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  • Wednesday, 22 September 2021

    Outerknown, Recurate team up on resale

    CALIFORNIA – US apparel brand Outerknown has partnered with circular solutions provider Recurate to launch a clothing resale service. The 'Outerworn' service will enable customers to buy and sell directly on the Outerknown site, with sellers…
  • Wednesday, 22 September 2021

    Superdry partners with Oxfam on donations service

    CHELTENHAM – British apparel brand Superdry has partnered with Oxfam in a bid to encourage consumers to donate unwanted items. Oxfam, which was hit hard amidst the pandemic due to store closures, will generate revenue through the sale of secondhand…
  • Wednesday, 22 September 2021

    CMA addresses greenwashing with new claims code Premium Article

    LONDON – The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a ‘Green Claims Code’ to help businesses comply with consumer laws before it starts investigating industries for cases of greenwashing at the start of next year. The code…
  • Wednesday, 22 September 2021

    ThredUp site to more than double its capacity Premium Article

    OAKLAND – Apparel resale specialist ThredUp is to expand its operations in Lancaster, Texas to more than double its capacity and continue to meet growing demand for secondhand fashion. The company will invest US$70 million in the Dallas-Forth Worth…
  • Wednesday, 22 September 2021

    New Balance hit with complaint over ‘Made in USA’ labels Premium Article

    BOSTON – Footwear giant New Balance has found itself in a legal spat that alleges the brand has “mislead consumers by making unqualified claims that certain of its sneakers are ‘Made in the USA’” when a “substantial portion” are imported. US…
  • Wednesday, 22 September 2021

    BFC calls on brands to halve fashion demand

    LONDON - The British Fashion Council (BFC) is calling on brands to reduce the demand for new clothes by 50 per cent to reduce waste and create a circular fashion ecosystem for the UK. The call is made in a new Circular Fashion Ecosystem (CFE) report…
  • Monday, 20 September 2021

    H&M makes UN global list for sustainability

    STOCKHOLM - H&M has been named the only fashion company on the United Nations Global Compact's list of 'LEAD' companies for responsible business practices and sustainable innovation. The Swedish fashion retailer was among just 40 companies globally…
  • Monday, 20 September 2021

    SBTi backs Fast Retailing's emission targets

    TOKYO - Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has revealed that its targets for reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the end of the decade have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The company is aiming to reduce emissions…
  • Monday, 20 September 2021

    ASOS, Selfridges among Climate Pledge signatories Premium Article

    SEATTLE – As many as 86 new companies, including ASOS, Selfridges and Holt Renfrew, have become signatories to the Climate Pledge, in a commitment to achieving net-zero carbon status by 2040. Founded by e-commerce giant Amazon and the Global…
  • Monday, 20 September 2021

    Michael Stars partners with ThredUp on resale

    LOS ANGELES – US apparel brand Michael Stars has partnered with online consignment store ThredUp to launch a new clothing resale service. Using ThredUp’s Resale-as-a-Service platform, Michael Stars will offer its customers the chance to return…
  • Friday, 17 September 2021

    Crocs bio-based material to support net zero ambition

    BROOMFIELD – US footwear brand Crocs has introduced a new bio-based material that it’ll look to integrate into its flagship clogs in a bid to reduce its carbon emissions. The company recently set itself the target of reaching net zero status by…
  • Friday, 17 September 2021

    Leeds institute to support fashion’s ‘global challenges’

    LEEDS – The University of Leeds has launched a new research centre which academics say will “tackle global challenges such as those created by fast fashion, and the need for advanced materials, manufacturing processes and sustainable products”. The…
  • Thursday, 16 September 2021

    ASOS targets net zero emissions by 2030

    LONDON - British online fashion giant ASOS has set out an ambitious target of achieving net zero emissions across its entire value chain by the end of this decade. The pledge forms part of the e-tailer's Fashion With Integrity (FWI) 2030 programme…
  • Wednesday, 15 September 2021

