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Linda Greer, senior scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), sees ‘tepid corporate demand’ as the biggest obstacle to global industry convergence on the effective management of hazardous textile chemicals.

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  • Thursday, 27 February 2020

    Barriers outlined to clothing recycling at scale Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - A number of key barriers need to be overcome if clothing recycling is to make significant inroads into the vast quantities of post-consumer textile waste generated each year, according to a new report. The report, entitled Recycled…
  • Thursday, 27 February 2020

    Zalando to embrace secondhand market

    BERLIN - European online fashion platform Zalando is to launch a 'Pre-Owned' section later this year to meet the demand for secondhand clothing from sustainability-focused shoppers and bargain hunters. The company, which bills itself as Europe’s…
  • Thursday, 27 February 2020

    VF Corp closes industry-first green bond issue Premium Article

    DENVER - VF Corp, which owns brands including Timberland and North Face, has announced the closure of its first green bond issue amidst strong investor interest which saw a large oversubscription for the €500 million (US$457 million) of bonds…
  • Thursday, 27 February 2020

    IKEA decreases environmental impact

    LEIDEN – The climate impact of Swedish homeware conglomerate IKEA decreased in fiscal year 2019, according to its new Sustainability Report released today. IKEA maintained steady sales growth of 6.5 per cent whilst its footprint decreased by 4.3 per…
  • Wednesday, 26 February 2020

    Australia divided in defining non-mulesed wool

    QUEENSLAND – Opposition to The Australian Wool Exchange’s (AWEX) provisional revisions to its 2019 National Wool Declaration has led to a third round of consultations, as stakeholders fail to agree on new common definitions surrounding mulesing.…
  • Wednesday, 26 February 2020

    Boots develops tights made from recycled plastic

    NOTTINGHAM – UK retailer Boots has developed new tights made from recycled plastic bottles. The health and beauty firm estimates that it will give new life to upwards of 86,000 of PET plastic bottles a year, marking a continuation of its efforts to…
  • Wednesday, 26 February 2020

    Campaigners back EC report on due diligence Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - A coalition of environmental groups and human rights campaigners have welcomed a new European Commission report which sets out options for improving due diligence in brands' supply chains. Entitled Study on Due Diligence Requirements…
  • Wednesday, 26 February 2020

    Gymshark bolsters office recycling infrastructure

    BIRMINGHAM – UK fitness brand Gymshark has collaborated with recycling firm First Mile to improve collection services at its Bimingham-based headquarters, its London office and its Gymshark Lifting Club. The partnership centres on introducing…
  • Tuesday, 25 February 2020

    Nike leverages waste in Space Hippie footwear

    BEAVERTON – Sportswear brand Nike has developed a new range of footwear that makes use of recycled content and scrap material, reaffirming a commitment to its Move to Zero philosophy. Its Space Hippie shoes are made in-line with circular design…
  • Tuesday, 25 February 2020

    Infinited Fiber expansion remains ‘on track’ Premium Article

    ESPOO – Plans are said to be ‘on track’ for Infinited Fiber to launch its new pre-industrial scale facility in Finland, which will allow it to make ten times more textile fibres from cotton, cardboard and agricultural waste than it currently…
  • Tuesday, 25 February 2020

    Unplanned factory closure linked to material shortages

    YANGON – A Chinese-owned bag factory in Myanmar employing more than 600 workers has shutdown due to a lack of raw materials but failed to warn staff which are now protesting the matter. Countries across southeast Asia are feeling the effects of raw…
  • Tuesday, 25 February 2020

    New project to create circular textile industry Premium Article

    NEW YORK - A new apparel industry collaborative project has been launched today in a bid to accelerate the move from a linear to a circular textile industry. Called Accelerating Circularity, it is being funded by leading brands and retailers…
  • Tuesday, 25 February 2020

    Shanghai set to introduce reusable face masks

    SHANGHAI – Shanghai’s government has announced that two textile manufacturers in the city are producing new nanotechnology-enhanced face masks that can be disinfected and reused as many as 20 times by consumers. The Shanghai Economic and Information…
  • Tuesday, 25 February 2020

