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  • Friday, 18 June 2021

    Global agreement on COVID-19 recovery

    GENEVA - Delegates from 181 countries have unanimously adopted the International Labour Organization's 'Global Call to Action' outlining measures to create a human-centred recovery from the pandemic. The Global Call to Action, adopted at the ILO's…
  • Friday, 18 June 2021

    UN calls for socio-economic support in Cambodia

    PHNOM PENH – The UN in Cambodia has expressed concerns about the lasting impacts of COVID-19 on the socio-economic rights of garment workers. Though the organisation has welcomed the country’s decision to prioritise vaccinating garment workers –…
  • Friday, 18 June 2021

    Bid to protect garment workers from automation

    DHAKA - The H&M Foundation has linked up with the BRAC international development organisation to stage a three day conference to protect the livelihoods of women garment workers in Bangladesh. The online event, entitled Stitch for RMG, begins on…
  • Friday, 18 June 2021

    Boohoo questioned on workers' rights progress Premium Article

    MANCHESTER - Workers' rights campaigners are raising concerns over the progress of fast fashion company Boohoo in addressing labour rights abuses in its UK supply chain. On the day of the fashion brand’s AGM, three groups - Business & Human Rights…
  • Friday, 18 June 2021

    Australia vies to eliminate flystrike in new trial Premium Article

    KANGAROO ISLAND – The South Australian government plans to release millions of sterile blowflies as part of a trial that will gauge whether they can eliminate the flystrike disease that costs the country’s wool industry millions each year. Flystrike…
  • Thursday, 17 June 2021

    New report reaffirms need for circularity

    MILTON KEYNES – A new report on circularity has once again stressed the need for more robust recycling infrastructure, ‘sustainable’ development and resource efficiency if the industry is to reduce its environmental impact. Authored by the UK’s…
  • Thursday, 17 June 2021

    Rudolf recycles PET to produce auxiliaries

    GERETSRIED – Specialty chemicals company the Rudolf Group has launched a new range of textile chemical auxiliaries made from recycled PET plastic. The company has used a chemical recycling technology to depolymerise the plastic, leaving the…
  • Thursday, 17 June 2021

    Gucci launches animal-free leather alternative Premium Article

    MILAN - Luxury fashion brand Gucci is launching its own animal-free leather alternative which it is pledging to share with the wider industry. The culmination of two years of research and development, the new mostly plant-based material, called…
  • Thursday, 17 June 2021

    Spider inspired start-up secures award and US$100,000

    MONTANA – Spintex Engineering, a spinout from the University of Oxford, has won the Biomimicry Institute’s 2021 Ray of Hope Prize. The promising start-up has developed a method of producing biodegradable textile fibre, taking inspiration from the…
  • Wednesday, 16 June 2021

    Sri Lankan suppliers in COVID plea to buyers Premium Article

    COLOMBO - Garment manufacturers in Sri Lanka are calling on brands and retailers to show fairness as they struggle to deliver orders on time with production hit by a third wave of COVID-19. Limited access to vaccines for garment workers in…
  • Wednesday, 16 June 2021

    Lindex explores circularity with second-hand service

    GOTHENBURG – Swedish apparel retailer Lindex is to pilot a new second-hand fashion service as it looks to gain “valuable insights” into how it can scale circular business models. Anna-Karin Dahlberg, head of sustainability at the company, said:…
  • Wednesday, 16 June 2021

    PETA backs down from Canada Goose action

    TORONTO - Animal rights group PETA has backed down from a planned action to call on outdoor wear brand Canada Goose to stop using coyote fur in its garments following a threat of legal action. PETA says Canada Goose company lawyers threatened to sue…
  • Wednesday, 16 June 2021

    Study probes 'untapped energy' in microfibres

    KAUNAS - Scientists in Lithuania say that textile microfibres from tumble dryers could be collected and converted into energy to mitigate climate change and reduce microplastic pollution. Researchers from the Kaunas University of Technology and the…
  • Wednesday, 16 June 2021

    Trial returns textile waste to cotton fields Premium Article

    GOONDIWINDI - Textile waste is being spread on cotton fields in a groundbreaking trial in Australia which aims to test whether shredded cotton could improve soil health and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. The project, led by circular…
  • Wednesday, 16 June 2021

