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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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  • Monday, 30 January 2023

    Industry bodies issue legislation guidelines Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – Four major fashion industry bodies have come together to issue joint guidelines on what they hope to see from new legislation aimed at advancing sustainability and social responsibility. The American Apparel and Footwear Association…
  • Monday, 30 January 2023

    EU calls on young to promote circular fashion

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission has launched a new campaign – ReSet The Trend – which aims to engage Europeans in the battle against fast fashion and raise public awareness about the EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles. Under the…
  • Monday, 30 January 2023

    Workwear ripe for circular economy gains?

    ST. GALLEN – A Swiss study into the annual flow of workwear through large-scale companies has highlighted greater potential for circularity, despite some firms having already adopted systems which substantially extend the lifecycle of garments.…
  • Monday, 30 January 2023

    New bid to reduce textile waste by 80 per cent

    ESPOO - A European Union (EU) funded research project has been launched with the ambitious goal of developing new solutions to reduce textile waste by as much as 80 per cent. Led by the Finnish state-owned VTT Technical Research Centre, the…
  • Friday, 27 January 2023

    New proposals could boost EU recycled markets Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – A new report from the European Environment Agency that looks at Europe’s secondary market for raw materials, as part of the EU’s ambitions for a circular economy, finds the current structure for recycling textiles is not functioning well…
  • Friday, 27 January 2023

    American Eagle joins US Cotton Trust Protocol

    PITTSBURGH / MEMPHIS - Fashion retailer American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) has become a member of the US Cotton Trust Protocol in a bid to provide greater transparency of its sustainability progress. The company believes membership of the trust…
  • Thursday, 26 January 2023

    Amer Sports partners with Sourcemap

    NEW YORK - Amer Sports, which owns brands including Arc’teryx, Salomon and Wilson, has linked up with traceability solutions provider Sourcemap to verify the company's entire chain of custody from raw material to finished product. Amer Sports will…
  • Thursday, 26 January 2023

    First firms meet new Organic Cotton standard

    ZURICH - Chemical management specialist Oeko-Tex says that two pilot customers have already been certified to its new Organic Cotton label which launches in April. Indian textile supplier Milan Group and Turkish cotton producer Akasya have both been…
  • Thursday, 26 January 2023

    Researchers develop textile waste grading system Premium Article

    ONTARIO – Researchers at the University of Waterloo, in Canada, have developed a new grading system for textile waste to streamline sorting and promote circularity. With it, the academics estimate that more than half of textile waste produced in the…
  • Thursday, 26 January 2023

    Ralph Lauren cashmere recycling programme

    NEW YORK - Fashion brand Ralph Lauren has launched a cashmere recycling programme in North America and Europe. Customers can request a printable, paid postage label from the Ralph Lauren website to send unwanted, 100 per cent cashmere items from any…
  • Thursday, 26 January 2023

    AWEX opens latest wool declaration to feedback

    NEW SOUTH WALES – The Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) has opened a draft of its 2023 National Wool Declaration (NWD) to industry feedback as it looks to ensure the framework best serves native stakeholders. With the NWD, AWEX aims to establish a…
  • Thursday, 26 January 2023

    Archroma makes dyes from textile waste Premium Article

    PRATTELN – Specialty chemicals company Archroma has today launched FiberColours, a new range of sulphur dyes produced from textile waste materials. The company has introduced the patent-pending technology – which synthesises textiles in a reactor to…
  • Thursday, 26 January 2023

    UAL continues student circularity push

    LONDON – University of the Arts London, home to the London College of Fashion, has introduced Re-Use units to its campuses as it seeks to instil in students a focus on circularity. The facilities have been designed so that students can easily…
  • Wednesday, 25 January 2023

    Labour exploitation risks in Canadian imports Premium Article

    MISSISSAUGA — Canadian imports of apparel suspected to have been made with forced and child labour have increased by 67 per cent over the last decade to Can$10.7 billion (US$8m) a year, according to a new report. World Vision Canada's Supply Chain…
  • Wednesday, 25 January 2023

    SAC backs 2023 Sustainable Apparel Forum

    DHAKA - The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is linking up with the Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) for the fourth edition of the Sustainable Apparel Forum where industry stakeholders will exchange ideas on how best to advance sustainability.…
  • Wednesday, 25 January 2023

