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Silver bullet solutions capable of tackling overconsumption and waste are, unsurprisingly, few and far between. Increasingly, however, innovations are cropping up which look to offset concern and are ever-increasingly marketed as either bio-based, biodegradable or compostable. But what do these terms really mean?

Unfortunately, too often people get these terms mixed up, yet they mean entirely different things. Therefore, some myth busting is required. Bio-based, by definition, is “a product or material wholly or partly derived from biomass, such as plants, trees or animals,” in which case the biomass may have undergone physical, chemical or biological treatment.

A product is biodegradable, however, “if it can be decomposed by the action of microorganisms,” whilst a compostable product – which shares similarities with the latter – is one that biodegrades but only under specific conditions, and subsequently produces high quality compost. Pamela Ravasio reports.

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  • Friday, 03 April 2020

    Textile mills 'also need help', say owners

    DHAKA - Textile mill owners in Bangladesh are appealing for financial support from the government to help them survive the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) said the country’s textile mills…
  • Friday, 03 April 2020

    Factory owners 'can't afford to pay workers'

    PHNOM PENH - Garment factory owners in Cambodia say cancelled orders mean they can no longer afford to pay 40 per cent of wages to workers, temporarily laid off because of coronavirus, as ordered by the government. The Garment Manufacturers…
  • Friday, 03 April 2020

    Unions call for factory closures in Myanmar

    YANGON - Trade unions in Myanmar are urging garment factory owners to shut down their plants, while paying workers their wages in full, during April because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some 16 unions under the umbrella of the Federation of Garment…
  • Thursday, 02 April 2020

    COVID-19 threat to 1m workers in Pakistan Premium Article

    KARACHI - More than a million garment and textile workers in Pakistan are set to lose their jobs because of the coronavirus crisis and most will get no financial support to ease the blow, according to trade union leaders. In an exclusive interview…
  • Thursday, 02 April 2020

    Cotton 2040 aims to take mission to next level

    LONDON - The Cotton 2040 initative has revealed details of the next stage of its mission to drive a systemic shift to increase the global mainstream uptake of sustainable cotton. With renewed funding from Laudes Foundation, which was formerly known…
  • Thursday, 02 April 2020

    Kontoor Brands joins Green Supply Chain Map

    BEIJING – Kontoor Brands, which owns the Wrangler and Lee brands, has joined the Green Supply Chain Map in 2020; a move which means the firm will disclose the environmental information of all their suppliers located in China. The online tool, launched…
  • Thursday, 02 April 2020

    Inditex agrees to Bangladesh order payments

    DHAKA – Fashion firms Inditex, Target, Marks & Spencer and Kiabi say they will accommodate and pay for orders from Bangladeshi suppliers, having originally left the country’s garment manufacturers high-and-dry. The decision to backtrack follows…
  • Thursday, 02 April 2020

    Cambodia braces for mass order cancellations Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Up to 60 per cent of Cambodia’s garment manufacturing facilities could be forced to suspend operations by the end of the month – impacting an estimated 300,000 workers – if buyers don’t honour their contractual obligations, according to…
  • Wednesday, 01 April 2020

    Lockdown leaves migrant workers stranded in India Premium Article

    INDIA - Millions of migrant labourers - including garment and textiles workers - are stranded in cities across India after the coronavirus lockdown left them poverty-stricken, homeless and unable to return to their home villages. At least 22 are…
  • Wednesday, 01 April 2020

    Fair Wear dossier details Covid-19 guidance

    AMSTERDAM – The Fair Wear Foundation, a non-profit which works with both brands and supply chain workers, has launched a Covid-19 dossier to help stakeholders navigate through the current exceptional circumstances and mitigate damage. “The lives of…
  • Wednesday, 01 April 2020

    COVID-19, the catalyst for change

    WAKEFIELD – We understand our print magazine subscribers well enough to know they’ll be fine about us making the April issue (No:96) of Ecotextile News free to everyone, in an effort to keep environmental and social issues at the centre of our…
  • Wednesday, 01 April 2020

    BCI sets up forced labour task force

    XINJIANG – The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has set up what it describes as an expert task force to investigate allegations of the use of forced labour in areas such as the Xinjiang region of China. It comes after the BCI finally announced earlier…
  • Wednesday, 01 April 2020

