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  • Thursday, 16 September 2021

    ASOS targets net zero emissions by 2030

    LONDON - British online fashion giant ASOS has set out an ambitious target of achieving net zero emissions across its entire value chain by the end of this decade. The pledge forms part of the e-tailer's Fashion With Integrity (FWI) 2030 programme…
  • Thursday, 16 September 2021

    Sourceful secures US$12.2 million in funding

    MANCHESTER – Sustainable solutions provider Sourceful has secured US$12.2 million in funding, which it’ll use to scale its operating model, integrate new features and grow its workforce. The company, which has previously worked with fashion brands…
  • Thursday, 16 September 2021

    Hugo Boss, Etam among Canopy recruits

    VANCOUVER – Environmental non-profit Canopy has announced that a cohort of 14 fashion brands and innovators, including luxury label Hugo Boss and retailer Etam, have joined its CanopyStyle and Pack4Good initiatives. The signatories commit to…
  • Wednesday, 15 September 2021

    Bluesign acts to phase out critical solvents

    ST GALLEN – Textile chemical management specialist Bluesign Technologies has introduced a management and phase-out concept for critical CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction) solvents. Bluesign says it expects to see a significant…
  • Wednesday, 15 September 2021

    Zalando expands pre-owned fashion section

    BERLIN - European online retailer Zalando is marking the first anniversary of its 'pre-owned' category by revealing it has expanded ten-fold from offering 20,000 items to more than 200,000. Launched in September 2020, Zalando's pre-owned section -…
  • Wednesday, 15 September 2021

    Euratex shares vision for European strategy Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - European textile and clothing industry trade body Euratex has shared its vision for the European Union's (EU) proposed new strategy for the sector. It says the EU Sustainable Textiles Strategy, due to be published before the end of 2021,…
  • Wednesday, 15 September 2021

    Primark aims to cut waste and half emissions Premium Article

    DUBLIN - Retail giant Primark has unveiled a new sustainability strategy which it says will reduce fashion waste, half carbon emissions and improve the lives of the workers who make its products. The new 10-year strategy includes commitments to…
  • Tuesday, 14 September 2021

    Bangladesh factories 'more dangerous' - study Premium Article

    DHAKA - Garment factories have become more dangerous in Bangladesh since the closure of safety initiatives set up to represent brands and retailers following the Rana Plaza disaster, according to a new report. The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)…
  • Tuesday, 14 September 2021

    Calik Denim adopts tracing tech for ‘Dyepro’ launch

    ISTANBUL – Turkish manufacturer Calik Denim has teamed up with traceability solutions provider The Movement and will leverage its Aware technology to authenticate fabrics dyed using a new waterless method. Calik has launched its new Dyepro solution…
  • Tuesday, 14 September 2021

    Atmospheric microplastics 'down to synthetic fibres'

    TOMSK - Russian scientists say they have identified synthetic microfibres from garments as the primary source of microplastics found in rain and snow samples collected in Siberia. Researchers at Tomsk State University (TSU), who were the first in…
  • Tuesday, 14 September 2021

    Cotton growers cut water use by nearly half Premium Article

    SYDNEY - Cotton growers in Australia have almost halved the water needed to grow one bale of cotton over the last 25 years, according to new research. A study by the New South Wales state government's Department of Primary Industries (DPI) found…
  • Monday, 13 September 2021

    New treatment developed for textile wastewater Premium Article

    JAIPUR - Researchers from three Indian universities have developed a textile industry wastewater treatment solution which they claim can eliminate toxicity and make it suitable for industrial and even domestic use. The project, by the Indian…
  • Monday, 13 September 2021

    EU urged to hold social auditors liable

    BRUSSELS - Workers' rights campaigners and trade unions are calling on the European Union (EU) to ensure that social auditing companies - which wrongly certify factories as safe - are held to account by new mandatory due diligence laws. A total of…
  • Monday, 13 September 2021

    BGMEA promotes RMG sector in AAFA meeting

    WASHINGTON – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has held talks with the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) in an effort to “enhance cooperation” and promote Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG)…
  • Monday, 13 September 2021

