 24 September 2019

    Researchers find way to dye textiles with coffee grounds

    AMES, IOWA – Researchers say they have found a natural way to dye fabrics for clothing - by using leftover coffee grounds. Changhyun 'Lyon' Nam, of the Iowa State University (ISU), said his own coffee habit gave him the idea to experiment with the…
  • Tuesday, 24 September 2019

    Alarming levels of toxic chemical found in textiles hub river

    SURAT - A new study has found alarming levels of nonylphenol - a toxic chemical widely used in the textiles industry - in the Tapti River in the Indian city of Surat. The study, by the Delhi-based Toxics Link non-profit organisation, found…
  • Tuesday, 24 September 2019

    Kering commits to carbon neutral status

    PARIS – Luxury fashion firm Kering, the owner of brands such as Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent, says that its entire group will become carbon neutral across the supply chain. The company says that it will offset its 2018 greenhouse…
  • Monday, 23 September 2019

    Textile innovators invited to Bangladesh

    DHAKA – The second edition of the upcoming Sustainable Apparel Forum in Bangladesh is offering the chance for new textile technology companies and solutions providers to promote their innovations free of charge at the event. Event organiser Mostafiz…
  • Monday, 23 September 2019

    Award-winning researchers call for new sustainability approach Premium Article

    MILAN – The Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion (UCRF), which has won the inaugural North Star Award at EcoAge’s Green Carpet Fashion Awards at Milan Fashion Week, says the industry must take a fundamentally different approach to…
  • Monday, 23 September 2019

    Guess, IKEA make climate targets pledge Premium Article

    NEW YORK – 87 companies from across industry, which are said to hold a combined market capitalisation of US$2.3 trillion, say they will commit to setting science-based climate targets to mitigate a global temperature increase of 1.5°C above…
  • Monday, 23 September 2019

    G-Star signs up to fair wages campaign

    AMSTERDAM - Denim brand G-Star RAW has become the first Dutch company to sign up to the ACT initiative which campaigns for workers in the garment, textile and footwear industries to be paid a living wage. The popular label said it was proud to join…
  • Monday, 23 September 2019

    Nike acts over fears of climate change impact on sports

    BEAVERTON - Sportswear brand Nike has announced a new sustainability initiative, Move to Zero, over fears about how climate change will impact sports. It is based on research, carried out in the partnership with The Climate Impact Lab, which…
  • Monday, 23 September 2019

    Decathlon sets science-based targets, joins UNFCCC

    LILLE – Sporting goods retailer Decathlon is the latest signatory of the UN’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action (UNFCCC), a commitment further underpinned by its concurrent announcement of new emission reduction targets approved by the…
  • Monday, 23 September 2019

    Fast Retailing funds ILO social security probe

    YAMAGUCHI – Japanese fashion behemoth Fast Retailing has partnered with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to hone in on labour markets throughout Asia and improve social security and working environments. The owner of the Uniqlo brand,…
  • Friday, 20 September 2019

    Asos partners with London College of Fashion on training

    LONDON - Online fashion retailer Asos has gone into partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) at London College of Fashion to create a bespoke course to engage its designers in circular design. Asos says it wanted its designers to…
  • Friday, 20 September 2019

    Cambodia increases garment workers' pay amidst EU pressure

    PHNOM PENH — Cambodia has raised its minimum wage for textile workers by 4.4 per cent amidst pressure from the European Union over its record on human rights. The increase, which comes into effect in January, increases the legal minimum salary paid…
  • Thursday, 19 September 2019

    New toolkit to help fashion brands source more sustainably

    TORONTO - A new toolkit of resources to help fashion brands and retailers source products more sustainably is to be launched next month. The Sustainable Fashion Resource Toolkit, created by the Fashion Takes Action non-profit organisation and PwC…
  • Thursday, 19 September 2019

    Textile factories face closure over river dumping Premium Article

    DHAKA - Seven textile and dyeing factories in Bangladesh will be ordered to shut down production in three months unless they establish effluent treatment plants (ETPs) to stop dumping untreated waste into the badly-polluted Buriganga River. The…
  • Thursday, 19 September 2019

    Circular business inductee launches with repair service

    LONDON – A new outdoor brand which earlier this year united with the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and QSA Partners to implement a circular business model has today launched. FW – pronounced Forward – was selected alongside Ted Baker and…
  • Thursday, 19 September 2019

    Textiles firm develops new eco-fabric from cork

    GUIMARES - Portuguese textiles firm Têxteis Penedo is developing cork into a new eco-fabric for home textiles. The firm has opened a factory at its headquarters in the city of Guimarães to manufacture its new 'Cork-a-Tex' fabric which is made of 30…
  • Wednesday, 18 September 2019

    Extinction Rebellion stages funeral at London Fashion Week

    LONDON - The protest group Extinction Rebellion marked the end of London Fashion Week by staging a mock funeral to call for the 'death' of the event in its current form. About 200 activists, dressed in black and wearing funeral veils, marched two…
  • Wednesday, 18 September 2019

    New campaign aims to inspire shoppers to buy organic cotton

    LONDON - A new campaign aimed at boosting consumer understanding of organic cotton and the benefits it brings to the planet is to be launched next month. The campaign, run by Soil Association Certification in partnership with environmental charity…
  • Wednesday, 18 September 2019

    Podcast: here come the robots!

    Advances in robotics and automated technology could potentially reduce the impact of textile and garment manufacture, but how does this play out for impoverished workers in developing nations? In our latest Planet Textiles Podcast, former…
  • Tuesday, 17 September 2019

    Uniqlo unveils new recycling strategies Premium Article

    LONDON – At Uniqlo’s third annual LifeWear Day exhibition in London yesterday, the Japanese fashion firm announced two new initiatives in collaboration with long-standing partner Toray that will look to recycle and re-use both down and PET plastic.…
  • Tuesday, 17 September 2019

    Social auditing 'protects brands but lets down workers'

    AMSTERDAM - The multi-billion dollar social auditing industry protects brands' reputation and profits but is failing to protect the safety of garment workers, according to a new report from the Clean Clothes Campaign. The report, Fig Leaf for…
  • Tuesday, 17 September 2019

    Scientists combine spider silk and wood to replace plastic

    HELSINKI - Scientists say they have found a way of combining the silk protein found in spider webs with wood cellulose fibres to make an biodegradable alternative to plastic for a variety of uses including textiles. Researchers at Aalto University…
  • Tuesday, 17 September 2019

    Bluesign extends consultation deadline

    ST GALLEN – In a departure from its usual protocol, Bluesign is for the first-time holding consultations with both external and internal stakeholders to update its Bluesign system criteria. The consultation which has been extended from system…
  • Monday, 16 September 2019

    New Nike facility is powered by renewable energy

    HAM - Nike has opened a new distribution centre powered entirely by renewable energy as part of its ambition to reduce its carbon footprint to zero. The company says the 1.5 million square feet centre, called the Court, in the Belgian town of Ham,…
  • Monday, 16 September 2019

    Fabric recycled from ocean plastic is verified by blockchain

    PARIS - Textile recycling company Waste2Wear claims to have produced the world's first collection of plastics made from recycled ocean plastic fabrics that is fully traceable using blockchain technology. Waste2Wear launched a beta version of its…
  • Monday, 16 September 2019

    Protesting garment workers hurt in clash with police

    NARAYANGANJ - More than 40 people have been injured following clashes between police officers and garment workers protesting over unpaid wages in Bangladash. Police officers fired tear gas shells and rubber bullets to clear the protesters who were…
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