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Rental fashion offers perhaps the most disruptive alternative yet to the high volume, low price sales business model that has ruled the apparel industry for decades. Following the launch of its new apparel subscription service, David Styles caught up with SKFK’s Jon Curutchet to explore what the Basque clothing brand’s latest project could mean for the sector.

The environmental and economic potential of renting apparel has become an increasingly hot topic in recent months, with some major brands and retailers signalling intent to enter the field.

Outside the United States, much of the discussion around the rental sector has, thus far, been anecdotal, with very few companies having taken the plunge. This could well be set to change, with May 2019 seeing SKFK launch a new monthly subscription service to enable its European customers to rent apparel from a constantly updating selection of 40 premium outfits.

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  • Thursday, 25 February 2021

    John Lewis funds sustainable cashmere project

    LONDON – British retailer John Lewis has announced plans to fund a three-year programme led by the Sustainable Fibre Alliance (SFA), which will centre on training cashmere producers in Mongolia. The initiative will first address animal welfare best…
  • Thursday, 25 February 2021

    COVID support for 17,000 Laos garment workers

    VIENTIANE - The German Development Ministry is providing funding of US$1.8 million to help around 17,000 garment workers in Laos survive the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The workers will each receive emergency income support of 900,000…
  • Thursday, 25 February 2021

    Levi’s, Kontoor back abuse awareness initiative

    LESOTHO – A new programme launched in the African nation of Lesotho will combat gender-based violence and harassment in the apparel industry via awareness training and a confidential reporting system. The initiative, which will support an initial…
  • Thursday, 25 February 2021

    Allbirds invests $2m in Natural Fiber Welding Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Sustainable footwear brand Allbirds has invested US$2 million in start-up Natural Fiber Welding (NFW) and is to use its plant-based leather in its shoes. NFW has created a special version of its Mirum leather alternative - called…
  • Wednesday, 24 February 2021

    VF Corp named among most ethical companies

    DENVER - VF Corp, which owns brands including The North Face, Vans and Timberland, has been named as one of the world's most ethical companies by business consultants Ethisphere. It's the fifth consecutive year that VF has been recognised by…
  • Wednesday, 24 February 2021

    Performance Days launches sourcing marketplace

    MUNICH – The organising bodies of Munich’s Performance Days and its Functional Fabric Fair spin-off in the USA have teamed up to launch a comprehensive year-round digital fabric sourcing marketplace. Performance Days Loop, as it’s been called, will…
  • Wednesday, 24 February 2021

    Inditex partners DBS on organic cotton project Premium Article

    ARTEIXO - Zara owner Inditex has partnered with the DBS Bank in Singapore to launch a pilot programme which will provide finance to more than 2,000 farmers in India to grow organic cotton. The partnership, which aims to upscale India's organic…
  • Wednesday, 24 February 2021

    ASOS, Boohoo back new digital retail association Premium Article Audio Version Available

    LONDON – British retailers ASOS, Boohoo, Gymshark, The Hut Group, Ocado and AO World have launched a new trade body to support the country’s digital transformation. The new UK Digital Business Association (UKDBA) says it “will champion the sector”…
  • Wednesday, 24 February 2021

    ZDHC releases CMS Technical Industry Guide Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has released its CMS Technical Industry Guide which provides simple practical advice on how best to implement a chemical management system (CMS) compatible with its guidelines. The guide aims to create a standardised…
  • Wednesday, 24 February 2021

    Pendleton Woolen Mills bans fur

    PORTLAND – US retailer Pendleton Woolen Mills has banned animal fur across its operations, a move welcomed by rights group PETA. Pendleton joins the likes of Burberry, Gucci, Versace and Michael Kors in establishing a no tolerance approach to animal…
  • Wednesday, 24 February 2021

    Elevate Textiles joins the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

    CHARLOTTE – Elevate Textiles, which owns the American & Efird, Burlington, Cone Denim, Gütermann and Safety Components brands, has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The company joins more than 250 brands, retailers and manufacturers,…
  • Tuesday, 23 February 2021

    Brands urged to condemn Myanmar military coup

    NAYPYITAW - A coalition of 17 trade unions and NGOs have released a joint statement calling on western brands to condemn the military coup in Myanmar and to support the garment workers at the heart of pro-democracy protests. "Workers, including many…
  • Tuesday, 23 February 2021