    Supply chain poll reveals lack of transparency

    LONDON - Half of UK businesses admit they are not being transparent enough with consumers about the sustainability of their supply chains, according to a new survey. The poll by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) found that 48…
  • Friday, 10 September 2021

    YKK's emissions targets approved by SBTi

    TOKYO – Fastening solutions manufacturer YKK’s emissions reduction targets have been approved as being consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The company says the certification is part of its…
  • Friday, 10 September 2021

    Walmart issues record $2 billion green bond

    BENTONVILLE — US retail giant Walmart has issued its first green bond - a US$2 billion offer which has been described as the biggest ever from a US corporation. The company says that the proceeds will be used to fund existing and future projects…
  • Friday, 10 September 2021

    Call to extend new safety Accord to Pakistan Premium Article

    KARACHI - Campaigners are marking the anniversary of a horrific garment factory fire in Pakistan by backing plans for a new workplace safety initiative for Bangladesh to be extended to other countries. More than 250 workers were killed in the blaze…
  • Friday, 10 September 2021

    PETA calls out Hermès over crocodile abuse

    NEW YORK – After footage from a farm owned by luxury fashion label Hermès showed crocodiles being electrocuted, mutilated and shot, animal rights group PETA has sent a letter to the firm’s chief executive, Axel Dumas, saying “you should rightly be…
  • Friday, 10 September 2021

    PVH Corp joins US Cotton Trust Protocol

    MEMPHIS – Fashion conglomerate PVH Corp, which owns the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, has joined the US Cotton Trust Protocol. Launched to verify sustainability progress through data collection and third-party cooperation, the protocol…
  • Thursday, 09 September 2021

    BBI subscribers 'improved buying practices' Premium Article

    ARLINGTON - Brands and retailers which subscribe to the Better Buying Institute (BBI) have continued to strengthen relationships with their suppliers despite the pandemic, according to the non-profit's latest report. The BBI's 2021 Garment Industry…
  • Thursday, 09 September 2021

    California wage bill clears another hurdle

    CALIFORNIA - A bill which would require Californian garment factories to pay their workers hourly - instead of a 'piece-rate' which can leave them earning less than the minimum wage - has cleared a key hurdle. The Garment Worker Protection Act, also…
  • Thursday, 09 September 2021

    MySize launches online order reward programme

    AIRPORT CITY – MySize, the developer of an apparel measuring solution, has announced the addition of a virtual coins feature to its MySizeID widget, which brands and retailers can integrate to improve product sizing and incentivise consumers to shop…
  • Thursday, 09 September 2021

    Vestiaire Collective earns B Corp status

    PARIS – French fashion resale firm Vestiaire Collective has attained B Corp certification in recognition of its high social and environmental standards. B Corporations, of which there are around 4,000 globally, are subjected to rigorous assessments…
  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021

    Garmon Studio joins EMF’s Jeans Redesign Premium Article

    SAN MARINO - Garmon Studio, the creative lab of chemical solutions company Garmon Chemicals, has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s (EMF) Jeans Redesign programme. More than 90 companies have so far signed up to the initiative - which aims to…
  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021

    Lenzing and CEO Doboczky part ways Premium Article

    LENZING – The chief executive officer of Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing, Stefan Doboczky, has reached an agreement with the firm’s supervisory board to end his contract. Doboczky, who took on the job in 2015, will leave at the end of September…
  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021

    Retailer buys vaccines for garment workers Premium Article

    DHAKA - German textile discount store chain KiK has donated money to purchase COVID-19 vaccinations for thousands of garment workers in Bangladesh. The company donated the money through the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association…
  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021

    Myntra joins Better Cotton Initiative Premium Article

    BENGALURU – Indian fashion retailer Myntra has become the country’s first online enterprise to partner with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). By forging this relationship, Myntra commits to increasing its uptake of more ‘sustainable’ cotton, with…
  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021

    Unifi publishes 2021 Sustainability Report Premium Article

    GREENSBORO – Recycled polyester yarn producer Unifi, whose customers include leading brands such as Patagonia and The North Face, has published its latest sustainability report. The North Carolina-based company lists investing in new products and…
  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021

