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  • Tuesday, 18 January 2022

    Archroma and Jeanologia team up on denim washing Premium Article

    PRATTELN – Speciality chemicals firm Archroma has joined textile technology company Jeanologia to launch a new washing process that’s claimed to save water and energy, and remove unfixed dyes and other contaminants from denim fabrics. The newly…
  • Tuesday, 18 January 2022

    Eastman to invest US$ 1bn in France chemical recycling plant

    PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron and Mark Costa, board chair and CEO of specialty materials giant, Eastman, have jointly announced that plans that will see Eastman invest up to US$1 billion in a material-to-material chemical recycling…
  • Tuesday, 18 January 2022

    IndustriALL urges Thai authorities to settle factory case

    BANGKOK – Workers’ rights organisation IndustriALL has written to the Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayut Chan-o-cha, urging his government to support the former staff of a garment factory which unexpectedly ceased operations last March. More than…
  • Tuesday, 18 January 2022

    Project aims to slash water and CO2 in textile dyeing Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good (FFG), has launched a new project that brings together several innovations in textile pre-treatment and colouration in a bid to influence the textile industry to shift from wet to dry processing. Companies partnering in…
  • Tuesday, 18 January 2022

    UN urged to create treaty on plastic pollution Premium Article

    GLOBAL – More than 70 leading businesses including the H&M Group, IKEA, Inditex and Zalando have called for a legally binding treaty on plastic pollution. The idea – which has been backed by two thirds of the United Nations’ Member States – comes…
  • Tuesday, 18 January 2022

    Gildan Activewear details new ESG strategy

    MONTREAL – Gildan Activewear has unveiled new environmental and social sustainability targets, with the firm keen to reduce its carbon emissions, boost its use of ‘preferred fibres’, and better support workers and their communities by 2030. The…
  • Monday, 17 January 2022

    Campaigners urge French chain to back Accord

    DHAKA - Workers' rights campaigners are urging French supermarket chain Auchan to sign up to the new International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry. The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) says the company, which trades as…
  • Monday, 17 January 2022

    Säntis spots growth in recycled fibre market

    SINGAPORE – Fabric manufacturer Säntis Textiles reports that last year it recycled more than 100,000 tonnes of pre- and post-consumer cotton waste. The firm’s creative director, Annabelle Hutter, says: “Our figures clearly reveal the demand and…
  • Monday, 17 January 2022

    Haelixa to track denim mill's recycled cotton

    ZURICH - Swiss traceability solutions provider Haelixa has linked up with Soorty, one of Pakistan's largest vertically integrated denim manufacturers, to support claims relating to the use of recycled cotton in its denim products. Haelixa uses a DNA…
  • Monday, 17 January 2022

    Taiwanese resale platform secures US$2.2m

    TAIPEI – Fledgling secondhand fashion marketplace PopChill has secured a US$2.2 million investment which will be used to bolster the start-up's infrastructure and broaden its consumer base. The company will look to emulate the success of resale…
  • Monday, 17 January 2022

    Burberry agrees loan linked to sustainability

    LONDON – Luxury fashion brand Burberry has agreed a £300m (US$410m) loan linked to its performance against its sustainability targets, including the company's headline goal of being climate positive by 2040. Burberry refinanced its revolving credit…
  • Monday, 17 January 2022

    UK’s markets authority to tackle greenwashing

    LONDON – The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is to investigate the prevalence and impact of greenwashing in the fashion sector, as it looks to create greater transparency over sustainability claims. It follows the launch of the body’s…
  • Friday, 14 January 2022

    Hilfiger names Fashion Frontier Challenge winners

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger has announced the two winning start-ups of the latest Fashion Frontier Challenge to be Dutch artificial intelligence (AI) specialist Lalaland and ‘sustainable’ Rwandan business Uzuri K&Y. The pair beat off…
  • Friday, 14 January 2022

    Ralph Lauren co-develops cotton-based performance apparel

    MELBOURNE – Tennis players competing at this month’s Australian Open will wear polos made from the “world’s first cotton-based performance material”, according to luxury fashion brand Ralph Lauren. The New York firm has developed its RLX Clarus polo…
  • Friday, 14 January 2022

