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  • Monday, 06 December 2021

    Tackling gender-based violence in factories

    DHAKA - The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the BRAC NGO on the prevention of gender-based violence and workplace harassment of garment workers. The MoU aims to…
  • Monday, 06 December 2021

    STeP certification for Sateri lyocell plant

    SHANGHAI - Sateri has become the first lyocell producer in China to be awarded Oeko-Tex's Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) certification for responsible production. The company's lyocell facility in Rizhao, Shandong Province, also obtained the…
  • Friday, 03 December 2021

    Armani Group bans the use of angora wool

    ROME - The Armani Group, which owns brands including Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, EA7, and Armani Exchange, has announced that it has banned the use of angora wool in future products. The decision follows talks with the PETA animal welfare…
  • Friday, 03 December 2021

    Zara store plans blocked over Xinjiang case

    BORDEAUX - Fashion brand Zara - which is owned by Spanish company Inditex - has been denied permission to expand a store in the French city of Bordeaux over allegations the company benefits from forced labour in the Xinjiang region of China. Zara…
  • Friday, 03 December 2021

    Fast Retailing sets 2030 sustainability targets Premium Article

    YAMAGUCHI - Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has set new sustainability targets for 2030 in which it aims to accelerate its transition to a business model that embraces sustainability as well as growth. The aim is to expand on the company's 'Lifewear'…
  • Thursday, 02 December 2021

    Radio Show: Episode 5, Closing the loop with retailers and consumers

    WAKEFIELD – In the final episode in our five-part documentary series on textile-to-textile recycling, we get to hear from retailers Bestseller and Filippa K about how and why they are tackling the issue of circularity in their supply chains. We also…
  • Thursday, 02 December 2021

    New bid to make CmiA cotton carbon neutral

    HAMBURG - A new initiative has been launched with the ambition of making cotton produced under the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative carbon neutral. The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF), which runs CmiA, has linked up with the Atmosfair climate…
  • Thursday, 02 December 2021

    Nike apparel recycling project wins funding Premium Article

    ROCHESTER - A Nike project to explore the use of automated technology to disassemble apparel for recycling is among the beneficiaries of funding announced in the US to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. It is one of 23 new projects…
  • Thursday, 02 December 2021

    Progress on transparency 'slow and shallow'

    LEEK - Supply chain transparency amongst fashion brands and retailers is increasing but progress is "too slow and too shallow", according to a new report from the Fashion Revolution initiative. The NGO surveyed the policies of 63 major brands and…
  • Thursday, 02 December 2021

    Patagonia, Nike and C&A face Xinjiang claims Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) has filed a criminal complaint against Patagonia, Nike, C&A and State of Art who it accuses of profiting from forced labour in the Xinjiang region of China. ECCHR accuses…
  • Thursday, 02 December 2021

    Fast fashion giant refuses to name suppliers

    MELBOURNE - The Australian businessman behind some of Australia’s best-known fast fashion brands has reportedly declined to name the factories that make their clothes. Premier Investments chairman Solomon Lew was asked if he was prepared to release…
  • Wednesday, 01 December 2021

    Brands marked down for transparency in Brazil Premium Article

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Leading brands scored an average of just 18 per cent for the amount of sustainability information they disclose in the fourth edition of Brazil's Fashion Transparency Index (BFTI). The Fashion Revolution survey of 50 of the biggest…
  • Wednesday, 01 December 2021

    Pangaia scales bacteria-based dye approach Premium Article

    LONDON – Apparel brand Pangaia has released a new capsule collection of tracksuits featuring bio-synthesised colorants from Colorifix – a company that was originally spun out of the University of Cambridge. In what is said to be the first…
  • Wednesday, 01 December 2021

    Re-Fashion links up with digital ID experts

    LONDON — Secondhand clothing platform Re-Fashion is partnering with digital identity experts Evrything in a bid to increase transparency and circularity across the fashion industry. The two companies are already working with UK retailer New Look on…
  • Wednesday, 01 December 2021

    New deal targets carbon positive textiles

    LAHORE - Sapphire Textile Mills, a vertically-integrated textile mill in Pakistan, has partnered with Good Earth Cotton, the world’s first carbon positive and traceable cotton, to introduce a new collection of sustainable yarns and fabrics. Good…
  • Wednesday, 01 December 2021

