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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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  • Wednesday, 12 May 2021

    Adidas and Allbirds produce low carbon shoe Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH / SAN FRANCISCO - Sportswear giant Adidas and sustainable footwear brand Allbirds have produced the first result of their collaboration - a running shoe with a carbon footprint of less than three kilogrammes. They claim the 63 per…
  • Wednesday, 12 May 2021

    Brands back new initiative for garment workers Premium Article

    GLOBAL - Fashion brands and NGOs are coming together for a new initiative which aims to raise at least US$10 million to improve the lives of female garment workers in supply chains. The Resilience Fund for Women in Global Value Chains is a joint…
  • Wednesday, 12 May 2021

    Dutch firm Schijvens adopts tracing tech

    HILVARENBEEK – Dutch manufacturer Schijvens Corporate Fashion has partnered with compatriot company and innovative start-up The Movement to adopt its Aware traceability technology. Schijvens yarns will as such encompass proprietary tracer particles…
  • Wednesday, 12 May 2021

    Scientists create 'leather' from silk proteins

    BOSTON - Scientists have created a leather-like material from silk proteins which they say offers similar qualities to the real thing but from a more sustainable source. Researchers at the Tufts University School of Engineering in Boston,…
  • Wednesday, 12 May 2021

    Circular services provider acquires Rebound Returns

    TELFORD – Circular services provider Reconomy has acquired ReBound Returns, a company that works with brands to offset the environmental impact of product returns, as it looks to “supercharge” the industry’s sustainability efforts. Reconomy says the…
  • Wednesday, 12 May 2021

    ADM signs recycled cotton deal with Recover

    KARACHI - Vertically integrated fabric manufacturer Artistic Denim Mills (ADM) has signed a partnership with Spanish material sciences company Recover to use its traceable recycled cotton. ADM says the global deal will enable it to scale its use of…
  • Wednesday, 12 May 2021

    Resale platform Vinted raises €250 million

    VILNIUS – Second-hand fashion platform Vinted has raised €250 million (US$303m) via a Series F funding round, which it’ll use to expand into new geographies while increasing the size of its team. The investment was led by the likes of Accel, Burda…
  • Tuesday, 11 May 2021

    BRC: UK retail giants 'halve CO2 emissions'

    LONDON - Britain's retailers have reduced their carbon emissions by 49 per cent since 2005, according to analysis by the British Retail Consortium (BRC). The BRC's figures include all of its members which disclose their carbon emissions and accounts…
  • Tuesday, 11 May 2021

    Coats launches new biodegradable ‘EcoRegen’ fibre

    UXBRIDGE – Industrial thread manufacturer Coats has developed EcoRegen, a biodegradable thread made entirely from lyocell. It’s the latest in the company’s range of more ‘sustainable’ fibres, having previously launched the likes of EcoVerde in 2018,…
  • Tuesday, 11 May 2021

    20 injured as police open fire on workers

    GAZIPUR - At least 20 garment workers have been injured in Bangladesh after police opened fire and baton-charged protesters who were demanding an extension of the Eid holidays. The incident happened in the Tongi industrial area of the central city…
  • Tuesday, 11 May 2021

    Charity shop marketplace launches in UK

    LONDON – Thriftify, an online marketplace that connects charity shops with second-hand fashion consumers, has launched in the UK. It follows a successful spell in Ireland, where 95 per cent of charity retailers have reportedly used the platform to…
  • Tuesday, 11 May 2021

    Pangaia introduces ‘digital passports’ in apparel

    LONDON – Apparel brand Pangaia has today partnered with traceability solutions provider Eon and will leverage its CircularID Protocol to introduce ‘digital passports’ in its garments. With product-specific QR codes linked to a cloud-based platform,…
  • Monday, 10 May 2021

    Partnership aims to tackle overproduction

    SEATTLE - Slow fashion brand Public Habit has linked up with digital supply network solution provider Mercado in a bid to reduce industry waste by introducing a 28-day or less direct-to-consumer model. The two partners say it could revolutionise the…
  • Monday, 10 May 2021

    New funds boost initiative tackling textile waste

    LIVERPOOL – A circular fashion initiative underway in the English city of Liverpool has been boosted by an £18,000 grant. The Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and the Veolia Community Fund have offered the finances in support of…
  • Monday, 10 May 2021

