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  • Thursday, 23 May 2024

    Global Fashion Agenda announces award winner

    COPENHAGEN – Material science firm Bloom Labs has won Global Fashion Agenda’s (GFA) new Trailblazer programme to accelerate sustainable innovations for the fashion and textile industry. Bloom Labs, which seeks to harness proteins found in biomass…
  • Thursday, 23 May 2024

    Sustainable footwear project eyes funding prize Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - A project which aims to develop sustainable design, recycling and manufacturing solutions aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the footwear sector has been shortlisted for a Life Award by the European Commission. Coordinated by the…
  • Thursday, 23 May 2024

    Teijin develops new breathable polyester

    TOKYO – Japanese fibre manufacturer Teijin has developed a new polyester that claims to incorporate recycled material, breathability and UV-blocking technology for the first time. Teijin’s fibres and products converting company, Teijin Frontier,…
  • Thursday, 23 May 2024

    Coalition backs Kering's nature strategy Premium Article

    PARIS - Luxury fashion group Kering is among the first companies to have its corporate nature strategy deemed robust by the Business for Nature coalition. Kering, which owns brands including Gucci, St Laurent and Alexander McQueen, is the only…
  • Thursday, 23 May 2024

    Ethical Denim Council determines first case Premium Article

    NEW YORK - The Ethical Denim Council (EDC) non-profit, which was set up to resolve disputes between suppliers and buyers, has determined its first ever case. The body, which aims to address unethical sourcing practices in the denim industry, was…
  • Thursday, 23 May 2024

    New platform to track garment workers rights Premium Article

    LONDON - The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has launched a new portal which explores how fashion brands’ purchasing practices are affecting workers rights across the globe. The ‘Who pays for the crisis?’ digital portal hosts key information…
  • Thursday, 23 May 2024

    Syre raises $100M and buys US textile recycling technology Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – Polyester textile-to-textile recycling start-up Syre, which was formed through a partnership with investors Vargas and H&M has successfully completed a $100 million Series A funding round that will allow it to buy the patented chemical…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2024

    $1.5bn US textile recycling 'opportunity' Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - An estimated $1.5 billion of textile waste which is not fit for reuse but could be recycled is currently going to landfill or incineration in the US each year, claims a new report. The study, which details the findings of Fashion for…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2024

    New UK network to fund fashion ‘mini-projects’ Premium Article

    LONDON - The Future Fibres Network+ (FFN+), a collaborative effort between UK universities and fashion industry trade bodies, is to offer grants of up to £100,000 ($127,000) for ‘mini-projects’ working to advance sustainable fashion. FFN+, which is…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2024

    Slow fashion brand holds back new collection

    SYDNEY - Australian 'slow fashion' brand Madre Natura says it will not launch this year’s collection until every piece from last season is sold. The company made its debut on the runway of Australian Fashion Week (AFW) by showcasing what it called…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2024

    TrusTrace launches digital passport ‘playbook’ Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Traceability platform TrusTrace has announced the launch a new ‘playbook’ which is aimed at helping fashion brands prepare for the introduction of digital product passports (DPP). Unveiled today at the Global Fashion Summit in…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2024

    Country-level LCA data planned for cotton

    GENEVA - The Better Cotton initiative is working with Cascale, formerly the Sustainable Apparel Coaltion, on lifecycle analysis (LCA) metrics for different cotton-producing countries to improve environmental impact data. It's part of Better Cotton's…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2024

    EU textile waste sector under pressure - report Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Most textile waste in Europe currently ends up in mixed waste while sorting and recycling capacity need to be urgently scaled up to ensure better and more circular use of used textiles, new research suggests. The European Environment…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2024

    Cambodia collective bargaining breakthrough Premium Article

    BERLIN – Leading fashion brands have signed binding agreements with the IndustriALL global union to support collective bargaining for garment workers’ wages in Cambodia. However, agreements still need to be reached with the Cambodian suppliers of…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2024

