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Chemistry is often maligned for its potential to be hazardous, when in reality it can be a key component of any new, emerging circular textile industry.

Driven by the enormous quantities of textile waste the fashion industry produces, many brands have committed to using recycled content in a bid to move from linear to circular business models.

The problem is, there are no technical solutions currently available to enable apparel brands to make a shift that many have already committed to undertake.

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  • Tuesday, 09 August 2022

    PVH Corp publishes sustainability report

    NEW YORK - The PVH Corp fashion company, which owns Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, has published its 2021 corporate responsibility report in which it claims to have made progress on its sustainability targets. The report details the company's work…
  • Tuesday, 09 August 2022

    Brands urged to support Sri Lankan suppliers Premium Article

    COLOMBO – Four leading initiatives have come together to sign a joint call to action urging companies sourcing from Sri Lanka to support garment workers and factory owners during the country's current crisis. The British Retail Consortium (BRC),…
  • Tuesday, 09 August 2022

    Archroma to buy Huntsman Textile Effects Premium Article

    PRATTELN – Global specialty chemicals company Archroma has entered into an agreement to acquire the Textile Effects business from Huntsman Corporation, which was officially put up for sale at the end of 2021. The total ‘enterprise value’ of the…
  • Tuesday, 09 August 2022

    Tommy Hilfiger explores rental

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger has partnered with circular solutions provider Rotaro to launch the first in what will be a series of rental collections. Including shirts, cycling shorts and dungarees, the first ‘Pop Colour’ themed…
  • Tuesday, 09 August 2022

    Tentree launches reuse and recycling initiative Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – North American fashion brand Tentree has today launched a new initiative in collaboration with circular solution providers Treet and SuperCircle. In a bid to reduce landfilled waste, the firm is establishing a service through which…
  • Monday, 08 August 2022

    Canopy awarded for forestry protection work

    VANCOUVER – Environmental non-profit Canopy is amongst the winners of this year’s Keeling Curve Prize, which is awarded to the “world’s highest-impact climate initiatives with a proven track record of taking greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere”.…
  • Monday, 08 August 2022

    Garment waste burned in Cambodia Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – An investigation by Unearthed, an arm of Greenpeace, and British newspaper the Daily Mail has found that mixed garment waste is being burned across Cambodia to fuel brick kilns. Clothing from household names Nike, Next, Ralph Lauren,…
  • Friday, 05 August 2022

    Canadian brand acquires upcycling specialist

    VICTORIA – Ecologyst Outfitters, a self-described ‘planet-conscious’ fashion brand, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Frankie Collective, a streetwear manufacturer that upcycles vintage and unsold items into unique pieces. Frankie’s ethos…
  • Friday, 05 August 2022

    RGE co-founds recycling research centre Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore has teamed up with leading viscose manufacturer Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) to establish a research facility that will aim to accelerate innovation in textile recycling. The RGE-NTU…
  • Thursday, 04 August 2022

    New Zara collection made from Circulose

    ARTEIXO – Fashion brand Zara, of the Inditex Group, has announced the launch of a capsule collection made entirely from Circulose, the recycled fibre of Swedish innovator Renewcell. Renewcell's patented technology dissolves garments with high…
  • Thursday, 04 August 2022

    Bestseller to spotlight circularity at CFW Premium Article

    BRANDE – Ahead of Copenhagen Fashion Week (CFW), which gets underway from August 9th, Danish retailer Bestseller has announced that it will showcase garments produced by designers across its brand portfolio, who’ve partaken in an internal circular…
  • Thursday, 04 August 2022

    Facility explores consumer barriers to circularity Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The Recycling Partnership, a network of industry experts advocating for a circular economy, has launched the Center for Sustainable Behavior & Impact in a bid to mobilise household participation in reuse and recycling services across…
  • Thursday, 04 August 2022

    Pangaia uses Recycrom dyes in new collection Premium Article

    LONDON – Materials science company Pangaia is to launch an apparel collection dyed using a range of coloured powders derived from recycled textile fibres. From Italian textile chemicals company Officina+39, Recycrom dyestuffs were launched in 2015…
  • Wednesday, 03 August 2022

