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  • Friday, 30 September 2022

    IKEA sets new sustainability targets

    LEIDEN - Swedish-owned homeware giant IKEA has updated its sustainability strategy to make new commitments on mitigating climate change, supporting a circular economy and promoting living wages across its value chain. IKEA's updated strategy…
  • Friday, 30 September 2022

    Levi's commits to net zero emissions by 2050

    SAN FRANCISCO - Fashion giant Levi's has outlined new environmental targets - including a pledge to be a net-zero carbon company by 2050 - in its newly published 2021 sustainability report. The 16 goals cover focus areas including greenhouse gas…
  • Friday, 30 September 2022

    Investors back 'Amazon of preloved fashion'

    SAN FRANCISCO - US-based secondhand fashion startup Gently has announced that it has raised US$2 million in a pre-seed funding round to help scale its aggregator shopping platform. The company says it is aiming to become the “Amazon for secondhand”…
  • Thursday, 29 September 2022

    Shein announces bid to reduce carbon footprint Premium Article

    NANJING - Ultra fast fashion giant Shein has released targets to reduce overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its entire value chain by 25 per cent by the end of the decade. The world's largest fashion retailer – which launches around 6,000…
  • Thursday, 29 September 2022

    Zalando wins Norwegian Green Washing Award Premium Article

    OSLO - German online retailer Zalando has won the Norwegian Consumer Council's first 'Green Washing Award' for its website sustainability filters which the judges felt obscured the environmental challenges facing the fashion industry. At its first…
  • Wednesday, 28 September 2022

    Under Armour outlines sustainability goals

    BALTIMORE - Sportswear brand Under Armour has published its 2021 Sustainability & Impact Report, outlining the company's new sustainability framework and targets. The report outlines 23 goals designed to drive company progress across three key…
  • Tuesday, 27 September 2022

    Zoa launches circular innovation project Premium Article

    LONDON - Fashion rental technology platform Zoa has launched a new innovation programme to work with leading fashion brands and retailers to determine how best to develop circular fashion for consumers. Zoa, sister company to clothing rental…
  • Monday, 26 September 2022

    Sustainable startup completes seed round

    MANCHESTER - British sustainable fashion startup Shibui has launched its first collection after closing a £250,000 (US$270,000) seed funding round. Shibui says it uses only more sustainable materials to make its affordable garments in its own…
  • Monday, 26 September 2022

    BRC launches circular fashion guideline

    LONDON - The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has launched a new guideline on selling second-hand and preloved fashion to help retailers better adhere to the principles of a circular economy. Retailers, resale platforms, charity retailers and other…
  • Friday, 23 September 2022

    Inditex ranks low in Spain for sustainability Premium Article

    LONDON - Zara owner Inditex has come bottom in new sustainability rankings of the 40 largest listed companies in Spain compiled by the Standard Ethics rating company. Standard Ethics' methodology measures companies’ level of compliance with…
  • Friday, 23 September 2022

    Romanian fashion firm in circular denim drive Premium Article

    BUCHAREST – Romanian fashion brand No44 has launched a new takeback and recycling initiative in collaboration with Turkish manufacturer ISKO, as it looks to support its claim of being one of few ‘sustainable’ clothing companies in the country. No44,…
  • Thursday, 22 September 2022

    PVH Foundation joins Fashion Climate Fund Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - The PVH Foundation - the philanthropic arm of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein owner PVH Corp - has joined the Apparel Impact Institute's (Aii) US$250M Fashion Climate Fund. It comes on board as a lead funder, joining Lululemon, H&M,…
  • Thursday, 22 September 2022

    Ganni becomes certified B Corp Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – Danish fashion brand Ganni has become the latest clothing company to earn B Corp certification. B Corporations, of which there are more than 4,500 globally, are subjected to rigorous assessments which measure efforts across five impact…
  • Thursday, 22 September 2022

    Adidas, Stella McCartney launch ‘circular’ tracksuit Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH – Sportswear giant Adidas and luxury fashion firm Stella McCartney have teamed up once again to develop a ‘circular’ tracksuit made from Infinited Fiber Company’s (IFC) ‘Infinna’ fibre. The prototype outfit is the first to be made via…
  • Thursday, 22 September 2022

    Joules launches resale platform for customers Premium Article

    MARKET HARBOROUGH – British fashion brand Joules has launched a resale platform as the latest phase of its 'Joules ReWear' programme in partnership with circular fashion specialist Reskinned. The Joules ReWear online shop enables customers to buy…
  • Wednesday, 21 September 2022

    Bloomingdale’s launches sustainability platform Premium Article

    NEW YORK – US clothing retailer Bloomingdale’s has partnered with New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to launch a new innovation fund that will address environmental and social issues within the sector. The collaboration is to support…
  • Tuesday, 20 September 2022

    Macy’s rolls out circular services Premium Article

    NEW YORK – US retailer Macy’s has outlined various services it’s introduced across its operations in a bid to promote circularity. Notably, the company – which earlier this year joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s network – has sought…
  • Friday, 16 September 2022

