Social Media Home Twitter Facebook Linked In RSS Feed Podcasts
Careers in Textiles
Login

Register Subscribe Podcasts

While the environmental benefits of international second-hand apparel trade may not appeal to a Trump White House, the economic argument could well gain more traction. David Styles speaks to Marjorie Norton, a professor at Virginia Tech University, to discover how her latest study will assess the benefits and complexities of this market for the United States.

Latest News

  • Tuesday, 06 December 2022

    Decathlon brand adopts Resortecs technology

    BRUSSELS – Wedze, the winter sports brand of French retailer Decathlon, has launched what it says is a ‘fully recyclable’ ski jacket made from recycled polyester and material innovator Resortecs’ SmartStitch solution. Smart Stitch is a…
  • Tuesday, 06 December 2022

    Resale specialist Archive secures US$15m Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Circular solutions provider Archive has secured US$15 million in Series A funding, which will be used to scale the company’s technology platform and support key hires. The US firm boasta an online plug-in which enables its brand…
  • Tuesday, 06 December 2022

    Xefco set to pilot plasma-based finishing

    SYDNEY - Australian textile technology firm Xefco has announced it will next year set up a pilot manufacturing facility for its new plasma-based method of applying dyes and coatings to textiles. Xefco’s Ausora solution was developed in collaboration…
  • Tuesday, 06 December 2022

    Swedish NGO calls for bolder EU textile strategy Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – A Swedish industry authority has published a position paper which calls on the EU’s Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles to go further if it’s to successfully decarbonise the sector. The Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA) and…
  • Tuesday, 06 December 2022

    Renewcell and Lenzing sign major agreement Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish textile recycler Renewcell has signed a deal to provide Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing with up to 100,000 tonnes of its Circulose pulp over the next five years. Lenzing is to use 80,000 to 100,000 tonnes of Circulose - made…
  • Tuesday, 06 December 2022

    Shein pledges funds to fixing factory standards

    NANJING – Fast fashion conglomerate Shein has pledged US$15 million to improving supplier factory standards after an undercover investigation found staff at two sites working 18-hour days with just one day off per month. The investigation’s findings…
  • Monday, 05 December 2022

    Good Fashion Fund assesses first investment

    AMSTERDAM - Organisers of a fund which provides long term finance for sustainable manufacturing in textile and garment factories in India and Bangladesh say their first investment is paying off. The Good Fashion Fund - an investment programme…
  • Monday, 05 December 2022

    US$700m earmarked for US circular infrastructure Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Circular solutions provider Closed Loop Partners (CLP) and renewable power giant Brookfield have teamed up to launch Circular Services, a new venture that aims to radically improve material recycling infrastructure across the United…
  • Monday, 05 December 2022

    Beximco adopts FibreTrace technology

    SINGAPORE – South Asian apparel manufacturer Beximco has partnered with traceability solutions provider FibreTrace to adopt its tracer technology. FibreTrace embeds indestructible luminescent pigments – which are linked to blockchain – to raw…
  • Monday, 05 December 2022

    Toray to recycle plastic from fishing nets

    TOKYO - Japanese textile manufacturer Toray Industries has announced it is to sell nylon 6 yarns, textiles and other products which are chemically recycled from ocean-recovered fishing nets. Toray will apply its depolymerisation and repolymerisation…
  • Monday, 05 December 2022

    Ebay partners with garment repair specialist Premium Article

    LONDON – Secondhand product marketplace eBay has partnered with garment repair specialist ACS Clothing to help brands and consumers recognise the value of fashion's ‘resale economy’. ACS quality-checks, cleans and repairs pre-owned items across the…
  • Monday, 05 December 2022

    Apparel brands' biodiversity actions assessed Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Just one in 20 companies have carried out a science-based assessment of how their operations impact nature and biodiversity, according to a new study of eight sectors including apparel and footwear. The 'Nature Benchmark' analysis of…
  • Monday, 05 December 2022

    Plant-based dye innovator secures funding

    SPRINGFIELD – Textile dye innovator Stony Creek Colors has secured US$4.8 million in funding led by long-standing partners Levi’s and Lewis & Clark AgriFood. The investment is expected to help the burgeoning business further develop its farming…
  • Friday, 02 December 2022

