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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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  • Thursday, 14 October 2021

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  • Monday, 11 October 2021

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  • Friday, 08 October 2021

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  • Friday, 08 October 2021

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  • Friday, 08 October 2021

    BFTT research programme awards £1.1m funding Premium Article

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  • Friday, 08 October 2021

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  • Friday, 08 October 2021

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  • Friday, 08 October 2021

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    LES ALLUES – Apparel retailer Fat Face has teamed up with secondhand fashion platform Thrift+ to launch a new clothes donation service. The company’s ‘preloved, reloved’ service affords consumers the chance to donate unwanted garments from any brand…
  • Friday, 08 October 2021

    Lenzing given improved sustainability rating Premium Article

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  • Thursday, 07 October 2021

    Walmart establishes sustainability targets Premium Article

    ARKANSAS – US retail conglomerate Walmart has reaffirmed its commitment to becoming a regenerative company by establishing new timebound targets. The company will look to cut its use of virgin plastic by 15 per cent by 2025, and is to team up with…
  • Thursday, 07 October 2021

    Adidas launches first US resale programme Premium Article

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  • Thursday, 07 October 2021

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  • Thursday, 07 October 2021

    The North Face to launch care products Premium Article

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  • Thursday, 07 October 2021

    BBI launches responsible purchasing principles Premium Article

    ARLINGTON – The Better Buying Institute (BBI) has launched a set of five principles for responsible purchasing which it hopes brands and retailers will adopt and follow. It says they have been developed from data provided by suppliers engaged with…
  • Thursday, 07 October 2021

    Cotton made in Africa study confirms progress Premium Article

    HAMBURG - The Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative is succeeding in its goals of improving the lives of the small-scale farmers and their families, according to a new study. Published to mark World Cotton Day, the study by independent consultants…
  • Thursday, 07 October 2021

    Myntra eliminates single-use plastic packaging Premium Article

    BENGALURU – Indian fashion brand Myntra says it has successfully eliminated single-use plastic packaging from its supply chain. The company established the target in August of 2019 and has worked to adopt ‘sustainable’ alternatives such as recycled…
  • Thursday, 07 October 2021

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    BATH - Global risk consultants Verisk Maplecroft are warning that brands and retailers face increasing exposure to rising modern slavery, child labour and occupational health and safety (OHS) risks. The company's new Human Rights Outlook 2021 report…
  • Wednesday, 06 October 2021

    Lenzing, Birla Cellulose to scale ‘alternative’ fibres Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Environmental non-profit Canopy has hailed man-made cellulosic fibre (MMCF) manufacturers Lenzing and Birla Cellulose for establishing timebound targets for producing 100,000 tonnes of their respective ‘alternative’ fibres before 2030.…
  • Wednesday, 06 October 2021

    Oh Polly launches online clothing bank Premium Article

    LIVERPOOL – Fashion brand Oh Polly has launched an online clothing bank, enabling customers to return unwanted apparel, shoes and accessories that’ll be donated to the Salvation Army charity. Oh Polly sought to partner with a charity having…
  • Wednesday, 06 October 2021

    Recover teams up with Portuguese manufacturer Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES – Materials science company Recover has signed a multi-year agreement with Portuguese manufacturer Polopiqué to scale the former’s recycled cotton fibre. Recover will leverage Polopiqué’s production infrastructure and vast industry…
  • Wednesday, 06 October 2021

    H&M and IKEA lead recycled textiles study Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM/LEIDEN - Swedish fashion and homeware giants H&M and IKEA have completed a large-scale joint study into the risks of chemical contamination in recycled textiles. Adidas, Bestseller, Kingfisher, Gap and PVH Corp also contributed to the…
  • Wednesday, 06 October 2021

    Walmart forestry commitment a “game-changer” Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Environmental non-profit Canopy has announced that Walmart US, Walmart Canada and Sam’s Club, a chain of retail warehouses owned by Walmart, have joined its CanopyStyle initiative. The companies have committed to protecting ancient and…
  • Tuesday, 05 October 2021

    Primaloft improves credentials of PURE technology Premium Article

    LATHAM – Material innovator Primaloft says that it has improved the sustainability credentials of its PURE manufacturing technique, which now reduces carbon emissions by up to 70 per cent. The US firm launched PURE – which stands for ‘Produced Using…
  • Tuesday, 05 October 2021

