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  • Friday, 24 May 2019

    Fashion activist Katharine Hamnett: "Things have got worse"

    LONDON — Fashion designer and ethical activist Katharine Hamnett sat down with Ecotextile News for the latest instalment of our Hard Talk interview series. Industry alignment, the key issues facing the cotton sector, potential for legislative…
  • Friday, 24 May 2019

    Eurojersey declares PEF in textile sector first

    MILAN – Italian warp knit fabrics producer Eurojersey has become the first textile company to declare its Product Environmental Footprint (PEF), having been awarded PEF 010/19 certification by Certiqualit. The company has also announced that it…
  • Friday, 24 May 2019

    Inditex extends displaced migrant support

    ARTEIXO — Spanish fashion conglomerate Inditex, the parent company of brands such as Zara and Bershka, has announced the signing of a deal with Universidad Pontificia Comillas to renew the collaborative Chair for Refugees project, aimed at…
  • Friday, 24 May 2019

    Textile Exchange and Reblend join Cotton Recycling Pilot

    AMSTERDAM — Circle Economy has confirmed that both Textile Exchange and Reblend have joined its Cotton Recycling Pilot as knowledge partners. The duo will join forces with Circle Economy to add their respective insights in order to improve and…
  • Thursday, 23 May 2019

    PEFC helps fashion see the wood for the trees

    LONDON — PEFC’s Forests for Fashion event has seen industry representatives from the likes of Lenzing and Textile Exchange, alongside organisations such as the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), come together to discuss the…
  • Thursday, 23 May 2019

    Are banks ignoring ethical fashion?

    More and more banks are exerting pressure on the businesses they finance to pursue more environmentally-conscious projects. Is it time this approach was also applied to the welfare and employment rights of workers? 
  • Thursday, 23 May 2019

    Levi's, Nike, Gap seek climate and carbon talks

    WASHINGTON — Senior executives from more than 75 businesses in the United States, including apparel powerhouses Gap, Levi’s and Nike, have arranged to meet with a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers to debate meaningful climate legislation —…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2019

    Big Closets Small Planet: H&M climate positive by 2040?

    WAKEFIELD – Series Two of the Big Closets Small Planet podcast, run in partnership between Ecotextile News and the Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA), is now in full swing. Innovation in Climate Action is this week’s focus. More specifically, host…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2019

    Animals in fashion: are we nearing Farmageddon?

    COPENHAGEN – During the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, a panel with the title: From Farm to Hanger: Animals in the Fashion Supply chain was supposed to discuss the role of certification schemes and animal welfare standards, however the session went…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2019

    Pilot yields C2C certified ‘biodegradable’ printed textiles

    TÜBINGEN – In a significant advancement for the textile printing sector, speciality chemical supplier CHT Group has produced print pastes and pigments that have been certified to the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Gold Standard by consulting institute EPEA…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2019

    Urban Outfitters pivots into rental fashion

    PHILADELPHIA — Fashion retailer Urban Outfitters has announced that Nuuly, a subscription-based rental service for women’s apparel, will launch this summer. The platform will initially offer subscribers the chance to rent six items per month, with…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2019

    Final Planet Textiles 2019 line-up revealed

    BARCELONA — The full line-up for this year’s Planet Textiles has now been revealed. Senior executives from Nike, HSBC and H&M will join big names from across a wide variety of textile and apparel businesses in taking to the stage at the sustainable…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2019

    F4D partner with Oxitex and Class

    COPENHAGEN – At this year’s Copenhagen Fashion Summit, F4D Solutions, which operates under the Fashion 4 Development umbrella, announced a new partnership with two of the solutions-platforms presented during the conference: Oxitex and Class. The…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2019

    ASBCI Conference places focus on sustainability

    MANCHESTER – “It is very difficult to be ethical when huge amounts of money are involved.” Fashion commentator Colin McDowell OBE opened the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) Spring Conference with a stark reminder of…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2019

    Supply chain transparency 'good for business'

    WASHINGTON – A new report claims that companies exhibiting greater supply chain transparency measures benefit from “better reputations, greater operational efficiency, improved legal compliance, and increased access to capital.” ICAR (International…
  • Monday, 20 May 2019

    Planet Textiles 2019: Innovation Zone

    BARCELONA — With the tenth edition of Planet Textiles only a matter of weeks away, we take a look at the exhibitors who will form this year’s Innovation Zone, a platform to showcase the latest breakthroughs from across the apparel and textile…
  • Monday, 20 May 2019

    PVH strategy to change one million lives in fashion?