    Factories 'laid off workers despite loans'

    DHAKA - One in four garment factories that received a taxpayer-backed stimulus package during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Bangladesh laid off workers in breach of the conditions attached to the subsidised loans, a new study…
  • Friday, 07 May 2021

    ZDHC welcomes new contributors to programme

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has welcomed three new recruits to its Roadmap to Zero programme including the Teddy Group high street fashion retailer from Italy which joins as a signatory brand. The Teddy Group, which operates in more than 90…
  • Friday, 07 May 2021

    Selfridges launches online fashion rentals

    LONDON – Fashion retailer Selfridges is expanding the rental service it introduced in-store last year in partnership with the HURR Collective by making it available online. Selfridges Rental launches online today (May 7), giving shoppers access to a…
  • Friday, 07 May 2021

    Study details e-commerce's carbon benefits Premium Article

    NEW YORK - The carbon impact of buying a product in-store in Europe is an average of 2.3 times higher than the impact of buying the same product online, according to a new study. The report, entitled 'Is E-commerce Good for Europe?', carried out by…
  • Friday, 07 May 2021

    Danish fashion consortium to drive circularity

    BRANDE – The Danish Technological Institute (DTI) has rallied brands, manufacturers, academics and recycling experts from across the country’s fashion industry in a bid to spearhead the development of more circular solutions and influence…
  • Thursday, 06 May 2021

    Fabletics probes Lesotho sexual abuse claims

    MASERU - Fabletics, the sportswear company owned by actress Kate Hudson, has launched an investigation into allegations that garment workers have been suffering sexual and physical abuse at a factory which produces its garments in Africa. At least…
  • Thursday, 06 May 2021

    Asket launches extended returns programme

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish menswear brand Asket is linking up with compatriot startup Returnado for a new initiative aimed at extending the lifecycle of unwanted garments long after the returns period. Asket’s new Revival Programme is powered by the…
  • Thursday, 06 May 2021

    Eurofins announces partnership with BeVeg

    NORTHAMPTON - Chemical management testing company Eurofins Chem-MAP has announced a partnership with BeVeg, the world’s only ISO-accredited vegan technical standard, trademark and programme. Eurofins Chem-MAP's vegan apparel and footwear…
  • Thursday, 06 May 2021

    Lindex, WaterAid support Bangladeshi workers

    GAZIPUR – Swedish fashion chain Lindex has again partnered with WaterAid to expand its work providing clean water, sanitation and improved hygiene for garment workers, particularly women. This time, the pair will focus on the Gazipur area of Dhaka,…
  • Thursday, 06 May 2021

    Wet processors 'failing to report on impact' Premium Article

    LONDON - Poor environmental disclosure at a crucial stage of the textiles supply chain is impairing ESG investment in the sector, according to a new report from the Planet Tracker financial think tank. Entitled 'Threadbare Data', the report says…
  • Thursday, 06 May 2021

    Brands adopt resale software

    ARLINGTON – Second-hand fashion innovator Recurate has announced new partnerships with La Ligne, Mara Hoffman and Peak Design. Recurate’s technology plug-in enables consumers to sell on their unwanted clothing via the brand websites from which they…
  • Wednesday, 05 May 2021

    UK outdoor enthusiasts 'prioritise sustainability'

    NOTTINGHAM - Nine out of 10 British outdoor enthusiasts say they consider the sustainability of products or companies before making a purchase, according to a new survey. The poll of 2,604 customers of UK outdoor wear specialist Alpkit found that…
  • Wednesday, 05 May 2021

    Charity association backs Asda’s pre-owned apparel push

    LONDON – The UK’s Charity Retail Association (CRA) has welcomed news that Asda will start selling second-hand clothing at 50 of its stores, and brushed off suggestions it could compromise the profitability of charity shops in the sector. The…
  • Wednesday, 05 May 2021

    BHF launches Reuse Revolution campaign

    LONDON – The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is urging consumers to shop pre-owned as they head back to the high street post-lockdown, with the launch of its Reuse Revolution campaign. BHF has suffered immensely as a result of shuttered stores for…
  • Wednesday, 05 May 2021

