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  • 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…
  • Thursday, 10 January 2019

    ASOS and PVH link up with Global Fashion Agenda

    COPENHAGEN – ASOS and PVH Corp have been revealed as the two latest apparel companies become strategic partners of the Global Fashion Agenda, to “provide expert opinion to shape the sustainability agenda.” They join brands such as Nike and H&M as…
  • Thursday, 10 January 2019

    MADE-BY assets acquired following liquidation

    MACCLESFIELD – Anthesis Group has announced the acquisition of several key assets from non-profit MADE-BY, which went into administration during the final quarter of 2018. Anthesis, which describes itself as a sustainability and solutions provider,…
  • Thursday, 10 January 2019

    Survey highlights lack of trust in fashion giants

    LONDON – A new international research poll released today by Ipsos MORI indicates that most shoppers hold apparel brands accountable for what happens in their supply chains, but do not trust them to self-police or communicate accurately what is…
  • Wednesday, 09 January 2019

    Is luxury fashion becoming a sustainability leader?

    LONDON/NEW YORK – Mimicking the way in which haute couture catwalks influence high street styles, are premium brands now spearheading a sustainability shift that can translate into an industrywide environmental surge?
  • Monday, 07 January 2019

    Outdoor brand Mammut joins SAC

    SEON – Swiss mountaineering and hiking apparel firm Mammut has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) as part of what it describes as “another step in its committed approach to responsible production.” This announcement sees the company…
  • Wednesday, 02 January 2019

    Hard Talk: Minding your business

    NEW YORK - With a direct line to CEOs, Cara Smyth, the Founder of the GCNYC Fair Fashion Center, NYC, identifies the business case for sustainability and shows how it can help to turn global environmental issues into industry opportunities.
  • Wednesday, 19 December 2018

    UK apparel retailers lower impact, says report

    LONDON – A new report from UK charity WRAP that charts the progress of signatories to the SCAP 2020 Sustainable Clothing Action Plan, claims significant reductions in carbon and water use along with waste to landfill per tonne of garments sold in…
  • Tuesday, 18 December 2018

    Eco-Age celebrates Italian expansion

    MILAN – Sustainable fashion organisation Eco-Age has announced the opening of a new Italian office to serve existing clients who operate within the Italian market, alongside new clients who will be exclusive to the Italian branch. Eco-Age is no…
  • Tuesday, 18 December 2018

    C&A’s golden goal highlights circular challenges

    LONDON – During the recent Denim Première Vision exhibition fashion retailer C&A provided further details of its project to mass produce an affordable pair of ladies’ denim jeans certified to the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) ‘Gold’ environmental standard.…
  • Friday, 14 December 2018

    Bank & Vogue joins Ellen MacArthur initiative

    OTTAWA – North American post-consumer textiles firm Bank & Vogue has expressed its excitement at the prospect of collaborating with global brands such as H&M and Nike after it was announced that it has joined Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular…
  • Thursday, 13 December 2018

    Stella McCartney extends partnership with consignment firm

    SAN FRANCISCO – US-based consignment provider The RealReal has confirmed that its partnership with the Stella McCartney fashion house has been extended in a new year-long deal. The collaboration is described by Stella McCartney as a way in which her…
  • Thursday, 13 December 2018

    Jeanologia joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition

    VALENCIA - Fabric and garment finishing company Jeanologia has joined more than 220 other firms by entering into the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The SAC is formed of brands, retailers and manufacturers, as well as governments,…
  • Wednesday, 12 December 2018

    Kering forms two new partnerships

    PARIS – Luxury fashion firm Kering has announced two new partnerships: launching a sustainable innovation award with Plug and Play in China; along with a collaboration with the Savory Institute to advocate verified regenerative sourcing solutions.…
  • Wednesday, 12 December 2018

    PODCAST: Thought leadership with Jason Kibbey

    WAKEFIELD – In this expansive, long-format interview with Jason Kibbey, CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), Mike Schragger asks him to reflect on his 8 years at the helm of the SAC and his assessment of the organisation to date. Prepare…
  • Monday, 10 December 2018