    NEW YORK — PVH Corporation, the company which owns Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and several other of the most recognisable brands in fashion, has launched the latest incarnation of its Corporate Responsibility strategy, Forward Fashion. Published…
  • Monday, 20 May 2019

    Bangladesh Accord breakthrough: transition deal struck

    DHAKA — After months of prolonged delays and frustration, a deal has now been agreed between the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh and the Bangladesh garment employers’ association (BGMEA) to ensure a transition period of almost one…
  • Monday, 20 May 2019

    Romanian garment workers ‘paid 14% of living wage’

    DRESDEN — Apparel sector campaign group Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has published a new report claiming that garment workers in Romania are frequently denied acceptable working conditions and paid below the legal minimum wage — equating to as…
  • Friday, 17 May 2019

    Lenzing partners for blockchain traceability

    LENZING – Austrian fibre producer Lenzing has partnered with Hong Kong-based tech firm TextileGenesis to utilise the company’s blockchain technology as a way to incorporate traceability into its flagship Tencel branded fibre business. In the wake of…
  • Friday, 17 May 2019

    Nike debuts circular fashion design guide

    COPENHAGEN — At the Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2019, Nike’s chief design officer, John Hoke, announced the launch of a new design resource created by the sportswear giant. Circularity: Guiding the Future of Design went live while Hoke was on stage,…
  • Thursday, 16 May 2019

    Asics Sustainability Report displays progress

    KOBE – Sports performance brand Asics has released its 2018 Sustainability Report, which summarises the company’s progress towards ‘sustainability’, noting amongst other things that it surpassed its CO2 emissions reduction targets for 2020 two years…
  • Thursday, 16 May 2019

    Stella McCartney teams up with Google Cloud

    COPENHAGEN – Stella McCartney is to team up with Google’s Cloud platform to use artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics in a new pilot which aims to improve transparency in the global fashion supply chain reaching down to tier 4 raw…
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

    Techtextil debut for Archroma UV protector

    FRANKFURT – Colour and specialty chemicals company Archroma has today debuted its new Fadex AS New “super UV protector” at the biennial Techtextil trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. The product, a UV protection solution for polyester fibre that’s…
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

    Copenhagen event calls for post-growth future

    COPENHAGEN – Questioning efforts to introduce a circular business model for the fashion industry took centre stage in Copenhagen on Monday as the newly-established Sustainable Fashion Research Agenda (SFRA) debut event took place at the Carlsberg…
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

    Podcast: mobile banking to save the planet

    WAKEFIELD – In the third podcast of our new series, Mike Schragger speaks to Johan Pihl and Jacob Odqvist of Doconomy, who have developed a ‘mobile banking service for everyday climate action’ which they say makes it easier for consumers to join the…
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

    CPH summit under way, EU manifesto launch

    COPENHAGEN — The doors of the DR Koncerthuset in the Danish capital have once again been flung open to welcome delegates from across the fashion industry to the two-day Copenhagen Fashion Summit. Ahead of this year’s proceedings, a manifesto…
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2019

    Toolkit aims to combat future fashion risks

    COPENHAGEN – Forum for the Future and the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) at London College of Fashion have launched an open-source interactive toolkit which uses future scenarios to help identify risks and opportunities for the fashion…
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2019

    New report makes business case for circular fashion

    AMSTERDAM – A new report has been published by Fashion for Good and Accenture Strategy, exploring the financial viability of circular business models in the fashion industry. Having placed rental, subscription-rental and recommerce options under the…
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2019

    Brands sign up to access Worn Again recycled materials

    NOTTINGHAM – Japanese sportswear brand ASICS Europe and German outdoor textiles specialist Sympatex are just some of the new names to join founder members H&M and Kering in the Worn Again Technologies pioneer members’ programme. The initiative,…
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2019