    European bodies call for routine mink farm testing Premium Article

    PARMA – A new report published by the European Food Safety Authority and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has advised that mink farms around the world introduce stringent COVID-19 testing infrastructure both for humans…
  • Tuesday, 23 February 2021

    H&M, IKEA project builds demo plant Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - TreeToTextile, a company jointly owned by H&M, IKEA, pulp manufacturer Stora Enso and LSCS Invest, is building a €35 million (US$42.5m) demonstration plant in Sweden to produce its sustainable new textile fibre. The facility is seen as a…
  • Tuesday, 23 February 2021

    Euratex urges EU to aid textiles recovery

    BRUSSELS - European textile and clothing industry trade body Euratex has urged the European Commission and European Union (EU) member states to act to accelerate the sector's post-pandemic recovery. However, it urged Europe to take a market-proof…
  • Tuesday, 23 February 2021

    Textiles, plastics in focus of Glasgow waste strategy

    GLASGOW – Authorities in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, have published an action plan to make the city ‘zero-waste’ by 2030. The city’s resource and recycling strategy stresses the important role both the council and residents must play in…
  • Tuesday, 23 February 2021

    Century Rayon completes first Canopy audit Premium Article

    MUMBAI – Indian viscose manufacturer Century Rayon has completed its first CanopyStyle audit. The findings highlight that, whilst the majority of its supply chain poses a low risk of sourcing from ancient or endangered forests, one of its partners…
  • Tuesday, 23 February 2021

    Lenzing puts new spin on ‘sustainable’ denim Premium Article Audio Version Available

    LENZING – Apparel brands can now use spun dyed indigo modal fibres in their knit and woven denim collections to improve their environmental footprint, thanks to a new development from Lenzing that claims to use fewer natural resources, and provides…
  • Tuesday, 23 February 2021

    Leather Working Group updates flagship certification

    NORTHAMPTON - The Leather Working Group (LWG) trade body has released the seventh version of its flagship environmental certification featuring new social, traceability and chemical management requirements. The LWG Environmental Audit Protocol has…
  • Monday, 22 February 2021

    J.Crew accused of 'humane washing' over cashmere pledge

    NEW YORK – US apparel retailer J.Crew has announced that beyond its Spring 2021 collection, the company will only use cashmere produced through the Aid by Trade Foundation’s (AbTF) Good Cashmere Standard (GCS). It states that this is a…
  • Monday, 22 February 2021

    Zalando expands Zircle to Sweden and Denmark Premium Article

    BERLIN - European online retailer Zalando has expanded its dedicated pre-owned fashion platform, Zircle, to Sweden and Denmark. Zircle offers more than 100,000 quality-checked items from well-known brands and is key to Zalando's target of extending…
  • Monday, 22 February 2021

    UK’s first menswear rental service to launch

    LONDON – Apparel rental platform MyWardrobe HQ has partnered with British fashion brand Belstaff to launch what it claims to be the UK’s first casual menswear rental offering. The pair say the venture is “symbolic of how fashion is changing” and…
  • Friday, 19 February 2021

    Brands call for human rights in Myanmar

    BERLIN - Leading brands involved in the ACT (Action, Collaboration, Transformation) initiative have released a joint statement expressing their "deep concern" for their supply chain workers following the military coup in Myanmar. H&M, Zara owner…
  • Friday, 19 February 2021

    Microfibres found in fish off remote islands

    TRISTAN DA CUNHA - Plastic microfibres have been found in the stomachs of deep-sea fish living off the most remote inhabited group of islands in the world. A discovery voyage by London's Natural History Museum collected life from the South Atlantic…
  • Friday, 19 February 2021

    Parley partners on “next generation” fabric development

    AMSTERDAM – Dutch textile manufacturer Byborre has partnered with environmental organisation Parley for the Oceans. Byborre has said that by leveraging consistent quantities of salvageable marine waste “we can produce textiles and products on scale…
  • Friday, 19 February 2021

    French lingerie firm to launch returns initiative

    PARIS – French retailer Etam Group will launch a new bra returns programme next month following the findings of a recent consultation which highlighted ‘sustainable’ fashion services to be in demand amongst consumers. The initiative, called ‘Small…
  • Friday, 19 February 2021

    'Death knell' for Xinjiang imports - report Premium Article Audio Version Available

    BATH - Global risk consultants Verisk Maplecroft say that actions taken by the US and UK over concerns about the alleged use of forced labour in the Xinjiang region of China could "sound a death knell" for imports from the region. A new insight…
  • Friday, 19 February 2021

