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The certification which self-identifies as being to business what Fair Trade is to coffee and USDA Organic is to milk, B Corp is becoming an increasingly sought after moniker in the apparel sector. David Styles assesses whether this easily recognisable and strictly criteria-driven certifier could help consumers to cut through industry greenwash.

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  • Thursday, 23 September 2021

    Higg collaborates on new traceability programme Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Sustainability technology platform Higg has partnered with traceability solutions providers TrusTrace, FibreTrace and Atma.io by Avery Dennison to launch a new programme that sets out to establish greater supply chain transparency.…
  • Thursday, 23 September 2021

    Research highlights rope’s microfibre emissions

    PLYMOUTH – Researchers at the University of Plymouth, England, have looked into the hauling of rope on maritime vessels as a source of microfibre emissions, and found a correlation between the age of the material and the extent to which it sheds…
  • Thursday, 23 September 2021

    APPG on Microplastics calls for nationwide action Premium Article

    LONDON – The UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Microplastics has published its first report, calling for new rules which would require washing machine manufacturers to fit microfibre filters by 2025. Such mechanisms, which are to be…
  • Thursday, 23 September 2021

    Coloreel launches recycled dyed thread

    STOCKHOLM – Textile dyeing innovator Coloreel has teamed up with German manufacturer Madeira to offer 100 per cent recycled dyed yarn. Coloreel hailed the outcome of its collaboration as a “great step” as it strives to boost its sustainability…
  • Wednesday, 22 September 2021

    Outerknown, Recurate team up on resale

    CALIFORNIA – US apparel brand Outerknown has partnered with circular solutions provider Recurate to launch a clothing resale service. The 'Outerworn' service will enable customers to buy and sell directly on the Outerknown site, with sellers…
  • Wednesday, 22 September 2021

    Superdry partners with Oxfam on donations service

    CHELTENHAM – British apparel brand Superdry has partnered with Oxfam in a bid to encourage consumers to donate unwanted items. Oxfam, which was hit hard amidst the pandemic due to store closures, will generate revenue through the sale of secondhand…
  • Wednesday, 22 September 2021

    CMA addresses greenwashing with new claims code Premium Article

    LONDON – The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a ‘Green Claims Code’ to help businesses comply with consumer laws before it starts investigating industries for cases of greenwashing at the start of next year. The code…
  • Wednesday, 22 September 2021

    ThredUp site to more than double its capacity Premium Article

    OAKLAND – Apparel resale specialist ThredUp is to expand its operations in Lancaster, Texas to more than double its capacity and continue to meet growing demand for secondhand fashion. The company will invest US$70 million in the Dallas-Forth Worth…
  • Wednesday, 22 September 2021

    New Balance hit with complaint over ‘Made in USA’ labels Premium Article

    BOSTON – Footwear giant New Balance has found itself in a legal spat that alleges the brand has “mislead consumers by making unqualified claims that certain of its sneakers are ‘Made in the USA’” when a “substantial portion” are imported. US…
  • Wednesday, 22 September 2021

    Academics address wage bill in letter to California governor Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – More than 50 design professors from leading fashion schools have signed an open letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom, urging that he passes the Garment Worker Protection Act (SB62) and puts an end to wage theft. Earlier this…
  • Wednesday, 22 September 2021

    BFC calls on brands to halve fashion demand

    LONDON - The British Fashion Council (BFC) is calling on brands to reduce the demand for new clothes by 50 per cent to reduce waste and create a circular fashion ecosystem for the UK. The call is made in a new Circular Fashion Ecosystem (CFE) report…
  • Tuesday, 21 September 2021

    Microfibre Consortium launches 2030 commitment and roadmap Premium Article

    BRISTOL – The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) has today unveiled a new 2030 commitment and roadmap which sets out to align the industry, understand fragmentation and mitigate textile microfibre pollution. The research-led NGO – which counts the likes of…
  • Tuesday, 21 September 2021

    Standardised factory reporting benefits suppliers, BBI finds

    ARLINGTON – The Better Buying Institute (BBI) says initial analysis of its Purchasing Practice Index 2021 highlights that the adoption of standardised CSR (corporate social responsibility) reporting could save suppliers thousands of dollars. BBI,…
  • Tuesday, 21 September 2021

