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The Plastic Leak Project is a new multi-stakeholder initiative that kicks off in January 2019, which aims to counter the environmental threat posed by marine plastic pollution using a Life Cycle Analysis approach.

Lead by Quantis and Shaping Environmental Action: EA, the new project will assess the potential to ‘close the loop’ on plastics along with project members: Cotton Inc., Adidas, Dow Chemical, Sympatex, Plastics Europe and Arla.

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  • Wednesday, 02 December 2020

    ILO report highlights COVID impact on wages

    GENEVA – The COVID-19 pandemic has forced global wages down - particularly for women and low-paid workers - according to a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO's Global Wage Report 2020/21 found that wages fell - or…
  • Wednesday, 02 December 2020

    Aquafil expands carpet recycling ambition

    PHOENIX – Nylon manufacturer Aquafil has partnered with carpet collections network Planet Recycling as it looks to close the loop on carpet recycling and make a dent in the estimated four billion pounds of flooring textiles which enter US landfill…
  • Wednesday, 02 December 2020

    New initiative mentors modern slavery survivors

    LONDON – A new initiative which looks to empower survivors of modern slavery to become leaders of anti-slavery organisations in their communities has gained the backing of the Laudes Foundation, amongst others. This new venture has been established…
  • Tuesday, 01 December 2020

    GM cotton uptake increases in Africa

    AFRICA – The number of countries now growing genetically-modified (GM) crops such a cotton and maize in Africa has doubled since 2018, new figures show. Ethiopia, Malawi and Nigeria have joined South Africa, Sudan and Eswatini in adopting a…
  • Tuesday, 01 December 2020

    GoBlu links up with ZDHC on BHive

    HONG KONG - Sustainability accelerator GoBlu International has become an official partner of the ZDHC Foundation incorporating the latter's data into its BHive chemical management platform. GoBlu has already integrated ZDHC Performance InCheck…
  • Tuesday, 01 December 2020

    Switzerland rejects human rights legislation Premium Article

    BERN – Swiss voters have rejected a proposal that would have held companies accountable for human rights or environmental violations within their global supply chains. Despite the Responsible Business Initiative (RBI) garnering 50.7 per cent of…
  • Tuesday, 01 December 2020

    Blockchain’s potential tested in new viscose project Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Dutch sustainability initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) has kick-started a Viscose Traceability Project which assesses blockchain technology’s performance in tracing the cellulosic fibre throughout the textile supply chain. For this,…
  • Tuesday, 01 December 2020

    Reimagine Fashion contest winners announced

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission has revealed the identities of the winners of its 2020 European Social Innovation Competition - this year held on the theme of 'Reimagine Fashion'. The three winners of the contest - launched to find early-stage,…
  • Tuesday, 01 December 2020

    BCI admits 'mass balance' system could go Premium Article

    GENEVA - The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has revealed that its controversial 'mass balance' system could eventually be replaced with full traceability following concerns over its failure to uncover forced labour issues in China. An independent…
  • Monday, 30 November 2020

    Brands held to account on transparency in Brazil Premium Article

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Major brands scored an average of just 21 per cent for the amount of sustainability information they disclose in the third edition of Brazil's Fashion Transparency Index (BFTI). Brazil is the world's fourth largest garment producer,…
  • Monday, 30 November 2020

    PLT sale “everything that’s wrong with fast fashion” Premium Article

    MANCHESTER – Workers’ rights organisation the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has labelled Pretty Little Thing’s 99 per cent off sale “everything that’s wrong with fast fashion” after the Manchester brand sold items like jeans and dresses for as little…
  • Monday, 30 November 2020

    Worldwide protests hold Amazon to account

    GLOBAL – Trade unions, human rights organisations and environmental campaign groups around the world staged demonstrations over the Black Friday weekend criticising e-commerce giant Amazon’s treatment of its suppliers and staff during the pandemic.…
  • Monday, 30 November 2020

    GFA report reflects on industry-wide circularity success Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – A new report by the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) reveals the progress made by brands and retailers on the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment, introduced in 2017 to set circular supply chain targets. Reflecting on the collective…
  • Monday, 30 November 2020

