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  • Tuesday, 23 July 2024

    John Lewis rolls out repair and restore trial Premium Article

    LONDON – UK retailer John Lewis is trialling an in-store repair and alterations service to prolong the life of various items including garments. The trial launches in five John Lewis stores this week in a partnership with dry cleaning and laundry…
  • Tuesday, 23 July 2024

    Depop axes selling fees in restructure Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Fashion resale platform Depop has removed selling fees for users based in the United States as part of an overhaul of its fee structure, which it hopes will further boost the secondhand fashion market. Instead, the platform has replaced…
  • Thursday, 18 July 2024

    Puma scales football shirt recycling project Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH – Sportswear brand Puma says it has significantly upscaled its Re:Fibre textile-to-textile recycling technology to manufacture replica football shirts for the upcoming 2024/25 season. The brand says 35 clubs will wear shirts made from…
  • Wednesday, 17 July 2024

    On process sprays shoe upper in three minutes

    ZURICH - Swiss sportswear brand On has unveiled a one-step, 'more sustainable' manufacturing process in which a robotic arm produces running shoes in just three minutes. The 'Lightspray' process is claimed to significantly reduce waste as well as…
  • Tuesday, 16 July 2024

    Fast Retailing claims sustainability progress Premium Article

    YAMAGUCHI – Uniqlo owner and Japanese fashion giant Fast Retailing has announced significant year-on-year reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and provided updates on its circularity initiatives and migrant worker repayment scheme. Fast…
  • Monday, 15 July 2024

    Gucci publishes new sustainability report Premium Article

    MILAN - Luxury fashion house Gucci has published its latest impact report in which it reveals progress made against its sustainability targets. This latest impact report comes at a time when Gucci’s parent company Kering is focused on turning around…
  • Wednesday, 10 July 2024

    Shein launches €250m fund in the UK and EU Premium Article

    LONDON - Ahead of a potential London listing, Chinese-owned ultra fast fashion company Shein has announced plans to invest €250 million ($270m) in sustainability and circularity in Britain and Europe over the next five years. The company has…
  • Tuesday, 09 July 2024

    Inditex urged to 'reduce airborne fashion' Premium Article

    ARTEIXO - Zara owner Inditex is being urged by campaigners to reduce its use of air freight after its transport-related CO2 emissions increased by 37% to a record high last year. The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), Public Eye and other campaign groups…
  • Monday, 01 July 2024

    Stella McCartney backs PETA ‘feather free’ campaign Premium Article

    LONDON – Fashion house founder Stella McCartney has called on the international designer community to sign PETA’s new ‘Feather-Free’ pledge, commiting to never to use feathers again in their collections. Following exposés by PETA revealing that…
  • Friday, 28 June 2024

    M&S launches repair and alterations service Premium Article

    LONDON – Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched its first clothing repair service. The UK retail giant will operate the ‘Plan A - Another life’ platform through a partnership with clothing repair and alterations specialist, Sojo, with customers able to…
  • Thursday, 27 June 2024

    Legal challenge launched to UK Shein listing Premium Article

    LONDON – UK human rights group Stop Uyghur Genocide (SUG) has launched a legal campaign to stop ultra-fast fashion retailer Shein’s potential £50 billion ($64bn) flotation on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). The group, represented by a human rights…
  • Wednesday, 26 June 2024

    Emissions down, sales up, claims Decathlon Premium Article

    LILLE – Sporting goods retailer Decathlon is claiming to have reduced its overall CO2 emissions while increasing sales for the second successive year in 2023. The company outlined its progress on mitigating climate change and reducing its…
  • Wednesday, 26 June 2024

    John Lewis partners on ‘circular’ collection Premium Article

    EXETER – UK fashion retailer John Lewis has teamed up with a research team from the University of Exeter on a new ‘circular’ collection of garments and home textiles. The Exeter Centre for the Circular Economy and UKRI Circular Economy Hub at the…
  • Monday, 24 June 2024

    Vinted report claims significant emissions savings Premium Article

    VILNIUS – Second hand marketplace Vinted has released a new report that claims its member shopping for second hand fashion helped avoid 679 kilo tonnes of CO2e in 2023. Vinted’s latest ‘Impact Report’, which is based on independent analysis…
  • Friday, 21 June 2024

    Ba&sh earns B Corp status Premium Article

    PARIS – French luxury fashion brand Ba&sh has been awarded B Corp status in recognition of the company's ongoing efforts in social and environmental sustainability, transparency, and ethical business practices. To receive certification, companies…
  • Thursday, 20 June 2024