    Spinnova joins UN Global Compact

    JYVÄSKYLÄ - Textile innovator Spinnova 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 world and…
  • Friday, 14 January 2022

    Wedding dresses restyled with new ‘Second Life’ service

    BARCELONA – Spanish bridal wear brand Pronovias has launched a new circular service, offering its customers the chance to style down their wedding dresses after their big day, so that the garments can be worn more frequently. The ‘Second Life’…
  • Thursday, 13 January 2022

    Cambodia to protect workers from Omicron

    PHNOM PENH - The Cambodian government has drafted new principles on health and safety in a bid to limit the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 though the country's garment factories and other workplaces. The Labour Ministry has developed the…
  • Thursday, 13 January 2022

    BGMEA honoured for sustainability work

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has been honoured with the Green Leadership Award 2021 for its work to make the country’s ready-made garment (RMG) sector more sustainable. BGMEA president Faruque Hassan…
  • Thursday, 13 January 2022

    Podcast: Lenzing explains its new climate targets

    WAKEFIELD – Our Ecotextile Talks podcast host Philip Berman talks to Lenzing's head of product management textiles, Caroline Ledl, about the company's plans to reduce the size of its carbon footprint. Lenzing became the first wood-based cellulosic…
  • Thursday, 13 January 2022

    Kelheim publishes first sustainability report

    KELHEIM – Viscose manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has published its first sustainability report in which it sets out its work on reducing its environmental and social impact. The company had already been producing an annual environmental statement since…
  • Thursday, 13 January 2022

    Vestiaire Collective opens new UK centre

    LONDON - French fashion resale firm Vestiaire Collective has opened a new UK authentication and logistics centre which it says will lower its carbon footprint and counter Brexit-based cost hikes. The centre, which has also led to the creation of 50…
  • Thursday, 13 January 2022

    MycoWorks secures US$125m in investment

    SAN FRANCISCO – US start-up MycoWorks has raised US$125 million in Series C financing, which it says will be invested in a new manufacturing facility to scale production of its leather-alternative material and accelerate research and development.…
  • Thursday, 13 January 2022

    Tumble dryers release 120 million microfibres a year Premium Article

    HONG KONG – A study by academics in Hong Kong has highlighted that tumble dryers can release up to 120 million microfibres each per year into the atmosphere. Professor Kenneth Leung, director of the State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution (SKLMP)…
  • Wednesday, 12 January 2022

    New US Xinjiang law 'will challenge brands' Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US's new Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act will present brands and retailers with "incredibly challenging" hurdles to prove their products were not made with forced labour, according to risk consultants Verisk Maplecroft. In a…
  • Wednesday, 12 January 2022

    Bestseller publishes circular design guide Premium Article

    BRANDE – Danish fashion retailer Bestseller has developed a new circular design guide which its designers will use to ensure future collections meet recyclability requirements. The company is also making the resource publicly available, as it wants…
  • Wednesday, 12 January 2022

    Programme promotes circularity in India

    NEW DELHI – Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd (ABFRL) has teamed up with German development agency GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) to promote innovative circular solutions in India. “The joint project is designed to introduce…
  • Wednesday, 12 January 2022

    Polish fashion brand joins CmiA initiative

    DANZIG – Polish fashion firm LPP Partners has joined the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative and will market its first CmiA-labelled products before the end of the year. The company has agreed to purchase up to 60 million items per year, which…
  • Tuesday, 11 January 2022

    Cotton Trust Protocol added to ITC Standards Map

    MEMPHIS – The US Cotton Trust Protocol has been added to the International Trade Centre’s (ITC) Standards Map, which is the world’s largest database for sustainability standards. Launched to verify sustainability progress through data collection and…
  • Tuesday, 11 January 2022

    China's e-tailers 'lacking' on climate change

    BEIJING – A new Greenpeace report on China's major online shopping platforms has found significant shortcomings in their responses to the challenges of climate change. The research paper analyses the climate responses of e-tailers which sell fashion…
  • Tuesday, 11 January 2022

