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  • Wednesday, 12 May 2021

    Adidas and Allbirds produce low carbon shoe Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH / SAN FRANCISCO - Sportswear giant Adidas and sustainable footwear brand Allbirds have produced the first result of their collaboration - a running shoe with a carbon footprint of less than three kilogrammes. They claim the 63 per…
  • Wednesday, 12 May 2021

    Brands back new initiative for garment workers Premium Article

    GLOBAL - Fashion brands and NGOs are coming together for a new initiative which aims to raise at least US$10 million to improve the lives of female garment workers in supply chains. The Resilience Fund for Women in Global Value Chains is a joint…
  • Wednesday, 12 May 2021

    Dutch firm Schijvens adopts tracing tech

    HILVARENBEEK – Dutch manufacturer Schijvens Corporate Fashion has partnered with compatriot company and innovative start-up The Movement to adopt its Aware traceability technology. Schijvens yarns will as such encompass proprietary tracer particles…
  • Wednesday, 12 May 2021

    Circular services provider acquires Rebound Returns

    TELFORD – Circular services provider Reconomy has acquired ReBound Returns, a company that works with brands to offset the environmental impact of product returns, as it looks to “supercharge” the industry’s sustainability efforts. Reconomy says the…
  • Wednesday, 12 May 2021

    Resale platform Vinted raises €250 million

    VILNIUS – Second-hand fashion platform Vinted has raised €250 million (US$303m) via a Series F funding round, which it’ll use to expand into new geographies while increasing the size of its team. The investment was led by the likes of Accel, Burda…
  • Tuesday, 11 May 2021

    BRC: UK retail giants 'halve CO2 emissions'

    LONDON - Britain's retailers have reduced their carbon emissions by 49 per cent since 2005, according to analysis by the British Retail Consortium (BRC). The BRC's figures include all of its members which disclose their carbon emissions and accounts…
  • Tuesday, 11 May 2021

    Charity shop marketplace launches in UK

    LONDON – Thriftify, an online marketplace that connects charity shops with second-hand fashion consumers, has launched in the UK. It follows a successful spell in Ireland, where 95 per cent of charity retailers have reportedly used the platform to…
  • Tuesday, 11 May 2021

    Pangaia introduces ‘digital passports’ in apparel

    LONDON – Apparel brand Pangaia has today partnered with traceability solutions provider Eon and will leverage its CircularID Protocol to introduce ‘digital passports’ in its garments. With product-specific QR codes linked to a cloud-based platform,…
  • Monday, 10 May 2021

    Partnership aims to tackle overproduction

    SEATTLE - Slow fashion brand Public Habit has linked up with digital supply network solution provider Mercado in a bid to reduce industry waste by introducing a 28-day or less direct-to-consumer model. The two partners say it could revolutionise the…
  • Friday, 07 May 2021

    Selfridges launches online fashion rentals

    LONDON – Fashion retailer Selfridges is expanding the rental service it introduced in-store last year in partnership with the HURR Collective by making it available online. Selfridges Rental launches online today (May 7), giving shoppers access to a…
  • Friday, 07 May 2021

    Study details e-commerce's carbon benefits Premium Article

    NEW YORK - The carbon impact of buying a product in-store in Europe is an average of 2.3 times higher than the impact of buying the same product online, according to a new study. The report, entitled 'Is E-commerce Good for Europe?', carried out by…
  • Friday, 07 May 2021

    Danish fashion consortium to drive circularity

    BRANDE – The Danish Technological Institute (DTI) has rallied brands, manufacturers, academics and recycling experts from across the country’s fashion industry in a bid to spearhead the development of more circular solutions and influence…
  • Thursday, 06 May 2021

    Fabletics probes Lesotho sexual abuse claims

    MASERU - Fabletics, the sportswear company owned by actress Kate Hudson, has launched an investigation into allegations that garment workers have been suffering sexual and physical abuse at a factory which produces its garments in Africa. At least…
  • Thursday, 06 May 2021

    Asket launches extended returns programme

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish menswear brand Asket is linking up with compatriot startup Returnado for a new initiative aimed at extending the lifecycle of unwanted garments long after the returns period. Asket’s new Revival Programme is powered by the…
  • Thursday, 06 May 2021

    Lindex, WaterAid support Bangladeshi workers

    GAZIPUR – Swedish fashion chain Lindex has again partnered with WaterAid to expand its work providing clean water, sanitation and improved hygiene for garment workers, particularly women. This time, the pair will focus on the Gazipur area of Dhaka,…
  • Thursday, 06 May 2021

    Brands adopt resale software

    ARLINGTON – Second-hand fashion innovator Recurate has announced new partnerships with La Ligne, Mara Hoffman and Peak Design. Recurate’s technology plug-in enables consumers to sell on their unwanted clothing via the brand websites from which they…
  • Wednesday, 05 May 2021

    UK outdoor enthusiasts 'prioritise sustainability'

