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Just as new technologies and communications are reducing the environmental impact of textile production – could the lives of garment workers benefit from similar advances?

Recent news headlines show how environmental sustainability in the apparel and footwear industry now sits at the top of the retail agenda. But social sustainability relating to workers in the fashion supply chain? Not so much...

A recent McKinsey survey of top sourcing executives also confirms this increased focus on environmental sustainability, saying that in public discourse ‘sustainability’ often means environmental issues. Secondly, it claims pro-climate initiatives are ‘easier to implement’ compared to social initiatives.

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  • Wednesday, 14 April 2021

    PETA urges LVMH to drop fur and exotic skins

    LONDON - The PETA animal rights organisation is set to once again urge luxury fashion company LVMH to stop using fur and exotic skins in its products. PETA is a shareholder in LVMH, which owns brands such as Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Fendi,…
  • Wednesday, 14 April 2021

    Muji issues statement on Xinjiang cotton Premium Article

    TOKYO - Japanese fashion retailer Muji has issued a statement after being criticised for continuing to use cotton from the Xinjiang region of China despite forced labour concerns. Muji is one of the number of companies slammed by the End Forced…
  • Wednesday, 14 April 2021

    AGI Denim's HempX wins C2C gold certification

    KARACHI - Pakistani textile manufacturer AGI Denim has been awarded gold level certification from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute for it's HempX fabric. The award recognises environmental and social performance across five…
  • Tuesday, 13 April 2021

    Fashion for Good picks South Asia innovators

    AMSTERDAM – The Fashion for Good initiative has selected 10 new innovators to participate in the third batch of its South Asia Innovation Programme. The new batch includes potential game-changers such as inks produced from greenhouse gas emissions,…
  • Tuesday, 13 April 2021

    Fashion giants sued over forced labour Premium Article

    PARIS - Zara owners Inditex, Uniqlo, SMCP and footwear brand Skechers are being sued in France for allegedly using cotton produced with forced labour in China. Three NGOs and a Uyghur woman who was held at a camp in the Xinjiang region of China have…
  • Tuesday, 13 April 2021

    Nanofibre filaments from recycled polyester Premium Article

    TOKYO – Teijin claims to have developed the world’s first ultra-fine recycled polyester filaments, which are just 700 nanometres in diameter. Using proprietary spinning technology, the ultra-fine polyester ‘Nanofront’ filaments are capable of…
  • Tuesday, 13 April 2021

    Mother of Pearl links up with Onloan

    LONDON - Sustainable fashion brand Mother of Pearl has partnered with online fashion rental service Onloan to launch a new initiative aimed at increasing circularity. Called the Full Circle, it aims to break the traditional “linear” retail model…
  • Tuesday, 13 April 2021

    Nike reveals more on cleaner chemicals Premium Article

    BEAVERTON - Sportswear giant Nike has revealed more about its plans to replace 10 priority chemistries with ‘cleaner’ alternatives by 2025. The company recently outlined the ambition in its FY20 Impact Report, entitled 'Breaking Barriers', but did…
  • Tuesday, 13 April 2021

    EU urged to tackle garment worker pay

    NEWCASTLE - The Circle NGO is calling on the European Union (EU) to introduce legislation which would encourage brands and retailers to ensure garment workers in their supply chains are paid a living wage. The Circle, which was founded by the singer…
  • Monday, 12 April 2021

    Garment factories to stay open during lockdown Premium Article

    DHAKA - The Bangladeshi government has agreed to a plea from garment manufacturers to allow their factories to remain open during an upcoming lockdown to arrest a spike in COVID-19 cases. The government has decided to allow factories to run during…
  • Monday, 12 April 2021

    Brands 'failing to protect migrant workers'

    GLOBAL - Major brands and retailers are failing to honour promises to protect the rights of migrant workers in global supply chains, according to the KnowTheChain initiative. KnowTheChain is a partnership between Humanity United, the Business &…
  • Monday, 12 April 2021

    Microfibre Consortium approves first third-party lab Premium Article

    GENEVA - Inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS has been approved by The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) as its first third-party laboratory member. The agreement means that SGS will soon be extending its fibre fragmentation…
  • Monday, 12 April 2021