    H&M supports fashion industry innovations

    STOCKHOLM - The H&M Foundation has revealed the five innovative winners of its 2020 Global Change Award who will receive financial support totalling €1 million (US$1.1 million). They range from lab-grown cotton and creating fabrics from protein DNA,…
  • Wednesday, 01 April 2020

    AWEX U-turns on Wool Declaration changes Premium Article

    NEW SOUTH WALES – The Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) has finally reached a verdict after three months of deliberations over whether to change its 2019 National Wool Declaration (NWD), choosing to scrap suggested revisions to the definitions on…
  • Wednesday, 01 April 2020

    Study to assess use of agricultural waste for textiles

    ZUG - The Laudes Foundation is inviting proposals from industry actors to assess the availability and viability of agricultural waste for use as feedstock for the production of textiles at scale. The organisation, formerly known as the C&A…
  • Tuesday, 31 March 2020

    New fabrics from plants grown in seawater

    LONDON - An interdisciplinary team of students is working together to make fabrics from salt-tolerant plants grown in seawater in a bid to reduce the amount of freshwater consumed by the textiles industry. The students – from the Imperial College…
  • Tuesday, 31 March 2020

    Fashion for Good adapts amidst industry shake up Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Following an improv virtual selection day, held in light of travel restrictions, global sustainability initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) has selected its seventh batch of innovators to embark on its now ritual Accelerator programme,…
  • Tuesday, 31 March 2020

    Brands named and shamed over cancelled orders Premium Article

    PENNSYLVANIA - A new report lists the fashion brands which have reportedly cancelled or postponed the most orders from suppliers in Bangladesh where more than a million garment workers have now lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic.…
  • Tuesday, 31 March 2020

    Workers fearful as fashion distribution sites remain open Premium Article

    UNITED KINGDOM – Fashion manufacturing facilities around the world continue to defy government advice by failing to comply with social distancing guidelines, and are putting the lives of workers at risk as a result. Warehouses distributing stock for…
  • Tuesday, 31 March 2020

    Everlane cut backs hit union workers hard Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Hundreds of workers for US brand Everlane have been left jobless after the business cutback its personnel in light of economic inactivity brought on by the coronavirus. It’s said that remote customer service workers, which have been…
  • Tuesday, 31 March 2020

    Raeburn partners to showcase upcycling opportunities

    LONDON – Fashion designer Christopher Raeburn has partnered with Dylon Dyes in a campaign which demonstrates how creativity can unlock an array of upcycling opportunities with apparel. This comes after Dylon commissioned research homing in on…
  • Monday, 30 March 2020

    New home fabric 'eliminates microplastic shedding' Premium Article

    BERN - The OceanSafe sustainable textile manufacturer has introduced a new recyclable fabric, intended for curtains and other home applications, which is designed to help eliminate the microplastic shedding associated with polyester-based fibres.…
  • Monday, 30 March 2020

    Burberry retools factory for COVID-19 fight Premium Article

    CASTLEFORD - Fashion brand Burberry has retooled its trench coat factory, in Castleford, West Yorkshire, to make non-surgical gowns and masks for patients to support those hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is also to supply 100,000 surgical…
  • Monday, 30 March 2020

    Fashion lovers urged to support garment workers Premium Article

    LEEK - The Fashion Revolution not-for-profit movement is urging fashion lovers to write to their favourite brands urging them to do more to support the people who make their clothes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The global organisation, which…
  • Monday, 30 March 2020

    H&M to pay suppliers for goods in production Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish fashion giant H&M has assured its garment suppliers in Bangladesh that they will receive payment for orders that have already been manufactured in a move that will ease the financial pressures exerted on local garment factories…
  • Monday, 30 March 2020

    Most factories close gates in Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA - Most clothing factories in Bangladesh - the world's second biggest garment exporter after China - have now locked their gates due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to owners. It comes after the government ordered a lockdown - until at…
  • Monday, 30 March 2020

    EU likely to ban C6-based textile coatings Premium Article

    HELSINKI – Time may be up on the use of fluorocarbon-based ‘C6’ water repellents in textiles and other consumer goods in Europe, after Germany submitted proposed new rules to restrict perfluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA) coming on to the market. A…
  • Monday, 30 March 2020