    John Lewis supports Prince Charles’ environmental initiative

    LONDON – John Lewis has become the first retailer to pledge its support to the Prince of Wales’ ‘Terra Carta’ environmental initiative. Part of Prince Charles’ Sustainable Markets Initiative, which challenges signatories to put nature, people and…
  • Friday, 19 February 2021

    Format change for Microfibre Summit

    BRISTOL – Instead of using a 3-day online Fibre Fragmentation Summit to create a cross-industry impact roadmap to address textile microfibre release, The Microfiber Consortium (TMC) will now use a series of focused online round table sessions and…
  • Thursday, 18 February 2021

    H&M issues €500M sustainability bond Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Global retail giant H&M has today issued a €500 million, sustainability-linked bond, which it says provides incentives for the company to meet a series of environmental targets by 2025. The sustainability-linked bond, which was 7.6 times…
  • Thursday, 18 February 2021

    Supply chain initiative to tackle worker exploitation

    WASHINGTON – A new pilot project led by workers’ rights NGO Verité that will test the potential for tracing technologies to uncover cases of exploitation within fashion supply chains has been backed with a US$4 million grant. The Supply Chain…
  • Thursday, 18 February 2021

    VF Corp spends first green bond proceeds

    DENVER - VF Corp, which owns brands including Timberland and North Face, has announced that it has fully allocated the €493 million (US$595m) proceeds from its first green bond issued last year. The money raised from the offering - the first ever…
  • Thursday, 18 February 2021

    US reduces reliance on Xinjiang cotton Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - US fashion brands and retailers appear to be reducing their reliance on Chinese textile and clothing suppliers amidst concerns over the alleged use of forced labour by incarcerated ethnic minorities in the country's cotton hub.…
  • Thursday, 18 February 2021

    COVID deaths high among UK garment workers

    NEWPORT - Garment workers have among the highest rate of coronavirus deaths among working women in the UK, according to new analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). A total of 21 COVID-19 deaths were recorded among women aged 20-64 in…
  • Thursday, 18 February 2021

    Sustainable Innovation 2021 event goes online

    LONDON – The biennial Sustainable Innovation conference is to be held online next month for the first time when it will host expert speakers on issues around sustainability and fashion. Sustainable Innovation 2021: Accelerating Sustainability in…
  • Thursday, 18 February 2021

    Resale start-up Reflaunt secures US$2.7m investment

    SINGAPORE – Second-hand fashion platform Reflaunt has raised US$2.7 million in a pre-Series A funding round, which will be used to reinforce the start-up’s resale-as-a-service model. Reflaunt partners with brands and retailers, operating as a middle…
  • Thursday, 18 February 2021

    Adidas bans fur, joins Fur Free Retailer programme

    HERZOGENAURACH – German sportswear brand Adidas has banned animal fur and joined the Fur Free Retailer (FFR) programme, despite not using any type of the material within its supply chain. The company has made the decision to underline its position…
  • Thursday, 18 February 2021

    COVID: Companies 'failing on human rights' Premium Article Audio Version Available

    LONDON - A new study of measures taken by large businesses in key sectors - including apparel - to safeguard human rights during the pandemic has found that most are taking little to no action. The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) studied the…
  • Thursday, 18 February 2021

    Farfetch launches new product repair service Premium Article

    LONDON – British luxury fashion retailer Farfetch has partnered with product aftercare company The Restory to offer its customers an accessible garment repair service. It follows the announcement of Farfetch’s 2030 sustainability targets, which…
  • Wednesday, 17 February 2021

    Morocco tragedy prompts global safety calls Premium Article

    TANGIER - Workers' rights campaigners are calling for an international agreement on workplace safety after at least 28 garment workers died during flooding at an illegal factory in Morocco. A judicial investigation has been launched after 19 women…
  • Wednesday, 17 February 2021

    Sustainable fashion platform launches app and website Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Dutch fashion-tech company Renoon, which has an e-commerce platform enabling customers to search for apparel using various sustainability filters, has launched a new website and app. The company’s offering allows users to curate clothes…
  • Wednesday, 17 February 2021

    Playbook calls for collaboration on circularity Premium Article

    HONG KONG – The Mills Fabrica open platform for techstyle innovation has launched a new playbook which calls for closer apparel industry collaborations to drive forward circularity. Entitled 'Driving for Circularity: Collaborating for Industry…
  • Wednesday, 17 February 2021

