KPMG and Textile Exchange have released a new report, Threading the Needle: Weaving the Sustainable Development Goals into the Textile, Retail and Apparel Industry in order to build upon the body of work of both organizations in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 universally agreed global goals regarding social, environmental and economic targets to be achieved by each country by 2030.  The SDGs are expected to greatly influence corporate, philanthropic and government agendas for many years to come. 

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  • Friday, 15 February 2019

    Fast fashion’s circularity drive: promising or pointless?

    LOS ANGELES – Recent weeks have seen H&M USA busily working to increase the quantities of unwanted textiles donated to its garment return programme. Initiatives to support this effort include a partnership with the Environmental Media Association…
  • Friday, 15 February 2019

    ISKO panel tackles greenwash in the denim sector

    PARIS - Turkish denim specialist ISKO has hosted a Responsible Denim event which the company says provided an opportunity to share ideas on the development of an integrated field-to-fabric approach along the value chain, as well as an occasion to…
  • Friday, 15 February 2019

    Recycling recognition sought at London Fashion Week

    LONDON – To coincide with the beginning of London Fashion Week (LFW), the Global Recycling Foundation has called on the fashion industry to celebrate brands which have already incorporated recycling materials and technologies into their operations.…
  • Friday, 15 February 2019

    Prada CSR programme to promote diversity

    MILAN – Luxury fashion brand Prada has announced the creation of a Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council in order to change the culture of both its operations and the wider fashion industry. The Council has the mission statement to “elevate…
  • Thursday, 14 February 2019

    BCI reaches 10 year milestone with renewed focus

    LONDON – Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) CEO Alan McClay has said that throughout 2019, the organisation will focus on the updated of its ‘claims framework’, which is being seen by some BCI member brands as an urgent priority so they can more easily…
  • Thursday, 14 February 2019

    Recycled rugs help Adidas trainers change their stripes

    AMSTERDAM – To coincide with the announcement that it will aim to produce eleven million pairs of footwear incorporating recycled plastic in 2019, Adidas has collaborated with designer Simone Post and German recycling innovator I:CO to create novel…
  • Thursday, 14 February 2019

    Money talks in Bangladesh Accord debate

    NEW YORK – A group of 190 investors with global assets of over estimated US$3 trillion has released a public statement and written directly to the Bangladeshi Prime Minister calling for an extension of the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in…
  • Thursday, 14 February 2019

    OETI launches natural fibre products certification

    VIENNA – OETI (Institut für Ökologie, Technik und Innovation) has unveiled its new Inspected Quality label, developed for products which are composed of 100 per cent natural fibres. In addition to being made entirely of natural fibres, products…
  • Thursday, 14 February 2019

    Odlo awarded Leader status by Fair Wear Foundation

    HÜNENBERG - Functional sportswear company Odlo has been awarded Leader status from the Fair Wear Foundation for the fourth consecutive year.
  • Thursday, 14 February 2019

    Major brands under microfibre scrutiny in new study

    AMSTERDAM – Adidas, Nike, H&M and Zara apparel has all been tested in relation to the quantities of microfibres shed during laundering, as part of a study undertaken by the Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials at the Italian National…
  • Wednesday, 13 February 2019

    Proposal aims to restrict ‘C6’ textile finishes

    BRUSSELS – Renewed efforts are underway in Europe to restrict ‘C6’ short-chain fluorine-based formulations that are widely used to repel oil and water on textiles and clothing. The move comes in the form of another proposition from the German…
  • Wednesday, 13 February 2019

    Spinnova announces partnership with textile expert

    Jyväskylä - Finnish sustainable fibre company Spinnova has announced a new collaboration with Borås University textile technology professor Nawar Kadi.
  • Wednesday, 13 February 2019

    Asics embarks on marathon emissions project

    HOOFDDORP – Sportswear brand Asics has pledged to reduce product-related greenhouse gas emissions by 55 per cent globally by 2030, beginning with new product recycling programmes being launched at eight of its sponsored sporting events across Europe…
  • Wednesday, 13 February 2019

    Survey finds consumers expect CSR from brands

    WASHINGTON D.C. - Consumers expect more responsibility, action and accountability from businesses and tend to shop at companies that share their values, according to a survey carried out by market insight company Clutch. The small-scale survey…
  • Wednesday, 13 February 2019

    Apparel sector implored to combat sexism and gender violence 

    NEW YORK – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the global apparel industry to support a new ILO convention on violence and harassment at work and to do more when it comes to tackling the discrimination and violence faced by many female garment…
  • Wednesday, 13 February 2019

    Patagonia urges action in US wildlife conservation effort

    VENTURA – Outdoor brand Patagonia has, through its Action Works platform, called on its customers and supporters to back the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act to ensure it finds its way into US law. The company believes that, if passed, the…
  • Wednesday, 13 February 2019

