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  • Monday, 24 February 2020

    Fashion exhibit urges consumers to care and repair

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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…
  • Tuesday, 11 February 2020

    AEO outlines 'sustainability' targets Premium Article

    PITTSBURGH – Fashion retailer American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) has joined the RE100 group of companies committed to renewable energy and also signed the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. RE100, which is led by The Climate Group in…
  • Monday, 10 February 2020

    River Island signs Transparency Pledge Premium Article

    LONDON - British fashion retailer River Island has accepted a challenge by the Clean Clothes Campign (CCC) workers' rights organisation to publish the details of its suppliers. The company was one of five targeted by the CCC and the Human Rights…
  • Monday, 10 February 2020

    Cos launches circularity clothing scheme Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - H&M-owned fashion brand Cos has partnered up with The Renewal Workshop to wash and repair damaged garments which are then put back on sale with a 30 per cent discount. Entitled 'Cos Restore', the circular economy collection is available…
  • Monday, 10 February 2020

    Lee Jeans to launch compostable denim Premium Article

    MERRIAM, KANSAS - Denim brand Lee Jeans is set to launch a range of fully biodegradable jeans which can be put in the compost bin when the user no longer wants to keep them. Lee's ‘Back to Nature’ collection is made of compostable linen-cotton…
  • Friday, 07 February 2020

    Former Lacoste boss: legislation needed to support sustainability claims Premium Article

    PARIS – Former Lacoste and Diesel CEO, Steven Birkhold, says apparel brands must start to leverage technology if they’re to become more transparent and authenticate assertions of sustainability within their supply chains. Birkhold, who’s been in…
  • Thursday, 06 February 2020

    Are free returns fashion’s unseen problem? Premium Article

    Returns by online shoppers will have risen by 27.3 per cent in the five years to 2023, according to industry analyst GlobalData, with the apparel and footwear sector accounting for the lion’s share. The value of unwanted goods being returned by…
  • Thursday, 06 February 2020

    Gucci partners with nature conservation initiative Premium Article

    MILAN – Luxury apparel brand Gucci is the first apparel firm to join The Lion’s Share Fund, a nature conservation initiative led by the United Nations’ Development Programme (UNDP). The fund aims to raise US$100 million per year within the next five…
  • Thursday, 06 February 2020

    La Sportiva donates Black Friday sales Premium Article

    TRENTO - Italian outdoor clothing and footwear brand La Sportiva has donated a fifth of its Black Friday sales to a nature conservation group for the third year in a row. The company donated €4,400 (US$4,840) - 20 per cent of its revenue over the…
  • Thursday, 06 February 2020

    North Face expands circularity programme Premium Article

    ALAMEDA - VF Corp-owned outdoor apparel brand The North Face is aiming to boost its circular economy credentials by expanding its North Face Renewed programme in which consumers can purchase previously worn or returned clothing that has been…
  • Wednesday, 05 February 2020

    Asics recognised for carbon emission reductions Premium Article

    KOBE – Japanese sportswear brand Asics has been recognised for its efforts over the past year to mitigate carbon emissions within its supply chain with a spot on the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) company leaderboard. More than 4,800 firms have…
  • Wednesday, 05 February 2020

    PETA ploy looks to combat House of Fraser fur sale Premium Article

    LONDON – Animal welfare NGO People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has become a shareholder in Frasers Group, the owner of apparel retailer House of Fraser, as it looks to influence the reintroduction of the retailer’s fur ban. In…
  • Wednesday, 05 February 2020

    Brands converge for sustainability workshop Premium Article

    MUMBAI – The 16 fashion brands and retailers which last year partnered to launch the SU.RE (Sustainable Resolution) project at Lakmé Fashion Week in Mumbai have come together for the first B2B workshop focused on establishing short- and long-term…
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2020

    Customers 'shun brands on environmental grounds' Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Consumer attitudes have reached a tipping point on 'sustainability' with many now avoiding brands which do not prioritise minimising their impact on the environment, according to a new global survey. However, the study, by INGS Research,…
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2020

    Everlane's authenticity questioned as NGO launches petition Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Workers’ rights NGO Remake has launched a petition demanding US apparel brand Everlane to clear its name of greenwashing, as it faces ongoing allegations from its remote customer service representatives of inadequate pay and attempts…
  • Monday, 03 February 2020

    Innovation space created for Copenhagen Fashion Week Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – Copenhagen Fashion Summit and Copenhagen International Fashion Fair (CIFF) have announced the inception of a business space for sustainable innovation which will debut during Copenhagen Fashion Week at CIFF. The space, called C+, will…
  • Monday, 03 February 2020

