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  • Friday, 28 January 2022

    Aid by Trade, Better Cotton forge new partnership Premium Article

    GENEVA/HAMBURG – The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) – which manages the Cotton Made in Africa (CMiA) initiative – and Better Cotton have announced that they’re establishing a “new form of collaboration”. The pair, which entered a strategic…
  • Friday, 28 January 2022

    New platform for textile-to-textile recycling

    TALLINN - A new online platform - which bills itself as the "Uber" of post-consumer textile waste recycling - has been launched to accelerate the fashion industry's transition towards circularity. Reverse Resources aims to facilitate…
  • Friday, 28 January 2022

    AAFA urges factories to pay garment workers

    KARNATAKA – The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) is urging factory owners in the Indian garment hub state of Karnataka to honour a hike in the minimum wage which has gone unpaid since April 2020. More than 400,000 garment workers who…
  • Friday, 28 January 2022

    Green Theme’s Empel products certified PFAS-free

    ALBUQUERQUE – US textile treatment specialist Green Theme Technologies (GTT) has announced that its Empel brand of dry-finishing formulations has been tested and certified 100 per cent free of PFOA and PFOS chemicals (commonly known as PFASs) by…
  • Friday, 28 January 2022

    WRI issues call to action on climate change Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The World Resources Institute (WRI) has issued a six-point call to action to the apparel industry to put the sector back on track to meet the 1.5C pathway of the Paris Agreement on climate change. WRI consultant Michael Sadowski and…
  • Friday, 28 January 2022

    Resale startup Archive secures US$8m

    SAN FRANCISCO – Resale technology startup Archive has secured US$8 million in funding, which will be used to further develop its infrastructure and scale its operations. The company has worked with the North Face, Filippa K and Oscar de la Renta to…
  • Friday, 28 January 2022

    SME innovators secure funding

    LONDON – The University of the Arts London’s (UAL) Fashion, Textiles and Technology Institute (FTTI) has teamed up with the British Council to offer five small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) a financial package that will support the…
  • Friday, 28 January 2022

    1,500 US textile mills 'linked to PFAS'

    WASHINGTON DC – The Environmental Working Group (EWG) non-profit has identified more than 1,500 textile mills in the USA, which it says may be releasing toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Dubbed 'forever chemicals' because of their…
  • Thursday, 27 January 2022

    More labs approved to test for GM cotton

    AMSTERDAM – A total of 21 laboratories worldwide have now been approved to carry out a global test for the presence of genetically modified (GM) cotton throughout the organic cotton value chain. Seven more labs have successfully passed a proficiency…
  • Thursday, 27 January 2022

    Lycra develops insulation from textile waste

    WILMINGTON – The Lycra Company has launched a new sustainable fibre made from 100 per cent textile waste - Thermolite Ecomade - which is designed for insulation for outdoor clothing. It recycles textile waste from cutting room floors, that would…
  • Thursday, 27 January 2022

    Finnish startup spins new plant-based fibre Premium Article

    ESPOO - Finnish startup Nordic Bioproducts says it has successfully spun a new plant-based textile fibre made from forest industry by-products, textile waste and paper pulp. The Aalto University spin-off's Norratex fibre, which it says is…
  • Thursday, 27 January 2022

    WRAP partners on consumer-facing campaigns

    LONDON – UK waste recycling charity WRAP has teamed up with non-profit social enterprise Behaviour Change to raise awareness amongst consumers of the environmental impacts associated with the products they buy. The pair deem their skillsets…
  • Wednesday, 26 January 2022

    Research: Bangladesh’s female workers hit harder by COVID

    DHAKA – New research from an international team of academics suggests that female garment workers in Bangladesh were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 disruptions. Both male and female workers, factory bosses and trade unions were interviewed…
  • Wednesday, 26 January 2022

    Decathlon launches rental ski and hiking wear

    LILLE – Sporting goods retailer Decathlon has linked up with rental platform Hirestreet to launch its first UK rental collection for skiwear and hiking gear. The Decathlon collection on Hirestreet consists of 18 ski and hiking jackets and trousers…
  • Wednesday, 26 January 2022

