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  • Thursday, 15 October 2020

    SAC responds to leather industry Higg concerns Premium Article

    OAKLAND - The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has rejected a plea to suspend the use of the score it applies to leather in its Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) over claims that it is unfair. In a formal letter, 13 trade bodies…
  • Friday, 09 October 2020

    Israel outlines intention to ban fur trade Premium Article

    JERUSALEM – Israel says it intends to become the first nation globally to ban the buying and selling of animal furs. Environmental protection minister Gila Gamliel described the trade of such products “immoral” and has stated that new rules will…
  • Tuesday, 06 October 2020

    EAC to hold new inquiry into UK fashion industry Premium Article

    LONDON - The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has announced it is to hold another inquiry into the environmental impact of the fashion industry and working conditions in UK garment factories. The new probe will follow up the EAC's 2018 inquiry,…
  • Friday, 02 October 2020

    France commits to outlawing mink farming Premium Article

    PARIS – The French government has outlined plans to end mink fur farming in the country by 2025. The country follows the Netherlands in making such a commitment. Animal rights group PETA has expressed concern that the distant deadline means…
  • Tuesday, 29 September 2020

    GMAC files complaint over handling of EBA suspension Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has filed a complaint with the European Court of Justice against the European Union (EU), asking that the country’s partial suspension from the Everything But Arms (EBA)…
  • Thursday, 24 September 2020

    PFI introduces Recycled Material Certification Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Testing, inspection and auditing organisation PFI has launched a new third-party certification system for recycled content, which it calls the Recycled Material Certification (RMC). The company introduces both RMC and RMC Blue, with the…
  • Thursday, 17 September 2020

    Green Button label celebrates first anniversary Premium Article

    BERLIN – Germany's Grüner Knopf (green button) label, a government-run textile certification mark, has marked its first anniversary by revealing how much ground it has covered over the last 12 months. As many as 52 companies have joined the scheme…
  • Tuesday, 15 September 2020

    SBTi to develop global standard on net-zero Premium Article

    LONDON - The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has launched a programme to develop the first science-based global standard for corporate net-zero target setting. SBTi has published a new paper which lays out the conceptual foundations for…
  • Tuesday, 15 September 2020

    US blocks Xinjiang cotton and apparel Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced five Withhold Release Orders (WRO) blocking imports from the Xinjiang region of China over forced labour fears. The WROs direct CBP officers at all ports to withhold the…
  • Wednesday, 09 September 2020

    US to block Xinjiang cotton over forced labour Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US is reportedly set to block key exports from China's Xinjiang region - including cotton - over allegations that they are produced using forced labour by Uyghur Muslims. Up to 1.8 million Uyghurs, and other Turkic groups, have…
  • Friday, 04 September 2020

    Oeko-Tex registers progress despite COVID-19 set-back Premium Article

    ZURICH – Swiss certifications authority Oeko-Tex says that despite the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, it was able to increase the number of certificates and labels it’s issued in the past financial year by 13 per cent. In total, the…
  • Wednesday, 02 September 2020

    NGOs press EU on supply chain legislation Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Eleven NGOs, including the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), have published a joint statement on proposed EU legislation requiring European businesses to carry out due diligence on human rights and environmental impact in every country in…
  • Friday, 28 August 2020

    German supply chain law delayed by wrangling Premium Article

    BERLIN - German proposals to introduce legislation that would that make companies legally responsible for human rights and environmental issues throughout their supply chains have been delayed by political wrangling. The proposed Supply Chain Act,…
  • Wednesday, 26 August 2020

    Fashion Positive launches circularity guidelines Premium Article

    OAKLAND - The Fashion Positive initiative has launched its first ever Circular Materials Guidelines which are designed to help manufacturers and brands build a more resilient fashion industry. The non-profit's Circular Materials Guidelines 1.0…
  • Tuesday, 25 August 2020

    Microsoft executive joins Higg Co as VP Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Higg Co, the tech company behind the Higg Index sustainability measurement platform, has appointed ex-Microsoft executive Josh Henretig as its new vice president of global partnerships. Henretig joins Higg after 17 years at Microsoft…
  • Tuesday, 25 August 2020

    Archroma awarded EcoVadis Gold rating for CSR Premium Article

    REINACH - Speciality chemicals business Archroma has been awarded the EcoVadis Gold rating in corporate social responsibility (CSR) for 2020. The company, which aims to provide sustainable solutions in colour and specialty chemicals, says the award…
  • Wednesday, 12 August 2020