    Lane Eight conducts carbon impact assessment

    NEW YORK – US footwear brand Lane Eight has partnered with Carbonfact, a company which assesses the environmental impacts of products and industries, to understand the emissions associated with the production of its ‘sustainable’ shoes. The firm…
  • Wednesday, 03 August 2022

    Industry meets US politicians over circular economy Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Secondhand fashion specialist The RealReal has hosted a congressional briefing alongside the Ellen Macarthur Foundation (EMF) and US non-profit Goodwill Industries, which highlighted the benefits of a circular fashion economy to…
  • Wednesday, 03 August 2022

    River Island releases sustainability strategy Premium Article

    LONDON – British fashion retailer River Island has released a new sustainability strategy it has called ‘The Kind Society’. The company has outlined 12 commitments which align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that relate…
  • Tuesday, 02 August 2022

    Carter’s makes net zero 2040 pledge

    ATLANTA – US kidswear brand Carter’s has published its latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, in which it’s pledged to achieve net zero emissions within its supply chain by 2040. Having received validation from the Science Based…
  • Tuesday, 02 August 2022

    Framework promotes responsible purchasing practices Premium Article

    GLOBAL – A coalition of social and environmental sustainability non-profits, including Fair Wear and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), have developed a new framework in a bid to align the industry in its understanding of what constitutes…
  • Monday, 01 August 2022

    H&M sued over “misleading” marketing Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Fashion brand H&M is on the receiving end of a proposed class action lawsuit that alleges the firm is “taking advantage of consumers’ interest” in sustainable apparel by using “misleading” marketing claims to promote its ‘Conscious’…
  • Monday, 01 August 2022

    Marimekko to launch pre-owned marketplace Premium Article

    PAIMOIO – Fashion brand Marimekko is to launch a marketplace for pre-owned apparel in its native Finland later this month. Set to go live on August 25th, Marimekko Pre-Loved will facilitate peer-to-peer sales as well as those from independent…
  • Monday, 01 August 2022

    Textile dyeing innovator secures US$200m Premium Article

    SHANGHAI – Textile dyeing innovator NTX has secured nearly US$200 million in funding, which it’ll use to scale the infrastructure around its technology and meet the growing demands of its customers. NTX’s flagship solution is its Cooltrans waterless…
  • Monday, 01 August 2022

    Anthropologie joins Cotton Inc recycling programme Premium Article

    PHILADEPHIA – US apparel retailer Anthropologie has partnered with environmental non-profit Cotton Incorporated to partake in its Blue Jeans Go Green denim recycling programme. The initiative, which has attracted numerous brand partners including…
  • Friday, 29 July 2022

    Workers’ rights bodies call for Sri Lanka aid Premium Article

    COLOMBO – Trade unions and workers’ rights NGOs, including the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and Labour behind the Label, have written a letter expressing their solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka as the country navigates an economic crisis. The…
  • Friday, 29 July 2022

    CMA to investigate ASOS, Boohoo, George Premium Article

    LONDON – The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that it’s to investigate sustainability claims made by ASOS, Boohoo and George at ASDA due to concerns it has regarding how the trio market certain products and ranges. The CMA…
  • Thursday, 28 July 2022

    Mytheresa expands resale service to US Premium Article

    MUNICH – German luxury fashion e-tailer Mytheresa has expanded its resale service to the US following a successful launch across Europe. Developed in collaboration with secondhand fashion specialist Vestiaire Collective, the resale offering enables…
  • Thursday, 28 July 2022

    US sourcing shifts from China, survey shows Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The United States Fashion Industry Federation (USFIA) has published its latest Benchmarking Study, in which a majority of the executives from leading brands, retailers, importers and wholesalers surveyed say they’ve diversified their…
  • Thursday, 28 July 2022

    Study spotlights India’s textile waste potential Premium Article

    DELHI – Sustainability initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) has commissioned a study into India’s textile waste landscape, as it looks to fill the infrastructural gaps that would enable a circular economy. Building on the organisation’s existing…
  • Thursday, 28 July 2022

    Save Your Wardrobe secures £2.5m funding Premium Article

    LONDON – Circular solutions provider Save Your Wardrobe has secured £2.5 million (US$3m) in seed funding, which it’ll use to bolster its technology platform and expand within Europe. The British firm not only connects consumers with local repair and…
  • Thursday, 28 July 2022