    Welspun programme to support Indian farmers

    MUMBAI – Indian textile manufacturer Welspun has vowed to support cotton farmers in its supply chain with access to finance and sustainable business training, as part of its WelKrishi programme. The company, which says the programme underpins its…
  • Monday, 20 September 2021

    ETI, Fair Wear to assess Myanmar sourcing

    YANGON - The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has linked up with the Fair Wear Foundation to carry out a human rights impact assessment of the evolving political crisis in Myanmar. It follows fears for garment workers in Myanmar, following the…
  • Monday, 20 September 2021

    H&M makes UN global list for sustainability

    STOCKHOLM - H&M has been named the only fashion company on the United Nations Global Compact's list of 'LEAD' companies for responsible business practices and sustainable innovation. The Swedish fashion retailer was among just 40 companies globally…
  • Monday, 20 September 2021

    SBTi backs Fast Retailing's emission targets

    TOKYO - Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has revealed that its targets for reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the end of the decade have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The company is aiming to reduce emissions…
  • Monday, 20 September 2021

    ASOS, Selfridges among Climate Pledge signatories Premium Article

    SEATTLE – As many as 86 new companies, including ASOS, Selfridges and Holt Renfrew, have become signatories to the Climate Pledge, in a commitment to achieving net-zero carbon status by 2040. Founded by e-commerce giant Amazon and the Global…
  • Monday, 20 September 2021

    Haelixa and Diamond Denim link on traceability

    LAHORE - Vertical apparel manufacturer Diamond Denim has partnered with traceability solutions provider Haelixa to use its DNA-based technology to promote supply chain transparency. Haelixa works with brands and manufacturers to provide forensic…
  • Monday, 20 September 2021

    Natural Fibre Welding links up with Patagonia

    PEORIA - Sustainable startup Natural Fiber Welding (NFW) has announced a partnership with outdoor brand Patagonia to develop and scale circular solutions in peformance textiles. Patagonia is to support NFW in creating 'natural' alternatives to…
  • Monday, 20 September 2021

    Michael Stars partners with ThredUp on resale

    LOS ANGELES – US apparel brand Michael Stars has partnered with online consignment store ThredUp to launch a new clothing resale service. Using ThredUp’s Resale-as-a-Service platform, Michael Stars will offer its customers the chance to return…
  • Friday, 17 September 2021

    EU project targets chemicals in textile imports

    BRUSSELS - A new European Commission-funded project has been launched to explore solutions for "fair and effective market surveillance" on the chemicals in textile products imported from outside the single market. The REACH4texiles initiative aims…
  • Friday, 17 September 2021

    Crocs bio-based material to support net zero ambition

    BROOMFIELD – US footwear brand Crocs has introduced a new bio-based material that it’ll look to integrate into its flagship clogs in a bid to reduce its carbon emissions. The company recently set itself the target of reaching net zero status by…
  • Friday, 17 September 2021

    FibreTrace links up with Harris Tweed Hebrides

    SHAWBOST - Harris Tweed Hebrides, the UK's main producer of Harris Tweed, has introduced FibreTrace traceability technology to connect Scottish wool growers to the end consumer, embracing full supply chain transparency. The partnership, in…
  • Friday, 17 September 2021

    Leeds institute to support fashion’s ‘global challenges’

    LEEDS – The University of Leeds has launched a new research centre which academics say will “tackle global challenges such as those created by fast fashion, and the need for advanced materials, manufacturing processes and sustainable products”. The…
  • Friday, 17 September 2021

    More fears for garment workers in Myanmar

    YANGON - Union leaders fear another 200,000 garment workers in Myanmar could lose their jobs by the end of the year due to factory closures caused by both the political crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. Nay Lin Aung, assistant secretary of the…
  • Thursday, 16 September 2021

    Manufacturers set out expectations from buyers Premium Article

    GLOBAL - Garment manufacturers from nine supplier countries have come together to set out the practices they expect from the fashion brands and retailers who buy their products. The Sustainable Terms of Trade Initiative (STTI), led by the STAR…
  • Thursday, 16 September 2021