    Steve Madden launches resale marketplace

    NEW YORK – Footwear firm Steve Madden has launched a new peer-to-peer resale marketplace to encourage consumers to sell on shoes that might otherwise end up in landfill. Madden’s Dolce Vita brand will introduce a platform of its own from next month…
  • Tuesday, 11 January 2022

    Worker violations at US cotton ginneries

    ATLANTA - Investigations by the US Department of Labor (DOL) have found that eight of ten cotton ginneries in the south-east of the country are underpaying their workers. Employers were found to be in breach of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA),…
  • Tuesday, 11 January 2022

    Timberland launches ‘Timberloop’ circular service

    STRATHAM – Outerwear brand Timberland has launched its new Timberloop product take-back scheme online and in stores across the USA. The initiative entitles consumers to return unwanted Timberland footwear, clothing or accessories in exchange for a…
  • Monday, 10 January 2022

    Texon Vogue wins Vegan Society certification Premium Article

    SKELTON - Textile manufacturer Texon's cellulose leather alternative Texon Vogue has been certified as free of animal products by the Vegan Society. Texon Vogue, which can now carry the Vegan Trademark, is a washable, cellulose-based material used…
  • Monday, 10 January 2022

    Circularity specialist secures US$6.6 million Premium Article

    LONDON – Circular solutions platform Responsible has secured a US$6.6 million investment and says it will use the money to broaden its reach throughout Europe, whilst extending its network of fashion brands and retailers. The company has developed a…
  • Monday, 10 January 2022

    Rent the Runway campaign targets fast fashion Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Rental fashion firm Rent the Runway (RTR) has launched a ‘Fast Fashion Free’ campaign to encourage consumers to donate “unwearable” garments. The company has teamed up with Green Tree Textiles Recycling, which will recycle the stock…
  • Monday, 10 January 2022

    Spinnova invests in on-site spinning facility Premium Article

    JYVÄSKYLÄ – Fibre innovator Spinnova has signed a deal with Swiss machinery manufacturer Rieter for an industrial scale spinning facility at its new factory in Finland. Following successful trials at its SpinCenter in Winterthur, Switzerland, Rieter…
  • Monday, 10 January 2022

    Prada to donate materials from fashion shows Premium Article

    MILAN – Luxury fashion giant Prada has committed to collecting and distributing materials used in its annual catwalk events to circular businesses and academic institutes. Since January 2020, the Italian brand has collected 1.6 tonnes of faux fur…
  • Monday, 10 January 2022

    New York plans sustainable fashion act Premium Article

    NEW YORK - New legislation which would hold all major fashion brands accountable for human rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains is being proposed for the US state of New York. The Fashion Sustainability and Social…
  • Monday, 10 January 2022

    Innovators urged to apply for accelerator programme Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – The sustainability-focused Fashion for Change project has today launched an open call to designers, start-ups and other small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as it looks to support promising innovations via a new accelerator…
  • Monday, 10 January 2022

    Oeko-Tex launches environmental impact tool Premium Article

    ZURICH – Following on from the COP 26 UN climate conference last year, Oeko-Tex has launched a new ‘impact calculator’ to enable textile mills to take stock of their own carbon footprints. It also plans to launch a certified due diligence tool for…
  • Friday, 07 January 2022

    Forced labour fears over Olympic merchandise Premium Article

    BEIJING - Campaigners are urging the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to disclose what due diligence steps it has taken to identify and eliminate products made with forced labour from its merchandise. The Coalition to End Forced Labour in the…
  • Friday, 07 January 2022

    Commercial scale boost for recycled viscose filament Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Following Renewcell’s recent decision to sign multi-year purchasing agreements with European textile sorters, the Swedish textile waste-to- fibre supplier has now teamed up with a Chinese yarn producer to make viscose from 100 per cent…
  • Friday, 07 January 2022

    Weird Fish products highlight environmental impacts Premium Article

    CHELTENHAM – Lifestyle brand Weird Fish has added environmental metrics to organic cotton-based apparel on its website in a bid to demonstrate the material’s sustainability credentials. Customers' browsing the company’s online listings can now learn…
  • Thursday, 06 January 2022