    Algae material 'could revolutionise fashion' Premium Article

    DELFT - Scientists have used 3D printers and a novel bioprinting technique to develop a sustainable material made from algae which they say could produce sustainable clothing for the fashion industry. The researchers say the material is…
  • Wednesday, 05 May 2021

    Impact institute names non-profit as Italy Project partner

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Apparel Impact Institute (Aii) has unveiled environmental non-profit Legambiente as its local partner for the ‘Italy Project’ which it announced earlier this year. With the backing of Kering, Stella McCartney and Burberry, the…
  • Wednesday, 05 May 2021

    Nouryon partners Renewcell on textile recycling

    STOCKHOLM – Textile recycling innovator Renewcell has signed a deal with Dutch company Nouryon which will provide specialty chemicals and engineering solutions for its new textile recycling plant in Sweden. Renewcell confirmed in October that it is…
  • Tuesday, 04 May 2021

    Aqualung launches 'eco-responsible' wetsuit Premium Article

    VALBONNE - Dive and watersports gear specialist Aqualung has announced the launch of a new sustainable collection which includes a 100 per cent neoprene-free wetsuit. Aqualung says its new Xscape line is designed for a variety of water activities…
  • Tuesday, 04 May 2021

    Lenzing invests in reducing carbon emissions Premium Article

    LENZING – Austrian fibre producer Lenzing is investing €200 million (US$240m) in reducing carbon emissions from two key production sites in China and Indonesia. The company's facility in Nanjing will become the first wood-based fibre plant in China…
  • Tuesday, 04 May 2021

    VF Corp strengthens Better Work ties Premium Article

    DENVER – VF Corporation, which owns the likes of The North Face and Timberland, is advancing its engagement with the UN-led human rights programme Better Work by strengthening its partnership status to ‘Global Partner’. Better Work is a…
  • Tuesday, 04 May 2021

    Moss Bros launches subscription-based rental service Premium Article

    LONDON – UK formalwear retailer Moss Bros has launched a new subscription rental service for men. Targeted at ‘generation rent’, the ‘Moss Box’ will entitle shoppers to two items a month – including shirts, blazers, trousers, jumpers and shorts –…
  • Friday, 30 April 2021

    France plans Ivory Coast cotton investment Premium Article

    ABIDJAN – France is lining up a €68.5 million (US$83m) investment in Ivory Coast in a bid to boost the country’s cotton production capacity, according to Reuters. Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire shared details of the proposals during a visit to the…
  • Friday, 30 April 2021

    Scientists remove microplastics from water Premium Article

    HONG KONG - Microbiologists say they have found a way to use 'sticky' bacteria to naturally collect and remove microplastic pollution from aquatic environments. Researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University used bacteria to create microbe 'nets'…
  • Friday, 30 April 2021

    Kontoor expands 'sustainable' hemp project Premium Article

    GREENSBORO - Wrangler and Lee jeans owner Kontoor Brands has expanded its collaboration with industrial hemp producer Panda Biotech to accelerate its use of the sustainable fibre. Kontoor, which hopes to produce denim apparel made with US-grown and…
  • Friday, 30 April 2021

    Ralph Lauren to share new dyeing technology Premium Article

    NEW YORK — Fashion company Ralph Lauren is to share its "revolutionary" new dyeing platform - which it claims will lead to the world’s first scalable zero wastewater cotton dyeing system - with industry rivals. Company CEO Patrice Louvet announced…
  • Friday, 30 April 2021

    Bangladesh factories 'still deadly' - report Premium Article

    DHAKA - Campaigners calling for a new legally-binding agreement on workplace safety in Bangladesh's garment industry have published a report which they claim highlights "deadly safety hazards" at factories producing for major apparel brands and…
  • Friday, 30 April 2021

    Academics draw data from tracking clothes use Premium Article

    ARIZONA – The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), made up of academics from Arizona State University, North Carolina State University and the University of Alberta, have conducted a study to determine whether tracing technologies can help generate…
  • Thursday, 29 April 2021

    Cotton Trust Protocol to embed blockchain Premium Article

    MEMPHIS – Sustainability initiative the US Cotton Trust Protocol has partnered with blockchain specialist Textile Genesis in a bid to improve transparency in cotton supply chains. Launched to verify sustainability progress through data collection…
  • Thursday, 29 April 2021

