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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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  • Friday, 20 May 2022

    NGO challenges Zalando on sourcing policies

    BONN - The Femnet NGO, which campaigns for women's rights in the global apparel industry, is challenging European online retailer Zalando on its sourcing from Myanmar and Bangladesh. The German organisation points out that, like most online…
  • Friday, 20 May 2022

    Burberry announces ban on exotic skins

    LONDON - Fashion house Burberry has announced that it has banned the use of exotic leathers, such as alligator and snake skin, in its products. The announcement, during the company's fiscal year 2022 earnings call, follows a long-running campaign by…
  • Friday, 20 May 2022

    French Connection launches rental service

    LONDON - French Connection becomes the first major uk fashion brand to launch its own in-house clothing rental service in partnership with rental-as-a-service platform Zoa Rental. Unlike other brands’ rental services, French Connection Rental will…
  • Friday, 20 May 2022

    EU urged to ban imports made with forced labour Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Union is being urged to issue a ban on imports of products believed to have been made using forced labour, such as cotton from the Xinjiang region of China. The European Parliament’s Trade Committee this week made the…
  • Thursday, 19 May 2022

    Macy’s collaborates to advance targets

    NEW YORK – US retailer Macy’s has outlined a number of collaborations and activities to support its Mission Every One sustainability strategy. Notably, the company has joined the Better Cotton initiative to increase its uptake of more ‘sustainable’…
  • Thursday, 19 May 2022

    Vietnam launches COVID migrant worker study

    HO CHI MINH CITY - A new seven-month study has been launched into the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant workers in apparel and footwear factories in Vietnam. The reluctance of migrant workers to return to work following coronavirus…
  • Thursday, 19 May 2022

    Aussie innovation fund supports circular economy

    VICTORIA – Authorities in the Australian state of Victoria have announced the latest batch of projects to receive funding under the AU$2.9 million (US$2m) Recycling Victoria Innovation Fund. The recipients – which boast circular fashion solutions…
  • Thursday, 19 May 2022

    Alpine Group first to back sustainability tool Premium Article

    LONDON - Alpine Group, which supplies brands including The North Face, American Eagle Outfitters, Under Armour and Sweaty Betty, has become the first textile and garment manufacturer globally to adopt a new science-based sustainability management…
  • Thursday, 19 May 2022

    Kidswear brand joins Circular Textiles Foundation

    HELSTON – Childrenswear brand Frugi has become the first of its kind to join the Circular Textiles Foundation (CTF). Members of the foundation commit to implementing circular design principles within their operations, enabling garments to be easily…
  • Thursday, 19 May 2022

    Baird Group joins Ethical Trading Institute

    HARTLEPOOL - The Baird Group, which owns brands including Racing Green, Limehaus and Antique Rogue, has joined the Ethical Trading Institute (ETI) as a foundation member. Baird Group, part of the Arafa Group, operates across retail, ecommerce and…
  • Thursday, 19 May 2022

    Cotton Trust Protocol doubles farmer figures Premium Article

    MEMPHIS – The US Cotton Trust Protocol has announced that its grower participation for the 2021/22 crop has doubled since its pilot last year. In March, the organisation extended the enrolment period amidst a spike in interest from growers, which…
  • Thursday, 19 May 2022

    Recover wins Green Product Award

    VALENCIA – Spanish textile innovator Recover has been recognised with the Green Product Award in the fashion category for its ‘sustainable’ fibre. The firm’s flagship material is made from recycled post-industrial and post-consumer waste and is said…
  • Wednesday, 18 May 2022

    Next urged to address supply chain issues

    LONDON – Workers’ rights organisation Labour Behind the Label (LBL) and environmental non-profit Share Action have expressed concerns regarding the manner in which fashion brand Next has managed worker-related incidents within its supply chain. The…
  • Wednesday, 18 May 2022

    Aalto University co-founds recycled fibre spin-out Premium Article

    HELSINKI – Aalto University, in Finland, is the co-founder of a new spin-out established to accelerate the commercialisation of its Ioncell brand of recycled fibre. It’s said to be the first company – of the hundred that roll out of the university…
  • Wednesday, 18 May 2022