    NGOs urge EU to act on fast fashion

    EUROPE – A group of 25 European NGOs have launched a new campaign demanding an end to fast fashion in the textile industry. The likes of RREUSE, Plastic Soup Foundation, the Environmental Coalition on Standards (ECOS) and Future in Our Hands have…
  • Wednesday, 16 June 2021

    Boohoo signs up with supply chain auditor Premium Article

    MANCHESTER - Fast fashion company Boohoo has agreed to sign up to forensic supply chain initiative Fast Forward as part of the company’s attempts to improve its image. Fast Forward, which describes itself as a "next generation, labour standards…
  • Wednesday, 16 June 2021

    H&M joins EU’s Green Consumption Pledge

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish fashion giant H&M has declared its commitment to the EU Commission’s Green Consumption Pledge. The initiative, launched in February, challenges signatories to align with three of five core principles addressing carbon emissions,…
  • Wednesday, 16 June 2021

    GoBlu launches Kyna Intel free database

    HONG KONG - Sustainability accelerator GoBlu International has launched a new online database which aims to provide the fashion and textiles industry with information to drive sustainable decision-making. GoBlu developed the curated, searchable…
  • Tuesday, 15 June 2021

    GFA figures highlight Bangladesh recycling potential

    COPENHAGEN – Calculations made by the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) suggest that Bangladesh could save as much as US$500 million a year if garment manufacturers redirected the money they spend on importing cotton to native recyclers. Intrinsic to this…
  • Tuesday, 15 June 2021

    Industry roundtable to inform microfibre roadmap Premium Article

    The outcomes of an online roundtable session hosted by The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) are now being collated for use in a new roadmap for the textile industry to reduce the impact of microfibres on the environment. The recent, invitation-only…
  • Tuesday, 15 June 2021

    Ralph Lauren commits to net zero by 2040

    NEW YORK — Fashion company Ralph Lauren has committed to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in both its own operations and its global supply chain by the year 2040. The company has also pledged to link executive pay to key…
  • Tuesday, 15 June 2021

    Report maps path for circularity in Canada

    OTTAWA – Sustainability organisation Fashion Takes Action (FTA) has published a new report focusing on Canada’s textile waste issue that outlines recommendations for scaling recycling infrastructure, improving collection services, introducing…
  • Tuesday, 15 June 2021

    Gucci hits its environmental targets early

    MILAN - Luxury fashion house Gucci has published its first Impact Report in which it reveals it has achieved some of its environmental targets four years ahead of schedule. The Kering-owned brand says that its 2020 Environmental Profit and Loss…
  • Tuesday, 15 June 2021

    Cambodia continues post-pandemic rebuild

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia is continuing its post-pandemic rebuild by paying almost US$15 million to establish three new manufacturing sites in the country. The factories are expected to generate upwards of 3,000 jobs, adding to the 800+ that two new…
  • Tuesday, 15 June 2021

    Norway backs 'comprehensive' supply chain law

    OSLO - Norway has adopted a new Transparency Act, which makes medium and large companies responsible for human rights issues in their global supply chains, which is said to be the most comprehensive in the world. The Norwegian parliament, Storting,…
  • Monday, 14 June 2021

    Higg updates product module for apparel and footwear Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), along with its technology partner Higg, have released a new version of the Higg Product Module (PM) to evaluate the environmental impact of apparel, footwear and other consumer goods. The idea…
  • Monday, 14 June 2021

    Rental firm opens pop-up in London

    LONDON – Fashion rental service provider Rotaro has opened a pop-up in London that will champion circularity and host creative workshops and panel discussions addressing sustainability. The store, on Carnaby Street, Soho, is to hold pieces from the…
  • Monday, 14 June 2021

    Bangladesh reforms crisis management committee

    DHAKA – Bangladesh has reformed a crisis management core committee launched back in 2010 as it looks to resolve unrest and address the ready-made garment (RMG) sector’s broader labour issues. The committee will be led by the country’s state minister…
  • Monday, 14 June 2021

    Scientists seek sustainable cotton in space Premium Article

    MADISON - Scientists are attempting to grow cotton in space for the first time in an experiment which scientists hope could lead to the development of more robust varieties that require less water and pesticides. Fashion company Target is funding…
  • Monday, 14 June 2021

