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  • Thursday, 02 April 2020

    Kontoor Brands joins Green Supply Chain Map

    BEIJING – Kontoor Brands, which owns the Wrangler and Lee brands, has joined the Green Supply Chain Map in 2020; a move which means the firm will disclose the environmental information of all their suppliers located in China. The online tool, launched…
  • Thursday, 02 April 2020

    Inditex agrees to Bangladesh order payments

    DHAKA – Fashion firms Inditex, Target, Marks & Spencer and Kiabi say they will accommodate and pay for orders from Bangladeshi suppliers, having originally left the country’s garment manufacturers high-and-dry. The decision to backtrack follows…
  • Wednesday, 01 April 2020

    COVID-19, the catalyst for change

    WAKEFIELD – We understand our print magazine subscribers well enough to know they’ll be fine about us making the April issue (No:96) of Ecotextile News free to everyone, in an effort to keep environmental and social issues at the centre of our…
  • Tuesday, 31 March 2020

    Fashion for Good adapts amidst industry shake up Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Following an improv virtual selection day, held in light of travel restrictions, global sustainability initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) has selected its seventh batch of innovators to embark on its now ritual Accelerator programme,…
  • Tuesday, 31 March 2020

    Everlane cut backs hit union workers hard Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Hundreds of workers for US brand Everlane have been left jobless after the business cutback its personnel in light of economic inactivity brought on by the coronavirus. It’s said that remote customer service workers, which have been…
  • Monday, 30 March 2020

    Burberry retools factory for COVID-19 fight Premium Article

    CASTLEFORD - Fashion brand Burberry has retooled its trench coat factory, in Castleford, West Yorkshire, to make non-surgical gowns and masks for patients to support those hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is also to supply 100,000 surgical…
  • Monday, 30 March 2020

    Fashion lovers urged to support garment workers Premium Article

    LEEK - The Fashion Revolution not-for-profit movement is urging fashion lovers to write to their favourite brands urging them to do more to support the people who make their clothes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The global organisation, which…
  • Friday, 27 March 2020

    British Fashion Council to launch Covid Crisis Fund Premium Article

    LONDON – The British Fashion Council (BFC) has today launched the BFC Foundation Covid Crisis Fund, which will apportion cash from a £1 million kitty to fashion businesses to relieve some of the strains felt over this uncertain period. “Now more…
  • Sunday, 22 March 2020

    H&M suppliers to make PPE to tackle COVID-19 Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Fashion giant H&M says it will ask its supply chain to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) to help medical staff tackle the COVID-19 outbreak and use its global networks to deliver them to hospitals as soon as possible.. “The…
  • Friday, 20 March 2020

    Fashion for Good unveils latest batch of innovators Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Global sustainability initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) has unveiled the latest batch of innovators to join its Accelerator Programme following an improv virtual selection process. 21 innovators were whittled down to 13 via an online…
  • Wednesday, 18 March 2020

    Converse strips back design with material toolkit Premium Article

    BOSTON – Clothing company Converse has developed what it describes a “material toolkit” which will be leveraged for the footwear it designs and manufactures going forward. Comprising a stretch canvas, foam and outsole rubber, the toolkit strips back…
  • Tuesday, 17 March 2020

    Fashion urged to cut resource use by 75% Premium Article

    LONDON - Fashion brands are being urged to dramatically cut their use of virgin raw materials within the next decade to address the climate and nature emergencies facing the planet. The call comes in a new report, entitled the Earth Logic Action…
  • Tuesday, 17 March 2020

    Global Fashion Group sets 'sustainability' goals Premium Article

    SINGAPORE - Online fashion company Global Fashion Group (GFG), which owns websites including The Iconic, Zalora, Dafiti and Lamoda, has published its first sustainability report. The group, which employs 12,828 people across 19 countries and claims…
  • Monday, 16 March 2020

    Primark wins fashion's first Vegan Mark Premium Article

    DUBLIN - Fast fashion retailer Primark has become the first in the global industry to be awarded vegan certification for its clothing, shoes and carrier bags. Global inspection services firm TÜV Rheinland awarded Primark with its 'Vegan Mark'…
  • Monday, 16 March 2020

    Chanel announces climate change targets Premium Article

    PARIS - Luxury brand Chanel has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent across its own operations, and across its entire supply chain by 40 per cent per unit sold, by 2030. The pledge was made as part of the label's climate…
  • Friday, 13 March 2020

    Nordstrom revises human rights targets Premium Article

    SEATTLE – American fashion retailer Nordstrom has unveiled new 2025 human rights targets for the supply chain of its private-label brand, Made. Whilst continuing work alongside Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) to deliver on its HERproject –…
  • Friday, 13 March 2020

    Hugo Boss launches PETA-approved Vegan suit Premium Article

    LONDON – Luxury apparel brand Hugo Boss has launched its first completely animal-free men’s suit, certified with the PETA-approved Vegan logo. Developed for Boss’ spring/summer collection, the suit uses certified organic linen in a move away from…
  • Tuesday, 10 March 2020