    Factory safety programme launches in Cambodia Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - A programme launched in 2019 to improve garment worker safety in Vietnam and India - with support from brands such as Bestseller, Gap, Target, VF Corp and Walmart - is expanding to Cambodia. The Life and Building Safety (LABS)…
  • Wednesday, 18 May 2022

    Supply chain platform secures US$100m funding

    DELHI – Fashinza, an artificial intelligence-driven business-to-business marketplace for fashion industry stakeholders, has secured US$100 million via a Series B funding round. The company, which helps streamline product manufacture by convening…
  • Wednesday, 18 May 2022

    JD Williams launches more sustainable brand

    MANCHESTER - UK retailer JD Williams, part of the N Brown Group home shopping business, has launched a new fashion range - Anise - to enable its customers to shop more sustainably. Anise aims to help the N Brown Group meet its commitment to ensuring…
  • Wednesday, 18 May 2022

    Reformation, Wolverine join mycelium cooperative Premium Article

    GREEN ISLAND – Fashion companies Reformation and Wolverine Worldwide have been announced as the final members of a Fashion for Good-led cooperative vying to scale the use of vegan leather within the sector. At the heart of the initiative is…
  • Tuesday, 17 May 2022

    Lenzing to supply lyocell for prison uniforms

    LENZING - Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing has linked up with textile company Utexbel to provide 80,000 shirts for Belgian prison officers made with the former's Tencel-branded lyocell featuring 'sustainable' Refibra technology. The uniforms, for…
  • Tuesday, 17 May 2022

    Brand adopts garment worker ‘tip’ service

    BRISTOL – British fashion brand Yes Friends has partnered with German start-up Tip Me to give shoppers the chance to directly tip the workers that made their clothing. It will initially apply to the company’s new range of jeans, with scope to expand…
  • Tuesday, 17 May 2022

    US secondhand market to 'double by 2026' Premium Article

    OAKLAND – The US secondhand fashion market is projected to more than double by 2026, reaching a value of US$82 billion per year, according to ThredUp's 10th annual Resale Report. Conducted by third-party retail analytics firm GlobalData, the study…
  • Tuesday, 17 May 2022

    OCA explores potential for Pakistani farmer network

    AMSTERDAM – The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) has published a market entry study of Pakistan ahead of the expansion of its farm programme to the country later this year. The organisation sought the expertise of the Centre for Agriculture and…
  • Tuesday, 17 May 2022

    Call for global fund for garment workers Premium Article

    ITHACA - A global severance fund paid for, in part, by brands should be established to protect garment workers in supply chain countries which often lack adequate social protection systems, according to a new study. Researchers at Cornell…
  • Tuesday, 17 May 2022

    Nanollose teams up with apparel manufacturer Premium Article

    PERTH – Australian innovator Nanollose has teamed up with apparel manufacturer Paradise Textiles, of the Alpine Group, to develop products which integrate the former’s Nullarbor brand of fibre. Nanollose will supply an initial 135kg of its material,…
  • Monday, 16 May 2022

    Ultrafabrics consolidates sustainability targets

    NEW YORK – US manufacturer Ultrafabrics has published its 2022 sustainability report, in which it has consolidated its sustainability aspirations to hone in on key areas. Notably, the firm has set 2030 targets of increasing its utilisation of more…
  • Monday, 16 May 2022

    Recurate secures new finances

    WASHINGTON – Fashion resale specialist Recurate has raised US$14 million via a Series A funding round, which it’ll use to refine the integration process of its plug-in technology. The company’s solution enables brands and retailers to swiftly…
  • Monday, 16 May 2022

    Industry reacts to proposed US FABRIC Act Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US fashion industry has cautiously welcomed a new bill which aims to protect the wages of garment workers by outlawing piece-rate pay and also encourage the fashion industry to move production back to the country. The Fashion…
  • Monday, 16 May 2022

    John Lewis announces Circular Future Fund winners

    LONDON – British retailer John Lewis has announced the four winners of its Circular Future Fund, which will collectively benefit from £1 million (US$1.2m) as they scale their promising solutions. Chosen from a pool of 245 applicants, the winners…
  • Friday, 13 May 2022

    ETI issues warning to brands on Myanmar Premium Article

    YANGON - The Ethical Trading Institute (ETI) is urging western companies to stop investing in Myanmar and to consider pulling out of the country because of the deteriorating situation for workers following the coup. ETI previously urged brands and…
  • Friday, 13 May 2022