    Levi's joins Fashion for Good initiative

    SAN FRANCISCO - Denim brand Levi Strauss has joined the Fashion for Good initiative in a bid to create pilots to address some of the most pressing sustainability issues in its value chain.. Levi's says that joining Fashion for Good will enable the…
  • Friday, 09 April 2021

    Canada moves towards slave labour action

    OTTAWA - Canada is moving forward with new legislation that would see companies face hefty fines if they are caught importing products made with slave or child labour. The Senate, the upper house of parliament in Canada, has given a second reading…
  • Friday, 09 April 2021

    Uniqlo to monitor Xinjiang situation Premium Article

    TOKYO – Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing says it will ‘keep an eye’ on its cotton supply chain to make sure that none of its clothes are made with forced labour in Xinjiang – despite a robust performance in China which helped the Japanese retailer to…
  • Friday, 09 April 2021

    New European campaign targets fast fashion

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission is set to launch a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of the environmental impact of the fast fashion industry. The ‘Beyond Your Clothes’ campaign - part of the European Union-funded 'SMART Textile & Garments'…
  • Friday, 09 April 2021

    'Alarming spike' in ethical risks in factories

    LONDON - Supply chain compliance experts QIMA report an "alarming spike" in ethical risks in factories around the world which supply western brands and retailers. A new 'barometer' study by QIMA says the percentage of factories which it ranked 'red'…
  • Thursday, 08 April 2021

    BFC rallies fashion firms to donate fabrics

    LONDON – The British Fashion Council (BFC) has teamed up with more than 20 brands, including Burberry, Victoria Beckham, River Island and Barbour, to donate waste materials to colleges across the UK. The Student Fabric Initiative aims to provide…
  • Thursday, 08 April 2021

    WRAP set to launch Textiles 2030 initiative Premium Article

    LONDON – UK waste recycling charity WRAP has confirmed that its Textiles 2030 project to create a more circular industry in Britain will be formally launched later this month. WRAP says Textiles 2030, which it describes as the world's most ambitious…
  • Thursday, 08 April 2021

    Bestseller vows to support organic cotton cultivation

    BRANDE – Danish fashion company Bestseller hopes to incentivise more farmers to make the transition to organic agricultural practices by promising that it will enrol more 'in-conversion' cotton into its portfolio. The company hopes that using…
  • Thursday, 08 April 2021

    Cambodia to vaccinate 500,000 garment workers

    PHNOM PENH - Cambodia has started vaccinating garment and textile workers in a bid to innocculate half a million of them by the end of June and help jump-start a post-pandemic recovery. The country had one of the lowest incidences of COVID-19 but an…
  • Thursday, 08 April 2021

    Traceability tool tipped to address sourcing concerns Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – Technological solutions provider SupplyShift has partnered with the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) to offer fashion brands and manufacturers a tool to snuff out forced labour within their networks. The YESS (Yarn Ethically &…
  • Thursday, 08 April 2021

    Warning to fashion industry on sustainability

    NEW YORK - Increasing demands by consumers and regulators for a more sustainable apparel industry pose a financial and reputational risk to companies that don’t adapt, according to global credit rating agency Moody’s. Fast-fashion retailers and…
  • Thursday, 08 April 2021

    GlamCorner plays host to Spell rental collection

    SYDNEY – Australian rental platform GlamCorner has partnered with native fashion brand Spell to help launch a rental collection for the firm. The offering, which GlamCorner will host and handle the logistics of, includes 48 Spell items which…
  • Thursday, 08 April 2021

    Call to pay garment workers a living wage

    AMSTERDAM - Workers' rights campaigners have drawn up a living wage benchmark which they hope will be used to ensure garment workers in disadvantaged parts of Europe are paid enough to live on. The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has developed what it…
  • Wednesday, 07 April 2021

    GFA confirms new chief executive

    COPENHAGEN – The Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) has appointed Federica Marchionni, the former president of Dolce & Gabbana and international CEO of Secoo, as its new CEO. She’ll take the mantle from the 1st June and replaces GFA stalwart Eva Kruse, who…
  • Wednesday, 07 April 2021

    Social auditors 'should be liable for reports'

    LONDON - Social auditors should be held legally liable for inaccurate reports which fail to uncover health and safety breaches in brands and retailers' supply chains, according to the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC). A new report…
  • Wednesday, 07 April 2021

