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  • Thursday, 22 February 2024

    Canopy welcomes first Chinese-owned brands

    VANCOUVER – Environmental nonprofit Canopy has announced that three Chinese fashion groups have become the first from the region to join its CanopyStyle and Pack4Good supply chain initiatives. The Ellassay Group, which owns owns Chinese brand…
  • Wednesday, 21 February 2024

    Adidas joins Canopy forest initiatives

    HERZOGENAURACH – Sportswear giant Adidas has joined the environmental non-profit Canopy's CanopyStyle and Pack4Good initiatives. It means the company is committing that all of its textiles, paper and paper packaging will be free of fibre sourced…
  • Wednesday, 21 February 2024

    Lululemon claims nylon recycling breakthrough Premium Article

    VANCOUVER / CANBERRA – Canadian athleticwear brand Lululemon has linked up with Australian recycling company Samsara Eco to create what is claimed to be the world’s first garment made with enzymatically recycled nylon 6,6. Lululemon has created…
  • Tuesday, 20 February 2024

    Prada signs up to SMI fashion taskforce

    LONDON - Luxury fashion house Prada has joined the Sustainable Markets Initiative's Fashion Task Force, a private-sector coalition aimed at accelerating the transition towards a more sustainable future in the global fashion and textiles sector.…
  • Thursday, 15 February 2024

    PFAS-free future for Spyder skiwear Premium Article

    COSTA MESA - Apparel group Liberated Brands has announced that it is switching to PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances)-free production for skiwear from its high-end Spyder brand. With the phase-out scheduled to begin this Autumn, Spyder…
  • Wednesday, 14 February 2024

    VF Corp appoints Closed Loop ex-MD to board

    DENVER - VF Corporation, which owns brands such as Timberland, Vans, Dickies and North Face, has appointed the former managing director of Closed Loop Partners to its board. Caroline Brown led the New York-based, circularity-focused investment firm…
  • Friday, 09 February 2024

    Report highlights human impact of Boohoo scandal Premium Article

    MANCHESTER - A new report has revealed how the accusations of modern slavery levelled at UK retailer Boohoo have had disastrous consequences for garment workers in Leicester. The report from the University of Bath highlights how thousands of people…
  • Tuesday, 06 February 2024

    New Balance launches resale platform

    BOSTON - Footwear brand New Balance has launched a resale programme which will allow customers to view and shop for pre-owned shoes, including consumer returns and cosmetically imperfect footwear that cannot be sold as new. Branded as Reconsidered,…
  • Tuesday, 06 February 2024

    Anthropologie expands denim recycling programme

    PHILADELPHIA – US apparel retailer Anthropologie has reiterated its commitment to Cotton Incorporated's Blue Jeans Go Green initiative by re-joining the denim recycling programme for the third consecutive year. The Blue Jeans Go Green initiative…
  • Wednesday, 31 January 2024

    Fashion companies 'complacent' to water risks Premium Article

    LONDON – Fashion brands and retailers are displaying a "dangerous complacency" when it comes to the industry’s water-related risks, according to a new report from the Planet Tracker think-tank. The non-profit analysed 3,900 documents from 29 major…
  • Monday, 29 January 2024

    Arket expands childrenswear rental service

    STOCKHOLM - Arket, the Nordic lifestyle brand that is part of the H&M Group, has launched a infant and babywear rental service following a new partnership with London-based Bundlee, a children’s clothing rental service. Under the terms of the…
  • Monday, 29 January 2024

    IKEA owner decouples emissions from growth Premium Article

    LEIDEN - IKEA owner, the Ingka Group, last year reduced its carbon footprint across Scopes 1, 2 and 3 by 24.3% while increasing its revenue by 30.9%, according to the company's annual sustainability report. Most of the decrease in greenhouse gas…
  • Friday, 26 January 2024

    Kappahl launches digital passport pilot

    STOCKHOLM – Nordic fashion brand Kappahl has partnered with the Trace4Value project to implement a digital product passport pilot programme. The pilot aims to align with the EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles, which calls for digital…
  • Wednesday, 24 January 2024

    Resale platform launches crowdfunding campaign Premium Article

    PARIS – French fashion resale specialist Vestiaire Collective has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise at least €1 million ($1.09 million) from individual investors as it looks to become profitable by the end of the year and potentially launch…
  • Monday, 22 January 2024

    Cone Denim unveils first Circulose collection

    GREENSBORO – Apparel brand Cone Denim will present its first denim fabrics made with Circulose at this week's Kingpins event in New York. The launch follows Cone's decision to become the first North American denim mill to join the Swedish…
  • Friday, 19 January 2024

    IKEA recycles uniform for new textile collection

    LEIDEN - Swedish-owned homeware giant IKEA has unveiled a new collection of textile products made from its recycled worker uniforms. IKEA sourced the garments from its stores across Europe as part of a pilot project aimed at exploring how used and…
  • Tuesday, 16 January 2024