    SGS and Jeanologia develop denim fabric test Premium Article

    GENEVA – Testing, inspection and certification company SGS has teamed up with technology company Jeanologia to develop its new Advanced Light Sensitive Fabric Test. Available to fashion brands, retailers and manufacturers, the exclusive service has…
  • Friday, 13 May 2022

    Guess announces green finance deal in Europe Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES – US fashion brand Guess has announced a new €250 million (US$260m) European green finance deal linked to the company's performance against its sustainability targets. Guess has entered into the revolving credit facility through its…
  • Friday, 13 May 2022

    Inditex signs €100m deal with Infinited Fiber Premium Article

    ARTEIXO – Inditex, the owner of Zara and Pull & Bear, has announced a three-year agreement with recycled textile innovator Infinited Fiber Company (IFC) to source its ‘sustainable’ Infinna fibre. The deal, worth €100 million (US$104m), follows in…
  • Thursday, 12 May 2022

    Coalition demands tougher EU due diligence law Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - More than 220 civil society and trade union organisations have signed a joint letter calling for the European Union's proposed mandatory due diligence legislation to be strengthened. They welcome the proposals, which would make companies…
  • Thursday, 12 May 2022

    Bid to train garment workers in digital skills Premium Article

    DHAKA - The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) has launched a new project to help 135,000 garment workers in Bangladesh - mostly women - to build financial and digital literacy skills. UNCDF has partnered with wage access platform Wagely, digital…
  • Thursday, 12 May 2022

    Renewcell raises $32 million to fund expansion Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish textile recycler Renewcell has raised more than 324 million Swedish krona (US$31.9 million) in a share issue to fund plans to double the capacity of its new flagship factory to meet industry demand. The company's new plant at…
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2022

    Report urges action on circularity in India Premium Article

    NEW DELHI - The Centre for Responsible Business (CRB) think-tank is calling on the Indian government to help the country's textile and apparel industry transition to circularity. In a report entitled ‘Circular Textile and Apparel in India: Policy…
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2022

    The North Face develops Renewed programme Premium Article

    DENVER – Outdoor brand The North Face has linked up with resale technology start-up Archive and cleantech and logistics company Tersus Solutions to further develop its Renewed resale programme. Renewed allows the VF Corp-owned brand's consumers to…
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2022

    Chemical recycler backed by Fortune 500 firm Premium Article

    KLEINOSTHEIM – Fortune 500 company Heraeus Holding has acquired a majority stake in chemical recycler Perpetual Technologies and renamed the firm Revalyu Resources. Revalyu boasts a PET recycling solution that breaks plastic bottle waste down into…
  • Tuesday, 10 May 2022

    LCA study confirms benefits of recycled wool Premium Article

    MONTEMURLO - A life-cycle assessment (LCA) of Italian textile company Manteco's MWool recycled wool has concluded that its environmental impact is 60 per cent lower than that of virgin fibres. The LCA study, by scientists at the Polytechnic…
  • Tuesday, 10 May 2022

    Testex establishes base in Vietnam Premium Article

    HO CHI MINH CITY – Testex, the textile testing and certification institute, has opened an office in Vietnam to meet growing customer demand for its services. Being on the ground in what is a leading apparel exporting nation, the Swiss firm says it…
  • Tuesday, 10 May 2022

    Recover opens recycling facility in Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA – Spanish textile recycler Recover has opened a new facility in Bangladesh to boost its manufacturing capabilities and directly service the country’s textile sector. Bangladesh is the world’s second largest apparel exporter, after China, and…
  • Tuesday, 10 May 2022

    DNA offers traceable organic cotton from Africa Premium Article

    ZURICH - Global cotton merchant Reinhart has linked up with traceability solutions provider Haelixa to offer what claims to be the first physically traceable organic cotton from Africa. Haelixa uses a DNA marker which is embedded in fibres and…
  • Tuesday, 10 May 2022

    Canopy expands database of sustainable solutions Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Environmental non-profit Canopy has updated its EcoPaper Database (EPD) to include more than 500 new listings of paper and packaging solutions made from ‘next-generation’ alternative materials. With more than 1,100 options available, the…
  • Monday, 09 May 2022