    Two more Sateri mills now EU-BAT compliant Premium Article

    SHANGHAI - Two more mills owned by cellulosic fibre producer Sateri have been confirmed as compliant with the emissions and wastewater discharge limits of the European Union's Best Available Techniques (EU-BAT) directives. It means the company,…
  • Wednesday, 12 August 2020

    Biotech creates new test for insects in dye Premium Article

    LUGO - Spanish biotechnology company AMSlab - in conjunction with animal rights group PETA - has developed a test to tell whether garments have been made with the use of dyes made from crushed insects. The test for carmine, a red dye made from dried…
  • Monday, 10 August 2020

    EOG welcomes German supply chain proposals Premium Article

    BERLIN - The European Outdoor Group (EOG) trade body has welcomed German proposals to introduce legislation that would that make companies legally responsible for human rights and environmental issues throughout their supply chains. Two German…
  • Friday, 31 July 2020

    Myanmar election candidates seek to address workers’ rights Premium Article

    YANGON – In Myanmar, eleven aspiring election candidates have outlined their intentions to challenge for seats in order to give a voice to workers and farmers which, under the current government, face oppression when speaking out on rights issues.…
  • Wednesday, 29 July 2020

    Tax reforms may reduce textile environmental impact Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The textile industry can take the lead in tax reforms that target natural resources and pollution rather than labour. A move that could enable job creation and help to reduce overconsumption associated with the ‘take-make-waste’ model,…
  • Friday, 24 July 2020

    Countries urged to back EU's Cambodia action Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Today, 33 civil society organisations including the Fair Labor Association (FLA), Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) and Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) have urged national governments including those of the United Kingdom,…
  • Tuesday, 21 July 2020

    Multi-stakeholder initiatives 'failing' - report Premium Article

    BERKELEY - Global multi-stakeholder initiatives - including those in the apparel industry - are failing to effectively detect and remedy human rights abuses, according to the conclusions of a decade-long research project. The MSI Integrity human…
  • Thursday, 16 July 2020

    Mulesing legislation hangs in the balance Premium Article

    NEW SOUTH WALES – Woolgrowers have been urged to have their say on proposed amendments to the POCTA (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Act in New South Wales, as the state’s Legislative Council looks to fast-track new laws that could see pain relief…
  • Monday, 13 July 2020

    Trump urged to address PPE confusion Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has written to the US President’s administration, and other authorities in the country, urging that harmonised guidelines be published if retail workers are to be protected amidst the…
  • Tuesday, 07 July 2020

    EU recommits to textile reform despite COVID-19 Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – In an ongoing live webinar hosted by the Global Fashion Agenda, Virginijus Sinkevičius, the EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries reaffirmed Europe’s commitment to deliver on flagship initiatives, such as the European…
  • Wednesday, 01 July 2020

    Views sought on new ecolabelling proposals Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Nordic Swan Ecolabel, the official ecolabel of the Nordic countries, is appealing for input into proposed new criteria for the ecolabelling of textiles. The organisation behind the symbol - known to nine out of ten Nordic consumers and…
  • Wednesday, 24 June 2020

    Post-Brexit deals 'must be aligned with climate goals' Premium Article

    LONDON - Leading businesses including IKEA and Marks & Spencer are calling on the British government to ensure that any post-Brexit trade deals are aligned with climate and environmental goals. The Aldersgate Group, an alliance of dozens of business…
  • Wednesday, 24 June 2020

    PODCAST: How tax can help save the planet Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – Femke Groothuis, founder and president of The Ex'Tax Project, explains the potential power of tax reform to transform the apparel industry at the scale and pace required. Groothuis, whose thinktank calls for the shift of taxation from…
  • Wednesday, 24 June 2020

    AAFA calls for digitised product labelling Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has written to the US Federal Trade Commission urging that it provides a timely update to its decades-old product labelling regulations to better leverage digital solutions. “Technology…
  • Friday, 19 June 2020

    Trump sanctions Xinjiang forced labour Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – US president Donald Trump has signed new legislation which sanctions the repression of Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region, as widespread reports and mounting evidence suggest millions in this minority are held in detainment camps…
  • Wednesday, 10 June 2020

    Los Angeles backs California worker wage bill Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – Los Angeles County supervisors have thrown down their support for a new draft state bill in California designed to protect garment workers from wage theft. LA employs an estimated 45,000 garment workers – made up largely of migrants –…
  • Thursday, 28 May 2020

    EU's COVID-19 fund to have green strings Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Union has confirmed that its proposed €750 billion (US$830bn) package to help the bloc recover from the coronavirus crisis will be linked to environmental commitments, with a quarter of all funding set aside for action on…
  • Friday, 22 May 2020