    New bid to size fashion's carbon footprint

    WASHINGTON DC - A new multi-stakeholder project has been launched to put a more accurate number on the size of the carbon footprint of the global fashion and textiles industry. Called 'Roadmap to Net Zero', it involves the World Resources Institute…
  • Monday, 30 November 2020

    Nigeria to promote cleaner energy in textiles

    ABUJA – Nigeria’s federal government and the United Nations’ Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) have outlined plans to increase the use of cleaner energy in industries including textiles, steel, food and petrochemicals. The steering…
  • Monday, 30 November 2020

    Garment workers 'hit hardest by pandemic'

    NEW DELHI - The Indian government has been urged to step up social protection after a new survey revealed that garment workers have been the hardest hit financially by the coronavirus pandemic. One in five garment workers - who normally earn…
  • Monday, 30 November 2020

    Arcadia collapse could cost UK suppliers £250m

    LONDON – With fashion conglomerate the Arcadia Group on the brink of collapse, invoice insurance business Nimbla estimates that upwards of £250 million in invoices could go unpaid to SMEs (small and medium enterprises) in the UK. Sir Philip Green’s…
  • Friday, 27 November 2020

    Boohoo accused of 'cut and run' from Leicester

    LEICESTER - Workers' rights campaigners claim they have "mounting evidence" that fast fashion brand Boohoo is looking to abandon suppliers in Leicester and replace them with factories in Pakistan. Boohoo, which denies the claims, has been under…
  • Friday, 27 November 2020

    Kappahl increases 'more sustainable' range

    GOTHENBURG - Swedish fashion retailer Kappahl says it has increased the proportion of its goods made from 'more sustainably' sourced materials to 70 per cent. Five years ago, the figure was just 19 per cent and the company, which also owns Newbie…
  • Friday, 27 November 2020

    Radici Group releases 2019 sustainability report

    BERGAMO - Italian chemicals and advanced textiles manufacturer, the Radici Group, has published its latest sustainability report. Highlights include the launch of the company's Renycle range of yarns, made from recycled nylon, which claims huge…
  • Friday, 27 November 2020

    Boohoo chairman to give evidence to MPs

    LONDON - The Boohoo Group’s Executive Chairman, Mahmud Kamani, is to give evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee's follow-up inquiry into the fashion industry. The EAC confirmed last month that concerns over Boohoo's UK supply chain were…
  • Friday, 27 November 2020

    EOCA Black Friday fundraiser supports conservation work

    KENDAL – The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) has today launched a Green Friday Fundraiser in partnership with 17 of its member brands and retailers which will raise money for the association’s vital conservation projects. In…
  • Thursday, 26 November 2020

    Transparency 'barriers remain in Bangladesh' Premium Article

    DHAKA - Brands, manufacturers and garment workers still face significant barriers to achieving greater transparency in the Bangladesh apparel industry, according to a new study. Entitled 'Transparency Assessment: Examining the transparency journey…
  • Thursday, 26 November 2020

    Sustainable cotton challenge winner named

    TEL AVIV - Israeli agricultural-tech start-up Agritask Ltd has been named the winner of the Better Cotton Initiative's global challenge for sustainable farming innovations. Agritask offers a customisable mobile app which allows farmers to adopt…
  • Thursday, 26 November 2020

    Chinese spinner adopts Dutch traceability tech Premium Article

    ZHEJIANG - Chinese recycled cotton spinner Tiancheng Recycolor has signed a deal with Dutch start-up The Movement to use its Aware authentication technology to track products throughout the supply chain. Based out of Amsterdam, The Movement's…
  • Thursday, 26 November 2020

    YNAP publishes new sustainability strategy

    MILAN - The Yoox Net-a-Porter (YNAP) online fashion retail group has launched its new sustainability strategy - Infinity - in which it pledges to work towards a more sustainable and inclusive circular fashion industry by 2030. The 10-year strategy…
  • Thursday, 26 November 2020

    Cambodian activist denied bail, claims “injustice”

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s Supreme Court has denied a bail application from prominent labour leader Rong Chhun who was contentiously arrested back in late July for speaking out on “politically sensitive matters” relating to the government’s handling of…
  • Thursday, 26 November 2020

    Scientists bid to turn crops and waste into textiles Premium Article

    YORK - Scientists at the University of York are working on a £5.4m project with the Royal College of Art to transform household waste, crops and old fabrics into new textiles. The aim is to reduce the amount of fabric sent to incinerators and…
  • Thursday, 26 November 2020