    Swiss brand On creates shoe sole from CO2 Premium Article

    ZURICH - Swiss sports brand On says it has created the first shoe to feature a sole made from CO2 emissions in partnership with Chicago-based carbon capture company LanzaTech. On hopes the technology behind the prototype, called Cloudprime, will be…
  • Thursday, 15 September 2022

    Primark to exit Myanmar after ETI report Premium Article

    YANGON - Fashion retailer Primark is to stop sourcing from Myanmar following what was claimed to be the most comprehensive study so far into the human rights implications of continuing to do business in the country. The Ethical Trading Initiative…
  • Thursday, 15 September 2022

    Watchdog confirms details of H&M, Decathlon probes Premium Article

    THE HAGUE – Consumer watchdogs in the Netherlands have revealed the extent of the measures that fashion giant H&M and sporting gear retailer Decathlon agreed to accept to avoid sanctions for greenwashing. H&M has agreed to withdraw its 'Conscious'…
  • Thursday, 15 September 2022

    Patagonia owner 'gives away company' Premium Article

    VENTURA - The billionaire owner of outdoor clothing brand Patagonia says he has given away the company to a charitable trust which will plough any profits not reinvested in the company into fighting climate change. Yvon Chouinard, 83, who founded…
  • Wednesday, 14 September 2022

    H&M, Decathlon avoid sanctions for sustainability claims Premium Article

    THE HAGUE – Fashion conglomerate H&M and sporting gear retailer Decathlon have made commitments to the Netherlands' Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) to market their products’ sustainability credentials more accurately following the outcome…
  • Wednesday, 14 September 2022

    Levi’s WellThread expands on plant-based indigo Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Denim giant Levi's is expanding its use of plant-based indigo dyes in the latest collection of its 'WellThread' series of products which claim reduced environmental impact. The fall/winter 2022 WellThread collection features a new…
  • Tuesday, 13 September 2022

    Nike robot to extend the life of trainers Premium Article

    LONDON - Sportswear giant Nike has launched a robot-augmented system designed to extend the life of trainers as a pilot project at its flagship Nike Town store in London. The BILL (Bot Initiated Longevity Lab) system is designed to clean and repair…
  • Tuesday, 13 September 2022

    Sportswear brand On steps into resale Premium Article

    ZURICH – Sportswear brand On has teamed up with recommerce specialist Trove to launch Onward, a new resale service for pre-owned footwear. With Onward, Trove will manage the logistics of accommodating customer returns, whilst On will incentivise…
  • Sunday, 11 September 2022

    Vote: Nike to continue sourcing from China Premium Article

    PORTLAND – As directed by the Board of Nike directors, shareholders of the sportswear giant voted on Friday to reject a proposal that would stop it sourcing goods and raw materials from China, as allegations of forced labour and human rights abuses…
  • Friday, 09 September 2022

    Ebay partners with garment repairs specialist Premium Article

    LONDON – Peer-to-peer resale marketplace Ebay has partnered with product repairs specialist Reskinned in a bid to strengthen its secondhand fashion offering. Reskinned has worked with tens of brands to date, including River Island and Joules, giving…
  • Friday, 09 September 2022

    BFC investigates impact of e-commerce returns Premium Article

    LONDON - The British Fashion Council (BFC) has commissioned a study which will explore how best to address the climate change impact of increasing returns by online fashion shoppers. Global strategy consultancy firm Roland Berger will carry out the…
  • Thursday, 08 September 2022

    Nike launches low carbon material process Premium Article

    BEAVERTON - Sportswear giant Nike has launched a new way of making apparel which it claims reduces carbon footprint by an average of 75 per cent compared to a traditional knit fleece. Nike Forward - billed as the company's most significant apparel…
  • Tuesday, 06 September 2022

    Womenswear brand WNU becomes B Corp Premium Article

    LONDON – Womenswear brand With Nothing Underneath (WNU) has become the latest company to earn B Corp certification. B Corporations, of which there are more than 4,500 globally, are subjected to rigorous assessments which measure efforts across five…
  • Tuesday, 06 September 2022

    Marimekko to set science-based targets Premium Article

    PAIMOIO – Finnish design house Marimekko has committed to setting greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals in line with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The company says it published “ambitious” targets back in 2020 but will look to…
  • Monday, 05 September 2022

    Survey: Gen Z sustainability ideas and actions confused Premium Article

    SHEFFIELD – A consumer survey has identified a “clear gap” between the pro-sustainability ideologies of Generation Z consumers and their shopping habits. Sheffield Hallam University researchers found that of the 56 students they surveyed and 24 that…
  • Monday, 05 September 2022

    Zalando, Decathlon back shoe recycling framework Premium Article

    NOUVELLE-AQUITAINE – German fashion company Zalando and French sporting gear retailer Decathlon are amongst the backers of a new shoe recycling programme launched in France’s Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. The ‘Reshoes’ programme is to be led by CETIA,…
  • Friday, 02 September 2022