    Sympatex aims for 100 per cent circularity

    MUNICH – Sympatex Technologies has teamed up with UK polymer recycling firm Worn Again in a bid to close the recycling loop for its range of functional laminates by 50 per cent within 5 years and aims to become ‘100 per cent circular’ by 2030. The…
  • Monday, 13 May 2019

    Kering introduces animal welfare standards

    PARIS – International luxury group Kering has published a new set of animal welfare standards, with detailed requirements for the treatment of cattle, calves, sheep and goats throughout their entire lives, along with guidelines for abattoirs. Kering…
  • Monday, 13 May 2019

    Neere upcycles plastic waste into clothing

    KOUDOUGOU – Burkina Faso business Neere Group is fighting the country’s plastic waste problem in a unique and surprising way, directly using the discarded material to make clothing. Along with reducting sanitation, the project also helps women and…
  • Monday, 13 May 2019

    Spin out aims to accelerate Higg Index

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has today confirmed the spin out of Higg Co., a public benefit company that aims to increase both the efficiency and scale of the Higg Index throughout global fashion supply chains. While Higg…
  • Friday, 10 May 2019

    Oritain tackles fraud through Supima mapping

    DUNEDIN – Supply chain traceability specialist Oritain has announced the completion of mapping for all Supima cotton growing regions. This spans across Supima-branded cotton grown in the USA – specifically in the states of Arizona, California, New…
  • Friday, 10 May 2019

    Tchibo to expand its rental programme

    HAMBURG – German retailer Tchibo’s will expand its ‘Share’ rental programme this year to include more infant and children’s wear after a recent review of the first 12 months of the company’s sustainability initiative. The company found the…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2019

    Researchers call out ‘misleading’ sustainable fashion rhetoric

    LONDON – The Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion (UCRF), a group established to combat issues such as the fashion sector’s ingrained growth logic, has criticised the communications published in the lead-up to the 2019 Copenhagen Fashion Summit…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2019

    ‘Breakthrough’ plastic can be recycled indefinitely

    BERKELEY – Scientists in California say they’ve designed a new type of recyclable plastic that unlike polyester can be used over and over again without a loss in performance or quality and which can be moulded in to different shapes, textures, and…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2019

    Podcast: “The era of living in denial is over”

    WAKEFIELD – In the second podcast of our new series, Mike Schragger speaks to Edwin Keh, CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles & Apparel (HKRITA), about his views on how the fashion and apparel sector is still playing catch-up with…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2019

    European recycling board expands polyester focus

    BRUSSELS — Demeto, a European project established to build a network of like-minded organisations in the PET industry with the goal of creating disruptive recycling solutions, has announced the addition of polyester fibre producer Kolon to its…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2019

    Spinnova partners for agricultural waste project

    HELSINKI — Finnish fibre producer Spinnova has joined forces with compatriot energy company Fortum to form a ‘disruptive strategic partnership’ within the latter’s bio-based business. The duo’s objective is to transform waste derived from the…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2019

    Tengiva launches textile waste diversion label

    BELOEIL — Tengiva has launched a Responsible Stock Management label, created to identify and promote all manufacturers undertaking “logistic and operational efforts” to divert materials from landfill and incineration - by selling excess stock online…
  • Tuesday, 07 May 2019

    Pulse report: Sustainability in fashion slowed by a third

    COPENHAGEN – The 2019 edition of Pulse of the Fashion Industry has revealed that ‘sustainable’ progress in the fashion industry has slowed by a third in the past year, and is not moving fast enough to counter-balance the fashion industry's rapid…
  • Tuesday, 07 May 2019

    Fashion for Good welcomes Arvind

    AMSTERDAM – Indian textile supplier Arvind Limited has become the latest organisation to join Fashion for Good, as it further commits to test and implement new innovations that claim to improve the environmental footprint of textiles production.…
  • Friday, 03 May 2019

    Forests for Fashion comes to London

    LONDON – PEFC, the sustainable forestry NGO will host an event on the 22 May at Techspace Shoreditch, London where delegates will hear from experts at Lenzing, Textile Exchange and others about the latest best available technology for producing…
  • Friday, 03 May 2019