    Fashion brand Jigsaw launches repair service

    BRIGHTON – British fashion brand Jigsaw has launched a new in-house repair service which will be free to customers for up to year from a purchase. It’s the latest circular initiative to complement the company’s ‘Jigsaw Forever’ sustainable fashion…
  • Tuesday, 24 January 2023

    Brands 'failing to protect Myanmar workers' Premium Article

    YANGON - Fashion brands are failing to protect the workers who make their clothes in Myanmar from labour and human rights abuses ranging from inhumane working conditions and wage theft to violence, arbitrary arrest and even murder, according to a…
  • Tuesday, 24 January 2023

    Middle Eastern retailer partners with Reflaunt

    DUBAI – Middle Eastern fashion retailer Level Shoes has partnered with circular solutions provider Reflaunt to get a foothold of the secondhand fashion market with its own takeback and resale service. The Dubai-based business, of the Chalhoub Group,…
  • Tuesday, 24 January 2023

    Top brands confirm backing for Pakistan Accord Premium Article

    KARACHI - Leading global brands on the steering committee of the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry have confirmed their commitment to a new programme in Pakistan. H&M, Zara owner Inditex, Bestseller, C&A,…
  • Tuesday, 24 January 2023

    Inditex funds Spanish charity with €8.5 million

    ARTEIXO – Spanish fashion conglomerate Inditex has extended its long-standing partnership with native charity Caritas by committing €8.5 million (US$9.2m) to support its various work streams. The sum will be deployed over the coming three years, and…
  • Tuesday, 24 January 2023

    Lucy & Yak launches takeback initiative

    BRIGHTON – British fashion brand Lucy & Yak has launched a new takeback initiative through which customers can return unwanted items in exchange for discounts redeemable against future purchases. It is the latest in a string of sustainability…
  • Tuesday, 24 January 2023

    Mango launches first circular denim range

    BARCELONA – Spanish fashion brand Mango has launched its first denim collection designed with circularity criteria. The range, which features women’s jackets, trousers and jumpsuits, is made entirely from cotton to improve its recyclability and…
  • Monday, 23 January 2023

    Kidswear brand launches donations service

    LONDON – Childrenswear brand Britannical London has launched a new donations service through which customers are incentivised to offload unwanted coats with the promise of discounts. The Re:Coat initiative is deemed complementary to the British…
  • Monday, 23 January 2023

    Fresh funding for clothing care and repair firm

    LONDON – Fashion care and repair specialist Clothes Doctor has secured a £1 million investment, which will be used to make new hires as it scales its operations. The burgeoning British business offers a range of ‘sustainable’ laundry products, in…
  • Monday, 23 January 2023

    Recovo partners with material innovator PersiSkin

    BARCELONA – Deadstock fabrics marketplace Recovo has teamed up with material innovator PersiSkin to promote the company’s animal leather alternative on its platform. Recovo’s site – which convenes fashion brands and designers on its site to promote…
  • Saturday, 21 January 2023

    Court bid fails to stop UK imports of Xinjiang cotton Premium Article

    LONDON – The British High Court has ruled against human rights campaigners that said the UK authorities were allowing the import of cotton textiles made in the Xinjiang region of China that are associated with forced labour. The case against the UK…
  • Friday, 20 January 2023

    Otto Group, Tchibo back Pakistan Accord Premium Article

    HAMBURG – German retailers Otto Group and Tchibo have announced their commitment to the new International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry in Pakistan. The International Accord was first launched in Bangladesh in 2021…
  • Friday, 20 January 2023

    Union hails collective bargaining progress in India Premium Article

    PUNE – IndustriALL Global Union has praised the “healthy industrial relations” on show in India’s Pune region which resulted in nine collective bargaining agreements being struck with multinational companies throughout 2022, including one with Avery…
  • Thursday, 19 January 2023

    Consumer demand driving cotton sustainability standards Premium Article

    WINNIPEG – A new report from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) highlights the continuing year-on-year rise in the adoption of voluntary sustainability standards (VSSs) among cotton growers. The global trend is attributed…
  • Thursday, 19 January 2023