    IKEA makes pledge to act on child labour

    LEIDEN - Swedish-owned homeware giant IKEA is pledging to accelerate efforts to strengthen child rights and remove child labour from the company's supply chain. IKEA says it wants to support the United Nations (UN) which has designated 2021 as the…
  • Wednesday, 07 April 2021

    Exclusive: Boohoo sourcing director talks Leicester Premium Article

    MANCHESTER - Last June, fast fashion brand Boohoo became embroiled in allegations of supply chain exploitation, as sites in the city of Leicester - a manufacturing hub for the company - were found to be operating with little consideration of…
  • Wednesday, 07 April 2021

    Cairo factory tragedies prompt safety calls

    CAIRO - Workers rights campaigners are calling for an international safety agreement after at least 28 lives were lost in two garment factory tragedies in a month in the Egyptian capital city of Cairo. Eight people died and 29 were injured last week…
  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021

    Soorty launches organic cotton initiative Premium Article

    KARACHI - Pakistan's largest vertically integrated denim company, Soorty, has launched an initiative to increase the use of organic cotton in the denim supply chain. The Soorty Organic Cotton Initiative (SOCI) has been launched in partnership with…
  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021

    Textile Exchange seeks feedback on recycled material standards Premium Article

    TEXAS – Industry non-profit Textile Exchange is seeking feedback over the next two months on the latest versions of its Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) and Global Recycled Standard (GRS). The Vancouver-based organisation says it will welcome the…
  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021

    Garment workers 'denied legal severance pay' Premium Article

    GLOBAL - Tens of thousands of workers at factories which produce garments for leading fashion brands have been fired during the COVID-19 pandemic but illegally denied financial compensation, according to a new report. The Worker Rights Consortium…
  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021

    Superdry signs up with We aRe SpinDye Premium Article

    CHELTENHAM - Fashion brand Superdry has signed an agreement with Swedish clean tech company We aRe SpinDye (WRSD) to use its resource-efficient dyeing process. WRSD's dyeing process involves melting colour pigments and recycled polyester together,…
  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021

    Garment workers call for better contract terms Premium Article

    GLOBAL – Apparel suppliers across Asia have come together to demand better contracts from fashion brands and retailers. A draft document, seen by Reuters, comes after many high-street names pulled orders upon the global outbreak of the coronavirus,…
  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021

    UN experts warn companies on Xinjiang Premium Article

    NEW YORK - United Nations human rights experts are urging companies to closely scrutinise their supply chains following concerns over the alleged detention and forced labour of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China. Independent UN experts…
  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021

    Keen shares ‘model’ on removing PFCs Premium Article

    PORTLAND – After successfully removing PFCs from its supply chain, US footwear brand Keen is sharing its insight by publishing an open-source model explaining how other companies can follow suit. “We spent the last seven years researching,…
  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021

    BGMEA elects Hassan as new president Premium Article

    DHAKA - Faruque Hassan, the managing director of the Giant Group, has been elected as the new president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA). Hassan replaces Dr Rubana Huq who became the first female leader of…
  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021

    The RealReal launches upcycling programme Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Second-hand fashion marketplace The RealReal has launched a new upcycled apparel collection in partnership with some of fashion’s leading firms to offer luxury items a new life. The company has acquired unwanted stock from the likes…
  • Thursday, 01 April 2021

    Exclusive: Chemical cocktail found in face masks Premium Article Audio Version Available

    Top German scientists have found that wearing certain types of face masks for long periods of time could result in potentially hazardous chemicals and harmful microplastics being inhaled deep into human lungs. Professor Michael Braungart, director…
  • Thursday, 01 April 2021

    Mango makes progress on ‘sustainable’ fibre front Premium Article

    BARCELONA – Spanish fashion brand Mango has announced that 79 per cent of its garments now integrate more ‘sustainable’ fibres. These products now align with the principles of the brand’s Committed Collection, which it launched in 2017 with the…
  • Thursday, 01 April 2021

    ETI urges extra caution on Xinjiang cotton Premium Article

    LONDON - The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is urging brands and retailers to take extra steps to ensure that their supply chains are not linked in any way with the Xinjiang region of China. It comes as fashion companies are under severe pressure…
  • Thursday, 01 April 2021