    Radici supports hometown hospital

    BERGAMO – Radici Plastics Suzhou, a subsidiary of the group which specialises in engineering polymer production, has joined a fund-raising initiative in Shanghai which will facilitate the movement of PPE to the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in…
  • Friday, 27 March 2020

    BCI pulls out of Xinjiang Premium Article

    XINJIANG – The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has suspended activities with licensed farmers in the Xinjiang region of China for the upcoming cotton season (2020/21) over persistent allegations of forced labour in the region. This decision comes…
  • Friday, 27 March 2020

    YKK adapts production to help combat Covid Premium Article

    MARIETTA – Fastener manufacturer YKK has shifted its manufacturing focus from fashion accessories to assist in the production of time-critical solutions in the fight against the coronavirus. “The Covid-19 pandemic is presenting us with challenges we…
  • Friday, 27 March 2020

    Lockdown pay deal for South African garment workers Premium Article

    PRETORIA - South Africa's 80,000 garment and textile sector workers have been guaranteed full pay for six weeks, during and after the Covid-19 lock down, in what has been described as a "groundbreaking agreement". It comes after President Cyril…
  • Friday, 27 March 2020

    British Fashion Council to launch Covid Crisis Fund Premium Article

    LONDON – The British Fashion Council (BFC) has today launched the BFC Foundation Covid Crisis Fund, which will apportion cash from a £1 million kitty to fashion businesses to relieve some of the strains felt over this uncertain period. “Now more…
  • Friday, 27 March 2020

    Cambodia's garment industry in COVID-19 plea Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - Garment factory owners in Cambodia are urging brands and retailers not to cancel or postpone orders during the current coronavirus pandemic. The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) is calling on all stakeholders to work…
  • Friday, 27 March 2020

    MPs urged to look again at fashion's impact Premium Article

    LONDON - The Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) research body is urging the UK government's influential Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) to put fashion back on the agenda of subjects it is planning to investigate. Professor Dilys Williams, the…
  • Thursday, 26 March 2020

    AAFA welcomes Senate’s US$2 trillion war chest Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has welcomed Senate approval of a US$2 trillion war chest which will ease the hardship felt by businesses across the country since the outbreak of the coronavirus which is now rampant…
  • Thursday, 26 March 2020

    Dissolvable thread maker joins circular economy network Premium Article

    COWES - Belgian dissolvable thread manufacturer Resortecs has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Circular Economy 100 (CE100) network of companies which have committed to working towards a circular economy. The Ghent-based company provides…
  • Thursday, 26 March 2020

    Industry aligns in PPE relief work Premium Article

    PARIS – In uncertain times, a growing number of textile industry stakeholders are rallying to scale the production of essential personal protective equipment, easing the pressure on healthcare services the world over. The likes of Kering, C&A and…
  • Thursday, 26 March 2020

    Bangladesh factories set to close in lockdown? Premium Article

    DHAKA - Thousands of factories are expected to close their gates in Bangladesh after the country followed India's lead by imposing a nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Local authorities have asked citizens in the country to stay…
  • Wednesday, 25 March 2020

    CEO reflects on the lessons of COVID-19 Premium Article

    MUNICH - The CEO of functional textile manufacturer Sympatex says the COVID-19 pandemic could teach us a valuable lesson about the need to avoid overburdening economic, social and ecological systems. In a lengthy email, entitled Personal Thoughts of…
  • Wednesday, 25 March 2020

    Global Cotton Sustainability Conference postponed Premium Article

    LISBON - The 2020 Global Cotton Sustainability Conference - which was due to be held in Lisbon in June - has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), which organises the event, has decided the conference…
  • Wednesday, 25 March 2020

    Performance Days cancelled over coronavirus Premium Article

    MUNICH – The organiser of the Performance Days trade show has cancelled its April showcase in Munich, due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus. Despite no stipulations from the German authorities forcing the event to be called off, the team…
  • Wednesday, 25 March 2020

    Podcast: The price of sustainability - $300bn Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – Katrin Ley from Fashion for Good and Catharina Martinez-Pardo from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the authors of a new report on what it will cost to meet the industry's sustainability goals, join Mike Schragger from the Sustainable…
  • Tuesday, 24 March 2020