    Circular consortium announces project update Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The New Cotton project, a three-year EU-funded initiative launched in 2020, has released a midway update in which it highlights how consortium leader Infinited Fiber Company (IFC) is producing its Infinna recycled fibre from waste…
  • Wednesday, 27 July 2022

    Diesel project explores textile waste’s potential Premium Article

    BREGANZE – Fashion brand Diesel has teamed up with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), as part of the European Union-funded SwitchMed project, to promote ‘sustainable’ waste management practices within its supply chain.…
  • Wednesday, 27 July 2022

    Missguided 'seeks 80% discounts from suppliers' Premium Article

    LONDON – Workers' rights campaigners claim that fast fashion brand Missguided is offering to buy stock it ordered before going into administration from its suppliers for just a fifth of the originally agreed price. The Labour Behind the Label…
  • Tuesday, 26 July 2022

    Hurr Collective earns B Corp certification Premium Article

    LONDON – Rental fashion firm Hurr Collective has become the first of its kind to earn B Corp certification. B Corporations, of which there are more than 4,500 globally, are subjected to rigorous assessments which measure efforts across five impact…
  • Tuesday, 26 July 2022

    Aquafil scales production of plant-based nylon Premium Article

    ARCO – Aquafil, a leading manufacturer of nylon, has announced progress in its collaboration with biotechnology company Genomatica, as the pair have produced the first pre-commercial quantities of plant-based nylon-6. The two firms have already…
  • Tuesday, 26 July 2022

    Biotech firm invests in protein innovator Premium Article

    MUNICH – Biotechnology company Insempra has announced a strategic investment in synthetic biology company Solena in a bid to accelerate the development of “naturally superior” materials. Solena, a spin-out from Imperial College London, develops…
  • Tuesday, 26 July 2022

    China cautions UN chief over Xinjiang report Premium Article

    XINJIANG – Hundreds of Chinese organisations have signed a letter addressed to Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, urging that she doesn’t “fabricate false accusations” made by “anti-China forces” in an upcoming assessment…
  • Tuesday, 26 July 2022

    New industry resource spotlights tracing tech Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Industry organisations Fashion for Good (FFG) and Textile Exchange (TE) have teamed up to launch the ‘Textile Tracer Assessment’, a new resource enabling stakeholders – from brands and retailers to certification bodies – to learn about…
  • Tuesday, 26 July 2022

    Brands accused of failing to protect workers Premium Article

    YANGON - Fashion brands are failing to protect workers in Myanmar from widespread labour and human rights abuses including wage theft, mandatory overtime, violent attacks, arrest, torture and even death, according to a new report. The Business &…
  • Monday, 25 July 2022

    Aussie grant supports material recovery solutions Premium Article

    PERTH – The Government of Western Australia is encouraging companies and organisations with scalable programmes and services centred on promoting material recovery and waste education to apply for funding as part of its latest initiative. Grants of…
  • Monday, 25 July 2022

    UK authority assesses Leicester’s textile sector Premium Article

    LEICESTER – The UK’s Low Pay Commission, which advises the government on living and minimum wage levels, has published a new report which assesses the state of Leicester’s garment manufacturing sector after its reputation was tarnished. The paper,…
  • Monday, 25 July 2022

    Carbon data start-up secures £15m funding Premium Article

    LONDON – Climate technology start-up Altruistiq has secured £15 million (US$18m) in seed funding, which it’ll use to scale its services, refine its technology and reach new customers across the fashion, food, logistics and retail sectors. The firm’s…
  • Monday, 25 July 2022

    Textile waste “swallowed up” by cotton fields Premium Article

    GOONDIWINDI – A study in Australia has found that cotton textile waste can be scattered in cotton fields and left to break down with no adverse effects to the land’s soil health or future yields. Trial results suggest such waste could be better…
  • Friday, 22 July 2022

    Malaysian mall promotes clothing recycling Premium Article

    KUALA LUMPUR – A shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has upgraded a Recycling and Buy-Back Centre (RBBC) it launched back in 2009, enabling consumers to sustainably dispose of clothing, amongst other things. The IPC Shopping Centre has, since…
  • Friday, 22 July 2022