    Under Armour, NC State explore advanced materials

    RALEIGH – Sportswear brand Under Armour has teamed up with North Carolina State University (NC State) to support student development and advance textile and material innovations. Under Armour has established an innovation centre on the institute’s…
  • Friday, 02 December 2022

    Frugi revitalised after acquisition

    CORNWALL – A ‘sustainable’ kidswear brand has been saved from the brink of bankruptcy as its intellectual property and assets have been acquired by Refined Brands, the parent company of OVS, Celtic & Co and Marc O’Polo. Frugi’s owners penned a…
  • Friday, 02 December 2022

    Better Cotton to develop pesticide reduction goal

    GENEVA – Better Cotton has announced that a pesticide reduction target for 2030 is in the works, as it looks to mitigate the risk of environmental and human harm from potentially hazardous substances. The safe use of pesticides – only where…
  • Friday, 02 December 2022

    Teijin to front new polyester recycling venture

    TOKYO – Japanese fibre manufacturer Teijin Limited, trading company Itochu Corporation and engineering firm JGC Corporation have together launched RePEaT, a new joint venture that will look to advance the chemical recycling of waste polyester. The…
  • Thursday, 01 December 2022

    Fashion growth 'outweighs sustainability bids' Premium Article

    LONDON – Growth in the fashion industry is outweighing attempts by brands and retailers to reduce their environmental impacts, according to a new report from the WRAP charity's Textiles 2030 initiative. The Textiles 2030 Annual Progress Report…
  • Thursday, 01 December 2022

    Zara teams up with textile innovator Evrnu

    SEATTLE – Fashion brand Zara has announced the launch of a capsule collection made using textile recycler Evrnu’s NuCycl lyocell. NuCycl is produced entirely from cotton textile waste via a chemical recycling solution said to retain the features and…
  • Thursday, 01 December 2022

    AAFA ramps up calls for digital product labels Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) trade body is ramping up its call for the US to allow brands to replace lengthy care labels with digital QR codes to share product and sustainability information with consumers and…
  • Thursday, 01 December 2022

    Vietnam textile sector outlines sustainability goals

    HANOI – The Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITA) has announced new targets to improve the domestic garment sector’s sustainability credentials. In the short-term, it will task factories with cutting their energy consumption by 15 per cent…
  • Thursday, 01 December 2022

    Nanollose fibre used in denim samples Premium Article

    PERTH – Australian textile innovator Nanollose has announced that its manufacturing partner Orta has successfully produced samples of denim which integrate the former’s Nullarbor fibre. The material was supplied by Nanollose collaborator Birla…
  • Thursday, 01 December 2022

    Apparel brands 'fail to act on biodiversity'

    LONDON - Nearly three-quarters of apparel companies are failing to assess the impact of their global value chains on biodiversity, according to new research from CDP. Formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP released its findings one…
  • Thursday, 01 December 2022

    Pangaia unveils regenerative cotton strategy Premium Article

    LONDON – Materials science brand Pangaia has unveiled a new strategy through which it will aim to ensure 100 per cent of its cotton is grown using regenerative best practices by 2026. The British company says this approach will yield both…
  • Wednesday, 30 November 2022

    Direct method improves recycled cotton yarns Premium Article

    MÖNCHENGLADBACH – Portuguese textile supplier Valérius 360 has teamed up with German spinning technology company Trützschler to improve the quality of recycled cotton yarns made from 50:50 recycled and virgin cotton. Using cotton waste from the…
  • Wednesday, 30 November 2022

    Animal right NGOs question AWI’s strategy

    VICTORIA – Animal welfare organisations have accused Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) of failing to strategise and establish targets for a mulesing-free future, despite market indicators. In a submission to the Australian National Audit Office…
  • Wednesday, 30 November 2022

    RDS down supplier probes PETA abuse claims

    NEW YORK - A Vietnamese supplier of down produced under Textile Exchange's Responsible Down Standard (RDS) has launched an investigation after being accused of slitting the throats of live ducks. The PETA animal welfare organisation claimed workers…
  • Wednesday, 30 November 2022

    Zara Home detergent combats microfibre emissions

    ARTEIXO – Zara Home, the homeware brand of Spanish apparel giant Inditex, and chemicals company BASF have developed a new laundry detergent that's said to reduce textile microfibre emissions by up to 80 per cent. The pair say their proprietary…
  • Wednesday, 30 November 2022