    US agricultural sustainability coalition launched Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - A total of 21 agricultural bodies, representing millions of US farmers and ranchers, have launched a new coalition committed to environmental and economic sustainability. The new organisation, entitled Farmers for a Sustainable…
  • Tuesday, 24 March 2020

    Submarine avalanches distribute microfibres Premium Article

    MANCHESTER – Scientists have found a new way in which microplastics and textile microfibres find their way into deep sea marine environments – through submarine avalanches. It’s estimated that over 10 million tons of plastic pollution is exported…
  • Tuesday, 24 March 2020

    Kingpins to stage virtual denim trade show Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Denim trade fair Kingpins is to host a two day online event in place of its Amsterdam event which was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 'Kingpins24' will take place on 22-23 April, the same dates when the Kingpins Amsterdam…
  • Tuesday, 24 March 2020

    COVID-19: $2bn orders cancelled in Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA - Garment factories in Bangladesh have now had orders worth more than US$2 billion cancelled by brands and retailers because of the global coronavirus crisis. Orders for nearly 650 million garments, worth a total of US$2.04 billion have been…
  • Monday, 23 March 2020

    Factory bosses accused over COVID-19 crisis Premium Article

    TEGUCIGALPA - Workers in Central American are accusing 'maquila' factory owners of using the coronavirus crisis as a way to cut wages, layoff workers and even block efforts to form unions. The largely duty and tariff-free 'maquila' factories, which…
  • Sunday, 22 March 2020

    H&M suppliers to make PPE to tackle COVID-19 Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Fashion giant H&M says it will ask its supply chain to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) to help medical staff tackle the COVID-19 outbreak and use its global networks to deliver them to hospitals as soon as possible.. “The…
  • Friday, 20 March 2020

    WRAP offers £1.5m grants for textile recycling Premium Article

    BANBURY - UK waste recycling charity WRAP is offering £1.5 million (US$1.75 million) in grants to support projects that provide innovative ways for textile waste to be recycled or re-used. Grants of between £20,000 and £170,000 are available to…
  • Friday, 20 March 2020

    Textile Exchange releases new Mohair standard, updates RWS Premium Article

    LUBBOCK – Textile Exchange has released a new Responsible Mohair Standard (RMS) alongside the first revisions to its Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). The new RMS standard is based on the same system as its wool counterpart due to the effectiveness…
  • Friday, 20 March 2020

    Textile mills urged to complete coronavirus survey Premium Article

    DELAWARE – Better Buying, the textile industry initiative which allows manufacturers to anonymously rate their customers, has invited suppliers to take part in a short survey about the impacts the coronavirus is having on businesses and workers. The…
  • Friday, 20 March 2020

    GMAC refutes “baseless” worker protection allegations Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has denied accusations from the Cambodia Confederation of Union (CCU) that member factories have failed to implement preventative measures against the spread of coronavirus,…
  • Friday, 20 March 2020

    Fashion for Good unveils latest batch of innovators Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Global sustainability initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) has unveiled the latest batch of innovators to join its Accelerator Programme following an improv virtual selection process. 21 innovators were whittled down to 13 via an online…
  • Friday, 20 March 2020

    Lenzing ‘on track’ to meet 2030 environmental goals Premium Article

    LENZING – A new sustainability report released today by the Lenzing Group says that it’s ‘on track’ to meet all of its sustainability goals and to halve its CO2 emissions by 2030, after having its targets approved by the Science Based Targets…
  • Thursday, 19 March 2020

    Wool microfibres report draws surprise conclusion Premium Article

    CHRISTCHURCH - Microfibres from machine-washable wool biodegrade more than three times faster than untreated wool in water, according to a surprising new study by scientists at New Zealand's AgResearch which serves the country's agriculture…
  • Thursday, 19 March 2020

    ILO: policies needed to ease unemployment Premium Article

    GENEVA – The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that upwards of 25 million jobs could be lost around the world as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and has called for an internationally coordinated policy response to mitigate the…
  • Thursday, 19 March 2020

    Bluesign updates criteria after industry consultations Premium Article

    ST. GALLEN – Bluesign has released new criteria for environmental impact reduction, following close consultations with various industry stakeholders. Last September the Swiss firm announced that it would work with brands, NGOs, chemical suppliers…
  • Thursday, 19 March 2020

