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  • Clean Clothes Campaign rebukes H&M wage claims
    Tuesday, 25 September 2018

    Clean Clothes Campaign rebukes H&M wage claims

    AMSTERDAM – New research from Clean Clothes Campaign states that many garment workers manufacturing clothes for H&M live below the poverty line – despite the fashion giant’s promise of a living wage by 2018.
  • Clothing charity launches reuse campaign
    Monday, 24 September 2018

    Clothing charity launches reuse campaign

    LONDON – A new report from fashion reuse charity TRAID (Textile Reuse and International Development) reveals almost a quarter (23%) of Londoners’ wardrobes are unworn, equivalent to 123 million items of clothes. 
  • Textile partnership calls for Accord transition support
    Monday, 24 September 2018

    Textile partnership calls for Accord transition support

    BANGLADESH – Members of the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles – including Hugo Boss, Esprit and C&A – have urged the Bangladesh government to advocate for compliance with agreements regarding the transition of the Bangladesh Accord to a…
  • H&M hits living wage milestone
    Friday, 21 September 2018

    H&M hits living wage milestone

    STOCKHOLM – Fashion giant H&M’s fair living strategy now reaches 655 factories employing more than 930,000 garment workers, up from three factories in 2013.
  • Friday, 21 September 2018

    Pakistan added to Primark cotton programme

    DUBLIN – Following a successful first year of retailing apparel which incorporates cotton from the company’s Sustainable Cotton Programme, Primark has announced that it will expand the initiative to encompass suppliers in Pakistan – one of its…
  • Thursday, 20 September 2018

    Amfori targets supply chain gender equality

    BRUSSELS – Having drawn inspiration from the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development and its own Vision 2030 initiative, Amfori has launched a programme seeking to empower women throughout global supply chains. The Women’s Empowerment Programme will…
  • Thursday, 20 September 2018

    Ternua debuts PFC-free recycled plastic travel range

    MONDRAGÓN – European Outdoor Group (EOG) member brand Ternua has launched a range of PFC-free backpacks and travel accessories made using recycled materials for its upcoming spring-summer 2019 collection.
  • Wednesday, 19 September 2018

    Wrangler partners with Royo for foam-dyed denim

    GREENSBORO – Iconic US jeans brand Wrangler has confirmed that it will use denim fabrics from Spanish mill Tejidos Royo that have been dyed with a new foam-based technology, which it’s claimed can reduce water use by up to 99 per cent compared to…
  • Wednesday, 19 September 2018

    New podcast series: Big Closets – Small Planet

    WAKEFIELD – Today we launch the first in a series of new podcasts from Michael Schragger, Founder of the Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA) and Ecotextile News, which looks at two new innovative platforms that aim to accelerate sustainable fashion…
  • Tuesday, 18 September 2018

    Bangladesh minimum wage stalemate rumbles on

    DHAKA – Garment workers in Bangladesh have rejected the latest proposed increase to the minimum wage, stating that it is still not enough to support the lives of RMG sector employees. Unions representing the workers have taken this opportunity to…
  • Tuesday, 18 September 2018

    Textile innovators awarded by green challenge

    AMSTERDAM – The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, which awards environmentally-minded start-ups a share of one million euros, has selected five recipients for its most recent prize. Of the five chosen organisations chosen, two are from the textile…
  • US retailer continues fight against landfill
    Monday, 17 September 2018

    US retailer continues fight against landfill

    BELLEVUE - US second-hand apparel retailer Savers has announced that, in the next stage of its campaign to divert American waste from landfill, it will have removed plastic bags from all its North American stores by the end of 2018.
  • Trump administration denies renewal of Bangladesh GSP
    Monday, 17 September 2018

    Trump administration denies renewal of Bangladesh GSP

    WASHINGTON - Bangladesh has, once again, been denied renewal of a Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) arrangement with the United States of America following the latest round of Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement (TICFA) talks in…
  • IKEA accelerates environmental action plan
    Monday, 17 September 2018

    IKEA accelerates environmental action plan

    STOCKHOLM - IKEA, one of the world’s largest home textiles retailers, has confirmed that it will accelerate the implementation of its environmental action plan which includes taking the next step towards its aim of achieving ‘zero emissions’ on home…
  • Fairtrade advocate issues textile sector rallying cry
    Monday, 17 September 2018