    California Senate backs garment worker protections bill Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – The California State Senate Committee has approved a new bill which, if passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee, would expand wage theft liability in California’s garment manufacturing industry and make it essential that brands…
  • Tuesday, 19 May 2020

    US Senate bill addresses China forced labour Premium Article

    WASHINGTON D.C. – The US Senate has approved a bill to sanction Chinese government officials responsible for forced labour camps in the western region of Xinjiang, where it’s believed millions of Uyghur Muslims are held against their will and forced…
  • Wednesday, 06 May 2020

    Patagonia and Columbia link up against Trump Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Outdoor clothing companies Patagonia and Columbia Sportwear have joined forces in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s effort to roll back former President Obama's Clean Power Plan. The two brands filed an amicus 'friend…
  • Friday, 01 May 2020

    Fashion associations look to bolster US financial support Premium Article

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Three associations representing the apparel and travel goods industries have written to the US Congress with recommendations for future stimulus measures for American businesses post-pandemic. While President Donald Trump passed…
  • Wednesday, 22 April 2020

    Textile Standards & Legislation 2020 – in press Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – The latest edition of the 96-page Textile Standards & Legislation booklet which details over 72 environmental and social standards related to the textile and apparel industries is now in press. Fully updated and revised since it was last…
  • Friday, 17 April 2020

    Call to link bailouts to green commitments Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) is calling for any European Union (EU) corporate bailouts to help companies survive the coronavirus crisis to be linked to environmental and social commitments. It is also calling on the…
  • Tuesday, 14 April 2020

    EU urged to delay ending Cambodia's EBA Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Fashion brands are urging the European Union (EU) to postpone the partial withdrawal of tariff preferences granted to Cambodia under the EU’s Everything but Arms (EBA) trade scheme because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The…
  • Wednesday, 08 April 2020

    Textile Exchange releases Organic Content Standard 3.0 Premium Article

    LUBBOCK - Textile Exchange has announced the release of Organic Content Standard 3.0, the latest incarnation of its original standard which aims to increase organic agriculture production. The new Organic Content Standard (OCS) was drawn up…
  • Friday, 27 March 2020

    MPs urged to look again at fashion's impact Premium Article

    LONDON - The Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) research body is urging the UK government's influential Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) to put fashion back on the agenda of subjects it is planning to investigate. Professor Dilys Williams, the…
  • Friday, 20 March 2020

    Textile Exchange releases new Mohair standard, updates RWS Premium Article

    LUBBOCK – Textile Exchange has released a new Responsible Mohair Standard (RMS) alongside the first revisions to its Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). The new RMS standard is based on the same system as its wool counterpart due to the effectiveness…
  • Thursday, 19 March 2020

    Organic textile standard gets upgraded Premium Article

    STUTTGART – The new version of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) released includes new requirements for chemical formulators, makes changes to the addition of regenerated and virgin synthetic textile fibres and has added a completely new…
  • Monday, 16 March 2020

    Naturvernforbund demands change in Norway Premium Article

    OSLO - Norwegian nature conservation organisation Norges Naturvernforbund (Friends of the Earth Norway) has called on the country’s Government to encourage industry players to take a more responsible role and reduce the environmental impact of…
  • Thursday, 12 March 2020

    Commission adopts new Circular Economy Action Plan Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – The European Commission (EC) has adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan, which will address product design, manufacture and waste in industries including textiles, plastics and packaging. Just one of the building blocks of the €1…
  • Monday, 09 March 2020

    Value of UK sales of organic textiles rises Premium Article

    BRISTOL – UK sales of Soil Association certified organic textiles grew by 10 per cent in value to £45.4 million in 2019, according to a new report published today. The new '2020 UK Organic Textile Market Report' from the Soil Association based its…
  • Friday, 21 February 2020

    Companies 'failing to disclose environmental impacts' Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The largest study ever carried out on corporate sustainability reporting has concluded that too many companies do not fulfil their obligations to provide enough information to disclose their impacts on society and environment. The…
  • Thursday, 13 February 2020

    H&M to review sourcing from Cambodia Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Fashion retailer H&M is to review its sourcing of garments from Cambodia following the decision of the European Union to partially suspend the country's trade preferences because of human rights violations. Cambodia will lose about 20…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    Zalando welcomes new waste legislation Premium Article

    BERLIN - European online fashion platform Zalando has welcomed new German legislation to reduce the amount of unsold stock destroyed by brands and retailers. With only 0.05 pe cent of returns destroyed, the company says it will be unaffected by the…
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