    NOTTINGHAM - Nine out of 10 British outdoor enthusiasts say they consider the sustainability of products or companies before making a purchase, according to a new survey. The poll of 2,604 customers of UK outdoor wear specialist Alpkit found that…
  • Wednesday, 05 May 2021

    Charity association backs Asda’s pre-owned apparel push

    LONDON – The UK’s Charity Retail Association (CRA) has welcomed news that Asda will start selling second-hand clothing at 50 of its stores, and brushed off suggestions it could compromise the profitability of charity shops in the sector. The…
  • Wednesday, 05 May 2021

    BHF launches Reuse Revolution campaign

    LONDON – The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is urging consumers to shop pre-owned as they head back to the high street post-lockdown, with the launch of its Reuse Revolution campaign. BHF has suffered immensely as a result of shuttered stores for…
  • Wednesday, 05 May 2021

    Impact institute names non-profit as Italy Project partner

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Apparel Impact Institute (Aii) has unveiled environmental non-profit Legambiente as its local partner for the ‘Italy Project’ which it announced earlier this year. With the backing of Kering, Stella McCartney and Burberry, the…
  • Tuesday, 04 May 2021

    Aqualung launches 'eco-responsible' wetsuit Premium Article

    VALBONNE - Dive and watersports gear specialist Aqualung has announced the launch of a new sustainable collection which includes a 100 per cent neoprene-free wetsuit. Aqualung says its new Xscape line is designed for a variety of water activities…
  • Tuesday, 04 May 2021

    VF Corp strengthens Better Work ties Premium Article

    DENVER – VF Corporation, which owns the likes of The North Face and Timberland, is advancing its engagement with the UN-led human rights programme Better Work by strengthening its partnership status to ‘Global Partner’. Better Work is a…
  • Tuesday, 04 May 2021

    Moss Bros launches subscription-based rental service Premium Article

    LONDON – UK formalwear retailer Moss Bros has launched a new subscription rental service for men. Targeted at ‘generation rent’, the ‘Moss Box’ will entitle shoppers to two items a month – including shirts, blazers, trousers, jumpers and shorts –…
  • Friday, 30 April 2021

    Kontoor expands 'sustainable' hemp project Premium Article

    GREENSBORO - Wrangler and Lee jeans owner Kontoor Brands has expanded its collaboration with industrial hemp producer Panda Biotech to accelerate its use of the sustainable fibre. Kontoor, which hopes to produce denim apparel made with US-grown and…
  • Friday, 30 April 2021

    Ralph Lauren to share new dyeing technology Premium Article

    NEW YORK — Fashion company Ralph Lauren is to share its "revolutionary" new dyeing platform - which it claims will lead to the world’s first scalable zero wastewater cotton dyeing system - with industry rivals. Company CEO Patrice Louvet announced…
  • Friday, 30 April 2021

    Academics draw data from tracking clothes use Premium Article

    ARIZONA – The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), made up of academics from Arizona State University, North Carolina State University and the University of Alberta, have conducted a study to determine whether tracing technologies can help generate…
  • Thursday, 29 April 2021

    Asda rolls out pre-owned apparel service in UK Premium Article

    LEEDS – Supermarket chain Asda is to start selling second-hand apparel in 50 of its UK stores in a bid to give clothes “a new lease of life” and reduce waste. It follows a successful trial in Leeds, where vintage wholesaler Preloved introduced…
  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021

    ASOS calls for UK human rights legislation Premium Article

    LONDON – Fashion retailer ASOS has today published its fifth annual Modern Slavery Statement, in which it calls for the implementation of mandatory human rights due diligence legislation in the UK. The company says such legislation would ensure that…
  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021

    VF Corp targets regenerative rubber supply Premium Article

    DENVER - VF Corp, which owns brands including The North Face, Timberland and Vans, has launched a project to develop what it says will be the fashion industry's first regenerative rubber supply chain. The company is partnering with Thailand-based…
  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021

    Chanel teams up with the University of Cambridge Premium Article

    PARIS – Luxury French fashion house Chanel has partnered with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) to conjure up sustainable solutions. The pair will work closely focusing on three areas – building an education…
  • Wednesday, 28 April 2021

    JD Sports partners with footwear resale firm Premium Article

    BURY – British apparel retailer JD Sports has partnered with footwear resale firm Sole Responsibility to mitigate the volume of shoes going to landfill by giving them a new life. Huddersfield-based Sole Responsibility accepts returned, subprime and…
  • Tuesday, 27 April 2021

    Benetton launches sustainability programme Premium Article

    TREVISO - Italian fashion company Benetton has launched a programme, Green B, to bring together all of the sustainability initiatives of the company’s brands under one umbrella. Covering brands including United Colors of Benetton, Undercolors and…
  • Tuesday, 27 April 2021

    Farfetch reports surge in sustainable shopping Premium Article

    LONDON – British luxury fashion platform Farfetch's first annual 'conscious' luxury trends report reveals that consumer behaviour has changed significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic with more people choosing to shop more sustainably. The sale of…
  • Tuesday, 27 April 2021

