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  • Wednesday, 16 June 2021

    Boohoo signs up with supply chain auditor Premium Article

    MANCHESTER - Fast fashion company Boohoo has agreed to sign up to forensic supply chain initiative Fast Forward as part of the company’s attempts to improve its image. Fast Forward, which describes itself as a "next generation, labour standards…
  • Wednesday, 16 June 2021

    H&M joins EU’s Green Consumption Pledge

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish fashion giant H&M has declared its commitment to the EU Commission’s Green Consumption Pledge. The initiative, launched in February, challenges signatories to align with three of five core principles addressing carbon emissions,…
  • Tuesday, 15 June 2021

    GFA figures highlight Bangladesh recycling potential

    COPENHAGEN – Calculations made by the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) suggest that Bangladesh could save as much as US$500 million a year if garment manufacturers redirected the money they spend on importing cotton to native recyclers. Intrinsic to this…
  • Tuesday, 15 June 2021

    Ralph Lauren commits to net zero by 2040

    NEW YORK — Fashion company Ralph Lauren has committed to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in both its own operations and its global supply chain by the year 2040. The company has also pledged to link executive pay to key…
  • Tuesday, 15 June 2021

    Gucci hits its environmental targets early

    MILAN - Luxury fashion house Gucci has published its first Impact Report in which it reveals it has achieved some of its environmental targets four years ahead of schedule. The Kering-owned brand says that its 2020 Environmental Profit and Loss…
  • Monday, 14 June 2021

    Higg updates product module for apparel and footwear Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), along with its technology partner Higg, have released a new version of the Higg Product Module (PM) to evaluate the environmental impact of apparel, footwear and other consumer goods. The idea…
  • Monday, 14 June 2021

    Rental firm opens pop-up in London

    LONDON – Fashion rental service provider Rotaro has opened a pop-up in London that will champion circularity and host creative workshops and panel discussions addressing sustainability. The store, on Carnaby Street, Soho, is to hold pieces from the…
  • Monday, 14 June 2021

    McCartney calls for change from G7 leaders

    CORNWALL – British fashion designer Stella McCartney has told G7 leaders to revisit and amend policies surrounding ‘sustainable’ products in order to stop “penalising those doing good”. McCartney was one of nine chief executives to join world…
  • Monday, 14 June 2021

    University of Huddersfield joins Textiles 2030

    HUDDERSFIELD – The University of Huddersfield, in England, has become the latest signatory to WRAP’s Textiles 2030 initiative, joining brands, academic institutes and non-profits in working towards a more sustainable fashion industry. WRAP describes…
  • Friday, 11 June 2021

    Circularity initiative targets Europe’s SMEs

    EUROPE – A new European initiative has issued an open call to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) transitioning to circular ways of working, as it plans to offer funding to promising projects across the fashion industry. The ‘Small but Perfectly…
  • Friday, 11 June 2021

    Schuh parent company bans alpaca wool

    NASHVILLE - Footwear and accessories company Genesco, which owns the Schuh retail chain, has banned the use of alpaca wool following an expose by animal rights group PETA. The PETA investigation into the world’s largest privately owned alpaca farm,…
  • Friday, 11 June 2021

    IKEA helps suppliers switch to renewable electricity

    LEIDEN - Swedish-owned homeware giant IKEA has launched a new programme to accelerate its suppliers' transition to using 100 per cent renewable electricity. With two-thirds of the company's carbon footprint in its supply chain, it wants to help…
  • Friday, 11 June 2021

    Half of fast fashion 'made with virgin plastic' Premium Article

    LONDON - Nearly half of the women's clothing sold by online fast fashion retailers Boohoo, ASOS, Prettylittlething and Missguided is made entirely with virgin plastic-based synthetic textiles, according to a new study. On average, 49 per cent of…
  • Thursday, 10 June 2021

    Burberry pledges to become climate positive

    LONDON - British fashion company Burberry has become the first luxury brand to pledge to become climate positive by 2040 after ramping up its previous target to be net-zero by then. Underpinning this pledge is a series of initiatives which include…
  • Thursday, 10 June 2021

    H&M Foundation highlights sustainable start-ups

    STOCKHOLM - The H&M Foundation, the non-profit founded by the Swedish fashion giant to fast track the realisation of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, has shone a spotlight on 10 innovative start-ups. Entitled the 'Billion Dollar Collection’,…
  • Thursday, 10 June 2021

    Fashion for Good project to scale biosynthetic fibres Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Global sustainability organisation Fashion for Good (FFG) has initiated a new project that will explore the feasibility of scaling promising PHA (Polyhydroxyalkanoates) fibres for commercial use. PHA fibres are biosynthetic alternatives…
  • Thursday, 10 June 2021

    Chanel backs climate change fund for farmers

    ZURICH - French fashion brand Chanel is investing US$25 million in a new fund which aims to help smallholder farmers in developing countries deal with the impacts of climate change. Chanel is the anchor investor in the Landscape Resilience Fund…
  • Wednesday, 09 June 2021