    Social audit firms 'must be held to account' Premium Article

    LONDON - Social auditing companies should be subject to new mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence legislation, according to a new briefing from the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC). The report claims that social audit…
  • Tuesday, 07 September 2021

    Sri Lankan manufacturers hit back at campaigners Premium Article

    COLOMBO – Garment manufacturers in Sri Lanka have again crossed swords with workers' rights campaigners over the protection of factory workers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Sri Lanka’s Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) has criticised the Clean…
  • Tuesday, 07 September 2021

    Brands 'should reassess presence in Myanmar' Premium Article

    LONDON - The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is urging brands and retailers which source from Myanmar to reassess their presence in the country "as a matter of urgency". It comes after the IndustriALL global trade union, and affiliated…
  • Tuesday, 07 September 2021

    Hugo Boss and Lidl face Xinjiang allegations Premium Article

    BERLIN - The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) non-profit is taking legal action against brands and retailers - including Hugo Boss and Lidl - which it accuses of taking advantage of forced labour in the Xinjiang region of…
  • Tuesday, 07 September 2021

    Footwear firm expands upcycling efforts Premium Article

    PORTLAND – US footwear brand Keen has expanded its Detox the Planet initiative with the debut of its Harvest Certified programme, which will look to mitigate industrial waste by upcycling materials for future use. The Harvest Certified programme…
  • Tuesday, 07 September 2021

    London’s Oxford Street to spotlight sustainability Premium Article

    LONDON – London’s Oxford Street will launch a sustainability-oriented awareness campaign next week, in collaboration with a number of leading brands and retailers, in an effort to spotlight more ‘sustainable’ offerings and educate consumers. The…
  • Tuesday, 07 September 2021

    Ted Baker leverages deadstock sales platform Premium Article

    LONDON – British fashion brand Ted Baker has partnered with e-commerce marketplace Secret Sales in a bid to sell on deadstock clothing. The company will market what would otherwise be waste stock for a discounted price on the Secret Sales platform,…
  • Monday, 06 September 2021

    Trade minister calls for more ambition from India textile stakeholders Premium Article

    NEW DELHI – India’s commerce & industry and textiles minister, Piyush Goyal, says the country’s textile sector must treble its targets for exports and reach US$ 100 billion if it is to satisfy the expectations held by the current government led by…
  • Monday, 06 September 2021

    ISKO forms alliance with MoRe Research Premium Article

    INEGOL – Denim manufacturer ISKO has partnered with R&D company MoRe Research – which is a part of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden - to investigate and develop new, sustainable technologies made from cellulosic-based materials, derived from waste…
  • Monday, 06 September 2021

    Footwear brand partners with The Restory Premium Article

    LONDON – British footwear brand Manolo Blahnik has today announced a partnership with product aftercare specialist The Restory which will offer consumers repair services. The Restory will facilitate amends, such as re-heeling, re-soling and dyeing…
  • Monday, 06 September 2021

    International microfibre shedding standard getting closer Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - A sector alliance that was formed to tackle issues relating to microplastics has completed the next phase of its project to develop a harmonised industry standard for the supply chain, according to European textile industry trade body,…
  • Monday, 06 September 2021

    Four Paws to call for 2030 mulesing ban Premium Article

    LONDON – Animal welfare organisation Four Paws is to attend this year’s Wool Connect Conference and will present a letter, backed by more than 30 fashion brands and retailers, as it calls for a ban on the controversial practice of mulesing in…
  • Monday, 06 September 2021

    VIA Outlets focuses on sustainability with pop-up shops Premium Article

    LISBON – European clothing retailer VIA Outlets has kick-started a new sustainability initiative with the launch of its first ‘Re.Love’ pop-up store in Lisbon, Portugal. The company plans to establish several pop-ups throughout Europe which will…
  • Friday, 03 September 2021