    RGE backs two sustainable fashion projects

    SINGAPORE – Royal Golden Eagle (RGE), the world's largest producer of viscose fibre, has agreed two new partnerships aimed at advancing sustainable fashion. The first is a three-year strategic partnership with the Textile and Fashion Federation…
  • Wednesday, 01 December 2021

    Funding for fashion and textile innovations

    LEEDS - The Future Fashion Factory research and development programme has secured more than £1 million (US$1.3m) in funding for new sustainable fashion and textile innovation projects. The money, secured through the organisatiton’s fourth Innovation…
  • Tuesday, 30 November 2021

    Hugo Boss secures first green finance loan

    METZINGEN - Fashion brand Hugo Boss has secured its first green finance package - a €600 million (US$680m) loan linked to the achievement of defined sustainability targets. The interest rate will be adjusted each year depending on performance on…
  • Tuesday, 30 November 2021

    Study seeks to establish cost of compliance

    RALEIGH - Researchers have carried out what they say is the first in-depth study to establish all of the actions apparel factories would need to take in order to comply with international labour standards. The North Carolina State University study…
  • Tuesday, 30 November 2021

    Major brands linked to Amazon deforestation Premium Article

    AMAZON - Major fashion brands, including H&M, Zara, Adidas and Nike, are at risk of contributing to deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, according to a new report. The Stand.Earth environmental campaign group carried out the study, entitled…
  • Monday, 29 November 2021

    Factory safety progress 'slow' in Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA - A new report says that progress on worker safety has been slow in garment factories inspected under a joint initiative of the Bangladesh government and the International Labour Organization (ILO). Factories covered by the Remediation…
  • Monday, 29 November 2021

    Germany funds support for Laos garment workers

    VIENTIANE - More than 20,000 garment workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Laos have received emergency financial support worth about US$1.85 million from the German government. The funding, channeled through the International Labour…
  • Monday, 29 November 2021

    Raeburn introduces buy-back service

    LONDON – Fashion label Christopher Raeburn has partnered with streetwear re-commerce specialist Responsible to launch a new buy-back service for consumers. Responsible offers a resale market for shoppers as well as a buy-back plug-in that brands and…
  • Friday, 26 November 2021

    Carbios and partners secure European grant Premium Article

    CLERMONT-FERRAND – French recycling firm Carbios and its partners Deloitte and T.EN Zimmer have secured a €3.3 million (US$3.7m) grant through the European Union’s LIFE funding programme. It comes in recognition of Carbios’ efforts to commercialise…
  • Friday, 26 November 2021

    Sustainable fashion website goes Europe-wide Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Project Cece sustainable fashion platform has expanded to offer its range of products from more than 300 webshops and 500 brands throughout Europe. The Amsterdam-based platform was built and launched by its female founders in 2017 in…
  • Friday, 26 November 2021

    Leicester workers urged to share their experiences Premium Article

    LEICESTER – De Montfort University (DMU) and the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab are encouraging garment workers in Leicester to complete an anonymous survey that will inform the strategy of the city’s new Garment and Textile Workers Trust.…
  • Friday, 26 November 2021

    Oxfam names and shames brands on living wage Premium Article

    MELBOURNE – Oxfam Australia has released a report listing the fashion brands which it accuses of a lack of transparency over paying living wages to garment workers in their global supply chains. The charity's 2021 'Naughty or Nice' list says some of…
  • Thursday, 25 November 2021

    Contentious wool report sparks debate Premium Article

    NEW YORK – The environmental impact of wool could be five times greater than that of conventional cotton, according to a new report from the Center for Biological Diversity and Collective Fashion Justice’s Circumfauna initiative. Using Higg data,…
  • Thursday, 25 November 2021

    Biodegradable yarn covers to protect saplings Premium Article

    DENKENDORF - Researchers at the German Institute for Textile and Fiber Research (DITF) have developed biodegradable yarn covers to protect tree saplings during reforestation projects. The 'growth covers' prevent animals, such as deer, from feeding…
  • Thursday, 25 November 2021