    Gore Fabrics is awarded GRS certification

    DELAWARE – Technical textile supplier Gore Fabrics, which owns the Gore-Tex brand, has announced it has gained its full Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certification for both of its manufacturing sites in Shenzhen, China and Putzbrunn, Germany. GRS…
  • Wednesday, 26 January 2022

    Plastic recycler to establish plant in France Premium Article

    NORMANDY – Chemical recycling specialist Loop Industries has selected a site in France on which to build its first European processing and manufacturing plant. Working with environmental services group Suez, Loop will establish the infrastructure to…
  • Tuesday, 25 January 2022

    Moncler pledges to ban animal fur

    MILAN – Luxury fashion brand Moncler has pledged to remove animal fur from its apparel collections, and will move to eliminate the material from its supply chain by the launch of its fall/winter 2023 collection. The Milan-based brand worked with the…
  • Tuesday, 25 January 2022

    EU 'to unveil mandatory due diligence law'

    BRUSSELS - European Union (EU) proposals to introduce legislation to make companies liable for human rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains are reportedly due to be published next month. The EU's mandatory due diligence law,…
  • Tuesday, 25 January 2022

    Unifi launches new transparency certification

    GREENSBORO – Recycled polyester yarn producer Unifi is launching an enhanced supply chain certification to provide brands with additional reassurances on the sustainability of its products. The U TRUST Product Certification provides additional…
  • Tuesday, 25 January 2022

    ASOS extends ties with Anti-Slavery International

    LONDON – Fashion retailer ASOS has agreed a new three-year partnership with Anti-Slavery International, and will work with the organisation to accelerate their dual objective of stamping out forced labour around the world. ASOS’ Fashion With…
  • Tuesday, 25 January 2022

    IKEA on track to be climate positive by 2030

    LEIDEN - Swedish-owned homeware giant IKEA has released its first ever Climate Report, alongside its Sustainability Report FY21, in which it confirms it is on track to meet its target of being climate positive by 2030. IKEA's total climate footprint…
  • Tuesday, 25 January 2022

    Resale platform Trendful secures new funds

    TAMPA – Resale software specialist Trendful has secured US$200,000 from the start-up investment firm TinySeed. Trendful is one of a number of businesses to have benefitted from TinySeed’s latest accelerator programme, and will use the finances to…
  • Monday, 24 January 2022

    Parade launches underwear recycling initiative

    NEW YORK - Sustainability-focused underwear brand Parade has linked up with recycler TerraCycle to launch a 'first-of-its-kind' opportunity for its customers to recycle their old underwear. The 'Second Life by Parade' initiative accepts underwear…
  • Monday, 24 January 2022

    Sateri subjects Chinese mills to Higg FSLM assessment

    SHANGHAI – Viscose producer Sateri reports that its five mills in China have completed the Higg Facility Social and Labour Module (FSLM) audit and achieved scores of more than 80 per cent. The FSLM promotes safe and fair social and labour standards…
  • Monday, 24 January 2022

    JC Penney, Decathlon join ZDHC programme

    AMSTERDAM – Retail giants JC Penney and Decathlon have joined the ZDHC Foundation’s Roadmap to Zero programme to promote sustainable chemical management across the textile, leather and footwear industry. JC Penney, which has more than 650 stores…
  • Monday, 24 January 2022

    BGMEA, ILO programme to improve workplace safety

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has teamed up with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in a bid to improve workplace sectors in the ready-made garment (RMG) sector. The pair met over the weekend…
  • Friday, 21 January 2022

    Rebag launches customer loyalty programme

    NEW YORK - Rebag, a resale specialist in luxury handbags and accessories, has launched a new loyalty programme through which buyers and sellers will earn rewards for their support of the secondhand product platform. The programme uses bronze,…
  • Friday, 21 January 2022

    Coach, Tapestry Inc join Land to Market programme Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Luxury brand Coach and its parent company Tapestry Inc have joined the Savory Institute’s Land to Market programme, as it looks to source materials from regenerative land. The programme has a network of farmers, ranchers and other raw…
  • Friday, 21 January 2022