    Lenzing to double Ecovero production next year

    LENZING - Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing is to double the production capacity of its 'sustainable' Ecovero-branded viscose fibres next year to meet rising demand from brands. Lenzing has produced more than 300,000 tons of Ecovero - which is…
  • Wednesday, 30 November 2022

    Football teams back organic cotton initiative

    GERMANY – Football clubs across Germany’s top two divisions and their merchandise manufacturer, Brands Fashion, have committed to supporting smallholder farmers across India by adopting in-conversion organic cotton in replica kits and training…
  • Wednesday, 30 November 2022

    Primark publishes first sustainability report Premium Article

    DUBLIN - Fashion retailer Primark has published its inaugural 'Sustainability and Ethics Progress Report' outlining progress made against its commitments since the launch of its Primark Cares strategy last year. Primark says 45 per cent of its…
  • Tuesday, 29 November 2022

    On expands resale service to apparel Premium Article

    ZURICH – Swiss sportswear brand On has expanded its resale service to encompass apparel after receiving an “overwhelming, positive response” for its pre-owned footwear service. On launched ‘Onward’ exclusively for its branded footwear in September…
  • Tuesday, 29 November 2022

    Unifi announces Textile Takeback expansion plans Premium Article

    GREENSBORO – US fibre manufacturer Unifi has announced the expansion of its Textile Takeback programme as it commits to collecting increasing quantities of polyester-based material waste. Notably, the company tells us it has forged a partnership…
  • Tuesday, 29 November 2022

    Rolling Stones cancel deal with Shein Premium Article

    NANJING - The Rolling Stones are set to terminate a licensing deal with fast fashion giant Shein over concerns about the treatment of workers in the company's supply chain. The veteran rock 'n' roll band asked their merchandising team to cancel the…
  • Tuesday, 29 November 2022

    Zara named most popular secondhand brand Premium Article

    LONDON - Fast fashion giant Zara is the most popular secondhand brand across Europe with almost 700,000 listings on resale platforms, according to a new report. Discount voucher company Savoo carried out the research to discover the most commonly…
  • Tuesday, 29 November 2022

    Anti-corruption NGO quits textiles partnership Premium Article

    BERLIN - The Transparency International NGO has left the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (GPST) because it says the multi-stakeholder organisation is failing to prioritise anti-corruption due diligence. Transparency International Germany…
  • Tuesday, 29 November 2022

    Indian resale start-up secures investment Premium Article

    MUMBAI – Resale technology start-up Relove has secured US$700,000 in funding which it’ll use to scale its services and partner with more fashion brands. Based out of Mumbai, the firm has developed resale infrastructure that swiftly enables clothing…
  • Monday, 28 November 2022

    Vegan leather shoe startup raises $4.5m Premium Article

    BANGALORE - Vegan leather shoe producer Rapidbox has raised US$4.5 million in a series A funding round which it will use to expand its product range and develop the brand. The funding round was led by SIG Venture Capital with support from Tanglin…
  • Monday, 28 November 2022

    New cotton alliance to support Indian farmers Premium Article

    NAGPUR – Solidaridad Asia and the Centre for Responsible Business (CRB) will this week launch the Regenagri Cotton Alliance (rCA) as it looks to ensure the long-term prosperity of more than half a million smallholder farmers. The alliance – which…
  • Monday, 28 November 2022

    Ducks 'abused under Responsible Down Standard' Premium Article

    NEW YORK - The PETA animal welfare organisation claims to have evidence of live ducks having their throats slit and feet cut off to produce down under the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) for leading brands. The Textile Exchange industry body, which…
  • Monday, 28 November 2022

    Irish authorities extend circular manufacturing project Premium Article

    DUBLIN – The Republic of Ireland’s Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications has announced the extension of Circuléire, an initiative through which it promotes circular practices across sectors such as textiles, construction and…
  • Friday, 25 November 2022

    Protests mark annual Black Friday discounts Premium Article

    GLOBAL - Black Friday has been marked by protests against overconsumption and workers' wages as brands and retailers sought to lure in consumers by offering huge discounts. Workers rights campaigners and trade unionists staged protests outside of…
  • Friday, 25 November 2022