    CleanChain launches Chemical Score feature Premium Article

    IRVINE – The CleanChain software platform has launched a new Chemical Score rating feature in partnership with global brands and third-party chemistry solution providers Scivera and ToxServices. Chemical Score aims to assess and rate chemicals, and…
  • Thursday, 25 November 2021

    Teijin’s science-based climate targets backed Premium Article

    TOKYO - Japanese tech and fibres firm Teijin's greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets have been vaildated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as being in line with the Paris Agreement. It becomes the first company in the Japanese…
  • Wednesday, 24 November 2021

    Fashion for Good targets India with recycling project Premium Article

    MUMBAI – Sustainability non-profit Fashion for Good (FFG) has launched a new project in India as it looks to lay the foundations for textile recycling infrastructure in the country. Working in collaboration with Adidas, Levi’s, PVH Corp, Arvind,…
  • Tuesday, 23 November 2021

    Unifi hits 30bn bottle recycling target early Premium Article

    GREENSBORO – Recycled polyester yarn producer Unifi is celebrating after hitting its target of recycling 30 billion post-consumer plastic bottles into fibres. The company, which supplies brands such as Patagonia and The North Face, transforms used…
  • Tuesday, 23 November 2021

    Demand for next-gen materials 'set to soar' Premium Article

    NAPA - Demand for animal-free, sustainable alternatives to leather, down, wool, silk, fur and exotic skins is set to take off, according to a new report. The 'Next-Gen Materials White Space Report', jointly produced by the Material Innovation…
  • Tuesday, 23 November 2021

    Product repair platform secures new investment Premium Article

    LONDON – The Seam, a UK-based product repair start-up, has secured £250,000 (US$334,000) in funding which will be used to scale its services. The company has a platform that convenes repair specialists and customers in the same way Uber connects…
  • Tuesday, 23 November 2021

    Renewable energy pilot launched in Vietnam Premium Article

    HANOI - A pilot project to boost the use of rooftop solar energy in Vietnam's apparel industry has been launched by the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii), Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA) and IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative. The aim is…
  • Tuesday, 23 November 2021

    Circular business models present ‘significant opportunity’ Premium Article

    COWES – A new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) suggests circular business models have the potential to unlock huge environmental and financial gains for brands and retailers. The non-profit estimates the market for rental, resale,…
  • Tuesday, 23 November 2021

    Greenpeace calls for regulation on fashion Premium Article

    HAMBURG - A new report on the 'sustainability' efforts of global brands including Nike, Adidas, H&M, G-Star and Primark concludes the fashion industry will never succeed in tackling its climate impact without regulation. The report from Greenpeace…
  • Monday, 22 November 2021

    Leather mapping project targets deforestation Premium Article

    NORTHAMPTON - The largest ever project to map the leather supply chain is to be carried out to evaluate the industry's impacts on deforestation. A collaboration of the Leather Working Group (LWG) trade body, National Wildlife Federation, World…
  • Monday, 22 November 2021

    Global Fashion Agenda eyes circular revolution Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – The Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) has released a report which claims that the sector could become ’80 per cent circular’ by 2030 if it invests heavily in recycling technologies and infrastructure. The non-profit estimates it would take…
  • Monday, 22 November 2021

    Sri Lankan workers urged to unionise - report Premium Article

    COLOMBO – Workers’ rights organisation the Solidarity Center has produced a report which explores the extent to which Sri Lankan garment workers fall victim to exploitation. The report – ‘Overworked and Underpaid, Sri Lanka’s Garment Workers Left…
  • Monday, 22 November 2021

    Independent UK retailers boycott Black Friday Premium Article

    LONDON - Independent retailers are planning to close their websites, donate profits to charity and plant trees in the UK's largest ever Black Friday protest. Up to 85 per cent of smaller companies are planning to boycott Black Friday - the largest…
  • Monday, 22 November 2021

    Eco Fashion Corp leverages blockchain platform Premium Article

    NEW YORK – US apparel firm Eco Fashion Corp is to trial the use of InfiniChain’s blockchain-based technology across its Seed to Style and YesAnd brands in a bid to provide greater supply chain insight. InfiniChain claims that its ‘Credible’ platform…
  • Monday, 22 November 2021