    Brits 'unaware viscose derived from trees' Premium Article

    LLANIDLOES - Some 84 per cent of British consumers are not aware that viscose textile fibre for garments can be sourced from trees, according to a new survey by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) UK. The poll of 2,000 adults also found that one in…
  • Thursday, 29 April 2021

    University academics to unveil circular toolkit Premium Article

    NOTTINGHAM – Academics at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) have developed a new circularity toolkit in a bid to support the fashion and textile industries’ sustainability push. The Clothing Durability Dozen toolkit, developed as part of the…
  • Thursday, 29 April 2021

    Textile association eyes robust recycling scheme Premium Article

    LONDON – The UK’s Textile Services Association (TSA) is calling on the hospitality, catering and healthcare industries to unite and set about improving textile recycling rates. The organisation says more than 30 million textile items, including…
  • Thursday, 29 April 2021

    Garment factories can reopen in Karnataka Premium Article

    BENGALURU - The Indian apparel industry hub state of Karnataka has agreed to pleas from factory owners and trade unions to keep garment factories open on a limited basis during a lockdown to combat the world's worst coronavirus outbreak. Garment…
  • Thursday, 29 April 2021

    Asda rolls out pre-owned apparel service in UK Premium Article

    LEEDS – Supermarket chain Asda is to start selling second-hand apparel in 50 of its UK stores in a bid to give clothes “a new lease of life” and reduce waste. It follows a successful trial in Leeds, where vintage wholesaler Preloved introduced…
  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021

    Indian garment workers fear COVID-19 crisis Premium Article

    BENGALURU - Garment workers in India are struggling as a ferocious second wave of COVID-19 has seen the number of new cases reach more than 360,000 per day and the death toll pass 200,000. India is among the world's largest producers of textiles and…
  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021

    BlockTexx awarded grant to support scaling mission Premium Article

    SYDNEY – Australian fashion technology specialist BlockTexx has been awarded a grant worth more than AU$990,000 (US$766,000) by the country’s government as part of its Accelerating Commercialisation programme. The company, founded by Aussie duo…
  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021

    ASOS calls for UK human rights legislation Premium Article

    LONDON – Fashion retailer ASOS has today published its fifth annual Modern Slavery Statement, in which it calls for the implementation of mandatory human rights due diligence legislation in the UK. The company says such legislation would ensure that…
  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021

    VF Corp targets regenerative rubber supply Premium Article

    DENVER - VF Corp, which owns brands including The North Face, Timberland and Vans, has launched a project to develop what it says will be the fashion industry's first regenerative rubber supply chain. The company is partnering with Thailand-based…
  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021

    Chanel teams up with the University of Cambridge Premium Article

    PARIS – Luxury French fashion house Chanel has partnered with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) to conjure up sustainable solutions. The pair will work closely focusing on three areas – building an education…
  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021

    JD Sports partners with footwear resale firm Premium Article

    BURY – British apparel retailer JD Sports has partnered with footwear resale firm Sole Responsibility to mitigate the volume of shoes going to landfill by giving them a new life. Huddersfield-based Sole Responsibility accepts returned, subprime and…
  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021

    New initiative to boost recycled polyester Premium Article

    VANCOUVER - A total of 85 textile and apparel brands have signed up for a new industry initiative from Textile Exchange and the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action to increase the use of recycled polyester. The 2025 Recycled Polyester…
  • Tuesday, 27 April 2021

    Benetton launches sustainability programme Premium Article

    TREVISO - Italian fashion company Benetton has launched a programme, Green B, to bring together all of the sustainability initiatives of the company’s brands under one umbrella. Covering brands including United Colors of Benetton, Undercolors and…
  • Tuesday, 27 April 2021

    Farfetch reports surge in sustainable shopping Premium Article

    LONDON – British luxury fashion platform Farfetch's first annual 'conscious' luxury trends report reveals that consumer behaviour has changed significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic with more people choosing to shop more sustainably. The sale of…
  • Tuesday, 27 April 2021