    McCartney calls for change from G7 leaders

    CORNWALL – British fashion designer Stella McCartney has told G7 leaders to revisit and amend policies surrounding ‘sustainable’ products in order to stop “penalising those doing good”. McCartney was one of nine chief executives to join world…
  • Monday, 14 June 2021

    Podcast: Hohenstein brings order to textile chemistry

    WAKEFIELD – In the latest Ecotextile Talks podcast, we hear from John Frazier, senior technical director at textile testing, certifications and product labels authority Hohenstein, about the organisation’s Eco Passport chemicals verification system.…
  • Monday, 14 June 2021

    Scientists bioengineer sustainable indigo dye

    DAEJEON - Scientists in South Korea say they have found a way to dye textiles more sustainably by bioengineering bacteria to produce large amounts of indigo dye without the use of toxic chemicals. Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of…
  • Monday, 14 June 2021

    University of Huddersfield joins Textiles 2030

    HUDDERSFIELD – The University of Huddersfield, in England, has become the latest signatory to WRAP’s Textiles 2030 initiative, joining brands, academic institutes and non-profits in working towards a more sustainable fashion industry. WRAP describes…
  • Friday, 11 June 2021

    German parliament passes supply chain law Premium Article

    BERLIN - The German parliament has approved a new supply chain law which will make larger companies legally responsible for human rights and environmental abuses within their global supply chains. Under the act, companies in Germany above a certain…
  • Friday, 11 June 2021

    Circularity initiative targets Europe’s SMEs Premium Article

    EUROPE – A new European initiative has issued an open call to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) transitioning to circular ways of working, as it plans to offer funding to promising projects across the fashion industry. The ‘Small but Perfectly…
  • Friday, 11 June 2021

    Schuh parent company bans alpaca wool Premium Article

    NASHVILLE - Footwear and accessories company Genesco, which owns the Schuh retail chain, has banned the use of alpaca wool following an expose by animal rights group PETA. The PETA investigation into the world’s largest privately owned alpaca farm,…
  • Friday, 11 June 2021

    IKEA helps suppliers switch to renewable electricity Premium Article

    LEIDEN - Swedish-owned homeware giant IKEA has launched a new programme to accelerate its suppliers' transition to using 100 per cent renewable electricity. With two-thirds of the company's carbon footprint in its supply chain, it wants to help…
  • Friday, 11 June 2021

    Half of fast fashion 'made with virgin plastic' Premium Article

    LONDON - Nearly half of the women's clothing sold by online fast fashion retailers Boohoo, ASOS, Prettylittlething and Missguided is made entirely with virgin plastic-based synthetic textiles, according to a new study. On average, 49 per cent of…
  • Thursday, 10 June 2021

    Burberry pledges to become climate positive Premium Article

    LONDON - British fashion company Burberry has become the first luxury brand to pledge to become climate positive by 2040 after ramping up its previous target to be net-zero by then. Underpinning this pledge is a series of initiatives which include…
  • Thursday, 10 June 2021

    Adidas invests in fibre innovator Spinnova Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH - Sportswear giant Adidas is investing €3 million (US$3.65m) in Finnish innovator Spinnova which makes textile fibre out of agricultural waste. Spinnova confirmed that Adidas has agreed to be a cornerstone investor in return for…
  • Thursday, 10 June 2021

    H&M Foundation highlights sustainable start-ups Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - The H&M Foundation, the non-profit founded by the Swedish fashion giant to fast track the realisation of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, has shone a spotlight on 10 innovative start-ups. Entitled the 'Billion Dollar Collection’,…
  • Thursday, 10 June 2021

    Israel becomes first country to ban sale of fur Premium Article

    LONDON – Israel has become the first country to ban the sale of animal fur, in a move welcomed by animal rights activists. Minister of Environmental Protection Gila Gamliel signed the bill into law almost eight months after Israel outlined its…
  • Thursday, 10 June 2021

    Fashion for Good project to scale biosynthetic fibres Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Global sustainability organisation Fashion for Good (FFG) has initiated a new project that will explore the feasibility of scaling promising PHA (Polyhydroxyalkanoates) fibres for commercial use. PHA fibres are biosynthetic alternatives…
  • Thursday, 10 June 2021