    ASOS targets net zero emissions by 2030 Premium Article

    LONDON - British online fashion giant ASOS has set out an ambitious target of achieving net zero emissions across its entire value chain by the end of this decade. The pledge forms part of the e-tailer's Fashion With Integrity (FWI) 2030 programme…
  • Thursday, 16 September 2021

    Sourceful secures US$12.2 million in funding Premium Article

    MANCHESTER – Sustainable solutions provider Sourceful has secured US$12.2 million in funding, which it’ll use to scale its operating model, integrate new features and grow its workforce. The company, which has previously worked with fashion brands…
  • Thursday, 16 September 2021

    Hugo Boss, Etam among Canopy recruits Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Environmental non-profit Canopy has announced that a cohort of 14 fashion brands and innovators, including luxury label Hugo Boss and retailer Etam, have joined its CanopyStyle and Pack4Good initiatives. The signatories commit to…
  • Wednesday, 15 September 2021

    Bluesign acts to phase out critical solvents Premium Article

    ST GALLEN – Textile chemical management specialist Bluesign Technologies has introduced a management and phase-out concept for critical CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction) solvents. Bluesign says it expects to see a significant…
  • Wednesday, 15 September 2021

    Zalando expands pre-owned fashion section Premium Article

    BERLIN - European online retailer Zalando is marking the first anniversary of its 'pre-owned' category by revealing it has expanded ten-fold from offering 20,000 items to more than 200,000. Launched in September 2020, Zalando's pre-owned section -…
  • Wednesday, 15 September 2021

    Euratex shares vision for European strategy Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - European textile and clothing industry trade body Euratex has shared its vision for the European Union's (EU) proposed new strategy for the sector. It says the EU Sustainable Textiles Strategy, due to be published before the end of 2021,…
  • Wednesday, 15 September 2021

    Primark aims to cut waste and half emissions Premium Article

    DUBLIN - Retail giant Primark has unveiled a new sustainability strategy which it says will reduce fashion waste, half carbon emissions and improve the lives of the workers who make its products. The new 10-year strategy includes commitments to…
  • Tuesday, 14 September 2021

    Bangladesh factories 'more dangerous' - study Premium Article

    DHAKA - Garment factories have become more dangerous in Bangladesh since the closure of safety initiatives set up to represent brands and retailers following the Rana Plaza disaster, according to a new report. The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)…
  • Tuesday, 14 September 2021

    Calik Denim adopts tracing tech for ‘Dyepro’ launch Premium Article

    ISTANBUL – Turkish manufacturer Calik Denim has teamed up with traceability solutions provider The Movement and will leverage its Aware technology to authenticate fabrics dyed using a new waterless method. Calik has launched its new Dyepro solution…
  • Tuesday, 14 September 2021

    Atmospheric microplastics 'down to synthetic fibres' Premium Article

    TOMSK - Russian scientists say they have identified synthetic microfibres from garments as the primary source of microplastics found in rain and snow samples collected in Siberia. Researchers at Tomsk State University (TSU), who were the first in…
  • Tuesday, 14 September 2021

    Cotton growers cut water use by nearly half Premium Article

    SYDNEY - Cotton growers in Australia have almost halved the water needed to grow one bale of cotton over the last 25 years, according to new research. A study by the New South Wales state government's Department of Primary Industries (DPI) found…
  • Monday, 13 September 2021

    New treatment developed for textile wastewater Premium Article

    JAIPUR - Researchers from three Indian universities have developed a textile industry wastewater treatment solution which they claim can eliminate toxicity and make it suitable for industrial and even domestic use. The project, by the Indian…
  • Monday, 13 September 2021

    EU urged to hold social auditors liable Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Workers' rights campaigners and trade unions are calling on the European Union (EU) to ensure that social auditing companies - which wrongly certify factories as safe - are held to account by new mandatory due diligence laws. A total of…
  • Monday, 13 September 2021