    Bestseller denies forced labour allegations Premium Article

    XINJIANG - Danish fashion company Bestseller has denied allegations that its Jack & Jones brand is implicated in the use of factories linked to forced labour in the Xinjiang region of China. The report, by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute,…
  • Tuesday, 10 March 2020

    Patagonia teaches customers how to repair clothes Premium Article

    VENTURA - US outdoor apparel brand Patagonia is offering to teach its customers how to carry out their own repairs so they can make their garments last longer. The company has launched the concept - in partnership with the iFixit online repair…
  • Monday, 09 March 2020

    Baukjen and Isabella Oliver sign Fashion Pact Premium Article

    LONDON - Clothing company House of Baukjen, which includes contemporary womenswear brand Baukjen and maternity wear label Isabella Oliver, has joined the Fashion Pact. The company is joining a coalition of 65 leading groups and brands in luxury,…
  • Monday, 09 March 2020

    Ternua turns waste wool into jacket insulation Premium Article

    MONDRAGON - Spanish outdoor apparel brand Ternua has launched a circular economy project to use the wool of the Latxa sheep - which almost entirely goes to waste - as thermal insulation for high quality jackets. Latxa is a breed of domestic sheep…
  • Friday, 06 March 2020

    ASOS removes return slips from orders Premium Article

    LONDON – Fashion brand ASOS has made the decision to remove paper return slips from its deliveries, in a move that’s projected to save 8,450 trees and more than 320,000kg of paper each year. This comes as ASOS accelerates efforts under its pledge to…
  • Thursday, 05 March 2020

    Coronavirus takes toll on textile and fashion events Premium Article

    BANGKOK – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition's (SAC) general member's meeting is the latest casualty of the coronavirus outbreak as global textile and fashion events are either cancelled or postponed in the wake of advice from health officials trying…
  • Thursday, 05 March 2020

    NGOs to protest at Uniqlo’s London store Premium Article

    LONDON – Workers’ rights NGOs Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and Labour Behind the Label will hold a demonstration at the doors of Uniqlo’s flagship store in London this Saturday to mark International Women’s Day, in solidarity with workers at the…
  • Wednesday, 04 March 2020

    H&M offers rivals access to its supply chain Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish fashion giant H&M is opening up access to its global supply chain to rival companies in a B2B service aimed at reducing the industry's environmental impact. H&M says it launched the service, called Treadler, to enable clients to…
  • Tuesday, 03 March 2020

    ASOS reflects on carbon emission reduction Premium Article

    LONDON – Fast fashion retailer ASOS has published its Carbon 2020 Progress Report for 2018-19, in which it reflects on efforts to mitigate carbon emissions at its sites, those associated with delivery and returns and those relating to packaging.…
  • Thursday, 27 February 2020

    Zalando to embrace secondhand market Premium Article

    BERLIN - European online fashion platform Zalando is to launch a 'Pre-Owned' section later this year to meet the demand for secondhand clothing from sustainability-focused shoppers and bargain hunters. The company, which bills itself as Europe’s…
  • Thursday, 27 February 2020

    VF Corp closes industry-first green bond issue Premium Article

    DENVER - VF Corp, which owns brands including Timberland and North Face, has announced the closure of its first green bond issue amidst strong investor interest which saw a large oversubscription for the €500 million (US$457 million) of bonds…
  • Wednesday, 26 February 2020

    Boots develops tights made from recycled plastic Premium Article

    NOTTINGHAM – UK retailer Boots has developed new tights made from recycled plastic bottles. The health and beauty firm estimates that it will give new life to upwards of 86,000 of PET plastic bottles a year, marking a continuation of its efforts to…
  • Wednesday, 26 February 2020

    Campaigners back EC report on due diligence Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - A coalition of environmental groups and human rights campaigners have welcomed a new European Commission report which sets out options for improving due diligence in brands' supply chains. Entitled Study on Due Diligence Requirements…
  • Tuesday, 25 February 2020

    Nike leverages waste in Space Hippie footwear Premium Article

    BEAVERTON – Sportswear brand Nike has developed a new range of footwear that makes use of recycled content and scrap material, reaffirming a commitment to its Move to Zero philosophy. Its Space Hippie shoes are made in-line with circular design…
  • Monday, 24 February 2020

    Fashion exhibit urges consumers to care and repair Premium Article

    DUNDEE – A new exhibition at the Scottish museum V&A Dundee makes the case that fashion’s waste problem can be countered by consumers taking greater care of the garments they already own. Featuring pieces from the likes of Filippa K and The…
  • Friday, 21 February 2020

    Victoria's Secret sorry after bras found in bin Premium Article

    CENTENNIAL - The Victoria's Secret lingerie firm has apologised after hundreds of its bras were found dumped in a rubbish bin near a recently closed store in a US city. The discarded garments were found alongside other Victoria’s Secrets products by…
  • Friday, 21 February 2020

