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Elaine O’Hare, senior associate at law firm Stevens & Bolton LLP, explains how brands can shout about sustainability innovations while still protecting their intellectual property.

Fast fashion’s terrible reputation for ‘sustainability’ means there is ever-increasing pressure on brands to create, innovate and invest in new technologies which make use of responsibly sourced materials and less damaging manufacturing methods.

When they come up with successful ideas, brands rightly want to shout about them from the rooftops to boost their green credentials. However, they may be less inclined to shout about the detail of the innovations behind the headlines.

It’s hard to blame them. After all, those details could compromise patentable inventions or valuable trade secrets. This is an industry which has seen brands turn to the courts to protect confidential information about materials and manufacturing after employees leave to join – or set up – competitors.

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  • Monday, 19 October 2020

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  • Monday, 19 October 2020

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  • Monday, 19 October 2020

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  • Monday, 19 October 2020

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  • Monday, 19 October 2020

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  • Friday, 16 October 2020

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  • Friday, 16 October 2020

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    Australian wool 'jeapordised by mulesing' claim Premium Article

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    Manifesto for sustainable cotton Premium Article

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  • Thursday, 15 October 2020

    SAC responds to leather industry Higg concerns Premium Article

    OAKLAND - The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has rejected a plea to suspend the use of the score it applies to leather in its Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) over claims that it is unfair. In a formal letter, 13 trade bodies…
  • Thursday, 15 October 2020

    CCC publishes Position Paper on Transparency Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Workers’ rights organisation Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has published a new Position Paper on Transparency which says that the voluntary actions of industry stakeholders to date “will never achieve the substantial change necessary”.…
  • Thursday, 15 October 2020

    Textile manufacturer supports clean water project Premium Article

    PHOENIX - The Planet Water Foundation has launched a partnership with a textile manufacturer, Hung Yen Knitting and Dyeing Co Ltd, to supply clean drinking water to schools in Vietnam. The partnership, which will also provide water for handwashing,…
  • Thursday, 15 October 2020

    Adidas to beta test recyclable shoes with consumers Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH – Sportswear giant Adidas says it plans to embark on a beta testing phase of its new mono-material, recyclable performance footwear, UltraBoost DNA Loop, as it looks to assess the role of consumers in a closed loop manufacturing…
  • Thursday, 15 October 2020

    IKEA unveils buy back scheme for used furniture Premium Article

    LEIDEN - Swedish homeware giant IKEA is to launch a buy back scheme for customers' used furniture at all stores across the UK and Ireland next month as part of its bid to be fully circular by 2030. The world’s biggest furniture retailer is to…
  • Wednesday, 14 October 2020

    Regenerative farming project launched in India Premium Article

    MADHYA PRADESH - The Laudes Foundation, the IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and WWF India have launched a regenerative farming programme in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Entitled 'Regenerative Production Landscape: People, Nature,…
  • Wednesday, 14 October 2020

    Fashion Pact details progress in first year Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN - The Fashion Pact sustainability initiative, which now represents more than 60 companies across 14 countries - a third of the global industry, has published its first annual progress report. Launched at last year's G7 Summit in Biarritz,…
  • Wednesday, 14 October 2020

    Leicester garment sector rocked by money laundering reports Premium Article

    LEICESTER – An investigation has found evidence that a network of factories in Leicester’s garment manufacturing industry have engaged in a money laundering scheme, the type of activity which a local MP describes “endemic” to the area. The BBC,…
  • Wednesday, 14 October 2020

    Online retailer Very introduces resale service Premium Article

    LIVERPOOL – Online retailer Very has partnered with second-hand clothes specialist Re-Fashion as it encourages consumers to donate their unwanted items. Through this venture, Very customers can request a returns bag but are urged only to provide…
  • Wednesday, 14 October 2020

