Fashion & Retail News

  • Friday, 22 March 2019

    H&M commits to ‘sustainable’ materials by 2030

    STOCKHOLM – Fashion brand H&M has announced that it has increased its use of ‘sustainable’ materials in its products from 35 to 57 per cent in the past year, and aims to use 100 per cent ‘sustainably’ sourced materials by 2030.
  • Wednesday, 20 March 2019

    123 million items of clothing ‘unworn’ in London

    LONDON – UK clothing charity Traid has reported that 23 per cent of clothing owned in London has never been worn, equating to around 123 million garments. This was revealed alongside the startling statistic that 22 per cent of Londoners throw away…
  • Tuesday, 19 March 2019

    GHCL recycled polyester home range to expand

    NOIDA – Gujarat Heavy Chemicals Ltd. (GHCL) is to continue a roll out of home textile products which are made from recycled polyester, following on from the recent launch of bedding made from the material. It is said to be the first bedding line to…
  • Monday, 18 March 2019

    Fashion for Good welcomes new group of innovators

    AMSTERDAM – A fifth batch of innovators have joined the Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator, as ten entrepreneurs were selected from hundreds of applicants. They will undertake a twelve-week curriculum which includes mentorship and business…
  • Wednesday, 13 March 2019

    US retail project promotes natural dye potential

    SAN FRANCISCO – Housework, a fashion and homeware retail project based in California, has been established to promote the use of nontoxic and biodegradable components – including fabrics, stitching, dyes and finishes – in the manufacture of apparel. 
  • Tuesday, 12 March 2019

    Mud goes transparent with first sustainability report

    AMSTERDAM – Dutch denim firm Mud Jeans has published its inaugural sustainability report, containing data from the past three years – a period which has seen the company grow its operations substantially. Mud Jeans has been discussing topics such as…
  • Tuesday, 12 March 2019

    Consumer thirst grows for ‘sustainable fashion’ online

    LONDON – Global fashion search platform Lyst has released a new report based on the online shopping behaviour of 80 million shoppers over 12 months that shows there’s been a 66 per cent increase in searches based around sustainable fashion. The new…
  • Tuesday, 12 March 2019

    Primark debuts jeans made using only 'sustainable cotton’

    DUBLIN – High street fashion retailer Primark has launched a range of women’s skinny jeans made using only cotton sourced from the company’s Sustainable Cotton Programme. The new collection, which is made up of three denim washes, will retail at £13…
  • Friday, 08 March 2019

    Ganni makes sustainable strides with RePack and SAC

    COPENHAGEN – Danish fashion brand Ganni has recently announced two key apparel sector alliances which reinforce the firm’s commitment to advancing its sustainability credentials. Ganni is now offering its online customers the use of Finnish…
  • Thursday, 07 March 2019

    Sperry launches recycled plastic shoes

    LEXINGTON – American footwear brand Sperry is to launch a collection of shoes made with material spun from plastic which has been recovered from marine and coastal environments. This material comes from material engineering company Bionic and is…
  • Thursday, 07 March 2019

    Expandable children’s apparel is a growing trend

    SACRAMENTO – A North American start-up is seeking to bridge the gap between conceptual design and a commercially viable product after starting a crowdfunding campaign to scale its business featuring expandable clothing for children. This concept hit…
  • Wednesday, 06 March 2019

    US research explores sustainable shopper demographics

    NEW YORK – American research firm Nielsen has published market analysis detailing the key characteristics which influence how ‘sustainable’ a consumer’s shopping habits are. The findings suggest that, alongside an individual’s level of digital…
  • Friday, 01 March 2019

    ‘Girl Power’ t-shirt workers laid off after wage protests

    DHAKA – Over 100 garment workers have allegedly been sacked in Bangladesh after a protest over low wages at a factory that makes ‘Girl Power’ T-shirts. These are among the 7,500 employees from 27 factories in the country that claim to have been…
  • Thursday, 28 February 2019

    UK shopping centre to offer apparel recycling points

    LONDON - Real estate investment trust company Landsec has confirmed that it will introduce discarded apparel and textiles recycling collection points at its Westgate shopping centre in Oxford. The retail outlet which hosts the stores of brands…
  • Wednesday, 27 February 2019

    Researchers set out manifesto for fashion change

    LONDON – A group of academics with specialisms in the fashion sector have formed the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion (UCRF), aimed at drawing attention to the crucial role of building and sharing knowledge in making the fashion system…
  • Tuesday, 26 February 2019

    North American duo sole searching for sustainability

     VANCOUVER – Canadian footwear manufacturer Sole has teamed up with responsible apparel company United by Blue (UBB) to produce a shoe designed using entirely sustainable materials.
  • Monday, 25 February 2019