    PVH agrees 'multi-year' Infinited Fiber deal Premium Article

    HELSINKI – Infinited Fiber Company (IFC) has agreed a multi-year partnership with PVH Europe to supply its Infinna recyled fibre for Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein products. The Finnish company, which chemically-recycles textile waste into…
  • Monday, 09 May 2022

    Product repairs platform secures funding Premium Article

    MIAMI – Leather restoration platform The Cobblers, which services both consumers and leading fashion brands and retailers, has secured US$8 million in funding which it’ll use to optimise its marketplace, expand its number of artisans and move into…
  • Monday, 09 May 2022

    EWG welcomes new bid to limit PFAS pollution Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The Environmental Working Group (EWG) non-profit has welcomed a move to introduce new legislation to limit the discharge of PFAS by textile mills, and other plants, into drinking water supplies. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and…
  • Friday, 06 May 2022

    Adidas, Puma, Hugo Boss 'linked to Xinjiang' Premium Article

    JULICH - Traces of Xinjiang cotton have reportedly been found in garments made by German brands Adidas, Puma and Hugo Boss - despite all three publicly distancing themselves from the region because of forced labour allegations. Researchers at the…
  • Friday, 06 May 2022

    Project to support textile workers in Pakistan Premium Article

    KARACHI - Fashion retailer Primark and brand Hugo Boss are among companies supporting a newly launched project to provide effective grievance mechanisms for textile workers in Pakistan. The 'Partnership Initiative Complaints Mechanisms' project,…
  • Friday, 06 May 2022

    Primark expands sustainable cotton programme Premium Article

    DUBLIN - Fashion retailer Primark has pledged to add another 125,000 smallholder farmers to its Sustainable Cotton Programme, taking the total number to more than 275,000 by the end of 2023. The company says it represents an 80 per cent expansion to…
  • Thursday, 05 May 2022

    eBay launches handbag authentication tool Premium Article

    LONDON – Online marketplace eBay has introduced an authenticity guarantee on luxury handbags sold for over £500 (US$628) in the UK. Applicable to items from high-end brands including Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Prada, the service is designed to…
  • Thursday, 05 May 2022

    PFAS found in 'nontoxic' children's clothing Premium Article

    BOSTON - Potentially hazardous PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are commonly found in children's stain-proof and water-resistant clothes - including those labelled 'green' or 'nontoxic', according to a new study. Scientists at Boston…
  • Thursday, 05 May 2022

    Workwear brands launch recycling project Premium Article

    LAVAL – Workwear brands Klopman and TDV Industries are working with French recycler Renaissance Textile on what they ambitiously claim will be Europe's largest circular economy project in the textiles sector. The two companies, which became part of…
  • Thursday, 05 May 2022

    Nanollose supplies vegan leather manufacturer Premium Article

    PERTH – Australian textile innovator Nanollose has teamed up with vegan leather manufacturer Von Holzhausen and will supply microbial cellulose to help its new partner explore material applications. Based out of California, Von Holzhausen has a…
  • Wednesday, 04 May 2022

    Challenge the Fabric event heads for Paris Premium Article

    PARIS - This year's Challenge the Fabric (CTF) event, which aims to improve and connect the supply chain of man-made cellulosic fibres (MMCF), is to be staged later this month. CTF 2022, which will focus on sustainability, transparency and material…
  • Wednesday, 04 May 2022

    Veepee expands clothes donations service to Spain Premium Article

    BARCELONA – Online retailer Veepee has launched its Re-Cycle secondhand fashion collection service in Spain to afford its users a way of sustainably disposing of unwanted items. Consumers which leverage the service will receive discount coupons to…
  • Wednesday, 04 May 2022

    Kering, Bestseller back cell-grown leather Premium Article

    MILPITAS - French fashion group Kering and Danish retailer Bestseller have helped biotech startup VitroLabs raise US$46 million to build and scale pilot production of its lab-grown leather. The Series A funding round, led by venture capital firm…
  • Wednesday, 04 May 2022

    Tengiva purchasing platform secures funding Premium Article

    MONTREAL – Online sourcing platform Tengiva has secured CAD$4.95 million (US$3.85m) in seed funding, which it’ll use to accelerate its goal of global commercialisation this year. The firm’s marketplace convenes textile industry stakeholders which…
  • Wednesday, 04 May 2022