    SAC outlines new sustainability targets Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), an industry association representing the apparel, footwear and textile industry, has outlined a new strategic plan which sets time-bound targets on climate change, workers’ rights,…
  • Wednesday, 17 February 2021

    Homeworkers 'invisible to brands' - report Premium Article

    LEEDS - Homeworkers have some of the worst conditions in global textile and apparel supply chains yet remain invisible to many of the brands whose products they help to produce, according to a new report. The Homeworkers Worldwide (HWW) non-profit…
  • Wednesday, 17 February 2021

    WRAP launches take-back guide for retailers Premium Article

    LONDON – Waste recycling charity WRAP has launched a best-practice guide for fashion retailers on how to deliver effective take back schemes for post-consumer clothing. The charity expects in-store take back schemes to undergo a renaissance…
  • Wednesday, 17 February 2021

    Brands urged to take on Recycled Polyester Challenge Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Industry non-profit Textile Exchange has teamed up with the United Nations Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action to launch a new initiative set on rapidly boosting the uptake of recycled polyester (rPET) by fashion brands and…
  • Tuesday, 16 February 2021

    Kuraray joins UN Global Compact Premium Article

    TOKYO – Japanese fibre manufacturer Kuraray has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in a commitment to support the initiative’s 10 principles which centre on protecting human rights, eliminating unfair labour, conserving the natural…
  • Tuesday, 16 February 2021

    M&S sets sustainability standards for denim Premium Article Audio Version Available

    LONDON - Retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) claims to have launched new sustainability standards for denim which it says use 'kinder' indigo dyes and 86 per cent less water than industry averages. M&S, which sells one in ten of every pair of jeans…
  • Tuesday, 16 February 2021

    McQueen kick-starts new Vestiaire Collective programme Premium Article Audio Version Available

    PARIS – Online consignment store Vestiaire Collective has partnered with luxury fashion label Alexander McQueen as it kick-starts a new ‘Brand Approved’ resale programme. Through this initiative, the McQueen brand will be the first to issue store…
  • Tuesday, 16 February 2021

    Germany reaches deal on supply chain law Premium Article Audio Version Available

    BERLIN - German plans to introduce a new law which would make companies legally responsible for human rights and environmental issues throughout their global supply chains look set to go ahead. It follows a hard-fought compromise, described as a…
  • Tuesday, 16 February 2021

    Everlane becomes member of Textile Exchange Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Californian fashion firm Everlane has become a member of industry non-profit Textile Exchange. The self-proclaimed ‘anti-fast fashion brand’ joins a network of companies including retailers and manufacturers, which are encouraged to…
  • Tuesday, 16 February 2021

    Fast Retailing issues new sustainability report Premium Article

    TOKYO - Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has published its Sustainability Report 2021 in which it outlines the company's efforts towards becoming a more sustainable company. The report - which takes the theme of the company's sustainability statement,…
  • Tuesday, 16 February 2021

    BHF calls for donations amidst crippling third lockdown Premium Article

    LONDON – The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has called on brands and retailers to donate excess or unwanted stock to the charity, after facing further funding set-backs amidst the UK’s third national lockdown. The charity is heavily reliant on…
  • Monday, 15 February 2021

    Consumer calls prompt circular targets in France Premium Article Audio Version Available

    PARIS – Industry association Paris Good Fashion has analysed the results of a public consultation into responsible fashion it held in September, and says consumer demand for more sustainability-oriented services is high in France. More than 107,000…
  • Monday, 15 February 2021

    Textile dyeing skills shortage 'at crisis point' Premium Article

    BRADFORD – The textile dyeing industry is reaching a crisis point, with a widening skills gap, a global shortage of textile coloration professionals and a lack of transferable scientific knowledge within the industry, according to a new report…
  • Monday, 15 February 2021

    Fair Wear Foundation unveils new members Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), a non-profit established to improve workplace conditions within apparel supply chains, has welcomed five new brands to its network. Dutch menswear brand Atelier Munro, German firms Olymp and Hakro, British…
  • Monday, 15 February 2021

    Dow announces PFC-free water repellency finish Premium Article

    MIDLAND - Materials science company Dow has announced a new generation of fluorocarbon-free water repellent finishes for fabrics based on silicone chemistry. Dowsil IE-8749 Emulsion does not contain fluorocarbons or fluoroalkyls and, unlike many…
  • Monday, 15 February 2021