    Retired judge to oversee Boohoo supply chain action

    MANCHESTER – Fast fashion brand Boohoo has appointed retired judge Sir Brian Leveson to independently oversee the progress of its Agenda for Change programme. The Manchester brand introduced the programme off the back of Alison Levitt QC’s inquiry,…
  • Wednesday, 25 November 2020

    Residues ‘extremely low’ in Australian wool, research shows Premium Article

    SYDNEY – New research out of Australia looking at the prevalence of chemical residues in greasy wool has found levels to be ‘extremely low’, which it’s believed will validate the increasing efforts of apparel rating agencies’ to address toxicity in…
  • Wednesday, 25 November 2020

    Bid to develop textile recycling in Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA - The Global Fashion Agenda initiative is to launch a new 12-month project - the Circular Fashion Partnership - in Bangladesh in a bid to reduce waste by developing recycling in the country's huge garment industry. The multi-stakeholder…
  • Wednesday, 25 November 2020

    100th issue of Ecotextile News magazine Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD - More than 14 years since our first issue, the 100th Ecotextile News magazine is due out next week with a bumper edition of more than 100 pages. We’ve made a special effort to cover a wide range of topical environmental and social issues…
  • Wednesday, 25 November 2020

    Oxfam report finds mixed brand labour standards Premium Article

    CANBERRA – Oxfam has published a new report which assesses the efforts of fashion brands and retailers in Australia to ensure adequate labour rights standards are attained for their supply chain workers in Bangladesh. The Shopping for a Bargain…
  • Wednesday, 25 November 2020

    Higg Co to partner with Dedagroup Stealth Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Sustainability technology company Higg Co has announced a new partnership with Milan-based Dedagroup Stealth which helps more than 60 per cent of Italy’s best-known fashion brands manage their supply chains. It means that Higg's…
  • Wednesday, 25 November 2020

    Recycled yarn producer to integrate tracing tech Premium Article

    BHAGWANPUR – Indian yarn manufacturer Usha Yarns has entered into a strategic partnership with Dutch tracing solutions provider The Movement, whose Aware authentication technology will be used to track the former’s recycled products throughout the…
  • Wednesday, 25 November 2020

    Podcast: Is the SAC making a difference? Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – Nearly a decade on from the establishment of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), this podcast explores the impact on sustainability of this innovative industry collaboration and speaks with the author of a recent report to find out…
  • Tuesday, 24 November 2020

    ‘Unsustainable’ packaging a deal breaker, consumer survey says Premium Article

    LONDON – New research conducted by packaging firm DS Smith has highlighted the need for companies across industry to adopt more sustainable forms of product packaging, with almost a third of respondents indicating that they have stopped buying from…
  • Tuesday, 24 November 2020

    Interest grows in post-consumer recycled nylon Premium Article

    SEOUL – Hyosung says that brand interest in its GRS-certified recycled nylon yarns made from pre-consumer waste is growing as it also continues to explore new ways to use post-consumer waste to make its yarns. Brands such as Fat Face and Osprey are…
  • Tuesday, 24 November 2020

    Industry consortium to demo closing the loop Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – A consortium of companies spanning the fashion supply chain have partnered for a project that will demonstrate the plausibility of creating a circular economy around textiles. The ‘New Cotton Project’ convenes an innovative textile…
  • Tuesday, 24 November 2020

    Garment factory fire survivors continue fight Premium Article

    DHAKA - Eight years after a deadly factory fire killed at least 117 garment workers in Bangladesh, the survivors are continuing their fight for full justice The fire in the Tazreen Fashions factory in Dhaka trapped hundreds of workers in a building…
  • Tuesday, 24 November 2020

    Canopy’s Pack4Good unveils new recruits ahead of Black Friday Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Ahead of Black Friday, environmental NGO Canopy has announced that a new cohort of companies including fashion brands and retailers have joined its Pack4Good initiative, which challenges signatories to adopt more sustainable forms of…
  • Tuesday, 24 November 2020

    Canada Goose launches sustainability platform Premium Article

    TORONTO - Outdoor apparel brand Canada Goose has launched a new sustainability platform, called Humanature, to be the driving force behind its commitments to 'keep the planet cold and people warm'. It is built around the company's 'Sustainable…
  • Tuesday, 24 November 2020