    Fairtrade advocate issues textile sector rallying cry

    LONDON - On behalf of the Fairtrade Foundation, Subindu Garkhel will take to the stage at this week’s International Convention on Sustainable Trade and Standards to urge the industry to use its sizeable global power to lift people out of poverty and…
  • Monday, 17 September 2018

    QR-tex: fighting the real risks of fake apparel

    Some apparel firms do a lot to ensure their products are as sustainable as possible. Some do not. One thing is for sure, counterfeit goods will be made with no regard for environmental impact whatsoever. David Styles takes a look at a new smartphone…
  • Friday, 14 September 2018

    Unifi crowns Intradeco Champions of Sustainability

    MIAMI – Intradeco Apparel has received the Unifi Repreve Champions of Sustainability Award in recognition for its sustainability strategy and work to protect the environment.
  • Friday, 14 September 2018

    New bill to strengthen Bangladesh textile exports

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Parliament has tabled, and subsequently passed, the Textile Bill 2018 in an effort to maintain and even enhance the quality of the nation’s textile products as a way of protecting the economy which relies so heavily on foreign…
  • Thursday, 13 September 2018

    PVH scoops US award for Ethiopian work

    NEW YORK – PVH Corporation, the organisation which owns brands including Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, has been selected to receive a 2018 US Secretary of State Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) for its work undertaken at the Hawassa…
  • Thursday, 13 September 2018

    Fashion for Good, ZDHC seek textile chemistry innovators

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good and ZDHC have announced a joint venture which is seeking innovators in the field of textile chemistry to pioneer technologies to make the industry safer. Companies that apply will run for selection into the Fashion for…
  • Wednesday, 12 September 2018

    Most apparel buyers don’t reward supplier compliance

    HONG KONG – The majority of apparel buyers are still not paying their suppliers for samples or rewarding textile manufacturers with incentives for environmental and social compliance, according to Marsha Dickson from the Better Buying program which…
  • Wednesday, 12 September 2018

    Report seeks industry SDG implementation

    AMSTELVEEN – Global auditing firm KPMG has teamed up with Textile Exchange (TE) to publish its Threading the Needle report which details how the apparel industry can integrate the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to improve its business…
  • Wednesday, 12 September 2018

    UK Institute calls for action on textile pollution

    LONDON – The Institution of Mechanical Engineers an influential UK-based association, which has over 120,000 members in 140 countries, has called on the textile sector to clean up its act through today’s release of a new 8-page briefing that calls…
  • Wednesday, 12 September 2018

    Innovation in focus at WEAR 2018

    TORONTO – Ahead of WEAR Conference 2018 in Toronto we caught up with the founder of Fashion Takes Action, Kelly Drennan, to discover what to expect from this year’s edition and how the event has evolved since its launch.
  • Wednesday, 12 September 2018

    Partnership aims to tackle synthetic textile pollution

    HAYWARD – After the successful presentation of its ‘CiCLO’ technology to Planet Textiles delegates in Vancouver, back in May, the Intrinsic Textiles Group has now signed a joint venture agreement with the yarn division of US-based Parkdale Mills to…
  • Wednesday, 12 September 2018

    Microban technologies achieve Eco Passport certification

    HUNTERSVILLE – Antimcrobial textile specialist Microban International has confirmed that both its Scentry and Scentry Revive technologies have earned Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certification.
  • Tuesday, 11 September 2018

    DuPont scales up bio-based polymer site

    WILMINGTON – DuPont Industrial Biosciences has finalised the expansion of its Kinston manufacturing facility which produces the firm’s bio-based Sorona polymer in North Carolina, USA. The decision to grow the site, the company says, reflects the…
  • Tuesday, 11 September 2018

    Polyester dyeing auxiliary meets stringent eco standards

    SINGAPORE – A new diffusion accelerant has been released by Huntsman Textile Effects that complies with current textile industry sustainability standards and improves the dyeing performance of polyester fibres including microfibres and blends – even…
  • Tuesday, 11 September 2018

    Non-surgical mulesing alternative for Australasia

    VICTORIA – The commercialisation of a non-surgical cryogenic breeching procedure, in addition to New Zealand’s imminent ban on the practice, could see Australasia’s two largest nations move away from the much-maligned practice of mulesing. The…
  • Tuesday, 11 September 2018

    Microfibre solution offered by in-house testing?