    Aquafil partners Itochu on nylon circularity Premium Article

    TRENTO - Italian nylon manufacturer Aquafil and Japanese trading company Itochu have announced a strategic partnership to promote and expand circular nylon production. The agreement will use Itochu's extensive nylon value chain to expand the global…
  • Monday, 15 February 2021

    C.L.A.S.S. ICON Award applications sought Premium Article

    MILAN – Sustainable fashion consultancy C.L.A.S.S. is inviting applications from visonary sustainable fashion designers for its annual ICON Award. CEO and founder Giusy Bettoni said the C.L.A.S.S. ICON Award was for creatives in the fashion world…
  • Friday, 12 February 2021

    CDP calls for greater supply chain engagement Premium Article Audio Version Available

    LONDON - Companies are facing up to US$120 billion in costs from environmental risks in their supply chains within the next five years, according to a new report from the CDP non-profit. Entitled 'Transparency to Transformation: A Chain Reaction',…
  • Friday, 12 February 2021

    Dismissed workers win reemployment campaign Premium Article

    KARNATAKA – After an eight-month campaign, workers’ rights NGO IndustriALL has announced that the 1,257 workers that were controversially fired by Indian garment supplier Gokaldas Exports amidst the pandemic will be reemployed at one of the group’s…
  • Friday, 12 February 2021

    New recruits join purchasing practices project Premium Article

    ASIA - Trade bodies from another three garment producing countries have joined an initiative calling for better purchasing practices in the fashion and textiles industry. Industry associations from Turkey, Indonesia and Morocco have joined the…
  • Friday, 12 February 2021

    Garment factories 'must upskill workers' Premium Article

    LONDON - Data and analytics company GlobalData says garment factories need to invest in reskilling workers for the digital age if they hope to retain business in a world increasingly concerned with sustainability and social welfare. Hannah Abdulla,…
  • Friday, 12 February 2021

    Textile Exchange pilots Leather Impact Accelerator Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Global non-profit Textile Exchange has introduced ‘Version 0.1’ of the Leather Impact Accelerator (LIA) to the industry, a programme that combines existing industry tools and new concepts that will enable stakeholders throughout leather…
  • Thursday, 11 February 2021

    Vaccinate waste collectors sooner, TRA urges Premium Article

    LONDON – The director of the UK’s Textile Recycling Association (TRA), Alan Wheeler, has written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock asking for waste and recycling collection site operatives to be added to the list of priority groups to receive the…
  • Thursday, 11 February 2021

    ILO calls on Myanmar to respect protesters Premium Article

    GENEVA – The International Labour Organization (ILO) is calling on Myanmar to respect workers' rights to protest following the military coup which has sparked widespread pro-democracy demonstrations. It comes amidst reports that garment workers are…
  • Thursday, 11 February 2021

    New bid to reduce audit and standard fatigue Premium Article

    ZURICH – A new initiative to reduce audit and standard fatigue has been announced jointly by the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) and the International Apparel Federation (IAF). The Standards Convergence Initiative (SCI) was…
  • Thursday, 11 February 2021

    Brands urged to combat gender-based violence Premium Article

    GLOBAL – More than 90 organisations from around the world, including worker unions and women’s empowerment groups, have rallied behind India’s Tamil Nadu Textile and Common Labour Union (TTCU) as it calls on garment brands to sign a binding…
  • Thursday, 11 February 2021

    Australia targets textile waste reduction Premium Article

    CANBERRA – The Australian Government has granted AU$350,000 in investment to the Australasian Circular Textile Association (ACTA), which has been tasked with identifying promising technologies that can bolster the country’s recycling and reuse…
  • Thursday, 11 February 2021

    Urgent action needed to replace Xinjiang - report Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Fashion brands and retailers are being urged to get to work - together with governments and other stakeholders - on finding alternative cotton-sourcing destinations to the Xinjiang region of China. The Center for Strategic and…
  • Thursday, 11 February 2021

    Nordic collective drives climate action Premium Article Audio Version Available

    STOCKHOLM – A progress report from forty Nordic textile and fashion companies, shows an initial joint 10,000 tonne reduction in baseline CO2 emissions; with an ambition to meet goals in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change. This is the…
  • Wednesday, 10 February 2021