    Brands urged to address India wage theft Premium Article

    KARNATAKA – The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) has spoken with global fashion brands to gauge how they’re planning to support Indian garment workers who were last year found victims of wage theft. Factory staff in Karnataka making…
  • Friday, 21 January 2022

    Remake questions the ‘circular’ services of fashion firms

    CALIFORNIA – Workers’ rights organisation Remake has questioned the motives of fashion brands in the secondhand apparel market, suggesting their services focus on “creating an additional avenue for revenue” rather than promoting circularity. Becca…
  • Thursday, 20 January 2022

    Bergans to launch subscription repair and return service Premium Article

    ASKER – Outdoor company, Bergans of Norway, has partnered with brand identity specialist, Trimco Group, to launch a subscription-based option for kidswear, where parents can order and return specific snowsuits or coveralls for the winter season and…
  • Thursday, 20 January 2022

    River Island to boost supply chain transparency Premium Article

    LONDON - High street retailer River Island (RI) has partnered with Segura, a SaaS-based platform for next generation supply chain transparency, to help validate whether its suppliers are ethical, sustainable, efficient and compliant.
  • Thursday, 20 January 2022

    Investor report outlines microfibre interventions Premium Article

    LONDON – The First Sentier MUFG Sustainable Investment Institute has published a new report which highlights the main causes of textile microfibre pollution and details opportunities for intervention. The institute’s report – Microfibres: The…
  • Thursday, 20 January 2022

    J.Crew joins Cotton Trust Protocol Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Fashion retailer J.Crew has joined the US Cotton Trust Protocol, an initiative which promotes ‘sustainable’ cotton cultivation within the United States. The protocol’s platform convenes cotton growers, manufacturers and brands in…
  • Wednesday, 19 January 2022

    MycoWorks details new plant investment Premium Article

    COLUMBIA - MycoWorks, a biotechnology company that specialies in mycelium-grown materials for use as ‘sustainable’, luxury-quality leather alternatives, has announced plans to establish operations in Union County, South Carolina. The company says…
  • Wednesday, 19 January 2022

    MacArthur Foundation to expand work in China Premium Article

    BEIJING – The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) has obtained official registration as an international NGO in China, which will enable the organisation to scale its work with local partners and further promote circularity. The foundation has…
  • Wednesday, 19 January 2022

    Coalition calls for changes to New York Fashion Act Premium Article

    NEW YORK – A coalition of more than 20 human rights organisations have backed a letter to New York’s State Senator Alessandra Biaggi and Assembly member Anna R. Kelles with proposed amendments to strengthen New York’s recently announced Fashion…
  • Wednesday, 19 January 2022

    By Rotation introduces resale service Premium Article

    LONDON – Peer-to-peer rental platform By Rotation is to introduce a resale feature to its online marketplace. The company says the change is part of its strategy to take the website and online app to “the next level” as it vies to “become the…
  • Tuesday, 18 January 2022

    Archroma and Jeanologia team up on denim washing Premium Article

    PRATTELN – Speciality chemicals firm Archroma has joined textile technology company Jeanologia to launch a new washing process that’s claimed to save water and energy, and remove unfixed dyes and other contaminants from denim fabrics. The newly…
  • Tuesday, 18 January 2022

    Eastman to invest US$1bn in chemical recycling plant Premium Article

    PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron and Mark Costa, board chair and CEO of specialty materials giant, Eastman, have jointly announced that plans that will see Eastman invest up to US$1 billion in a material-to-material chemical recycling…
  • Tuesday, 18 January 2022

    IndustriALL urges Thai authorities to settle factory case Premium Article

    BANGKOK – Workers’ rights organisation IndustriALL has written to the Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayut Chan-o-cha, urging his government to support the former staff of a garment factory which unexpectedly ceased operations last March. More than…
  • Tuesday, 18 January 2022

    Project aims to slash water and CO2 in textile dyeing Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good (FFG), has launched a new project that brings together several innovations in textile pre-treatment and colouration in a bid to influence the textile industry to shift from wet to dry processing. Companies partnering in…
  • Tuesday, 18 January 2022