     Brands urged to follow indigenous partnership principles Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – US-based non-profit Conservation International has released a “first-of-its-kind” set of principles to help guide fashion and textile companies in their work with indigenous peoples and local communities (IP&LCs). Unveiled at this…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2024

    Brands accused of failing to decarbonise Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO — Environmental NGO Stand.Earth has again accused leading fashion brands of continuing to rely on fossil fuels to manufacture their products and failing to decarbonise their supply chains. In a new report, entitled '2024 Clean Energy…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2024

    India patent for Nanollose fibre technology Premium Article

    PERTH – Australian textile innovator Nanollose has been awarded a patent in India for its technology which ferments organic waste from the food and beverage industries to produce microbial cellulose which can be spun into fibres. The patent for the…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2024

    Better Cotton reveals conference agenda

    GENEVA – The Better Cotton initiative has announced the schedule for its annual conference in Istanbul on the 26th–27th of June. Over 200 stakeholders from across the cotton supply chain will discuss a range of issues across the cotton sector…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2024

    Sae-A Trading joins corporate sustainability initiative Premium Article

    SEOUL - South Korea's Sae-A Trading, one of the world’s largest apparel manufacturers, has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in bid to strengthen its ethical and sustainable business practices. Described as the world’s largest…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2024

    GFA launches new Fashion CEO Agenda edition Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN - Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) today releases a special edition of its Fashion CEO Agenda which is designed to steer fashion executives towards achieving a net positive industry by 2050. Launched at the Global Fashion Summit in Copenhagen,…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2024

    Brands sign up to Ellen MacArthur circularity initiative Premium Article

    NEW YORK – A group of leading fashion brands and retailers including H&M Group, Primark, Cos, Arc'teryx, Reformation, Weekday and Zalando have joined a new Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) initiative aimed at helping companies decouple revenue from…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2024

    Worldly launches new factory impact data tool Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Technology company Worldly today launches a new tool to help brands and manufacturers share timely primary environmental data to show compliance with regulations such as the European Union's Corporate Sustainability Reporting…
  • Monday, 20 May 2024

    Egypt textile circularity programme concludes

    CAIRO - An initiative to foster circular economy practices within Egypt's textile and garment industries has completed after five years in which the organisers claim to have achieved progress. The SwitchMed III initiative was funded by the European…
  • Monday, 20 May 2024

    BASF expands biomass for stretch fibre availability Premium Article

    LUDWIGSHAFEN – Global chemicals company BASF is to expand production of a number of its biomass-based raw materials, several of which are key ingredients in the manufacture of textile fibres. The chemical giant is to ramp up the bio-based production…
  • Friday, 17 May 2024

    Global roll-out for sustainable denim initiative. Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Dutch Denim Deal sustainability initiative has confirmed the successful completion of its initial targets and announced the international roll-out its next phase to improve sustainability in the denim industry and “make recycling the…
  • Friday, 17 May 2024

    US adds 26 textile firms to Uyghur region blacklist Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the addition of 26 China-based textile companies to the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) Entity List. With goods produced by the newly listed firms now restricted from…
  • Thursday, 16 May 2024

    EU Textile Strategy event raises more concerns Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – In a webinar today, European political mandarins laid bare how the EU Textile Strategy 2030 needs science-based objectivity, and showed that serious questions still remain about how the sustainability credentials of textile products will…
  • Thursday, 16 May 2024

    Fashion's carbon footprint falls - report Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – The fashion industry's carbon footprint fell slightly in 2022 although the long term trend remains upward, according to latest figures from the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii) initiative. In a new update on Aii's 2021 Roadmap to Net…
  • Thursday, 16 May 2024

    Challenge the Fabric announces design winner Premium Article

    MILAN – The Challenge the Fabric (CTF) event has announced the winner of its fashion competition to promote the use of bio-based and recycled materials in clothing. Fashion student Yaku Stapleton received the award on the opening day of this week’s…
  • Thursday, 16 May 2024

    SBTi approval for Coats net-zero targets Premium Article

    UXBRIDGE - Industrial thread manufacturer Coats Group has had its long-term, science-based emissions reduction targets, including verification of its net-zero targets for 2050, verified by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Following…
  • Thursday, 16 May 2024