    Chanel backs climate change fund for farmers Premium Article

    ZURICH - French fashion brand Chanel is investing US$25 million in a new fund which aims to help smallholder farmers in developing countries deal with the impacts of climate change. Chanel is the anchor investor in the Landscape Resilience Fund…
  • Thursday, 10 June 2021

    Government 'rejects calls to act on Xinjiang' Premium Article

    LONDON - MPs say the British government has rejected most of their calls for action to ensure forced labour in the Xinjiang region of China plays no part in the supply chains of UK companies. The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)…
  • Wednesday, 09 June 2021

    Microfibre emissions pervasive during production Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – New research by the Nature Conservancy on textile microfibre emissions during the pre-consumer stages of the supply chain has found that the equivalent of one in every 500 t-shirts manufactured is lost in microfibre pollution. The…
  • Wednesday, 09 June 2021

    LVMH sets up global employee support fund Premium Article

    PARIS – French luxury fashion giant LVMH has invested an initial €30 million (US$36.5m) in a global emergency and support fund for its 150,000 employees. The LVMH Heart Fund is aimed at supporting all of its staff around the world in more than 70…
  • Wednesday, 09 June 2021

    Mytheresa links up with Vestiaire Collective Premium Article

    MUNICH — Luxury fashion e-commerce platform Mytheresa has announced a partnership with pre-loved fashion app Vestiaire Collective to introduce a resale service for its customers. Mytheresa clients will be invited to participate in the programme via…
  • Wednesday, 09 June 2021

    Accelerating Circularity begins US trials Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Accelerating Circularity has announced that it has begun the testing of commercial textile-to-textile supply systems in the US with financial support from Walmart. The initiative, which aims to speed up the textile industry’s move from…
  • Wednesday, 09 June 2021

    Mongolian cashmere programme to support women Premium Article

    LONDON – The Sustainable Fibre Alliance (SFA), with support from US apparel brand J.Crew, has launched its Women Empowerment Programme in Mongolia, in a bid to lift women towards leadership roles in the country’s cashmere sector. The non-profit,…
  • Wednesday, 09 June 2021

    The North Face responds after PR attack Premium Article

    DENVER – Outdoor brand The North Face (TNF) has responded to allegations of hypocrisy after it became the target of a PR attack by a company in the oil and gas sector. A social media campaign was launched and billboards were plastered around TNF’s…
  • Tuesday, 08 June 2021

    A&E Integrity expands to authenticate recycled fibre Premium Article

    STONY BROOK – Industrial thread manufacturer American & Efird (A&E) has reignited its partnership with molecular technologies specialist Applied DNA (ADNAS) to add ECO100 recycled fibre to its A&E Integrity range of materials. Already, A&E has…
  • Tuesday, 08 June 2021

    Reports call for action on PFAS in textiles Premium Article

    GENEVA – The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) has published two publications that call for all per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) to be treated as a single class of chemicals within the textile industry.…
  • Tuesday, 08 June 2021

    UK launches workers’ rights watchdog Premium Article

    LONDON – The UK government has launched a new workers’ rights watchdog which it says will “take action against companies that turn a blind eye to abuses in their supply chains”. In particular, authorities are keen to address compliance within the…
  • Monday, 07 June 2021

    George names most sustainable garment supplier Premium Article

    COLOMBO - Sri Lankan apparel manufacturer Hela Clothing, which also has factories in Kenya and Ethiopia, has been presented with the 'Most Sustainable Factory' award at the Asda- and Walmart-owned George brand's first Global Sustainability…
  • Monday, 07 June 2021

    Only one in 50 garment workers vaccinated Premium Article

    DHAKA - Only two per cent of garment workers in Bangladesh have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19 and the vast majority do not know how to gain information about accessing jabs, according to a new study. The report, by the South Asian Network…
  • Friday, 04 June 2021

    LVMH partners with environmental non-profit Canopy Premium Article

    PARIS – French fashion giant LVMH, which owns the likes of Stella McCartney, Givenchy and Christian Dior, has announced a partnership with environmental non-profit Canopy. Canopy works with stakeholders across the fashion and textile industries,…
  • Friday, 04 June 2021