    Esquel setback in case against Xinjiang sanction Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Hong Kong-based textile and apparel manufacturer the Esquel Group has suffered another setback in its bid to overturn US sanctions against one its subsidiaries over alleged links to forced labour in China's Xinjiang region. The US…
  • Friday, 22 July 2022

    S.Oliver joins Fair Wear initiative Premium Article

    ROTTENDORF – German fashion brand S.Oliver has joined social non-profit Fair Wear as a member in a bid to better support workers in its supply chain. The multi-stakeholder initiative vies to connect brands, factories, workers, trade unions and other…
  • Friday, 22 July 2022

    Forced labour 'widespread in Turkmen cotton' Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - US and European governments are being urged to block imports of cotton products from Turkmenistan after a new report confirmed that forced labour was still widespread during the 2021 harvest. The report was compiled by Turkmen.news…
  • Friday, 22 July 2022

    US FABRIC Act progresses in Congress Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC – The Fashioning Accountability and Building Real Institutional Change (FABRIC) Act, introduced earlier this year in the US, has taken another step forward in Congress and is to be discussed by the House of Representatives. The…
  • Thursday, 21 July 2022

    University addresses mixed plastic recycling Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – Academics at California’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have custom-designed new polymers called polydiketoenamine (PDK), which they believe could solve the issue of mixed-plastic recycling. In theory, the university would…
  • Thursday, 21 July 2022

    Coalition aims to improve purchasing practices Premium Article

    GLOBAL - An alliance of multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) has drawn up new proposals on responsible purchasing practices in a bid to reduce the negative impacts of the fashion industry on garment workers and suppliers. Ethical Trading Initiative…
  • Thursday, 21 July 2022

    Aussie fashion council calls for import levy Premium Article

    VICTORIA – The Australian Fashion Council (AFC) has called for a levy on clothing imports after its latest report calculated that the country brings in more than 1.42 billion apparel items, more than two thirds of which end up in landfill. The…
  • Thursday, 21 July 2022

    New textile federation to support Leicester suppliers Premium Article

    LEICESTER – Authorities in Leicester have welcomed the formation of a new Apparel and Textile Manufacturers Federation (ATMF) which will serve as a “voice for suppliers”. It’s one of many initiatives and activities underway within the city to…
  • Thursday, 21 July 2022

    Lenzing signs deal to combat counterfeiting Premium Article

    LENZING – Austrian fibre producer Lenzing has announced a partnership with counterfeit detection experts Red Points in a bid to ensure consumers who buy clothes containing their more sustainable fibres get what they are paying for. Red Points, a…
  • Wednesday, 20 July 2022

    Crystal launches carbon emissions calculator Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Apparel manufacturer Crystal International has launched a new carbon emissions calculations tool in a bid to help companies produce garments with less impact on the environment. The interactive tool takes the user on a journey through…
  • Wednesday, 20 July 2022

    Burberry again donates fabric to students Premium Article

    LONDON - Fashion brand Burberry is again supporting young fashion designers by donating leftover fabric to students through its ReBurberry Fabric programme in partnership with the British Fashion Council (BFC). This is the second time that the…
  • Wednesday, 20 July 2022

    Bluesign announces 2022 system revisions Premium Article

    ST GALLEN - Chemical management specialist Bluesign has announced revisions to its system to achieve more responsible and sustainable manufacturing in the textiles industry. They include a ban on the use of enzymes in powder form. Enzymes can…
  • Wednesday, 20 July 2022

    Fashion retailer Fwrd launches buy-back service Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – Luxury fashion retailer Fwrd has launched a new buy-back and resale initiative in a bid to promote circularity and extend the lifecycle of high-end items. Available exclusively in the US for now, the service will first facilitate…
  • Wednesday, 20 July 2022

    Primark expands partnership with Recover Premium Article

    DUBLIN - Fashion giant Primark has announced it is to become the first retailer to feature Spanish textile recycler Recover’s RColorBlend fibre - a blend of recycled cotton from textile waste and low impact dyed recycled polyester - at scale.…
  • Wednesday, 20 July 2022

    Aussie brand Bassike earns B Corp certification Premium Article

    SYDNEY – Australian fashion brand Bassike has become the latest company to become B Corp certified. B Corporations, of which there are more than 4,500 globally, are subjected to rigorous assessments which measure efforts across five impact areas:…
  • Wednesday, 20 July 2022