    Prada signs €90m sustainability-linked loan Premium Article

    MILAN – Luxury fashion brand Prada has signed a new €90 million (US$109m) sustainability-linked five-year loan with banking group UniCredit, which will incentivise the company to accelerate environmental sustainability by reducing its interest rates…
  • Wednesday, 10 February 2021

    NZM joins brands to back regenerative farming Premium Article

    CHRISTCHURCH - The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) has launched what claims to be the apparel industry’s first 100 per cent regenerative wool platform in partnership with brands Allbirds, Icebreaker and Smartwool. The ZQRX platform builds on the…
  • Wednesday, 10 February 2021

    Water repellent textiles from crab shells Premium Article

    STUTTGART – In a bid to produce new types of textile coatings that can repel water, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have tweaked a compound called chitosan derived from crab shells to make it hydrophobic. It’s claimed that by…
  • Wednesday, 10 February 2021

    MEPs back Circular Economy Action Plan Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Parliament has adopted the European Commission's Circular Economy Action Plan to achieve a carbon-neutral, sustainable, toxic-free and fully circular economy by 2050. MEPs voted 574 in favour, 22 against and 95 abstentions to…
  • Wednesday, 10 February 2021

    Armed Angels discloses entire supply chain Premium Article

    COLOGNE – German fashion brand Armed Angels has published every partner within its supply chain via the Open Apparel Registry (OAR). The OAR is a sector-specific online transparency tool that went live in 2019 after an initial beta testing phase the…
  • Wednesday, 10 February 2021

    Welsh county outlines new circularity projects Premium Article

    DENBIGHSHIRE – The government of Wales has awarded upwards of £560,000 (US$775,000) to the county of Denbighshire which will fund four new projects addressing waste reduction and reuse. The finances will support work to increase the county’s…
  • Wednesday, 10 February 2021

    Award for Finisterre's climate positive garment Premium Article

    ST AGNES - British outdoor brand Finisterre has won a Gold ISPO Outstanding Award for its biodegradable BioSmock garment which claims to be potentially climate positive. The garment’s outer shell is constructed using PrimaLoft’s bio woven…
  • Wednesday, 10 February 2021

    VF Corp to eliminate plastic packaging Premium Article

    DENVER – The VF Corporation fashion company, which owns brands including The North Face, Timberland and Vans, has announced a target of eliminating all single-use plastic packaging, including polybags, by 2025. And the company has pledged that all…
  • Wednesday, 10 February 2021

    The North Face champions regenerative agriculture Premium Article

    BOSTON – Outdoor brand The North Face has partnered with nature-based solutions provider Indigo Ag to support farmers in their uptake of regenerative agricultural practices by paying a premium to use their cotton in its Fall 2022 collection.…
  • Wednesday, 10 February 2021

    H&M 'won't rush into leaving Myanmar' Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish fashion giant H&M says it will not rush into pulling out of Myanmar and that the company is "acutely aware" of the threat of such a move to the country's garment workers. Global risk consultants Verisk Maplecroft had warned that…
  • Wednesday, 10 February 2021

    Labs approved to test for GM cotton Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – A total of 14 laboratories worldwide have now been approved to carry out a global test for the presence of genetically modified (GM) cotton throughout the organic cotton value chain. Laboratories in China, Germany, India, the Netherlands…
  • Tuesday, 09 February 2021

    Bangladesh recycling project attracts industry-wide partners Premium Article

    DHAKA – The Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) has finalised the brands, manufacturers and recyclers set to collaborate for the new Circular Fashion Partnership, a project that will focus on establishing more robust recycling infrastructure in Bangladesh,…
  • Tuesday, 09 February 2021

    Outdoor brand moves away from virgin materials Premium Article

    SALT LAKE CITY - Outdoor brand and B-corp Cotopaxi has announced a target of ensuring all of its products use only responsible, recycled or repurposed materials by 2022. The ambitious goal means the company will further move away from virgin…
  • Tuesday, 09 February 2021

    Teijin commits to Science Based Targets Premium Article

    TOKYO - Japanese tech and fibres firm Teijin has announced a commitment to have its Science Based Targets (SBT) to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions validated within two years. The company has written to the Science Based Targets initiative…
  • Tuesday, 09 February 2021