    Mulberry links up with Muirhead on circularity Premium Article

    LONDON – Luxury fashion brand Mulberry has announced a strategic partnership with Scottish leather manufacturer Muirhead to help deliver its recently-launched Made to Last Manifesto. Made to Last marks 50 years of Mulberry and lays out a commitment…
  • Friday, 04 June 2021

    Global Fashion Group goes carbon neutral Premium Article

    LONDON – Apparel retailer Global Fashion Group (GFG) has announced that it’s gone carbon neutral across its operations. The London-headquartered outfit says what was key to achieving this has been purchasing carbon credits from certified renewable…
  • Friday, 04 June 2021

    Brands criticised for Myanmar sourcing u-turn Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Worker rights campaigners are accusing leading brands Bestseller, H&M and Primark of resuming sourcing from crisis-hit Myanmar without consulting trade unions. The US-based Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) accused the fashion companies…
  • Friday, 04 June 2021

    BGMEA urges government to vaccinate garment workers Premium Article

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has urged the government to bump the country’s garment workers up its COVID-19 vaccination priority list, describing them as “front liners”. Bangladesh, the world’s…
  • Friday, 04 June 2021

    Gen Z embraces sustainability - Depop survey Premium Article

    LONDON - Nine out of ten members of the so-called 'Gen Z' have made changes to be more sustainable in their daily lives with fashion practices playing a central role, according to a new survey by secondhand platform Depop and global consultants Bain…
  • Friday, 04 June 2021

    Presence of microplastics to be measured in homes Premium Article

    LEEDS – A team of researchers have kick-started a first of its kind study in the UK, which will measure the presence of microplastics and textile microfibres within people’s homes. Teams at the University of Leeds and University of the West of…
  • Thursday, 03 June 2021

    China accuses brands of endangering children Premium Article

    BEIJING - Chinese customs officials are accusing major fashion brands, including Nike, H&M and Zara, of endangering children through the sale of what it deems hazardous clothing products. China's General Administration of Customs, in a warning…
  • Thursday, 03 June 2021

    Rent the Runway goes into resale Premium Article

    NEW YORK – US apparel company Rent the Runway (RTR) has announced that it is to enter the resale market in a bid to engage new customers after a turbulent past year. Now, shoppers will be able to browse the company’s collection of designer garments…
  • Thursday, 03 June 2021

    Consumer research highlights interest in sustainability Premium Article

    SAN DIEGO – New research suggests consumers are keen to shop for more ‘sustainable’ fashion, but almost half aren’t sure where to find it or what constitutes a sustainable garment. The survey of 2,000 US teens and adults highlights that almost…
  • Thursday, 03 June 2021

    Circularity report highlights job creation potential Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Impact organisation Circle Economy has published a new report which explores how the Netherland’s transition to a circular economy could prove a huge boost to jobs in fashion supply chains. The analysis, undertaken by the organisation’s…
  • Thursday, 03 June 2021

    Cambodian factory owners reject wages plea Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - Garment factory owners in Cambodia have rejected a request from their workers, who have been unable to work during the country's current lockdown, to be paid in full. It comes as a new survey reveals that four-in-ten garment workers…
  • Wednesday, 02 June 2021

    Surge in recruits for Canopy’s Pack4Good initiative Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Environmental non-profit Canopy has announced that a new cohort of 29 companies from sectors such as apparel and footwear have joined its Pack4Good initiative. The likes of Reiss, Ugg, Hunter, Forever New and House of Baukjen have joined…
  • Wednesday, 02 June 2021

    Forced labour at factories implicates brands Premium Article

    TAMIL NADU – The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and South Asian workers’ rights organisation Arisa have unearthed evidence of forced labour in India’s cotton supply network, implicating brands such as Tesco, Zeeman, Gap and…
  • Wednesday, 02 June 2021

    KappAhl brand launches rental service Premium Article

    MOELNDAL – Newbie, a childrenswear brand of apparel company KappAhl, has launched a new rental offering that it’ll sell via Hyber. KappAhl says the move underpins its commitment to becoming more sustainable while making its product range available…
  • Wednesday, 02 June 2021

