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  • Thursday, 23 May 2024

    Coalition backs Kering's nature strategy Premium Article

    PARIS - Luxury fashion group Kering is among the first companies to have its corporate nature strategy deemed robust by the Business for Nature coalition. Kering, which owns brands including Gucci, St Laurent and Alexander McQueen, is the only…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2024

    New UK network to fund fashion ‘mini-projects’ Premium Article

    LONDON - The Future Fibres Network+ (FFN+), a collaborative effort between UK universities and fashion industry trade bodies, is to offer grants of up to £100,000 ($127,000) for ‘mini-projects’ working to advance sustainable fashion. FFN+, which is…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2024

    Slow fashion brand holds back new collection

    SYDNEY - Australian 'slow fashion' brand Madre Natura says it will not launch this year’s collection until every piece from last season is sold. The company made its debut on the runway of Australian Fashion Week (AFW) by showcasing what it called…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2024

    Brands accused of failing to decarbonise Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO — Environmental NGO Stand.Earth has again accused leading fashion brands of continuing to rely on fossil fuels to manufacture their products and failing to decarbonise their supply chains. In a new report, entitled '2024 Clean Energy…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2024

    GFA launches new Fashion CEO Agenda edition Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN - Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) today releases a special edition of its Fashion CEO Agenda which is designed to steer fashion executives towards achieving a net positive industry by 2050. Launched at the Global Fashion Summit in Copenhagen,…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2024

    Brands sign up to Ellen MacArthur circularity initiative Premium Article

    NEW YORK – A group of leading fashion brands and retailers including H&M Group, Primark, Cos, Arc'teryx, Reformation, Weekday and Zalando have joined a new Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) initiative aimed at helping companies decouple revenue from…
  • Friday, 17 May 2024

    Global roll-out for sustainable denim initiative. Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Dutch Denim Deal sustainability initiative has confirmed the successful completion of its initial targets and announced the international roll-out its next phase to improve sustainability in the denim industry and “make recycling the…
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2024

    SBTi backs Levi's 2050 net zero target Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Denim giant Levi's net zero emissions target for 2050 has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and the company has updated its near-term goals to align with the long-term target. In line with SBTi…
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2024

    Union leader urges Adidas to act on unpaid workers Premium Article

    NUREMBERG - Workers rights activists, including a key Cambodian trade union leader, will urge Adidas shareholders convening for the company’s annual general meeting (AGM), to takes steps to protect workers within the sportswear giant’s supply chain.…
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2024

    Kering partners on environmental measurement tool Premium Article

    SINGAPORE - Luxury fashion group Kering and the University of Singapore have teamed up to create an ecological impact measurement tool for the Asia-Pacific region. The three-year research collaboration between Kering, which owns brands including…
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2024

    S.Oliver launches garment traceability tool Premium Article

    ROTTENDORF – German fashion brand S.Oliver has implemented a data management tool aimed at improving transparency within its own supply chains and enabling the digital traceability of its products. The launch of the online service follows the…
  • Friday, 10 May 2024

    National roll-out for Crocs takeback programme Premium Article

    BROOMFIELD – Following a successful pilot scheme, Crocs has announced the US national roll-out of its retail takeback pilot programme which allows customers to give their old shoes a new life either as a charitable donation or through a recycling…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2024

    Under Amour unveils elastane-free sportswear Premium Article

    BALTIMORE – Sportswear brand Under Armour has unveiled its first garment made with Neolast fibre, the ‘sustainable’ alternative to elastane developed in partnership with US speciality materials company Celanese. First announced in January, the…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2024

    Vintage garments 'outperform fast fashion' Premium Article

    PARIS – Secondhand luxury fashion is better value, as well as less environmentally damaging, than fast fashion, according to a new report by French resale specialist Vestiaire Collective. The study, in collaboration with climate-tech startup Vaayu,…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2024

    Decathlon partners on elastane-free swimwear Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Sportswear brand Decathlon has partnered with Belgian material innovator Resortecs to develop fully recyclable swimwear without the use of elastane fibre within the fabric. Instead, and to still ensure the swimwear offers essential…
  • Tuesday, 07 May 2024

    Milliken outlines sustainability progress Premium Article

    SPARTANBURG – US apparel manufacturer Milliken & Company has released its sixth annual sustainability report, summarising its actions and progress towards reducing its environmental impact as well as its approach to “people, product and planet”. The…
  • Tuesday, 07 May 2024

    Lululemon faces greenwashing investigation Premium Article

    OTTAWA - Canadian athleticwear brand Lululemon is being investigated by Canada's Competition Bureau over environmental claims made in its marketing campaigns. The bureau has confirmed that it has opened a formal investigation following a complaint…
  • Thursday, 02 May 2024