    Organic textile standard gets upgraded Premium Article

    STUTTGART – The new version of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) released includes new requirements for chemical formulators, makes changes to the addition of regenerated and virgin synthetic textile fibres and has added a completely new…
  • Wednesday, 18 March 2020

    Microplastic fibres linked to changes in fish Premium Article

    NORTH CAROLINA - Chronic exposure of microfibres has been linked to serious respiratory and reproductive changes in fish, according to a new study by scientists. Researchers at Duke University in the US state of North Carolina and Zhejiang…
  • Wednesday, 18 March 2020

    ZDHC welcomes new contributors Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Three new companies - including Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing Co Ltd - have signed up to the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero initiative to replace hazardous chemicals with safer ones in textiles and clothing production. Fast Retailing becomes a ZDHC…
  • Wednesday, 18 March 2020

    Converse strips back design with material toolkit Premium Article

    BOSTON – Clothing company Converse has developed what it describes a “material toolkit” which will be leveraged for the footwear it designs and manufactures going forward. Comprising a stretch canvas, foam and outsole rubber, the toolkit strips back…
  • Wednesday, 18 March 2020

    Brands urged to protect garment workers from virus Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is urging brands to urgently take steps to minimise the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the health and livelihoods of garment workers. The non-profit, which campaigns to improve workers' rights and…
  • Tuesday, 17 March 2020

    Fashion urged to cut resource use by 75% Premium Article

    LONDON - Fashion brands are being urged to dramatically cut their use of virgin raw materials within the next decade to address the climate and nature emergencies facing the planet. The call comes in a new report, entitled the Earth Logic Action…
  • Tuesday, 17 March 2020

    Appeal to complete PET recycling survey Premium Article

    ZUG - The European Outdoor Group (EOG) trade association is inviting its members and other industry bodies to help in a project aimed at increasing the recycling of PET textiles. In partnership with the Demeto project, a groundbreaking chemical…
  • Tuesday, 17 March 2020

    Sateri produces viscose from recycled textile waste Premium Article

    SHANGHAI - Cellulosic fibre producer Sateri is claiming a breakthrough by successfully producing viscose fibre regenerated from textile waste on a commercial production line. The new fibre uses a mix of dissolving pulp made from recycled…
  • Tuesday, 17 March 2020

    Global Fashion Group sets 'sustainability' goals Premium Article

    SINGAPORE - Online fashion company Global Fashion Group (GFG), which owns websites including The Iconic, Zalora, Dafiti and Lamoda, has published its first sustainability report. The group, which employs 12,828 people across 19 countries and claims…
  • Monday, 16 March 2020

    US bill would ban imports from Xinjiang Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - US lawmakers are proposing a ban on imports from the Xinjiang region of northwestern China following reports of the use of forced labour by Uyghur Muslim detainees in cotton and other industries. Representative James McGovern and…
  • Monday, 16 March 2020

    Primark wins fashion's first Vegan Mark Premium Article

    DUBLIN - Fast fashion retailer Primark has become the first in the global industry to be awarded vegan certification for its clothing, shoes and carrier bags. Global inspection services firm TÜV Rheinland awarded Primark with its 'Vegan Mark'…
  • Monday, 16 March 2020

    Naturvernforbund demands change in Norway Premium Article

    OSLO - Norwegian nature conservation organisation Norges Naturvernforbund (Friends of the Earth Norway) has called on the country’s Government to encourage industry players to take a more responsible role and reduce the environmental impact of…
  • Monday, 16 March 2020

    Chanel announces climate change targets Premium Article

    PARIS - Luxury brand Chanel has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent across its own operations, and across its entire supply chain by 40 per cent per unit sold, by 2030. The pledge was made as part of the label's climate…
  • Monday, 16 March 2020

    Luxury brands accused over Indian embroiderers Premium Article

    MUMBAI - A pact by luxury fashion companies, including Kering, LVMH, Burberry and Mulberry, to improve the working conditions of expert embroiderers in their supply chains in India is failing to meet its objectives, according to a news report. The…
  • Monday, 16 March 2020