    FixDye selects Oerlikon for recycled polyester partnership Premium Article

    REMSCHEID - Recycled polyester yarn manufacturer FixDye is looking to increase the capacity and quality of its dope-dyed filament yarn with the installation of a polycondensation system from Oerlikon Barmag Huitong Engineering (OBHE), a subsidiary…
  • Thursday, 16 May 2024

    Pakistan Accord now has 120 signatory brands Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - A total of 120 global brands and retailers have now signed up to the Pakistan Accord on Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry (Pakistan Accord). Latest signatories to the factory safety initiative, which was launched in…
  • Thursday, 16 May 2024

    AI 'can reduce fashion's carbon footprint' Premium Article

    WOLLONGONG - Artificial intelligence (AI) could reduce fashion's carbon footprint by improving supply chain efficiencies, according to a new Australian study of garment manufacturers in Bangladesh. Researchers surveyed 211 managers of garment…
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2024

    Decathlon invests in recycling start-up Premium Article

    LILLE - Sportswear brand Decathlon has invested in French start-up Recyc’Elit which has developed technology to transform textile waste into virgin-grade material. Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2024

    SBTi backs Levi's 2050 net zero target Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Denim giant Levi's net zero emissions target for 2050 has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and the company has updated its near-term goals to align with the long-term target. In line with SBTi…
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2024

    SLCP publishes progress report Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The Dutch-based Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP) has published its third annual Impact Report in which it shows the rapid growth of its work to converge apparel industry stakeholders around a single social assessment that…
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2024

    New funding to drive Alchemie sustainable coating Premium Article

    CAMBRIDGE – Chemical sector innovator Alchemie Technology has received a £750,000 ($945,000) grant from Innovate UK to help it scale up its low carbon, textile finishing technology in Taiwan. The funds will be put towards its partnership with…
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2024

    Union leader urges Adidas to act on unpaid workers Premium Article

    NUREMBERG - Workers rights activists, including a key Cambodian trade union leader, will urge Adidas shareholders convening for the company’s annual general meeting (AGM), to takes steps to protect workers within the sportswear giant’s supply chain.…
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2024

    Kering partners on environmental measurement tool Premium Article

    SINGAPORE - Luxury fashion group Kering and the University of Singapore have teamed up to create an ecological impact measurement tool for the Asia-Pacific region. The three-year research collaboration between Kering, which owns brands including…
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2024

    Ghana's textile waste reports 'inaccurate' Premium Article

    ACCRA - The proportion of used clothing exported to Ghana which is of too low quality to have any resale value is substantially lower than has previously been claimed, according to new research. The study, released by the Ghana Used Clothing Dealers…
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2024

    S.Oliver launches garment traceability tool Premium Article

    ROTTENDORF – German fashion brand S.Oliver has implemented a data management tool aimed at improving transparency within its own supply chains and enabling the digital traceability of its products. The launch of the online service follows the…
  • Monday, 13 May 2024

    Dye recycler welcomes funding boost Premium Article

    LONDON - UK start-up DyeRecycle, which has developed technology to recycle synthetic dyes from textile waste, has raised more than $1.2 million in pre-seed funding, and $1 million in equity-free match funding from Innovate UK. Founded in 2022,…
  • Monday, 13 May 2024

    SBTi releases Net Zero Standard update plans Premium Article

    LONDON - The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has unveiled its plans for a major revision to its flagship Corporate Net-Zero Standard which could include the controversial use of carbon credits to offset scope 3 carbon emissions. SBTi…
  • Monday, 13 May 2024

    Cotton 'degrades faster than toilet paper' Premium Article

    CARY - Cotton microfibres biodegrade faster than toilet paper microfibres in wastewater treatment, fresh water and saltwater, according to a new study from Cotton Incorporated and North Carolina State University. Cotton Incorporated says the tests…
  • Monday, 13 May 2024