    Selfridges targets boost in ‘circular’ transactions Premium Article

    LONDON – British retailer Selfridges has committed that by 2030, 45 per cent of its transactions will come from ‘circular’ products and services. The target has been outlined in the firm’s first annual ‘Project Earth’ report, in which it’s indicated…
  • Thursday, 01 September 2022

    Web plug-in streamlines secondhand shopping Premium Article

    SANTA BARBARA – Circular solutions provider Beni has launched a Chrome browser extension in a bid to make secondhand clothes shopping more accessible. With the plug-in, consumers that have identified an item they like online will be directed to…
  • Wednesday, 31 August 2022

    Collection includes printed Spinnova products Premium Article

    JYVÄSKYLÄ – Fibre manufacturer Spinnova has linked up with fashion brand and fellow Finnish company Marimekko for a capsule collection which contains the first ever commercially available printed products made using the former's sustainable fibre.…
  • Friday, 26 August 2022

    Aspiga fashion brand is awarded B Corp status Premium Article

    LONDON - Fashion brand Aspiga has become the latest of a small number of companies in the sector to be awarded B Corp status. B Corps, of which there are more than 4,500 globally, are subjected to rigorous assessments which measure efforts across…
  • Thursday, 25 August 2022

    Gap claims success in improving water access Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Fashion brand Gap Inc says it has helped improve access to water and sanitation for two million people linked to the garment industry in the Indian states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Gap worked with the US Agency for…
  • Wednesday, 24 August 2022

    Reflaunt secures US$11m in funding Premium Article

    LISBON – Circular solutions provider Reflaunt has secured US$11 million via a Series A funding round, which it’ll use to bolster its services and forge new partnerships. Ventech China, Bombyx Growth Fund and Global Blue led the financing, with the…
  • Wednesday, 24 August 2022

    The RealReal reports growth in shoppers Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Luxury resale platform The RealReal is claiming a significant growth in the number of people using its marketplace and in products sold in its annual report. The RealReal says that 5.3 million new shoppers joined its platform, which…
  • Tuesday, 23 August 2022

    Primark to offer in-store secondhand fashion Premium Article

    DUBLIN - Budget fashion retailer Primark has partnered with the Vintage Wholesale Company to allow its customers to shop for secondhand fashion in its stores. A 'WornWell' concession has now opened in Primark’s Birmingham High Street store and a…
  • Tuesday, 23 August 2022

    Simply Be enters fashion rental market Premium Article

    MANCHESTER - Plus-sized womenswear brand Simply Be has launched its first clothing rental range in partnership with the Hirestreet fashion rental platform. Customers can now choose from 23 garments, ranging in size from 10 to 32, including…
  • Tuesday, 23 August 2022

    Berghaus refreshes Repairhaus free repair service Premium Article

    SUNDERLAND - Outerwear retailer Berghaus is relaunching its free repair service as Repairhaus to encourage more customers to “champion repairing over replacing”. The company has offered free repairs since it was founded 56 years ago but is…
  • Tuesday, 23 August 2022

    Eddie Bauer moves into resale, rental Premium Article

    SANTA MONICA – Outerwear brand Eddie Bauer has teamed up with recommerce specialist Arrive to launch garment resale and rental services. Arrive manages the logistics and boasts pre-existing infrastructure enabling brand and retail partners to…
  • Friday, 19 August 2022

    Primark makes cheap t-shirts more 'sustainable' Premium Article

    DUBLIN - Fashion giant Primark has announced that it is to make its lowest priced t-shirts from more sustainable materials as part of its mission to make ethical shopping more affordable. All of the lowest priced t-shirts in Primark's 'essentials'…
  • Friday, 19 August 2022

    H&M back on Chinese online shopping platform Premium Article

    HANGZHOU - Swedish fashion giant H&M, which was at the centre of a Chinese backlash against western boycotts of Xinjiang cotton over forced labour concerns, has been reinstated on Alibaba's Tmall commerce platform. H&M was dropped by Tmall, and…
  • Friday, 19 August 2022

    Study educates consumers on clothing’s value Premium Article

    EXETER – Academics at the University of Exeter and Wolverhampton University, in England, believe that by teaching people how to make, mend and modify garments, they’ll adopt more ‘sustainable’ clothing choices. During a nine-month study across both…
  • Friday, 19 August 2022

    Frugi joins Cotton Lives On programme Premium Article

    HELSTON – British childrenswear brand Frugi has teamed up with the Cotton Lives On programme and will donate unsalvageable cotton clothing to the initiative for use in the manufacture of roll mats and mattresses. The programme, developed by industry…
  • Thursday, 18 August 2022

    Pre-owned apparel marketplace launches in Europe Premium Article

    PARIS – LePrix, said to be the largest wholesale marketplace for retailers to source luxury pre-owned apparel, has expanded to Europe in a bid to accelerate circularity on the continent. The company, situated in Maryland, USA, enables secondhand…
  • Thursday, 18 August 2022

    Startup incubator welcomes Deloitte Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – Singapore’s Textile and Fashion Federation (TaFF) has welcomed international professional services provider Deloitte to its Bridge Fashion Innovator programme (TBFI) as a knowledge partner. TBFI spans eight-weeks and was established to…
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