    Recover secures supply of post-consumer cotton Premium Article

    VALENCIA – Spanish textile recycler Recover has teamed up with textile sorting company Sysav to secure consistent supplies of post-consumer waste (PCW) as feedstock. Sysav will provide waste made up of 95 per cent cotton and has vowed to deliver…
  • Wednesday, 04 May 2022

    AbTF project to support African farmers Premium Article

    HAMBURG – The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF), which oversees the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative, has launched a new project on the continent to help small-scale cotton farmers protect their soil and long-term prosperity. Backed by German…
  • Wednesday, 04 May 2022

    Renewcell says orders exceed initial capacity Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish textile recycler Renewcell has revealed that it already has orders from customers for 143 per cent of the initial capacity of its new factory where production is due to start within weeks. The company's new plant at Sundsvall -…
  • Tuesday, 03 May 2022

    Brands sign up to regenerative farming project Premium Article

    BHOPAL - Zara owner Inditex, H&M and IKEA are part of a new partnership of brands, governments, farmers and NGOs to promote regenerative agriculture and sustainable sourcing in India. The Laudes Foundation, IDH - the Sustainable Trade Initiative and…
  • Tuesday, 03 May 2022

    Mango creates €3m fashion startup accelerator Premium Article

    BARCELONA – Spanish fashion brand Mango has launched a fashion startup accelerator to help develop new innovations aimed - in part - at making the industry more sustainable. The Mango StartUp Studio, a collaboration with the IESE business school,…
  • Tuesday, 03 May 2022

    Puma reports reduced GHG emissions Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH - Sports company Puma claims it is on track to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by what scientists say is necessary to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. Puma says its own emissions and those from purchased…
  • Tuesday, 03 May 2022

    Kering hits impact goals four years early Premium Article

    PARIS – French fashion conglomerate Kering has published its 2021 Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L) results in which it claims to have achieved its environmental targets four years ahead of schedule. Kering, which owns brands including Gucci,…
  • Tuesday, 03 May 2022

    SAF hopes to “raise the bar” on sustainability Premium Article

    DHAKA – Government ministers, as well as representatives from the European Union and United Nations, will join leading fashion brands and manufacturers at this year’s Sustainable Apparel Forum (SAF), which gets underway in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from…
  • Tuesday, 03 May 2022

    'Ethical' brands fared best during COVID-19 Premium Article

    LEEDS - Fashion brands with long-term commitments to ethical trading practices with their suppliers tended to be more resilient to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research. The study, entitled 'Impact of COVID-19 on Indian…
  • Friday, 29 April 2022

    Bluesign, ZDHC, Oeko-Tex to phase out PFAS Premium Article

    GLOBAL - Chemical management specialists Bluesign, ZDHC and Oeko-Tex have all confirmed they are committed to phasing out the use of potentially hazardous PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in textiles. Dubbed 'forever chemicals' because of…
  • Friday, 29 April 2022

    Greenpeace: 'West ships textile waste to Africa' Premium Article

    HAMBURG - A new report from Greenpeace Germany accuses western countries of exporting textile waste disguised as secondhand clothes to Africa. Called 'Poisoned Gifts', the report claims that many of the clothes are of such poor quality they end up…
  • Friday, 29 April 2022

    Forced labour pilot project releases findings Premium Article

    BERKELEY — The Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) non-profit has released the findings of a pilot project for its flagship initiative to identify and eradicate forced labour from cotton supply chains. The YESS (Yarn Ethically and Sustainably…
  • Friday, 29 April 2022

    WWF bids to spur corporate climate action Premium Article

    GLAND - Swedish fashion retailer H&M and homeware giant IKEA contributed to a new report from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) which aims to spur corporate action to mitigate climate change. Entitled 'Beyond Net-Zero', the report lists seven…
  • Friday, 29 April 2022

    H&M to trace 200m garments this year Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish fashion giant H&M is to expand its collaboration with blockchain specialist TextileGenesis, with the view to tracing more than 200 million items by the end of the year. H&M has worked with TextileGenesis to trial its solution,…
  • Thursday, 28 April 2022

