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WAKEFIELD – Are you too busy to sit down in front of your computer to scour the latest news on environmental and social issues in the fashion sector?

If so, you can now catch up easily through a new weekly podcast from Ecotextile News that we are trialling, which gives an ‘Editor’s Pick’ snapshot of some of the week’s most important stories.

Using artificial intelligence to turn our journalism into seamless audio that’s suitable for listening on mobile phones, a weekly selection of premium news will be edited, produced, and then published on all major platforms working with our podcast partner and former BBC man Philip Berman.

This week, listeners can hear how apparel brands are now turning their backs on sourcing products in China for export, due to the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns and bans on the imports of goods made with forced labour.

You can also hear a related story about some promising new DNA-based technology that claims to pinpoint the exact origin of textile fibres and could help to filter out Xinjiang-grown cotton from global supply chains.

Other news includes plans for a new €400 million investment in Finland that aims to scale up the production of textile fibres made entirely from waste clothing and other textiles.

We conclude with a disturbing report on accusations of garment workers in India being paid illegally low wages and subjected to verbal use and even sexual harassment.

Feel free to let us know what you think of this new, experimental way to deliver our exclusive content to you in an audio format. We’d love your feedback and ideas about how we can make it easier and more efficient for busy professionals to catch up on the latest from Ecotextile News.

This podcast complements our existing, popular ‘Behind the News’ series and a new one will be along in a few days' time.

Listen to the podcast here


You can subscribe by following us on AppleGoogleSpotify and Amazon Music, to automatically get alerts when we launch a new episode.

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