    AAFA shares concerns over California wage bill Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has expressed concerns about the current draft of California Senate Bill 62 (SB 62) in a letter to Senator Maria Elena Durazo. In particular, the association’s president and CEO,…
  • Wednesday, 02 June 2021

    Lenzing and Södra to pool efforts on recycling Premium Article

    LENZING/VAXJO – In a bid to divert more textiles from landfill, cellulosic fibre specialist Lenzing and wood pulp supplier Södra have today signed a joint agreement to scale-up the production of pulp from post-consumer textile waste to make Tencel…
  • Tuesday, 01 June 2021

    H&M's Sellpy expands into 20 EU countries Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish fashion giant the H&M Group has announced the expansion of its secondhand platform Sellpy into another 20 European countries. It is the latest stage of a rapid expansion which saw Sellpy venture into Austria and the Netherlands…
  • Tuesday, 01 June 2021

    ‘Call for evidence’ issued on fur in fashion Premium Article

    LONDON – The UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has launched a ‘call for evidence’ on animal fur’s use in fashion, as it looks to gauge the thoughts of both stakeholders and consumers in order to “inform future…
  • Tuesday, 01 June 2021

    Kingwhale eyes recycled fibre uptake Premium Article

    TAIPEI – Taiwanese textile manufacturer Kingwhale has vowed to increase the volume of recycled fibre used in its range of performance fabrics, and will leverage a chemical processing technology to repurpose masses of pre-consumer, post-consumer and…
  • Tuesday, 01 June 2021

    Hugo Boss adopts We aRe SpinDye tech Premium Article

    METZINGEN – Luxury fashion brand Hugo Boss has entered a collaboration agreement with Swedish clean tech company We aRe SpinDye (WRSD) and will leverage its resource-efficient dyeing process. WRSD's dyeing process involves melting colour pigments…
  • Tuesday, 01 June 2021

    Accord agreement extended for three months Premium Article

    DHAKA - Global unions and international fashion brands have come to a last minute deal to extend the legally-binding agreement behind the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh for another three months. Leading brands, including H&M,…
  • Tuesday, 01 June 2021

    Bluesign appoints new CEO Premium Article

    ST. GALLEN – Textile chemical management authority Bluesign Technologies has announced the appointment of Daniel Rüfenacht as its new CEO. Rüfenacht replaces Jill Dumain, who has taken the job of global vice-president for sustainability solutions at…
  • Tuesday, 01 June 2021

    CMA draft guidance addresses ‘greenwashing’ Premium Article

    LONDON – The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published draft guidance that details ways in which British businesses can become more transparent and ensure they aren’t culpable of ‘greenwashing’. Greenwashing is a term increasingly…
  • Friday, 28 May 2021

    Nike, Levi Strauss and Inditex staff elected to ZDHC board Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation has elected six new board members as part of a re-shuffle that will expand the current number of brand representatives and see three existing board members step down. New board members elected to the Zero Discharge of…
  • Friday, 28 May 2021

    Accelerating Circularity launches in Europe Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – Accelerating Circularity has launched a new project based in Europe backed by industry players such as Inditex, Zalando, the European Outdoor Group and German service provider GIZ, among others. The initiative, which aims to speed up the…
  • Friday, 28 May 2021

    Kering shares new plans on circularity Premium Article

    PARIS – Luxury fashion group Kering has revealed how it plans to close the loop on circularity by focussing more on product durability, regenerative farming practises, ecosystem health and expanding its repair services. “We are shifting our…
  • Thursday, 27 May 2021

    Tickets on sale for Copenhagen Fashion Summit Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN - Tickets have gone on sale for this year’s digital edition of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit (CFS+) on 7th and 8th October which will carry the theme of ‘Prosperity vs Growth’. Participants will experience an exclusive hybrid of…
  • Thursday, 27 May 2021

    Varner sets out ambitious sustainability goals Premium Article

    OSLO - Nordic fashion company Varner has published its first sustainability report in which it sets out a target of buying all of its fibres from more sustainable sources by 2025. The company, which owns brands Cubus, Dressmann, Bik Bok, Carlings,…
  • Thursday, 27 May 2021