    Fashion For Good expands polybag recycling work

    LONDON – Global sustainability initiative Fashion For Good (FFG) has partnered with UK recycler First Mile to streamline plastic polybag recycling efforts in London, as it expands the outlook of its Plastics Packaging Project. In December 2019, FFG…
  • Tuesday, 25 February 2020

    Producer is first to meet Greenpeace standards Premium Article

    UTENA - Lithuanian garment manufacturer Utenos Trikotažas has become the first producer in the world to comply with Greenpeace’s tough new environmental standards for textiles. The company, part of the SBA Group, claims to be the first - and so far…
  • Monday, 24 February 2020

    Cambodia: government tax break provides respite Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen will temporarily relieve garment manufacturing sites of their duty to pay tax over the coming months, as the country comes to terms with being partially suspended from the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA)…
  • Monday, 24 February 2020

    Fashion exhibit urges consumers to care and repair

    DUNDEE – A new exhibition at the Scottish museum V&A Dundee makes the case that fashion’s waste problem can be countered by consumers taking greater care of the garments they already own. Featuring pieces from the likes of Filippa K and The…
  • Monday, 24 February 2020

    Myanmar braced for EU human rights probe

    YANGON – Authorities in Myanmar expect the European Union (EU) to kickstart a monitoring mission in the country over the coming months, off the back of its investigation in Cambodia which unearthed extensive human rights violations. Two weeks ago,…
  • Monday, 24 February 2020

    Migrant workers 'treated as slaves' in Mauritius Premium Article

    MAURITIUS - Bangladeshi migrant workers employed at some apparel factories in the 'paradise' island nation of Mauritius are being forced to work as modern-day slaves, according to migrant rights activists. The Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Programme (OKUP)…
  • Monday, 24 February 2020

    Three die in second factory fire in Indian city Premium Article

    AHMEDABAD - Three workers have been killed in a fire at a garment label factory in an Indian city where seven workers recently lost their lives in a blaze at a denim plant. The workers are believed to have died of smoke inhallation in the most…
  • Friday, 21 February 2020

    Companies 'failing to disclose environmental impacts' Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The largest study ever carried out on corporate sustainability reporting has concluded that too many companies do not fulfil their obligations to provide enough information to disclose their impacts on society and environment. The…
  • Friday, 21 February 2020

    Texon targets zero waste

    MILAN – Textile manufacturer Texon has announced new sustainability targets as it strives to become a zero waste company. As part of its Zerofootprint strategy, the company has outlined ambitious plans to ensure 90 per cent of its waste is recycled…
  • Friday, 21 February 2020

    Victoria's Secret sorry after bras found in bin

    CENTENNIAL - The Victoria's Secret lingerie firm has apologised after hundreds of its bras were found dumped in a rubbish bin near a recently closed store in a US city. The discarded garments were found alongside other Victoria’s Secrets products by…
  • Friday, 21 February 2020

    Puma collection uses repurposed plastic waste

    BOSTON – Sportswear brand Puma has partnered with social impact network The First Mile to create a new training collection, each item in which integrates a minimum of 83 per cent recycled polyester yarn. The First Mile is an initiative which spans…
  • Friday, 21 February 2020

    Forced labour to end in Uzbek cotton industry? Premium Article

    BERKELEY – The Responsible Sourcing Network, which campaigns against the use of forced labour in cotton and other everyday products, says it hopes to soon be able to declare victory in the fight against forced labour in the cotton fields of…
  • Friday, 21 February 2020

    Gap launches new resale platform

    SAN FRANCISCO – Apparel firm Gap Inc., has partnered with consignment company ThredUp to encourage customers to return unwanted garments in exchange for shopping credit to be redeemed at Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta or Janie and Jack. “As the…
  • Thursday, 20 February 2020

    H&M targets greener supply chain transport

    STOCKHOLM - Global fashion retailer H&M has entered into two projects aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the transport of goods along its supply chain. The Swedish company, which aims to be climate positive by 2040, has joined the Pathways…
  • Thursday, 20 February 2020

    Canopy reinforces aim of saving endangered forests Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Following its unveiling of a plan to replace half of the global pulp supply for viscose and paper with alternative fibres at the World Economic Forum (WEC) last month, environmental non-profit Canopy has today launched a Next Generation…
  • Thursday, 20 February 2020