    Bangladesh plans textile chemical guidelines Premium Article

    DHAKA - Bangladesh is to introduce national guidelines on the use of chemicals in the textile and garments industry in a bid to better protect workers and the environment. The Ministry of Commerce is preparing the National Chemical Management…
  • Thursday, 06 January 2022

    Samsung, Patagonia team up to tackle microfibres Premium Article

    LAS VEGAS – Technology giant Samsung has teamed up with outerwear brand Patagonia to develop a new washing machine that aims to “minimise the impact of microplastics”. The pair announced the tie-up on the opening day of this year’s CES technology…
  • Thursday, 06 January 2022

    Silk brand launches recycling programme Premium Article

    TRENTON – US silk brand LilySilk has partnered with textile recycling firm TerraCycle for a new consumer-facing service that will tackle post-consumer waste. The LilySilk Recycling Programme sets out to give customers a free and convenient way to…
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022

    Study links garment workers to forced labour Premium Article

    KUALA LUMPUR - Migrant workers employed in Malaysia's garment industry experience conditions consistent with the use of forced labour, according to a new study by the Transparentem NGO. Investigators interviewed around 45 workers from Bangladesh,…
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022

    Beijing backlash on Xinjiang targets Walmart Premium Article

    BEIJING - US retail giant Walmart is the latest to be targeted by a backlash from China against western companies which have distanced themselves from the country's Xinjiang region over forced labour concerns. The Chinese Communist Party's Central…
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022

    Prada, Adidas launch recycled nylon collection Premium Article

    MILAN / HERZOGENAURACH - Italian fashion brand Prada and sportswear giant Adidas are collaborating on a new collection of sportswear garments made with recycled nylon. The two companies have been involved in a longstanding collaboration but this is…
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022

    California manufacturer flouts labour laws Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES – California’s Labor Commission has revoked the license of a Los Angeles-based garment manufacturer after it failed to follow labour laws. Veronica Rojas Pablo, the owner of VRP Fashion Inc, stated in her application that she had no…
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022

    Bangladesh suppliers to set minimum prices Premium Article

    DHAKA - Garment manufacturers in Bangladesh are coming together in a bid to set a minimum price for their products to ensure they are paid an 'ethical' price by international retailers and brands. The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters…
  • Tuesday, 04 January 2022

    Bestseller bid to empower Turkish women workers Premium Article

    ISTANBUL - Danish fashion brand Bestseller has signed an agreement with Turkish NGO ACEV to develop an education programme aimed at empowering women garment workers employed by its suppliers in the country. Bestseller has historically worked with…
  • Tuesday, 04 January 2022

    Ambercycle buoyed by US$21.6m investment Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES – Materials science company Ambercycle has secured US$21.6 million in funding, with Zalando and the investment arms of Bestseller and H&M amongst its backers. Ambercycle’s technology separates polyester-blended materials and chemically…
  • Tuesday, 04 January 2022

    Causes of mass worker faintings 'identified' Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - A Cambodian government working group studying the phenomenon of mass fainting in the country's garment factories says it has identified the major causes. The working group was set up after a total of 38 workers reportedly fainted in…
  • Tuesday, 04 January 2022

    Textile industry urged to fund circularity Premium Article

    SACRAMENTO - The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) non-profit has produced a new report calling on the textile industry to fund the transition to circularity needed to reduce waste. It calls for extended producer responsibility (EPR)…
  • Tuesday, 04 January 2022

    Fashion e-commerce specialist secures new investment Premium Article

    LONDON – British start-up Purple Dot, which operates what’s said to be the world’s first e-commerce waitlist and pre-order platform for clothing, has secured US$4 million in new funding which will be used to bring “a new era of sustainability to…
  • Tuesday, 04 January 2022

    Tommy Hilfiger reveals challenge finalists Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger has revealed the finalists for this year's Fashion Frontier Challenge which aims to accelerate the work of the world’s most innovative fashion startups. Building on the PVH Corp brand’s sustainability vision…
  • Tuesday, 04 January 2022