    LVMH sets up global employee support fund

    PARIS – French luxury fashion giant LVMH has invested an initial €30 million (US$36.5m) in a global emergency and support fund for its 150,000 employees. The LVMH Heart Fund is aimed at supporting all of its staff around the world in more than 70…
  • Wednesday, 09 June 2021

    Mytheresa links up with Vestiaire Collective

    MUNICH — Luxury fashion e-commerce platform Mytheresa has announced a partnership with pre-loved fashion app Vestiaire Collective to introduce a resale service for its customers. Mytheresa clients will be invited to participate in the programme via…
  • Wednesday, 09 June 2021

    The North Face responds after PR attack Premium Article

    DENVER – Outdoor brand The North Face (TNF) has responded to allegations of hypocrisy after it became the target of a PR attack by a company in the oil and gas sector. A social media campaign was launched and billboards were plastered around TNF’s…
  • Friday, 04 June 2021

    LVMH partners with environmental non-profit Canopy Premium Article

    PARIS – French fashion giant LVMH, which owns the likes of Stella McCartney, Givenchy and Christian Dior, has announced a partnership with environmental non-profit Canopy. Canopy works with stakeholders across the fashion and textile industries,…
  • Friday, 04 June 2021

    Mulberry links up with Muirhead on circularity Premium Article

    LONDON – Luxury fashion brand Mulberry has announced a strategic partnership with Scottish leather manufacturer Muirhead to help deliver its recently-launched Made to Last Manifesto. Made to Last marks 50 years of Mulberry and lays out a commitment…
  • Friday, 04 June 2021

    Global Fashion Group goes carbon neutral Premium Article

    LONDON – Apparel retailer Global Fashion Group (GFG) has announced that it’s gone carbon neutral across its operations. The London-headquartered outfit says what was key to achieving this has been purchasing carbon credits from certified renewable…
  • Friday, 04 June 2021

    Brands criticised for Myanmar sourcing u-turn Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Worker rights campaigners are accusing leading brands Bestseller, H&M and Primark of resuming sourcing from crisis-hit Myanmar without consulting trade unions. The US-based Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) accused the fashion companies…
  • Friday, 04 June 2021

    Gen Z embraces sustainability - Depop survey Premium Article

    LONDON - Nine out of ten members of the so-called 'Gen Z' have made changes to be more sustainable in their daily lives with fashion practices playing a central role, according to a new survey by secondhand platform Depop and global consultants Bain…
  • Thursday, 03 June 2021

    China accuses brands of endangering children Premium Article

    BEIJING - Chinese customs officials are accusing major fashion brands, including Nike, H&M and Zara, of endangering children through the sale of what it deems hazardous clothing products. China's General Administration of Customs, in a warning…
  • Thursday, 03 June 2021

    Rent the Runway goes into resale Premium Article

    NEW YORK – US apparel company Rent the Runway (RTR) has announced that it is to enter the resale market in a bid to engage new customers after a turbulent past year. Now, shoppers will be able to browse the company’s collection of designer garments…
  • Thursday, 03 June 2021

    Consumer research highlights interest in sustainability Premium Article

    SAN DIEGO – New research suggests consumers are keen to shop for more ‘sustainable’ fashion, but almost half aren’t sure where to find it or what constitutes a sustainable garment. The survey of 2,000 US teens and adults highlights that almost…
  • Thursday, 03 June 2021

    Circularity report highlights job creation potential Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Impact organisation Circle Economy has published a new report which explores how the Netherland’s transition to a circular economy could prove a huge boost to jobs in fashion supply chains. The analysis, undertaken by the organisation’s…
  • Wednesday, 02 June 2021

    Surge in recruits for Canopy’s Pack4Good initiative Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Environmental non-profit Canopy has announced that a new cohort of 29 companies from sectors such as apparel and footwear have joined its Pack4Good initiative. The likes of Reiss, Ugg, Hunter, Forever New and House of Baukjen have joined…
  • Wednesday, 02 June 2021

    KappAhl brand launches rental service Premium Article

    MOELNDAL – Newbie, a childrenswear brand of apparel company KappAhl, has launched a new rental offering that it’ll sell via Hyber. KappAhl says the move underpins its commitment to becoming more sustainable while making its product range available…
  • Tuesday, 01 June 2021

    H&M's Sellpy expands into 20 EU countries Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish fashion giant the H&M Group has announced the expansion of its secondhand platform Sellpy into another 20 European countries. It is the latest stage of a rapid expansion which saw Sellpy venture into Austria and the Netherlands…
  • Friday, 28 May 2021

    Kering shares new plans on circularity Premium Article

    PARIS – Luxury fashion group Kering has revealed how it plans to close the loop on circularity by focussing more on product durability, regenerative farming practises, ecosystem health and expanding its repair services. “We are shifting our…
  • Thursday, 27 May 2021