    Circular fashion service attracts £10m funding Premium Article

    GLASGOW - Scottish fund manager Circularity Capital has invested £10 million (US$12.1m) in circular fashion specialist Advanced Clothing Solutions (ACS) to develop its rental, subscription and resale operations. Established in 2015, Edinburgh-based…
  • Friday, 25 November 2022

    H&M introduces rental to UK in flagship store Premium Article

    LONDON - Swedish fashion giant has reopened its flagship store in London's Regent Street with new services including the company's first rental offering in the UK. H&M Rental offers customers the option to rent womenswear and menswear, including…
  • Friday, 25 November 2022

    Fashion consumption 'key to climate targets' Premium Article

    BERLIN - Fashion consumers in the world's richest nations need to drastically change their behaviour if the industry is to have any hope of meeting its climate change targets, according to a new report. It argues that reducing consumption is more…
  • Thursday, 24 November 2022

    Fashion encouraged to engage social enterprises Premium Article

    BERLIN – A new report from German organisation Yunus Social Business says that brands and retailers could accelerate work towards their ESG (environmental, social and governance) targets by collaborating with social enterprises as suppliers. Whilst…
  • Thursday, 24 November 2022

    Better Cotton backs bid to help Chad farmers Premium Article

    N'DJAMENA - The Better Cotton initiative has signed up to a partnership with the IDH sustainable trade initiative and Cotontchad in a bid to make cotton farmers in Chad more resilient to climate change. The coalition will explore avenues for…
  • Thursday, 24 November 2022

    More brands urged to back International Accord Premium Article

    DHAKA - Workers' rights campaigners are marking the 10th anniversary of Bangladesh's deadliest factory fire by urging more brands to sign up to the International Accord for Safety and Health in the Textile and Garment Industry. More than 180 brands…
  • Thursday, 24 November 2022

    Synthetic microfibres found in Antarctica Premium Article

    ANTARCTICA - Microplastics from synthetic textiles have been found in samples of air, seawater, sediment and ice taken by scientists in the supposedly pristine continent of Antarctica. Fibrous polyester, primarily from textiles, was found in all…
  • Thursday, 24 November 2022

    Bangladeshi RMG workers afforded cheaper meals Premium Article

    DHAKA – The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a Swiss development organisation, has announced the launch of a new initiative in Bangladeshi ready-made garment (RMG) facilities that will provide workers with affordable meals. Announced…
  • Thursday, 24 November 2022

    Crystal Denim jeans certified ‘net-zero’ Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Crystal Denim, a division of Crystal International, has announced that it has produced the first ever net-zero jeans, which have been certified by the HKQAA (Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency). To achieve this, the firm says it adopted…
  • Wednesday, 23 November 2022

    Gas cap 'threatens European textile industry' Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission's proposed cap on gas prices will jeopardise the existence of the continent's entire textile and clothing industry, according to the Euratex trade body. Euratex says the European Commission plan to propose a price…
  • Wednesday, 23 November 2022

    Outerwear firm Deuter launches ‘Green Friday’ initiative Premium Article

    GERSTHOFEN – German outerwear brand Deuter is this week launching a Green Friday initiative through which 10 per cent of online sales revenues will be channelled into a European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) project. In the countdown to…
  • Wednesday, 23 November 2022

    Black Friday protesters target Boohoo Premium Article

    MANCHESTER - Black Friday protesters are to target the head office of fast fashion giant Boohoo which last year offered discounts of up to 99 per cent off its already low prices. A coalition of campaigners and trade unionists is to stage a protest…
  • Wednesday, 23 November 2022

    Shein products exceed chemical limits, Greenpeace finds Premium Article

    HAMBURG – Products from fast fashion brand Shein have been found to contain up to twice the level of hazardous chemicals allowed under EU legislation, according to a Greenpeace Germany investigation. The non-profit analysed the chemical composition…
  • Wednesday, 23 November 2022

    Innovate UK project targets textile recycling Premium Article

    LONDON – Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is leading a new £4 million (US$4.75m) project that aims to accelerate ‘closed-loop recycling’ in the apparel and textile sectors. The government research body is inviting applications…
  • Tuesday, 22 November 2022