    Aditya Birla sourcing strategy deemed “low risk” Premium Article

    MUMBAI – The Aditya Birla Group has received the results of its second CanopyStyle audit, which reaffirms that the company is of low risk of sourcing from ancient and endangered forests, or other controversial sources. The company joins both Lenzing…
  • Wednesday, 14 October 2020

    PODCAST: Is fashion a lost cause for sustainable investors? Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – Sustainable investment expert Sasja Beslik explains why he thinks that fashion can be considered a "stranded asset", like coal or gas, but why - despite this - he still thinks it's worthy of investment. Beslik, who fled Bosnia when he…
  • Tuesday, 13 October 2020

    Boris Johnson urged to act on unpaid wages Premium Article

    LONDON - The Labour Behind the Label campaign has written to the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging him to put pressure on UK brands and retailers to compensate workers in garment supply chains for the money they have lost during the COVID-19…
  • Tuesday, 13 October 2020

    DyStar extends Cadira range Premium Article

    Singapore – DyStar, has launched a new Cadira range of resource-saving dye modules for nylon and polyester/cellulose blended fabrics that can be processed in a single dye bath. With these two additions, it takes the number of different Cadira…
  • Tuesday, 13 October 2020

    YKK plans operational overhaul with new sustainability vision Premium Article

    TOKYO – Japanese fastening solutions provider YKK has outlined a new Sustainability Vision, which will guide efforts to overhaul its operational impact with the ambition of becoming climate neutral by 2050. Announced via the virtual Copenhagen…
  • Tuesday, 13 October 2020

    HanesBrands outlines 2030 sustainability targets Premium Article

    NORTH CAROLINA – Apparel company HanesBrands has announced new 2030 global sustainability targets and has established a three-pronged approach through which it will look to drive improvements for people, the planet and within its product…
  • Tuesday, 13 October 2020

    New Higg tool promises transparency on sustainability Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN - Technology company Higg Co has unveiled its proposed new Open Data Portal which it says will help fast-track apparel industry transparency, enabling consumers and third-parties to validate brands’ sustainability claims. Amidst ongoing…
  • Tuesday, 13 October 2020

    Columbia Sportswear bans alpaca fibre Premium Article

    PORTLAND – Outdoor apparel brand Columbia Sportswear has announced a ban on alpaca fibre following the campaigning efforts of animal rights organisation PETA. The ban sweeps across Columbia’s entire brand portfolio, and will see PrAna, Mountain…
  • Tuesday, 13 October 2020

    Sustainability ranked fashion's second top priority Premium Article

    MEMPHIS — Sustainability is ranked as the second most important strategic objective for businesses in the fashion and textiles industry, despite the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research. The study, carried out jointly…
  • Monday, 12 October 2020

    Activists to disrupt Copenhagen Fashion Summit Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN - The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is calling on "conscious citizens" to disrupt the Copenhagen Fashion Summit by refocusing the event on what it describes as the deepening crisis facing garment workers. The CCC has produced an online…
  • Monday, 12 October 2020

    War of words on viscose links to deforestation Premium Article

    JAKARTA – April Group, the Indonesian sister company of viscose fibre supplier Sateri, has refuted claims that it’s at risk of acquiring vast quantities of wood pulp from deforested peatlands in Borneo, and says claims that satellite images show…
  • Monday, 12 October 2020

    Study assesses impact of fashion shows Premium Article

    NEW YORK – A new study executed by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has quizzed fashion stakeholders on the need for fashion runway shows and the potential to make them more sustainable. Amongst…
  • Monday, 12 October 2020

    Consortium to recycle old clothes into new fabrics Premium Article

    MONCHENGLADBACH - A German-Dutch consortium is working on an industrial solution for the mechanical recycling of old clothes made from mixed fibres into new yarns and fabrics, primarily for use in the automotive industry. The consortium consists of…
  • Monday, 12 October 2020

    No “significant action” from government, BRC says Premium Article

    LONDON – Months after issuing a letter to the UK government which called for urgent action to tackle cases of worker exploitation in the country’s textiles industry, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) reports that there has been no “significant…
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