    UN urged to create treaty on plastic pollution Premium Article

    GLOBAL – More than 70 leading businesses including the H&M Group, IKEA, Inditex and Zalando have called for a legally binding treaty on plastic pollution. The idea – which has been backed by two thirds of the United Nations’ Member States – comes…
  • Tuesday, 18 January 2022

    Gildan Activewear details new ESG strategy Premium Article

    MONTREAL – Gildan Activewear has unveiled new environmental and social sustainability targets, with the firm keen to reduce its carbon emissions, boost its use of ‘preferred fibres’, and better support workers and their communities by 2030. The…
  • Monday, 17 January 2022

    Campaigners urge French chain to back Accord Premium Article

    DHAKA - Workers' rights campaigners are urging French supermarket chain Auchan to sign up to the new International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry. The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) says the company, which trades as…
  • Monday, 17 January 2022

    Säntis spots growth in recycled fibre market Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – Fabric manufacturer Säntis Textiles reports that last year it recycled more than 100,000 tonnes of pre- and post-consumer cotton waste. The firm’s creative director, Annabelle Hutter, says: “Our figures clearly reveal the demand and…
  • Monday, 17 January 2022

    Haelixa to track denim mill's recycled cotton Premium Article

    ZURICH - Swiss traceability solutions provider Haelixa has linked up with Soorty, one of Pakistan's largest vertically integrated denim manufacturers, to support claims relating to the use of recycled cotton in its denim products. Haelixa uses a DNA…
  • Monday, 17 January 2022

    Taiwanese resale platform secures US$2.2m Premium Article

    TAIPEI – Fledgling secondhand fashion marketplace PopChill has secured a US$2.2 million investment which will be used to bolster the start-up's infrastructure and broaden its consumer base. The company will look to emulate the success of resale…
  • Monday, 17 January 2022

    Burberry agrees loan linked to sustainability Premium Article

    LONDON – Luxury fashion brand Burberry has agreed a £300m (US$410m) loan linked to its performance against its sustainability targets, including the company's headline goal of being climate positive by 2040. Burberry refinanced its revolving credit…
  • Monday, 17 January 2022

    UK’s markets authority to tackle greenwashing Premium Article

    LONDON – The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is to investigate the prevalence and impact of greenwashing in the fashion sector, as it looks to create greater transparency over sustainability claims. It follows the launch of the body’s…
  • Friday, 14 January 2022

    Hilfiger names Fashion Frontier Challenge winners Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger has announced the two winning start-ups of the latest Fashion Frontier Challenge to be Dutch artificial intelligence (AI) specialist Lalaland and ‘sustainable’ Rwandan business Uzuri K&Y. The pair beat off…
  • Friday, 14 January 2022

    Ralph Lauren co-develops cotton-based performance apparel Premium Article

    MELBOURNE – Tennis players competing at this month’s Australian Open will wear polos made from the “world’s first cotton-based performance material”, according to luxury fashion brand Ralph Lauren. The New York firm has developed its RLX Clarus polo…
  • Friday, 14 January 2022

    Spinnova joins UN Global Compact Premium Article

    JYVÄSKYLÄ - Textile innovator Spinnova has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in a commitment to support the initiative’s 10 principles which centre on protecting human rights, eliminating unfair labour, conserving the natural world and…
  • Friday, 14 January 2022

    Wedding dresses restyled with new ‘Second Life’ service Premium Article

    BARCELONA – Spanish bridal wear brand Pronovias has launched a new circular service, offering its customers the chance to style down their wedding dresses after their big day, so that the garments can be worn more frequently. The ‘Second Life’…
  • Thursday, 13 January 2022

    Cambodia to protect workers from Omicron Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - The Cambodian government has drafted new principles on health and safety in a bid to limit the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 though the country's garment factories and other workplaces. The Labour Ministry has developed the…
  • Thursday, 13 January 2022

    BGMEA honoured for sustainability work Premium Article

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has been honoured with the Green Leadership Award 2021 for its work to make the country’s ready-made garment (RMG) sector more sustainable. BGMEA president Faruque Hassan…
  • Thursday, 13 January 2022

    Podcast: Lenzing explains its new climate targets Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – Our Ecotextile Talks podcast host Philip Berman talks to Lenzing's head of product management textiles, Caroline Ledl, about the company's plans to reduce the size of its carbon footprint. Lenzing became the first wood-based cellulosic…
  • Thursday, 13 January 2022