    GENEVA – In response to both the growing fears and understanding on the topic of textile-derived microfibres, a Swiss-based testing laboratory has developed a new in-house testing method for apparel manufacturers to implement directly. This,…
  • Tuesday, 11 September 2018

    Auditor negligence alleged over 2012 garment factory fire

    KARACHI – A complaint has been filed against Italian auditing firm RINA after it is alleged the company ignored fatal flaws in garment factory safety systems which led to the Ali Enterprises fire in Karachi, Pakistan. The 2012 fire at the textile…
  • Monday, 10 September 2018

    Fourth batch of innovators join Fashion for Good Accelerator

    AMSTERDAM – With participants that have pioneered disruptive techniques ranging from bio based dyes to software for closet management, the latest batch of industry innovators have been unveiled for the Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator…
  • Monday, 10 September 2018

    John Lewis partner puts textile recycling fears to bed

    BLACKBURN – UK-based mattress recycling firm Furniture Recycling Group (TFRG), which claims to be capable of recycling 100 per cent of a mattress – including all textile components – has now reached the milestone of one million mattresses diverted…
  • Friday, 07 September 2018

    Sustainability study explores mulberry silk credentials

    COMO – While the production of silk has almost been consigned to history in Europe, Como in Italy continues to thrive as a hub serving the world’s luxury fashion retailers with fibres for products such as scarves, ties, blouses and dresses. A new…
  • Friday, 07 September 2018

    Tess Whitfort scoops Redress Design Award 2018

    HONG KONG – Designer Tess Whitfort has received first prize at the 2018 edition of the Redress Design Award for a punk-inspired apparel collection made using industrial end-of-roll materials and zero-waste patterns.
  • Thursday, 06 September 2018

    Textiles water stewardship drive in Southern India

    GENEVA – UN Global Compact initiative CEO Water Mandate and a co-operative of apparel firms have joined forces to establish a water stewardship initiative in Southern India. Global brands such as Gap, Levi Strauss & Co and PVH Corporation are among…
  • Thursday, 06 September 2018

    Burberry apparel incineration in its dying embers?

    LONDON – Luxury fashion brand Burberry has, following a mainstream media storm, announced that it will end the practice of destroying unsaleable products through incineration with immediate effect. When the company’s annual report revealed it had…
  • Wednesday, 05 September 2018

    US stance on Uzbek cotton challenged

    WASHINGTON – The Cotton Campaign international collective of NGOs, trade unions, apparel brands and socially responsible investors has written in opposition to the US Department of Labor’s latest decision regarding Uzbekistan’s cotton sector.
  • Wednesday, 05 September 2018

    Research explores Northern Australian cotton potential

    CANBERRA – To better inform the Australian government, federal government agency The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has conducted an investigation into the opportunities for water resource development in key…
  • Tuesday, 04 September 2018

    Recycled renaissance for Hong Kong textile sector?

    HONG KONG – A new spinning mill in Hong Kong’s former garment-producing hub will begin operations later this year, producing recycled yarn derived from the region’s textile waste. The landmark mill opening, which will be the first in Hong Kong for…
  • Tuesday, 04 September 2018

    Lenzing steps ahead with Hong Kong innovation hub

    HONG KONG – More than 600 visitors from buying offices and apparel brands have already been through Lenzing’s new application innovation centre here in Hong Kong, where prototype knitted jacquard fabrics made with the new Tencel Luxe – a filament…
  • Tuesday, 04 September 2018

    Performance Days dives into water stewardship

    MUNICH – The focus of this November’s Performance Days in Munich will be on the industry’s responsibility when it comes to water usage and pollution. As such, the show’s agenda will feature workshops and speakers from a broad spectrum of…
  • Monday, 03 September 2018