    New LVMH platform to sell luxury deadstock fabrics Premium Article

    PARIS – French fashion giant LVMH, which owns the likes of Stella McCartney, Givenchy and Christian Dior, has launched Nona Source, a new platform enabling companies and designers to purchase deadstock fabrics. The website, which will one day…
  • Tuesday, 27 April 2021

    The North Face makes sustainability pledges Premium Article

    DENVER - VF Corp outdoor brand The North Face has pledged that 100 per cent of the top materials used for its apparel will be recycled, regenerative or renewable by 2025. The commitment forms part of the brand's new sustainability vision,…
  • Monday, 26 April 2021

    Neiman Marcus establishes ESG team Premium Article

    DALLAS – US department store chain Neiman Marcus has established an Environment Social Governance (ESG) team in a bid to support its sustainability ambitions. This collective will be tasked with accelerating the group’s work if it’s to meet its…
  • Monday, 26 April 2021

    Urban Outfitters helps scale circular non-profit Premium Article

    PHILADELPHIA – Fashion brand Urban Outfitters has partnered with circular non-profit FabScrap to help scale the organisation and in turn reduce the volume of waste within its supply chain. The companies have worked together since 2019, first…
  • Saturday, 24 April 2021

    Boohoo “looking into” linking bonuses with targets Premium Article

    MANCHESTER – The chairman of fast fashion giant Boohoo, Mahmud Kamani, has told the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) he is “looking into” its proposal of linking executive bonuses with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) improvements. It…
  • Friday, 23 April 2021

    Allbirds makes carbon calculator tool open-source Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – New Zealand-American footwear brand Allbirds has made its own carbon calculating tool open-source for the fashion industry. The registered B Corp said “sharing proprietary information might not make the most business sense. But the…
  • Friday, 23 April 2021

    Frame denim meets Jeans Redesign requirements Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – US fashion brand Frame has become the second signatory of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jeans Redesign Project to develop a collection which meets the initiative’s strict guidelines. It follows Tommy Hilfiger, which last month…
  • Friday, 23 April 2021

    French label Ba&sh outlines sustainability commitments Premium Article

    PARIS – French fashion label Ba&sh has unveiled new sustainability commitments covering textiles, plastics, circularity and women’s rights as part of an “ambitious, thorough yet discreet” transformation. The low-profile plans are part of the…
  • Thursday, 22 April 2021

    UK considers 'garment trade adjudicator' idea Premium Article

    LONDON - The UK government is exploring the idea of appointing a 'garment trade adjudicator' to stamp out noncompliance with employment laws in the fashion industry. The idea was put forward last month by the government's Environmental Audit…
  • Thursday, 22 April 2021

    LVMH launches incubator platform with London college Premium Article

    PARIS – French fashion giant LVMH has reaffirmed its close ties with London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design with today’s launch of Maison/0, an incubator platform that will champion design in the pursuit of sustainability. The pair…
  • Thursday, 22 April 2021

    KappAhl pledges to half carbon emissions Premium Article

    GOTHENBURG - Swedish fashion retailer KappAhl has promised to half its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 to meet its climate change targets under the Paris Agreement. The pledge is made in the company's new sustainability report which covers an…
  • Thursday, 22 April 2021

    Kathmandu starts circular mapping project Premium Article

    CHRISTCHURCH – Outdoor apparel brand Kathmandu has partnered with circular business The Renewal Workshop to kick-off a new circular mapping project across Australia and New Zealand. The pair hope to establish renewal and recommerce programmes in the…
  • Thursday, 22 April 2021

    Ugg announces Earth Day commitments Premium Article

    SANTA BARBARA - US footwear brand Ugg has announced four Earth Day commitments, including introducing its first repair service to extend the life of its products. UGG has also committed to regenerating 200,000 acres of land in 2021, and 1,000,000…
  • Thursday, 22 April 2021

    Lululemon launches new sustainability initiatives Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Canadian apparel brand Lululemon Athletica has announced the impending launch of two new sustainability initiatives to coincide with Earth Day. In May, the company will introduce both a recommerce programme – called Lululemon Like New –…
  • Wednesday, 21 April 2021

    Bestseller suspends sourcing from Myanmar Premium Article

    BRANDE – Danish company Bestseller has become the latest in the fashion industry to put a halt on placing orders with its suppliers in Myanmar following the military coup. Bestseller joins brands and retailers such as H&M, Primark and Benneton which…
  • Wednesday, 21 April 2021

    Vans steps up with sustainability targets Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – US footwear brand Vans has outlined several new sustainability targets which will see it increase its uptake of responsibly sourced materials, reduce its carbon emissions and eradicate plastics from its supply chain. The VF Corp company…
  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021

    Garment workers fear COVID-19 lockdowns Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Clothing retailers and brands can expect late deliveries on orders from countries such Cambodia, where garment companies in Phnom Penh and neighbouring Ta Khmau city are currently locked down until 28th April in a bid to curb the spread…
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