    VF Corporation signs Charter for Climate Action

    GREENSBORO – Lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories company VF Corporation has become a signatory to the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, joining more than 40 fashion and apparel industry companies with the common goal of net-zero…
  • Thursday, 02 May 2019

    Project Cece strives for accessible ethical fashion

    AMSTERDAM – Project Cece says that it is setting out to make ethical fashion more accessible to consumers. The start-up uses an online aggregator to collect products from ‘sustainable’ clothing brands, helping shoppers to make fair choices more…
  • Thursday, 02 May 2019

    PODCAST: New series kicks off with technology and innovation

    WAKEFIELD – To kick-off our new ‘Big Closets, Small Planet’ podcast series, host Michael Schragger of the Sustainable Fashion Academy sits down with Greg Stillman of the Plug and Play Tech Center and Rogier van Mazijk of Fashion for Good to get some…
  • Thursday, 02 May 2019

    Circle Economy, Fashion for Good partner for circular shift

    AMSTERDAM – A strategic partnership has been established between industry innovation hub Fashion for Good and Switching Gear, a project set up by Circle Economy. The initiative has been started with the aim ​of accelerating re-commerce and rental…
  • Wednesday, 01 May 2019

    Race to the Top showcases Vietnamese ‘sustainable’ improvements

    HANOI – Vietnam’s Race to the Top programme, designed to scale ‘sustainable’ manufacturing practices in the nation’s apparel & footwear industry, has released a report detailing the results from an impact assessment the initiative’s first graduate…
  • Wednesday, 01 May 2019

    Timberland x SFA hold Haiti ‘Agricultural Revolution’ event

    NEW YORK – Timberland and the Smallholder Farmers Alliance, the collaboration behind a project to reintroduce cotton to Haiti after a 30-year hiatus, are set to hold an event in New York to discuss the project. February saw the groundbreaking…
  • Wednesday, 01 May 2019

    Ralph Lauren introduces recycled materials for Earth Polo

    NEW YORK – Fashion brand Ralph Lauren has debuted its new Earth Polo range, featuring polo shirts made using only recycled polyester derived from discarded plastic bottles. The launch is said to kick-start the company’s commitment to abolishing the…
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    Texprocess panel to explore ‘Commercialising Sustainability’

    FRANKFURT – Messe Frankfurt’s upcoming Texprocess will host an hour-long workshop exploring varying approaches and strategies towards the commercialisation of fashion industry innovations. Fabrikology’s Karla Magruder and Micke Magnusson of Re…
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    BBC Earth debuts ‘circular’ fashion collection

    LONDON – Following on from the huge success of the the BBC’s Blue Planet series, presented by Sir David Attenborough, the corporation has teamed up with apparel manufacturer Teemill to produce a range of ‘sustainable’ garments. BBC Earth says it has…
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    Planet Textiles: Higg Index session, more speakers

    BARCELONA – A breakout session that updates delegates on Higg Index progress and other new developments will feature at the upcoming Planet Textiles Summit in Barcelona with panellists from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition including Jason Kibbey…
  • Monday, 29 April 2019

    Circular fashion spins its way to Australia

    A national clothing take-back scheme in a country of around 25 million people would help to avoid disruption to the fashion industry caused by mandatory regulations, according to founder of the Australian Circular Textile Association, Camille Reed.…
  • Monday, 29 April 2019

    Techtextil and Texprocess place focus on ‘sustainability’

    FRANKFURT – 2019’s edition of Messe Frankfurt’s Techtextil/Texprocess event will place a focus on sustainability for the first time, looking at how exhibitors approach the issue. ‘Sustainability and Techtextil’ and ‘Sustainability at Texprocess’…
  • Monday, 29 April 2019

    Recycled polyester the perfect tonic for drinks firms

    CLERMONT-FERRAND – Beverage-producing powerhouses PepsiCo, Nestlé Waters and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe are the three latest large-scale firms to join a consortium designed to tackle plastic waste. The initiative, founded by bioindustrial…
  • Friday, 26 April 2019