    NGOs want open data from reporting directive Premium Article

    EUROPE – Various fashion industry non-profits have signed a letter addressed to the European Commission, calling for the adoption and incorporation of open data principles in its proposed Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive. The Open…
  • Tuesday, 05 October 2021

    Zalando invests in circular business models Premium Article

    BERLIN - European online retailer Zalando has announced plans to invest in circular business practices covering the full lifecycle of products, from new design standards to recycling technologies. The company says the measures, which also include…
  • Tuesday, 05 October 2021

    The RealReal details new circular plans Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Luxury consignment company The RealReal celebrated yesterday’s National Consignment Day by launching various new initiatives that will promote fashion resale and combat apparel waste. “It’s time to get real about the future of…
  • Tuesday, 05 October 2021

    Apparel integrates Avery Dennison's digital labels Premium Article

    GLENDALE – Apparel brand UpWest and recycling and reuse solutions provider ReCircled have teamed up with materials science company Avery Dennison to leverage its digital care label technology. The label features a QR code that links to an app which…
  • Tuesday, 05 October 2021

    Bestseller invests in renewable energy Premium Article

    HOLSTEBRO – Danish fashion retailer Bestseller has invested in enough renewable energy to cover its owned operations. It will source from a new solar power plant erected near Holstebro, which was financed by Bestseller’s parent company, Heartland.…
  • Monday, 04 October 2021

    Ugg makes new boots with reclaimed wool Premium Article

    SANTA BARBARA - US footwear brand Ugg has unveiled a new range of footwear produced using more sustainably-sourced materials, including reclaimed waste wool and Tencel-branded lyocell. Ugg says the new Icon-Impact collection is part of its ongoing…
  • Monday, 04 October 2021

    Report highlights benefits of social procurement Premium Article

    BERLIN – German organisation Yunus Social Business has developed a social procurement manual to spotlight how companies can accelerate their sustainability work by partnering with social enterprises. Produced in collaboration with Dutch non-profit…
  • Monday, 04 October 2021

    New minimum wage does not meet needs - ETI Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - The Ethical Trading Inititative (ETI) is calling on garment factory owners in Cambodia to regard the new minimum wage settlement as a "floor not a ceiling". The ETI says the new figure of US$194 per month, agreed following tripartite…
  • Monday, 04 October 2021

    IndustriALL takes issue with policing in Bangladesh Premium Article

    CHATTOGRAM – Workers’ rights organisation IndustriALL has written to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, demanding that police be stopped from interfering with trade union activities in the country. It comes after garment workers across…
  • Monday, 04 October 2021

    H&M to trial virtual fitting rooms Premium Article

    BERLIN – Fashion giant H&M is to trial virtual fitting rooms in select stores across Germany, as it looks to test its efficacy and gauge whether it attracts customers. The solution, developed by NeXR Technologies, creates a digital twin of shoppers…
  • Monday, 04 October 2021

    Boohoo appoints sustainability expert to board Premium Article

    MANCHESTER - Fast fashion giant Boohoo has appointed sustainability expert Kirsty Britz as a non-executive director to bring expertise on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues to the board. Britz, director of sustainable banking at…
  • Friday, 01 October 2021

    Keen debuts trainers made from farm waste Premium Article

    PORTLAND – US footwear brand Keen has launched what it claims is the first 'field to foot' trainer made using agricultural waste and featuring plant-based soles made without chemical solvents. The 'Field to Foot' (F2F) trainers - which also feature…
  • Friday, 01 October 2021

    Chemical overload found in fast fashion items Premium Article

    TORONTO – New research has found that clothing from fast fashion retailers Shein, AliExpress and Zaful contain elevated levels of potentially hazardous chemicals. The University of Toronto, commissioned by Marketplace, was tasked with evaluating 38…
  • Friday, 01 October 2021

    Browns launches new clothing resale scheme Premium Article

    LONDON – Luxury retailer Browns is to launch a new resale service in partnership with secondhand apparel platform Thrift+. The service has been established to allow customers the chance to “easily donate unwanted clothes and accessories, giving them…
  • Friday, 01 October 2021

    LCA backs BASF's new Haptex synthetic leather Premium Article

    LUDWIGSHAFEN – Global chemicals company BASF says that a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of its Haptex synthetic leather demonstrates significant environmental benefits compared to other synthetic leather solutions. The LCA study, conducted by Intertek,…
  • Friday, 01 October 2021