    Digital care label aims to boost circularity Premium Article

    GLENDALE — Garment label manufacturer Avery Dennison has teamed up with LA-based garment recycler Ambercycle to launch a new digital care label which aims to increase circularity. The label features a QR code that links to an app which details how…
  • Thursday, 27 May 2021

    Higg impact data to be shared with consumers Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Major brands and retailers – including Amazon, H&M and C&A – have agreed to adopt a new transparency programme to use data from Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) spin-out Higg to share product-based information on environmental…
  • Thursday, 27 May 2021

    Report details progress on preferred fibres Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Global industry non-profit Textile Exchange has launched its latest Material Change Insights Report summarising how the industry is progressing in its shift to preferred materials. Aiming to provide data-backed analysis of fibre and…
  • Thursday, 27 May 2021

    Lenzing further reduces carbon emissions Premium Article

    LENZING – As man-made cellulosic fibre supplier Lenzing looks to achieve carbon neutrality across the group, the company has completed the construction of its €40 million (US$48M) air purification and sulphur recovery facility in Austria. The…
  • Wednesday, 26 May 2021

    ZDHC backing for Stahl performance coatings Premium Article

    WAALWIJK – Dutch process chemicals and coatings firm Stahl has been awarded ZDHC Level 3 for a range of performance coatings from its synthetic and coatings portfolio. The award, given by chemical management testing company Chem-MAP, is the highest…
  • Wednesday, 26 May 2021

    VF Corp pledges to help eliminate child labour Premium Article

    DENVER – VF Corporation, which owns the likes of The North Face, Vans and Timberland, has pledged to protect children's rights in support of the UN International Year For The Elimination Of Child Labour. VF has announced that it is creating a new…
  • Wednesday, 26 May 2021

    Bestseller publishes 2020 sustainability report Premium Article

    BRANDE - Danish fashion giant Bestseller has published its sustainability report for 2020 – claiming to have achieved important sustainability goals despite the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic. The company says that 84 per cent of its cotton…
  • Wednesday, 26 May 2021

    Brands 'failing to prevent forced labour' Premium Article

    LONDON - The world’s leading fashion brands are failing to safeguard workers in their supply chains from forced labour, according to a new study from the KnowTheChain initiative. KnowTheChain ranked 37 of the world’s biggest apparel and footwear…
  • Wednesday, 26 May 2021

    Dutch Agreement clarifies member requirements Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) has clarified what it expects of participating garments and textile companies in terms of responsible business conduct. It includes guidance on helping companies to take steps…
  • Tuesday, 25 May 2021

    Greenpeace: 'Amazon destroys unsold stock' Premium Article

    WINSEN - Online retail giant Amazon is destroying unsold goods - including t-shirts and other garments - to avoid taking up storage space with items that are not selling well, according to Greenpeace. The environmental group says one of its…
  • Tuesday, 25 May 2021

    New blockchain toolkit backed by 56 countries Premium Article

    GENEVA - A total of 56 countries have backed a new blockchain-based transparency toolkit for tracking any garment or item of footwear from raw components to the point of purchase. Launched by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and…
  • Tuesday, 25 May 2021

    Nanollose ships first cellulose batch to Birla Premium Article

    PERTH – Nanollose has shipped its first batch of refined microbial cellulose feedstock to its Indian partner Birla Cellulose ready to be blended and spun into lyocell fibres for textiles and clothing. Rather than using wood pulp as the raw materials…
  • Monday, 24 May 2021

    ACT publishes commitments on Myanmar Premium Article

    YANGON - Members of the ACT initiative - which include leading brands such as H&M, Zara owner Inditex and Primark - have published guidance on how to treat their suppliers in crisis-torn Myanmar. ACT (Action, Collaboration, Transformation) says the…
  • Monday, 24 May 2021

    YNAP commits to Prince Charles' Terra Carta Premium Article

    MILAN - Yoox Net-a-Porter (YNAP) has become the first luxury fashion retailer to commit to the Prince of Wales' Terra Carta for sustainable change which launched earlier this year. YNAP says its decision to join Terra Carta - which aims to put…
  • Monday, 24 May 2021

    Higg marks second anniversary claiming wins Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Sustainability technology platform Higg says it has helped manufacturers improve their environmental scores by nearly 20 per cent in the two years since it formed. Higg, which enables companies to measure, manage and share the social…
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