    Stand.Earth analyses fashion’s net-zero targets Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Environmental non-profit Stand.Earth has published an analysis of the net-zero commitments of 10 Fashion Charter signatory companies. It comes after the release of new UN guidance, presented at COP27, which it’s hoped will provide…
  • Tuesday, 22 November 2022

    Brands lack transparency in Brazil - report Premium Article

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Leading brands have again gone backwards in terms of the amount of sustainability information they disclose, according to the fifth edition of Brazil's Fashion Transparency Index (BFTI). The Fashion Revolution survey of 60 of the…
  • Tuesday, 22 November 2022

    Polartec commits to net-zero future

    SPONSORED CONTENT - Polartec® — the premium creator of innovative and sustainable textile solutions — announces its parent organisation Milliken & Company now holds approved science-based net-zero targets. Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a…
  • Tuesday, 22 November 2022

    Vestiaire Collective platform bans fast fashion Premium Article

    PARIS – Ahead of Black Friday, fashion resale specialist Vestiaire Collective has today announced a ban on all fast fashion items being bought, sold or listed on its platform. The decision forms part of a three-year plan which will see it establish…
  • Tuesday, 22 November 2022

    Nobis launches peer-to-peer resale programme Premium Article

    TORONTO - Canadian luxury outerwear brand Nobis has launched a peer-to-peer resale programme to allow North American consumers to resell and purchase pre-owned Nobis jackets. The company says the 'Next by Nobis' scheme, created in partnership with…
  • Tuesday, 22 November 2022

    Lenzing tops Canopy Hot Button rankings Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Environmental non-profit Canopy has revealed that Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing has topped its 2022 Hot Button rankings of the sustainability of the world's viscose producers. Canopy evaluates the world’s 34 largest producers of…
  • Tuesday, 22 November 2022

    IKEA investigates forced labour claims Premium Article

    LEIDEN - Swedish-owned homeware giant IKEA is investigating claims that some of its products, including table linen, curtains and towels, were produced under forced labour conditions by prisoners in Belarus penal colonies. French non-profit…
  • Tuesday, 22 November 2022

    Swedish textile machinery firms map emissions Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Members of the Swedish Textile Machinery Association (TMAS) have committed to a corporate carbon footprint mapping project in a bid to boost transparency and establish a benchmark from which to drive sustainability improvements.…
  • Tuesday, 22 November 2022

    EAC calls out DEFRA’s environmental inaction Premium Article

    LONDON – The chair of the UK’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), Philip Dunne MP, has written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Thérèse Coffey in frustration at the department’s inaction on key policies to…
  • Monday, 21 November 2022

    ETI responds to EU due diligence proposals Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has published its response to the European Union's (EU) mandatory due diligence proposals to make brands liable for human rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains. The ETI was…
  • Monday, 21 November 2022

    Zalando discontinues Zircle, promotes pre-owned Premium Article

    BERLIN – European fashion retailer Zalando has announced that its Zircle secondhand fashion service has been discontinued but pre-owned apparel will still be sold across its platform. Zalando launched its Zircle app in 2018, originally with the name…
  • Monday, 21 November 2022

    Cambodia 'used pandemic to restrict unions' Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - The Cambodian government used the COVID-19 pandemic to block the right to strike in the garment industry, jail union activists and restrict union formation, according to a new report from the Human Rights Watch NGO. Entitled 'Only…
  • Monday, 21 November 2022

    Arvind, PurFi team up to construct recycling sites Premium Article

    AHMEDABAD – Indian textile manufacturer Arvind Limited has teamed up with circular solutions provider PurFi to establish a number of recycling facilities. Over the next five years, as much as US$30.5 million is expected to be invested in production…
  • Monday, 21 November 2022

    Sizing solution earns Hohenstein’s backing Premium Article

    MUNICH – German technology start-up Sizekick has secured €1.3 million (US$1.3m) in new funding which will be used to expand the company’s workforce and launch its smartphone-compatible sizing solution. The Bavarian business offers an artificial…
  • Friday, 18 November 2022

    Marimekko to utilise post-industrial textile waste Premium Article

    PAIMOIO – Finnish design house Marimekko has announced the launch of a ‘closed-loop project’ through which it will produce a capsule collection of garments which integrate post-industrial textile waste. The company announced the initiative at a…
  • Friday, 18 November 2022