    BGMEA promotes RMG sector in AAFA meeting Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has held talks with the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) in an effort to “enhance cooperation” and promote Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG)…
  • Monday, 13 September 2021

    Supply chain poll reveals lack of transparency Premium Article

    LONDON - Half of UK businesses admit they are not being transparent enough with consumers about the sustainability of their supply chains, according to a new survey. The poll by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) found that 48…
  • Friday, 10 September 2021

    YKK's emissions targets approved by SBTi Premium Article

    TOKYO – Fastening solutions manufacturer YKK’s emissions reduction targets have been approved as being consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The company says the certification is part of its…
  • Friday, 10 September 2021

    Walmart issues record $2 billion green bond Premium Article

    BENTONVILLE — US retail giant Walmart has issued its first green bond - a US$2 billion offer which has been described as the biggest ever from a US corporation. The company says that the proceeds will be used to fund existing and future projects…
  • Friday, 10 September 2021

    Call to extend new safety Accord to Pakistan Premium Article

    KARACHI - Campaigners are marking the anniversary of a horrific garment factory fire in Pakistan by backing plans for a new workplace safety initiative for Bangladesh to be extended to other countries. More than 250 workers were killed in the blaze…
  • Friday, 10 September 2021

    PETA calls out Hermès over crocodile abuse Premium Article

    NEW YORK – After footage from a farm owned by luxury fashion label Hermès showed crocodiles being electrocuted, mutilated and shot, animal rights group PETA has sent a letter to the firm’s chief executive, Axel Dumas, saying “you should rightly be…
  • Friday, 10 September 2021

    PVH Corp joins US Cotton Trust Protocol Premium Article

    MEMPHIS – Fashion conglomerate PVH Corp, which owns the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, has joined the US Cotton Trust Protocol. Launched to verify sustainability progress through data collection and third-party cooperation, the protocol…
  • Thursday, 09 September 2021

    BBI subscribers 'improved buying practices' Premium Article

    ARLINGTON - Brands and retailers which subscribe to the Better Buying Institute (BBI) have continued to strengthen relationships with their suppliers despite the pandemic, according to the non-profit's latest report. The BBI's 2021 Garment Industry…
  • Thursday, 09 September 2021

    California wage bill clears another hurdle Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA - A bill which would require Californian garment factories to pay their workers hourly - instead of a 'piece-rate' which can leave them earning less than the minimum wage - has cleared a key hurdle. The Garment Worker Protection Act, also…
  • Thursday, 09 September 2021

    MySize launches online order reward programme Premium Article

    AIRPORT CITY – MySize, the developer of an apparel measuring solution, has announced the addition of a virtual coins feature to its MySizeID widget, which brands and retailers can integrate to improve product sizing and incentivise consumers to shop…
  • Thursday, 09 September 2021

    Vestiaire Collective earns B Corp status Premium Article

    PARIS – French fashion resale firm Vestiaire Collective has attained B Corp certification in recognition of its high social and environmental standards. B Corporations, of which there are around 4,000 globally, are subjected to rigorous assessments…
  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021

    Garmon Studio joins EMF’s Jeans Redesign Premium Article

    SAN MARINO - Garmon Studio, the creative lab of chemical solutions company Garmon Chemicals, has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s (EMF) Jeans Redesign programme. More than 90 companies have so far signed up to the initiative - which aims to…
  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021

    Lenzing and CEO Doboczky part ways Premium Article

    LENZING – The chief executive officer of Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing, Stefan Doboczky, has reached an agreement with the firm’s supervisory board to end his contract. Doboczky, who took on the job in 2015, will leave at the end of September…
  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021

    Retailer buys vaccines for garment workers Premium Article

    DHAKA - German textile discount store chain KiK has donated money to purchase COVID-19 vaccinations for thousands of garment workers in Bangladesh. The company donated the money through the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association…
  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021

    Myntra joins Better Cotton Initiative Premium Article

    BENGALURU – Indian fashion retailer Myntra has become the country’s first online enterprise to partner with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). By forging this relationship, Myntra commits to increasing its uptake of more ‘sustainable’ cotton, with…
  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021