    New LVMH platform to sell luxury deadstock fabrics Premium Article

    PARIS – French fashion giant LVMH, which owns the likes of Stella McCartney, Givenchy and Christian Dior, has launched Nona Source, a new platform enabling companies and designers to purchase deadstock fabrics. The website, which will one day…
  • Tuesday, 27 April 2021

    'Sustainable' new nylon breaks down faster Premium Article

    MIGDAL HAEMEK – Israeli nylon producer Nilit has launched a new nylon bio-polymer, called Sensil BioCare, which it claims will 'break down faster' in both seawater and landfill. It is the latest addition to the company's Sensil portfolio of nylon…
  • Tuesday, 27 April 2021

    Australia introduces first wool sustainability framework Premium Article

    NEW SOUTH WALES – Industries bodies WoolProducers Australia and Sheep Producers Australia have come together to launch the country’s first sustainability framework. The Australian Sheep Sustainability Framework (SSF) has been finalised after a year…
  • Tuesday, 27 April 2021

    The North Face makes sustainability pledges Premium Article

    DENVER - VF Corp outdoor brand The North Face has pledged that 100 per cent of the top materials used for its apparel will be recycled, regenerative or renewable by 2025. The commitment forms part of the brand's new sustainability vision,…
  • Tuesday, 27 April 2021

    Study assesses CmiA farmers’ environmental impact Premium Article

    HAMBURG – The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) has commissioned a study to assess the environmental impact of its Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) farmers’ practices. Data was collated across three countries, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, and Zambia, which…
  • Monday, 26 April 2021

    Garment workers running out of food in lockdown Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - Garment workers in Cambodia are reportedly struggling to access essential basic supplies - including food - during the current lockdown imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19. The Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC)…
  • Monday, 26 April 2021

    WRAP launches ambitious Textiles 2030 project Premium Article

    LONDON – UK waste recycling charity WRAP has launched the Textiles 2030 project which it describes as the world's most ambitious ten-year environmental programme for clothing and textiles. Major high street names including Boohoo, Asos, M&S, Next,…
  • Monday, 26 April 2021

    Most COVID relief funds 'go to big business' Premium Article

    BOSTON - The vast majority of COVID-19 recovery funds have gone to big corporations instead of welfare, smaller firms and those working in the informal economy such as garment workers, according to a new report. The Financial Transparency Coalition…
  • Monday, 26 April 2021

    Carbios signs preliminary deal with PET producer Premium Article

    PARIS – Bioplastics firm Carbios has announced that a non-binding expression of intent agreement has been signed with an unnamed but “significant” PET producer. Any official deal would relate to the establishment of a first-of-its-kind 100 per cent…
  • Monday, 26 April 2021

    Neiman Marcus establishes ESG team Premium Article

    DALLAS – US department store chain Neiman Marcus has established an Environment Social Governance (ESG) team in a bid to support its sustainability ambitions. This collective will be tasked with accelerating the group’s work if it’s to meet its…
  • Monday, 26 April 2021

    Urban Outfitters helps scale circular non-profit Premium Article

    PHILADELPHIA – Fashion brand Urban Outfitters has partnered with circular non-profit FabScrap to help scale the organisation and in turn reduce the volume of waste within its supply chain. The companies have worked together since 2019, first…
  • Saturday, 24 April 2021

    Boohoo “looking into” linking bonuses with targets Premium Article

    MANCHESTER – The chairman of fast fashion giant Boohoo, Mahmud Kamani, has told the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) he is “looking into” its proposal of linking executive bonuses with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) improvements. It…
  • Friday, 23 April 2021

    Allbirds makes carbon calculator tool open-source Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – New Zealand-American footwear brand Allbirds has made its own carbon calculating tool open-source for the fashion industry. The registered B Corp said “sharing proprietary information might not make the most business sense. But the…
  • Friday, 23 April 2021

    Frame denim meets Jeans Redesign requirements Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – US fashion brand Frame has become the second signatory of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jeans Redesign Project to develop a collection which meets the initiative’s strict guidelines. It follows Tommy Hilfiger, which last month…
  • Friday, 23 April 2021

    Bestseller brands adopt CmiA organic cotton Premium Article

    BRANDE – The Name It and Selected brands of Danish retailer Bestseller have become the first to adopt Cotton made in Africa’s (CmiA) organic cotton, demonstrating the company’s ongoing work to increase its uptake of more ‘sustainable’ materials.…
  • Friday, 23 April 2021