    Australian initiative tackles composite polyester recycling Premium Article

    VICTORIA – A new industry-driven initiative in Australia hopes to divert as much as 1.5 million tonnes of scrap composite polyester fabrics from landfill, having been granted funding by the country’s government. The Specialised Textiles Association…
  • Tuesday, 24 November 2020

    Crystal Group joins UN Fashion Charter Premium Article

    HONG KONG – The Crystal Group has joined the United Nations’ Fashion Charter for Climate Action committing the company to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 and a 30 per cent reduction by 2030. The company joins a growing number…
  • Tuesday, 24 November 2020

    Second wave lockdowns hit Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA - Orders to garment suppliers in Bangladesh for the next four months are 30 per cent lower than last year as second wave COVID-19 lockdowns begin to bite, according to a new survey. The Bangladesh Garment and Manufacters Association (BGMEA)…
  • Monday, 23 November 2020

    Ann Taylor to ditch alpaca wool Premium Article

    MAHWAH - The Ascena Retail Group, which owns brands including Ann Taylor, LOFT and Lou & Grey, is to stop selling products made with alpaca wool over animal rights concerns. The New Jersey-based company says it will "fully eliminate" the fabric from…
  • Monday, 23 November 2020

    Black Friday campaign targets Boohoo Premium Article

    LEICESTER - The Labour Behind the Label initiative has launched 'Black Friday' campaign urging Boohoo to compensate supply chain workers who were paid less than the minimum wage for making its clothes. The workers' rights non-profit has launched…
  • Monday, 23 November 2020

    BCI trains 2.3 million cotton farmers Premium Article

    GENEVA - The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says it provided training on more sustainable farming practices to more than 2.3 million cotton farmers in 23 countries during the 2018/19 cotton season. The figures are revealed in the BCI's annual Farmer…
  • Monday, 23 November 2020

    Microplastics found near Everest summit Premium Article

    NEPAL - Scientists have uncovered microplastic pollution near the peak of Mount Everest - at nearly 27,600 feet above sea level - according to a new study. An international team of researchers on the Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition, funded by…
  • Monday, 23 November 2020

    UK 'sourced slave labour-made PPE' Premium Article

    LONDON - The British government is investigating claims that it has sourced PPE made using slave labour by North Korean women working at factories in China. The Guardian claimed that the UK's Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) had bought…
  • Friday, 20 November 2020

    COVID-19 'hits women garment workers hardest' Premium Article

    BANGKOK – The impact of COVID-19 on women in the garment industry has been exacerbated by underlying gender inequality challenges, according to a new International Labour Organisation (ILO) report. Additional issues include gender discrimination and…
  • Friday, 20 November 2020

    Recycled Material Standard goes out to consultation Premium Article

    CHARLOTTESVILLE – Environmental non-profit GreenBlue in partnership with US product testing and certification organisation NSF International has gone out to consultation on the proposed new Recycled Material Standard (RMS). The RMS, which aims to…
  • Friday, 20 November 2020

    $256m for Bangladesh's polluting factories Premium Article

    DHAKA - The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has awarded US$256.5 million to Bangladesh to introduce energy saving technologies in the country's ageing garment and textiles factories to help the country meet its Paris Agreement targets. The GCF, the world's…
  • Friday, 20 November 2020

    Euratex plans hubs to process textile waste Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - European textile and clothing industry body Euratex is planning to create five major hubs to process textile waste across Europe to upscale recycling and circularity. Called European Textile Recycling Hubs (ReHubs), the joint initiative…
  • Thursday, 19 November 2020

    Carbios recycles textile waste into plastic bottles Premium Article

    CLERMONT-FERRAND – Bioplastics firm Carbios has made a breakthrough with its unique approach to material recycling, as it’s announced the successful production of plastic bottles from textile waste. Two years ago, Ecotextile News covered news from…
  • Thursday, 19 November 2020

    Södra increases recycled content of OnceMore pulp Premium Article

    VÄXJÖ – Swedish pulp and paper giant Södra has successfully increased the amount of used textiles in its OnceMore dissolving pulp - which combines wood cellulose with textile waste to produce fabric for new garments - to 20 per cent. The company,…
  • Thursday, 19 November 2020