    Fashion retailers launch educational resource Premium Article

    BERLIN/LONDON – Fashion retailers Zalando, Yoox Net-A-Porter (YNAP) and About You have teamed up to launch an online learning platform that will support their brand partners in setting carbon emission reduction targets. The three firms have…
  • Tuesday, 19 July 2022

    ZDHC adds component to InCheck solution Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Textile chemicals authority ZDHC has added a verification component to its InCheck solution in a bid to establish greater clarify of a supplier’s compliance with the organisation’s Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL). The…
  • Tuesday, 19 July 2022

    Initiatives sign memorandum of understanding Premium Article

    LIVERPOOL / HAMBURG - The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) and the International Cotton Association (ICA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to co-operate on common goals. They say the MOU will strengthen cooperation between them and lay…
  • Tuesday, 19 July 2022

    Jigsaw offers rental, resale and subscription services Premium Article

    BRIGHTON – British fashion brand Jigsaw has partnered with circular solutions provider My Wardrobe HQ to launch new resale, subscription and resale services. Going forward, consumers will have the option to take items home on a day-by-day basis, buy…
  • Tuesday, 19 July 2022

    H&M's Monki debuts circular jeans collection Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - H&M-owned brand Monki has become the latest to launch a circular denim collection as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jeans Redesign project. Signatories to the project – which also include the likes of Levi’s and Tommy Hilfiger…
  • Tuesday, 19 July 2022

    Workers’ rights coalition campaigns for living wages Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – A coalition of workers’ rights organisations have launched what’s said to be the largest European campaign on living wages in a bid to influence legislation within the garment sector. The Good Clothes, Fair Pay campaign – backed by the…
  • Monday, 18 July 2022

    Resale platform Galaxy secures US$7m Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Secondhand fashion platform Galaxy has secured US$7 million in new funding, which it’ll use to further assert itself on the growing sub-sector. Backed by the likes of Snapchat, Floodgate, Homebrew and RGH Capital, Galaxy facilitates…
  • Monday, 18 July 2022

    MycoWorks’ mycelium commercially launched in hats Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Biomaterials innovator MycoWorks has collaborated with luxury hatmaker Nick Fouquet to commercially launch the first products made using its mycelium-based material. The San Francisco-based start-up says the news serves to highlight…
  • Monday, 18 July 2022

    H&M reopens in Russia before closing for good Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish fashion giant H&M has announced that it is to temporarily reopen its physical stores in Russia to sell off remaining stock before withdrawing from the country for the foreseeable future. H&M suspended all sales to Russia…
  • Monday, 18 July 2022

    Walmart orders 4,500 electric delivery vans Premium Article

    BENTONVILLE - US retail giant Walmart has announced it is to purchase 4,500 new Canoo electric vehicles for 'last mile deliveries' to reduce the climate impact of its rapidly growing ecommerce business. The company has signed a definitive agreement…
  • Monday, 18 July 2022

    UAE outlines circular economy plans Premium Article

    DUBAI – The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Circular Economy Council has approved 22 proposed policies designed to accelerate a shift from linear business models in manufacturing, food, infrastructure and transport. The council – which hosted government…
  • Friday, 15 July 2022

    Elevate Textiles joins Textile Exchange Premium Article

    CHARLOTTE – Elevate Textiles, which owns manufacturers including American & Efird (A&E), Burlington and Cone Denim, has joined the Textile Exchange global non-profit initiative. The company says that it aims to accelerate and further expand upon its…
  • Friday, 15 July 2022

    BBI releases garment industry scorecard Premium Article

    ARLINGTON – The Better Buying Institute (BBI) has published its industry scorecard in which garment manufacturers judge brands and retailers on their purchasing practices. The 2022 Better Buying Purchasing Practices Index (BBPPI) garment industry…
  • Friday, 15 July 2022

    AMSilk to scale up bio-silk production Premium Article

    MUNICH - German biotechnology firm AMSilk has announced plans to scale up production of its bio-based spider silk materials by several thousand tons a year and to expand its production network outside Europe. The company bills itself as the world’s…
  • Friday, 15 July 2022