    Advertising body removes false ‘faux fur’ items Premium Article

    MANCHESTER – Items of clothing falsely listed as containing ‘faux fur’ on the site of Manchester brand Just Your Outfit have been banned following an investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). A denim jacket, shoulder bag and…
  • Friday, 23 April 2021

    French label Ba&sh outlines sustainability commitments Premium Article

    PARIS – French fashion label Ba&sh has unveiled new sustainability commitments covering textiles, plastics, circularity and women’s rights as part of an “ambitious, thorough yet discreet” transformation. The low-profile plans are part of the…
  • Thursday, 22 April 2021

    Rana Plaza anniversary prompts safety calls Premium Article

    DHAKA - In the run-up to the eighth anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory disaster, workers' rights campaigners are calling for a new international, legally-binding agreement on workplace safety in the garment industry. The Clean Clothes…
  • Thursday, 22 April 2021

    UK considers 'garment trade adjudicator' idea Premium Article

    LONDON - The UK government is exploring the idea of appointing a 'garment trade adjudicator' to stamp out noncompliance with employment laws in the fashion industry. The idea was put forward last month by the government's Environmental Audit…
  • Thursday, 22 April 2021

    LVMH launches incubator platform with London college Premium Article

    PARIS – French fashion giant LVMH has reaffirmed its close ties with London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design with today’s launch of Maison/0, an incubator platform that will champion design in the pursuit of sustainability. The pair…
  • Thursday, 22 April 2021

    KappAhl pledges to half carbon emissions Premium Article

    GOTHENBURG - Swedish fashion retailer KappAhl has promised to half its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 to meet its climate change targets under the Paris Agreement. The pledge is made in the company's new sustainability report which covers an…
  • Thursday, 22 April 2021

    Kathmandu starts circular mapping project Premium Article

    CHRISTCHURCH – Outdoor apparel brand Kathmandu has partnered with circular business The Renewal Workshop to kick-off a new circular mapping project across Australia and New Zealand. The pair hope to establish renewal and recommerce programmes in the…
  • Thursday, 22 April 2021

    Ugg announces Earth Day commitments Premium Article

    SANTA BARBARA - US footwear brand Ugg has announced four Earth Day commitments, including introducing its first repair service to extend the life of its products. UGG has also committed to regenerating 200,000 acres of land in 2021, and 1,000,000…
  • Thursday, 22 April 2021

    New ReCircled site to manage fashion's waste Premium Article

    DENVER – US start-up ReCircled has announced the opening of its new facility in Nebraska, which it says will become a centre for innovation and one day the birthplace of the country’s first garment-to-garment recycling system. The company announced…
  • Thursday, 22 April 2021

    Lululemon launches new sustainability initiatives Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Canadian apparel brand Lululemon Athletica has announced the impending launch of two new sustainability initiatives to coincide with Earth Day. In May, the company will introduce both a recommerce programme – called Lululemon Like New –…
  • Thursday, 22 April 2021

    Elevate Textiles outlines sustainability progress Premium Article

    CHARLOTTE – Elevate Textiles, which owns the American & Efird (A&E), Burlington, Cone Denim, Gütermann and Safety Components brands, has outlined progress towards its environmental goals in its 2021 Sustainability Report. The company focuses on…
  • Wednesday, 21 April 2021

    Jeanologia claims automation 'revolution' Premium Article

    VALENCIA - Spanish textile business Jeanologia has launched a new technology which it says enables two people with two robots and eight lasers to sustainably produce 10,000 pairs of jeans a day. Jeanologia says its 'Handman' production system will…
  • Wednesday, 21 April 2021

    Teijin teams up to develop recycling technologies Premium Article

    TOKYO – Japanese fibre manufacturer Teijin Limited, trading company Itochu Corporation and engineering firm JGC Corporation have come together to pool their resources and develop effective recycling solutions for the textile industry. The…
  • Wednesday, 21 April 2021

