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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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  • Wednesday, 17 October 2018

    A pivotal moment for garment workers’ rights?

    GENEVA – The United Nations Human Rights Council will, this week, negotiate a landmark treaty which aims to ensure transnational corporations (TNC) are held accountable for human rights violations which take place within their businesses and supply…
  • Wednesday, 17 October 2018

    Podcast: Biochemist aims to change how polyester is recycled

    WAKEFIELD – In our latest podcast released today, Mike Schragger talks to Akshay Sethi about the science behind polyester recycling, the rapid development of his company Moral Fiber, the steep learning curve he has faced when starting a company…
  • Wednesday, 17 October 2018

    Amazon invests to support circular economy

    SEATTLE – Online retail superpower Amazon – which continues to grow its presence in the apparel sector – has announced a US$10 million investment in Closed Loop Fund to support and develop the recycling capabilities of towns and cities across the…
  • Tuesday, 16 October 2018

    Myanmar garment worker violence, EU ponders sanctions

    YANGON – Protesting garment workers in Myanmar are believed to have been injured outside a factory which, it is claimed, has supplied German retailer Lidl and UK fashion brand Joules, as tensions continue to flare in the beleaguered nation.…
  • Tuesday, 16 October 2018

    Predicted polyester growth contradicts fashion rhetoric

    ALBANY – With major industry players announcing ‘recycled’ and ‘ocean plastic’ collections with an ever-growing frequency, the forecasting of a US research firm – which predicts a 4.1 per cent increase in the virgin polyester fibre market by 2025 –…
  • Tuesday, 16 October 2018

    Graduate wins award for textile waste project

    BALTIMORE – The McGuire Business Plan Competition, run by Laureate International Universities, has recognised Ashita Singal for a project which sought to turn waste into new apparel while also committing to a positive community impact alongside…
  • Monday, 15 October 2018

    LJ Specialities cites REACH constraints for closure

    BARNSLEY – UK-based printing ink specialist Magna Colours has announced its acquisition of fellow UK textile formulator LJ Specialities, confirming that it will continue the work of the company which has recently struggled to operate within…
  • Monday, 15 October 2018

    Oritain reveals ‘100 per cent traceable cotton’ collaboration

    MILAN – Oritain has, alongside Albini Group and Supima, announced a strategic partnership seeking to offer the first 100 per cent scientifically traceable Supima organic cotton to the mainstream fashion market. The co-operative effort, brought…
  • Monday, 15 October 2018

    CE100 Network adds DuPont and Mud Jeans

    COWES – The Circular Economy 100 (CE100) Network, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, has announced the addition of four new members, including DuPont Biomaterials and MUD Jeans. The goal of the network is to connect leaders and innovators from…
  • Friday, 12 October 2018

    Bangladesh Accord transition set to commence

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Accord, which has held responsibility for safety activities in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG) factories since its 2013 inception, now has a date for the handover of its jurisdiction. Following a meeting of the…
  • Friday, 12 October 2018

    MADE-BY enters administration

    AMSTERDAM – The Dutch-based not for profit MADE-BY, which was founded in 2004 entered into administration last week in a move that will disappoint many stakeholders in the sustainable fashion area. The organisation was one of the original pioneer…
  • Friday, 12 October 2018

    H&M faces new claims of destroying unsold stock

    STOCKHOLM – Just weeks after luxury brand Burberry’s admission – and subsequent halting – of its incineration of unsold stock, fast fashion giant H&M has once again been accused of destroying unsold clothing. The allegations come from a team of…
  • Friday, 12 October 2018

    Huntsman strengthens DWR ties with Chemours

    SINGAPORE – Huntsman Textile Effects and The Chemours Company have announced an expansion of a long-standing working relationship in the field of durable water repellence (DWR). By pooling their respective strengths in market-specific innovation,…
  • Friday, 12 October 2018

    Outdoor initiative grants support for schoolchildren

    STAMFORD – Hundreds of school children in the UK have been able to partake in outdoor activities for the first time courtesy of a grant from an initiative founded by the EOG (European Outdoor Group). The non-profit It’s Great Out There Coalition,…
  • Thursday, 11 October 2018

    Implementation and innovation on ZDHC agenda

    AMSTERDAM – Following on from last year’s inaugural ‘Friends of ZDHC’ Implementation Experience, ZDHC is set to hold an invitation-only for brands, retailers, supply chain partners and leading sector organisations. The two-day event will take place…
  • Thursday, 11 October 2018

    World’s first free digital map of apparel factories

    NEW YORK CITY – The beta version of an ambitious new online tool aims to help consumers find out exactly where their clothes are made – by eventually identifying every apparel facility worldwide. The latest beta version of the Open Apparel Registry…
  • Thursday, 11 October 2018

    SpongeBob goes sustainable in Nickelodeon apparel deal

    NEW YORK – Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products (VNCP), the merchandising branch of TV brand Nickelodeon, has signed a licensing agreement with Trashcode to produce apparel and accessories made from sustainable materials across Europe, the Middle…
  • Thursday, 11 October 2018