    AWEX wool declaration “premature”, says grower body Premium Article

    QUEENSLAND – WoolProducers Australia, a native grower body, has described Australian Wool Exchange’s (AWEX) review of its National Wool Declaration (NWD) as “premature”, and believes this year’s document shouldn’t be finalised until conclusions are…
  • Wednesday, 31 March 2021

    H&M releases statement on Xinjiang controversy Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish fashion giant H&M - which has been at the centre of a Chinese backlash against western boycotts of Xinjiang cotton over forced labour concerns - has released a statement on the controversy. H&M has born the brunt of the consumer…
  • Wednesday, 31 March 2021

    McQueen, Balenciaga ban animal fur Premium Article

    PARIS – Luxury brands Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga, both owned by fashion conglomerate Kering, have banned the use of animal fur within their supply chains. The news was disclosed in Kering’s 2020 Universal Registration document, which stated…
  • Wednesday, 31 March 2021

    Coalition to back natural fibres' case to EU Premium Article

    SYDNEY - The Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) industry organisation is to form an international coalition to ensure demand for natural fibres is not harmed at the expense of synthetics by new European Union (EU) legislation. It fears that the EU's…
  • Wednesday, 31 March 2021

    Four Paws ranks brands on mulesing commitments Premium Article

    LONDON – Animal rights group Four Paws has ranked 38 leading apparel brands based on their commitments to banning the controversial practice of mulesing within their supply chains. Rankings range from ‘mulesing-free champions’ including Patagonia…
  • Wednesday, 31 March 2021

    Myanmar garment workers in plea to brands Premium Article

    YANGON - Garment workers in Myanmar have renewed their call on fashion brands to support their protests against the military coup following the most violent weekend of demonstrations so far. More than 520 civilians have been killed in two months of…
  • Tuesday, 30 March 2021

    English city ponders textile recycling service Premium Article

    YORK – Authorities in the English city of York are contemplating new recycling measures which could see the introduction of a textile collection service. It’s just one of three options the council is pondering, following proposals from the…
  • Tuesday, 30 March 2021

    Lycra partners to develop recycled fibres Premium Article

    WILMINGTON – The Lycra Company has teamed up with Japanese trading firm Itochu Corporation to launch new functional fibres made from textile waste. Lycra says the new products lay the groundwork “for a more circular future”, which is one of the…
  • Tuesday, 30 March 2021

    Report highlights gap in garment worker pay Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - A new report from the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) reveals the difference between minimum wage and living wage in nearly 50 garment and textile industry countries. AGT says the report, compiled using data…
  • Tuesday, 30 March 2021

    Calls to recognise new Uzbek cotton union Premium Article

    TASHKENT - Human rights campaigners are calling for recognition for Uzbekistan's first independent trade union which has launched at a giant cotton producer amidst allegations of intimidation and harassment. Organisers of the Xalq Birligi (People’s…
  • Tuesday, 30 March 2021

    Eight killed after 'garment factory explosion' Premium Article

    CAIRO - Eight people have been killed and 29 injured after a reported explosion in a garment factory led to the collapse of a ten storey building in the Egyptian capital city of Cairo. Eyewitnesses said the building collapsed after an explosion in a…
  • Monday, 29 March 2021

    Xinjiang statement missing from BCI website Premium Article

    BEIJING - China's attempt to fight back against forced labour allegations surrounding the country's cotton industry continues to bear fruit with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) apparently removing a key statement from its website. The BCI…
  • Monday, 29 March 2021

    Bangladesh garment factories report on SDGs Premium Article

    DHAKA - The Bangladeshi garment industry has published a report on its progress towards helping the country meet its targets on the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The report, from the Bangladeshi Garment…
  • Monday, 29 March 2021

    Boohoo eyes ‘sustainable’ materials and resale Premium Article

    MANCHESTER – Fast fashion brand Boohoo has unveiled a new strategy which targets of integrating 'more sustainable’ materials and resale offerings across its brand portfolio. To coincide with this, the company has signed up to WRAP’s Textile 2030…
  • Monday, 29 March 2021

