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  • Tuesday, 06 December 2022

    Swedish NGO calls for bolder EU textile strategy Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – A Swedish industry authority has published a position paper which calls on the EU’s Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles to go further if it’s to successfully decarbonise the sector. The Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA) and…
  • Thursday, 01 December 2022

    AAFA ramps up calls for digital product labels Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) trade body is ramping up its call for the US to allow brands to replace lengthy care labels with digital QR codes to share product and sustainability information with consumers and…
  • Monday, 28 November 2022

    Ducks 'abused under Responsible Down Standard' Premium Article

    NEW YORK - The PETA animal welfare organisation claims to have evidence of live ducks having their throats slit and feet cut off to produce down under the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) for leading brands. The Textile Exchange industry body, which…
  • Tuesday, 22 November 2022

    EAC calls out DEFRA’s environmental inaction Premium Article

    LONDON – The chair of the UK’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), Philip Dunne MP, has written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Thérèse Coffey in frustration at the department’s inaction on key policies to…
  • Monday, 21 November 2022

    ETI responds to EU due diligence proposals Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has published its response to the European Union's (EU) mandatory due diligence proposals to make brands liable for human rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains. The ETI was…
  • Friday, 11 November 2022

    Europe to adopt mandatory due diligence law Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Union's Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence (CSDD) directive, which seeks to make companies responsible for human rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains, is set to be adopted this month. It follows a…
  • Friday, 28 October 2022

    NGOs call on EU’s PEF tool to go further Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – Signatories to the Make the Label Count initiative have sent a joint letter to the European Commission warning that “textile legislation could give licence to greenwashing” should their strategy for a sustainable and circular sector fail…
  • Thursday, 27 October 2022

    NGOs question value of EU PEF tool Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – A group of non-profit organisations including Fashion Revolution, Clean Clothes Campaign and the Fair Trade Advocacy Office have raised concerns about the EU’s impending Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEF-CR), suggesting…
  • Thursday, 27 October 2022

    Zero waste to landfill certification launched Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Eurofins has launched a new ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ certification service to support company-wide commitments on zero waste and reduce the amount of industrial waste that ends up in landfill. The new service is designed to reflect UN…
  • Monday, 24 October 2022

    Update: guide to textile standards and legislation Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – We’ve just published the eighth edition of our Textile Standards & Legislation booklet which is designed to give readers a snapshot of the most important voluntary and obligatory environmental and social standards, tools and labels in…
  • Wednesday, 19 October 2022

    UK authorities face court action on Xinjiang Premium Article

    LONDON - British authorities are being taken to court this month after campaigners took legal action over their failure to block imports of cotton made with forced labour in the Xinjiang region of China. The judicial review, being brought by two…
  • Wednesday, 19 October 2022

    Coalition calls for risk-based EU due diligence Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - An alliance of garment industry NGOs and manufacturing associations from key supply chain countries has launched a joint statement on what it wants to see from the European Union's (EU) mandatory human rights due diligence proposals. The…
  • Friday, 14 October 2022

    Campaigners want more from forced labour ban Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - More than 70 civil societies, human rights coalitions and trade unions have released a joint statement on the European Commission's proposals to ban products made with forced labour from the single market. They broadly welcome the…
  • Tuesday, 11 October 2022

    Watchdogs issue guidance on use of Higg MSI Premium Article

    OSLO / AMSTERDAM - Consumer watchdogs in Norway and the Netherlands have issued joint guidance to the textile industry on the use of Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) data on consumer-facing product labels. The Norwegian Consumer…
  • Monday, 10 October 2022

    Green Theme secures US$5.4m in funding Premium Article

    ALBUQUERQUE – Textile finishing specialist Green Theme Technologies (GTT) has secured US$5.4 million in financing, which it’ll use to further develop its Empel range of fabric treatments. The company’s line of solutions – which impart water…
  • Monday, 10 October 2022

    RREUSE reacts to EU's textiles strategy Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The RREUSE non-profit network of social enterprises involved in the reuse, repair and recycling sector has published a position paper on the European Union's (EU) Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles. RREUSE broadly welcomed the…
  • Monday, 03 October 2022

    California governor signs off on PFAS ban Premium Article

    SACRAMENTO - California governor Gavin Newsom has signed off on a bill banning the manufacture and sale of garments and textiles that contain PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in the state by 2025. Newsom also signed a bill…
  • Tuesday, 27 September 2022