    Fashion Revolution report lifts lid on Brazilian brands

    LONDON – Fashion Revolution has published the Fashion Transparency Index Brazil, a new report which seeks to analyse the levels of disclosure exhibited by twenty major fashion brands and retailers regarding their social and environmental policies,…
  • Wednesday, 10 October 2018

    Lenzing collection gives Kingpins the Midnight Blues

    NEW YORK – Lenzing’s Tencel fibre with Refibra technology will form the basis of the Austrian firm’s Midnight Blues denim capsule collection at this month’s Kingpins show in Amsterdam. The process to realise the collection – which debuted at New…
  • Klopman launches circular economy degree award
    Wednesday, 10 October 2018

    Klopman launches circular economy degree award

    FROSINONE – Workwear fabrics producer Klopman has launched a new degree award for the best thesis on environmental sustainability and/or the circular economy in the textile sector, within the engineering and chemistry departments of Italian…
  • Wednesday, 10 October 2018

    UK initiative counteracts counterfeit apparel

    LONDON – A new initiative, supported by the UK government and EU Intellectual Property Office, has been established to protect consumers and small businesses from the potential economic, reputational and environmental risks of a growing trade in…
  • Wednesday, 10 October 2018

    Chemical textile recycling unveiled in Taiwan

    TAIPEI – Taiwan textile supplier Far Eastern New Century (FENC) will unveil a raft of new environmental advances at next week’s TITAS exhibition, including an ‘all-in-one’ chemical recycling solution for mixed-stream post-consumer polyester textiles…
  • Tuesday, 09 October 2018

    National Geographic art in sustainable fashion exhibition

    NEW YORK – In order to address the environmental risks exerted on the planet by the fashion industry, sustainable fashion activist Isabel Varela and National Geographic artist Asher Jay have teamed up for Clothes Minded, an exhibition being held at…
  • Tuesday, 09 October 2018

    Platform seeks to eradicate sportswear non-compliance

    OSTERMUNDIGEN – Sportswear brands now have a new tool at their disposal to combat non-compliance, with the launch of the WFSGI (World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry) Compliance Labelling Requirements (CLR) Database. The online tool is…
  • Tuesday, 09 October 2018

    Online event seeks circularity through innovation

    LONDON – November will see a series of events focusing on the circular economy, all available online, take place as part of the Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF), curated by the non-profit Ellen MacArthur Foundation. DIF invites people from a…
  • Tuesday, 09 October 2018

    VF Corp CSR recognised with US arts award

    GREENSBORO – VF Corporation has been selected as a recipient of The BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America award for its commitment to supporting local and national communities through arts programmes in the United States. The…
  • Monday, 08 October 2018

    Brands launch certified responsible wool clothes

    LUBBOCK – The first ever commercial garments labelled with the voluntary Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) from Textile Exchange have recently debuted in store at Marks & Spencer, Eileen Fisher and Arket – the lifestyle concept store from H&M, which…
  • Monday, 08 October 2018

    Primark eyes cotton progress in Pakistan

    LONDON – Having been encouraged by the progress made in India across the past five years, Primark announced that its Sustainable Cotton Programme would be expanding into Pakistan. The retailer has now set a new target of helping a cumulative total…
  • Monday, 08 October 2018

    Panel debates sustainable fashion at US university

    QUEENS – St. John’s University in the New York borough of Queens has hosted a three-person Careers in Sustainable Fashion panel discussion, aimed at encouraging the institution’s students to consider the wide-ranging impacts of the apparel industry.
  • Friday, 05 October 2018

    Method urges consumers to clean up their act

    LONDON – Environmentally-conscious cleaning brand Method has teamed up with Clothes Aid to open a pop-up ‘Slow Fashion Store’ in London to educate consumers on how to lessen their impact on the planet caused by apparel buying habits. The Slow…
  • Friday, 05 October 2018

    The sportswear brand being run differently

    LONDON – The founder of Parkrun, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, has moved into the apparel sector by launching Contra, a sportswear brand which claims to have been established with ethics and inclusivity at its core. The firm’s mission statement is to dispel…
  • Friday, 05 October 2018

    UK inquiry puts fast fashion on trial

    LONDON – Following several written submissions from major industry organisations – including the SAC (Sustainable Apparel Coalition) and Primark – being published, the work being undertaken by a UK parliamentary committee set up to assess the role…
  • Friday, 05 October 2018

    Past, present & future on show at Fashion for Good

    AMSTERDAM – The Fashion for Good Experience has opened its doors to the public as a new chapter begins for the Netherlands-based sustainable fashion hub. The Experience comprises an interactive museum showcasing the latest technology which it is…
  • Friday, 05 October 2018