    Nike latest to join Green Supply Chain Map

    BEIJING – Global sportswear brand Nike has become the latest company to join the Green Supply Chain Map; a move which means the firm will disclose the environmental information of all their suppliers located in China. The online tool, launched in…
  • Monday, 03 September 2018

    Bangladesh research suggests trade union deficiency

    DHAKA – New study undertaken by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in Bangladesh has found that 97.5 per cent of ready-made garment sector factories don't have trade union representation. The CPD survey also indicated that workers' organisations…
  • Friday, 31 August 2018

    Collaboration saves Sea Turtles with swimwear

    NEW YORK – Eco Swim by Aqua Green and online retailer Ziggie have joined forces with the Sea Turtle Conservatory and the Endangered Species Coalition as part of a collaborative effort seeking to save endangered sea turtle hatchlings.
  • Friday, 31 August 2018

    Investment boost for Swedish textile dyeing innovator

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish fashion-tech company We Are SpinDye looks set to accelerate the development of its proprietary colouring method for synthetic textiles courtesy of a round of investment. Dutch duo Textile Innovation Fund (TIF) and Social Impact…
  • Thursday, 30 August 2018

    Call for innovators as Global Change Award returns

    STOCKHOLM – The H&M foundation has opened applications for the 2019 edition of its global change award. Five selected innovators will once again share a €1 million grant and receive entry to a year-long innovation accelerator programme delivered in…
  • Thursday, 30 August 2018

    Unifi pitches US swing towards recycled fibres

    GREENSBORO – Global textile firm Unifi utilised the platform of the Wyndham Championship PGA Tour golf tournament to raise awareness on the topic of plastic recycling and its potential for apparel sector applications.
  • Thursday, 30 August 2018

    Patagonia partners with academia on B Corp guides

    VENTURA – Outdoor apparel brand Patagonia has collaborated with several US academic institutions to produce three guides, all targeting different business demographics, on the benefits of pursuing B Corp certification and the ethical practices which…
  • Wednesday, 29 August 2018

    Outerknown launches 100% organic cotton jeans

    LOS ANGELES – US apparel firm Outerknown has moved into the production of jeans, launching S.E.A. Jeans which the brand says incorporates 100 per cent organic cotton from Candiani & ISKO denim mills and is manufactured by Saitex.
  • Wednesday, 29 August 2018

    Survey highlights generational split on textile waste

    NEWCASTLE – A new survey conducted amongst UK consumers has suggested that despite the commonly held view that millennials are driving a shift towards a more circular textile industry, many under-25s are responsible for apparel going to waste for…
  • Wednesday, 29 August 2018

    Planet Textiles 2019 – ITMA Barcelona

    BARCELONA – It’s less than one year now to Planet Textiles 2019, which will take place on 22 June in Barcelona at the giant ITMA event, which every four years becomes the meeting point for the global textile industry. The textile industry…
  • Wednesday, 29 August 2018

    North American firm has recycled textiles in the bag

    VANCOUVER – B Corp certified brand Tentree, which has set the lofty target of planting one billion trees by 2030, is approaching the launch of its latest product – a backpack made entirely from recycled materials; apart from minor cork accessories…
  • Tuesday, 28 August 2018

    MoU signals closer ties for Danish and French fashion

    COPENHAGEN – As part of French President Emmanuel Macron's state visit to Denmark, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) centred on sustainable fashion will be signed by Global Fashion Agenda and Institut Français de la Mode. This follows a string of…
  • Tuesday, 28 August 2018

    SDG Leadership Forum explores circular economy

    TORONTO – In partnership with GlobeScan, C&A Foundation will be hosting an SDG Leadership Forum focusing on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), designed to shed light on how to accelerate a transition…
  • Tuesday, 28 August 2018

    Updated GRI standard incorporates water impacts

    STOCKHOLM – An updated GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) standard on water stress – a pressing issue for many firms in the garment sector, particularly manufacturing and finishing – has now been introduced. The organisation asserts that companies…
  • Tuesday, 28 August 2018

    Australasian duo collaborate on textile recycling

    SYDNEY – Australian fashion technology firm BlockTexx has revealed that it will be working closely with New Zealand-based textile research company The Formary as part of a collaborative effort to develop new strategies and workflow models for the…
  • Friday, 24 August 2018