    Mango offers workers sustainability training

    MADRID - Spanish fashion brand Mango is offering more than 250 employees training in sustainability in a partnership with the prestigious Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Technical University of Madrid). The programme at the university's 'Centro…
  • Tuesday, 16 January 2024

    Gap and Arvind partner on water innovation centre Premium Article

    AHMEDABAD – Retail giant Gap Inc and denim manufacturer Arvind Limited have launched a Global Water Innovation Centre for Action (GWICA), an expansion of their partnership that was set up to transform water management practices within the apparel…
  • Monday, 15 January 2024

    Decathlon creates 'one material' hiking shoe

    LILLE – Sporting goods retailer Decathlon has created a hiking shoe made out of just one material - instead of the six it usually uses - to make recycling easier. Decathlon CEO Barbara Martin Coppola announced the development of the Quecha NH ONE…
  • Thursday, 04 January 2024

    California garment firms breached labour laws

    LOS ANGELES – An investigation by the US Department of Labor has recovered more than $1 million in back wages and damages for 165 California garment workers after finding a Los Angeles textile contractor denied them overtime wages illegally and then…
  • Friday, 22 December 2023

    Season's greetings – and a look back on 2023

    WAKEFIELD – It's that time of year again when we wish our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – and reflect on some of the more memorable stories from over the last 12 months. Back in January, the International Accord for Health and…
  • Thursday, 21 December 2023

    European Outdoor Group joins Race To Zero

    ZUG - Members of the European Outdoor Group (EOG) industry association have voted to make committing to the Race To Zero (RTZ) initiative by the end of 2024 a mandatory requirement of membership. Some 88% of those who took part in the vote, which…
  • Tuesday, 19 December 2023

    LVMH updates on sustainability progress

    PARIS - Luxury fashion group LVMH has revealed the first results of its 2021 environmental strategy and sets its sights on reducing its scope 3 emissions with the launch of a new, supplier focused, action programme. The LVMH Initiatives For the…
  • Tuesday, 19 December 2023

    NRF launches sustainability hub

    NEW YORK - The US-based National Retail Federation (NRF) has launched the 'Center for Retail Sustainability', an industry-wide hub aimed at supporting retailers’ work to create net positive environmental, social and community benefits while…
  • Tuesday, 19 December 2023

    Complainants drop H&M 'greenwash' lawsuit Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Two plaintiffs have dropped a class action lawsuit against retail giant H&M for allegedly “misrepresent[ing]” the sustainable nature of its products. In June 2022, plaintiff Chelsea Commodore alleged “H&M created an extensive marketing…
  • Monday, 18 December 2023

    BFC announces fur-free London Fashion Week

    LONDON - The British Fashion Council (BFC) has formally banned fur at London Fashion Week (LFW) from the forthcoming 40th anniversary event in February onwards. The event has been fur free for some years but this has now been implemented into the…
  • Monday, 18 December 2023

    Prada signs UN global compact

    MILAN – Luxury fashion brand Prada has announced its commitment to the UN’s Global Compact (UNGC) initiative. Signatories of the UNGC pledge to champion corporate responsibility within their supply chains, regardless of company size, and work by 10…
  • Friday, 08 December 2023

    European roll-out for Zara used clothing scheme

    ARTEIXO - Following a successful launch in the UK in 2022 and in France in September of this year, Inditex's second-hand platform, Zara Pre-Owned will shortly be available in a further 14 European countries. The service, which is available through…
  • Friday, 08 December 2023

    Puma to make all football kits with Re:Fibre Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH - Sportswear brand Puma is to use its Re:Fibre textile-to-textile recycling technology for the manufacturing of nearly all of its replica football kits from next year. In 2024, official Puma kits - including those for the Euro and…
  • Thursday, 07 December 2023

    Hugo Boss backs €100m sustainability fund

    METZINGEN - Hugo Boss has linked up with Zürich-based venture capital platform Collateral Good to launch a €100 million ($108m) fund to accelerate the sustainable transformation of the textile and fashion industry. The fashion brand is to put up…
  • Wednesday, 06 December 2023

    New Look partners with TrusTrace

    LONDON - Fashion chain New Look has announced a partnership with TrusTrace, a deal that marks the supply chain traceability platform’s first major deal with a UK retailer. New Looks says implementation of TrusTrace’s systems will help it identify…
  • Wednesday, 06 December 2023

    COP28: Most brands 'off track for 1.5C pathway' Premium Article

    DUBAI — Most global fashion brands are still not on track to meet the 1.5C pathway of the Paris Agreement, according to new analysis from the Stand.earth environmental group. Stand.earth assessed 14 major brands which signed up to the UN Fashion…
  • Tuesday, 05 December 2023

    Kering updates supplier sourcing policy Premium Article

    PARIS – French fashion conglomerate Kering, which owns brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen, has outlined its latest sourcing policy in which it provides its suppliers with guidance on how to measure progress and outcomes on…
  • Friday, 01 December 2023