    Varner sets out ambitious sustainability goals Premium Article

    OSLO - Nordic fashion company Varner has published its first sustainability report in which it sets out a target of buying all of its fibres from more sustainable sources by 2025. The company, which owns brands Cubus, Dressmann, Bik Bok, Carlings,…
  • Wednesday, 26 May 2021

    Bestseller publishes 2020 sustainability report Premium Article

    BRANDE - Danish fashion giant Bestseller has published its sustainability report for 2020 – claiming to have achieved important sustainability goals despite the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic. The company says that 84 per cent of its cotton…
  • Wednesday, 26 May 2021

    Brands 'failing to prevent forced labour' Premium Article

    LONDON - The world’s leading fashion brands are failing to safeguard workers in their supply chains from forced labour, according to a new study from the KnowTheChain initiative. KnowTheChain ranked 37 of the world’s biggest apparel and footwear…
  • Tuesday, 25 May 2021

    Greenpeace: 'Amazon destroys unsold stock' Premium Article

    WINSEN - Online retail giant Amazon is destroying unsold goods - including t-shirts and other garments - to avoid taking up storage space with items that are not selling well, according to Greenpeace. The environmental group says one of its…
  • Monday, 24 May 2021

    YNAP commits to Prince Charles' Terra Carta Premium Article

    MILAN - Yoox Net-a-Porter (YNAP) has become the first luxury fashion retailer to commit to the Prince of Wales' Terra Carta for sustainable change which launched earlier this year. YNAP says its decision to join Terra Carta - which aims to put…
  • Monday, 24 May 2021

    C&A to open high-tech factory in Germany Premium Article

    DUSSELDORF - Fashion retailer C&A has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art garment factory in the Germany city of Mönchengladbach which will focus on sustainable production. C&A's 'Factory for Innovation in Textiles' (FIT), due to open this…
  • Friday, 21 May 2021

    New EWM owners 'to buy cancelled garments' Premium Article

    DHAKA - The new owners of Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) have reportedly agreed to buy stock that is still sitting in factories in Bangladesh after the retailer halted orders during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic last year. The company has…
  • Thursday, 20 May 2021

    Brands back bid to boost textile recycling Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The Fashion for Good initiative is bringing together industry leaders - including Adidas, Bestseller, Zalando and Zara owners Inditex - in a new initiative aimed at increasing the recycling of waste textiles. The Sorting for Circularity…
  • Thursday, 20 May 2021

    Uniqlo shirts blocked on forced labour fears Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES - Japanese fashion brand Uniqlo says it is "disappointed" after a shipment of its shirts was blocked by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on suspicion they had been made with forced labour in the Xinjiang region of China. CBP said…
  • Thursday, 20 May 2021

    Wolf & Badger becomes certified B Corp Premium Article

    LONDON – Fashion e-tailer Wolf & Badger has become the UK’s first online marketplace to attain B Corp status. B Corporations, of which there are around 3,800 worldwide spanning 150 industries and 70 countries, are subjected to rigorous assessments…
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2021

    Boohoo links part of bonus scheme to ESG work Premium Article

    MANCHESTER – The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has welcomed news that fast fashion brand Boohoo is to link 15 per cent of its executive bonuses with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) improvements. The committee had previously written…
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2021

    New Arc’teryx platform convenes circular services Premium Article

    NORTH VANCOUVER – Canadian outdoor brand Arc’teryx is today launching its ReBird platform, a centralised hub that’ll host all services and information surrounding its circularity initiatives. The website will serve as a one-stop-shop for the…
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2021

    Puma to boost share of ‘sustainable’ fibres across range Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH – German sportswear giant Puma has announced that by 2025, nine out of ten products across its entire portfolio will be made from more ‘sustainable’ materials. The company is targeting gains in the department of recyclable materials,…
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2021

    Primark resumes placing orders in Myanmar Premium Article

    YANGON - Fashion retailer Primark has joined H&M and Bestseller by resuming sourcing in Myanmar after putting a halt on the placing of new orders following the military coup. A Primark spokesperson said: "We took the decision to pause the placing of…
  • Tuesday, 18 May 2021

    H&M, Bestseller resume Myanmar orders, C&A pulls out Premium Article

    YANGON - Scandinavian fashion giants H&M and Bestseller have begun placing new orders again in Myanmar but the country's garment industry received another setback when C&A became the latest company to put a halt on new orders. Major companies,…
  • Tuesday, 18 May 2021

    Sheep Inc unveils £140 carbon negative hoodie Premium Article

    LONDON - Sustainable fashion brand Sheep Inc has unveiled what it claims is the world's first carbon negative hoodie - with a price tag of £140 (US$200). The company claims each hoodie naturally removes more CO2 from the atmosphere than its…
  • Tuesday, 18 May 2021

    Puma to ban mulesed wool by 2025 Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH – Sportswear brand Puma has joined both Calvin Klein and Marks and Spencer in committing to a mulesed wool ban by 2025. Mulesing is a controversial breech modification technique through which strips of wool-bearing skin are cut from…
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