    New research compares fashion resale models Premium Article

    BUFFALO - A new study which compares garment resale models concludes that 'trade-in' strategies are more successful - both environmentally and economically - than 'peer-to-peer (P2P)' marketplaces. Researchers at the University at Buffalo, in the US…
  • Monday, 22 November 2021

    FibreTrace brings traceability to African cotton Premium Article

    GLO-DJIGBÉ - Traceability solutions specialist FibreTrace has linked up with industrial park developer Arise Integrated Industrial Platforms (Arise IIP) to create what is claimed to be Africa’s first fully traceable cotton supply chain. The two…
  • Monday, 22 November 2021

    Hubbub, John Lewis launch Circular Future Fund Premium Article

    LONDON – Environmental charity Hubbub has teamed up with the John Lewis Partnership to launch a new £1 million (US$1.3m) fund that will support companies and organisations that can accelerate the transition towards a circular economy. Targeted at…
  • Friday, 19 November 2021

    Nike accused of destroying returned trainers Premium Article

    ANTWERP – Sportswear giant Nike has been accused of destroying thousands of shoes which it had collected and promised to recycle to reduce its environmental impact. German journalists say they put GPS trackers into the sole of Nike trainers, donated…
  • Friday, 19 November 2021

    China textile initiative to combat GHG emissions Premium Article

    BEIJING – As many as 57 Chinese textile and fashion companies have come together to launch the ‘Climate Stewardship Accelerating Plan’, a new nationwide initiative with a mission statement of achieving climate neutrality. The framework appears…
  • Friday, 19 November 2021

    Canada blocks shipment on forced labour fears Premium Article

    QUEBEC – Canadian border officials have confirmed intercepting a shipment of garments from China for the first time over concern they had been manufactured with the use of forced labour. 
  • Friday, 19 November 2021

    PVH Corp to close manufacturing facility in Ethiopia Premium Article

    HAWASSA - PVH Corp, which owns brands including Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, is to close its manufacturing facility in Ethiopia because of increasing concerns over the country's civil war. The company, which opened the factory in the Hawassa…
  • Thursday, 18 November 2021

    Contaminants dominate microfibre sample Premium Article

    STOKE-ON-TRENT – Academics at Staffordshire University have assessed the potential for contamination during microplastic sample collections on research trips and revealed that more than 70 per cent of particles found could stem from things like the…
  • Thursday, 18 November 2021

    ThredUp: Consumer interest turns to secondhand fashion Premium Article

    OAKLAND – A new report published by resale specialist ThredUp suggests consumers are more interested in purchasing secondhand fashion than new clothing this holiday season, as higher prices and supply chain squeezes influence the market. This is…
  • Thursday, 18 November 2021

    Textile tool measures carbon and water impacts Premium Article

    ZURICH – Oeko-Tex is adding a new module to its STeP environmental standard in a bid to allow production facilities to measure and report their carbon emissions and water use at the facility level, by each processing step, or by kilogram of textile…
  • Thursday, 18 November 2021

    Google teams up with Textile Exchange Premium Article

    DUBLIN – Technology giant Google has developed a new digital platform to shed light on the environmental impacts of sourcing various textile fibre types and is expected to license the system to industry non-profit Textile Exchange next year. Google…
  • Thursday, 18 November 2021

    New initiative seeks net zero supply chains Premium Article

    LUXEMBOURG - Leading brands and retailers including Adidas, C&A, H&M, Levi's, Nike, Patagonia, Target and VF Corp have signed up to a new initiative to help companies achieve net zero emissions in their supply chains. The Value Change Initiative has…
  • Thursday, 18 November 2021

    TrusTrace teams up to improve industry transparency Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Supply chain solutions provider TrusTrace is at the heart of a new industry coalition established to improve supply chain transparency. The Swedish firm is collaborating with Higg, the Open Apparel Registry (OAR), Renoon, Haelixa and…
  • Wednesday, 17 November 2021

    Fashion giants 'still linked to Xinjiang cotton' Premium Article

    SHEFFIELD - More than 100 well-known global brands and retailers are still at high risk of having cotton produced using forced labour in the Xinjiang region of China in their supply chains, according to a new report. Entitled 'Laundering Cotton: How…
  • Wednesday, 17 November 2021