    Data professionals fashionable for employment Premium Article

    MADRID - Leading fashion retailers and brands are increasing the number of data-related professionals they employ as they look to build their competitive advantage, according to new research by Spain-based algorithmic merchandising firm Nextail. 
  • Friday, 03 September 2021

    Baukjen backs circularity with sustainability index and Oxfam collaboration Premium Article

    LONDON – Womenswear brand Baukjen is partnering with Oxfam’s ‘Second Hand September’ initiative, which aims to encourage a less wasteful approach to fashion by giving a second life to unwanted garments and accessories. To support the project,…
  • Friday, 03 September 2021

    Kering’s Fund for Nature announces grantees Premium Article

    PARIS – French fashion giant Kering and environmental non-profit Conservation International have announced the first cohort of grantees under their Regenerative Fund for Nature. Seven organisations were selected from a pool of 73 applicants who will…
  • Thursday, 02 September 2021

    EOG urges patience as supply chains adapt to the COVID pandemic Premium Article

    ZUG - The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has urged businesses to address supply chain challenges with unity and tolerance as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hinder global operations. “As we move from one stage of the pandemic to…
  • Thursday, 02 September 2021

    New Furmark traceability system dubbed a ‘game-changer’ Premium Article

    LONDON – The International Fur Federation (IFF) has developed Furmark, a new certification and traceability system that will verify supply chain data. Furmark certified products will integrate QR codes that customers can scan to learn about the…
  • Thursday, 02 September 2021

    Madeira to debut new threads in Paris Premium Article

    FREIBURG – German manufacturer Madeira is to debut two recently launched ‘sustainable’ threads at this year’s Première Vision trade fair in Paris. The firm’s Polyneon Green and Sensa Green materials will be on display from 21-23rd September in the…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    77 fashion companies back new safety Accord Premium Article

    DHAKA - The new International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry - which aims to ensure workplace safety for garment workers in Bangladesh - has come into effect with 77 international apparel brands and retailers so far…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    Champion launches Renewed circular collection Premium Article

    WINSTON-SALEM - Athleticwear brand Champion has linked up with circular solutions provider the Renewal Workshop to upcycle discarded clothing and textiles, which would otherwise go to landfill, into repurposed garments. The Champion Renewed…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    Garment workers' pay 'increases by up to 57%' Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - A new report by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) non-profit details how apparel factories in China and Vietnam were able to increase workers' wages by up to 57 per cent over a three year period. The FLA says the cases provide a…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    PFAS chemicals contaminate indoor air - study Premium Article

    RHODE ISLAND - PFAS compounds which are thought to break off treated products, including clothing and carpets, are contaminating the air inside buildings, according to a new study. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) - dubbed ‘forever…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    Bestseller halts Myanmar orders Premium Article

    YANGON - Danish retailer Bestseller has announced a halt on new orders from garment factories in Myanmar after trade unions urged all foreign companies to divest from the country. Bestseller said it would not be placing any new orders in Myanmar…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    Lenzing joins Textiles 2030 initiative Premium Article

    LENZING – Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing Group is the latest company to join industry organisation WRAP’s Textiles 2030 voluntary agreement. Describes as the world’s most ambitious ten-year environmental programme for clothing and textiles, the…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    New Higg tool to reduce supply chain impact Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Sustainability technology platform Higg has introduced a new analytics tool to help brands and buyers reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing facilities within their supply chains. The new software solution aims to provide…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    Call to protect garment workers from COVID Premium Article

    SOUTH ASIA - More than 50 organisations have issued a joint call to brands, governments and employers in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to keep workers safe during the current third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The workers' rights groups, NGOs and trade…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    Gildan claims progress in new ESG report Premium Article

    MONTREAL - Apparel manufacturer Gildan Activewear is claiming significant sustainability improvements in its latest Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report. The company's 17th annual ESG report reveals that a third of its total energy came…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    Garment workers 'risking COVID in Myanmar' Premium Article

    YANGON - Garment workers in Myanmar are working in factories without measures to protect them from COVID-19, according to the IndustriALL global trade union. The IndustriALL-affiliated Industrial Workers’ Federation of Myanmar (IWFM) says two of its…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    BGMEA questions jurisdiction of new Accord Premium Article