    Blockchain provider acquires €8 million in funding Premium Article

    PARIS – Traceability solutions provider Arianee has closed an €8 million (US$9.4m) seed financing round, which it’ll use to scale its blockchain-enabled platform for the luxury fashion sector. Paris-based Arianee – whose technology establishes…
  • Friday, 26 March 2021

    Brands accused of backtracking on Xinjiang Premium Article

    BEIJING - Leading western fashion brands and retailers are being accused of watering down their opposition to the alleged use of forced labour in Xinjiang's cotton industry under pressure from the Chinese government and consumers. The End Forced…
  • Friday, 26 March 2021

    LVMH outlines new biodiversity strategy Premium Article

    PARIS – French fashion conglomerate LVMH, which owns the likes of Louis Vuitton, Dior and Givenchy, has unveiled its new biodiversity strategy which centres on measuring and reducing its environmental impact, promoting animal welfare and deploying…
  • Friday, 26 March 2021

    H&M extends partnership with WWF Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish fashion giant H&M is extending its partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) for another five years. H&M linked up with WWF to address the environmental impacts of its whole value chain, as well as to champion wider…
  • Friday, 26 March 2021

    Natural Fibers Alliance opposes UK fur ban Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – Environmental organisation the Natural Fibers Alliance (NFA) has hit back at fashion designers calling for a ban on real fur in the UK, saying their “short-sighted” views could force businesses to turn to environmentally harmful…
  • Friday, 26 March 2021

    Clothes swapping ‘department store’ to be trialled next month Premium Article

    NEW YORK – A new clothes swapping department store is to be trialled in New York next month, as it looks to shed the negative stigma surrounding pre-owned apparel and encourage more sustainable consumer behaviours. The concept store, which will run…
  • Thursday, 25 March 2021

    Sportswear giant 'quits BCI to source Xinjiang cotton' Premium Article

    BEIJING - Chinese company Anta Sports – the world's third-largest sportswear company – is reportedly leaving the Better Cotton Initiative so it can continue sourcing cotton from Xinjiang despite forced labour concerns. Japanese firm Asics also…
  • Thursday, 25 March 2021

    Dyneema the focus of circularity coalition Premium Article

    HEERLEN – Dutch multinational Royal DSM has established a coalition of 14 companies which will work together to close the loop on its Dyneema brand of fibre. Under the name CirculariTeam, the group will come together to share knowledge, resources…
  • Thursday, 25 March 2021

    Freeze branding trials throw up interesting findings Premium Article

    MELBOURNE – The University of Melbourne has published the preliminary findings of pain trials which assessed whether freeze branding – a method of protecting sheep from parasitic infections – caused as much discomfort as the controversial practice…
  • Thursday, 25 March 2021

    New bid to map circularity of Italian fashion Premium Article

    MILAN - A pioneering new project has been launched to create the first study of circularity across the supply chain of the Italian fashion industry. The SDA Bocconi School of Management, one of Europe's leading business schools, and advanced energy…
  • Thursday, 25 March 2021

    Study highlights Sri Lankan COVID concerns Premium Article

    COLOMBO - Workers' rights campaigners have published a new study on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in Sri Lanka where they claim brands, retailers and manufacturers are profiting at the expense of garment workers' health, employment…
  • Thursday, 25 March 2021

    Boohoo publishes UK supplier list Premium Article

    MANCHESTER – Fast fashion brand Boohoo has published a list of its UK manufacturers, which it’s cut down to just 78 companies in line with the recommendations of Alison Levitt QC’s report into the company. As was advised by Levitt – who was…
  • Wednesday, 24 March 2021

    Brands urged to boycott Turkmen cotton Premium Article

    LONDON - The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is urging fashion brands to stop sourcing cotton from Turkmenistan after a new report revealed the systematic use of forced labour in last year's harvest. Two NGOs, Turkmen.news and the Turkmen…
  • Wednesday, 24 March 2021

    Cambodian workers prepped for vaccine rollout Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s government has included garment workers amongst the list of priority groups to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and has tasked native organisations including the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) to support a…
  • Wednesday, 24 March 2021

    Avery Dennison launches supply chain transparency tool Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – Materials science company Avery Dennison has launched atma.io, a new digital transparency tool that creates a digital twin of products to map them throughout the supply chain. The company says its new platform can be leveraged across…
  • Wednesday, 24 March 2021