    EU calculates eco-impact of t-shirts Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Union has published a detailed and technical 130-page report on how to calculate the environmental footprint of a t-shirt. The document is part of a pilot project which eventually aims to help consumers make better…
  • Thursday, 20 February 2020

    Uncertainty in India as coronavirus halts Chinese trade

    KOLKATA – India’s textile industry is braced for a turbulent period as exports and imports are compromised due to ongoing concerns over the spread of coronavirus. According to the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMIA), the country’s…
  • Thursday, 20 February 2020

    Mango joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition

    BARCELONA - Spanish fashion brand Mango has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) initiative to measure the environmental and social impact of brands and improve practices in supply chains. It joins more than 250 companies and organisations…
  • Thursday, 20 February 2020

    Nilit switches largest factory to natural gas

    MIGDAL HAEMEK, ISRAEL - Nylon producer Nilit has changed its energy source to natural gas at its main manufacturing facility in a move which it says will reduce the company’s CO2 emissions by 40 per cent. The company, which bills itself as the…
  • Thursday, 20 February 2020

    Recycling association slams waste dumping in Ghana

    MAIDSTONE – The UK’s Textile Recycling Association (TRA) has reiterated that there should be no waste within shipments of clothes sent to African retail markets, after an investigation by British broadcaster ITV spotlighted how countries like Ghana…
  • Thursday, 20 February 2020

    Zalando’s Zign label “fully dedicated” to sustainability

    BERLIN – Fashion retailer Zalando says its private label Zign will from now on be “fully dedicated” to sustainability, which will first be demonstrated with the launch of a spring/ summer 2020 collection comprising garments made with either 50 per…
  • Wednesday, 19 February 2020

    ‘Least sustainable’ brands most popular, survey suggests

    LONDON – Findings from a new British consumer survey indicate that sustainability isn’t high on the agenda of shoppers, as the brands they believe to be least sustainable boast the highest sales growth. Consultancy firm GlobalData has surveyed just…
  • Wednesday, 19 February 2020

    Adidas outlook downgraded after supply chain assessment

    LONDON – Sustainability reporting agency Standard Ethics has downgraded the outlook for sportswear giant Adidas from ‘stable’ to ‘negative’, stating that whilst the firm has made progress to improve its social and environmental policies, it could do…
  • Wednesday, 19 February 2020

    New data needed to reduce carbon emissions Premium Article

    BEIJING – A lack of accurate, credible data within the fashion and textile industries will undermine the progress of stakeholders in reducing CO2 emissions and aligning with the Paris Climate Agreement’s target of limiting global warming to just…
  • Wednesday, 19 February 2020

    Performance Days reiterates sustainability focus

    MUNICH – The Performance Days trade fair, to be held 22-23 April, will again focus on sustainability in the textiles industry as it looks to showcase the most innovative and responsible solutions on the market. It’s focus topic homes in on textile…
  • Wednesday, 19 February 2020

    Compostable pouches 'could replace plastic bags'

    NEW YORK - Fashion designer and artist Heron Preston has launched a new compostable pouch, in partnership with packaging firm Haney and computer giant Hewlett Packard (HP), which he says could have the potential to replace plastic bags in retail…
  • Tuesday, 18 February 2020

    VF Corp targets industry first with green bonds Premium Article

    DENVER - VF Corp, which owns brands including Timberland and North Face, is to offer green bonds to investors to fund sustainability projects in what is believed to be a global first for an apparel company. The US giant has not disclosed how much it…
  • Tuesday, 18 February 2020

    PETA opposes International Woolmark Prize Premium Article

    LONDON - The International Woolmark Prize - regarded as one of the world's most prestigious awards for rising fashion stars - is being opposed by animal rights group PETA. Campaigners are urging the leading fashion figures chosen to judge the event…
  • Tuesday, 18 February 2020

    40 brands join Walpole Sustainability Manifesto

    LONDON - UK luxury brands trade body Walpole has revealed that 40 brands have now signed up to its manifesto to make the British luxury sector what is claimed to be the 'global leader in sustainability'. Walpole launched its British Luxury…
  • Tuesday, 18 February 2020