    US and UK pop-ups blend fashion with sustainability

    NEW YORK/LONDON – A pop-up store in London and an interactive pop-up exhibition in New York both curating ‘sustainable fashion’ have appeared simultaneously this week, in an effort to educate US and UK shoppers about the environmental impacts of the…
  • Thursday, 04 October 2018

    Fifth annual bluesign conference agenda confirmed

    ST GALLEN – The agenda for the fifth edition of the bluesign conference has been finalised, with the two-day event following an overarching theme of ‘TraceAbility. NetworkAbility. TransformAbility: Stitching the blue way together.’ Topics including…
  • Thursday, 04 October 2018

    Consumers need sustainability education, study finds

    PORT WASHINGTON – In direct correlation with an increased appetite for sustainable apparel amongst consumers, brands are doing more to improve their environmental credentials. There is, however, according to The NPG Group, still a long way to go in…
  • Thursday, 04 October 2018

    Eastman debuts cellulosic fibre for womenswear

    KINGSPORT – US chemical and fibre producer Eastman has launched Naia, a new cellulosic fibre made from wood pulp derived only from sustainably managed forestry which the company is looking to promote in the womenswear market.
  • Wednesday, 03 October 2018

    VF takes lead on traceability with new online tool

    GREENSBORO – VF Corporation has launched a new online traceability tool, in partnership with Sourcemap, which enables users to track the journey of products from tier 4 raw material suppliers all the way to the finished item in store. The level of…
  • Wednesday, 03 October 2018

    Trade unions clash over ASOS worker representation

    BARNSLEY – Following the conclusion of TUC (Trades Union Congress) proceedings, UK-based union GMB says it will advance its efforts to support ASOS workers amid a dispute with fellow union, Community. GMB claims the dispute stems from a decision by…
  • Wednesday, 03 October 2018

    Sustainability in store for luxury retailer Maiyet

    LONDON – Luxury fashion retailer Maiyet is set to launch The Maiyet Collective, the company’s first concept store in London’s Mayfair, with the goal of turning the space into a hub for social impact and sustainable fashion. In what the company…
  • Wednesday, 03 October 2018

    Podcast: Can the apparel sector mitigate climate change?

    WAKEFIELD – Today we launch the second in a series of our new podcasts in partnership with Michael Schragger, Founder of the Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA), which this week talks about the impact the textile and apparel industry has on climate…
  • Tuesday, 02 October 2018

    DyStar publishes latest sustainability report

    SINGAPORE – DyStar Group has released its 2017-18 Sustainability Performance Report, the eighth edition of its annual review of the company’s progress and the first to have been prepared in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)…
  • Tuesday, 02 October 2018

    AAFA raises Amazon counterfeit concerns

    WASHINGTON – The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has included certain Amazon marketplaces in a submission to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), seeking to identify foreign markets that facilitate the sale of…
  • Monday, 01 October 2018

    Twelve major brands sign Turkmen Cotton Pledge

    OAKLAND – To coincide with the Turkmen president’s attendance at the UN General Assembly – the first time since 2015 – apparel companies and global investors have expressed disapproval regarding the nation’s use of state-sponsored forced labour in…
  • Monday, 01 October 2018

    Patagonia partner offers retail and trade show circularity

    SAN DIEGO – Brands and retailers seeking to improve the sustainability of its operations in areas such as retail store construction and trade show displays have now been offered a new turn-key circularity solution, delivered by ECOR and Eyelevel.…
  • Monday, 01 October 2018

    The RealReal debuts consignment Sustainability Calculator

    SAN FRANCISCO – The RealReal, a luxury consignment company which previously collaborated with Stella McCartney on an advertising campaign aimed at promoting circularity among high-end fashion consumers, has launched a new Sustainability Calculator.…
  • Thursday, 27 September 2018

    Stella McCartney partners with Fashion for Good

    AMSTERDAM – Luxury lifestyle brand Stella McCartney is the latest high-profile company to partner with Fashion for Good, the fashion sustainability initiative which connects disruptive innovators with major apparel companies. Stella McCartney joins…
  • Thursday, 27 September 2018

    Lenzing to mothball US project due to tariff concerns

    AUSTRIA – Manmade cellulosic fibre supplier Lenzing has postponed the expansion of its lyocell facility in Mobile, Alabama due to the likelihood of new trade tariffs together with higher construction costs which it says have increased the ‘risk…
  • Margrethe Vikanes, Pierre Robert Group and Benedicte Eie, Textile Campaign launch host, with the signed manifesto
    Wednesday, 26 September 2018

    Fashion brands commit to sustainability manifesto

    OSLO – Fashion and textile companies in Norway have come together for the fourth year on a collaborative textiles campaign. Whilst previous events have focused on recycling, this year’s key themes were textile reduction and prolonged use. Tone…
  • Decathlon commits to renewable electricity
    Wednesday, 26 September 2018

    Decathlon commits to renewable electricity

    VILLENEUVE-D'ASCQ – French sportswear company Decathlon has joined climate initiative RE100 with a target to achieve 100 per cent renewable electricity for its global operations by 2026.

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