    Fashion sector assembles for global summit Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN - Representatives from across the fashion sector will gather at the Global Fashion Summit in Copenhagen this week to hear about steps being taken towards the transformative shifts required to advance sustainability across the industry.…
  • Monday, 13 May 2024

    Shein supply workers 'toil 75-hour weeks' Premium Article

    GUANGZHOU - Garment workers at factories which supply Chinese-owned ultra fast fashion giant Shein are still working 75-hour weeks, according to a new report from Swiss human rights NGO Public Eye. The new report from Public Eye updates its 2021…
  • Friday, 10 May 2024

    FSC green-light for Woodspin Premium Article

    JYVÄSKYLÄ - Woodspin, the exclusive producer and distributor of wood-based Spinnova fibre, which is already being used by global fashion brands such as Adidas and Bestseller, has secured Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody…
  • Friday, 10 May 2024

    Indorama welcomes upgraded MSCI rating Premium Article

    BANGKOK - Synthetic fibre giant Indorama Ventures has been recognised for its sustainability work with renewed accreditation from ratings agency MSCI. MSCI has awarded Indorama an AA rating, up from its previous A grade, ranking the PET plastics…
  • Friday, 10 May 2024

    Regenerative agriculture project in Pakistan Premium Article

    ISLAMABAD - A new programme has been launched in Pakistan to promote the use of regenerative agricultural practices in cotton production, and other crops, by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The Regenerative Production Landscape Collaborative…
  • Friday, 10 May 2024

    Cambodia to phase out garment worker trucks Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - Cambodia’s National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has announced plans to phase out the use of flatbed trucks to transport garment workers to and from their workplaces by 2027. It is hoped that the policy, which aims to reduce the number…
  • Friday, 10 May 2024

    Forced labour concerns remain in Turkmenistan Premium Article

    ASHGABAT - The Cotton Campaign coalition says that independent monitoring has revealed some progress in reducing the use of forced labour in Turkmenistan's cotton harvest but warns that it is still widespread. Public authorities stopped mobilising…
  • Friday, 10 May 2024

    National roll-out for Crocs takeback programme Premium Article

    BROOMFIELD – Following a successful pilot scheme, Crocs has announced the US national roll-out of its retail takeback pilot programme which allows customers to give their old shoes a new life either as a charitable donation or through a recycling…
  • Thursday, 09 May 2024

    Unifi results indicate 'modest recovery' Premium Article

    GREENSBORO – North Carolina-based fibre innovator Unifi, the company behind Repreve-branded recycled polyester, says it has narrowed its losses in its third-quarter financial results, pointing to a steady revival in demand for its yarns. Its…
  • Thursday, 09 May 2024

    AGI Denim launches regenerative cotton programme Premium Article

    KARACHI – Vertically integrated garment manufacturer AGI Denim has partnered with the Rural Education and Economic Development Society (REEDS) to enhance the traceability of its supply chain and promote sustainable agricultural practices across…
  • Thursday, 09 May 2024

    Fulgar’s Q-Cycle certified to RCS standard Premium Article

    CASTELGOFFREDO - Italian synthetic yarn manufacturer Fulgar has been accredited to Textile Exchange’s Recycled Claim Standard for its Q-Cycle recycled nylon yarns. Q-Cycle is a 100% recycled material that is produced from end-of-life tyres and…
  • Thursday, 09 May 2024

    Outdoor industry to fund renewable energy project Premium Article

    ZUG - The European Outdoor Group (EOG) is to invest in a new renewable energy project in Taiwan that is aimed at helping the region’s textile manufacturers decarbonise their supply chains. The project with Act Renewable, a joint venture between…
  • Thursday, 09 May 2024

    Chemical regulation jeopardises EU textile recycling Premium Article

    Alarm bells are ringing in the European textile recycling and chemical sectors after a recent Brussels event where clear-the-air talks between regulators and industry stakeholders raised the prospect of financial ruin for some – and a missed…
  • Thursday, 09 May 2024