    VF restructuring sees Kontoor emerge

    GREENSBORO – VF Corporation has announced that Kontoor Brands, Inc. will be the name given to the independent, publicly traded company formed following the division of several VF-owned Jeanswear companies. The separation process – which comprises…
  • Friday, 07 December 2018

    Swedish apparel brands take climate action

    STOCKHOLM – The Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA) has partnered with Swedish apparel companies Peak Performance, Kappahl and H&M to launch the ‘Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Actions (STIKA)’, an initiative to reduce their individual climate…
  • Friday, 07 December 2018

    Vaude wins environmental award for businesses

    STUTTGART – Outdoor brand Vaude has received the 2018 Environmental Award for Businesses from the German Ministry of the Environment, for its efforts in environmental protection and environment-oriented company management. Along with the award,…
  • Friday, 07 December 2018

    Bestseller partners with Fashion for Good

    AMSTERDAM – International fashion house Bestseller has entered a strategic partnership with Dutch initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) as the pair look to drive the mass fashion market’s adoption of sustainable, circular technologies. The Danish…
  • Tuesday, 04 December 2018

    Most consumers buy apparel they never wear, survey finds

    LONDON – A new survey conducted by the Fashion Retail Academy has found that the majority of consumers aged 18-35 have purchased garments they never wear, with almost a quarter claiming to have bought ten or more items which have simply been wasted.…
  • Monday, 03 December 2018

    UK repair firm aims to combat apparel waste

    CAMBORNE – A UK-based clothing repair service has exceeded its crowdfunding goal of £200,000, as the company seeks to expand its operations which have already seen orders grow 321 per cent in the year leading up to September 2018. Clothes Doctor,…
  • Monday, 03 December 2018

    Sustainability used for financial growth, HSBC finds

    LONDON – Global finance institution HSBC has claimed that business around the world are reappraising supply chains in order to integrate sustainability; decisions which are primarily driven by expectations of subsequent financial reward. A new study…
  • Thursday, 29 November 2018

    Otto Group teams up with Fashion for Good

    AMSTERDAM – The Otto Group has signed up to the Fashion for Good Innovation Platform, and with others, will now become part of the Dutch-based NGO’s selection process for new innovators and start-ups that focus on sustainability in the textile and…
  • Wednesday, 28 November 2018

    Hong Kong steps up textile recycling efforts

    HONG KONG – As Hong Kong begins to take a more pro-active approach to textile waste, Redress – an NGO that promotes environmental sustainability in fashion – reports that over eighty companies from across the city took part in its ‘Get Redressed…
  • Friday, 23 November 2018

    Circle Economy launches circular acceleration projects

    AMSTERDAM – Circle Economy has announced three new projects aimed at providing a boost to the implementation of circular practices within the fashion sector. “Linear is now last season’s news; the future is circular,” is the battlecry from those…
  • Wednesday, 21 November 2018

    Consumers seek sustainability leadership, report finds

    ASHBOURNE – A new Fashion Revolution report has found that consumers across five EU markets are increasingly looking to brands and governments alike to take the lead in ensuring clothing is made responsibly and sustainably. It claims that the…
  • Tuesday, 20 November 2018

    Messe Frankfurt commits to home-grown designers

    FRANKFURT – Messe Frankfurt has announced its support for a new mentoring programme, established by Fashion Council Germany (FCG), which seeks to promote up-and-coming German design talent and fashion labels with a focus on sustainability. The…
  • Friday, 16 November 2018

    Fast fashion inquiry: “The system is broken.”

    LONDON – As part of the ongoing Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry into the fashion industry, evidence has now been heard at the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Lydia and Manfred Gorvy lecture theatre. In what proved to be a lively and open…
  • Thursday, 15 November 2018

    Stepping up your sustainability credentials

    NEW YORK - Both the acceleration of sustainability within fashion or textile businesses and the role the UN's Sustainable Development Goals can play in this shift have long been prominent topics for discussion among industry stakeholders. Caterina…
  • Wednesday, 14 November 2018