    Everlane commits to fully organic cotton switch by 2023 Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – US apparel brand Everlane says it will enhance the environmental credibility of its supply chain by fully transitioning to certified organic cotton by 2023. The Californian brand, which prides itself on transparency yet as previously…
  • Friday, 13 March 2020

    Myanmar wants national committee as trade concern grows Premium Article

    YANGON – The Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) has urged the government to establish a national committee to address the economic and social impacts of the coronavirus, as its industry continues to suffer in…
  • Friday, 13 March 2020

    Nordstrom revises human rights targets Premium Article

    SEATTLE – American fashion retailer Nordstrom has unveiled new 2025 human rights targets for the supply chain of its private-label brand, Made. Whilst continuing work alongside Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) to deliver on its HERproject –…
  • Friday, 13 March 2020

    Hugo Boss launches PETA-approved Vegan suit Premium Article

    LONDON – Luxury apparel brand Hugo Boss has launched its first completely animal-free men’s suit, certified with the PETA-approved Vegan logo. Developed for Boss’ spring/summer collection, the suit uses certified organic linen in a move away from…
  • Thursday, 12 March 2020

    Recycled polyester supplier upgrades spinning technology Premium Article

    NASHIK – An Indian-based synthetic yarn supplier has started the production of recycled polyester FDY (fully drawn yarns) at its facility in Nashik using a new Oerlikon Barmag direct spinning system. As a result, Polygenta is now able to produce a…
  • Thursday, 12 March 2020

    Commission adopts new Circular Economy Action Plan Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – The European Commission (EC) has adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan, which will address product design, manufacture and waste in industries including textiles, plastics and packaging. Just one of the building blocks of the €1…
  • Thursday, 12 March 2020

    Canopy reports ‘low risk’ audit results for Kelheim Fibres Premium Article

    KELHEIM – German viscose producer Kelheim Fibres has undergone a CanopyStyle Audit, which confirms the company’s supply chain as low risk of sourcing wood from Ancient and Endangered Forests or other controversial sources. Executed by independent…
  • Thursday, 12 March 2020

    Waste sorting system offers hope to textile industry Premium Article

    WORMERVEER – A new textile sorting technology has been developed capable of processing 900kg of post-consumer material in just an hour. The Near Infrared (NIR) system, developed by Belgian construction firm Valvan and Dutch firm Wieland Textiles…
  • Wednesday, 11 March 2020

    Thailand 'failing to protect garment workers' Premium Article

    BANGKOK - Thailand should be downgraded by the US State Department in its annual report on human trafficking because of its lack of progress in protecting garment and fishing workers, according to a coalition of human rights groups. The South-East…
  • Wednesday, 11 March 2020

    Spinnova claims 'world's most sustainable workwear' Premium Article

    HELSINKI - Finnish fibre company Spinnova has teamed up with workwear manufacturer Touchpoint to create a prototype apron which both parties claim could be the world's most ecological item of workwear. The 'Tapio' apron, which was unveiled at the…
  • Wednesday, 11 March 2020

    Industry bodies oppose forced labour in China Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Five major US apparel industry organisations have put out a joint statement addressing allegations of forced labour involving Uyghuy Muslim detainees in China’s Xinjiang province. The US Fashion Industry Association, American Apparel…
  • Wednesday, 11 March 2020

    Myanmar: factory inspections to combat bogus closures? Premium Article

    YANGON – The Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar has called on the government to establish a team to monitor factories before they close, as it’s suspected some sites are using the excuse of material shortages to temporarily shutdown and evade…
  • Wednesday, 11 March 2020

    Podcast: Why fashion should not reinvent the wheel Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – Lewis Perkins, president of the Apparel Impact Institute (AII), joins Mike Schragger from the Sustainable Fashion Academy, to outline his vision for accelerating change in the garment industry. Speaking in the first episode of a new…
  • Tuesday, 10 March 2020

    Leeway on loan repayments for Cambodian workers Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the country’s micro-financial institutions and commercial banks to consider temporarily suspending loan repayments for garment workers whose factories have been impacted by raw material…
  • Tuesday, 10 March 2020

    Textile microfibres shed fast in everyday wear Premium Article

    PLYMOUTH – New research on the extent of textile microfibre pollution in the environment suggests that garments emit substantially more microfibres when worn than they do when laundered. Scientists from the University of Plymouth and the Institute…
  • Tuesday, 10 March 2020