    DHAKA - The trade body representing garment factory owners in Bangladesh says that a new 'legally-binding agreement' on workplace safety will have no legal jurisdiction in the country. The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    MAS Holdings targets 25% emissions reduction Premium Article

    COLOMBO – South Asia’s largest apparel technology company, MAS Holdings, has entered the second phase of a renewable energy project which it says will reduce its carbon emissions by 25 per cent by 2025. The Sri Lankan conglomerate kick-started its…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    Oeko-Tex 'Made in Green' certifications soar Premium Article

    ZURICH - Testing and certification organisation Oeko-Tex has revealed that the number of certificates and labels issued under its Made in Green sustainability programme more than doubled last year despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The company's 2020/21…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    Good Fashion Fund teams up with BGMEA Premium Article

    DHAKA – Investment organisation the Good Fashion Fund (GFF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to help improve the environmental and social sustainability of the…
  • Friday, 27 August 2021

    New Accord will target North American brands Premium Article

    DHAKA - Campaigners are hoping that North American brands can be persuaded to join their European counterparts in signing up to a new legally-binding agreement on garment worker safety in Bangladesh. Leading fashion companies - including H&M, Zara…
  • Friday, 27 August 2021

    Footwear firm eyes accurate impact labels Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Canadian footwear manufacturer Sole has launched a new initiative to promote accurate climate impact labelling on products. It’s also been established to encourage brands and retailers to go beyond carbon neutrality, as CEO Mike Baker…
  • Friday, 27 August 2021

    Gold C2C accreditation for Lee's new jeans Premium Article

    GREENSBORO - Denim brand Lee Jeans has received Cradle to Cradle Gold accreditation for a new range of selvedge jeans, made in co-operation with the Artistic Milliners vertically-integrated manufacturer in Pakistan. The Gold-certified Aureola jeans…
  • Friday, 27 August 2021

    Garment worker unions ask for US$200 a month Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - Trade unions representing garment workers in Cambodia are asking for their minimum wage to be increased to US$200 per month from the beginning of next year. The Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC), which represents…
  • Friday, 27 August 2021

    Germany’s Mytheresa vows to go fur-free Premium Article

    MUNICH – German fashion retailer Mytheresa has vowed to go fur-free from spring/summer 2022 and will phase out existing stock that integrates fur by the end of next year. The animal welfare policy, drafted up in collaboration with the Humane Society…
  • Thursday, 26 August 2021

    Sateri’s China mills deemed EU-BAT compliant Premium Article

    SHANGHAI – Leading viscose manufacturer Sateri has confirmed that, following verification at two of its sites in China, each of its five viscose mills in the country are now fully compliant with the emission limits set out in the European Union Best…
  • Thursday, 26 August 2021

    More brands back new worker safety agreement Premium Article

    DHAKA - More leading fashion companies - including Zara owner Inditex, retail giant C&A and Danish retailer Bestseller - have confirmed they have signed up to a new legally binding agreement on workplace safety in Bangladesh. The International…
  • Thursday, 26 August 2021

    Crystal collection meets Jeans Redesign criteria Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Crystal International is the latest signatory to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jeans Redesign Project to unveil a collection that complies with its sustainability and circularity requirements. All signatories – including the likes of…
  • Thursday, 26 August 2021

    Apparel and textiles' water impact 'critical' Premium Article

    LONDON - The apparel and textiles industries are among those having the biggest impact on the world's water systems, according to a new report from the CDP international non-profit. The CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, assessed more than…
  • Wednesday, 25 August 2021

    Trove secures US$77.5m, details big plans Premium Article

    BRISBANE – Fashion resale services provider Trove has secured US$77.5m via a Series D funding round. The Californian firm says it will use the money to support collaborations with new brand partners, whilst also supporting a push into the luxury…
  • Wednesday, 25 August 2021

    Brands sign up to new Accord on Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA - Brands and trade unions have signed a new agreement on workplace safety in Bangladesh to replace the legally binding deal behind the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh which expires at the end of this month. The new two year…
  • Wednesday, 25 August 2021