    Rejuvenation commits to ‘sustainably-sourced’ textiles

    PORTLAND – Home goods designer and manufacturer Rejuvenation has announced a commitment to sustainability through their products, announcing that all textiles will now be 'sustainably-sourced' and made from organic fibres.
  • Friday, 26 April 2019

    Columbia Sportswear makes water donation pledge

    PORTLAND — Columbia Sportswear has launched a new donation programme to drive support for non-profit Planet Water Foundation and counteract the water-intensive practices at certain stages of the apparel supply chain.
  • Friday, 26 April 2019

    US Chamber of Commerce Foundation praises Walmart

    WASHINGTON — The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation has made public its support of Walmart, an organisation it says forms part of an “inspiring group of corporations committed to making a difference.” This comes after the global retailer unveiled its…
  • Friday, 26 April 2019

    Timberland CSR report demonstrates mixed progress

    STRATHAM – Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland has released its 2018 corporate social responsibility report, which highlights the company’s commitment to ‘sustainable’ practices. In 2018, 75 per cent of all cotton used in Timberland apparel was…
  • Friday, 26 April 2019

    La Liga team goes for climate neutral goal

    SEVILLE — Kit launches for sports teams which focus on recycled materials or polyester derived from ocean plastics have become commonplace, but La Liga side Real Betis Balompié has taken its commitment one step further by joining the Climate Neutral…
  • Friday, 26 April 2019

    R Collective invites public to ‘Meet the Makers’

    HONG KONG — As part of the global series of events to mark Fashion Revolution Week, The R Collective is holding Meet the Makers of Sustainable Fashion, an event centred around a panel discussion exploring the story behind the collective’s inception…
  • Thursday, 25 April 2019

    Fashion for Good Accelerator graduates join Scaling Programme

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good has announced that the four newest innovators to join its Scaling Programme have previously participated its Accelerator Programme, meaning they have now progresses to a stage where they can benefit from running pilots…
  • Thursday, 25 April 2019

    Wool on the red carpet — and in outer space

    VENICE - “There is no ‘silver bullet’ or perfect fibre,” said keynote speaker and Eco-Age founder, Livia Firth, at the 88th IWTO congress in Venice, in the same building that houses the Biennale. Her new film about wool farmers in Tasmania,…
  • Thursday, 25 April 2019

    Traceability provider gets million dollar funding boost

    STONY BROOK — Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., which offers molecular tagging and authentication services to apparel brands and retailers seeking to prove the authenticity of their products, has announced the receipt of the first US$1 million of a US$5…
  • Thursday, 25 April 2019

    PrettyLittleThing launches recycled range, reGAIN deal

    LONDON — Online fashion retailer PrettyLittleThing (PLT) has debuted a new collection made using recycled materials, including pre-consumer factory offcuts and recycled polyester derived from discarded plastic bottles. PrettyLittleThing has also…
  • Thursday, 25 April 2019

    SKFK to open Circular Closet for rental customers

    BIZKAIA — Basque clothing brand SKFK is set to launch a new monthly subscription service to enable its customers to rent apparel from a constantly updating selection of 40 premium outfits. The company, which has consistently worked towards reducing…
  • Wednesday, 24 April 2019

    Quiksilver joins European Outdoor Group

    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Boardsports clothing retailer Quiksilver has become the latest brand to join the European Outdoor Group (EOG), and has pledged to play a full role in the association’s sustainability projects. This addition takes the total number…
  • Wednesday, 24 April 2019

    Tapestry Inc. unveils new 2025 CSR goals

    NEW YORK — Tapestry Inc., the organisation behind brands such as Coach, Kate Spade New York and Stuart Weitzman, has published its 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report, in which the company has unveiled a series of targets it aims to achieve by…
  • Wednesday, 24 April 2019

    Puma 2020 sustainable fibre pledge “sharply increased”

    HERZOGENAURACH — Sportswear brand Puma has announced an increase in the percentage of ‘sustainable materials’ it aims to utilise in its product portfolio by 2020. The company has now set its sights on reaching a goal of 90 per cent of its main…
  • Wednesday, 24 April 2019