    M&S encourages shoppers to think circular Premium Article

    LONDON – British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has urged consumers to use its 'Shwopping' scheme if they’re clearing out their wardrobes in the coming months. It comes after a company survey found 65 per cent of M&S customers are planning to shift…
  • Friday, 24 December 2021

    Season’s Greetings to all our readers Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – As we close down for the Christmas period we’d like to extend ‘Season’s Greetings’ to all of our readers and wish everyone all the very best for 2022. And as we look back on the stories that made the biggest impact with our readers this…
  • Friday, 24 December 2021

    BGMEA strikes worker healthcare deal Premium Article

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has signed an agreement with online healthcare provider Digital Hospital which will offer ready-made garment (RMG) workers quick access to medical services. BGMEA…
  • Friday, 24 December 2021

    Young shoppers shifting to secondhand fashion Premium Article

    UNITED KINGDOM – A YouGov survey, commissioned by the University of Hull, has indicated that consumers are increasingly interested in purchasing secondhand fashion, with young shoppers driving this trend. Of a 2,000-strong, nationally representative…
  • Thursday, 23 December 2021

    Mango publishes list of Tier 2 suppliers Premium Article

    BARCELONA – Spanish fashion brand Mango has published a list of its Tier 2 suppliers, and updated the list of Tier 1 partners that it published last year. These lists include information on the declared factories Mango sourced apparel from…
  • Thursday, 23 December 2021

    Employers and unions agree deal in Sri Lanka Premium Article

    COLOMBO - Garment factory owners in Sri Lanka have signed an agreement with trade unions in which they commit to work together to address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the industry. The Joint Apparel Association Forum Sri Lanka (JAAF)…
  • Thursday, 23 December 2021

    Renewcell teams up with European textile sorters Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish textile recycler Renewcell has signed multi-year purchasing agreements with three European textile sorters to ensure it has ample feedstock ahead of its move to a new, bigger manufacturing facility next year. Renewcell is…
  • Thursday, 23 December 2021

    PETA questions Lululemon on down jackets Premium Article

    VANCOUVER - Animal rights group PETA is calling on the board of directors of athleticwear brand Lululemon to publish a report on the slaughter methods used to obtain the down used in its jackets. PETA has bought stock in a number of brands,…
  • Thursday, 23 December 2021

    Bestseller gift to help Bangladesh fight COVID Premium Article

    Danish fashion brand Bestseller and its charitable arm, the Bestseller Foundation, have linked up to donate a New Year's gift worth more than US$530,000 to Bangladesh. They are donating 3.5 million Danish kroners (US$533,000) to four local…
  • Wednesday, 22 December 2021

    Plan to phase-out toxic textile solvents Premium Article

    ST GALLEN – Together with its system partners, Bluesign has initiated two new programs to reduce the environmental impact of hazardous solvents used during textile production. The aim is to improve the air quality and working conditions through the…
  • Wednesday, 22 December 2021

    ZDHC tool to drive supply chain improvements Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has announced the launch of a new tool - the Resource Efficiency Module (REM) - to help companies reduce the environmental impact of suppliers in their value chains. ZDHC says the new tool - available through its…
  • Wednesday, 22 December 2021

    IKEA to extend secondhand store trial Premium Article

    LEIDEN - IKEA's first secondhand shop, which opened on a trial basis in November 2020, is to remain open for another year to continue exploring the potential benefits of the circularity experiment. The store, in the ReTuna secondhand shopping centre…
  • Wednesday, 22 December 2021

    Retraced teams up to boost supply chain transparency Premium Article

    DÜSSELDORF – Apparel design and manufacturing brand Décor Global has partnered with German blockchain start-up Retraced to gain greater insight into its supply chain. Retraced’s cloud-connected technology can track the movement of a fibre from its…
  • Wednesday, 22 December 2021

    US funding for Malaysia labour abuse project Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC – The US Department of Labor (DOL) has announced US$5 million in funding for a project to prevent and reduce forced and child labour abuses in the garment and palm oil industries in Malaysia. The Social Accountability International…
  • Wednesday, 22 December 2021

    Italy announces nationwide fur farming ban Premium Article

    ROME - Animal welfare campaigners are celebrating after Italian politicians agreed to a proposal that would lean to a nationwide ban on fur farming in the country. The Budget Committee of the Italian Senate backed an amendment to a budget law to…
  • Wednesday, 22 December 2021