    Burberry outlines carbon insetting efforts

    LONDON – British fashion brand Burberry's autumn/winter 2020 runway show, held yesterday, was carbon neutral, with efforts to this end pre-empting the launch of a new Regeneration Fund that will undertake carbon insetting projects within its supply…
  • Tuesday, 18 February 2020

    France considers labelled apparel ratings Premium Article

    PARIS – Within two years it may be mandatory for apparel brands and retailers in France to display environmental scores on the clothes they sell, as part of a new system the country’s government is considering. These scores – already voluntarily…
  • Tuesday, 18 February 2020

    Bestseller strengthens engagement with workers’ rights NGO

    BRANDE – Danish fashion firm Bestseller has signed a new five-year strategic partnership with workers’ rights initiative HERproject as it continues to work towards a 2025 target of supporting 100,000 women in its supplier factories around the world.…
  • Monday, 17 February 2020

    Concern in Cambodia after EBA suspension Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has urged the European Union (EU) to rescind its partial suspension of the country’s trading benefits under the Everything But Arms (EBA) initiative, saying it could signal the…
  • Monday, 17 February 2020

    Campaigners call for action after fatal fire Premium Article

    AHMEDABAD - Workers' rights campaigners and trade union leaders are calling for urgent action to avoid a repetition of the recent denim factory fire in the Indian city of Ahmedabad in which at least seven workers lost their lives. The Clean Clothes…
  • Monday, 17 February 2020

    DyStar splits from ETAD amid ongoing rumpus Premium Article

    RAUNHEIM – In a surprise move, textile chemical giant DyStar, has resigned from the Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers (ETAD) and joined TEGEWA – the German sector association within the German…
  • Friday, 14 February 2020

    Fashion Council responds to XR pressure Premium Article

    LONDON - The British Fashion Council (BFC) has responded to pressure from Extinction Rebellion (XR) to cancel London Fashion Week in September by saying it recognises that there is a climate emergency and will encourage all businesses to address how…
  • Friday, 14 February 2020

    H&M reveals first Circulose garment Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Retail giant H&M says its new clothing made with Re:Newcell's Circulose fabric will be the first time chemically recycled cotton clothes have been used in garments sold at scale. H&M announced earlier this month that it was set to become…
  • Friday, 14 February 2020

    New Look achieves gold standard Premium Article

    LONDON - British retailer New Look has become the first global fashion company to achieve a gold standard through the UN Climate Neutral Now programme. The company is to be held up as a positive example for its work to reduce its carbon footprint at…
  • Friday, 14 February 2020

    SAC ramps up forum agenda Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Collation (SAC) has announced a raft of Higg Index manufacturing forums ahead of its 2020 Global Member Meeting, which is scheduled to be held in Bangkok 16-18 June. First up is the Higg Index Manufacturer…
  • Friday, 14 February 2020

    Bangladesh factories 'lack fire alarms' Premium Article

    DHAKA - More than 84 per cent of garment factories inspected by the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety have not yet had fire alarm and smoke detectors satisfactorily installed and verified. And nearly 70 per cent of factories have not yet…
  • Thursday, 13 February 2020

    H&M to review sourcing from Cambodia Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Fashion retailer H&M is to review its sourcing of garments from Cambodia following the decision of the European Union to partially suspend the country's trade preferences because of human rights violations. Cambodia will lose about 20…
  • Thursday, 13 February 2020

    Canopy scathing on deforestation reporting Premium Article

    LONDON - Fashion brands including Versace, Michael Kors, and Bestseller, along with retailers such as TK Maxx and Amazon, are among those failing to address deforestation in agricultural supply chains and are complicit in the destruction of tropical…
  • Thursday, 13 February 2020

    Adidas leads sustainable cotton rankings Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Sportswear brand Adidas has been declared the global leader in the Sustainable Cotton Ranking 2020 of how companies globally score on their policy, traceability and uptake of sustainable cotton. The league table, published by Pesticide…
  • Thursday, 13 February 2020