    Ternua launches 100 per cent recycled backpack collection

    ARRASATE – Outdoor clothing brand Ternua has launched a collection of backpacks made from 100 per cent recycled fabrics, which are also PFC-free. Recycled nylon sourced from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and recycled polyester sourced from…
  • Wednesday, 24 April 2019

    Adidas, Reebok, Patagonia top Transparency Index

    ASHBOURNE — The three highest ranking brands in the 2019 edition of the Fashion Transparency Index are Adidas, Reebok and Patagonia; in results which remain predominantly consistent with last year’s publication. Fashion Revolution, the organisation…
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    Brands commit to CanopyStyle on Earth Day

    LOS ANGELES – Canopy has announced the addition of multiple new fashion brands to its CanopyStyle initiative on Earth Day. Outdoor brand Eddie Bauer, US clothing brand and retailer Guess, Puerto Rico-based Valija Gitana and specialty retailer AEO…
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    Applied DNA and GHCL launch ‘sustainable’ bedsheets

    STONY BROOK – PCR-based DNA manufacturer Applied DNA has partnered with chemical manufacturer GHCL to launch Rekoop, ‘sustainable’ bedsheets made by blending cotton with polyester fibre obtained from recycled PET bottles. The companies say that 36…
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    Bearaby puts sustainability fears to bed with Tencel

    NEW YORK — In a move which the company states will “challenge industry norms,” US weighted blanket firm Bearaby has launched a new collection utilising Lenzing’s Tencel branded lyocell fibre.
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    Fashion Revolution Week returns, UN Charter signed

    ASHBOURNE — Since the Rana Plaza collapse of 2013, Fashion Revolution has held annual events to both mark the anniversary and promote more ethical, sustainable practices within the garment sector. This year will be no different, with a global series…
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    Adidas claims circularity stride with ‘100% recyclable’ trainer

    NEW YORK — Sportswear giant Adidas has launched a new ‘fully recyclable’ running shoe which, once worn out by the consumer, will be accepted back by the company to be ground down and reutilised in a new piece of footwear. 
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    Tufts student venture offers healthcare to female workers

    BOSTON — The winner of a first-place prize at this year’s New Ventures Competition is a healthcare-focused project seeking to give women working in the Bangladesh garment sector access to transformative medical care. Each year, the competition run…
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    Banana Republic and Old Navy reveal sustainability goals

    SAN FRANCISCO – In conjunction with Earth Day, clothing company Gap has announced new sustainability commitments for its retailers Banana Republic and Old Navy, saying it hopes to accelerate the company’s use of ‘sustainable’ materials in its…
  • Thursday, 18 April 2019

    Risky business: Cross-sector benchmarks offer fresh insight

    LONDON – S&P Global Ratings has debuted its ESG Evaluation and Risk Atlas, a new framework and tool which seek to benchmark cross-sector organisations – helping firms contextualise progress comparative to counterparts in other industries. The…
  • Thursday, 18 April 2019

    Olivia Wilde partners with Thred Up for second-hand collection

    WASHINGTON DC – In the lead up to 2019’s Earth Day, Olivia Wilde’s Conscious Commerce has announced it is partnering with online thrift shop Thred Up to launch the ‘Choose Used’ collection, a 3,000 piece collection of second-hand T-shirts and…
  • Thursday, 18 April 2019

    New Wrangler range takes ‘local’ approach to traceability

    GREENSBORO – Wrangler, one of the major denim brands which now operates under the newly-formed Kontoor group umbrella, has launched a new collection which aims to deliver a uniquely ‘local’ approach to supply chain traceability. The Wrangler Rooted…
  • Thursday, 18 April 2019

    Re.VerSo selected for Sustainable Thinking project

    FLORENCE – Representative of zero-waste circular production system for wool and cashmere, Re.VerSo has been selected as one of the members of Salvatore Ferragamo Museum’s Sustainable Thinking project, which the company says is due to “the value it…
  • Thursday, 18 April 2019

    HSBC and Walmart establish green finance deal

    HONG KONG – A partnership struck between global bank HSBC and US retail giant Walmart will see the latter’s suppliers offered financial incentives for meeting or exceeding sustainability targets. The Sustainable Supply Chain Finance Programme looks…
  • Thursday, 18 April 2019