    SFA takes cashmere conference to Mongolia

    ULAANBAATAR – The cashmere supply chain focused non-profit Sustainable Fibre Alliance (SFA) has revealed details of its Sustainability in the Cashmere Sector Conference 2019, this year to be held in Mongolia’s Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. A theme of…
  • Tuesday, 12 February 2019

    Haiti cotton project reaches commercial crop milestone

    ARTIBONITE – Following the company’s ongoing collaboration with the Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA), representatives from VF Corp-owned apparel brand Timberland have taken part in the first commercial cotton harvest in Haiti for three decades.…
  • Tuesday, 12 February 2019

    US garment workers take to the picket line

    CHICAGO – Workers at two suit making factories in the US states of Illinois and Ohio have gone on strike over unfair labour practices exhibited by their respective employers; a move which offers up a reminder that such struggles are in no way…
  • Tuesday, 12 February 2019

    VIDEO: Planet Textiles Pod – Janne Poranen

    VANCOUVER – At the most recent Planet Textiles event, CEO of Spinnova Janne Poranen took to the hot seat in the PT Pod to answer questions about his company, its drive towards innovation and what he sees in the future for the textile industry.
  • Tuesday, 12 February 2019

    Outdoor brand Norrøna partners with Fashion for Good

    AMSTERDAM – Norwegian outdoor brand Norrøna has been announced as the latest company to join forces with Fashion for Good, as the sustainable fashion initiative continues to gain industry traction by working with an ever-growing pool of apparel…
  • Tuesday, 12 February 2019

    Campaigners still seek full remedy for Indonesian workers

    TANGERANG – Six years after their alleged illegal dismissal from employment, Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has hit out at the settlement former workers of PT Panarub Industry (PDK) were offered – calling the reimbursement offered “a pittance.” The…
  • Monday, 11 February 2019

    Canadian union stands with Bangladeshi garment workers

    OTTAWA – Canada's United Steelworkers union has written to the Bangladesh High Commission in Ottawa to highlight its concern regarding the situation currently facing many garment workers during the ongoing wage dispute in the South Asian nation. In…
  • Monday, 11 February 2019

    Designer calls for end to “unnecessary profit making”

    LONDON – British fashion designer Katharine Hamnett has called for the unification of standards in apparel manufacturing for nations both inside and outside the European Union (EU), along with stating that “a lot of brands are changing, but a lot…
  • Monday, 11 February 2019

    Benetton Group opens doors to IWTO Congress 

    PONZANO VENETO – Italian fashion firm Benetton Group has announced that it will host one of the four days of talks and presentations which will make up the 88th annual IWTO (International Wool Textile Organisation) congress, to be held later this…
  • Monday, 11 February 2019

    Circular attitude shift essential, says UN climate chief

    WEIMAR – The UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) executive secretary, Patricia Espinosa, has discussed the importance of the circular economy business model if protection of the climate is to become a realistic goal, in a…
  • Friday, 08 February 2019

    No sob story for Boohoo

    MANCHESTER – After being challenged over “inaccuracies” given to a UK parliamentary ‘fast fashion inquiry’ and becoming embroiled in a faux fur mislabelling debacle, you’d think 2019 would be a period of trepidation for online fashion retailer…
  • Friday, 08 February 2019

    Is the Bangladesh Accord nearing its final destination?

    DHAKA – The journey towards a safe garment sector has been a long and tumultuous one for the workers of Bangladesh. Delay after delay has left garment workers across the nation in a state of flux – and desperate to avoid the possibility of a return…
  • Thursday, 07 February 2019

    Nike ramps up renewables effort with Iberdrola

    BEAVERTON – Sportswear giant Nike has announced a deal with Spanish renewable energy supplier Iberdrola to receive more than 40MW (megawatts) of electricity from a wind farm in northern Spain. Nike has previously established two similar arrangements…
  • Thursday, 07 February 2019

    United Nations hosts sustainable fashion conference

    NEW YORK - The United Nations recently hosted its ‘Good for the Earth, Good for the Planet’ sustainable fashion conference, which brought together around 400 participants with the goal of inspiring collaborations that will move fashion towards a…
  • Thursday, 07 February 2019

    Weird Fish reaches landmark total for RSPB

    TEWKESBURY – British casual clothing brand Weird Fish has announced that it has reached the milestone amount of £100,000 raised for wildlife charity RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds). The partnership has been in place since January…
  • Thursday, 07 February 2019

    Conference in “tumultuous period” for polyester

    HOUSTON – In what organisers describe as a “tumultuous period” for polyester, Wood Mackenzie Americas will hold the 2019 edition of its Polyester Conference to discuss both the challenges and opportunities currently facing the sector. Wood Mackenzie…
  • Thursday, 07 February 2019

    Pakistan resurrects organic cotton production

    PAKISTAN – An organic cotton project run by WWF-Pakistan and Directorate of Agriculture Extension, Baluchistan recently celebrated the certification of Pakistan’s ‘first organic cotton bale’. Great news. However, this is not a first time organic has…
  • Wednesday, 06 February 2019