    C&A emissions targets backed by SBTi Premium Article

    DUSSELDORF – Fashion retailer C&A has received approval from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for its plans to reduce its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 30 per cent across all scopes by 2030. C&A’s GHG reduction targets are in…
  • Monday, 03 February 2020

    New guidelines issued on vegan fashion Premium Article

    LONDON - New UK guidelines on vegan fashion have been drawn up to prevent manufacturers from claiming their products are 'sustainable' solely on the grounds they do not contain animal products. The guidelines, drawn up by the British Retail…
  • Friday, 31 January 2020

    Hugo Boss makes Australian bushfire donation Premium Article

    METZINGEN – Luxury apparel brand Hugo Boss will donate A$100,000 to charity to aid efforts in Australia to combat bushfires which have ravaged thousands of homes across the country. Since September of last year, parts of Australia have been ablaze…
  • Friday, 31 January 2020

    Nordstrom launches resale service Premium Article

    NEW YORK – American department store chain Nordstrom will today launch a second-hand clothing service both online and at its flagship store in New York. It’s See You Tomorrow service, expected to run for six months before it’s reviewed, will stock…
  • Friday, 31 January 2020

    Young shoppers seek to make clothes last Premium Article

    LONDON - More young British shoppers are looking for ways to increase the lifecycle of their clothing, by selling, mending, swapping and renting them, according to a new survey. Last year, 52 per cent of UK shoppers aged 25-34, bought secondhand…
  • Thursday, 30 January 2020

    Kering claims progress on 'sustainability' Premium Article

    PARIS – Luxury fashion group Kering, which owns brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen, claims to be well on the way to meeting its 2025 sustainability targets. The company says it reduced its…
  • Thursday, 30 January 2020

    H&M to sell clothes made with 'circular' fabric Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Retail giant H&M has announced that it is to start selling clothing made with Re:Newcell's Circulose fabric which is created from up-cycled clothing and fashion waste. H&M, which has been a minority investor in the Swedish recycling…
  • Thursday, 30 January 2020

    Global Fashion Agenda and McKinsey team up Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – The Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) has welcomed American consultancy firm McKinsey & Company as a Strategic Knowledge Partner and says the pair will work closely to identify the systemic changes needed to catalyse industry-wide change.…
  • Wednesday, 29 January 2020

    Adidas recycled fabrics to cut plastic waste Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH - Sportswear giant Adidas is to launch new fabrics made from recycled polyester and marine plastic waste, and expand the product lines that use them, to help reduce plastic waste. PrimeBlue, a performance fabric which contains Parley…
  • Wednesday, 29 January 2020

    Zalando capsule collection champions sustainable fashion Premium Article

    BERLIN – European e-commerce company Zalando has partnered with nine Nordic brands to develop a sustainable womenswear capsule collection. Entitled ‘Small steps. Big impact. by Zalando’, the collection vies to introduce a “cohesive, conscious…
  • Tuesday, 28 January 2020

    Copenhagen Fashion Week launches sustainability plan Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN - Organisers of Copenhagen Fashion Week have unveiled their 'Sustainability Action Plan 2020-2022' which is designed to reinforce the event's environmental credentials. Protest groups, such as Extinction Rebellion, have been calling for…
  • Tuesday, 28 January 2020

    H&M 'sorry' for data security breaches Premium Article

    HAMBURG - Global fashion brand H&M has apologised for data protection breaches, involving the intimate details of employees being stored illegally, which could technically see the company face a huge fine of close to US$1 billion. The allegations…
  • Tuesday, 28 January 2020

    Fashion museum launches sustainable fashion programme Premium Article

    ANTWERP – The Fashion Museum of Antwerp, MoMu, has launched an online interactive lesson package focused on sustainable fashion, in the hope that it can inspire positive campaigns in fashion. Through brainstorming exercises, assignments and an…
  • Friday, 24 January 2020

    Companies pledge to protect Arctic Ocean Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Fashion brands Ralph Lauren, Puma, Allbirds and Aritzia are among eight new companies who have signed the Arctic Corporate Shipping Pledge not to ship their goods through the Arctic Ocean. The Arctic Corporate Shipping Pledge was…
  • Friday, 24 January 2020

    Fat Face announces 'sustainability' targets Premium Article

    HAVANT - British lifestyle clothing and accessories retailer Fat Face has announced plans to become carbon neutral and use 100 per cent recycled polyester among its sustainability targets for 2025. The company has committed that, by 2025, all of the…
  • Wednesday, 22 January 2020

    Italy ranked most unsustainable fashion nation Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Italy, Portugal and Austria have the most unsustainable fashion industries in Europe, according to new research from Dutch fashion brand Labfresh. The company has assessed 15 European nations based on the annual tonnage of textile waste…
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