    HanesBrands scoops 10th straight EPA award

    WINSTON-SALEM – Clothing company HanesBrands Inc. has received the US Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Sustained Excellence and Partner of the Year award for the tenth year running. The accolade is designed to highlight continued success…
  • Wednesday, 17 April 2019

    Eco TLC to back seven R&D projects

    PARIS – Producer responsibility organisation Eco TLC is to continue its yearly tradition of supporting R&D projects, with seven having been given a favourable recommendation by the Scientific Committee. 29 applications were filed following TLC’s…
  • Wednesday, 17 April 2019

    ISKO joins Textile Exchange to prioritise responsibility

    BURSA – In what the company describes as “further expand its vision of a responsible and sustainable landscape in the industry,” Turkish denim specialist ISKO has announced its membership of Textile Exchange. ISKO has outlined its ambition of…
  • Wednesday, 17 April 2019

    Eileen Fisher exhibits desire to end clothing waste

    MILAN – A collaborative art project initiated by US clothing brand Eileen Fisher and designed to combat textile waste has reached the last stop on its world tour after taking part in Milan Design Week. The collective has already taken the Waste No…
  • Wednesday, 17 April 2019

    IFC partners with H&M, Fortum and Virala

    ESPOO - Infinited Fiber Company Ltd. (IFC) says it has raised €3.7 million in funding from investors, which include H&M Group, Fortum and Virala. The company is currently running a 50-ton pilot plant in Finland and plans to increase the annual…
  • Wednesday, 17 April 2019

    'Excessive overtime' essential to equal living wage

    WASHINGTON – A study undertaken by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) suggests that in the absence of a nationally-adopted living wage, Vietnamese garment workers are forced to accept excessive overtime simply to survive. The quantity of hours many…
  • Tuesday, 16 April 2019

    Unions react to further Bangladesh Accord delay

    DHAKA – Following yet another delay to a conclusive decision on the future of the Accord, unions representing workers in Bangladesh have once again called for the extension of the regulatory body’s tenure in the nation’s garment sector. 
  • Tuesday, 16 April 2019

    ADIF and ZDHC announce collaboration

    SHANGHAI – Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and the China Dyestuff Industry Association (CDIA) participated in a joint information event at the 2019 China InterDye exhibition, during which they announced ADIF will join ZDHC as a…
  • Tuesday, 16 April 2019

    Zalando deal adds to stellar 2019 for circular.fashion

    BERLIN – The latest company to be selected for online fashion retailer Zalando’s zImpact accelerator programme is fashion tech innovator circular.fashion. The initiative offers visibility, funding and industry expertise to companies seeking to…
  • Tuesday, 16 April 2019

    ‘Sustainable’ NGO re-invests in supply chain

    WOOLACOMBE – UK-based not-for-profit organisation Origin has committed to re-invest 100 per cent of its profits into the African communities from which the fabrics for its clothing originate. The NGO makes organic cotton sweatshirts and t-shirts,…
  • Tuesday, 16 April 2019

    Campaign tackles fashion injustice and plagiarism

    AMSTERDAM – A new online campaign has been launched with the aim of highlighting injustices experienced by artisans in the textile and apparel supply chains. The #WhatYouWearMatters social media project will seek to promote the importance of “fair…
  • Monday, 15 April 2019

    Diverse cotton summit driven by environmental solutions

    LA JOLLA – Any delegates headed to the Cotton Sustainability Summit in San Diego to hear exclusively about niche issues relating to the cotton supply chain will have been left overwhelmed by the breadth of content discussed. In the city’s La Jolla…
  • Monday, 15 April 2019

    AAFA rallies behind India talks, Mongolia bill

    WASHINGTON – The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has made public its support for both the Mongolia Third Neighbor Trade Act – which could offer duty-free access to the US market for Mongolian products – and further talks in the…
  • Monday, 15 April 2019

    Econyl key to new activewear range

    PHILADELPHIA – Aquafil's flagship Econyl yarn has been announced as the key component of US fashion brand Free People’s newest in-house activewear range. The company believes this move will boost its sustainability credentials, describing Econyl as…
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