    Latest Fashion Summit HK details revealed

    HONG KONG – As the 2018 edition of Fashion Summit HK fast approaches, organisers have revealed the latest information on the show’s agenda which will focus predominantly on the theme of ‘Circular Economy’. One of the most significant details to have…
  • Friday, 24 August 2018

    Burkina Faso to host West Africa cotton conference

    KOUDOUGOU – This year’s International Cotton and Textile Conference (SICOT), set to be held in Burkina Faso, will feature a four day programme of talks and presentations focused on organic and Fairtrade cotton in West Africa.
  • Friday, 24 August 2018

    Uniqlo unpaid worker action needed, says CCC

    AMSTERDAM – In contrast to the celebratory atmosphere at the retailer’s opening party of its new Stockholm flagship store, Uniqlo has been challenged by Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) to act immediately in order to settle a dispute with around 2000…
  • Thursday, 23 August 2018

    Glyphosate and cotton standards. Risk or reward?

    LONDON – Glyphosate, the main ingredient in RoundUp herbicide widely used in cotton production – including being approved for use in several environmental standards – is once again under scrutiny after a ruling that backed a groundskeeper who said…
  • Thursday, 23 August 2018

    Zalando to host transparency event at Berlin hub

    BERLIN – Online fashion retailer Zalando is set to host an event focusing on supply chain transparency in collaboration with partner organisations betterplace lab and Fashion for Good; at which it will discuss the findings of the TRANSPARENT:…
  • Thursday, 23 August 2018

    Collaboration seeks Higg Index consumer engagement boost

    SAN FRANCISCO – A new collaboration has been announced between B Corp certified GlobeScan and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) in order to make strides in developing communication guidelines and resources to more successfully engage consumers…
  • Thursday, 23 August 2018

    AAFA continues microfibre information sharing drive

    WASHINGTON – The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has announced a Microfiber Discharge - What should you do? webinar to educate industry stakeholders and consumers alike on the most recent academic, regulatory and industrial findings…
  • Wednesday, 22 August 2018

    CmiA cites surge in African cotton demand

    HAMBURG – Cotton made in Africa (CmiA), which now certifies around 40 per cent of the cotton produced by smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, has claimed a huge rise in demand for African cotton within the textile industry. According to the…
  • Wednesday, 22 August 2018

    Tiger Beer collection seeks to save ailing species

    KUALA LUMPUR – Tiger Beer, WWF Malaysia and Pestle & Mortar Clothing have joined forces to develop a limited-edition ‘Endangered’ capsule collection from which 100 per cent of the sales will go directly to WWF Malaysia to support its Malayan tiger…
  • Wednesday, 22 August 2018

    Walmart sets out 2025 environmental goals

    BENTONVILLE – Global retailer Walmart has published the 2018 edition of its Global Responsibility Report, detailing commitments to improve its environmental credentials on issues including: waste headed to landfill; CO2 emissions; and land and water…
  • Tuesday, 21 August 2018

    Textile Exchange and bluesign in conference collaboration

    ST GALLEN – Textile Exchange will work alongside bluesign technologies in the delivery of back-to-back conferences in the city of Milan which will focus on sustainable textile and apparel production. Hundreds of industry leaders and representatives…
  • Tuesday, 21 August 2018

    Fashion for Good exhibits plan for a better future

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good has revealed that on October 5 it will open the doors of its new interactive, technology-driven museum focusing on sustainable and circular fashion innovation. The Fashion for Good Experience seeks to educate visitors –…
  • Tuesday, 21 August 2018

    EU Initiative seeks consumer textile chemical engagement

    BRUSSELS – An initiative funded by the European Union’s LIFE Programme is aiming to collaborate with companies in order to provide consumers with information regarding the presence of potentially hazardous chemicals in the textile supply chain.
  • Monday, 20 August 2018

    Bangladesh seeks SEZ investment at US trade meeting

    DHAKA – Ahead of the fourth round of meetings as part of the Trade and Investment Co-operation Forum Agreement (TICFA) between Bangladesh and the United States, sources in Dhaka have confirmed that Bangladeshi representatives will pursue US…
  • Friday, 17 August 2018