    Shoe industry calls for its own standards Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US footwear industry is calling for different sustainability standards to the rest of the apparel industry insisting that umbrella 'fashion' standards don't work in the real world. The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of…
  • Wednesday, 14 September 2022

    Europe unveils proposals for forced labour ban Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission (EC) has unveiled its proposals to ban products made with forced labour from the single market, a year after EC President Ursula von der Leyen committed to do so in her 2021 State of the Union speech. It follows…
  • Thursday, 08 September 2022

    Hopes of a breakthrough in SAC controversy? Premium Article

    OSLO / AMSTERDAM - Consumer watchdogs in Norway are working with counterparts around the world on how sustainability information could best be incorporated on consumer-facing garment labels following a "constructive" meeting with the Sustainable…
  • Wednesday, 31 August 2022

    UK government framework tackles emissions Premium Article

    LONDON – Manufacturing facilities in sectors including textiles and chemicals will need to adopt ‘sustainable’ best practices to prevent or minimise carbon emissions, as part of a new programme launched by the British government. Based on the…
  • Monday, 22 August 2022

    Policy Hub urges EU to tackle rising textile waste Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The Policy Hub, a joint project from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI), Global Fashion Agenda and Textile Exchange, has published a position paper on the European…
  • Wednesday, 17 August 2022

    New forced labour measures for CTPAT members Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced new measures to prevent imports made with forced labour for companies who are members of the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT). CBP is now enforcing the Uyghur…
  • Friday, 22 July 2022

    US FABRIC Act progresses in Congress Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC – The Fashioning Accountability and Building Real Institutional Change (FABRIC) Act, introduced earlier this year in the US, has taken another step forward in Congress and is to be discussed by the House of Representatives. The…
  • Wednesday, 13 July 2022

    Climate lawsuits against companies increase Premium Article

    LONDON - The number of climate- and ESG-related lawsuits filed against companies and governments has more than doubled since 2015, according to a new study by the London School of Economics and Political Science. Entitled 'Global Trends in Climate…
  • Wednesday, 13 July 2022

    Support builds for FABRIC Act in the US Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - More than 100 US brands, manufacturers, workers' rights groups, educational institutions and civil society groups have now given their backing to the Fashion Accountability and Building Real Institutional Change (FABRIC) Act. The…
  • Wednesday, 06 July 2022

    Sedex identifies key ESG reporting points Premium Article

    LONDON – Ethical sourcing organisation Sedex has launched a new report which identifies the key ESG reporting points businesses need to bear in mind to avoid losing investors and falling foul of new legislation. It says that with increasing calls…
  • Tuesday, 05 July 2022

    Fashion firms face greenwashing complaints Premium Article

    LONDON - Fashion brands and retailers accounted for five out of 21 complaints made to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) since the Green Claims Code was introduced in Britain last September. CMA proposals to crackdown on ‘greenwashing’…
  • Monday, 04 July 2022

    MP's new bid to ban mulesing garners support Premium Article

    SYDNEY - Politicians in New South Wales look set to once again debate a proposed ban on the controversial practice of mulesing lambs by the state's wool producers. A petition to be tabled by Animal Justice Party MP Mark Pearson calls for a complete…
  • Thursday, 30 June 2022

    Aid by Trade Foundation income up 37 per cent Premium Article

    HAMBURG – The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF), which oversees the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) and Good Cashmere Standard (GCS) initiatives, has revealed that its revenue rose by 37 per cent to €5.9 million (US$6.2m) last year. The non-profit's new…
  • Tuesday, 28 June 2022

    Call for caution in PFAS military phase out Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Two leading US textiles and apparel trade bodies are urging politicians to revise plans to phase out PFAS - so-called "forever chemicals" - from protective clothing for soldiers. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO)…
  • Monday, 27 June 2022

    SAC suspends Higg data use on product labels Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is suspending globally the use of sustainability data from the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) on consumer-facing product labels after consumer watchdogs declared it illegal in…
  • Friday, 24 June 2022

    EU urged to learn US lessons on forced labour Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The US fashion industry is urging the European Union (EU) to take on board lessons learned in the US as it prepares to introduce legislation to ban the sale of products made with forced labour in the single market. Four major trade bodies…
  • Friday, 24 June 2022

    Euratex sets out vision for textile recycling Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - European textile recycling could be a €6-8 billion (US$6.3-8.4bn) industry employing about 15,000 workers by 2030, according to a new report from the textile and clothing industry body Euratex. Euratex launched its ReHubs initiative in…
  • Thursday, 23 June 2022