    Unifi publishes 2021 Sustainability Report Premium Article

    GREENSBORO – Recycled polyester yarn producer Unifi, whose customers include leading brands such as Patagonia and The North Face, has published its latest sustainability report. The North Carolina-based company lists investing in new products and…
  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021

    Social audit firms 'must be held to account' Premium Article

    LONDON - Social auditing companies should be subject to new mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence legislation, according to a new briefing from the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC). The report claims that social audit…
  • Tuesday, 07 September 2021

    Sri Lankan manufacturers hit back at campaigners Premium Article

    COLOMBO – Garment manufacturers in Sri Lanka have again crossed swords with workers' rights campaigners over the protection of factory workers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Sri Lanka’s Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) has criticised the Clean…
  • Tuesday, 07 September 2021

    Brands 'should reassess presence in Myanmar' Premium Article

    LONDON - The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is urging brands and retailers which source from Myanmar to reassess their presence in the country "as a matter of urgency". It comes after the IndustriALL global trade union, and affiliated…
  • Tuesday, 07 September 2021

    Hugo Boss and Lidl face Xinjiang allegations Premium Article

    BERLIN - The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) non-profit is taking legal action against brands and retailers - including Hugo Boss and Lidl - which it accuses of taking advantage of forced labour in the Xinjiang region of…
  • Tuesday, 07 September 2021

    Footwear firm expands upcycling efforts Premium Article

    PORTLAND – US footwear brand Keen has expanded its Detox the Planet initiative with the debut of its Harvest Certified programme, which will look to mitigate industrial waste by upcycling materials for future use. The Harvest Certified programme…
  • Tuesday, 07 September 2021

    London’s Oxford Street to spotlight sustainability Premium Article

    LONDON – London’s Oxford Street will launch a sustainability-oriented awareness campaign next week, in collaboration with a number of leading brands and retailers, in an effort to spotlight more ‘sustainable’ offerings and educate consumers. The…
  • Tuesday, 07 September 2021

    Ted Baker leverages deadstock sales platform Premium Article

    LONDON – British fashion brand Ted Baker has partnered with e-commerce marketplace Secret Sales in a bid to sell on deadstock clothing. The company will market what would otherwise be waste stock for a discounted price on the Secret Sales platform,…
  • Monday, 06 September 2021

    Trade minister calls for more ambition from India textile stakeholders Premium Article

    NEW DELHI – India’s commerce & industry and textiles minister, Piyush Goyal, says the country’s textile sector must treble its targets for exports and reach US$ 100 billion if it is to satisfy the expectations held by the current government led by…
  • Monday, 06 September 2021

    ISKO forms alliance with MoRe Research Premium Article

    INEGOL – Denim manufacturer ISKO has partnered with R&D company MoRe Research – which is a part of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden - to investigate and develop new, sustainable technologies made from cellulosic-based materials, derived from waste…
  • Monday, 06 September 2021

    Footwear brand partners with The Restory Premium Article

    LONDON – British footwear brand Manolo Blahnik has today announced a partnership with product aftercare specialist The Restory which will offer consumers repair services. The Restory will facilitate amends, such as re-heeling, re-soling and dyeing…
  • Monday, 06 September 2021

    International microfibre shedding standard getting closer Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - A sector alliance that was formed to tackle issues relating to microplastics has completed the next phase of its project to develop a harmonised industry standard for the supply chain, according to European textile industry trade body,…
  • Monday, 06 September 2021

    Four Paws to call for 2030 mulesing ban Premium Article

    LONDON – Animal welfare organisation Four Paws is to attend this year’s Wool Connect Conference and will present a letter, backed by more than 30 fashion brands and retailers, as it calls for a ban on the controversial practice of mulesing in…
  • Monday, 06 September 2021

    VIA Outlets focuses on sustainability with pop-up shops Premium Article

    LISBON – European clothing retailer VIA Outlets has kick-started a new sustainability initiative with the launch of its first ‘Re.Love’ pop-up store in Lisbon, Portugal. The company plans to establish several pop-ups throughout Europe which will…
  • Friday, 03 September 2021