    Candiani secures Regenagri’s Chain of Custody certification Premium Article

    MILAN – Italian denim mill Candiani has become the first company to earn certification to Regenagri’s new Chain of Custody standard. Regenagri is an international regenerative agriculture programme launched to support farmers as they transition…
  • Wednesday, 17 November 2021

    H&M Group launches circular design tool Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish retailer H&M has launched a circular design tool - the 'Circulator' - as part of its ambition to have all of its products designed for circularity by 2025. The tool aims to not only enable H&M’s own teams to create products fit…
  • Wednesday, 17 November 2021

    M&S launches first clothing rental service Premium Article

    LONDON - Retailer Marks and Spencer has launched its first clothing rental service in partnership with the fashion rental platform Hirestreet. The pilot will offer womenswear from the Autograph range and the M&S x Ghost collaboration at prices from…
  • Wednesday, 17 November 2021

    Fashion companies 'turn to nearshoring' - report Premium Article

    DÜSSELDORF - More than seven out of 10 fashion brands and retailers say they are turning to nearshoring because of the impact on their global supply chains caused by the pandemic and shipping disruption, according to a new report. The study,…
  • Wednesday, 17 November 2021

    RGE offers update on industry investments Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – Viscose manufacturing conglomerate Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) has published its 2021 progress report, which offers insight into the work it’s undertaken since committing US$200 million to cellulosic textile fibre research and development…
  • Wednesday, 17 November 2021

    Organic Cotton Summit: 'pushing past the 1%' Premium Article

    OCA – The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) held an online event last week on the theme of 'Pushing Past the One Per Cent' - that is getting organic cotton to grow to more than one per cent of total global cotton production.
  • Wednesday, 17 November 2021

    US$1 trillion to decarbonise fashion Premium Article

    DUBLIN – A new report from Fashion for Good and the Apparel Impact Institute (AII) released here at the Textile Exchange event in Dublin estimates an investment of around $1 trillion will be needed to finance the textile industry’s transition to net…
  • Tuesday, 16 November 2021

    Textile Exchange announces Ryan Young Climate+ Award winners Premium Article

    DUBLIN – On the opening day of Textile Exchange’s (TE) Textile Sustainability Conference, the organisation has announced the winners of the inaugural Ryan Young Climate+ Awards. Representatives of environmental organisation Fibershed, printwear…
  • Tuesday, 16 November 2021

    Global survey outlines transparency challenges Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Most apparel companies plan to increase supply chain transparency by 2027 – but the vast majority will first have to uncover it for themselves, according to a new global survey. Two-thirds of apparel industry executives saw supply chain…
  • Tuesday, 16 November 2021

    ASOS co-writes new circularity guidebook Premium Article

    LONDON – Fashion retailer ASOS and London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) have today released the ASOS Circular Design Guidebook in a bid to help brands, designers and students produce garments that align with circularity…
  • Tuesday, 16 November 2021

    Pandemic left 'indelible mark' on supply chains Premium Article

    ARLINGTON – The Better Buying Institute's (BBI) latest report says that COVID-19 has left an "indelible mark" on the global apparel industry and the relationship between buyers and suppliers. However, the 2021 Better Buying Purchasing Practices…
  • Tuesday, 16 November 2021

    Canopy publishes 2021 Hot Button rankings Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Environmental non-profit Canopy has revealed its 2021 Hot Button rankings of the work global viscose producers are undertaking to protect ancient and endangered forests. Aditya Birla and Lenzing top the chart and have retained the ‘dark…
  • Tuesday, 16 November 2021

    Shein suppliers overworked, investigation finds Premium Article

    GUANGZHOU – Chinese researchers representing human rights non-profit Public Eye have exposed exploitative practices at supplier factories for fast fashion brand Shein which violate the country’s labour laws. The organisation’s investigation of 17…
  • Monday, 15 November 2021

    Ecotextile News in Dublin for Textile Exchange event Premium Article

    DUBLIN – The Ecotextile News editorial team has arrived in Dublin for Textile Exchange’s annual global conference where we are among the exhibitors and look forward to welcoming visitors to our booth. Editor John Mowbray, assistant editor Chris…
  • Monday, 15 November 2021