    Backing for new EU rules to combat greenwashing Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - New rules on corporate sustainability reporting which aim to end greenwashing have been provisionally agreed by the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament. If approved, larger companies will have to disclose more…
  • Wednesday, 22 June 2022

    New tech could help firms comply with UFLPA Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Cutting edge technologies such as DNA traceability and isotopic testing could be used by fashion companies to avoid falling foul of the new Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA). The US Department of Homeland Securities (DHS)…
  • Tuesday, 21 June 2022

    AAFA urges US Congress to back digital labels Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is calling for the US to allow consumer information on clothes to be delivered via digital labels. It says digital labels, such as QR codes, would modernise outdated federal…
  • Monday, 20 June 2022

    AAFA urges SEC to delay climate risk rules Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is urging the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to give companies more time to meet new rules on disclosing climate change risks to investors. AAFA, which represents more…
  • Friday, 17 June 2022

    Norrøna defends 'illegal' use of Higg data Premium Article

    OSLO - Norwegian brand Norrøna has defended its use of Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) data to help consumers choose garments based on their environmental impact after it was declared illegal by consumer watchdogs. The Norwegian…
  • Thursday, 16 June 2022

    Higg data declared illegal on consumer labels Premium Article

    OSLO – The use of Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) data to help consumers choose garments based on their environmental impact has been declared illegal in Norway and - potentially - across Europe. The Norwegian Consumer Authority (NCA)…
  • Thursday, 16 June 2022

    Platform to help brands meet new legislation Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Traceability solutions provider Sourcemap has launched a new platform to help US companies meet the requirements of the new Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) which comes into effect on 21st June. The legislation bans all imports…
  • Tuesday, 14 June 2022

    Euro-MPs accuse China of 'crimes against humanity' Premium Article

    STRASBOURG - The European Parliament has put further pressure on China over its treatment of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region with a landslide vote stating that Beijing's actions amount to “crimes against humanity and serious risk of genocide”.…
  • Friday, 10 June 2022

    Coalition promotes circular policies in US textiles Premium Article

    NEW YORK – A new coalition comprising several circular solutions specialists has been launched in a bid to advance policy in the United States. Led by the Circular Services Group (CSG) and Resource Recycling Systems (RRS), the American Circular…
  • Tuesday, 31 May 2022

    Podcast: The biggest ESG risks in fashion today Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – In our latest Ecotextile Talks podcast, Randy Rankin, Eurofins Consumer Products Assurance global client development director for North America, spells out the current key environmental, social and governance risks facing the textile and…
  • Thursday, 26 May 2022

    Letter calls for mandatory microfibre filters Premium Article

    LONDON - More than 30 NGOs, business leaders and other stakeholders have signed a letter calling on the British government to ban the sale of washing machines that are not fitted with microfibre filters. Signatories to the letter, to Environment…
  • Monday, 23 May 2022

    Bid to reduce audit fatigue releases findings Premium Article

    ZEIST/ZÜRICH — An initiative which aims to reduce audit fatigue in the textile and apparel industry by encouraging third party standard and certification systems to align has released its initial findings. The Standard Convergence Initiative (SCI)…
  • Friday, 20 May 2022

    EU urged to ban imports made with forced labour Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Union is being urged to issue a ban on imports of products believed to have been made using forced labour, such as cotton from the Xinjiang region of China. The European Parliament’s Trade Committee this week made the…
  • Thursday, 12 May 2022

    Coalition demands tougher EU due diligence law Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - More than 220 civil society and trade union organisations have signed a joint letter calling for the European Union's proposed mandatory due diligence legislation to be strengthened. They welcome the proposals, which would make companies…
  • Monday, 25 April 2022

    Judge dismisses claims against Allbirds Premium Article

    NEW YORK - A US judge has dismissed a case brought by a group of consumers who had accused US footwear brand Allbirds of exaggerating its sustainability credentials. Lead plaintiff Patricia Dwyer, of New York, claimed the life cycle assessment tool…
  • Thursday, 14 April 2022

    Control Union to suspend certification of Indian organic cotton Premium Article

    DELHI – Control Union, one of the world’s largest certifiers of organic cotton is pulling out of the crop in India, with indications that more certifier suspensions are imminent in the country which grows over half of the world’s organic cotton…
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