    Data professionals fashionable for employment Premium Article

    MADRID - Leading fashion retailers and brands are increasing the number of data-related professionals they employ as they look to build their competitive advantage, according to new research by Spain-based algorithmic merchandising firm Nextail. 
  • Friday, 03 September 2021

    Baukjen backs circularity with sustainability index and Oxfam collaboration Premium Article

    LONDON – Womenswear brand Baukjen is partnering with Oxfam’s ‘Second Hand September’ initiative, which aims to encourage a less wasteful approach to fashion by giving a second life to unwanted garments and accessories. To support the project,…
  • Friday, 03 September 2021

    Kering’s Fund for Nature announces grantees Premium Article

    PARIS – French fashion giant Kering and environmental non-profit Conservation International have announced the first cohort of grantees under their Regenerative Fund for Nature. Seven organisations were selected from a pool of 73 applicants who will…
  • Thursday, 02 September 2021

    EOG urges patience as supply chains adapt to the COVID pandemic Premium Article

    ZUG - The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has urged businesses to address supply chain challenges with unity and tolerance as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hinder global operations. “As we move from one stage of the pandemic to…
  • Thursday, 02 September 2021

    New Furmark traceability system dubbed a ‘game-changer’ Premium Article

    LONDON – The International Fur Federation (IFF) has developed Furmark, a new certification and traceability system that will verify supply chain data. Furmark certified products will integrate QR codes that customers can scan to learn about the…
  • Thursday, 02 September 2021

    Madeira to debut new threads in Paris Premium Article

    FREIBURG – German manufacturer Madeira is to debut two recently launched ‘sustainable’ threads at this year’s Première Vision trade fair in Paris. The firm’s Polyneon Green and Sensa Green materials will be on display from 21-23rd September in the…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    77 fashion companies back new safety Accord Premium Article

    DHAKA - The new International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry - which aims to ensure workplace safety for garment workers in Bangladesh - has come into effect with 77 international apparel brands and retailers so far…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    Champion launches Renewed circular collection Premium Article

    WINSTON-SALEM - Athleticwear brand Champion has linked up with circular solutions provider the Renewal Workshop to upcycle discarded clothing and textiles, which would otherwise go to landfill, into repurposed garments. The Champion Renewed…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    Garment workers' pay 'increases by up to 57%' Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - A new report by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) non-profit details how apparel factories in China and Vietnam were able to increase workers' wages by up to 57 per cent over a three year period. The FLA says the cases provide a…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    PFAS chemicals contaminate indoor air - study Premium Article

    RHODE ISLAND - PFAS compounds which are thought to break off treated products, including clothing and carpets, are contaminating the air inside buildings, according to a new study. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) - dubbed ‘forever…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    Bestseller halts Myanmar orders Premium Article

    YANGON - Danish retailer Bestseller has announced a halt on new orders from garment factories in Myanmar after trade unions urged all foreign companies to divest from the country. Bestseller said it would not be placing any new orders in Myanmar…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    Lenzing joins Textiles 2030 initiative Premium Article

    LENZING – Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing Group is the latest company to join industry organisation WRAP’s Textiles 2030 voluntary agreement. Describes as the world’s most ambitious ten-year environmental programme for clothing and textiles, the…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    New Higg tool to reduce supply chain impact Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Sustainability technology platform Higg has introduced a new analytics tool to help brands and buyers reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing facilities within their supply chains. The new software solution aims to provide…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    Call to protect garment workers from COVID Premium Article

    SOUTH ASIA - More than 50 organisations have issued a joint call to brands, governments and employers in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to keep workers safe during the current third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The workers' rights groups, NGOs and trade…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    Gildan claims progress in new ESG report Premium Article

    MONTREAL - Apparel manufacturer Gildan Activewear is claiming significant sustainability improvements in its latest Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report. The company's 17th annual ESG report reveals that a third of its total energy came…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    Garment workers 'risking COVID in Myanmar' Premium Article

    YANGON - Garment workers in Myanmar are working in factories without measures to protect them from COVID-19, according to the IndustriALL global trade union. The IndustriALL-affiliated Industrial Workers’ Federation of Myanmar (IWFM) says two of its…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    BGMEA questions jurisdiction of new Accord Premium Article