    Recycling association backs UK waste proposals Premium Article

    LONDON – The UK’s Textile Recycling Association (TRA) has urged fashion industry stakeholders to rally behind a new waste prevention programme outlined by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). DEFRA last week published the…
  • Tuesday, 23 March 2021

    Fashion Revolution campaign calls for transparency Premium Article

    LONDON - The Fashion Revolution initiative is to launch a new campaign urging customers to press more than 60 major brands and retailers to publicly disclose the processing facilities and textile mills in their global supply chains. The…
  • Tuesday, 23 March 2021

    Fast Retailing seals deal with resale platform provider Premium Article

    TOKYO – Fast Retailing, the owner of the Uniqlo brand, has signed a new agreement with Japanese second-hand fashion firm Mercari which it says will streamline the integration of apparel ranges on its platform and make for a more seamless customer…
  • Tuesday, 23 March 2021

    Fashion for Good selects new innovators Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Sustainability initiative Fashion for Good has selected the latest batch of start-up innovators to join its Accelerator Programme to develop sustainable solutions for the industry. With solutions in raw materials, processing, end-of-use,…
  • Tuesday, 23 March 2021

    Israeli Cotton Board trials tracing technology Premium Article

    MELBOURNE – Australian authentication solutions provider Security Matters (SMX) has announced that it’s working with the Israeli Cotton Board (ICB) to trial its chemical marker technology and blockchain platform in cotton supply chains. The pair…
  • Tuesday, 23 March 2021

    Free circular business model tool to launch Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Impact organisation Circle Economy is launching a free, online guide that will help fashion brands and retailers create and implement circular business models in under a year. The Circular Toolbox has been established off the back of…
  • Tuesday, 23 March 2021

    Bluesign recognised by German government Premium Article

    BERLIN - Textile chemical management specialist Bluesign has been recognised by the German government as a credible measure of sustainable manufacturing for public procurement purposes. Bluesign said it was proud to be able to contribute to the…
  • Monday, 22 March 2021

    Western countries sanction China on Xinjiang Premium Article

    LONDON - The UK, European Union, US and Canada have jointly announced sanctions on Chinese officials over human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region which supplies more than a fifth of the world's cotton. Up to two million Uyghur Muslims have been…
  • Monday, 22 March 2021

    Kontoor Brands expands water saving initiative Premium Article

    GREENSBORO – Kontoor Brands, the owner of Wrangler and Lee, has announced the expansion of its Indigood programme, which in 2019 set out to drastically reduce water usage in the manufacture of denim. Indigood Foam-Dye is the technology around which…
  • Monday, 22 March 2021

    Garment workers in India forced to resign, research says Premium Article

    BENGALURU – The findings of a new report indicate that since last September, thousands of garment workers in the Indian city of Bengaluru have been forced to resign by factory bosses. The study, conducted by the Garment and Textile Workers’ Union…
  • Monday, 22 March 2021

    Ralph Lauren targets zero wastewater dyeing Premium Article

    NEW YORK — Fashion company Ralph Lauren has launched a "revolutionary" new dyeing platform which it claims will eventually lead to the world’s first scalable zero wastewater cotton dyeing system. The company's new 'Color on Demand' system consists…
  • Monday, 22 March 2021

    Lenzing sustainability report reflects on turbulent 2020 Premium Article

    LENZING – Austrian fibre producer Lenzing has published its 2020 sustainability report, reflecting on what has been a successful year for the company despite market turbulence brought on by COVID-19. The report offers a timely update on the…
  • Friday, 19 March 2021

    Adidas makes new sustainability commitments Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH - Sportswear giant Adidas has launched its new 'Own the Game' strategy which includes a commitment that nine out of 10 of the company's products will be made from sustainable materials by 2025. Expanding the company's activities in…
  • Friday, 19 March 2021

    Lycra sites subject to Higg assessments Premium Article

    WILMINGTON – The Lycra Company has announced that its six manufacturing sites have all completed sustainability self-assessments using the Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM). The company first trialled the tool at a factory in Northern Ireland…
  • Friday, 19 March 2021