    H&M and Renewcell scale up co-operation Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - H&M has entered into a five-year agreement with Swedish recycling innovator Renewcell to replace virgin fibres with recycled textiles in garments at scale. By the end of the deal, Renewcell will be providing H&M's suppliers with 10,000…
  • Thursday, 19 November 2020

    Bangladeshi workers protest over months of unpaid arrears Premium Article

    DHAKA – More than 700 former garment factory workers in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, have staged a sit-in demonstration for the second day running, as they demand their arrears for the past ten months. Their former employer, A-One BD Ltd., closed…
  • Thursday, 19 November 2020

    Leicester MP reaffirms need for Boohoo seniority shake-up Premium Article

    LEICESTER – The MP for Leicester West, Liz Kendall, has described evidence of poor working conditions within fast fashion brand Boohoo’s supply chain as “one of the worst environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) scandals in modern UK…
  • Wednesday, 18 November 2020

    Wool Declaration confusion causes a stir Premium Article

    NEW SOUTH WALES – The ability for Australian wool growers to define wool treated by freeze branding as ‘non-mulesed’ is cause for frustration amongst stakeholders in the country, which believe the loophole is making a mockery both of the National…
  • Wednesday, 18 November 2020

    Radici Group sets up R&D non-profit Premium Article

    GANDINO - Italian chemicals and advanced textiles manufacturer, the Radici Group, has announced the founding of a non-profit consortium to develop sustainable new research and innovation projects. Called Radici InNova, it will focus on projects for…
  • Wednesday, 18 November 2020

    Education key to new Fashion Makes Change initiative Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Education and women’s empowerment will form the bedrock of the new Fashion Makes Change (FMC) initiative, launched by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), which will look to drive more urgent action on key social and environmental…
  • Wednesday, 18 November 2020

    Kelheim joins ETP in sustainability programmes Premium Article

    KELHEIM — German viscose specialty fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has partnered with the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing (ETP) in two programmes to make the European textile industry more sustainable. The two…
  • Wednesday, 18 November 2020

    Icebreaker outlines December tree-planting project Premium Article

    AUCKLAND – Outdoor apparel brand Icebreaker, a VF Corp company, has announced the launch of a new initiative that will run throughout December, which commits the firm to planting one tree in the wildfire-stricken states of California and Colorado…
  • Wednesday, 18 November 2020

    H&M recycling machine separates mixed fibres Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - H&M-owned brand Monki has announced the launch of a new hydrothermal recycling process - the ‘Green Machine’ - which claims to be the first to recycle mixed cotton and polyester fibres at scale. The Green Machine, a collaboration between…
  • Tuesday, 17 November 2020

    Elevate outlines progress in sustainability report Premium Article

    GREENSBORO - Elevate Textiles, which owns brands including American & Efird (A&E), Burlington, Cone Denim, and Gütermann and Safety Components, has released its first sustainability report. In the report, the company outlines progress towards its…
  • Tuesday, 17 November 2020

    Dutch Agreement members commit to OAR Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) has more than doubled the number of production facilities registered by its members on the Open Apparel Registry (OAR) global database. From 2016 to 2019, the number of unique…
  • Tuesday, 17 November 2020

    Screening pinpoints textile chemical pollutants Premium Article

    MUMBAI – The first results of a new screening tool for impurities found in bulk commodity chemicals used during textile wet processing has found that heavy metals, phthalates and halogenated solvents are the primary contaminants of these widely used…
  • Tuesday, 17 November 2020

    Innovator of leather alternative secures US$45m in funding Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – US start-up MycoWorks has raised US$45 million in a Series B round of funding, which it says will be used to scale the production capacity of its animal-free leather alternative and set up additional manufacturing plants. The…
  • Tuesday, 17 November 2020

    First industrial textile sorting system launched Premium Article

    MALMÖ – The world's first industral scale automated textile sorting system is now in operation in Malmö, Sweden, where backers hope it will revolutionise textile recycling in the country and create new markets for textile waste. Called Siptex…
  • Monday, 16 November 2020

    Adidas tops latest Human Rights Benchmark Premium Article

    LONDON – The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) has today published its fourth Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), assessing 230 of the world’s most influential companies on their human rights disclosure. With scores determined in-line with each…
  • Monday, 16 November 2020