    Brands warned of Myanmar risks after coup Premium Article

    BATH - Global risk consultants Verisk Maplecroft are warning that fashion brands and retailers may have to stop sourcing from Myanmar or face reputational and legal, risks following the armed coup in the country. Major brands, including H&M and…
  • Tuesday, 09 February 2021

    Mink farm death prompts appeals for action in Utah Premium Article

    UTAH – Animal rights organisation PETA has called on the Governor of Utah, Spencer Cox, to outlaw mink farms in the US state, after it came to light that the death of one farm worker from COVID-19 was kept under wraps. The organisation has long…
  • Tuesday, 09 February 2021

    Bombyx supplier attains GOTS, GRS and RCS certifications Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Textile manufacturer and silk supplier Bombyx has attained Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Global Recycled Standard (GRS) and Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) certifications for its garment facility, Nanchong Ka Fung, situated in…
  • Monday, 08 February 2021

    BCI reports strong growth amidst COVID-19 Premium Article

    GENEVA – The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), which oversees the world’s largest cotton sustainability programme, has reported that it welcomed 197 new members in the second half of 2020. Paula Lum Young-Bautil, deputy director, membership and supply…
  • Monday, 08 February 2021

    Coats vows to establish SBTs Premium Article

    UXBRIDGE – Industrial thread manufacturer Coats has committed to establishing science-based targets across its entire value chain, a target that has aligned many other fashion industry stakeholders in limiting global warming to 1.5oC above…
  • Monday, 08 February 2021

    Garment workers join Myanmar protests Premium Article

    MYANMAR - Garment workers are reportedly at the centre of ongoing protests against the military coup in Myanmar where demonstrators are calling for the restoration of democracy. Thousands are taking part in a third day of demonstrations in major…
  • Monday, 08 February 2021

    Lawyers say 'genocide' ongoing in Xinjiang Premium Article

    LONDON - Barristers have issued the first legal opinion that China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims in the country's Xinjiang region amounts to crimes against humanity including genocide. Up to two million Uyghur Muslims have been incarcerated in…
  • Monday, 08 February 2021

    Boohoo suppliers told to stop sub-contracting Premium Article

    LEICESTER – Fast fashion retailer Boohoo has told its Leicester suppliers that they must stop sub-contracting work by 5th March, as the company looks to get a better grip of its supply network. The decision aligns with recommendations made by Alison…
  • Friday, 05 February 2021

    Chinese report praises Xinjiang cotton industry Premium Article

    URUMQI - Officials in China's Xinjiang region - which is at the centre of allegations of forced labour involving imprisoned Uyghur Muslims - have raised eyebrows by publishing a social responsibility report praising its huge cotton industry. Western…
  • Friday, 05 February 2021

    EEB responds to European textiles roadmap Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Europe's largest network of environmental citizens' organisations is urging the European Commission to acknowledge that a sustainable textiles industy is not possible under existing business models. The European Environmental Bureau (EEB)…
  • Friday, 05 February 2021

    House of Dagmar wins first Zalando Sustainability Award Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – Swedish fashion brand House of Dagmar has won retailer Zalando’s inaugural Sustainability Award, for which it will receive an undisclosed financial prize and the opportunity to partner to develop a new apparel collection. The winner of…
  • Friday, 05 February 2021

    Second-hand fashion growing amongst the young Premium Article

    LONDON – New research suggests that the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns enforced in the UK catalysed a spike in clothes swapping in 2020, particularly amongst consumers aged 16-30. Conducted by Censuswide on behalf of the North…
  • Friday, 05 February 2021

    Brexit deal blocks textile waste exports Premium Article

    NORTH SHIELDS - Some textile recyclers in Britain are struggling to export used clothes to Europe over confusion caused by the UK's new trading relationship with the European Union (EU) outlined in Boris Johnson's Brexit deal. Some countries are…
  • Thursday, 04 February 2021

    Xinxiang Bailu reveals carbon reduction goals Premium Article

    Xinxiang – One of China’s largest viscose and filament fibre suppliers, Xinxiang Chemical Fiber Co., which is based in the northern Henan province, has launched a ‘zero carbon’ project and aims to produce ‘zero carbon man-made cellulosic fibres’ by…
  • Thursday, 04 February 2021

    Eastman eyes textiles for chemical recycling Premium Article

    KINGSPORT – Eastman is looking at textiles as a key raw material for its newly announced US$250 million plastic-to-plastic recycling facility that will rely on ‘polyester and carbon renewal technology’ to boost its use of recycled raw materials in…
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