    LVMH projects focus on traceability Premium Article

    MELBOURNE – The Métiers d’Art sustainability initiative of fashion giant LVMH has partnered with product authentication solutions provider Security Matters (SMX) on a series of R&D projects that will assess the performance of traceability…
  • Friday, 12 November 2021

    H&M to ban new suppliers with coal boilers Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish retailer H&M says it will no longer accept new suppliers with coal-powered boilers after the end of this year as part of its efforts to reduce its impact on climate change. H&M says it will also help its existing suppliers…
  • Friday, 12 November 2021

    Radio Show: Episode 4, EPR and the EU Waste Directive Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – We look at the implications of extended producer responsibility (EPR) and the EU’s Waste Directive in the fourth episode in our five-part audio documentary on the textile-to-textile recycling industry. Speaking mainly to French…
  • Friday, 12 November 2021

    LWG launches largest ever leather LCA study Premium Article

    NORTHAMPTON - The Leather Working Group (LWG) trade body has announced the launch of what it describes as the largest lifecycle assessment (LCA) study ever carried out into the leather industry. It sees the LCA study as a key tool to show off the…
  • Friday, 12 November 2021

    Ganni partners with Infinited Fiber Company Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – Danish womenswear brand Ganni has signed an agreement with Finnish textile innovator Infinited Fiber Company (IFC) as it looks to leverage its patented, recycled Infinna-branded material in future collections. An estimated 70 per cent…
  • Thursday, 11 November 2021

    Scientists 'turn textile sludge into bricks' Premium Article

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Scientists in Brazil are looking into the feasibility of converting waste sludge from textiles production into a raw material for the traditional ceramic industry. Researchers at the State University of the Northern Rio de Janeiro…
  • Thursday, 11 November 2021

    Brand links with Microsoft on upcycling app Premium Article

    LONDON - British fashion label Ahluwalia is partnering with software giant Microsoft on a new web app - Circulate - designed to encourage consumers to help upcycle clothing. The Circulate app - released on beta so far - allows users to receive…
  • Thursday, 11 November 2021

    SAC calls for a 'new kind of leadership' Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Amina Razvi, executive director of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), called for a new kind of leadership to reduce the industry's impact, at the opening of the organisation's annual meeting. The virtual event, held under the…
  • Thursday, 11 November 2021

    Green Theme launches PFC-free stain repellent Premium Article

    ALBUQUERQUE – US textile finishing specialist Green Theme Technologies (GTT) has added a PFC-free and water-free stain release treatment to its range of Empel-branded ‘sustainable’ solutions. The new stain release technology was subjected to…
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021

    Canada Goose earns Responsible Down Standard Premium Article

    TORONTO – Apparel brand Canada Goose has announced that it has been accredited with the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) certification for sustainability and animal welfare. RDS is an international, voluntary programme that monitors the chain of…
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021

    Aussie brand Arsndorf launches rental service Premium Article

    FITZROY – Australian fashion brand Arnsdorf has moved into the rental market as it looks to make its apparel accessible to all. Starting this month, customers will have the chance to take home items for up to a month at a time at a price discounted…
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021

    Finland welcomes textile recycling site Premium Article

    PAIMIO – Finnish recycling specialist Rester has teamed up with waste management firm LSJH to open Northern Europe’s largest textile recycling plant. Situated in Paimoio, Southwest Finland, the facility is expected to process 12 million kilogrammes…
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021

    Wholesaler shares Better Buying scorecard Premium Article

    SEATTLE - US apparel and accessories wholesaler SanMar Corporation has become the first company to make its Better Buying purchasing practices scorecard publicly available. Better Buying's Purchasing Practice Index details how companies are rated by…
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021

    Traceability tech provider secures investment Premium Article

    GRENOBLE – Traceability solutions provider Primo1D has secured €15 million (US$17.3m) in funds which it’ll use to scale its RFID (radio frequency identification) tag technology. The French outfit is keen to market its E-Thread solution to the…
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021

    Archroma awarded Platinum by EcoVadis for CSR Premium Article

    REINACH - Speciality chemicals business Archroma has been awarded the EcoVadis Platinum rating for corporate social responsibility (CSR) for 2021. The Swiss company, which aims to provide sustainable solutions in colour and specialty chemicals, says…
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021