    Decathlon climate targets approved by SBTi Premium Article

    LILLE – Sporting goods retailer Decathlon has had its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The retailer has committed to reducing absolute Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions by 42% by 2030,…
  • Thursday, 02 May 2024

    Varner report claims sustainability progress Premium Article

    OSLO – Nordic fashion retailer Varner, which has more than 1,100 stories in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland, is claiming progress in tackling its carbon footprint. The company, which owns brands Cubus, Dressmann, Bik Bok, Carlings, Volt, Urban,…
  • Wednesday, 01 May 2024

    Brands’ no-show branded “poor” by EAC chair Premium Article

    LONDON - Fifteen major fashion companies were criticised after refusing to give evidence to the UK's influential Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). EAC chairman Philip Dunne MP named the companies concerned after accusing them of “a pretty poor…
  • Wednesday, 01 May 2024

    Ex Under Armour chief is new Cascale boss Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Cascale, formerly known as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, has named Colin Browne as its new chief executive officer. Browne, who served as interim CEO of Under Armour, and who has held senior sourcing roles at VF Corporation, Li…
  • Wednesday, 01 May 2024

    Fashion Pact members claim progress on goals Premium Article

    PARIS - Signatories to the Fashion Pact have made significant progress towards the organisation's aims of mitigating climate change, restoring biodiversity and protecting oceans, according to a new report. Conservation International made the claim…
  • Wednesday, 01 May 2024

    Gap releases 2023 sustainability report Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - US retailer Gap has released its 2023 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report, summarising its actions and progress towards reducing its environmental impact as well as its approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The…
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2024

    UK launch for North Face Renewed programme Premium Article

    DENVER – Outdoor brand The North Face has launched its 'North Face Renewed' resale programme online in the UK. North Face Renewed, first launched in North America, aims to give a new life to used North Face garments.
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2024

    Secondhand platform in profit for first time Premium Article

    VILNIUS – Secondhand fashion marketplace Vinted has turned a profit for the first time in a sector where it is notoriously difficult to do so. The Lithuanian company reported a 61% year-on-year revenue growth for 2023, with a net profit of €17.8…
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2024

    Canada watchdog closes Hugo Boss Uyghur complaint Premium Article

    OTTAWA - The Canada Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) has closed its investigation of Hugo Boss Canada and its alleged links to Uyghur forced labour. CORE’s final report followed an initial assessment, first published in August 2023,…
  • Monday, 29 April 2024

    Dr Martens launches recycled leather footwear Premium Article

    WOLLASTON - Footwear specialist Dr Martens has launched a new collection of shoes made from leather offcuts that would otherwise be destined for landfill. The introduction of the recycled leather, branded as Genix Nappa, is part of Dr Martens pledge…
  • Friday, 26 April 2024

    MPs to quiz Boohoo, H&M on fashion impacts Premium Article

    LONDON - Boohoo and H&M are among those set to give evidence to the UK's influential Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) as it revisits its landmark 2019 inquiry into fast fashion. The EAC is to hold an evidence session as it looks again at its…
  • Friday, 26 April 2024

    SBTi approval for River Island climate targets Premium Article

    LONDON – UK fashion retailer River Island has announced that its net-zero emissions targets have been validated by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) with the goal of reaching net-zero by 2040. The SBTi has backed the brand's target to…
  • Friday, 26 April 2024

    French resale startup completes funding round Premium Article

    PARIS - French fashion resale startup Paradigme has raised €1.2 million ($1.3m) in its first funding round. Paradigme will use the investment to expand its team, sign up more brands and improve its RaaS (resale as a service) platform.
  • Friday, 26 April 2024

    TextileGenesis partners on enhanced garment traceability Premium Article

    PARIS - Traceability solutions provider TextileGenesis has teamed up with digitisation specialist EON to help brands and retailers accelerate the use of digital product passports (DPP) throughout their supply chains. The use of DPPs to connect the…
  • Thursday, 25 April 2024

    PETA urges Kering to ditch reptile skins Premium Article

    PARIS – Animal welfare organisation PETA has called on French fashion conglomerate Kering to “cut ties” with the reptile-skin industry. It comes after a PETA Asia investigation alleged “appalling cruelty” towards pythons at Kering-owned tannery…
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2024

    Wrangler expands denim upcycling partnerships Premium Article

    GREENSBORO – Denim brand Wrangler has announced a number of new partnerships aimed at keeping denim waste out of landfill. Wrangler said the initiatives with non-profit Accelerating Circularity, a Texas-based sports club and vintage clothing…
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2024

    SBTi approves New Look emissions targets Premium Article

    LONDON - UK fashion retailer New Look has had its latest emissions targets approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). The retailer has committed to a 42% reduction of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across Scopes 1, 2 and 3 by the…
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2024