    Kelheim publishes first sustainability report Premium Article

    KELHEIM – Viscose manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has published its first sustainability report in which it sets out its work on reducing its environmental and social impact. The company had already been producing an annual environmental statement since…
  • Thursday, 13 January 2022

    Vestiaire Collective opens new UK centre Premium Article

    LONDON - French fashion resale firm Vestiaire Collective has opened a new UK authentication and logistics centre which it says will lower its carbon footprint and counter Brexit-based cost hikes. The centre, which has also led to the creation of 50…
  • Thursday, 13 January 2022

    MycoWorks secures US$125m in investment Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – US start-up MycoWorks has raised US$125 million in Series C financing, which it says will be invested in a new manufacturing facility to scale production of its leather-alternative material and accelerate research and development.…
  • Thursday, 13 January 2022

    Tumble dryers release 120 million microfibres a year Premium Article

    HONG KONG – A study by academics in Hong Kong has highlighted that tumble dryers can release up to 120 million microfibres each per year into the atmosphere. Professor Kenneth Leung, director of the State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution (SKLMP)…
  • Wednesday, 12 January 2022

    New US Xinjiang law 'will challenge brands' Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US's new Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act will present brands and retailers with "incredibly challenging" hurdles to prove their products were not made with forced labour, according to risk consultants Verisk Maplecroft. In a…
  • Wednesday, 12 January 2022

    Bestseller publishes circular design guide Premium Article

    BRANDE – Danish fashion retailer Bestseller has developed a new circular design guide which its designers will use to ensure future collections meet recyclability requirements. The company is also making the resource publicly available, as it wants…
  • Wednesday, 12 January 2022

    Programme promotes circularity in India Premium Article

    NEW DELHI – Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd (ABFRL) has teamed up with German development agency GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) to promote innovative circular solutions in India. “The joint project is designed to introduce…
  • Wednesday, 12 January 2022

    Polish fashion brand joins CmiA initiative Premium Article

    DANZIG – Polish fashion firm LPP Partners has joined the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative and will market its first CmiA-labelled products before the end of the year. The company has agreed to purchase up to 60 million items per year, which…
  • Tuesday, 11 January 2022

    Cotton Trust Protocol added to ITC Standards Map Premium Article

    MEMPHIS – The US Cotton Trust Protocol has been added to the International Trade Centre’s (ITC) Standards Map, which is the world’s largest database for sustainability standards. Launched to verify sustainability progress through data collection and…
  • Tuesday, 11 January 2022

    China's e-tailers 'lacking' on climate change Premium Article

    BEIJING – A new Greenpeace report on China's major online shopping platforms has found significant shortcomings in their responses to the challenges of climate change. The research paper analyses the climate responses of e-tailers which sell fashion…
  • Tuesday, 11 January 2022

    Steve Madden launches resale marketplace Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Footwear firm Steve Madden has launched a new peer-to-peer resale marketplace to encourage consumers to sell on shoes that might otherwise end up in landfill. Madden’s Dolce Vita brand will introduce a platform of its own from next month…
  • Tuesday, 11 January 2022

    Worker violations at US cotton ginneries Premium Article

    ATLANTA - Investigations by the US Department of Labor (DOL) have found that eight of ten cotton ginneries in the south-east of the country are underpaying their workers. Employers were found to be in breach of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA),…
  • Tuesday, 11 January 2022

    Timberland launches ‘Timberloop’ circular service Premium Article

    STRATHAM – Outerwear brand Timberland has launched its new Timberloop product take-back scheme online and in stores across the USA. The initiative entitles consumers to return unwanted Timberland footwear, clothing or accessories in exchange for a…
  • Monday, 10 January 2022

    Texon Vogue wins Vegan Society certification Premium Article

    SKELTON - Textile manufacturer Texon's cellulose leather alternative Texon Vogue has been certified as free of animal products by the Vegan Society. Texon Vogue, which can now carry the Vegan Trademark, is a washable, cellulose-based material used…
  • Monday, 10 January 2022