    Sateri gains CDP merit Premium Article

    SHANGHAI – Sateri, one of the world’s leading producers of viscose rayon, achieved an ‘A-‘ score with its submission to CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) for Climate Change in 2019. The mark puts Sateri in the ‘leadership’ band of companies and…
  • Thursday, 13 February 2020

    Microfibre pollution could be 'underestimated' Premium Article

    TORONTO - New scientific research into the effect of microplastics on ocean life suggests that the damage caused by microfibres from plastic-based textiles could have been underestimated. Assistant Professor Chelsea Rochman, of the University of…
  • Thursday, 13 February 2020

    Think tank to assess ecological cost of fashion Premium Article

    LONDON - The Planet Tracker non-profit think tank, which aims to align the financial markets with sustainability issues, has received a grant to turn its attention to the fashion industry. The recently-launched Laudes Foundation, set up by the…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    Eastman debuts Naia staple fibre in Paris Premium Article

    PARIS – At the ongoing Première Vision trade fair in Paris, Eastman is debuting what is an extension of its Naia brand with the introduction of a new cellulosic staple fibre. “We are thrilled to expand our product offerings, and we have been working…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    Zalando welcomes new waste legislation Premium Article

    BERLIN - European online fashion platform Zalando has welcomed new German legislation to reduce the amount of unsold stock destroyed by brands and retailers. With only 0.05 pe cent of returns destroyed, the company says it will be unaffected by the…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    ZDHC offers online submissions platform Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – An online platform has been launched to enable industry and members of the public to contribute to the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero initiative to replace hazardous chemicals in textiles and clothing production. The ZDHC MRSL Submission Platform…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    EU partially suspends Cambodia trade preferences Premium Article

    BRUSSELS — The European Union (EU) has delivered a potential hammer blow to the garment industry in Cambodia by deciding to partially suspend the country's trade preferences because of systematic human rights violations. Cambodia will lose about 20…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    Kingpins Hong Kong scrapped over coronavirus Premium Article

    HONG KONG - The Kingpins denim trade fair scheduled for Hong Kong in May has been cancelled because of global health concerns over the coronavirus epidemic. Kingpins organisers said they had decided to call off the event, which had been due to take…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    Nike creates Move to Zero capsule Premium Article

    BEAVERTON – Sportswear giant Nike has developed a capsule collection of garments which integrate sustainable cotton and recycled polyester, can be manufactured using less chemicals and that boasts pattern efficiency of more than 90 per cent,…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    Lenzing claims new modal fibres standard Premium Article

    PARIS - Wood-based fibre manufacturer Lenzing has created a new chlorine-free gentle bleaching process which it claims delivers a new standard in clean modal fibre production. The company said its new 'Eco Pure' technology, announced at the Première…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    European Green Deal 'must be transparent' Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) sustainability reporting organisation has backed the European Green Deal as a "global game changer" but says that accurate and transparent reporting on tackling climate change is crucial for it to…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    More road blocks in Dhaka as workers protest Premium Article

    TEJGAON – Garment workers at a factory in Bangladesh have blocked a road in the country’s capital, Dhaka, in protest over its impromptu closure. Traffic is said to have come to a standstill earlier today at both ends of an intersection in the area…
  • Tuesday, 11 February 2020

    PFAS chemicals 'threaten textile workers' Premium Article

    OSLO - Research from Norwegian NGO Future in Our Hands claims that exposure to high levels of PFAS chemicals is having a devastating impact on the health of factory workers in China who produce textiles for western markets. PFAS, which are often…
  • Tuesday, 11 February 2020

    Nike publishes latest Impact Report Premium Article

    BEAVERTON – Sportswear brand Nike has published its latest Impact Report for the fiscal year 2019, which highlights that the company has made good headway in mitigating resource consumption, increasing its use of ‘sustainable’ materials and…
  • Tuesday, 11 February 2020

    AEO outlines 'sustainability' targets Premium Article

    PITTSBURGH – Fashion retailer American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) has joined the RE100 group of companies committed to renewable energy and also signed the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. RE100, which is led by The Climate Group in…
  • Tuesday, 11 February 2020

    Seven killed in blaze at denim mill Premium Article

    AHMEDABAD - At least seven garment workers have lost their lives in a fire which broke out in an Indian denim mill which claims to supply leading western brands. The Nandan Denim factory in the city of Ahmedabad in the western Indian state of…
  • Monday, 10 February 2020