    US fashion retailer swoops into rental marketplace

    PITTSBURGH – American Eagle Outfitters has become the latest firm to introduce a subscription service for its apparel, offering users the chance to order garments from the firm’s latest collections before deciding whether to return or keep the item…
  • Monday, 25 February 2019

    Straight talking on circular fashion

    As part of the on-going debate within Ecotextile News about the issue of circularity in the fashion sector, Megan McGill, Programme Manager for Circular Transformation, C&A Foundation asks, “What exactly is a circular fashion business model?” As the…
  • Monday, 25 February 2019

    US event seeks to turn the red carpet green

    LOS ANGELES – The tenth anniversary of Red Carpet Green Dress (RCGD), founded by actress Suzy Amis Cameron, took place in the build up to this year’s Oscars awards ceremony. The event was launched in 2009 to benefit California’s MUSE School – also…
  • Friday, 22 February 2019

    Circular fashion to take centre stage in Australia

    MELBOURNE – A national clothing take-back scheme in a country of 25 million people would help to avoid severe disruption to the fashion industry caused by mandatory regulations, believes the founder of the Australian Circular Textile Association…
  • Wednesday, 20 February 2019

    R Collective launches textile waste collection

    HONG KONG – The R Collective, founded by environmental charity Redress, has launched its inaugural upcycled clothing collection, which re-uses textile waste that would ordinarily end up in landfill. According to Global Fashion Agenda, An estimated…
  • Tuesday, 19 February 2019

    Textile recyclers call for UK government action

    MAIDSTONE – Following today’s publication of the Environmental Audit Committee’s ‘Fixing Fashion’ report, the Textile Recycling Association has called for the UK government to accept and act on the recommendations made. It has also called on…
  • Monday, 18 February 2019

    Boohoo wool ‘ban’ short-lived

    MANCHESTER – UK fast-fashion brand Boohoo walked back its ban on wool products hours after it was initially announced, following strong criticism from Australian sheep farmers – the industry’s biggest source of merino wool fibre. However, Ecotextile…
  • Friday, 15 February 2019

    Fast fashion’s circularity drive: promising or pointless?

    LOS ANGELES – Recent weeks have seen H&M USA busily working to increase the quantities of unwanted textiles donated to its garment return programme. Initiatives to support this effort include a partnership with the Environmental Media Association…
  • Friday, 15 February 2019

    Recycling recognition sought at London Fashion Week

    LONDON – To coincide with the beginning of London Fashion Week (LFW), the Global Recycling Foundation has called on the fashion industry to celebrate brands which have already incorporated recycling materials and technologies into their operations.…
  • Thursday, 14 February 2019

    Recycled rugs help Adidas trainers change their stripes

    AMSTERDAM – To coincide with the announcement that it will aim to produce eleven million pairs of footwear incorporating recycled plastic in 2019, Adidas has collaborated with designer Simone Post and German recycling innovator I:CO to create novel…
  • Thursday, 14 February 2019

    Major brands under microfibre scrutiny in new study

    AMSTERDAM – Adidas, Nike, H&M and Zara apparel has all been tested in relation to the quantities of microfibres shed during laundering, as part of a study undertaken by the Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials at the Italian National…
  • Wednesday, 13 February 2019

    Asics embarks on marathon emissions project

    HOOFDDORP – Sportswear brand Asics has pledged to reduce product-related greenhouse gas emissions by 55 per cent globally by 2030, beginning with new product recycling programmes being launched at eight of its sponsored sporting events across Europe…
  • Tuesday, 12 February 2019

    Outdoor brand Norrøna partners with Fashion for Good

    AMSTERDAM – Norwegian outdoor brand Norrøna has been announced as the latest company to join forces with Fashion for Good, as the sustainable fashion initiative continues to gain industry traction by working with an ever-growing pool of apparel…
  • Monday, 11 February 2019

    Designer calls for end to “unnecessary profit making”

    LONDON – British fashion designer Katharine Hamnett has called for the unification of standards in apparel manufacturing for nations both inside and outside the European Union (EU), along with stating that “a lot of brands are changing, but a lot…
  • Friday, 08 February 2019

    No sob story for Boohoo

    MANCHESTER – After being challenged over “inaccuracies” given to a UK parliamentary ‘fast fashion inquiry’ and becoming embroiled in a faux fur mislabelling debacle, you’d think 2019 would be a period of trepidation for online fashion retailer…
  • Thursday, 07 February 2019

    Weird Fish reaches landmark total for RSPB

    TEWKESBURY – British casual clothing brand Weird Fish has announced that it has reached the milestone amount of £100,000 raised for wildlife charity RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds). The partnership has been in place since January…
  • Wednesday, 06 February 2019

    Labour Behind the Label reprises Six Items Challenge

    BRISTOL – UK-based worker rights NGO Labour Behind the Label has announced that it will once again be holding the Six Items Challenge, tasking the public to raise funds to support its work by getting sponsored to wear just six garments over a six…
  • Monday, 04 February 2019