    Mango commits to regenerative cotton

    BARCELONA - Fashion retailer Mango has announced it is to use regenerative cotton in its products for the first time with the first selected garments expected to go in sale in early 2024. The Spanish clothing brand has been working with agricultural…
  • Thursday, 30 November 2023

    Brands making slow progress in Brazil, report

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Fashion brands in Brazil are making slow progress on reducing their environmental impacts, especially on climate change, according to the sixth edition of the Fashion Transparency Index Brazil (FTIB) report. The new edition of the…
  • Thursday, 30 November 2023

    Bestseller hopes to 'Unleash' Africa's potential

    KIGALI - Danish fashion giant Bestseller is to take part in the Unleash initiative's debut African event next month, where it says it will aim to promote sustainability and circularity in the global apparel supply chain. The brand says it will join…
  • Wednesday, 29 November 2023

    Concerns raised over Shein flotation plans Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Politicians have raised concerns about Chinese ultra fast fashion giant Shein's potential links to forced labour as the company reportedly moves towards a public flotation in the US. Shein reportedly filed confidentially for an…
  • Wednesday, 29 November 2023

    Fresh funding for 'renewable' shoe

    ZURICH - Swiss footwear brand VYN has raised £500,000 from a fresh investment round which it says it will use to ramp up capacity and expand the distribution of its interchangeable 'renewable' sneaker. Described by the company as a 'world first',…
  • Wednesday, 29 November 2023

    Puma claims success with compostable trainers Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH - Sportswear brand Puma says it has successfully turned an experimental version of its classic 'Suede' trainer into compost - under certain conditions - following a two-year trial. Puma's 'Re:Suede' experiment involved the creation of…
  • Tuesday, 28 November 2023

    Take-back garments tracked with shock results Premium Article

    MADRID - Greenpeace is questioning the validity of clothing take-back schemes after placing geolocator trackers in 29 pieces of used clothing and finding only one has so far been re-used. The Spanish arm of the environmental campaign group placed…
  • Tuesday, 28 November 2023

    Brands 'falling behind on animal welfare' Premium Article

    LONDON - Global fashion brands are falling behind on their commitments on animal welfare, according to a new report from the Four Paws organisation. Four Paws rated 100 brands, spanning 15 countries, in partnership with sustainability ratings…
  • Monday, 27 November 2023

    H&M in bid to help suppliers decarbonise Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish fashion retailer H&M has teamed up with the Singapore-based DBS Bank to launch what is claimed to be a first-of-its-kind green loan programme to help apparel manufacturers reduce their CO2 emissions. Launched ahead of the COP 28…
  • Saturday, 25 November 2023

    Black Friday ignites intense French debate

    PARIS – A public schism has emerged between ministers in the French government, sparked by an advertising campaign encouraging the public to shun discounted items in Black Friday sales. Meanwhile, various campaign groups have united in taking to the…
  • Thursday, 23 November 2023

    ETI clears Next in worker recompense row

    LONDON - The Ethical Trading Initiative has concluded that its member, retail giant Next, does not bear responsibility for worker-related incidents at one of its suppliers in Turkey. The case first came to light in 2022 when workers at Turkish…
  • Thursday, 23 November 2023

    Primark report outlines sustainability claims

    DUBLIN - Budget retailer Primark says that 55% of the clothes it sold this year contained recycled or more sustainably sourced materials, up from 45% last year. The claim is contained within the company's second Sustainability and Ethics Progress…
  • Thursday, 23 November 2023

    Oxfam polling shows fashion supply chain concerns

    MELBOURNE - Oxfam Australia has urged clothing brands and retailers to improve their sourcing practices after its latest research found that shoppers want businesses to do more to ensure the safety and living standards of overseas garment workers.…
  • Monday, 20 November 2023

    On launches collection of CO2-based garments Premium Article

    ZURICH - Swiss sports brand On is to launch a new apparel collection featuring polyester made from industrial CO2 emissions in partnership with Chicago-based carbon capture company LanzaTech. On's 'Pace' collection of athletic wear is based on a new…
  • Friday, 17 November 2023

    Vestiaire Collective reaffirms fast-fashion stance

    PARIS – In the run up to the retail industry's Black Friday event, fashion resale specialist Vestiaire Collective has removed a further group of brands and retailers from its platform and called on its partners and customers to join it in its 'Think…
  • Wednesday, 15 November 2023

    Cult Mia secures $3 million in seed funding

    LONDON - Online fashion marketplace Cult Mia has secured $3 million in its first round of seed funding which it says it will use to invest in its technology platform and roll-out a new range of products and services. Launched in 2019 with a focus on…
  • Tuesday, 14 November 2023

    VF Corp publishes sustainability advances

    DENVER - VF Corporation, which owns brands such as Timberland, Vans, Dickies and North Face, is claiming significant progress in its work to reduce its environmental impact in its newly published 2023 environmental and social responsibility report.…
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