    M&S reverses alpaca wool ban Premium Article

    LONDON – British retail giant Marks and Spencer (M&S) has reversed its ban on the use of alpaca yarn in its garments, a move that is expected to face backlash from animal rights campaigners. The move comes after the announcement of a…
  • Tuesday, 18 June 2024

    M&S reveals progress on Plan A strategy Premium Article

    LONDON – British retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) has published a new ESG report revealing the company's progress on its 'Plan A' sustainability strategy. It claims to have reduced emissions in its own operations by 33% since its base year of 2017 -…
  • Friday, 14 June 2024

    Ingka Group net-zero targets approved Premium Article

    LEIDEN - Ingka Group, the franchise owner of the majority of IKEA stores, has had its revised net zero emissions targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). In line with SBTi recommendations, Ingka’s revised targets include…
  • Wednesday, 12 June 2024

    Rubio warns UK over Shein London listing Premium Article

    LONDON - US senator Mark Rubio, one of the fiercest critics of Chinese-owned ultra fast fashion giant Shein, has written to UK Chancellor Jeremy Hunt warning against allowing the company to list on the London Stock Exchange. Shein is widely reported…
  • Tuesday, 11 June 2024

    Equip outlines sustainability achievements Premium Article

    ALFRETON - Equip Outdoor Technologies, owner of brands such as Rab and Lowe Alpine, has published its latest sustainability report, summarising its actions and progress towards reducing its environmental impact as well providing an update on its new…
  • Monday, 10 June 2024

    AI platform aims to boost fashion circularity Premium Article

    SYDNEY - Australian fashion technology startup Azura has launched AI-powered technology to enable the resale of off-season, end-of-line, and pre-loved fashion items across multiple global marketplaces. The company claims its AI model, integrated…
  • Friday, 07 June 2024

    Vestiaire partners with garment repair specialist Premium Article

    PARIS - Luxury fashion resale platform, Vestiaire Collective is partnering with clothing alteration and repair service, Sojo. Last year, the Paris-based firm announced a ban on all fast fashion items being bought, sold or listed on its platform,…
  • Friday, 07 June 2024

    Boohoo investors launch modern slavery lawsuit Premium Article

    MANCHESTER - Fast fashion giant Boohoo is facing a new lawsuit from investors over the drop in the company's share price after serious worker rights issues emerged in Leicester supply factories in 2020. Law firm Fox Williams has filed a lawsuit…
  • Thursday, 06 June 2024

    Decathlon relaunches tent buy-back scheme Premium Article

    LONDON – Sporting goods retailer Decathlon has relaunched an expanded buy-back scheme for tents to mitigate ongoing concerns over music festival waste. The ‘no tent left behind’ campaign is now running in the UK until 13th September to stop…
  • Wednesday, 05 June 2024

    Houdini assesses planetary boundary impacts Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish sportswear brand Houdini has released a new report in which it assesses its impacts in the context of the 'Planetary Boundaries Framework' and urges the global apparel industry to follow suit. Scientists at the Stockholm…
  • Tuesday, 04 June 2024

    H&M expresses concerns over SBTi statement Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish fashion giant H&M has penned an open letter to the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to express concerns over its controversial 'proposals' to extend the use of carbon credits to offset CO2 emissions in supply chains. "We…
  • Tuesday, 04 June 2024

    €3 million funding for secondhand shopping tool Premium Article

    BERLIN – German startup Faircado has raised €3 million ($3.26 million) in a pre-seed funding round to develop its AI-powered secondhand shopping assistant. Faircado has developed a browser extension that uses image-matching algorithms to provide…
  • Monday, 03 June 2024

    M&S updates on net zero targets Premium Article

    LONDON - Marks and Spencer (M&S) has today published its latest annual report which highlights progress with its 2022 sustainability commitments, and its performance against its short- and medium-term net zero targets. M&S says its target is to…
  • Monday, 03 June 2024

    Shein 'preparing for London listing' Premium Article

    LONDON - Chinese-owned ultra fast fashion giant Shein is reportedly moving closer to a public flotation on the London Stock Exchange. The company is set to file a confidential prospectus with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for approval ahead…
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2024

    Bid to drive sustainability in Indian fashion Premium Article

    NEW DELHI – The Sustainable Resolution (SU.RE) initiative and the British Council have partnered to launch a project that aims to promote sustainable practices and innovations in India’s apparel sector. The three-phase project is said to provide…
  • Friday, 24 May 2024

    John Lewis launches men’s fashion rental Premium Article

    LONDON - UK retailer John Lewis has added to its fashion rental service with the launch of new menswear section. Launched in partnership with retail rental specialist Hurr, the men’s section of the ‘Fashion Rental’ service will initially focus on…
  • 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 Premium Article

    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,…
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