    Adidas adds Spinnova fibre to first commercial product Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH – Sportswear giant Adidas has today commercially launched its first product integrating Spinnova’s ‘sustainable’ fibre. The brand’s Terrex HS1 mid-layer hoodie was first announced earlier this year but is now available to the masses…
  • Thursday, 14 July 2022

    Garment workers' leader 'targeted by officials' Premium Article

    BANGKOK - A Thai trade union leader has accused the country's authorities of using COVID-19 restrictions to keep workers in line after 1,388 former garment workers won a 'historic' victory to end a 13-month dispute. Owners of the Brilliant Alliance…
  • Thursday, 14 July 2022

    Report highlights textile recycling potential Premium Article

    DÜSSELDORF - At least a fifth of the 7.5 million tons of textile waste produced in Europe each year could be recycled into new clothing, according to a new report from consultants McKinsey & Company. Entitled 'Scaling textile recycling in Europe —…
  • Thursday, 14 July 2022

    'Must do better' - Fashion Transparency Index Premium Article

    LONDON - Brands and retailers have been urged to further increase transparency to tackle the climate crisis and social inequality, in the latest Fashion Transparency Index from the Fashion Revolution initiative. Fashion companies scored an average…
  • Wednesday, 13 July 2022

    Climate lawsuits against companies increase Premium Article

    LONDON - The number of climate- and ESG-related lawsuits filed against companies and governments has more than doubled since 2015, according to a new study by the London School of Economics and Political Science. Entitled 'Global Trends in Climate…
  • Wednesday, 13 July 2022

    Resale platform the Luxury Closet launches in UK Premium Article

    DUBAI – The Luxury Closet, a clothing resale marketplace established in the Middle East, is to launch in the UK as the company kickstarts expansion plans within Europe. The firm’s platform facilitates the sale of premium secondhand goods from brands…
  • Wednesday, 13 July 2022

    Accelerating Circularity starts European recycling trials Premium Article

    EUROPE – Trials to test the viability of various textile-to-textile recycling systems for polyester waste are to get underway across Europe, according to the Accelerating Circularity initiative. With support from brands, retailers, innovators and…
  • Wednesday, 13 July 2022

    Support builds for FABRIC Act in the US Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - More than 100 US brands, manufacturers, workers' rights groups, educational institutions and civil society groups have now given their backing to the Fashion Accountability and Building Real Institutional Change (FABRIC) Act. The…
  • Tuesday, 12 July 2022

    Circ raises $30 million in Series B round Premium Article

    DANVILLE - Textile recycling company Circ has announced it has raised more than US$30 million in a Series B funding round with backing from global apparel companies and virtual capital firms. The Virginia, US-based startup attracted funding from…
  • Tuesday, 12 July 2022

    ‘Sustainable fashion’ awareness grows in Hong Kong Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Consumer research carried out by Uniqlo and academics at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) indicates that the pandemic has increased awareness of ‘sustainable fashion’. Around 1,500 people were surveyed, of varying ages, of which…
  • Tuesday, 12 July 2022

    European project to advance plastic recycling Premium Article

    CLERMONT FERRAND – Brands and innovators from across Europe have come together to support a new project which it’s hoped will develop the recycling infrastructure to accommodate two million tonnes of PET plastic waste per year. Backed by more than…
  • Tuesday, 12 July 2022

    Textile Exchange reports progress on sourcing Premium Article

    LUBBOCK - Textile Exchange has released two new reports outlining progress on its efforts to persuade brands and retailers to increase their sourcing of more sustainable cotton and recycled polyester. The global non-profit says the annual reports…
  • Monday, 11 July 2022

    Miami authorities support ‘sustainable’ fashion fund Premium Article

    MIAMI – Global innovation platform Fashinnovation has joined forces with authorities in Miami’s Dade County to launch a ‘sustainable’ fashion fund. According to WWD, the new ‘Fashion Forward Fund’ will help businesses achieve targets relating to…
  • Monday, 11 July 2022

    New fashion platform 'like Depop but rental' Premium Article

    LONDON - Loanhood, a new peer-to-peer circular fashion platform described by its founders as “like Depop but rental”, has launched as a subscription-free app. Loanhood was founded by three former fashion industry insiders - former model Jade…
  • Monday, 11 July 2022