    Shein to launch 'sustainable' collection Premium Article

    NANJING - Ultra fast fashion giant Shein has raised eyebrows by launching a sustainable collection which it says will be an "affordable option for customers seeking to make a positive impact with their product choices". Shein - which launches about…
  • Thursday, 28 April 2022

    First harvest of organic cotton for Bestseller Premium Article

    BRANDE – Danish fashion company Bestseller has revealed that the first organic cotton crop from its partnership with Pakistan-based denim mill Artistic Milliners has passed the criteria to be certified as in-conversion cotton. The Milliner Cotton…
  • Thursday, 28 April 2022

    Industry found lagging on circularity front Premium Article

    CHICAGO – A new report on the efforts of 150 fashion brands and retailers to improve the circularity credentials of their garments gave them an average score of less than three out of 10. Patagonia, Levi’s and the North Face topped the list, all…
  • Thursday, 28 April 2022

    Brands in bid to help organic cotton farmers Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Leading brands including retail giants C&A and H&M are among signatories to a new multi-stakeholder partnership initiative to help Indian cotton producers transition to organic farming. The 'Partnership Initiative Organic Cotton in…
  • Thursday, 28 April 2022

    Better Cotton breaks record for output Premium Article

    GENEVA – Better Cotton has revealed that its brand and retail partners sourced 2.5 million tonnes of its ‘sustainable’ material in 2021, a new record for the initiative. It marks a 47 per cent increase on 2020 volumes, which was in itself a previous…
  • Thursday, 28 April 2022

    Primark posts progress on sustainability goals Premium Article

    DUBLIN - Fashion retailer Primark has published early progress against some of its sustainability commitments seven months on from the launch of its 'Primark Cares' strategy. They include 39 per cent of its clothes now being made from recycled or…
  • Wednesday, 27 April 2022

    Royal backing for sustainable DWR project Premium Article

    LONDON - A bid to create the world's first 100 per cent recyclable and chemical-free outdoor performance textile has been chosen as one of four to be awarded funding from Prince Charles’ Terra Carta Design Lab initiative. Amphitex recieves £50,000…
  • Wednesday, 27 April 2022

    Higg raises $50m in Series B funding round Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Higg, the technology partner of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), has announced that it has completed a US$50 million Series B funding round. The company says it will use the investment to accelerate the development of its…
  • Wednesday, 27 April 2022

    SAC joins The Industry We Want initiative Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO / AMSTERDAM - The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has linked up with Fair Wear and the Ethical Trading Initiative to become a lead partner in The Industry We Want (TIWW) initiative. The SAC's role will be to take the lead on…
  • Wednesday, 27 April 2022

    Microfibre Consortium to release manufacturer guidelines Premium Article

    BRISTOL – The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) has urged fashion and textile industry stakeholders to better control microfibre emissions within their supply chains with a new publication outlining measures they can take to mitigate emissions at…
  • Tuesday, 26 April 2022

    Garment worker abuse 'increased in pandemic' Premium Article

    INDIA - Women garment workers at factories in India which supply major brands and retailers have been subjected to widespread gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study. Entitled 'Unbearable…
  • Tuesday, 26 April 2022

    HanesBrands’ reports sustainability progress Premium Article

    WINSTON-SALEM – Apparel company HanesBrands has published a progress report of efforts to meet its 2030 sustainability targets. The company, which published its strategy in 2020, has established science-based targets (SBTs), reported reductions in…
  • Tuesday, 26 April 2022

    STICA study confirms scale of Scope 3 emissions Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish apparel and textile companies have confirmed that 95 per cent of their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are produced in their global supply chains (Scope 3), in a new study by the Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Action…
  • Tuesday, 26 April 2022

    Puma’s Re:Jersey garments showcased in Manchester Premium Article

    MANCHESTER – After showcasing the fruits of sportswear giant Puma’s Re:Jersey recycling initiative at the weekend, Manchester City Football Club is to introduce collection bins at its merchandise store. Fans are encouraged to donate unwanted jerseys…
  • Monday, 25 April 2022

    Better Cotton working with brands on traceability Premium Article

    GENEVA - The Better Cotton initiative is working with leading brands and retailers, including Marks & Spencer, Zalando and Bestseller, on a new physical traceability system for the cotton supply chain. The Better Cotton Traceability Panel, which has…
  • Monday, 25 April 2022