    US recycling hits the buffers, latest figures show

    WASHINGTON – While launches of ‘recycled’ collections within the textile sector seem to be occurring at an ever-increasing frequency, the latest figures regarding material recycling in the United States – which point to a decrease in the amount of…
  • Friday, 17 August 2018

    NERC handed funding to investigate hazardous chemicals

    LONDON – NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) has been awarded £6 million to investigate the risks posed by potentially hazardous chemicals released through agriculture and industrial operations. The wider-reaching impacts of potentially…
  • Friday, 17 August 2018

    Spinnova seeks acceleration after investment boost

    HELSINKI – Finnish fibre innovator Spinnova has received a welcome injection of capital; a boost which the firm hopes will ensure the next phase of its progression is secure. The company aims to develop what it describes as ‘the world’s most…
  • Thursday, 16 August 2018

    New additions mark busy month for ZDHC

    AMSTERDAM – In what has been a very busy August for the organisation, ZDHC has revealed a new MRSL certification partner, three new contributors and held a Manufacturer Forum in Brazil; an event which ZDHC hopes can herald a new era of operations on…
  • Thursday, 16 August 2018

    Event highlights US second-hand apparel market

    BELLEVUE – To mark National Thrift Shop Day in the Unites States, apparel retailer Savers has released its sixth annual Thrift Shopping Survey; examining the relationship between American consumers and the used garment market. To promote the reuse…
  • Thursday, 16 August 2018

    C&A reveals recipe for sustainable jeans range

    DÜSSELDORF – Fashion retailer C&A has today launched a new range of sustainable jeans for sale in store, together with the details of exactly what materials they’ve been made from. The new jeans were designed in partnership with Fashion for Good and…
  • Wednesday, 15 August 2018

    Canadian firm pioneers aramid PPE recycling

    VANCOUVER – Following ‘extensive R&D efforts’ at its recycling centre, a Canadian firm claims to have developed a proprietary technique for the post-consumer recycling of aramid fabrics; a development which could offer the PPE (personal protective…
  • Wednesday, 15 August 2018

    US firm bares all for sustainable apparel

    SAN DIEGO ­– Women’s fashion and activewear company secondtoNAKED has launched an online shopping platform which only promotes apparel that adheres to its environmental, economic and social criteria. Following the launch, the firm’s founder spoke to…
  • Tuesday, 14 August 2018

    European textile groups slam REACH review

    STUTTGART – The European REACH regulation is having the exact opposite impact of what it was originally designed to do, with the potential impacts of hazardous textile chemicals on both human health and the environment likely to be exacerbated by…
  • Tuesday, 14 August 2018

    The view from…DuPont Industrial Biosciences

    WILMINGTON – To discuss the company’s latest innovations, its stance on certifications and what comes next for one of the industry’s largest organisations, David Styles caught up with global product manager at DuPont Industrial Biosciences’, Rene…
  • Monday, 13 August 2018

    Vaude outlines latest sustainability progress

    TETTNANG – Outdoor brand Vaude has launched a comprehensive supplier management programme, a move it hopes will offer its international producers and material suppliers the support necessary to ensure high ecological and social standards are present…
  • Monday, 13 August 2018

    Survey suggests lack of RMG worker longevity

    DHAKA – According to new research, just under 90 per cent of workers in the Bangladesh ready-made garment sector are below 30, with many people over this age citing excessive workloads as the reason for moving away from the industry.
  • Monday, 13 August 2018

    New study explores novel textile water savings

    THENJIPALAM – A new study conducted by researchers at an Indian university has proposed a novel new method of implementing much-needed water conservation within textile manufacturing. The research is said to have been motivated by the increasing…
  • Monday, 13 August 2018

    Retailer launches elephant conservation range

    NEW YORK – LALF has released a range on T-shirts which will donate 25 per cent of all sales to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a non-profit which supports elephant conservation and biodiversity preservation in Africa.
  • Friday, 10 August 2018