    Microplastics in homes 100x higher than predicted Premium Article

    PORTSMOUTH – Researchers at the University of Portsmouth have found that the amount of microplastics in our homes is 100 times higher than previously predicted. Academics, working with the Good Morning Britain (GMB) news programme, assessed the…
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021

    SMEs react to EU sustainable textiles strategy Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Two organisations representing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have presented their recommendations for what they hope to see in the European Union's (EU) new sustainable textile strategy. Both the SMEunited and the Small Business…
  • Tuesday, 09 November 2021

    Deckers has science-based targets approved Premium Article

    GOLETA – US footwear firm Deckers has had its science-based targets approved by the namesake initiative, confirming that the brand’s decarbonisation ambitions align with the latest climate data. Deckers has committed to reducing its scope 1 and 2…
  • Tuesday, 09 November 2021

    Dutch clampdown on fashion's greenwashing Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Dutch Consumer and Market Authority (ACM) is investigating six fashion companies which are suspected of making significantly misleading claims about the sustainability of their products. The ACM examined the sustainability claims of…
  • Tuesday, 09 November 2021

    Retailer cuts off supplier over forced labour Premium Article

    MONTREAL - Canadian women's fashion retailer Reitmans says it has been "shaken" by allegations that one of its Chinese apparel suppliers made use of North Korean forced labour in its factory. Reitmans says it has broken off its business relationship…
  • Tuesday, 09 November 2021

    Puma develops biodegradable Suede trainer Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH - Sportswear company Puma has developed an experimental biodegradable version of its iconic Suede trainer which it will test with consumers in the new year. Called the Re-Suede, the shoe is made from innovative sustainable materials…
  • Tuesday, 09 November 2021

    Plastics innovator secures European grant Premium Article

    HAMBURG – Circular bio-economy start-up Traceless Materials has secured a €2.42 million (US$2.8m) grant through the European Innovation Council’s (EIC) Accelerator programme. The German firm was one of just 65 to be selected from more than 4,000…
  • Monday, 08 November 2021

    COP26: Fashion calls for ‘preferred material’ incentives Premium Article

    GLASGOW – Today at COP26, environmental non-profit Textile Exchange (TE) has directed a policy request at world leaders, urging that governments embed incentives for the use of more ‘sustainable’ materials in trade law. Backed by more than 50…
  • Monday, 08 November 2021

    Fashion Charter updates emissions targets Premium Article

    GLASGOW – Signatories to the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action have agreed to update their science-based emission reduction targets in recognition of the swift need for climate action. Announced at the United Nations Climate Change…
  • Monday, 08 November 2021

    New roadmap report addresses industry emissions Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Apparel Impact Institute (Aii) and World Resources Institute (WRI) have today published a new report which outlines six interventions the fashion and textile industries will have to make if they’re to combat increasing volumes of…
  • Monday, 08 November 2021

    Burberry unveils new biodiversity strategy Premium Article

    LONDON – Luxury fashion brand Burberry has unveiled a new biodiversity strategy as it looks to support global conservation efforts. It builds on the company’s recent commitment to becoming climate positive by 2040 and will expand the scope of…
  • Monday, 08 November 2021

    On creates shoe soles from carbon emissions Premium Article

    ZURICH - Swiss sportswear brand On has created a new foam material - called CleanCloud - which transforms carbon emissions into soles for running shoes. The company worked with biochemicals, process and polymer innovators LanzaTech and Borealis on…
  • Monday, 08 November 2021

    Arc’teryx introduces in-store circular services Premium Article

    NORTH VANCOUVER – Canadian outerwear brand Arc’teryx has opened a new store in New York which, for the first time, encompasses a space for product assessment, repair and education services. The ReBird Service Center is part of the company’s ReBird…
  • Monday, 08 November 2021

    LWG to tackle deforestation in supply chains Premium Article

    NORTHAMPTON - The Leather Working Group (LWG) trade body has pledged to accelerate the traceability requirements of its LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit in a drive to ensure that its members' leather is 100 per cent deforestation and conversion free…
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