    Outdoor ads recycled into London Fashion Week collection

    LONDON – Outdoor advertising firm Ocean has teamed up with fashion studio VIN + OMI for London Fashion Week to launch an apparel range incorporating used vinyl panels taken from its advertising displays. The resultant Ocean label will be produced in…
  • Thursday, 31 January 2019

    Transparency the topic of latest Fashion for Good collection

    AMSTERDAM – Sustainability initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) has announced the theme of its next capsule collection which will hone in on transparency within the industry. The ‘Naked’ collection – only the second of its kind to be held in FFG’s…
  • Thursday, 31 January 2019

    Swedish brand steps up sustainability messaging

    STOCKHOLM – Children’s outdoor brand Isbjörn of Sweden has announced that it will increase its sustainability and environmental messaging on apparel in order to better engage with consumers. The balance the company seeks to strike between…
  • Wednesday, 30 January 2019

    Home textiles giant IKEA receives Davos circularity award

    ALMHULT – Swedish home furnishings retailer IKEA has been recognised with an award for its commitment to circularity at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. IKEA has been selected as the winner of the Accenture Strategy Award for Circular…
  • Tuesday, 29 January 2019

    Sharecloth releases report on apparel overproduction

    NEW YORK – Digital fashion solution company Sharecloth has released ‘The 2018 Apparel Industry Overproduction Report’, with hopes of shining a light on the amount of wasted clothing produced by the fashion industry. The report aims to condense the…
  • Tuesday, 29 January 2019

    Finnish study examines consumer circularity engagement

    HELSINKI – A study conducted at Aalto University has sought to address the “theoretical gap in consumer intention to circular business model” within the fashion sector. The Customer intention to engage in circular business models in fashion industry…
  • Tuesday, 29 January 2019

    EPR shapes French attitudes to fashion

    PARIS – A study on the shopping habits of the French says they are now much more sensitive to the challenges of fashion and the circular economy after the government introduction of its decree no. 2008-602 on waste clothing, linen and footwear.…
  • Monday, 28 January 2019

    Asics aims to make Olympic rings more circular

    KOBE – Sportswear firm Asics is seeking used garment donations after it announced that it will manufacture the Japanese Olympic and Paralympic teams’ official apparel from recycled clothing for the nation’s home games in 2020. In the run-up to next…
  • Friday, 25 January 2019

    Unifi to debut recycled staple nylon yarn

    GREENSBORO – Synthetic yarn provider Unifi will introduce three new ‘sustainable’ developments at the 2019 Outdoor Retail Snow Show later this month in Denver, Colorado. Repreve nylon staple fibre, ‘Truclean’ chemical-free anti-static fibre and…
  • Wednesday, 23 January 2019

    Beyond benchmarks

    In contrast to what has become the norm for many brands, Timberland is, according to its sustainability director, more concerned with ensuring its “house is in order” than making headline-grabbing environmental claims. David Styles reports.
  • Friday, 18 January 2019

    Kering report ties Planetary Boundaries to business

    CAMBRIDGE – The first in a series of reports by luxury group Kering and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability has linked the Planetary Boundaries framework to business, seeking to explore how it can help inform decision-making on…
  • Wednesday, 16 January 2019

    Report yields ‘sustainable fashion’ advice

    HONG KONG – KPMG has published the final conclusions of a consumer survey into sustainable fashion, which follow on from preliminary findings released in September. Polling was done in collaboration with the Hong Kong Fashion Summit and HSBC who…
  • Monday, 14 January 2019

    Redress winner to partner with leading Chinese fashion brand

    CHINA - Hong Kong-based NGO Redress has launched the ninth edition of The Redress Design Award, which it says is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition. The winner will receive the chance to collaborate with JNBY Group – one of…
  • Monday, 14 January 2019

    Survey finds sustainability drives demand

    NEW YORK – More than two-thirds of consumers consider sustainability when making a purchase and are willing to pay more for sustainable products, a survey conducted by business application provider CGS has found.
  • Friday, 11 January 2019

    NHL and Adidas collaborate for recycled fibre kits

    PORTLAND/NEW YORK – Sportswear giant Adidas has teamed up with the NHL (National Hockey League) to develop the league’s first-ever hockey jerseys to contain recycled materials. As part of the ongoing collaboration between the German sportswear brand…
  • Friday, 11 January 2019

    Fast fashion a global environmental injustice, report claims

    ST. LOUIS – A new report penned by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis claims that both the human and environmental health risks associated with fast fashion are “hidden throughout the lifecycle of each garment.” The study has also…
  • Friday, 11 January 2019

    La Sportiva pledges 1% for the Planet

    ZIANO DI FIEMME – Mountaineering apparel company La Sportiva has announced its membership of the 1% for the Planet initiative, meaning it will now donate one per cent of its global apparel sales revenue to environmentally-focused not for profit…

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