    Vegan footwear start-up secures funding Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Canadian footwear start-up Grounded People, which uses only recycled, vegan materials in its products, has secured CAN$2.5 million in funding from Vancouver’s Right Season Investments Corporation. The shoe brand, launched in late 2021,…
  • Wednesday, 18 January 2023

    Reused garments boast 70x lower planetary impact Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – A study commissioned by an arm of the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC) has estimated that the environmental impact of sorting and reusing garments is 70 times lower than manufacturing new ones. Lifecycle assessments…
  • Wednesday, 18 January 2023

    Pincroft adopts Baldwin’s resource-saving TexCoat G4 Premium Article

    ADLINGTON – British textile dyeing and finishing specialist Pincroft has adopted US machinery manufacturer Baldwin’s TexCoat G4. The non-contact textile finishing equipment uses precision spray technology to offer single- or double-sided treatment…
  • Wednesday, 18 January 2023

    Vivienne Westwood Foundation launches Premium Article

    LONDON – The Vivienne Westwood Foundation has launched in memory of the late fashion designer. The initiative will continue Westwood’s activism with four overarching aims: to halt climate change, stop war, defend human rights and protest capitalism.…
  • Wednesday, 18 January 2023

    Upcycling textile microfibres into new products Premium Article

    SURREY – Scientists have used pyrolysis to carbonise textile microfibres released during laundering to break down the fibres into carbon nanomaterials and hydrogen gas, which can then be upcycled into brand new products. “By controlling the…
  • Wednesday, 18 January 2023

    J.Crew teams up with ThredUp Premium Article

    NEW YORK – US fashion retailer J.Crew has launched a resale platform in partnership with secondhand specialists ThredUp. J.Crew is leveraging ThredUp’s resale-as-a-service (RaaS) proprietary platform for its Clean Out programme to enable its…
  • Wednesday, 18 January 2023

    Renfro Brands teams up with TrusTrace Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Renfro Brands, a socks and legwear manufacturing firm for brands including New Balance, has announced a partnership with traceability solutions provider TrusTrace. TrusTrace is a blockchain-powered collaborative platform that helps…
  • Tuesday, 17 January 2023

    Textile innovator’s project secures €22 million Premium Article

    PARIS – A project led by French textile innovator Fairbrics is the recipient of a €22 million (US$23.8) investment led by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme. The consortium is testing the commercial feasibility of Fairbric’s…
  • Tuesday, 17 January 2023

    Fashion firm Hera partners with The Salvation Army Premium Article

    CHELTENHAM – British fashion brand Hera has launched an online clothing donation service in partnership with The Salvation Army. Donations will be managed by The Salvation Army Trading Company (SATCoL), an arm of the charity which promotes the reuse…
  • Tuesday, 17 January 2023

    EU Fashion Alliance proposes industry measures Premium Article

    GRAN CANARIA – The European Fashion Alliance (EFA), a collective of 29 member organisations, has put forward a package of measures and actions it believes could accelerate sustainability efforts on the continent. Representatives from the likes of…
  • Tuesday, 17 January 2023

    Hugo Boss polo integrates AeoniQ yarn Premium Article

    ZURICH – Luxury fashion giant Hugo Boss has launched its first product made using HeiQ’s innovative AeoniQ yarn. Introduced around a year ago, AeoniQ is described as a new class of cellulosic biopolymer-based filament and has been tipped to one day…
  • Tuesday, 17 January 2023

    Planet Textiles, SAC team up for ITMA’s return Premium Article

    MILAN – Planet Textiles, the international sustainability conference will return this summer at the world’s largest textile industry trade fair, ITMA. Following on from the previous Planet Textiles held pre-pandemic at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona, this…
  • Tuesday, 17 January 2023

    FibreTrace launches 'free' transparency platform Premium Article

    SINGAPORE - Traceability solutions specialist FibreTrace has launched a new digital platform - free of charge until the end of this year - which it says will map the global textile supply chain from fibre to retail. Called FibreTrace Mapped, the…
  • Monday, 16 January 2023

    Adidas targeted by fake press release stunt Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH – Sportswear giant Adidas was the victim of a hoax today with the release of a fake press release claiming the company had appointed a Cambodian former garment worker and trade union leader as its co-CEO. Various international media…
  • Monday, 16 January 2023