    Circular Economy focus of Fashion Summit HK 2018

    HONG KONG – The 2018 edition of Fashion Summit HK, which looks set to be Asia’s largest sustainable fashion conference to date, will focus on the theme of ‘Circular Economy’. The objectives of this year’s summit, as set out by its organisers, are to…
  • Friday, 10 August 2018

    Apparel Impact Institute enters new era

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Apparel Impact Institute (AII), which will soon celebrate its first year in operation, has revealed that its first president will be Lewis Perkins, who previously worked in the same role at the Cradle to Cradle Products…
  • Thursday, 09 August 2018

    New plant boosts Sri Lankan recycled polyester

    COLOMBO – A new facility in the district of Horana has opened its doors prior to embarking on the manufacturing of polyester yarn from post-consumer PET flakes at a scale never before seen in Sri Lanka.
  • Thursday, 09 August 2018

    EOG unveils first boardsports members

    ZUG – The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has announced two new member organisations, with Burton and Nitro becoming the first additions from the boardsports sector to become full members. Furthermore, Salomon is adding its snowboard division to its…
  • Wednesday, 08 August 2018

    Testing the water with sustainable swimwear

    LONDON - In a bold move to find out whether consumers really do care about what they are buying and its impact on people and the planet, Lucy Drage, the former head of ethics and sustainability for clothing at Sainsbury’s, will launch her own range…
  • Wednesday, 08 August 2018

    Cotton: A sector under stress?

    WASHINGTON - Earlier this month, a seemingly ordinary press release from the International Cotton Advisory Committee caught the eagle eye of Ecotextile News, which told of how cotton farmers were unable to capitalise on the strong demand for cotton…
  • Wednesday, 08 August 2018

    SAC announces latest Higg MSI update

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has announced the second update of 2018 of its Higg Index MSI (Materials Sustainability Index), described by the organisation as the most trusted tool for accurately measuring and scoring a…
  • Tuesday, 07 August 2018

    California dreaming of a circular future

    OAKLAND – The agenda for Clean Economy Week, a new initiative starting in California, has been announced with a focus on all areas of circularity and sustainable innovation – many of which directly impact the textile sector. Between October 15-19 in…
  • Tuesday, 07 August 2018

    Research calls for plastic hanger retail reform

    SHEFFIELD – UK-based garment hanger recycler Braiform has published research claiming that the environmental impact of plastic clothes hangers can be just as damaging as recently-vilified single use plastics such as bags, straws and bottles.…
  • Tuesday, 07 August 2018

    Esprit and IndustriALL unite for workers’ rights

    GENEVA – IndustriALL Global Union, the organisation which represents garment workers from across the world, has signed a global framework agreement with fashion brand Esprit which signals a commitment to protect and promote the human rights of…
  • Monday, 06 August 2018

    Primark Pride T-shirt highlights supply chain hypocrisy?

    DUBLIN – High street fashion retailer Primark has found itself engulfed in a debate regarding supply chain ethics after selling Pride t-shirts aimed at promoting LGBTI rights, despite the fact these garments were printed in nations where legislation…
  • Monday, 06 August 2018

    Investors back due diligence framework alignment

    BRUSSELS – Representatives from a wide variety of investment firms have signalled support for collaborative industry-wide efforts seeking increased alignment of due diligence frameworks with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply…
  • Friday, 03 August 2018

    Wecycled initiative awarded Natural Fibre prize

    VELEN – German textile manufacturer Velener Textil GmbH has won the Discover Natural Fibres Initiative’s (DNFI) Innovation in Natural Fibres Award for its Wecycled system which reclaims the 30 per cent of cotton yarn that remains unused in textile…
  • Thursday, 02 August 2018

    Textile transparency – a burning issue

    LONDON - In the wake of the news that Burberry admitted to incinerating millions of pounds worth of unsold and surplus luxury products to protect its brand equity, Orsola de Castro, co-founder of Fashion Revolution, says it’s now time for all…
  • Thursday, 02 August 2018

    Cotton demand at record high, environmental stress impacts prospects

    WASHINGTON – Despite a strong demand for cotton in Asia with consumption projected to reach an all-time high of 27.5 million tonnes in 2018/19, less-than-ideal environmental conditions and subsequent lack of available water, means that cotton…

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