    Lycra Company inks bio-based fibre deal Premium Article

    WILMINGTON - The Lycra Company has struck a deal with Dairen Chemical Corporation (DCC) as part of its bio-derived, elastane supply chain. Under the terms of the deal, DCC will use its low-impact allyl alcohol process to convert Qira - described as…
  • Thursday, 09 May 2024

    Tests highlight Xinjiang cotton concerns Premium Article

    STONY BROOK - CHAMPAIGN - DNA and isotopic testing has revealed that 19% of all textile-based products tested contained cotton from the Xinjiang region of China which is banned in the US over forced labour concerns. Molecular technologies specialist…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2024

    Under Amour unveils elastane-free sportswear Premium Article

    BALTIMORE – Sportswear brand Under Armour has unveiled its first garment made with Neolast fibre, the ‘sustainable’ alternative to elastane developed in partnership with US speciality materials company Celanese. First announced in January, the…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2024

    Spinnova and Tearfil start up co-owned spinning line Premium Article

    GUIMARÃES - Portuguese yarn manufacturer Tearfil has inaugurated a new spinning line which it will operate in partnership with Scandinavian textile fibre innovator Spinnova. The result of a yarn development cooperation agreement first announced in…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2024

    Podcast: the environmental cost of the pursuit of profit

    WAKEFIELD – The Big Closets, Small Planet podcast returns with a look at how societies relate to profit, and how this relationship affects global sustainability challenges in the fashion industry and beyond. Joining our host Mike Schragger, founder…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2024

    Textile industry must reform now - report Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - A new report from the Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) network says the European textile industry must reform now or risk deteriorating further into unsustainable and harmful practices. The paper emphasises the urgent need to phase out hazardous…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2024

    Vintage garments 'outperform fast fashion' Premium Article

    PARIS – Secondhand luxury fashion is better value, as well as less environmentally damaging, than fast fashion, according to a new report by French resale specialist Vestiaire Collective. The study, in collaboration with climate-tech startup Vaayu,…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2024

    Decathlon partners on elastane-free swimwear Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Sportswear brand Decathlon has partnered with Belgian material innovator Resortecs to develop fully recyclable swimwear without the use of elastane fibre within the fabric. Instead, and to still ensure the swimwear offers essential…
  • Tuesday, 07 May 2024

    Milliken outlines sustainability progress Premium Article

    SPARTANBURG – US apparel manufacturer Milliken & Company has released its sixth annual sustainability report, summarising its actions and progress towards reducing its environmental impact as well as its approach to “people, product and planet”. The…
  • Tuesday, 07 May 2024

    Industry experts invited to share insights Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – The Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are inviting fashion industry stakeholders to help identify how the sector can best reduce its impacts. Brands, retailers, NGOs, manufacturers, land…
  • Tuesday, 07 May 2024

    Garment workers laid off due to UFLPA Premium Article

    MANILA — More than 5,000 garment workers have been laid off so far this year in the Philippines due in part to the impact of US legislation aimed at blocking imports from the Xinjiang region of China. The Uyghur Forced Labour Prevention Act (UFLPA)…
  • Tuesday, 07 May 2024

    Lululemon faces greenwashing investigation Premium Article

    OTTAWA - Canadian athleticwear brand Lululemon is being investigated by Canada's Competition Bureau over environmental claims made in its marketing campaigns. The bureau has confirmed that it has opened a formal investigation following a complaint…
  • Friday, 03 May 2024

    Denmark to ban PFAS in clothing and footwear Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN - Denmark has announced plans to ban the sale of clothes, shoes, and waterproofing products that contain PFAS (Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances). The country’s Ministry of the Environment said the proposed ban would take effect from 1st…
  • Friday, 03 May 2024

    Carbonfact eyes growth with $15m funding boost Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Carbonfact, a supplier of software that helps fashion brands and retailers automate their environmental reporting, has raised $15 million in fresh funding. This latest tranche of investment will be used to expand the platform, adding to…
  • Friday, 03 May 2024

    Cotton harvest monitors 'harassed' in Uzbekistan Premium Article

    TASHKENT - The Cotton Campaign coalition is calling on the government of Uzbekistan to investigate the alleged harassment of a leading independent monitor of workers' rights in the country's cotton industry. Umida Niyazova, founder and director of…
  • Friday, 03 May 2024