    Human Rights Watch calls for Xinjiang boycott Premium Article

    NEW YORK - The Human Rights Watch NGO is calling on brands and retailers to boycott products - such as cotton - from the Xinjiang region of China over concerns about the use of forced labour. Human Rights Watch is also calling on the United Nations…
  • Wednesday, 21 April 2021

    Bestseller suspends sourcing from Myanmar Premium Article

    BRANDE – Danish company Bestseller has become the latest in the fashion industry to put a halt on placing orders with its suppliers in Myanmar following the military coup. Bestseller joins brands and retailers such as H&M, Primark and Benneton which…
  • Wednesday, 21 April 2021

    Certification insulates cotton against market shocks Premium Article

    GENEVA – A new policy brief released by a major global think tank claims that compliance with voluntary sustainability standards can help smallholder cotton farmers to be more resilient to global shocks – such as the COVID-19 pandemic. However, its…
  • Wednesday, 21 April 2021

    Textile Exchange launches alpaca standard Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Global industry non-profit Textile Exchange (TE) has introduced a new voluntary standard to ensure that alpaca wool is responsibly sourced from farmers with high animal welfare standards. The Responsible Alpaca Standard (RAS) has been…
  • Wednesday, 21 April 2021

    PETA reaffirms call for Levi’s to ban leather Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Animal rights organisation PETA will today attend denim brand Levi’s digital annual meeting in a bid to influence a ban on animal leather. The non-profit routinely attends the meetings of fashion brands and retailers, having bought…
  • Wednesday, 21 April 2021

    Vans steps up with sustainability targets Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – US footwear brand Vans has outlined several new sustainability targets which will see it increase its uptake of responsibly sourced materials, reduce its carbon emissions and eradicate plastics from its supply chain. The VF Corp company…
  • Wednesday, 21 April 2021

    Mills Fabrica set to expand to London Premium Article

    LONDON - The Mills Fabrica global platform for sustainable and social innovation in the apparel and textiles industry is to open a new physical hub in the UK this summer. Mills Fabrica, which also supports innovation in the agritech and food…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    Garment workers fear COVID-19 lockdowns Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Clothing retailers and brands can expect late deliveries on orders from countries such Cambodia, where garment companies in Phnom Penh and neighbouring Ta Khmau city are currently locked down until 28th April in a bid to curb the spread…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    J.Crew announces sustainability targets Premium Article

    NEW YORK - US fashion retailer J.Crew has announced a new initiative aimed at improving sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) throughout its global supply chain. The company says its 'Re-imagined by J.Crew' campaign will support…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    US brand Revolve outlines sustainability plans Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – US fashion retailer Revolve has announced new sustainability plans, which include the launch of a ‘sustainable’ brand division, a new sustainability filter on its platform and efforts to offset carbon emissions for all future marketing…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    Zalando looks to close sustainability gap Premium Article

    BERLIN - European online retailer Zalando has published a new report in which it considers how best to close the gap between the attitudes and behaviours of fashion consumers on sustainability. Entitled 'It Takes Two: How the Industry and Consumers…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    Infinited Fiber to build €220M factory in Finland Premium Article

    HELSINKI – Infinited Fiber Company (IFC), which produces cellulosic fibres from textile waste, plans to build a 30,000 metric tons per year facility in Finland at a cost of €220 million. Working with textile machine builder Andritz, it expects the…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    Teijin backs call for ambitious emissions target Premium Article

    TOKYO – Japanese textile conglomerate Teijin Limited has come out in support of a statement calling for more ambitious environmental targets in its homeland. It relates to a request made by the Japan Climate Initiative (JPI) which wants authorities…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    Report calls for tougher product design requirements Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – The Environmental Coalition on Standards (ECOS) has today published a report which explains how a more sustainable approach to garment design could dramatically reduce the industry’s environmental impact while supporting the circular…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    Garment industry badly hit by Myanmar coup Premium Article

    YANGON - Around 200,000 garment workers in Myanmar have lost their jobs since the military coup at the beginning of February, according to a leading workers’ rights campaigner. Several major brands, including H&M, Primark and Benneton, have put a…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    REI sets out new partner requirements Premium Article

    SEATTLE – Outdoor retailer REI has said in its latest impact report that suppliers and partners will be expected to ramp up their environmental and social initiatives with a focus on reducing climate impacts, using re-commerce and sourcing materials…
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