    Wool continues to tempt sportswear brands

    MUNICH – With the Sustainable Apparel Coalition talking about garment durability and extended garment use at the ISPO exhibition which closes today, for the winner of the Scandinavian Outdoor Award for most ‘sustainable product 2019’ – Aclima…
  • Wednesday, 06 February 2019

    WRAP study assesses economics of textile recycling

    LONDON – The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has published a report analysing the potential barriers and economic practicalities surrounding fibre-to-fibre (F2F) recycling. The study, which WRAP describes as the first-of-its-kind…
  • Wednesday, 06 February 2019

    Bangladesh garment workers laid off after wage protests

    DHAKA - More than 7,500 garment workers from 27 factories which supply brands such as H&M and Next have allegedly been laid off in Bangladesh after they joined wage protests.
  • Wednesday, 06 February 2019

    Odour-eating finish gets certified

    BURGDORF - Sanitized has said its non-biocidal odour-management technology ‘Odoractiv 10’ is now certified to bluesign, the ‘skin friendly’ certification from the Hohenstein Institute and Eco Passport from Oeko-Tex for treating polyester sport and…
  • Wednesday, 06 February 2019

    Labour Behind the Label reprises Six Items Challenge

    BRISTOL – UK-based worker rights NGO Labour Behind the Label has announced that it will once again be holding the Six Items Challenge, tasking the public to raise funds to support its work by getting sponsored to wear just six garments over a six…
  • Tuesday, 05 February 2019

    Canopy branches out with several new brands

    VANCOUVER – Environmental not-for-profit Canopy has confirmed that several new brands have committed that support its work in developing a new generation of viscose fabrics that reduce sourcing from the world’s ancient and endangered forestry.…
  • Tuesday, 05 February 2019

    SFRA event to combat greenwash with evidence focus

    COPENHAGEN – The newly-established Sustainable Fashion Research Agenda (SFRA) event is set to shake up the fashion and textile industries’ summer calendar when it debuts in May 2019. The event has been conceived as a tonic to the industry shows…
  • Tuesday, 05 February 2019

    VIDEO: Planet Textiles Pod - Jöel Mertens

    VANCOUVER - Jöel Mertens, integrity engineer at Mountain Equipment Co-op, sat down in the interview Pod at 2018’s Planet Textiles event, as part of a series of interviews conducted with leading figures in the textiles and apparel industry.
  • Tuesday, 05 February 2019

    Kingpins to set the standard for denim compliance

    NEW YORK – Exhibitors failing to practice what they preach will no longer be tolerated by the Kingpins denim event series, as founder Andrew Olah sets out an ambitious new programme to promote industrywide improvements. Starting at the April 2019…
  • Monday, 04 February 2019

    Planet Textiles to host sustainable denim session

    WAKEFIELD – How should denim be made in 2030 from an environmental and social perspective? What are the anticipated key technology breakthroughs that can make this happen? Can denim mills make a profit and be sustainable? And what’s stopping the…
  • Monday, 04 February 2019

    OECD forum to focus on due diligence

    PARIS - Improving transparency and traceability in sustainable value chains, measuring the impact of due diligence and responsible recruitment in garment and footwear supply chains are just some of the topics that will be discussed in-depth at the…
  • Monday, 04 February 2019

    Outdoor ads recycled into London Fashion Week collection

    LONDON – Outdoor advertising firm Ocean has teamed up with fashion studio VIN + OMI for London Fashion Week to launch an apparel range incorporating used vinyl panels taken from its advertising displays. The resultant Ocean label will be produced in…
  • Monday, 04 February 2019

    European duo partner for fashion circularity

    BERLIN – Swedish transparency and traceability platform TrusTrace and Berlin-based circular.fashion have announced a formal partnership to help drive innovation and embed circular practices within textile supply chains.
  • Sunday, 03 February 2019

    Bluesign to integrate tools in cloud platform

    MUNICH – Bluesign will integrate its complete set of tools for chemical management within a new cloud-based platform to help improve efficiency, safety and sustainability in the textile industry. Over the course of 2019, the Swiss-based organisation…
  • Sunday, 03 February 2019

    Boost for outdoor sustainability charter

    MUNICH – The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has secured further international backing for its Sustainability Charter with four national associations from Poland, Spain, The Netherlands and Russia signing up to the initiative, which calls for good…
  • Friday, 01 February 2019

    Levi’s and Harvard launch blockchain worker survey

    SAN FRANCISCO - On the back of a software development consultancy being awarded a two-year grant by the U.S. State Department to develop a blockchain platform, Levi Strauss and Harvard University’s Sustainability and Health Initiative for…
  • Thursday, 31 January 2019

    Transparency the topic of latest Fashion for Good collection

    AMSTERDAM – Sustainability initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) has announced the theme of its next capsule collection which will hone in on transparency within the industry. The ‘Naked’ collection – only the second of its kind to be held in FFG’s…
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