    Fast Retailing factories set ablaze in Myanmar Premium Article

    YANGON - Japanese fashion company Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo brand, has confirmed that two of its supplier factories have been set on fire in Myanmar during ongoing disturbances since the military coup. The factories, both located in the…
  • Friday, 19 March 2021

    Champion Thread Company launches recycled polyester range Premium Article

    GASTONIA – US textile manufacturer Champion Thread Company (CTC) has launched a range of new industrial sewing threads, each made from 100 per cent recycled materials. The firm’s Renu line has been created to offer more ‘sustainable’ alternatives to…
  • Friday, 19 March 2021

    Bestseller partners Artistic Milliners on ethical cotton Premium Article

    BRANDE – Danish fashion brand Bestseller is partnering with the Pakistan-based denim mill Artistic Milliners to increase its use of organic, ethically-sourced cotton. The partnership will make use of the Milliners Cotton Organic Project, which…
  • Thursday, 18 March 2021

    Levi's launches new 'sustainable' collection Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Denim giant Levi's has launched a new collection of garments made with 55 per cent hemp and using plant-based dyes applied with 'ultrasonic wave technology' to reduce the need for chemicals. Levi's new Wellthread collection also…
  • Thursday, 18 March 2021

    Superdry brings forward sustainable cotton targets Premium Article

    CHELTENHAM – British fashion retailer Superdry has brought forward its cotton sustainability goals following swift early progress. In particular, the company has tweaked its target of ensuring all 100 per cent cotton garments are made entirely using…
  • Thursday, 18 March 2021

    Designers urge UK to ban real fur sales Premium Article

    LONDON — Some of Britain’s leading fashion designers are urging British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to make the UK the world's first country to ban the sale of products containing real animal fur. Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Katharine…
  • Thursday, 18 March 2021

    New UK waste plans propose textile EPR scheme Premium Article

    LONDON – The UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has unveiled plans for a new nationwide Waste Prevention Programme, which would "ramp up action on fast fashion and hold manufacturers accountable for textile waste".…
  • Wednesday, 17 March 2021

    Performance Days goes digital for May showcase Premium Article

    MUNICH – The team behind the Performance Days trade fair has cancelled its May showcase over lingering travel concerns related to COVID-19. Organisers say the ongoing pandemic makes it “difficult or even impossible for many manufacturers and trade…
  • Wednesday, 17 March 2021

    Reformation, FibreTrace team up for denim collection Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES – US fashion brand Reformation has partnered with traceability solutions provider FibreTrace and will trial its technology with the rollout of a new denim collection. FibreTrace tags textiles with a unique pigment that can be tracked…
  • Wednesday, 17 March 2021

    Could polyethylene produce future fabrics? Premium Article

    MASSACHUSETTS - Researchers have produced a new textile from polyethylene (PE) which they say could make the fashion industry more sustainable and reduce the world’s plastic waste mountain. Scientists involved in the project say the…
  • Wednesday, 17 March 2021

    Carrefour trials blockchain across textile range Premium Article

    MASSY – French conglomerate Carrefour has announced plans to trial blockchain technology on products in its own-brand textile product range. The company, which already uses the solution amongst its food supplies as part of blockchain provider IBM’s…
  • Wednesday, 17 March 2021

    Gap in bid to empower women garment workers Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Fashion brand Gap Inc has launched a new programme aimed at empowering female garment workers in its global supply chains. Called Empower@Work, it is a partnership with the Business for Social Responsibility consultancy, the…
  • Wednesday, 17 March 2021

    MPs call for action on Xinjiang forced labour Premium Article Audio Version Available

    LONDON - MPs are urging the British government to toughen anti-modern slavery laws and develop new measures compelling brands and retailers to ensure forced labour plays no part in their supply chains. The calls are made in a new report from the…
  • Tuesday, 16 March 2021

    H&M to work with suppliers on COVID recovery Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish fashion giant H&M has signed an agreement with the IndustriALL global trade union movement to work with its suppliers to support the economic and social recovery of the industry from the COVID-19 crisis. The agreement reaffirms…
  • Tuesday, 16 March 2021

    Probe after 20 killed in garment factory fire Premium Article

    CAIRO - Police have launched an investigation after at least 20 people were killed and another 24 injured in a fire at a garment factory in Egypt. The cause of the blaze, at a four-storey factory in the Obour industrial zone north of the capital…
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