    Nike to adopt carbon-negative material Premium Article

    BEAVERTON – Sportswear giant Nike has partnered with biotechnology company Newlight Technologies with the view to adopting AirCarbon, a carbon-negative biomaterial produced from micro-organisms found in the ocean. Nike’s chief sustainability…
  • Wednesday, 25 August 2021

    Search for innovators in Global Change Award Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – The H&M Foundation is inviting applications for the latest edition of its Global Change Award which seeks to uncover early-stage innovations aimed at reducing the impact of the fashion industry. The five winners will share a €1 million…
  • Wednesday, 25 August 2021

    Call for factories to close to protect workers Premium Article

    COLOMBO - Trade union leaders in Sri Lanka are calling on the government to reverse a decision to exempt garment factories from a lockdown to tackle a spike in the highly contagious Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus. The Free Trade Zones and…
  • Wednesday, 25 August 2021

    Urban Outfitters to launch resale marketplace Premium Article

    PHILADELPHIA - Fashion retailer Urban Outfitters is to launch a resale marketplace, Nuuly Thrift, where customers will be able to buy and sell apparel and accessories. Nuuly Thrift, which will launch as an iPhone app this autumn, will be a sister…
  • Tuesday, 24 August 2021

    Brands score poorly on climate change efforts Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Environmental campaign group Stand.Earth has released its first ‘Fossil Free Fashion Scorecard’ report which assesses brands' efforts on climate change and concludes that most are failing to take effective action. The initiative…
  • Tuesday, 24 August 2021

    Leather Working Group audit standard goes live Premium Article

    NORTHAMPTON - The latest version of the Leather Working Group (LWG) trade body's flagship environmental certification - featuring new social, traceability and chemical management requirements - is now in effect. The Leather Manufacturer Audit…
  • Tuesday, 24 August 2021

    Hunter launches new sustainability strategy Premium Article

    QUEENSFERRY – British footwear brand Hunter has launched a new sustainability strategy which centres on three pillars: to protect forests, resources, and communities. Its ‘Hunter Protect’ manifesto details seven targets that’ll see the company…
  • Tuesday, 24 August 2021

    Dress the Population launches rental service Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Womenswear brand Dress the Population has partnered with rental technology platform CaaStle to launch a new rental service. Customers can browse through an assortment of garments from the company’s formalwear collections, which they can…
  • Tuesday, 24 August 2021

    Australian Senate backs forced labour ban Premium Article

    CANBERRA - The Australian Senate has passed a bill, banning imports made using forced labour, which was triggered by concerns about the cotton industry in China's Xinjiang region. Independent senator Rex Patrick, who proposed the bill, said it was…
  • Monday, 23 August 2021

    Sri Lankan industry reassures garment workers Premium Article

    COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's garment industry is claiming that everything possible is being done to protect workers as factories remain open despite an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases caused by the highly contagious Delta variant. The Sri Lankan…
  • Monday, 23 August 2021

    Ireland targets circularity with new projects Premium Article

    DUBLIN – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and The Community Foundation for Ireland have teamed up to fund a number of initiatives that’ll support the circular economy in industries such as fashion, food and toys. They include a pilot…
  • Friday, 20 August 2021

    Consumers 'disgusted' by fashion exploitation Premium Article

    LONDON - More than two-thirds of British consumers feel ‘disgusted’ ‘sad’ or ‘angry’ about fashion industry exploitation - but many say they cannot afford to shop more ethically, according to a new poll. The survey, carried out by Opinium on behalf…
  • Friday, 20 August 2021

    Cucumber Clothing launches 'loan-to-own' scheme Premium Article

    LONDON - Sustainable fashion brand Cucumber Clothing has launched a new 'loan-to-own' programme to increase the circularity of its apparel and reduce waste. It gives customers to chance to rent pieces from the brand's collection for up to two months…
  • Friday, 20 August 2021