    Reusable apparel packaging on the rise

    HELSINKI/BEIJING – The upwards trajectory of online apparel orders being shipped in reusable packaging appears to be continuing, with Finnish firm RePack beginning a pilot of its multiple-use packaging in the United States and Chinese retailer…
  • Thursday, 08 November 2018

    MEC boss to step down

    VANCOUVER – Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) CEO David Labistour, who has been heavily involved in sustainability efforts in the apparel sector, is stepping down after 11 years in the role. Labistour ensured MEC played a part in the early days of the…
  • Thursday, 08 November 2018

    Scaling support for five fashion firms

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good has announced the latest five companies to have joined its Scaling Programme, with the new inductees offering innovations in fields including waste water treatment, recommerce and fibre welding. Ecovative, Natural Fiber…
  • Wednesday, 07 November 2018

    Apparel brands support forestry mapping tool

    VANCOUVER – Apparel brands and fashion industry organisations have worked alongside forestry conservation NGO Canopy to develop its new ForestMapper interactive tool that provides support to companies that wish to assess potential risks posed to…
  • Monday, 05 November 2018

    Australian brand takes the plunge on Naia

    KINGSPORT – Naia, the new wood pulp-derived cellulosic fibre from US chemical and fibre producer Eastman, has been incorporated into Australian swimwear brand JETS’ latest collection. The fibre, which has been awarded FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody…
  • Thursday, 01 November 2018

    UK inquiry questions fashion sustainability experts

    LONDON – UK politicians heard from fashion industry experts at this week’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) at the House of Commons on the negative impacts that textile microfibres, fibre selection and fast fashion have on the environment. This…
  • Wednesday, 31 October 2018

    Fast Retailing to wipe out denim water consumption

    TOKYO – Japanese conglomerate Fast Retailing has announced the adoption of new laundering technology for jeans across its whole range of brands, which is said to reduce water usage by more than 90 per cent per wash. The process, developed in…
  • Tuesday, 30 October 2018

    LCF partners for sustainable fashion future

    LONDON – London College of Fashion (LCF) has announced a partnership with Common Objective (CO) to ensure the next generation of fashion designers are better educated on how to integrate sustainability within the garments they produce. The…
  • Tuesday, 30 October 2018

    UK organisation publishes microfibre pollution study

    LONDON – The Women’s Institute (WI) has today published a study into the laundry habits of Britons, with the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) stating that its membership is “deeply concerned” about textile-derived marine pollution.…
  • Tuesday, 30 October 2018

    Skunkfunk has Science Based Targets approved

    BIZKAIA – Basque apparel brand Skunkfunk (SKFK) has confirmed that its Science Based Targets (SBT) have now been approved, a breakthrough which the company sees as a significant step in progressing its CO2 roadmap. Earlier this year, the company…
  • Friday, 26 October 2018

    Polartec praises Houdini’s North American expansion

    ANDOVER – Polartec has made public its support for Swedish sportswear firm Houdini, following the brand’s expansion of operations into the North American marketplace. Polartec states that, as 99 per cent of Houdini’s products are either recycled,…
  • Wednesday, 24 October 2018

    Fashion sector to launch charter for climate action

    MILAN – In partnership with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Puma and a significant group of other apparel brands and industry stakeholders, have together developed a new Charter for the Fashion Industry to tackle climate…
  • Thursday, 18 October 2018

    Liquidator pursues buyer for MADE-BY assets

    AMSTERDAM – The corporate recovery and insolvency arm of Kingston Smith LLP is seeking a buyer for the intellectual property assets of Dutch non-profit MADE-BY following the firm entering liquidation last week. MADE-BY, which worked with global…
  • Wednesday, 17 October 2018

    Amazon invests to support circular economy

    SEATTLE – Online retail superpower Amazon – which continues to grow its presence in the apparel sector – has announced a US$10 million investment in Closed Loop Fund to support and develop the recycling capabilities of towns and cities across the…
  • Friday, 12 October 2018

    H&M faces new claims of destroying unsold stock

    STOCKHOLM – Just weeks after luxury brand Burberry’s admission – and subsequent halting – of its incineration of unsold stock, fast fashion giant H&M has once again been accused of destroying unsold clothing. The allegations come from a team of…
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