    Zalando expands pre-owned fashion section Premium Article

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

    Primark aims to cut waste and half emissions Premium Article

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

    Walmart issues record $2 billion green bond Premium Article

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

    PVH Corp joins US Cotton Trust Protocol Premium Article

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

    BBI subscribers 'improved buying practices' Premium Article

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

    MySize launches online order reward programme Premium Article

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

    Vestiaire Collective earns B Corp status Premium Article

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

    Retailer buys vaccines for garment workers Premium Article

    DHAKA - German textile discount store chain KiK has donated money to purchase COVID-19 vaccinations for thousands of garment workers in Bangladesh. The company donated the money through the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association…
  • Tuesday, 07 September 2021

    London’s Oxford Street to spotlight sustainability Premium Article

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

    Ted Baker leverages deadstock sales platform Premium Article

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

    Footwear brand partners with The Restory Premium Article

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

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

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

    Data professionals fashionable for employment Premium Article

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

    Baukjen backs circularity with sustainability index and Oxfam collaboration Premium Article

    LONDON – Womenswear brand Baukjen is partnering with Oxfam’s ‘Second Hand September’ initiative, which aims to encourage a less wasteful approach to fashion by giving a second life to unwanted garments and accessories. To support the project,…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    Champion launches Renewed circular collection Premium Article

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

    Bestseller halts Myanmar orders Premium Article

    YANGON - Danish retailer Bestseller has announced a halt on new orders from garment factories in Myanmar after trade unions urged all foreign companies to divest from the country. Bestseller said it would not be placing any new orders in Myanmar…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    Gildan claims progress in new ESG report Premium Article

    MONTREAL - Apparel manufacturer Gildan Activewear is claiming significant sustainability improvements in its latest Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report. The company's 17th annual ESG report reveals that a third of its total energy came…
  • Friday, 27 August 2021

    Footwear firm eyes accurate impact labels Premium Article

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

    Gold C2C accreditation for Lee's new jeans Premium Article

    GREENSBORO - Denim brand Lee Jeans has received Cradle to Cradle Gold accreditation for a new range of selvedge jeans, made in co-operation with the Artistic Milliners vertically-integrated manufacturer in Pakistan. The Gold-certified Aureola jeans…
  • Thursday, 26 August 2021

    Crystal collection meets Jeans Redesign criteria Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Crystal International is the latest signatory to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jeans Redesign Project to unveil a collection that complies with its sustainability and circularity requirements. All signatories – including the likes of…
  • Wednesday, 25 August 2021

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

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

    Nike to adopt carbon-negative material Premium Article

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

    Search for innovators in Global Change Award Premium Article

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

    Urban Outfitters to launch resale marketplace Premium Article

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

    Brands score poorly on climate change efforts Premium Article

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

    Hunter launches new sustainability strategy Premium Article

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

    Dress the Population launches rental service Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Womenswear brand Dress the Population has partnered with rental technology platform CaaStle to launch a new rental service. Customers can browse through an assortment of garments from the company’s formalwear collections, which they can…
  • Monday, 23 August 2021

    Ireland targets circularity with new projects Premium Article

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

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

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

    Podcast: How Zalando uses Higg data to drive sustainability Premium Article

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

    Lululemon seeks to create plant-based nylon Premium Article

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

    Allbirds launches 'natural' activewear range Premium Article

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

    Renewal Workshop links up with New Balance Premium Article

    OREGON - The Renewal Workshop (TRW), a supplier of circular solutions for the apparel and textile industry, has teamed up with Boston-based sportswear company, New Balance, in efforts to give a second life to the brand’s apparel. The ‘New Balance…
  • Tuesday, 17 August 2021

    Sustainable platform features AI vetting tool Premium Article

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

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

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

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

    TORONTO - Swedish retail giant H&M is to launch its own second hand fashion platform in Canada next month as it continues to expand its presence in the growing resale market. Called H&M Rewear, the new one-stop customer to customer (C2C) digital…
  • Friday, 13 August 2021

    Consumers sue Allbirds in 'greenwashing' case Premium Article

    NEW YORK - US footwear brand Allbirds is being sued in court by consumers who claim the company's marketing messages exaggerate its sustainability credentials. Accusing the company of violating consumer protection laws, lead plaintiff Patricia Dwyer…
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