    Podcast: How Zalando uses data to drive sustainability Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – In the fourth episode in our series of Ecotextile Talks podcasts supported by Higg, our host Philip Berman talks to Zalando sustainability director Kate Heiny about how the online clothing retailer harnesses data to drive sustainability…
  • Friday, 20 August 2021

    Lululemon seeks to create plant-based nylon Premium Article

    VANCOUVER - Athletic apparel retailer Lululemon is partnering with sustainable materials company Genomatica to create a lower impact, plant-based nylon for its sportswear. The bio-based material has the same molecular structure as nylon - so would…
  • Thursday, 19 August 2021

    Allbirds launches 'natural' activewear range Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Sustainable footwear brand Allbirds is branching out into athletic wear after developing a range of apparel made with merino wool and yarn from eucalyptus trees. The company says it wants to reduce the sportswear industry's reliance…
  • Thursday, 19 August 2021

    Brands 'exposed to risks if Accord expires' Premium Article

    DHAKA - New and upcoming human rights due diligence legislation could see brands exposed to liability risks if they fail to extend the legal agreement behind the Bangladesh Accord which is due to expire in two weeks’ time, say campaigners. However,…
  • Thursday, 19 August 2021

    Renewal Workshop links up with New Balance Premium Article

    OREGON - The Renewal Workshop (TRW), a supplier of circular solutions for the apparel and textile industry, has teamed up with Boston-based sportswear company, New Balance, in efforts to give a second life to the brand’s apparel. The ‘New Balance…
  • Wednesday, 18 August 2021

    CFDA and Ugg launch Materials Hub platform Premium Article

    NEW YORK - The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has partnered with Deckers Brand-owned Ugg to launch a new platform aimed at making supply chains more sustainable. The new open-access Materials Hub - due to go live on the CFDA website…
  • Wednesday, 18 August 2021

    3D design pioneer raises US$35m in funding Premium Article

    SINGAPORE - Browzwear, a provider of digital solutions for the fashion industry, has completed a US$35 million funding round to further develop its 3D design technology to reduce waste. The company says the investment, from New York-based growth…
  • Wednesday, 18 August 2021

    New collaboration boost for outdoor sustainability Premium Article

    DENVER – Outdoor brand The North Face (TNF) says its new R&D partnership with Finnish textile innovator Spinnova is a welcome addition to its sustainability strategy as it aims to eliminate the use of harmful chemicals from its product portfolio.…
  • Wednesday, 18 August 2021

    Move to preferred fibres 'must accelerate' Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Global non-profit Textile Exchange says the transition to what it terms 'preferred fibres and materials' must accelerate if the industry is to meet its climate change targets. The organisation's new Preferred Fiber and Materials Market…
  • Tuesday, 17 August 2021

    Sustainable platform features AI vetting tool Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Dutch startup Dayrize has launched a sustainable marketplace featuring an AI-powered vetting tool to help consumers make informed decisions on the environmental impact of products. The proprietary assessment tool quickly assesses the…
  • Tuesday, 17 August 2021

    Adidas launches water-saving 'no dye' shoes Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH - Sportswear giant Adidas is set to launch a new 'No-Dye Collection' of golf shoes featuring uppers made entirely in their natural colour. The company says the shoes are made with 60 per cent less water and energy than their…
  • Tuesday, 17 August 2021

    Brands urge Biden to help Vietnam tackle virus Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - More than 90 brands have jointly written to US President Joe Biden urging him to make more COVID-19 vaccines available to Vietnam because of the country's importance in their supply chains. Leading brands, including Gap, New Balance,…
  • Tuesday, 17 August 2021

    H&M to launch C2C resale platform in Canada Premium Article

    TORONTO - Swedish retail giant H&M is to launch its own second hand fashion platform in Canada next month as it continues to expand its presence in the growing resale market. Called H&M Rewear, the new one-stop customer to customer (C2C) digital…
  • Tuesday, 17 August 2021

    How fashion 'turns African rivers to bleach' Premium Article

    AFRICA - Leading fashion brands are helping to drive pollution that has made African rivers as alkaline as bleach, according to a new report from the Water Witness International (WWI) initiative. The NGO says the list of those sourcing from Africa…
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