    Circularity specialist secures US$6.6 million Premium Article

    LONDON – Circular solutions platform Responsible has secured a US$6.6 million investment and says it will use the money to broaden its reach throughout Europe, whilst extending its network of fashion brands and retailers. The company has developed a…
  • Monday, 10 January 2022

    Rent the Runway campaign targets fast fashion Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Rental fashion firm Rent the Runway (RTR) has launched a ‘Fast Fashion Free’ campaign to encourage consumers to donate “unwearable” garments. The company has teamed up with Green Tree Textiles Recycling, which will recycle the stock…
  • Monday, 10 January 2022

    Spinnova invests in on-site spinning facility Premium Article

    JYVÄSKYLÄ – Fibre innovator Spinnova has signed a deal with Swiss machinery manufacturer Rieter for an industrial scale spinning facility at its new factory in Finland. Following successful trials at its SpinCenter in Winterthur, Switzerland, Rieter…
  • Monday, 10 January 2022

    Prada to donate materials from fashion shows Premium Article

    MILAN – Luxury fashion giant Prada has committed to collecting and distributing materials used in its annual catwalk events to circular businesses and academic institutes. Since January 2020, the Italian brand has collected 1.6 tonnes of faux fur…
  • Monday, 10 January 2022

    New York plans sustainable fashion act Premium Article

    NEW YORK - New legislation which would hold all major fashion brands accountable for human rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains is being proposed for the US state of New York. The Fashion Sustainability and Social…
  • Monday, 10 January 2022

    Innovators urged to apply for accelerator programme Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – The sustainability-focused Fashion for Change project has today launched an open call to designers, start-ups and other small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as it looks to support promising innovations via a new accelerator…
  • Monday, 10 January 2022

    Oeko-Tex launches environmental impact tool Premium Article

    ZURICH – Following on from the COP 26 UN climate conference last year, Oeko-Tex has launched a new ‘impact calculator’ to enable textile mills to take stock of their own carbon footprints. It also plans to launch a certified due diligence tool for…
  • Friday, 07 January 2022

    Forced labour fears over Olympic merchandise Premium Article

    BEIJING - Campaigners are urging the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to disclose what due diligence steps it has taken to identify and eliminate products made with forced labour from its merchandise. The Coalition to End Forced Labour in the…
  • Friday, 07 January 2022

    Commercial scale boost for recycled viscose filament Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Following Renewcell’s recent decision to sign multi-year purchasing agreements with European textile sorters, the Swedish textile waste-to- fibre supplier has now teamed up with a Chinese yarn producer to make viscose from 100 per cent…
  • Friday, 07 January 2022

    Weird Fish products highlight environmental impacts Premium Article

    CHELTENHAM – Lifestyle brand Weird Fish has added environmental metrics to organic cotton-based apparel on its website in a bid to demonstrate the material’s sustainability credentials. Customers' browsing the company’s online listings can now learn…
  • Thursday, 06 January 2022

    Bangladesh plans textile chemical guidelines Premium Article

    DHAKA - Bangladesh is to introduce national guidelines on the use of chemicals in the textile and garments industry in a bid to better protect workers and the environment. The Ministry of Commerce is preparing the National Chemical Management…
  • Thursday, 06 January 2022

    Samsung, Patagonia team up to tackle microfibres Premium Article

    LAS VEGAS – Technology giant Samsung has teamed up with outerwear brand Patagonia to develop a new washing machine that aims to “minimise the impact of microplastics”. The pair announced the tie-up on the opening day of this year’s CES technology…
  • Thursday, 06 January 2022

    Silk brand launches recycling programme Premium Article

    TRENTON – US silk brand LilySilk has partnered with textile recycling firm TerraCycle for a new consumer-facing service that will tackle post-consumer waste. The LilySilk Recycling Programme sets out to give customers a free and convenient way to…
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022

    Study links garment workers to forced labour Premium Article

    KUALA LUMPUR - Migrant workers employed in Malaysia's garment industry experience conditions consistent with the use of forced labour, according to a new study by the Transparentem NGO. Investigators interviewed around 45 workers from Bangladesh,…
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022