    New EU legislation 'must have teeth' - report Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - New mandatory due diligence legislation proposed by the EU to make European companies legally responsible for environmental and human rights abuses in their global supply chains must have teeth, according to a new report. Entitled 'Suing…
  • Friday, 01 October 2021

    PVH offers design start-up’s solutions to others Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion conglomerate PVH Corp is to make its design start-up Stitch 3D available to brands beyond its portfolio. Stitch 3D, leveraged by Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein at present, offers digital design services enabling brands to…
  • Friday, 01 October 2021

    YNAP to launch new resale service Premium Article

    MILAN – Italian retailer Yoox Net-A-Porter (YNAP) has launched a new product resale service in collaboration with circular solutions provider Reflaunt. Motivated by its 2030 strategy – which vows to create opportunities that “contribute to a more…
  • Thursday, 30 September 2021

    M&S resets Plan A programme Premium Article

    LONDON – British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) says it has reset its Plan A sustainability programme, with a “singular focus on becoming a net zero Scope 3 business across its entire supply chain and products by 2040”. To keep the strategy on…
  • Thursday, 30 September 2021

    Gap releases 2020 Global Sustainability Report Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - US retailer Gap has released its 2020 Global Sustainability Report, summarising actions and progress towards reducing its impact. It spells out how the company is progressing on commitments to become carbon neutral and water positive…
  • Thursday, 30 September 2021

    Radici Group creates nylon from waste oil Premium Article

    BERGAMO - Italian chemicals and advanced textiles manufacturer, the Radici Group, claims to have successfully demonstrated the feasibility of producing nylon at scale from waste oil, following a €6.2 million (US$7.2m) research project. The company…
  • Thursday, 30 September 2021

    Carbios opens demo plant for recycling solution Premium Article

    CLERMONT-FERRAND – French recycling firm Carbios has opened an industrial demonstration plant to showcase the potential of its enzymatic recycling technology, called C-ZYME, at scale. The company’s proprietary technology can break down PET plastic…
  • Thursday, 30 September 2021

    Depop launches Charity Seller programme Premium Article

    LONDON – Fashion resale platform Depop has launched a new dedicated programme to help charity shops build successful online businesses. The Charity Seller programme has been introduced to boost the revenues of charitable organisations, many of which…
  • Thursday, 30 September 2021

    Gore to launch 'sustainable' new membrane Premium Article

    DELAWARE – Technical textile supplier Gore Fabrics has announced the creation of a thinner PFC-free membrane for apparel and footwear which it says will help reduce its carbon footprint. The expanded polyethylene membrane - being called ePE - is due…
  • Wednesday, 29 September 2021

    Bestseller invests in textile recycling in Kenya Premium Article

    NAIROBI - The Bestseller Foundation, the charitable arm of the Danish retailer, is investing in a new textile waste recycling initiative in the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi. The charity has entered into partnership with local waste management…
  • Wednesday, 29 September 2021

    Cambodia sets US$2 rise for garment workers Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - The minimum wage for garment workers in Cambodia has been set at US$194 per month from the beginning of next year following tripartite talks between employers, unions and the government. The figure represents a US$2 increase on this…
  • Wednesday, 29 September 2021

    Fast Retailing signs up to Microfibre 2030 Premium Article

    TOKYO - Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing Ltd has become the latest fashion company to sign The Microfibre Consortium's (TMC) new 2030 commitment and roadmap to minimise the impact of microfibres on the environment. The Microfibre 2030 commitment was…
  • Wednesday, 29 September 2021

    Browzwear builds ‘digi-hubs’ in Bangladesh and China Premium Article

    SINGAPORE - Browzwear, a provider of digital solutions for the fashion industry, is to open 3D product development training centres in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Dongguan, China. The new ‘digi-hubs’ will enable factory staff in these regions to learn…
  • Tuesday, 28 September 2021

    Archroma launches online regulatory platform Premium Article

    REINACH - Swiss speciality chemicals producer Archroma has introduced an online platform to provide instant access to regulatory and compliance information on its products. Called The Safe Edge, it provides eco-toxicological and regulatory…
  • Tuesday, 28 September 2021

    Brands again urge Biden to help Vietnam Premium Article

    HANOI - US apparel companies are again urging President Joe Biden to send vaccines to supply countries, such as Vietnam, which are struggling to cope with the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brands including Nike and Gap have warned that…
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