    Bangladeshi workers call for anti-harassment committees Premium Article

    ASHULIA – Bangladeshi garment workers have once again demonstrated at the doors of a press club in the suburban area of Ashulia, demanding anti-harassment committees be established at all apparel sites as the culprits of an alleged rape reported…
  • Monday, 10 February 2020

    River Island signs Transparency Pledge Premium Article

    LONDON - British fashion retailer River Island has accepted a challenge by the Clean Clothes Campign (CCC) workers' rights organisation to publish the details of its suppliers. The company was one of five targeted by the CCC and the Human Rights…
  • Monday, 10 February 2020

    Myanmar manufacturers counter worker wage demands Premium Article

    YANGON – Garment manufacturers in Myanmar have completed factory surveys of their own as they look to stifle worker attempts to secure a substantial increase to the country’s minimum wage which is reviewed on a biennial basis. At the beginning of…
  • Monday, 10 February 2020

    Cos launches circularity clothing scheme Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - H&M-owned fashion brand Cos has partnered up with The Renewal Workshop to wash and repair damaged garments which are then put back on sale with a 30 per cent discount. Entitled 'Cos Restore', the circular economy collection is available…
  • Monday, 10 February 2020

    Lee Jeans to launch compostable denim Premium Article

    MERRIAM, KANSAS - Denim brand Lee Jeans is set to launch a range of fully biodegradable jeans which can be put in the compost bin when the user no longer wants to keep them. Lee's ‘Back to Nature’ collection is made of compostable linen-cotton…
  • Monday, 10 February 2020

    Cambodia braced for raw material shortage Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has warned that as many as 10 per cent of the country’s garment manufacturing sites may be forced to temporarily close next month due to a shortage of raw materials. China is a key…
  • Monday, 10 February 2020

    H&M backs campaign against PFAS chemicals Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Fashion retailer H&M is backing the call of safer chemicals NGO ChemSec to end the use of harmful PFAS chemicals in apparel and supply chains. H&M, which banned the use of PFAS in its clothing, accessories and shoes in 2013, has joined…
  • Monday, 10 February 2020

    Fire destroys Cambodian garment factories Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Two garment manufacturing sites in Cambodia have been ravaged by fires over the weekend, but it’s not yet known what started the blaze. On Saturday evening at approximately 17:30pm local time, the factory of 8 Star Sportswear Ltd caught…
  • Friday, 07 February 2020

    Former Lacoste boss: legislation needed to support sustainability claims Premium Article

    PARIS – Former Lacoste and Diesel CEO, Steven Birkhold, says apparel brands must start to leverage technology if they’re to become more transparent and authenticate assertions of sustainability within their supply chains. Birkhold, who’s been in…
  • Friday, 07 February 2020

    Coronavirus spreads supply chain concern Premium Article

    CHINA – Unpredictability about the spread of the coronavirus outbreak in China, coupled with government-mandated production delays in select provinces and cities, has led to uncertainty about how this will impact the global supply chain and…
  • Friday, 07 February 2020

    CCC calls for “reality check” after European Parliament meeting Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – The European Parliament forum, which discussed progress in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG) sector on Tuesday, should have been a platform for workers to share their experiences, believes the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC). Employers,…
  • Friday, 07 February 2020

    Cambodian authorities reinstate Better Factories project Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s Labour Ministry has extended the country’s Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) project for another three-year term. Until 2022, the BFC’s Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) – which comprises representatives of the government, the…
  • Thursday, 06 February 2020

    Are free returns fashion’s unseen problem? Premium Article

    Returns by online shoppers will have risen by 27.3 per cent in the five years to 2023, according to industry analyst GlobalData, with the apparel and footwear sector accounting for the lion’s share. The value of unwanted goods being returned by…
  • Thursday, 06 February 2020

    Gucci partners with nature conservation initiative Premium Article

    MILAN – Luxury apparel brand Gucci is the first apparel firm to join The Lion’s Share Fund, a nature conservation initiative led by the United Nations’ Development Programme (UNDP). The fund aims to raise US$100 million per year within the next five…
  • Thursday, 06 February 2020