    Beijing backlash on Xinjiang targets Walmart Premium Article

    BEIJING - US retail giant Walmart is the latest to be targeted by a backlash from China against western companies which have distanced themselves from the country's Xinjiang region over forced labour concerns. The Chinese Communist Party's Central…
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022

    Prada, Adidas launch recycled nylon collection Premium Article

    MILAN / HERZOGENAURACH - Italian fashion brand Prada and sportswear giant Adidas are collaborating on a new collection of sportswear garments made with recycled nylon. The two companies have been involved in a longstanding collaboration but this is…
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022

    California manufacturer flouts labour laws Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES – California’s Labor Commission has revoked the license of a Los Angeles-based garment manufacturer after it failed to follow labour laws. Veronica Rojas Pablo, the owner of VRP Fashion Inc, stated in her application that she had no…
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022

    Bangladesh suppliers to set minimum prices Premium Article

    DHAKA - Garment manufacturers in Bangladesh are coming together in a bid to set a minimum price for their products to ensure they are paid an 'ethical' price by international retailers and brands. The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters…
  • Tuesday, 04 January 2022

    Bestseller bid to empower Turkish women workers Premium Article

    ISTANBUL - Danish fashion brand Bestseller has signed an agreement with Turkish NGO ACEV to develop an education programme aimed at empowering women garment workers employed by its suppliers in the country. Bestseller has historically worked with…
  • Tuesday, 04 January 2022

    Ambercycle buoyed by US$21.6m investment Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES – Materials science company Ambercycle has secured US$21.6 million in funding, with Zalando and the investment arms of Bestseller and H&M amongst its backers. Ambercycle’s technology separates polyester-blended materials and chemically…
  • Tuesday, 04 January 2022

    Causes of mass worker faintings 'identified' Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - A Cambodian government working group studying the phenomenon of mass fainting in the country's garment factories says it has identified the major causes. The working group was set up after a total of 38 workers reportedly fainted in…
  • Tuesday, 04 January 2022

    Textile industry urged to fund circularity Premium Article

    SACRAMENTO - The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) non-profit has produced a new report calling on the textile industry to fund the transition to circularity needed to reduce waste. It calls for extended producer responsibility (EPR)…
  • Tuesday, 04 January 2022

    Fashion e-commerce specialist secures new investment Premium Article

    LONDON – British start-up Purple Dot, which operates what’s said to be the world’s first e-commerce waitlist and pre-order platform for clothing, has secured US$4 million in new funding which will be used to bring “a new era of sustainability to…
  • Tuesday, 04 January 2022

    Tommy Hilfiger reveals challenge finalists Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger has revealed the finalists for this year's Fashion Frontier Challenge which aims to accelerate the work of the world’s most innovative fashion startups. Building on the PVH Corp brand’s sustainability vision…
  • Tuesday, 04 January 2022

    M&S encourages shoppers to think circular Premium Article

    LONDON – British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has urged consumers to use its 'Shwopping' scheme if they’re clearing out their wardrobes in the coming months. It comes after a company survey found 65 per cent of M&S customers are planning to shift…
  • Friday, 24 December 2021

    Season’s Greetings to all our readers Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – As we close down for the Christmas period we’d like to extend ‘Season’s Greetings’ to all of our readers and wish everyone all the very best for 2022. And as we look back on the stories that made the biggest impact with our readers this…
  • Friday, 24 December 2021

    BGMEA strikes worker healthcare deal Premium Article

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has signed an agreement with online healthcare provider Digital Hospital which will offer ready-made garment (RMG) workers quick access to medical services. BGMEA…
  • Friday, 24 December 2021

    Young shoppers shifting to secondhand fashion Premium Article

    UNITED KINGDOM – A YouGov survey, commissioned by the University of Hull, has indicated that consumers are increasingly interested in purchasing secondhand fashion, with young shoppers driving this trend. Of a 2,000-strong, nationally representative…
  • Thursday, 23 December 2021

    Mango publishes list of Tier 2 suppliers Premium Article

    BARCELONA – Spanish fashion brand Mango has published a list of its Tier 2 suppliers, and updated the list of Tier 1 partners that it published last year. These lists include information on the declared factories Mango sourced apparel from…
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