    Cradle to Cradle unveils new product standard Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has released the latest version of its product standard that is widely used in the apparel, textile and footwear industries. Version 4.1 of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product…
  • Friday, 03 May 2024

    Xinjiang exports surge despite legislation Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Textile exports from the Xinjiang region of China increased to record levels last year despite the introduction of US legislation banning imports over forced labour risks in the region which produces a fifth of the world's cotton. It…
  • Thursday, 02 May 2024

    Decathlon climate targets approved by SBTi Premium Article

    LILLE – Sporting goods retailer Decathlon has had its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The retailer has committed to reducing absolute Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions by 42% by 2030,…
  • Thursday, 02 May 2024

    Loop partners with Ester on recycled polyester plant Premium Article

    MONTREAL – Loop Industries, which offers technology that can chemically recycle low-grade polyester infinitely, has signed a joint venture agreement with polymer manufacturer Ester Industries to build a new Infinite Loop manufacturing facility in…
  • Thursday, 02 May 2024

    Researchers explore nano-printing for smart textiles Premium Article

    SEOUL - A research team in South Korea has developed a method aimed at improving the aesthetic and comfort levels of wearable devices in smart textiles. Described as ‘nano-printing’, the technology involves integrating functional nano-materials…
  • Thursday, 02 May 2024

    Carbios inks third supply deal for recycling plant Premium Article

    CLERMONT-FERRAND - Biotech firm Carbios has signed a memorandum of understanding with waste management specialist Hündgen for the latter to supply raw materials to its new PET biorecycling plant. Currently under construction, Carbios is building the…
  • Thursday, 02 May 2024

    Varner report claims sustainability progress Premium Article

    OSLO – Nordic fashion retailer Varner, which has more than 1,100 stories in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland, is claiming progress in tackling its carbon footprint. The company, which owns brands Cubus, Dressmann, Bik Bok, Carlings, Volt, Urban,…
  • Wednesday, 01 May 2024

    Brands’ no-show branded “poor” by EAC chair Premium Article

    LONDON - Fifteen major fashion companies were criticised after refusing to give evidence to the UK's influential Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). EAC chairman Philip Dunne MP named the companies concerned after accusing them of “a pretty poor…
  • Wednesday, 01 May 2024

    Ex Under Armour chief is new Cascale boss Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Cascale, formerly known as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, has named Colin Browne as its new chief executive officer. Browne, who served as interim CEO of Under Armour, and who has held senior sourcing roles at VF Corporation, Li…
  • Wednesday, 01 May 2024

    Ceres launches new sustainability performance tool Premium Article

    BOSTON - Environmental non-profit Ceres has launched a new sustainability assessment tool designed to help small to medium-sized companies, including fashion brands and retailers, assess and improve their environmental performance. The Ceres Roadmap…
  • Wednesday, 01 May 2024

    Fashion Pact members claim progress on goals Premium Article

    PARIS - Signatories to the Fashion Pact have made significant progress towards the organisation's aims of mitigating climate change, restoring biodiversity and protecting oceans, according to a new report. Conservation International made the claim…
  • Wednesday, 01 May 2024

    Amnesty calls for justice for Bangladesh workers Premium Article

    DHAKA - Garment workers in Bangladesh continue to face a climate of fear and repression as human rights abuses remains unchecked amid a state-sanctioned crackdown on workers’ rights, according to Amnesty International. The human rights NGO marked…
  • Wednesday, 01 May 2024

    Gap releases 2023 sustainability report Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - US retailer Gap has released its 2023 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report, summarising its actions and progress towards reducing its environmental impact as well as its approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The…
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2024

    Better Cotton backs WTO-FIFA project in Africa Premium Article

    GENEVA – The Better Cotton initiative is supporting efforts by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and world football’s governing body FIFA to boost sustainable cotton production in West and Central Africa. Better Cotton says it will focus on…
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2024