    DHAKA - The trade body representing garment factory owners in Bangladesh says that a new 'legally-binding agreement' on workplace safety will have no legal jurisdiction in the country. The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    MAS Holdings targets 25% emissions reduction Premium Article

    COLOMBO – South Asia’s largest apparel technology company, MAS Holdings, has entered the second phase of a renewable energy project which it says will reduce its carbon emissions by 25 per cent by 2025. The Sri Lankan conglomerate kick-started its…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    Oeko-Tex 'Made in Green' certifications soar Premium Article

    ZURICH - Testing and certification organisation Oeko-Tex has revealed that the number of certificates and labels issued under its Made in Green sustainability programme more than doubled last year despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The company's 2020/21…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    Good Fashion Fund teams up with BGMEA Premium Article

    DHAKA – Investment organisation the Good Fashion Fund (GFF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to help improve the environmental and social sustainability of the…
  • Friday, 27 August 2021

    New Accord will target North American brands Premium Article

    DHAKA - Campaigners are hoping that North American brands can be persuaded to join their European counterparts in signing up to a new legally-binding agreement on garment worker safety in Bangladesh. Leading fashion companies - including H&M, Zara…
  • Friday, 27 August 2021

    Footwear firm eyes accurate impact labels Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Canadian footwear manufacturer Sole has launched a new initiative to promote accurate climate impact labelling on products. It’s also been established to encourage brands and retailers to go beyond carbon neutrality, as CEO Mike Baker…
  • Friday, 27 August 2021

    Gold C2C accreditation for Lee's new jeans Premium Article

    GREENSBORO - Denim brand Lee Jeans has received Cradle to Cradle Gold accreditation for a new range of selvedge jeans, made in co-operation with the Artistic Milliners vertically-integrated manufacturer in Pakistan. The Gold-certified Aureola jeans…
  • Friday, 27 August 2021

    Garment worker unions ask for US$200 a month Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - Trade unions representing garment workers in Cambodia are asking for their minimum wage to be increased to US$200 per month from the beginning of next year. The Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC), which represents…
  • Friday, 27 August 2021

    Germany’s Mytheresa vows to go fur-free Premium Article

    MUNICH – German fashion retailer Mytheresa has vowed to go fur-free from spring/summer 2022 and will phase out existing stock that integrates fur by the end of next year. The animal welfare policy, drafted up in collaboration with the Humane Society…
  • Thursday, 26 August 2021

    Sateri’s China mills deemed EU-BAT compliant Premium Article

    SHANGHAI – Leading viscose manufacturer Sateri has confirmed that, following verification at two of its sites in China, each of its five viscose mills in the country are now fully compliant with the emission limits set out in the European Union Best…
  • Thursday, 26 August 2021

    More brands back new worker safety agreement Premium Article

    DHAKA - More leading fashion companies - including Zara owner Inditex, retail giant C&A and Danish retailer Bestseller - have confirmed they have signed up to a new legally binding agreement on workplace safety in Bangladesh. The International…
  • Thursday, 26 August 2021

    Crystal collection meets Jeans Redesign criteria Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Crystal International is the latest signatory to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jeans Redesign Project to unveil a collection that complies with its sustainability and circularity requirements. All signatories – including the likes of…
  • Thursday, 26 August 2021

    Apparel and textiles' water impact 'critical' Premium Article

    LONDON - The apparel and textiles industries are among those having the biggest impact on the world's water systems, according to a new report from the CDP international non-profit. The CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, assessed more than…
  • Wednesday, 25 August 2021

    Trove secures US$77.5m, details big plans Premium Article

    BRISBANE – Fashion resale services provider Trove has secured US$77.5m via a Series D funding round. The Californian firm says it will use the money to support collaborations with new brand partners, whilst also supporting a push into the luxury…
  • Wednesday, 25 August 2021

    Brands sign up to new Accord on Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA - Brands and trade unions have signed a new agreement on workplace safety in Bangladesh to replace the legally binding deal behind the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh which expires at the end of this month. The new two year…
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