    Eastman partners with TextileGenesis Premium Article

    KINGSPORT – Specialty materials manufacturer Eastman has partnered with traceability solutions provider TextileGenesis to map the lifecycle of its Naia brand of ‘sustainable’ fibres and yarns. TextileGenesis boasts a blockchain-based technology…
  • Friday, 08 July 2022

    Garment workers go on strike in Myanmar Premium Article

    YANGON - Around 2,000 garment workers have reportedly gone on strike over pay and conditions in what is said to be the first major industrial action in Myanmar since last year's military coup. The workers are employed by the JW factory in Yangon’s…
  • Friday, 08 July 2022

    BGMEA collaborates on worker training programme Premium Article

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has signed an agreement with the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) and will collaborate to develop skills training services for garment workers across the ready-made garment…
  • Friday, 08 July 2022

    Bluesign extends services to reduce impact Premium Article

    ST GALLEN - Textile chemical management specialist Bluesign has announced expanded services to help more brands, manufacturers and chemical companies reduce the environmental and social impact of their supply chains. Bluesign is launching data and…
  • Friday, 08 July 2022

    Eileen Fisher Foundation launches circularity tool Premium Article

    NEW YORK – The Eileen Fisher Foundation, the fashion brand’s charitable arm, has launched a new platform called ‘Hey Fashion’ in a bid to simplify the complex topic of textile waste and promote the benefits of circularity. Developed alongside…
  • Friday, 08 July 2022

    Zalando shuns mulesed wool, backs ban proposals Premium Article

    BERLIN – Fashion retailer Zalando has outlined its intent to eradicate mulesed wool from within its own brand products by 2023, and has signed animal rights organisation Four Paws’ ‘brand letter of intent’ as it backs efforts to outlaw the…
  • Thursday, 07 July 2022

    PFAS protest targets Columbia Sportswear Premium Article

    PORTLAND - Environmental campaigners are today staging a protest outside the Portland, Oregon, flagship store of Columbia Sportswear urging the outdoor apparel brand to phase out its use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The Natural…
  • Thursday, 07 July 2022

    Lindex adopts PLM system to support ambitions Premium Article

    GOTHENBURG – Swedish retailer Lindex has adopted a product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to establish greater supply chain connectivity and centralise production information relating to design, planning, buying and manufacturing. The company…
  • Thursday, 07 July 2022

    PETA claims live snakes skinned for fashion Premium Article

    LONDON - Animal rights organisation PETA has released video footage which it says shows snakes being abused in Indonesia before their skins are sold to fashion brands to make shoes and handbags. The footage shows workers cutting live snakes' tails…
  • Thursday, 07 July 2022

    Circular fashion brand adopts digital ID labels Premium Article

    MENTOR – Circular fashion brand The R Collective has partnered with materials science company Avery Dennison to adopt its digital product labelling technology and its plastic-free garment bags. The R Collective has placed onus on optimising the…
  • Thursday, 07 July 2022

    Puma, Patagonia support chemical recycling coalition Premium Article

    CLERMONT-FERRAND – Chemical recycling specialist Carbios has signed an agreement with apparel brands Puma, Patagonia, On and Salomon with the view to enhancing the recyclability of their products. The coalition will focus on advancing circular…
  • Wednesday, 06 July 2022

    Sedex identifies key ESG reporting points Premium Article

    LONDON – Ethical sourcing organisation Sedex has launched a new report which identifies the key ESG reporting points businesses need to bear in mind to avoid losing investors and falling foul of new legislation. It says that with increasing calls…
  • Wednesday, 06 July 2022

    Organic Cotton Accelerator farmer numbers up Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) has published its new annual report in which it claims an 83 per cent increase in participating farmers despite the impact of COVID-19. The OCA has confirmed that a total of 22,000 cotton participated…
  • Wednesday, 06 July 2022

    Stahl submits Scope 3 emissions target Premium Article

    WAALWIJK – Textile chemicals specialist Stahl has submitted a carbon reduction target covering its Scope 3 emissions to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for approval. The company’s goal is to cut its greenhouse gas (GHG) production by a…
  • Wednesday, 06 July 2022

    Gucci joins Ellen Macarthur Foundation Premium Article

    MILAN - Luxury fashion house Gucci has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a strategic partner in a move which it says shows its commitment to accelerating the transition towards a circular economy. The announcement coincides with the…
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