    PETA challenges controversial croc farm Premium Article

    NORTHERN TERRITORY – Animal rights organisation PETA has hit out at luxury fashion label Hermès over plans to establish a huge crocodile farm in Australia’s Northern Territory solely for the purpose of using their skins in apparel and accessories.…
  • Monday, 16 November 2020

    Clothes hangers - 'fashion's plastic straw' Premium Article

    NEWCASTLE - New research singles out the clothes hanger as the "plastic straw of the fashion industry" with nearly a billion used every year in the UK and many of them ending up in landfill. The study, by Dr Alana James, of Northumbria University,…
  • Monday, 16 November 2020

    CCC launches week of action to pressure brands Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) workers' rights group has launched a global week of action to pressure brands into signing up to a wage assurance scheme that guarantees supply chain workers are paid in full during the pandemic. The CCC…
  • Monday, 16 November 2020

    IBM partners to launch blockchain project Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Blockchain provider IBM has partnered with textile manufacturer Kaya&Kato to develop an immutable platform that can log the transaction of ‘sustainable’ materials throughout what can be complex supply chains. With support from the German…
  • Friday, 13 November 2020

    Hundreds of textiles tested for microfibre shedding Premium Article

    BRISTOL – The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) has completed tests on over 200 knit, woven and laminated fabrics and yarns in a range of weights and constructions as it looks to develop a comprehensive textile fibre fragmentation database. These test…
  • Friday, 13 November 2020

    Study: financial climate driving ‘cheap clothes’ searches Premium Article

    LONDON – A new UK study assessing Google Trend analytics has found that amidst the first lockdown, searches for ‘cheap clothes’ jumped by 46.3 per cent. The Cheapest Countries study, by Pink Casino, highlights the extent to which financial…
  • Friday, 13 November 2020

    Aldo Group retains climate neutral certification Premium Article

    MONTREAL – Footwear firm Aldo Group has retained its climate neutral certification from sustainability solutions provider South Pole for the third consecutive year. “Our sustainability efforts towards fighting the climate crisis are deeply rooted in…
  • Friday, 13 November 2020

    Remake transparency report slams big names Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Workers’ rights NGO Remake has named some of the world's biggest fashion companies "offenders" in its first ever Brand Transparency Report. It names 10 offenders - Zara, H&M, Everlane, Uniqlo, Forever 21, sustainable footwear brand…
  • Thursday, 12 November 2020

    Strike at factory which 'supplies major brands' Premium Article

    HINDUPUR - More than 800 women garment workers have gone on strike - claiming they are being paid less than the minimum wage - at a garment manufacturer in India which supplies leading brands including H&M. The women work for a factory, near the…
  • Thursday, 12 November 2020

    Brands profit 'as garment workers struggle' Premium Article

    LONDON - The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre charity has contrasted the profits recorded by fashion brands during the pandemic with their treatment of the garment workers who make their clothes. It comes after the charity invited 50 leading…
  • Thursday, 12 November 2020

    Indonesian factories flouting terms of operations Premium Article

    JAKARTA – Factories across Indonesia that have obtained permits enabling them to work throughout the pandemic are being reminded to complete weekly operational reports and share these with the governments if they’re to continue to operate, as…
  • Thursday, 12 November 2020

    UK invests £22.5m in circular research centres Premium Article

    LONDON – The UK government has announced that it will invest £22.5 million to establish five state-of-the-art research centres across England which will vie to reduce waste and boosting recycling potential in industries including textiles,…
  • Wednesday, 11 November 2020

    Disney and NBC urged to pay garment workers Premium Article

    MAE SOT - Entertainment giants Disney and NBC Universal are being urged to compensate migrant garment workers who were reportedly subject to appalling conditions while making their products at a factory in Thailand. A total of 26 Burmese garment…
  • Wednesday, 11 November 2020

    ZDHC partners with Leather Working Group Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Leather Working Group (LWG) and the ZDHC Foundation have agreed to provide free access to the ZDHC Gateway for all leather manufacturers currently holding a valid LWG audit certification. The access to the ZDHC Gateway will support…
  • Wednesday, 11 November 2020

    LA factories to be overseen by new ‘health councils’ Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – Los Angeles County supervisors have approved a new programme which will see industries including apparel manufacture and hospitality establish health councils to oversee that employers are adhering with COVID-19 safety guidelines.…
  • Wednesday, 11 November 2020