    New EU directive to impact 300 textile plants Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Some 300 textile industry plants in the European Union (EU) will have to comply with new legal norms adopted under the EU Industrial Emissions Directive to reduce their environmental impact. The requirements, which will also affect 3,000…
  • Monday, 16 January 2023

    Inditex, Mango back Spain’s circularity push Premium Article

    MADRID – Leading fashion firms have united to launch the Association for Textile Waste Management in Spain. Decathlon, H&M, Mango, Inditex, IKEA, Kiabi and Tendam are founding members of the association, which has been established in anticipation of…
  • Friday, 13 January 2023

    Headwear brand Buff awarded B Corp status Premium Article

    BARCELONA - Spanish head and neckwear brand Buff has become the latest fashion industry company to be awarded B Corporation certification. B Corps, of which there are more than 6,000 globally, are subjected to rigorous assessments which measure…
  • Friday, 13 January 2023

    Company aims to recycle mixed waste textiles Premium Article

    PEARL RIVER — Sustainable technology company Anellotech has announced plans to begin advanced lab testing for its innovative recycling solution which claims to efficiently recycle mixed waste textiles. Anellotech's 'Tex-TCat' solution makes use of…
  • Friday, 13 January 2023

    Textiles industry 'neglects E and S of ESG' Premium Article

    LONDON - The shareholder meetings of retailers in the textile industry are too focused on governance, to the exclusion of environmental and social proposals, according to a new study by the Planet Tracker financial think tank. Researchers examined…
  • Friday, 13 January 2023

    Carbios’ strengthens ties with Novozymes Premium Article

    CLERMONT-FERRAND – Recycling innovator Carbios has strengthened its collaboration with biological solutions provider Novozymes to secure the long-term supply of its PET-degrading enzymes. Carbios is to start production at what will be the world’s…
  • Thursday, 12 January 2023

    Finance deal agreed for Origin Materials plant Premium Article

    WEST SACRAMENTO - Carbon negative materials innovator Origin Materials has announced a key finance deal for what it describes as the company's first 'world-scale' manufacturing facility. Origin, which produces carbon negative raw materials from…
  • Wednesday, 11 January 2023

    SAC posts progress update on Higg review Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has revealed that the results of its much-anticipated third party review of the Higg Index suite of tools are not expected before the middle of this year. The SAC last year confirmed the planned…
  • Wednesday, 11 January 2023

    Sellier acquires fellow resale firm Premium Article

    LONDON – Britain’s Sellier Knightsbridge has acquired fellow luxury resale specialist Worn in a bid to become the country’s leader in the field. The agreement will see Worn’s network of buyers and sellers onboarded to Sellier’s similar site, which…
  • Wednesday, 11 January 2023

    Police quiz human rights NGO over rap video Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - A Cambodian human rights NGO has been questioned by police over the sharing of a music video that features a deadly government crackdown of a garment workers’ protest in 2014. The Licadho civil society organisation shared rapper Kea…
  • Wednesday, 11 January 2023

    Denim group commits to regenerative cotton Premium Article

    MIDDLEFIELD – Denim apparel group Citizens of Humanity has partnered with regenerative agriculture specialist Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA) in a commitment to adopt cotton grown using regenerative farming practices. Over the next harvest season,…
  • Tuesday, 10 January 2023

    Leather UK launches consumer info campaign Premium Article

    NORTHAMPTON - The Leather UK trade body has launched a new project aimed at highlighting the material's 'sustainability' benefits to consumers. The ‘Leather for Life’ swing tag project is a new labelling initiative which stresses leather's…
  • Tuesday, 10 January 2023

    Refined Brands adds Turtle Doves to portfolio Premium Article

    SHREWSBURY - Ethical fashion group Refined Brands, which owns Celtic & Co and Frugi, has acquired Shropshire brand Turtle Doves, which specialises in recycled cashmere. Turtle Doves was founded in 2009 by Kate and Graham Holbrook, and uses…
  • Tuesday, 10 January 2023

    UK backs 'green' cotton mill in Bangladesh Premium Article

    SYLHET - British International Investment (BII), the development finance arm of the UK government, has agreed a US$52 million loan to fund a cotton spinning mill, to be housed in a LEED-certified green building, in Bangladesh. The DBL Group, one of…
  • Tuesday, 10 January 2023