    Shein Cares Fund to support non-profits Premium Article

    NANJING – Fast fashion retailer Shein has launched the Shein Cares Fund, and will over the coming years donate US$10 million to non-profits supporting underserved communities, tackling animal health and welfare, and promoting recycling and the…
  • Tuesday, 21 December 2021

    Digital LA garment factory will reduce waste Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES - A digital, on-demand garment factory has opened in Los Angeles in a bid to reduce waste and bring back textile production to the US. DenimFWD’s 'Urban Factory' integrates new digital technologies aimed at transforming textile…
  • Tuesday, 21 December 2021

    Nisolo launches Sustainability Facts Label Premium Article

    NASHVILLE - Ethical fashion brand Nisolo has launched a 'Sustainability Facts Label' which allows consumers to check the impact each product has on the planet and on the people who manufacture it. The label - which includes a QR code linking to 200…
  • Tuesday, 21 December 2021

    Trade bodies back Uyghur forced labour bill Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC — Five key industry bodies have backed the proposed Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act which would ban all US imports made with forced labour in the Xinjiang region of China. The White House has confirmed that US president Joe Biden…
  • Tuesday, 21 December 2021

    US grant addresses workplace safety Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – El Salvador’s textiles and agricultural sectors, as well as the agricultural industries of Honduras and Guatemala, will share an US$8 million grant awarded by the US Department of Labor to improve workplace health and safety in these…
  • Tuesday, 21 December 2021

    Recycling innovator Carbios secures new investment Premium Article

    CLERMONT-FERRAND – French recycling specialist Carbios has secured a €30 million (US$33.9m) loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) which will further support the development of its C-ZYME chemical recycling solution. Carbios’ technology…
  • Monday, 20 December 2021

    Alibaba targets carbon neutrality by 2030 Premium Article

    HANGZHOU - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is targeting carbon neutrality in Scopes 1 and 2, as well as a 50 per cent reduction in Scope 3 emissions, by the end of the decade. The company has also pledged to work with both merchants and consumers…
  • Monday, 20 December 2021

    Fashion tech platform acquires AI specialist Premium Article

    LONDON – Fashion technology specialist PlatformE has announced the acquisition of Catalyst AI as it looks to leverage the firm’s artificial intelligence capabilities and streamline on-demand manufacturing. PlatformE has worked with the likes of…
  • Monday, 20 December 2021

    PETA urges Gucci to ban use of lizard skins Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Animal rights organisation PETA has urged luxury fashion house Gucci to ban lizard skins from its product lines after new footage from an Indonesian supplier highlighted the use of “extremely inhumane” practices. PETA Asia captured the…
  • Friday, 17 December 2021

    Consumer interest 'growing' in circularity Premium Article

    GLENDALE - Consumer appetite for greater circularity in the fashion industry is growing rapidly, according to a new study from materials science company Avery Dennison. The company's latest ‘Digital Consumer Behaviour’ report, produced in…
  • Friday, 17 December 2021

    Vietnam the focus of skills training project Premium Article

    HANOI – The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the government of the Netherlands have teamed up to support skills training in Vietnam’s garment industry. The two authorities recognise the sector’s huge contribution to Vietnam’s growth and…
  • Friday, 17 December 2021

    Boden to ditch sequins from all garments Premium Article

    LONDON - British fashion brand Boden has announced that it will remove all sequins and glitter from its clothing in a move to protect the oceans from microplastic pollution. It is the first major retailer to take the step of banning sequins, which…
  • Friday, 17 December 2021

    M&S links £850m finance to net-zero targets Premium Article

    LONDON – British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has agreed a new £850 million (US$1.13m) green finance deal which will see it benefit from discounted interest rates if it meets its net zero carbon emissions targets. M&S recently refreshed its 'Plan…
  • Thursday, 16 December 2021

    Indian garment workers 'denied minimum wage' Premium Article

    BANGALORE - Garment workers making clothes for major global brands in the Indian state of Karnataka say their families are going hungry because factories are refusing to pay the legal minimum wage. Karnataka is one of the hubs of India’s garment…
  • Thursday, 16 December 2021