    Kingpins Amsterdam cancelled over coronavirus Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Denim trade fair Kingpins has cancelled its Amsterdam event, which was set to take place 22-23 April, due to escalating cases of the coronavirus around the world, particularly within Europe. Its Hong Kong showcase was cancelled last…
  • Tuesday, 10 March 2020

    Brands blamed for abuse of garment workers Premium Article

    DHAKA - Brands are partly to blame for the prevalence of gender-based violence against women garment workers in Bangladesh, according to a new report. The study, entitled Break the Silence, Stop the Violence, was carried out by the Bangladesh Centre…
  • Tuesday, 10 March 2020

    Polyester microfibres found in new deep sea species Premium Article

    NEWCASTLE – WWF has called for a global treaty on plastic pollution to be drawn up after polyester microfibres were found inside a new species of deep-sea amphipod recently discovered by scientists, which was officially named ‘Eurythenes plasticus.’…
  • Tuesday, 10 March 2020

    Uzbekistan scraps cotton quota system Premium Article

    TASHKENT - The President of Uzbekistan has signed a decree abolishing the state-ordered quota system for cotton crops, ending a decades-old arrangement that encouraged forced labour in the industry. The decree signed by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev…
  • Tuesday, 10 March 2020

    Bestseller denies forced labour allegations Premium Article

    XINJIANG - Danish fashion company Bestseller has denied allegations that its Jack & Jones brand is implicated in the use of factories linked to forced labour in the Xinjiang region of China. The report, by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute,…
  • Tuesday, 10 March 2020

    Patagonia teaches customers how to repair clothes Premium Article

    VENTURA - US outdoor apparel brand Patagonia is offering to teach its customers how to carry out their own repairs so they can make their garments last longer. The company has launched the concept - in partnership with the iFixit online repair…
  • Monday, 09 March 2020

    Baukjen and Isabella Oliver sign Fashion Pact Premium Article

    LONDON - Clothing company House of Baukjen, which includes contemporary womenswear brand Baukjen and maternity wear label Isabella Oliver, has joined the Fashion Pact. The company is joining a coalition of 65 leading groups and brands in luxury,…
  • Monday, 09 March 2020

    Ternua turns waste wool into jacket insulation Premium Article

    MONDRAGON - Spanish outdoor apparel brand Ternua has launched a circular economy project to use the wool of the Latxa sheep - which almost entirely goes to waste - as thermal insulation for high quality jackets. Latxa is a breed of domestic sheep…
  • Monday, 09 March 2020

    Cambodia welcomes new shipments from China Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia will today welcome new shipments of textiles, buttons and zips from China following a month of uncertainty. Last month the country’s Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training warned that as many as 10 per cent of the country’s…
  • Monday, 09 March 2020

    Value of UK sales of organic textiles rises Premium Article

    BRISTOL – UK sales of Soil Association certified organic textiles grew by 10 per cent in value to £45.4 million in 2019, according to a new report published today. The new '2020 UK Organic Textile Market Report' from the Soil Association based its…
  • Friday, 06 March 2020

    Europe joins pact to eliminate plastic waste Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Europe has become the first international region to join the Ellen Macarthur Foundation’s Plastics Pact network which aims to prevent plastics from becoming waste or pollution. The European Plastics Pact brings together 15 governments and…
  • Friday, 06 March 2020

    Bangladesh garment workers 'face abuse' - report Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - A new US Senate report into the garment industry in Bangladesh in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster concludes that factory safety has improved but that serious fears remain while workers still face widespread abuse. It expressed…
  • Friday, 06 March 2020

    Lacoste gloves 'made by Chinese prisoners' Premium Article

    XINJIANG - French fashion brand Lacoste has halted orders for a line of gloves following allegations they were made using forced labour by Uyghur prisoners held at a Chinese internment camp. The US-based Worker Rights Consortium raised concerns that…
  • Friday, 06 March 2020

    ASOS removes return slips from orders Premium Article

    LONDON – Fashion brand ASOS has made the decision to remove paper return slips from its deliveries, in a move that’s projected to save 8,450 trees and more than 320,000kg of paper each year. This comes as ASOS accelerates efforts under its pledge to…
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