    Investment firm backs India’s circular economy Premium Article

    BENGALURU – Investment firm Kalaari Capital has published a new report exploring the potential for huge growth in India’s circular economy, and believes the fashion, construction and agriculture sectors are amongst those which present the greatest…
  • Monday, 25 April 2022

    LifeLabs secures $6m in series 3 funding round Premium Article

    SUNNYVALE - US sustainable textile start-up LifeLabs has secured US$6 million in a series 3 seed funding round to expand production of its thermally-efficient lifestyle apparel. The company seeks to mitigate climate change by making garments capable…
  • Monday, 25 April 2022

    Judge dismisses claims against Allbirds Premium Article

    NEW YORK - A US judge has dismissed a case brought by a group of consumers who had accused US footwear brand Allbirds of exaggerating its sustainability credentials. Lead plaintiff Patricia Dwyer, of New York, claimed the life cycle assessment tool…
  • Monday, 25 April 2022

    Joules launches ReWear donations initiative Premium Article

    MARKET HARBOROUGH – British fashion brand Joules has launched ReWear, a new clothing donations service enabling consumers to sustainably discard of unwanted items. The company has teamed up with circular solutions provider Reskinned and charitable…
  • Monday, 25 April 2022

    Resale firm Upty acquires peer, plans expansion Premium Article

    TALLINN – Estonian fashion resale platform Upty has acquired its Finnish peer Rekki in a bid to bolster its own offering and further promote secondhand apparel. The terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed, but Upty’s CEO, Sergei Brek, says the…
  • Monday, 25 April 2022

    More brands urged to back International Accord Premium Article

    DHAKA - The UNI Global Union has marked the ninth anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster by calling on more brands to sign the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Garment and Textile Industry. It named US companies Walmart, Disney and…
  • Friday, 22 April 2022

    Taiwan Textile Federation promotes product showcase

    TAIPEI – Next week, the Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF) is to host episode two of its three-part online product launch programme, which will feature new solutions from King Whale, Far Eastern New Century (FENC), Honmyue, Acelon and Creative Tech.…
  • Friday, 22 April 2022

    Levi's joins Organic Cotton Accelerator Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Fashion giant Levi Strauss & Co has joined the Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) initiative to increase the industry's uptake of more sustainable cotton. The company said that it had a responsibility to support sustainable agriculture…
  • Friday, 22 April 2022

    Primark joins CanopyStyle, Pack4Good initiatives Premium Article

    LONDON – British fashion retailer Primark has joined forces with environmental non-profit Canopy in a commitment to promote sustainable forestry. Primark has become a signatory of both the CanopyStyle and Pack4Good initiatives, meaning it’ll work to…
  • Friday, 22 April 2022

    China ratifies ILO treaties on forced labour Premium Article

    BEIJING - China has ratified two International Labour Organization (ILO) treaties on forced labour despite ongoing allegations about the widespread use of forced labour in the Xinjiang region's cotton industry. The National People’s Congress…
  • Friday, 22 April 2022

    Circular.Fashion offers up circular design criteria Premium Article

    BERLIN – Circular apparel design criteria, developed by German start-up Circular.Fashion, is to be made available to more brands and retailers within the sector to help them comply with the EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles. The…
  • Friday, 22 April 2022

    Archroma to help scale plant-based indigo Premium Article

    PRATTELN / SPRINGFIELD - Specialty chemicals company Archroma has linked up with natural dye start-up Stony Creek Colors to produce and bring to the market the latter’s IndiGold plant-based indigo at scale. Stony Creek Colors describes IndiGold as…
  • Friday, 22 April 2022

    New eBay platform offers defective apparel Premium Article

    LONDON – Online marketplace eBay has launched Imperfects, a new initiative enabling brands and retailers to sell defective items for a discounted price. Items will be listed on eBay’s Brand Outlet hub in instances where items don’t meet a firm’s…
  • Friday, 22 April 2022

    H&M, Nudie in call for chemical transparency Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Swedish fashion giant H&M and sustainable denim brand Nudie Jeans are among a coalition of companies and organisations who have signed an open letter to the European Commission demanding more transparency from chemical suppliers. The…
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