    Podcast: Lycra aims to expand its eco horizons Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – In the latest Ecotextile Talks podcast, host Philip Berman speaks with the Lycra Company’s sustainability director Jean Hegedus to learn about how its eponymous stretch fibre can contribute to the textile industry's pursuit of supply…
  • Thursday, 16 December 2021

    New Social Justice Center backed by brands Premium Article

    NEW YORK – The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) has established a Social Justice Center (SJC) on campus in a bid to increase opportunity among people of colour. The centre has received pledges in excess of US$1 million from the likes of PVH…
  • Thursday, 16 December 2021

    Capri releases social responsibility report Premium Article

    LONDON - Capri Holdings, which owns Versace, Jimmy Choo and Michael Kors, has published its 2021 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report detailing progress toward its sustainability targets. Capri’s 2021 CSR report builds upon its global,…
  • Thursday, 16 December 2021

    Circular platform Rebag secures US$33m Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Rebag, a resale specialist in luxury handbags and accessories, has secured US$33 million via a series E funding round, which it’ll use to expand its technical capabilities and improve its brick-and-mortar services. The company’s platform…
  • Thursday, 16 December 2021

    Adidas, Allbirds release low carbon trainer Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH / SAN FRANCISCO - Sportswear giant Adidas and sustainable footwear brand Allbirds have released the first product from their collaboration - a running shoe with a carbon footprint of just 2.94 kg CO2e. The Futurecraft.Footprint has a…
  • Thursday, 16 December 2021

    UK authorities to face Xinjiang challenge Premium Article

    LONDON - Campaigners have been granted High Court approval to go ahead with a landmark challenge against the UK authorities for allowing the import of cotton goods believed to have been produced with forced labour in China. The World Uyghur Congress…
  • Wednesday, 15 December 2021

    Mycelium innovator partners with PVH, Bestseller Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Textile innovator Ecovative has launched a sustainable fashion cooperative with Bestseller and PVH Corp – which owns Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein – with the view to co-developing mycelium-based materials for their product ranges.…
  • Wednesday, 15 December 2021

    ACT puts a halt to operations in Myanmar Premium Article

    YANGON - Members of the ACT initiative - which include leading brands such as H&M, Zara owner Inditex and Primark - have decided to put a halt on the organisation's actions in the troubled country of Myanmar. The decision has been taken because of…
  • Wednesday, 15 December 2021

    Microfiber Innovation Challenge names finalists Premium Article

    WASHINGTON - Twelve innovative solutions for addressing plastic microfibre pollution have been selected as finalists with a chance of winning a share of US$650,000 as part of the Conservation X Labs’ (CXL) Microfiber Innovation Challenge. Launched…
  • Wednesday, 15 December 2021

    US and Aussie brands urged to back new accord Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Workers' rights campaigners are urging more US and Australian brands and retailers to sign up to the new International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry. The agreement seeks to make fashion companies…
  • Wednesday, 15 December 2021

    Zara dresses made from recycled emissions Premium Article

    GALICIA - Spanish fashion giant Inditex has linked up with biotech startup LanzaTech to create a collection of clothing made from recycled carbon emissions. The collaboration has led to the design of a capsule collection of party dresses made from…
  • Wednesday, 15 December 2021

    Biden to sign Uyghur forced labour bill Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC — US president Joe Biden will sign off the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act which would ban all imports made with forced labour in the Xinjiang region of China, the White House has confirmed for the first time. The legislation would…
  • Tuesday, 14 December 2021

    H&M increases stake in recycling innovator Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish fashion giant H&M has increased its investment in textile recycling innovator Renewcell which is on the process of building a major new factory in Sundsvall. Swedish investment firm Girindus Investments confirmed it had sold a…
  • Tuesday, 14 December 2021

    Pilot line set up to produce new fibre Premium Article

    ESPOO - A pilot line has been created in Finland to produce a new sustainable cellulose-based fibre called Ioncell which turns wood-based materials and textile waste into high quality fibres. It has been set up at Aalto University, where Ioncell -…
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