    Brits put half of textile waste in the bin Premium Article

    LONDON – People in the UK are throwing out almost half (49%) of their unwanted used textiles in the general rubbish bin, according to new research from waste recycling charity WRAP. On average, each person in Britain throws 35 items of unwanted…
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2024

    Annual report outlines GOTS milestones Premium Article

    STUTTGART - The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification organisation enhanced its reach in 2023 with an 8% increase in certified facilities to 14,676 across 89 countries. The upsurge reported by the non-profit, which aims to offer a…
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2024

    UK launch for North Face Renewed programme Premium Article

    DENVER – Outdoor brand The North Face has launched its 'North Face Renewed' resale programme online in the UK. North Face Renewed, first launched in North America, aims to give a new life to used North Face garments.
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2024

    Secondhand platform in profit for first time Premium Article

    VILNIUS – Secondhand fashion marketplace Vinted has turned a profit for the first time in a sector where it is notoriously difficult to do so. The Lithuanian company reported a 61% year-on-year revenue growth for 2023, with a net profit of €17.8…
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2024

    Canada watchdog closes Hugo Boss Uyghur complaint Premium Article

    OTTAWA - The Canada Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) has closed its investigation of Hugo Boss Canada and its alleged links to Uyghur forced labour. CORE’s final report followed an initial assessment, first published in August 2023,…
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2024

    Startup raises $10.5m for waterless dyeing Premium Article

    SYDNEY - Australian textile technology startup Xefco has raised AU$10.5 million (US$6.9m) to commercialise production of its patented water-free textile dyeing and finishing solution. The company will use the investment to double its team and scale…
  • Monday, 29 April 2024

    Dr Martens launches recycled leather footwear Premium Article

    WOLLASTON - Footwear specialist Dr Martens has launched a new collection of shoes made from leather offcuts that would otherwise be destined for landfill. The introduction of the recycled leather, branded as Genix Nappa, is part of Dr Martens pledge…
  • Friday, 26 April 2024

    MPs to quiz Boohoo, H&M on fashion impacts Premium Article

    LONDON - Boohoo and H&M are among those set to give evidence to the UK's influential Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) as it revisits its landmark 2019 inquiry into fast fashion. The EAC is to hold an evidence session as it looks again at its…
  • Friday, 26 April 2024

    Giving new life to old denim stock Premium Article

     AMSTERDAM – UK denim start up LaundRE made its debut at this week’s Kingpins event here in the Netherlands where it explained to visitors how it’s taking old, unwanted denim stock and refinishing the garments to give them a second life. “Our…
  • Friday, 26 April 2024

    SBTi approval for River Island climate targets Premium Article

    LONDON – UK fashion retailer River Island has announced that its net-zero emissions targets have been validated by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) with the goal of reaching net-zero by 2040. The SBTi has backed the brand's target to…
  • Friday, 26 April 2024

    French resale startup completes funding round Premium Article

    PARIS - French fashion resale startup Paradigme has raised €1.2 million ($1.3m) in its first funding round. Paradigme will use the investment to expand its team, sign up more brands and improve its RaaS (resale as a service) platform.
  • Friday, 26 April 2024

    TextileGenesis partners on enhanced garment traceability Premium Article

    PARIS - Traceability solutions provider TextileGenesis has teamed up with digitisation specialist EON to help brands and retailers accelerate the use of digital product passports (DPP) throughout their supply chains. The use of DPPs to connect the…
  • Friday, 26 April 2024

    Turning trash into treasure at Techtextil 2024 Premium Article

    FRANKFURT - The technical textiles industry, which has developed at a relatively leisurely pace over the past century with a focus almost purely on functionality, is currently in the process of attempting to reinvent as many of its products as…
  • Friday, 26 April 2024

    AWEX vs Four Paws on new wool standard Premium Article

    SYDNEY - The Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) insists that its new Australian Wool Sustainability Scheme (AWSS) standard will raise the bar on animal welfare despite the concerns of campaigners. AWSS, which will replace SustainaWOOL from July,…
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