    Kings of Indigo owner files for bankruptcy Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – KOI International, the parent company of Dutch denim brand Kings of Indigo, has decided to file for bankruptcy. In a statement, the firm said: “With everything going on in the world today, it is not possible to realise a new investment…
  • Friday, 18 November 2022

    PETA launches ‘Vegan Wool Challenge’ Premium Article

    NORFOLK – Animal welfare organisation PETA has launched the ‘Vegan Wool Challenge’ as it encourages innovators to develop a vegan alternative to sheep’s wool that performs and feels like the real thing. The NGO has promised a US$1 million windfall…
  • Friday, 18 November 2022

    IFC supports Sri Lankan worker programme Premium Article

    COLOMBO – The Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF), Sri Lanka’s garment manufacturing body, has teamed up with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to implement the latter’s Respectful Workplaces Programme across the nation’s apparel…
  • Thursday, 17 November 2022

    Textile Exchange bid to improve sustainability data Premium Article

    COLORADO SPRINGS – New Textile Exchange CEO Claire Bergkamp has been outlining the organisation's ambitions to improve the data on which the industry relies to measure its progress against its sustainability targets. Bergkamp, who is taking over as…
  • Thursday, 17 November 2022

    High wicking finish uses recycled polyester Premium Article

    TÜBINGEN – CHT has used recycled polyester flakes as the base chemistry for a new hydrophilic finish that improves the moisture wicking of sportswear fabrics and is said to give garments fast-drying properties and improved protection against dirt…
  • Thursday, 17 November 2022

    Patagonia taps into Gore and Bionic project Premium Article

    ELKTON – As part of its on-going work with Bionic yarns, which uses marine and coastal plastic waste to make new yarns and polymers, W.L. Gore has introduced two new 2-layer Gore-Tex laminates that will feature in Patagonia’s autumn/winter 23…
  • Thursday, 17 November 2022

    Marker traces origin of polyester and nylon fibres Premium Article

    POMMERLOCH – In a bid to track the origin of nylon and polyester textiles, Avient has launched a new tracer technology based on ‘taggants’, which are special chemical markers added to textile fibres during the spin-dyeing process. The…
  • Thursday, 17 November 2022

    Target pledges support to Fashion Climate Fund Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Apparel Impact Institute (Aii) has announced fashion retailer Target as the latest company to join its Fashion Climate Fund as a ‘lead funder’. Target joins Lululemon, H&M, H&M Foundation, and the Schmidt Family Foundation, each…
  • Wednesday, 16 November 2022

    Circular solutions firm secures financial backing Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Circular solutions provider Debrand, which has helped extend the lifecycle of apparel from brands including Lululemon and Everlane, has secured strategic investment from North America’s largest waste management company WM. The funding,…
  • Wednesday, 16 November 2022

    Aussie biomaterials innovator secures investment Premium Article

    WATERMANS BAY – Australian textile innovator ULUU has secured AU$8.6 million (US$5.8m) to scale the production of its natural, PHA-based (polyhydroxalkanoates) polymers. PHA fibres are biosynthetic alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, and so…
  • Wednesday, 16 November 2022

    Consumers to shop secondhand this festive season? Premium Article

    LONDON – Consumer research from eBay and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) indicates that the British public will shop secondhand this festive season. Conducted ahead of Black Friday, findings suggest that more than half (52 per cent)…
  • Wednesday, 16 November 2022

    Textile Exchange conference opens in Colorado Premium Article

    COLORADO SPRINGS – The 20th annual conference of the Textile Exchange industry organisation has opened with impassioned speeches for greater collaboration in the battle to reduce the sector's impact on climate change. Nearly 900 people – and another…
  • Wednesday, 16 November 2022

    Microfibre Consortium posts progress report Premium Article

    BRISTOL – The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) has published an update on progress towards its target of eliminating the environmental impact of fibre fragmentation from textiles by the end of the decade. TMC's new report also includes the latest…
  • Tuesday, 15 November 2022

    Renewcell strikes deal with Eastman Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish textile recycler Renewcell has secured a deal with US fibre producer Eastman in what it describes as an “important step in developing the first acetate-based applications to use Circulose feedstock”. The company’s innovative…
  • Tuesday, 15 November 2022