    Success for Puma compostable trainers Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH – Following a two-year pilot project, sportswear giant Puma is to make a commercial version of its compostable Re:Suede sneaker available for sale. As part of the experiment, which was successfully concluded in late 2023, Puma…
  • Wednesday, 10 April 2024

    M&S launches new Plan A initiatives Premium Article

    LONDON – UK retail giant Marks & Spencer has announced a tranche of new investments in collaborative projects to help achieve its ‘Net Zero by 2040’ goals. The £1 million ($1.27m) investment, funded through its ‘Plan A Accelerator Fund’, includes a…
  • Tuesday, 09 April 2024

    Lululemon debuts recycled polyester product Premium Article

    VANCOUVER / CANBERRA – Canadian athleticwear brand Lululemon and Australian recycling company Samsara Eco have introduced what is claimed to be the world’s first commercially available product made from enzymatically recycled polyester. Samsara…
  • Tuesday, 09 April 2024

    Leading brands 'off track on climate goals' Premium Article

    GLOBAL – Major corporations – including fashion giants H&M, Zara owner Inditex, Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing, Nike and Adidas – are significantly off track with the Paris Agreement goal of limiting climate change to 1.5°C, according to a new report.…
  • Monday, 08 April 2024

    Selfridges extends resale platform Premium Article

    LONDON - Following a successful launch at its flagship London store, British retailer Selfridges is rolling out its Reselfridges resale platform at its three other UK sites. The platform, which gives customers the opportunity to purchase and sell…
  • Monday, 08 April 2024

    eBay drops pre-owned fashion seller fees Premium Article

    LONDON – Online auction house eBay UK has announced that individual sellers can now sell their pre-owned fashion items free of charge on its platform, a move designed to reduce the £16.3 billion ($20.5 billion) worth of clothing the company says…
  • Friday, 05 April 2024

    Bestseller and Sodra partner on recycled knits Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – Danish Fashion brand Object, part of the Bestseller group has partnered with recycling innovator Sodra Group, on a new knitwear collection made partly from textile waste. The used cotton and cotton-polyester waste that is added to…
  • Thursday, 04 April 2024

    Decathlon cuts overall CO2 emissions by 10% Premium Article

    LILLE – Sporting goods retailer Decathlon reduced its absolute CO2 emissions - across Scopes 1, 2 & 3 – by 10% last year, compared to -2% in 2022, according to its new annual report. The company says the reduction is a significant step towards its…
  • Tuesday, 02 April 2024

    Brands 'lagging' on climate targets - report Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Two thirds of fashion brands are lagging on meeting their decarbonisation targets - and 40% have actually seen emissions increase since setting their goals, according to new study from the McKinsey consultancy. It says that the fashion…
  • Thursday, 28 March 2024

    Research note: Sustainability in market context Premium Article

    DELHI – With economics and global politics disrupting moves towards sustainability goals, Jayanth Kashyap B., investment lead at the Good Fashion Fund explains how these constraints influence plans for India’s textile sector.
  • Wednesday, 27 March 2024

    H&M claims Scope 3 progress in new report Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish fashion giant H&M last year reduced its CO2 emissions in its global supply chain by 22%, compared to a 2019 baseline, according to its new annual and sustainability report. The company says the reduction in its Scope 3 emissions…
  • Wednesday, 27 March 2024

    ASOS, Boohoo, ASDA censured on green claims Premium Article

    LONDON - Fashion retailers ASOS, Boohoo and George at Asda have signed formal agreements to use only accurate and clear green claims in future following an investigation by the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The undertakings commit…
  • Wednesday, 27 March 2024

    Secondhand market 'still growing' - ThredUp Premium Article

    OAKLAND - The secondhand clothing market is continuing to expand, according to the 12th annual Resale Report from the ThredUp online resale platform which noted a 31% year-on-year growth last year. However, profits remain elusive with ThredUp's own…
  • Monday, 25 March 2024

    Sainsbury's joins ACT wages initiative Premium Article

    LONDON - UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's - which includes Tu Clothing, Habitat and Argos – has joined the ACT initiative which seeks to secure living wages for workers in textile and garment supply chains. ACT (Action, Collaboration,…
  • Monday, 25 March 2024

    Adidas unveils elastane-free stretch sportswear Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH - Sportswear giant Adidas has developed a new range of stretch performance garments which it says uses an innovative knit or woven construction to dispense with the need for elastane fibres. Branded as Twistknit and Twistweave, Adidas…
  • Thursday, 21 March 2024

    Zalando admits mixed progress on sustainability Premium Article

    BERLIN – European online fashion retailer Zalando has admitted mixed success in meeting its environmental targets in its newly published 2023 Sustainability Progress Report. Key findings include a 78% reduction in its Scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas…
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