    US and Japan launch forced labour task force Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US and Japan have announced the formation of a task force aimed at protecting human rights in supply chains amid concerns about China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region which produces a fifth of the world's…
  • Tuesday, 10 January 2023

    Sourcemap joins WEF’s innovator community Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Traceability platform Sourcemap has joined the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Innovators Community, an invite-only group of solution providers brought together to advance industry infrastructure. Sourcemap’s tool enables users –…
  • Tuesday, 10 January 2023

    Oeko-Tex 2023 updates include ban on PFAS Premium Article

    ZURICH - Chemical management specialist Oeko-Tex has confirmed that the use of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) will no longer be allowed in textiles, leather and footwear under its Standard 100, Leather Standard and Eco Passport…
  • Monday, 09 January 2023

    Saco Green eyes growth with 'sustainable' solutions

    SPONSORED CONTENT - Saco Green is one of the leading sustainability companies in the textile industry, based in Shanghai, China. Over the years, the firm has invested in optimizing what it says is a “transparent, sustainable” supply chain for all…
  • Monday, 09 January 2023

    Purchasing practices 'linked to worker abuses' Premium Article

    ARLINGTON – New research from the Better Buying Institute (BBI) claims to confirm a link between fashion brands' purchasing practices and human rights violations in supply chain factories. Buyer purchasing practices have the most known impacts on…
  • Monday, 09 January 2023

    Biotech firm scales lab-made 'royal' dye Premium Article

    BEDFORD - Massachusetts-based biotechnology company Conagen says it has successfully scaled up the production of its laboratory-made Tyrian purple textile pigment which is traditionally made from the mucus of murex sea snails. Conagen says its…
  • Monday, 09 January 2023

    Study highlights fashion’s unfair purchasing practices Premium Article

    ABERDEEN – Garment factories in Bangladesh say they are struggling to pay their workers the minimum wage because many global brands aren't paying more to reflect soaring costs, according to a new study. The team at the University of Aberdeen, which…
  • Friday, 06 January 2023

    Turkish yarn manufacturer adopts Haelixa solution Premium Article

    ZÜRICH – Turkish yarn manufacturer Damteks Textiles has partnered with traceability solutions provider Haelixa to verify the sustainability credentials of its recycled materials to customers. Haelixa embeds DNA markers at the fibre level to…
  • Thursday, 05 January 2023

    Fashion brands 'among least trustworthy' Premium Article

    SALFORD - The majority of British consumers don't believe that companies' environmental claims are credible with fashion brands regarded as among the least trustworthy, according to a new survey. The poll of 1,682 adults across the UK by consultants…
  • Thursday, 05 January 2023

    New York state bans PFAS in clothing Premium Article

    NEW YORK - New York has become the latest US state to ban the manufacture and sale of garments and textiles that contain PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances). Governor Kathy Hochul has now signed off on Senate bill S6291A which was…
  • Thursday, 05 January 2023

    Textiles dominate microplastic samples in Adelaide Premium Article

    ADELAIDE – Researchers at an Australian university have found that more than 70 per cent of microplastic pollution found in freshwater streams was caused by textile fibres. Scientists at Flinders University in Adelaide took samples from eight…
  • Wednesday, 04 January 2023

    New owners take over Kings of Indigo Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Sustainable denim brand Kings of Indigo, which filed for bankruptcy in November, has been taken over by Kathrin and Sebastian Proft, the owners of three sustainable fashion companies in Germany and Austria. The entrepreneurial couple…
  • Tuesday, 03 January 2023

    French group SMCP to ban down and feathers Premium Article

    PARIS - French fashion group SMCP, which owns brands Sandro, Maje, Claudie Pierlot and De Fursac, is to ban items made with down and feathers. The group has committed, through its four brands, to having completely eliminated duck and goose feathers…
  • Tuesday, 03 January 2023

    OCA prepares to expand programme to Turkey Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) initiative has begun preparations to extend its work to support farmers in India and Pakistan to a third country, Turkey. The OCA is seeking local experts with which to partner up on an initial three…
  • Tuesday, 03 January 2023