    Bluesign opens up its blackbox Premium Article

    ST GALLEN – For the first time, Bluesign has opened up on the detail around its chemical assessment method which is now available for public scrutiny. It includes new rating algorithms, has been peer reviewed and includes a new GHS module in a bid…
  • Tuesday, 15 November 2022

    Queen of Raw secures funding Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Climate fintech company Queen of Raw has secured new funding, which will be used to advance Materia MX – a software service enabling companies to sell excess inventory. According to the US firm, its industry clients waste as much as 15…
  • Tuesday, 15 November 2022

    Deaths 'highlight need to expand Accord to Pakistan' Premium Article

    KARACHI - Workers' rights campaigners are calling for plans to expand the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry to Pakistan to be sped up on the back of new accident figures. The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC)…
  • Tuesday, 15 November 2022

    Human Rights Watch takes aim at supplier audits Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – Human Rights Watch has published a new report in which it says that audits and certifications for suppliers in industries including fashion aren’t sufficient in measuring social and environmental due diligence. The organisation points to…
  • Monday, 14 November 2022

    Vegan and animal leather producers unite Premium Article

    GREEN ISLAND – Ecco Leather, a manufacturer of traditional animal leather, has forged a first-of-its-kind partnership with Ecovative – a mycelium innovator that produces vegan leather alternative materials. Ecovative, which works with the likes of…
  • Monday, 14 November 2022

    Madagascan workers take stand against harassment Premium Article

    ANTANANARIVO – Garment workers in Madagascar are encouraging their peers to unionise in a bid to eradicate gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH). Inspired by training on the International Labour Organization’s Convention 190, factory staff at…
  • Monday, 14 November 2022

    COP27: Fashion giants commit to sourcing ‘next-gen’ fibres Premium Article

    SHARM EL SHEIKH – Leading fashion firms including H&M, Inditex, Kering and Stella McCartney are amongst the inaugural signatories of a Canopy-led commitment to purchase more than half a million tonnes of ‘next-generation’ alternative fibre for the…
  • Monday, 14 November 2022

    Bolt Threads launches Greener Pastures Pledge Premium Article

    EMERYVILLE – US innovator Bolt Threads has said that fashion firms which commit to eliminating animal leather as part of its new ‘Greener Pastures Pledge’ will be given preferential access to the company’s Mylo brand of mycelium materials. The…
  • Friday, 11 November 2022

    Uzbek cotton harvest 'shows risks remain' Premium Article

    TASHKENT – Human rights concerns remain in Uzbekistan's cotton industry, including the risk of forced labour, according to the preliminary findings of independent civil society monitoring of this year's harvest. The study, by the Uzbek Forum for…
  • Friday, 11 November 2022

    Europe to adopt mandatory due diligence law Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Union's Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence (CSDD) directive, which seeks to make companies responsible for human rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains, is set to be adopted this month. It follows a…
  • Friday, 11 November 2022

    Apparel 'loses billions in supply chain waste' Premium Article

    MENTOR - The apparel sector loses US$15.3 billion in supply chain waste every year through overproduction and damage, according to a new report from materials science company Avery Dennison. Entitled 'The Missing Billions: The Real Cost of Supply…
  • Friday, 11 November 2022

    Swedish outerwear brand commits to shunning PFAS Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Outerwear brand Isbjörn of Sweden has announced that beyond its fall/winter 2023 collection, the company’s entire product portfolio will be PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) free. PFAS are traditionally used to impart…
  • Thursday, 10 November 2022

    Modern insights of historic textiles industry Premium Article

    LEEK - Researchers have been examining historical changes in a Staffordshire river linked to textile production during the industrial revolution to gain a better understanding of the environmental challenges of today. A new report from the Fashion…
  • Thursday, 10 November 2022

    OCA launches organic cotton farmer training Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) initiative has launched what it says is the first training package designed for organic cotton growers in more than a decade. The OCA's Organic Cotton Training Curriculum is a standardised…
  • Thursday, 10 November 2022

    Remake releases fashion accountability report Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Remake workers’ rights NGO has published its 2022 Fashion Accountability Report in which it ranks leading fashion brands and retailers on sustainability actions in their global supply chains. Some 58 big companies were assessed,…
Back Issue Archive
Other Publications from MCL News & Media

Interested in advertising?

Simply give us a call

Sales: +44 1977 708488

Or if you prefer email, click on the button below and we'll get back to you asap