    La Sportiva donates Black Friday sales Premium Article

    TRENTO - Italian outdoor clothing and footwear brand La Sportiva has donated a fifth of its Black Friday sales to a nature conservation group for the third year in a row. The company donated €4,400 (US$4,840) - 20 per cent of its revenue over the…
  • Thursday, 06 February 2020

    North Face expands circularity programme Premium Article

    ALAMEDA - VF Corp-owned outdoor apparel brand The North Face is aiming to boost its circular economy credentials by expanding its North Face Renewed programme in which consumers can purchase previously worn or returned clothing that has been…
  • Thursday, 06 February 2020

    Lenzing completes second Tencel Luxe pilot plant Premium Article

    LENZING – The Lenzing Group has completed the production of its second pilot plant dedicated to the manufacture of Tencel Luxe, a lyocell filament yarn for luxury markets. The new plant, which became operational in just December, is expected to…
  • Wednesday, 05 February 2020

    Asics recognised for carbon emission reductions Premium Article

    KOBE – Japanese sportswear brand Asics has been recognised for its efforts over the past year to mitigate carbon emissions within its supply chain with a spot on the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) company leaderboard. More than 4,800 firms have…
  • Wednesday, 05 February 2020

    Forced labour falls in Uzbek cotton fields Premium Article

    TASHKENT – The systematic and systemic use of forced and child labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry has fallen dramatically, according to a new report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The report, compiled by the ILO for the World…
  • Wednesday, 05 February 2020

    Call to widen Bangladesh industry debate Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), which works to improve conditions for workers in the global garment industry, has criticised a decision not to invite workers to speak at a European Union debate on the Bangladesh apparel industry.…
  • Wednesday, 05 February 2020

    PETA ploy looks to combat House of Fraser fur sale Premium Article

    LONDON – Animal welfare NGO People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has become a shareholder in Frasers Group, the owner of apparel retailer House of Fraser, as it looks to influence the reintroduction of the retailer’s fur ban. In…
  • Wednesday, 05 February 2020

    World’s first Cradle to Cradle platinum denim Premium Article

    BERLIN - An off-white denim, created by a partnership of retailer C&A, Pakistani textile mill Rajby Textiles and circular economy consultants Eco Intelligent Growth (EIG), has become the world's first to receive platinum Cradle to Cradle…
  • Wednesday, 05 February 2020

    Brands converge for sustainability workshop Premium Article

    MUMBAI – The 16 fashion brands and retailers which last year partnered to launch the SU.RE (Sustainable Resolution) project at Lakmé Fashion Week in Mumbai have come together for the first B2B workshop focused on establishing short- and long-term…
  • Wednesday, 05 February 2020

    Claiming victory, PETA ends naked fur protests Premium Article

    NORFOLK, VIRGINIA - Animal rights organisation PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is claiming victory in its fight against the use of fur in fashion. PETA says it has ended its campaign of recruiting celebrities to pose nude and…
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2020

    Chemical recycling solution nears commercialisation Premium Article

    CASTALNOGA – An innovative new chemical recycling solution for PET and polyester is on the precipice of commercial release having been funded by the EU’s Horizon’s 2020 programme and backed by a consortium of companies including H&M. Chemical…
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2020

    Burkina Faso opens organic cotton ginnery Premium Article

    KOUDOUGOU - West Africa's first organic cotton ginning plant is up and running in Burkina Faso in an ambitious project designed to boost the country's organic cotton industry. The US$12 million facility, designed to process 125 tonnes of cotton per…
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2020

    Carbios to establish demo recycling plant this year Premium Article

    CLERMONT-FERRAND – Bioplastics firm Carbios has signed an exclusive joint development agreement with biological solutions provider Novozymes, through which Carbios secures a consistent supply of enzymes that will help scale its enzymatic polyester…
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2020

    Denim startup makes Time’s 100 Best Inventions Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Fashion start-up Denim Unspun, which uses 3D scanning and robotics to create personalised jeans with scarcely any waste, has been named on Time magazine’s list of 100 Best Inventions of 2019. The size-less brand says its 3D weaving…
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