    ZDHC updates guidelines for cellulosic fibres Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation, which works towards the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals, has announced the release of its updated guidelines for the production of man-made cellulosic fibres (MMCF). The ZDHC MMCF Guidelines 2.0 includes the…
  • Tuesday, 03 January 2023

    Renewcell begins commercial factory production Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish textile recycler Renewcell has announced that it has begun commercial production of its Circulose dissolving pulp at its new flagship factory at Sundsvall in Sweden. The company confirmed it has dispatched the first shipment to a…
  • Tuesday, 03 January 2023

    Better Cotton launches programme in Uzbekistan Premium Article

    TASHKENT – The Better Cotton initiative has announced the launch of a new programme in Uzbekistan as it looks to further promote the environmental and social benefits of sustainable agricultural practices. Uzbekistan – which is the world’s sixth…
  • Tuesday, 03 January 2023

    Mango publishes Tier 3 supplier list Premium Article

    BARCELONA – Spanish fashion brand Mango has become the country’s first to publish a list of its Tier 3 suppliers. It means that the company was successful in achieving its goal of publishing supplier lists spanning tiers 1-3 in 2022. “This move is…
  • Friday, 23 December 2022

    Festive greetings – and a look back on 2022 Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – It's time to wish our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – and to reflect on some of the stories which stood out for us – and for you – over the last 12 months. It's been another challenging year in the fashion and textiles…
  • Friday, 23 December 2022

    Study examines domestic textile waste quality Premium Article

    CARDIFF - A study of used textiles left out for kerbside collection or dropped off at household waste recycling centres (HWRC) has found that the majority is of sufficient quality for re-use. The WRAP Cymru charity commissioned the Resource Futures…
  • Friday, 23 December 2022

    Zara launches kids' Jeans Redesign collection Premium Article

    ARTEIXO – Inditex-owned fashion brand Zara has released a circular denim collection for babies and children under the principles of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jeans Redesign programme. Zara, which launched a Jeans Redesign collection for women…
  • Friday, 23 December 2022

    Copenhagen Fashion Week publishes targets update Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – The team behind Copenhagen Fashion Week (CFW) has announced that it met 35 of the 37 targets set out in its 'Sustainability Action Plan 2020-2022'. Notably, the organisation says it’s made progress in phasing out single-use plastics,…
  • Thursday, 22 December 2022

    SAC releases details of new Higg FEM update Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has published a paper giving users of its Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) early access to the new version of the tool before its release next year. The new version of Higg FEM will…
  • Thursday, 22 December 2022

    Mycelium innovator expands with site acquisition Premium Article

    GREEN ISLAND – Textile innovator Ecovative has acquired a mushroom spawn production facility in the Netherlands as it looks to expand manufacturing capacity for its mycelium-based, leather alternative materials. Ecovative says it has the world’s…
  • Wednesday, 21 December 2022

    eBay, BFC announce circular fashion fund winners Premium Article

    LONDON – Secondhand product marketplace eBay and the British Fashion Council have today announced the six winners of their first Circular Fashion Innovator's Fund. The winners, who share £100,000 (US$120,000), are: By Rotation, Circular Textiles…
  • Wednesday, 21 December 2022

    Kering award promotes circular solutions Premium Article

    PARIS – French fashion conglomerate Kering has launched the third iteration of its Generation Award, which this time focuses on materials, designs and business models that promote a circular economy. Applicants will have their solutions scrutinised…
  • Wednesday, 21 December 2022

    ZDHC announces board election results Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation, which works towards the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals, has announced its new board of directors following its annual elections. New appointments include Dr Mark Sumner, lecturer in sustainable fashion at the…
  • Wednesday, 21 December 2022

    Bestseller donations support causes across Asia Premium Article

    BRANDE – Danish fashion company Bestseller and its charitable foundation have donated around DK5 million (US$715,000) to support vulnerable communities in key production countries. The money will be apportioned across Bangladesh, China, India,…
  • Wednesday, 21 December 2022

    First plus size brand links up with ThredUp Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES - US fashion company Torrid has become the first plus size brand to launch a resale platform in partnership with secondhand specialists ThredUp. Torrid is leveraging ThredUp’s resale-as-a-service (RaaS) proprietary platform for its Clean…
  • Wednesday, 21 December 2022

