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WAKEFIELD - More than 14 years since our first issue, the 100th Ecotextile News magazine is due out next week with a bumper edition of more than 100 pages.

We’ve made a special effort to cover a wide range of topical environmental and social issues for our centenary issue – drawing on years of expertise to dig that bit deeper than others.

The Better Cotton Initiative reveals how it is responding to the controversy over the use of forced labour in the Xinjiang region of China.

We give details on a new initiative to put a number of the fashion industry's carbon footprint, and look at how rental fashion’s potential is being called into question as COVID-19 creates an uncertain retail climate.

The new issue also takes a closer look at the Fashion Pact's first annual progress report, keeps tabs on Australia’s ongoing mulesing controversy, and examines calls for Science Based Targets to encompass water, land, biodiversity and oceans, as well as climate change.

We speak with new Unifi CEO Eddie Ingle, report on new fears for factory safety in Bangladesh, and ask whether the results of the 2020 Green Supply Chain CITI rankings paint an accurate picture.

Our bumper edition also checks out the Canopy NGO's 2020 Hot Button rankings, looks at deforestation allegations against viscose supplier April, and talks to the chairman of the UK's Environmental Audit Committee about its new inquiry into the sustainability of the fashion industry.

Meanwhile, expert contributors such as Phil Patterson (chemical management) and Simon Ferrigno (cotton) reflect on the changes seen in their fields of expertise since the first issue of Ecotextile News.

Before we started, nobody was writing solely about environmental issues in the textiles sector. We wanted to guide readers – particularly brands and retailers – through an emerging minefield of new certifications, claims and counterclaims around ‘ecotextiles’.

We now have more than 50,000 subscribers and regular website users so it’s clear we’ve managed to achieve some of our original aims through the lens of traditional journalism.

Our talented writers and industry experts deliver news in print, online and through our updated mobile news app – now available on both the Apple iOS and Android platforms. 

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