    Puma collection uses repurposed plastic waste Premium Article

    BOSTON – Sportswear brand Puma has partnered with social impact network The First Mile to create a new training collection, each item in which integrates a minimum of 83 per cent recycled polyester yarn. The First Mile is an initiative which spans…
  • Friday, 21 February 2020

    Gap launches new resale platform Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Apparel firm Gap Inc., has partnered with consignment company ThredUp to encourage customers to return unwanted garments in exchange for shopping credit to be redeemed at Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta or Janie and Jack. “As the…
  • Thursday, 20 February 2020

    Mango joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition Premium Article

    BARCELONA - Spanish fashion brand Mango has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) initiative to measure the environmental and social impact of brands and improve practices in supply chains. It joins more than 250 companies and organisations…
  • Thursday, 20 February 2020

    Zalando’s Zign label “fully dedicated” to sustainability Premium Article

    BERLIN – Fashion retailer Zalando says its private label Zign will from now on be “fully dedicated” to sustainability, which will first be demonstrated with the launch of a spring/ summer 2020 collection comprising garments made with either 50 per…
  • Wednesday, 19 February 2020

    ‘Least sustainable’ brands most popular, survey suggests Premium Article

    LONDON – Findings from a new British consumer survey indicate that sustainability isn’t high on the agenda of shoppers, as the brands they believe to be least sustainable boast the highest sales growth. Consultancy firm GlobalData has surveyed just…
  • Wednesday, 19 February 2020

    Adidas outlook downgraded after supply chain assessment Premium Article

    LONDON – Sustainability reporting agency Standard Ethics has downgraded the outlook for sportswear giant Adidas from ‘stable’ to ‘negative’, stating that whilst the firm has made progress to improve its social and environmental policies, it could do…
  • Tuesday, 18 February 2020

    VF Corp targets industry first with green bonds Premium Article

    DENVER - VF Corp, which owns brands including Timberland and North Face, is to offer green bonds to investors to fund sustainability projects in what is believed to be a global first for an apparel company. The US giant has not disclosed how much it…
  • Tuesday, 18 February 2020

    40 brands join Walpole Sustainability Manifesto Premium Article

    LONDON - UK luxury brands trade body Walpole has revealed that 40 brands have now signed up to its manifesto to make the British luxury sector what is claimed to be the 'global leader in sustainability'. Walpole launched its British Luxury…
  • Tuesday, 18 February 2020

    Burberry outlines carbon insetting efforts Premium Article

    LONDON – British fashion brand Burberry's autumn/winter 2020 runway show, held yesterday, was carbon neutral, with efforts to this end pre-empting the launch of a new Regeneration Fund that will undertake carbon insetting projects within its supply…
  • Tuesday, 18 February 2020

    France considers labelled apparel ratings Premium Article

    PARIS – Within two years it may be mandatory for apparel brands and retailers in France to display environmental scores on the clothes they sell, as part of a new system the country’s government is considering. These scores – already voluntarily…
  • Tuesday, 18 February 2020

    Bestseller strengthens engagement with workers’ rights NGO Premium Article

    BRANDE – Danish fashion firm Bestseller has signed a new five-year strategic partnership with workers’ rights initiative HERproject as it continues to work towards a 2025 target of supporting 100,000 women in its supplier factories around the world.…
  • Friday, 14 February 2020

    Fashion Council responds to XR pressure Premium Article

    LONDON - The British Fashion Council (BFC) has responded to pressure from Extinction Rebellion (XR) to cancel London Fashion Week in September by saying it recognises that there is a climate emergency and will encourage all businesses to address how…
  • Friday, 14 February 2020

    H&M reveals first Circulose garment Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Retail giant H&M says its new clothing made with Re:Newcell's Circulose fabric will be the first time chemically recycled cotton clothes have been used in garments sold at scale. H&M announced earlier this month that it was set to become…
  • Friday, 14 February 2020

    New Look achieves gold standard Premium Article

    LONDON - British retailer New Look has become the first global fashion company to achieve a gold standard through the UN Climate Neutral Now programme. The company is to be held up as a positive example for its work to reduce its carbon footprint at…
  • Thursday, 13 February 2020

    Think tank to assess ecological cost of fashion Premium Article

    LONDON - The Planet Tracker non-profit think tank, which aims to align the financial markets with sustainability issues, has received a grant to turn its attention to the fashion industry. The recently-launched Laudes Foundation, set up by the…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    Nike creates Move to Zero capsule Premium Article

    BEAVERTON – Sportswear giant Nike has developed a capsule collection of garments which integrate sustainable cotton and recycled polyester, can be manufactured using less chemicals and that boasts pattern efficiency of more than 90 per cent,…
  • Tuesday, 11 February 2020

    Nike publishes latest Impact Report Premium Article

    BEAVERTON – Sportswear brand Nike has published its latest Impact Report for the fiscal year 2019, which highlights that the company has made good headway in mitigating resource consumption, increasing its use of ‘sustainable’ materials and…
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