    Pakistani manufacturers adopt Good Earth cotton Premium Article

    MOREE – Two leading Pakistani apparel manufacturers have partnered with the Good Earth cotton programme to adopt traceable materials cultivated using regenerative farming techniques. Good Earth Cotton was pioneered by an Australian family who also…
  • Tuesday, 20 December 2022

    Oxyle secures $3 million in pre-seed funding Premium Article

    ZURICH - Swiss startup Oxyle has announced the completion of a US$3 million pre-seed funding round which it will use to develop its technology which claims to remove micropollutants including perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from…
  • Tuesday, 20 December 2022

    Inditex funds environmental restoration projects Premium Article

    ARTEIXO – Fashion conglomerate Inditex, which owns Zara, has announced the launch of a three-year partnership with environmental non-profit WWF, through which it will finance nine ecosystem restoration projects around the world. As much as €10…
  • Tuesday, 20 December 2022

    Textile manufacturer joins ZDHC Foundation Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Beximco - one of the largest vertically-integrated textile manufacturing companies in South Asia - has joined the ZDHC Foundation, which works towards the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals, as a contributor. Beximco (Bangladesh…
  • Tuesday, 20 December 2022

    Pangaia achieves B Corp certification Premium Article

    LONDON – Materials science brand Pangaia has become the latest fashion industry firm to secure B Corp certification. B Corporations, of which there are more than 6,000 globally, are subjected to rigorous assessments which measure efforts across five…
  • Tuesday, 20 December 2022

    Recover’s recycled fibre adopted in new collection Premium Article

    IRVINE – US apparel retailer Tilly’s, and its brand partner RSQ, have announced a collaboration with Spanish textile innovator Recover to introduce a collection of garments comprising 20 per cent of the latter’s recycled cotton fibre. Recover’s…
  • Monday, 19 December 2022

    Versace owner publishes 2022 CSR report Premium Article

    LONDON - Capri Holdings, which owns Versace, Jimmy Choo and Michael Kors, has published its 2022 corporate social responsibility (CSR) report which includes updates on progress toward its sustainability goals. The report builds on the company’s…
  • Monday, 19 December 2022

    Calls for Bangladesh to ban textile waste exports Premium Article

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Textile Millers Association (BTMA) has urged authorities to ban the export of garment waste in a bid to preserve raw materials for native recyclers. In a letter to the National Board of Revenue, the BTMA pointed to capacity…
  • Monday, 19 December 2022

    Supply chain migrant garment workers sue Tesco Premium Article

    MAE SOT - Supermarket giant Tesco is facing a landmark legal case from former migrant garment workers at a Thai factory in its supply chain who claim they were made to work 99-hour weeks for illegally low pay in dangerous conditions. A total of 130…
  • Monday, 19 December 2022

    Indian cotton bodies to promote sector’s sustainability Premium Article

    NEW DELHI – The Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) and the Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council of India (TEXPROCIL) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and will endeavour to promote the branding and traceability of cotton produced…
  • Monday, 19 December 2022

    Bio-recycler links up with Stella McCartney Premium Article

    NEW HAVEN - US startup Protein Evolution (PEI) is to work with fashion brand Stella McCartney in a bid to demonstrate the potential of its enzyme-based technology to recycle synthetic textiles. From next year, PEI will turn unused polyester and…
  • Monday, 19 December 2022

    Cotton Traders partners with The Salvation Army Premium Article

    ALTRINCHAM – British fashion brand Cotton Traders has partnered with The Salvation Army and will direct unwanted clothing donated by its customers to the charity’s network of stores. Donations are managed by The Salvation Army Trading Company…
  • Friday, 16 December 2022

    TexAid develops circular tote-bag Premium Article

    SCHATTDORF – Circular solutions provider TexAid has developed a tote-bag from post-consumer textile and plastic waste. The product integrates technology company Circular.Fashion’s QR code-based circularity.ID solution, enabling consumers to scan it…
  • Friday, 16 December 2022

    Brands concerned over REACH regulations delay Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - A total of 22 global companies — including H&M, Adidas, IKEA and Decathlon — have sent a joint letter to European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen expressing concern over a delay to a planned revision of the REACH chemical…
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