    Podcast: Sweden's textile chemical tax - part 2 Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD - In the second part of our look at the Swedish government's proposed tax on chemicals in textiles, we talk to some of those in support of the project. Three experts join our host, Michael Schragger, founder of the Sustainable Fashion…
  • Tuesday, 10 November 2020

    Giotex signs deal to trace recycled yarn Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Dutch fibre solutions company The Movement has signed a deal with textiles recycler Giotex to embed its Aware tracer particles in the latter's recycled cotton blended yarn. It means that The Movement's Aware integrity solution is now…
  • Tuesday, 10 November 2020

    Indonesian unions challenge controversial labour law Premium Article

    JAKARTA – The Indonesian Trade Union Confederation (KSPI) and Confederation of All Indonesian Workers’ Union have filed a legal challenge to the country’s controversial Omnibus Law at the Constitutional Court, claiming it violates workers’ rights.…
  • Tuesday, 10 November 2020

    Archroma releases new sustainability report Premium Article

    REINACH - Chemicals company Archroma has released its third sustainability report outlining the company's progress in areas including sustainable sourcing, product stewardship, resource efficiency, human health and environmental safety. Entitled The…
  • Tuesday, 10 November 2020

    Mango signs UN Fashion Charter Premium Article

    BARCELONA – Spanish fashion brand Mango has joined the United Nations’ Fashion Charter for Climate Action committing the company to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 and a 30 per cent reduction by 2030. The company joins a…
  • Tuesday, 10 November 2020

    UK retailers target net-zero by 2040 Premium Article

    LONDON - More than 60 retailers, including Burberry, Missguided, ASOS and Primark have pledged to support the British Retail Consortium's Climate Action Roadmap which sets a target of net-zero emissions by 2040. The BRC's roadmap applies to the…
  • Tuesday, 10 November 2020

    Allbirds to increase Black Friday prices Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Sustainable footwear brand Allbirds has announced that this Black Friday (27th November), it will increase the price of all its products by £1 as it looks to take a stand against what it calls “a frenzied day of discounts and buyers’…
  • Tuesday, 10 November 2020

    WRAP unveils new ‘Textiles 2030’ initiative Premium Article

    LONDON – UK waste recycling charity WRAP has today announced the first batch of companies and organisations to join its Textiles 2030 voluntary initiative, with Next, Primark and John Lewis amongst the retailers to have pledged their allegiance…
  • Monday, 09 November 2020

    Calls for mink farm bans amid mutated virus concern Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – Animal rights organisation PETA has warned that “any area that still farms mink could well be the next Wuhan”, after Danish authorities made the decision to cull millions of mink, some of which are riddled with what’s believed to be a…
  • Monday, 09 November 2020

    US Cotton Trust Protocol joins Cotton 2040 Premium Article

    MEMPHIS - The US Cotton Trust Protocol initiative to promote responsibly-grown cotton has joined the Cotton 2040 multi-stakeholder initiative to support the shift to a more sustainable global cotton industry. The US Cotton Trust Protocol is a new…
  • Monday, 09 November 2020

    BHF pleads for pre-Black Friday donations Premium Article

    LONDON – The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is urging consumers to donate the items they’ll likely replace this upcoming Black Friday, as it looks to reinforce its resale collection – the proceeds for which help fund vital scientific research. From…
  • Monday, 09 November 2020

    Robot sub reveals scale of microfibre pollution Premium Article

    CANBERRA - Researchers have used a robotic submarine to determine that microplastic pollution could be much worse than previously feared with twice as much at the bottom of the sea as there is on the surface. Australia’s national science agency, the…
  • Friday, 06 November 2020

    Copenhagen Fashion Week, Zalando to “accelerate sustainability” Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – Copenhagen Fashion Week (CFW) has announced a three-year partnership with European retailer Zalando, through which the company’s say they’ll “accelerate sustainability in the fashion industry”. The pair deem their level of ambition…
  • Friday, 06 November 2020

    About You expands into pre-worn garments Premium Article

    HAMBURG - Online platform and Zalando rival About You is expanding into the second-hand market by offering around 30,000 pre-worn garments in a new 'Second Love' section on its website. About You appears to have soft launched the service which…
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